Empty Netter Assists - 05-02-12

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-An evaluation of the Penguins organizational depth at forward. (PG+)

-“Sidney Crosby needs to be in elite shape to perform at the level that he needs to perform at. I haven’t talked to him, but I don’t think he was feeling great. You can’t miss that much time in a season, even Sidney Crosby.” - Former Penguins forward Gary Roberts (right) on Crosby's performances in the postseason.

-Brad Thiessen made 34 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who lost to the St. John's IceCaps, 3-1, in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

-"They won every puck battle. They were skating faster. They were moving faster. They spent time in our zone. They put pucks to the net. They just outplayed us." - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach John Hynes.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were one of the few teams in the AHL to suffer a dip in attendance this season.

Playoff Stuff
Rangers - Capitals

-“I’m not gonna give you much information. Some of you guys sit here and tell me I’m curt or whatever. I’m not gonna have a staring contest. If you don’t ask me questions, I’ll just leave. So that’s the way it is. I’m sorry I’m not a guy that wants to converse about everything during the playoffs. I’m not.” - Rangers coach John Tortorella (right) on how he handles the media in the postseason.

-The Rangers have lost five consecutive postseason games at the Verizon Center.

-The Capitals recalled former Penguins goaltender Dany Sabourin, defenseman Sean Collins and forward Cody Eakin from Hershey of the AHL.

Flyers - Devils

-Martin Brodeur made 19 saves for the Devils who defeated the Flyers, 4-1, in Game 2. Dainius Zubrus recorded two assists for New Jersey which tied the series, 1-1.

-The Flyers managed only 11 shots in the first two periods.

-"I was nervous and I’m not usually nervous at all. It was a special game for me." - Devils defenseman Adam Larsson on scoring a goal in his playoff debut.

-Larsson's goal was a bit of a snipe:

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-Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov had issues with this puck:

-Devils forward and former Penguin Petr Sykora gunned this puck down ice:

-"I think internally, without anybody even needing to say anything — we all knew we needed to be better to fill that void. And we did that." - Devils captain Zach Parise on playing without forward Ilya Kovalchuk who is dealing with what the team officially lists as a "lower-body" injury.

-"It's disappointing. Bryz is really the only one who showed up tonight." - Flyers forward Daniel Briere on Bryzgalov.

-Bryzgalov had plenty of fan support:

-According to Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger, Kovalchuk's "lower-body" injury is his back.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

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Blues - Kings

-Blues goaltender Jarolsav Halak will be sidelined the remainder of this round due to an ankle injury.

-The Kings have been dangerous on the penalty kill.

Coyotes - Predators

-"Yeah, I mean, I didn't come back that late. I don't want to talk about it. They did what they have to do. I'm good with that. ... Don't get me wrong, I'm disappointed and I understand that was my mistake. I really hope that everything's going to work out for the team. If I get a chance to play again in the future, I'll help the team win. That's about it." - Predators forward Alexander Radulov on being suspended by the team for Game 3.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Northeast Division

-As first reported by Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune, the Canadiens have hired former Penguins defenseman Marc Bergevin (right) to be their next general manager. He has spent the past seven seasons as a part of the Blackhawks' front office in a variety of roles.

Southeast Division

-“They changed the culture here. Florida’s a great place to play. I never thought I’d say that sitting from the outside all those years in New Jersey.” - Panthers forward John Madden on his team reaching the postseason for the first time in 12 years.

Central Division

-Blackhawks defenseman Sami Lepisto tweeted this photo of his leg which was a tad dinged up after blocking a shot in the first round against the Coyotes:

Northwest Division

-Canucks forward David Booth is having a busy offseason. He tweeted this yesterday:

-Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov unavailable for comment.

-The Oilers signed forward Kristians Pelss, a seventh-round pick in 2010, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Norris Division

-The NHL officially announced it would once again have HBO film "24/7" with the Red Wings and Maple Leafs in conjuction with next season's Winter Classic.

-Former Canadiens/Rangers/Canucks forward Jozef Balej has joined HC Plzen of the Czech Extraliga.

(Photos: Roberts/Crosby and Bergevin-Dave Sandford/Getty Images; Tortorella-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Devils/Flyers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Tom Mihalek/Associated Press)

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