Empty Netter Assists - 05-01-12

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-A look at the Penguins' organizational depth with defensemen. (PG+)

-Happy 36th birthday to former Penguins forward Eric Meloche (right). The son of former Penguins goaltender and current assistant coach Gilles Meloche, Eric Meloche was a seventh-round pick in 1996 and spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He made his NHL debut in 2001-02 and recorded one assist in 23 games. The 2002-03 season saw him record six points in 13 games. His best season an an NHLer was 2003-04 when he recorded 10 points in 25 games. During the 2004 offseason he signed with the rival Flyers. In 61 games for the Penguins, Meloche, one of two players to wear No. 72 for the Penguins (Alex Kovalev is the other), scored 17 points.

-Happy 74th birthday to former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman/forward Dick Mattiussi. Acquired from Cleveland of the AHL in exchange for cash in 1966, Mattiussi spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He appeared in 32 games during the Penguins' innagural season of 1967-68 and recorded two assists. After 12 games and two assists in 1968-69, Mattiussi was dealt to the Oakland Seals along with Earl Ingarfield and Gene Ubriaco for Bryan Watson, George Swarbrick and Tracy Pratt. In 44 career games with the Penguins, Mattiussi recorded four assists.

Playoff Stuff
Rangers - Capitals

-Braden Holtby made 26 saves for the Capitals who defeated the Rangers, 3-2, in Game 2. The series is tied, 1-1. Brad Richards netted a goal and an asssist for New York.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this pass from Washington's Joel Ward to set up Mike Knuble for a goal:

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-Washington captain Alex Ovechkin launched a pretty nifty wrister for the game-winning goal in the third period:

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-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this clearing attempt from the crease by Washington Mike Green (No, really!):

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-Check out this stick on puck play by New York's Ryan McDonagh against Washington's Jason Chimera:

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-Ward > McDonagh:

-Squirty times for Holtby:

-Holtby having a moment with teammate Dennis Wideman:

-“I guess I kind of have the best view of anyone for those type of goals. It was just the perfect shot. Lundqvist had no chance. He played it perfect, to his credit. That’s why [Ovechkin] is one of the best goal scorers in the league.” - Holtby on Ovechkin's goal.

-Rangers forward Brian Boyle returned to the lineup after missing three games due to a concussion.

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

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Flyers - Devils

-Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk will miss tonight's Game 2 due to a "lower-body" injury.

-“We’re not going to pout all the way to tonight’s game and feel sorry for ourselves because he’s not in the lineup." - New Jersey captain Zach Parise on Kovalchuk.

Blues - Kings

Anze Kopitar scored two goals for the Kings who beat the Blues, 5-2. Mike Richards and Justin Williams each contributed a goal and an assist for Los Angeles while captain Dustin Brown recorded three assists. Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for the Kings who have a 2-0 series lead. Andy McDonald had a goal and an assist for St. Louis.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this shorthanded effort by Kopitar:

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-Hit of the Night: St. Louis' T.J. Oshie on Los Angeles' Dustin Penner:

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-Not to be outdone, but check out this hit by St. Louis captain David Backes against Los Angeles' Colin Fraser:

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-Check out this pass by Backes to set up McDonald:

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-How in the world did Quick hold this puck out?

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-A good look at the battle for the puck:

-Intense Photo of the Night: St. Louis' David Perron got down low for this puck:

-Quick hugged the post here:

-Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo missed Game 2 due to an undisclosed injury.

-The Kings recalled forwards Andy Andreoff, Justin Azevedo, Marc-Andre Cliche, Richard Clune, Linden Vey, defensemen Andrew Campbell, Thomas Hickey, Patrick Mullen, Jake Muzzin and goaltender Martin Jones from Manchester of the AHL and forward Tyler Toffoli from Ottawa of the OHL.

Coyotes - Predators

-The Predators have suspended forwards Andrei Kostitsyn and Alexander Radulov for tomorrow's Game 3 due to a violation of team rules.

-Nashville recalled defensemen Jonathon Blum, Victor Bartley, forwards Chris Mueller, Kyle Wilson and goaltender Jeremy Smith from Milwaukee of the AHL.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Northeast Division

-After he busted out as a Norris Trophy candidate, how much money can Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (right) command as a restricted free agent?

Southeast Division

-"You watch 'Toy Story' and you see Woody go next door and see him go to all the toys that are mismatched pieces, and somehow they figure out as a group how to become [a successful unit]. I compare that to our team. We were a little bit of misfits that came from different pieces and to see how these guys came together was really very enjoyable." - Kevin Dineen on his first season as the Panthers' coach.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes signed undrafted free agent defenseman Mark Louis to a one-year contract.

IIHF World Championships

-Former Penguins forward Petr Nedved, 40, will be making his debut in the World Championships:

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-Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri will play for the United States.

(Photos: Meloche-Mitchell Layton/Getty Images; Capitals/Rangers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Kings/Blues-Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Karlsson-Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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