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Empty Netter Assists - 04-21-12

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Flyers

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We don't really [look at] it as a series right now. We see it one game at a time, and it's a must-win every night." - Kris Letang.

-The Philadelphia Daily News' recap. "We missed our opportunities. It's tough to know that we let those slip by, but we still have a good opportunity to close this out at home." - Flyers defenseman Matt Carle

-NHL.com's recap. "It's still do-or-die for us." - Jordan Staal.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''Our story doesn't change. It's still desperation for us.'' - Sidney Crosby.

-Highlights:

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-Marc-Andre Fleury's effort on that third period penalty kill deserves its own clip:

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-Chris Kunitz > Philadelphia's Braydon Coburn:

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-A good look at the hit:

-Apparently a lot of talking heads were calling Evgeni Malkin's interference penalty against Sean Couturier a "headshot:"

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-We're not doctors, but we're pretty sure the shoulder and head are two different body parts.

-If this were an opponent, Malkin would have been penalized for this hit for Sidney Crosby:

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-Philadelphia's Claude Giroux trolled a few fans:

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-Jumpy times for Tyler Kennedy:

-Butterfly times for Fleury:

-Staal and Philadelphia's Daniel Briere got all tied up here:

-Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell couldn't get this puck by Fleury:

-The Penguins had issues with this puck:

-Philadelphia's Ilya Bryzgalov got a little help here from teammate Scott Hartnell:

-Referee Paul Devorski apparently had some hygiene problems he wanted to alert Flyers coach Peter Laviolette about:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Jordan Staal speaks:

-Flyers coach Peter Laviolette speaks:

-Game 6 will be played Sunday, noon and will be televised by NBC. (PG+)

-The Penguins employed seven defensemen again.

-"I think in the playoffs everyone has to help out." - Tyler Kennedy.

-"That's the best he's been this year, for sure. He's played great for us all year and he's our guy, and with some of the quirky, weird things that have happened up to this point in the playoffs, we never lost faith in him and he proved why tonight." - Matt Cooke on Marc-Andre Fleury.

-"We would rather have finished it off, but we get to go in front of our fans. It's pretty wild in there. I have a pretty good feeling about Game 6." - Flyers forward Claude Giroux.

-"This is the time of year, no matter what, when your number is called, you suck it up and deal with [the pain]." - Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk on playing his first game in six weeks following a foot injury.

-NHL commissioner Gary Bettman dismissed complaints by teams on supplemental discipline as "gamesmanship."

-Video of Bettman discussing how the NHL handles discipline:

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Calder Cup

-Two goals by Colin McDonald led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 3-1 win against the rival  Hershey Bears in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Alexandre Picard and Jason Williams each recorded two assists for the Penguins while teammate Brad Thiessen made 19 saves. The Penguins lead the best-of-five series, 1-0.

Rangers - Senators

-“To be honest, we are not playing our best hockey." - Rangers forward and former Penguin Ruslan Fedotenko (right).

-Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson (head) and forward Jesse Winchester ("upper body") did not travel to New York for Game 5.

Bruins - Capitals

-If you can imagine such a thing, there's a team in black and yellow which isn't scoring power-play goals.

-Capitals coach Dale Hunter has taught his team the value of blocking shots.

-Washington forward Nicklas Backstrom returns to the lineup for Game 5 after serving a one-game suspension.

-The Capitals demoted former Penguins goaltender Dany Sabourin to Hershey of the AHL.

Devils - Panthers

-“If you would’ve told me before the series that it would’ve been 2-2 coming back home, I would take that any day.” - Panthers goaltender Jose Theodore (right).

-The Panthers are expected to start Theodore for Game 5.

-Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison is still dealing with a "lower-body" injury.

-"I like the after-whistle stuff. I’ve said it before. People who watch on TV say, ‘What’s all this fighting?’ Some people in the media disagree with it and some people who haven’t played don’t understand. You’re not fighting for yourself. You’re fighting for your team. You’re fighting because you’re losing or because someone got hit." - Devils forward David Clarkson.

Canucks - Kings

-Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo is downplaying being benched in favor of backup Cory Schneider.

-After struggling most of the last postseason, Keith Ballard has been on of the Canucks' steadiest defensemen during these playoffs.

Blues - Sharks

-"We need to realize this next game is going to be the toughest one. If we don't play our best hockey, they're going to beat us." - Blues forward Andy McDonald (right) on having a 3-1 series lead.

-St. Louis has recalled forwards Adam Cracknell, Evgeny Grachev and defenseman Danny Syvret from Peoria of the AHL.

-The Blues have controlled special teams play this series.

-"Other than in this locker room, nobody thinks we're going to do it, which is fine." - Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle on facing a 3-1 series deficit.

Coyotes - Blackhawks

-Coyotes forward Raffi Torres was suspended 25 games for his hit on Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa in Game 3. The explanation:

-EN Says: Bravo to the NHL for getting this right. Torres is a serial offender. He regularly got little slap on the wrist suspension of the 1-2 game variety. And they clearly never taught him a lesson. This will get a crystal clear message across to him as to what is acceptable.

As far as sending a message league-wide, the NHL needs to follow up on the next hit with a similar level of discipline which is in line with criteria such as an injury or an offending players' previous history. If the NHL gives a similar hit a small 1-2 game suspension, the message of Torres' suspension will be limited to just him.

-The Coyotes recalled forwards Brett Hextall, Brett MacLean, Andy Miele, Jordan Szwarz, Ethan Werek, defensemen Maxim Goncharov, Connor Murphy and David Rundblad from Portland of the AHL and goaltender Louis Domingue from Quebec of the QMJHL.

-Will the Blackhawks go with Corey Crawford or Ray Emery in net for Game 5?

Predators - Red Wings

-A goal and an assist by Alexander Radulov led the Predators to a series-clinching 2-1 win against the Red Wings in Game 2. Pekka Rinne made 21 saves for Nashville whch won the series, 4-1.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal by Nashville's David Legwand and his pass to Radulov:

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-Check out the placement on this shot which led to the game-winning goal by Legwand:

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-Check out this sneaky and illegal play by Predators forward David Legwand:

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-Handshake lines:

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-Happy times for the Predators:

-How lonely does this Red Wings fan look:

-“We feel like we used to look up at Detroit because of a feeling we were a little bit inferior … or being in awe of them. I think we’ve grown to the point where we have great respect for the Detroit Red Wings, but we’re not in awe of them.” - Predators coach Barry Trotz.

-A "lower-body" injury sidelined Predators defenseman and former Penguin Hal Gill for the entire series.

-“I think guys are pretty much in shock our season is over and we’re starting summertime." - Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard.

-"I just thought we didn't have enough depth up front. We just flat-out weren't good enough." - Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

-"We had a good enough team to do some damage. It was tough." - Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg.

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage was kind of bleak:

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Non-Playoff Stuff
Central Division

-The Blues signed Paul Karpowich, a seventh-round pick in 2008, to a two-year entry-level contract.

Pacific Division

-The Sharks signed defenseman Dylan DeMelo, a sixth-round pick in 2011, to an entry-level contract. Terms were not revealed.

Adams Division

-Devils forward Adam Henrique, Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog and Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkin were named finalists for the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.

(Photos: Flyers/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Fedotenko-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images; Theodore-Al Bello/Getty Images; McDonald-Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Red Wings/Predators-Frederick Breedon/Getty Images and Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)

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