Empty Netter Assists 04-28-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


-Evgeni Malkin (right). Hart Trophy finalist.

-The IIHF announced rosters for next month's World Championships. Malkin (Russia) is the only active member of the Penguins participating. Former Penguins are participating are defenseman Alex Goligoski and goaltender John Curry (United States), forward Petr Nedved (Czech Republic), forward Janne Pesonen (Finland), forwards Miroslav Satan and Tomas Surovy (Slovakia), forward Konstantin Koltsov and head coach Ted Nolan (Latvia).

-Brad Thiessen made 19 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-1 loss to the rival Hershey Bears in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The best-of-five series is tied, 2-2. Game 5 is tonight, 7:05 p.m.

-Stop us if this sounds familiar. A Penguins team was completely outclassed in a playoff game by a rival from Pennsylvania on the power play.

-Happy 61st birthday to former Penguins forward Jim Wiley. A free agent signing prior to the 1972-73 season, Wiley spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins.  He saw action in four games during 1972-73 and recorded one assist. In 1973-74, Wiley appeared in 22 games and recorded three assists. In the 1974 offseason, he was claimed by the Canucks in the intra-league draft. In 26 games with the Penguins, he recorded four assists.

Playoff Stuff
Rangers - Capitals

-Rangers forward Brian Boyle resumed practicing for the first time since suffering a concussion in Game 5 against the Senators.

-"It's a completely different style than they used to play. Their top guys have been buying into their system, grinding it out, finishing checks. They're a tough team to play against." - Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh on the Capitals adapting to a more defensive game.

-“You try not to think about the past, but it’s hard. They knocked us out two years. We really want to beat this team.” - Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (right) on facing the Capitals. Washington eliminated New York from the playoffs in 2009 and 2011.

-“I know what I signed up for. I’m a black guy playing a predominantly white sport. It just comes with the territory. I would be naive or foolish to believe or think that it doesn’t exist. It’s part of life.” - Capitals forward Joel Ward on being the target of racism.

Flyers - Devils

-"It's easy to hate Pittsburgh, but the Devils are right there." - Flyers forward Scott Hartnell (right).

Blues - Kings

-"I've always said the first two rounds are the best two rounds because you're the freshest, you're the healthiest. I believe the third and fourth rounds become survival for both teams. But I think these first two rounds are the best two rounds, period. The hockey in this round will be even better than the first round." - Blues coach Ken Hitchcock.

-"It's goaltending and D. Obviously it's low-scoring teams. The forwards – they have skill but they also grind you." - Kings defenseman Matt Greene comparing his team to the Blues.

-How instrumental has former Penguins forward and current Kings executive Luc Robitaille been in the Kings' success?

Coyotes - Predators

-An overtime goal and an assist by Ray Whitney led the Coyotes to a 4-3 win against the Predators in Game 1. Rostislav Klesla added a goal and an assist for Phoenix while teammate Mike Smith made 39 saves. Phoenix leads the series, 1-0. Francis Bouillon and Patric Hornqvist each recoded two assists for Nashville.

-Whitney's goal:

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-Goal of the Night: Check out the placement on this shot by Phoenix's Radim Vrbata:

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-Save of the Night: Smith on Nashville's Gabriel Bourque:

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-Bizarre Goal of the Night: Check out the bounce Nashville's Brandon Yip got for this goal:

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-Check out the patiences by Phoenix's Mikkel Boedker had on this goal:

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-Cool Photo of the Night: Hell breaking out in the Coyotes' crease:

-Happy times in Phoenix:

-Even Darth Vader is a Coyotes fan:

-Nashville's Pekka Rinne was in position here:

-Funny Face of the Night: Nashville's Alexander Radulov:

-In Detroit, they throw octopus. In Phoenix, they throw children:

-Predators defenseman and former Penguin Hal Gill got the drop here on Boedker:

-“I haven’t seen the replay, but you can always make a save. There’s no excuses.” - Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne on Whitney's goal.

-"We were fortunate to get the first one under our belt. But if we expect to have a chance to win this series, we're going to have to be a lot better." - Coyotes coach Dave Tippett.

-“We just couldn’t score. That ended up biting us in the end. They got one chance and put it in in overtime.” - Predators captain Shea Weber.

-After missing the entire first round against the Red Wings, Gill made his playoff debut for the Predators.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Northeast Division

-Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (right) is dealing with an abdominal tear.

-Boston forward Tyler Seguin will need surgery to repair a detached hand tendon.

-“I have to be careful. I have to try and crystal ball-gaze a little bit on where we think it will end up. So I have to be cautious as far as summer additions." - Bruins general manager on how he'll manage his team this offseason with the collective bargaining agreement set to expire.

Southeast Division

-The Panthers demoted defenseman Tyson Strachan to San Antonio of the AHL.

Central Division

-The Blue Jackets signed forward Michael Chaput to a three-year entry-level contract. A third-round choice by the Flyers in 2010, he was acquired by the Blue Jackets in a 2011 trade.

(Photos: Malkin-Jamie Squire/Getty Images; Lundqvist-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Hartnell and Bergeron-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images; Predators/Coyotes-Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press and Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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