Empty Netter Assists - 04-29-12

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-Brad Thiessen (above) made 18 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a series-clinching 2-1 win against the Hershey Bears in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The Penguins won the best-of-five series, 3-2.


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-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will face the St. John's IceCaps, the Jets' AHL affiliate, in the semifinal round. The schedule:

Game 1 - Tue., May 1 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at St. John’s, 6:00 ET
Game 2 - Wed., May 2 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at St. John’s, 6:00 ET
Game 3 - Sat., May 5 - St. John’s at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:05 ET
Game 4 - Sun., May 6 - St. John’s at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 4:05 ET
*-Game 5 - Tue., May 8 - St. John’s at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:05 ET
*-Game 6 - Fri., May 11 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at St. John’s, 6:00 ET
*-Game 7 - Sat., May 12 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at St. John’s, 6:00 ET

*-If necessary.

-Today would've been the 74th birthday of former Penguins forward Mel Pearson. Claimed in the 1967 expansion draft from the Blackhawks, Pearson's Penguins career amounted to two games and one assist with the 1967-68 club. After being loaned for most of the next two seasons, he was traded to Portland of the WHL for cash during the 1969 offseason. He died in 1999.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins forward Doug Shedden (right). A fifth-round pick in 1980, Redden spent parts of five seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1981-82, Shedden saw action in 38 games and scored 25 points. He followed that up in 1982-83 by playing in 80 games and scoring a team-leading 67 points. During 1983-84, he was limited to 67 games and 57 points. In 1984-85, Shedden appeared in 80 games and contributed 67 points. After 67 games and 66 points in 1984-85, Shedden was traded to the Red Wings in exchange for Ron Duguay. In 332 games with the Penguins, Shedden scored 282 points, 23rd-most in franchise history. The first player in franchise history to score a home overtime goal in the regular season, Shedden is currently the coach of EV Zug in Switzerland.

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Playoff Stuff
Rangers - Capitals

-A goal and an assist by Chris Kreider led the Rangers to a 3-1 win against the Capitals in Game 1. Henrik Lundqvist made all of 17 saves for New York which has a 1-0 series lead.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this pass by Washington's Brooks Laich to set up Jason Chimera:

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-Check out the placement on this shot by Kreider:

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-Dive of the Night: New York captain Ryan Callahan might want to get his skates checked after taking a tumble here:

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-Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby allowed three goals on just 14 shots.

-Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky ("lower body") was sidelined.

-Rangers fans got creative with their chants. Counting down to the 8:00 (remaining) mark of each period, they began "Ovi Sucks!" chants in honor of Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin  (No. 8):

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-Bright times in Madison Square Garden:

-Happy times for Kreider and teammate Michael Del Zotto

-Spitty times for Holtby:

-Rangers forward and former Penguin Ruslan Fedotenko waved to the adoring masses:

-Lundqvist having a moment alone:

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

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Flyers - Devils

-Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr and Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur are not strangers when it comes to postseason play.

-"Just look at his accomplishments. Look at his stats. It’s amazing what he’s done for many years and he’s still doing it.” - Devils forward Patrik Elias on Jagr.

-“Obviously they’re known for provoking and doing stuff behind the play, but that’s why we have to be really disciplined. Our main goal is to win the series, win four games, and we’ve got to do everything in our power to do so – take a shot, take a slash, whatever. Just be disciplined.” - Elias on the Flyers.

-After taking on Evgeni Malkin in the quarterfinal round, Flyers forward Sean Couturier will have his hands full with Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk in the semifinal round.

-Brodeur (right) has started an NHL record 177 consecutive postseason games for the Devils dating back to 1994. During that span, the Flyers have started 12 different goaltenders in postseason games. They are Martin Biron, Sergei Bobrovsky, Brian Boucher, Sean Burke, Ilya Bryzgalov, Roman Cechmanek, Robert Esche, Ron Hextall, Michael Leighton, Antero Niittymaki, Garth Snow and John Vanbiesbrouck.

Blues - Kings

-Dustin Penner had a goal and an assist for the Kings who defeated the Blues, 3-1, in Game 1. Jonathan Quick made 28 saves for Los Angeles which has a 1-0 series lead.

-Penner managed to sneak this pass through the Blues' defense and set up Slava Voynov on the backdoor:

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-Matt Greene became the first Kings' defenseman to score a shorthanded postseason goal since Rob Blake in 1993.

-Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo left the game in the second period after he was boarded by Kings foward Dwight King:

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-Cool Photo of the Night: Quick stopping St. Louis' Andy McDonald in tight:

-Quick was ready for this shot by St. Louis' Alexander Steen as well:

-St. Louis' Brian Elliott was alone in the dark here:

-Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Pietrangelo would be evaluated overnight.

-King only received a two-minute minor for the hit.

Coyotes - Predators

-"It's just the chemistry between me, Vrby and Whits. We've been playing pretty much three years together almost. They have great skill; they're smart players. I like to make room for them." - Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal on his line with Radim Vrbata and Ray Whitney.

-Despite on-ice success, the Predators are still struggling off the ice.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Northeast Division

-“Do I have the energy and motivation to get ready for another year? Because I know I just can’t take the summer off and come to camp and hope I will do well. If I want to play, I want to play at as high a level as I can and that means you have to go through a summer of hard workouts and getting ready to play a full season.” - Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson (right), 39, on the possibility of retiring.

-“He’s still an elite player in this league. He’s a game changer. He scores big goals when needed. I think he’s got a lot left in the tank. Not just for one year. I think he’s got a couple of years left in him. You see him out there, the way he skates, the way he moves. He’s rejuvenated out there. In practice, he’s one of the first guys out there, wanting to get better and make others around him get better.” - Senators forward Chris Neil on the future of Alfredsson.

-“I’ve been battling headaches. They don’t subside for hours. I don’t wish it on anyone. I’m not worrying about hockey. I’m going to do some fishing, hopefully get back to golf, but I don’t think I can handle that right now. I just have to enjoy some things and hopefully that will help with the healing.” - Senators forward Jesse Winchester on his recovery from a concussion Dec. 26.

Southeast Division

-“As a group, there were a lot of positives. [Being] a goal away from advancing is something to be proud of. But once you get a taste of it, you want more. We’ll build from it.” - Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovsky on his team reaching the postseason for the first time in 12 years.

(Photos: Thiessen-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins; Shedden-Penguins Hockey Cards; Capitals/Rangers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Brodeur-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Kings/Blues-Chris Lee-St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Associated Press and Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Alfredsson-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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