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Empty Netter Assists - 04-30-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-A look at the Penguins' goaltending depth through the organization. (PG+)

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins turn their attention to the St. John's IceCaps.

-Happy 32nd birthday to former Penguins forward Steve Webb. Claimed off waivers from the Flyers early in the 2003-04 season, Webb's Penguins career amounted to five games and no points that campaign. At the trade deadline, he was dealt to the Islanders in exchange for Alain Nasreddine.

Playoff Stuff
Rangers - Capitals

-Could Rangers forward Brian Boyle (concussion) return to the lineup tonight?

-Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is struggling to produce with just two goals in eight postseason games.

Flyers - Devils

-Two goals by Daniel Briere, including one in overtime, gave the Flyers a 4-3 win against the rival Devils in Game 1. Jakub Voracek recorded two assists for Philadelphia while teammate Ilya Bryzgalov made 23 saves. Philadelphia has a 1-0 series lead. Captain Zach Parise netted a goal and an assist for New Jersey.

-Briere's overtime goal:

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-Briere had a potential goal earlier in overtime waved off after it was ruled he kicked it into the net:

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-“The referees have a hard job. They see it live. Definitely van Riemsdyk pushed my stick over when he came across. He didn’t do it on purpose. He was going in front of the net and I had my position there. It prevented me from making the save. When it goes so quick like that for the referees, especially after disallowing one goal, they wouldn’t do that twice in Philly. That’s for sure.” - Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur claiming Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk interfered with him on Briere's overtime goal.

-Devils forward and former Penguin Petr Sykora, no stranger to clutch postseason goals, scored a third-period goal which tied the game:

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-Fire Ray Shero.

-Ugly Goal of the Day: A rare puckhandling gaffe by Brodeur led to this goal by van Riemsdyk:

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-Check out this rocket of a one-timer by Philadelphia's Claude Giroux:

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-Save of the Day: Brodeur on Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell:

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-Generally speaking, giving up breakaway goals to Briere in the postseason is a bad idea:

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-Happy times for the Flyers. Not so much for Brodeur:

-Brzygalov and Briere having a moment:

-If you can imagine such a thing, the Flyers got off to a slow start but still won the game.

Blues - Kings

-The NHL will not discipline Kings forward Dwight King for a hit from behind which injured Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo in Game 1.

-EN Says: This is a tough one. King's forearm was placed into Pietrangelo's back but it was hardly vicious. King didn't hit him with a ton of force but Pietrangelo went down in a bad way. We don't envy NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan on this one.

-Pietrangelo remains questionable for tonight's Game 2.

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

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Coyotes - Predators

-Captain Shane Doan, Martin Hanzal, Antoine Vermette and Radim Vrbata each had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes who beat the Predators, 5-3, in Game 2. Keith Yandle recorded two assists for Phoenix while teammate Mike Smith made 30 saves. The Coyotes lead the series, 2-0. Ryan Suter had a goal and an assist for Nashville.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this re-direction by Doan:

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-Pass of the Night: How in the world did Vrbata set up Hanzal for this goal?

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-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Vermette:

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-Check out this pass from Nashville's Kevin Klein to set up Andrei Kostitsyn for a goal:

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-Happy times for the Coyotes:

-Nashville's Pekka Rinne having a moment:

-Rinne got the stop here on Phoenix's Lauri Korpikoski:

-"You look at every goal and it's a rebound or a deflection or a second chance. You're never beating him with a clean shot." - Doan on his team getting nine goals in two games against Rinne.

-Nashville coach Barry Trotz threw his skaters under the bus while defending Rinne's play.

-“We’re not committed to playing defense. We’re trying to run-and-gun, but that’s not the way we’ve gotten to this point. We have to get back to focusing on playing defense, playing in our own end, and the goals will come.” - Predators defenseman Ryan Suter.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Atlantic Division

-Another day. Another bizarre Czech commercial with Flyers foward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr. In this one, he portrays a superhero battling evil:

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Central Division

-What should the Blue Jackets do with goaltender Steve Mason?

Patrick Division

-The Blues' Ken Hitchcock, the Senators' Paul MacLean and the Rangers' John Tortorella were named finalists for the Jack Adams Award.

-EN Says: The award is Hitchcock's to lose, but the idea of Phoenix's Dave Tippett not being a finalist is perplexing. In addition to losing his most valuable player last season in Ilya Bryzgalov, Tippett has to deal with a low payroll as well as the constant specter of his franchise relocating. Despite all that, he won a division title. Tortorella had to "overcome" one of the highest payrolls in the NHL.

IIHF World Championships

-Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will play for Sweden in the next month's World Championships.

-Canadiens defenseman PK Subban, playing for Team Canada, is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.

(Photos: Marc-Andre Fleury and Brent Johnson-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Devils/Flyers-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Predators/Coyotes-Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press and Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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