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Empty Netter Assists - 05-03-12

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Penguins

-Evgeni Malkin (right), Lightning forward Steven Stamkos and Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist were named finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award.

-The second part of an evaluation of the Penguins' forwards. (PG+).

-Brad Thiessen made 22 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who defeated the St. John's SeaCaps, 3-1, in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Cal O'Reilly recorded two assists for the Penguins. The series is tied, 1-1.

-"It was just, let's go out and get a split. Let's play our game. All the X's and O's, we already know those. We came in prepared. Just play a certain way and give ourselves the best chance to win." - Eric Tangradi on the win.

-Highlights courtesy of @EricP55:

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-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jeff Chychrun. Acquired along with Brian Benning and a draft pick in a deal which sent Paul Coffey to the Kings prior to the 1992 trade deadline, Chychrun spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished the 1991-92 season by appearing in 16 games for the Penguins and recorded one assist. While he didn't appear in the playoffs that spring, he did get his name engraved on the Stanley Cup for the club's 1992 championship. After appearing in one game for the Penguins in the following season, Chychrun was dealt back to the Kings in exchange for Empty Netters hero Peter Ahola. In 17 regular season games, Chychrun recorded one assist.

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Playoff Stuff
Rangers - Capitals

-A goal and an assist by Marian Gaborik gave the Rangers a dramatic 2-1 win against the Capitals in the third overtime of Game 3. Henrik Lundqvist made 45 saves in the victory which gave New York a 2-1 series lead.

-Gaborik's goal:

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-A good look at Washington goaltender Braden Holtby allowing the goal:

-Happy times for the Rangers:

-In the first overtime, Washington captain Alex Ovechkin nearly scored a goal. Instead he hit the far post:

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-Hit of the Night: Check out this brutal but clean check by Washington's Matt Hendricks on New York's Ryan McDonagh which nearly led to a goal by Washington's Troy Brouwer:

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-"Uh … frustration, frustration for me. I was in tight, I was trying to get it up [on Lundqvist] and it just rolled over my stick. I gotta at least get it on net to give it a chance to go in." - Brouwer on missing the goal.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Washington's John Carlson:

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-Check out this hit by New York's Marc Staal on Ovechkin:

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-Stoic times for Holtby:

-Semin went all Michael Jordan here with his tongue out:

-"It was about will. It feels great . . . it takes quite a bit. Some of us have been through this type of overtimes. Everybody left everything out there." - Gaborik.

-“At that point in the game, the third overtime, guys are dyin’ and it doesn’t matter how good hands you have or how fast a skater you are. It’s how bad you want it, and blocking everything out mentally that you’re not tired and you’re just gonna keep working.” - Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi.

-“That’s extremely, extremely disappointing. Whenever you lose in overtime it sucks, but when you lose in triple overtime it’s even worse. We had so many chances and they either blocked it or Lundqvist came up with the save, or we hit a post. That just makes it even more frustrating.” - Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner.

-McDonagh logged a mammoth 53:21 of ice time on 60 shifts.

-At 114 minutes and 41 seconds, the game was the 20th longest in NHL history.

-In response to Rangers fans chanting "Ovie Sucks" at the 8:00 remaining marks of each period in Games 1 and 2 in Madison Square Garden, Capitals fans responded at the Verizon Center last night with simple "Ov-ie!" chants at the 8:00 marks.

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

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Flyers - Devils

-Forward Travis Zajac nearly had his entire season wiped out due to an Achilles tendon injury. Instead, he's the Devils' leading scorer in the postseason.

-If you can imagine such a thing, an Atlantic Division team is successfully keeping the Flyers' power play in check. The Devils are 10 of 11 on the penalty kill this series.

-Devils coach Peter DeBoer is playing the "the pressure's on the Flyers" game.

-How is Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk's "lower-body" injury?

-"I wasn't forechecking. I wasn’t hitting. It seemed like my legs weren’t moving, and when you don’t have a guy on your line going, it’s tough to get the other guys going as well. I have to be better. I have to get emotionally into the game. It felt like it was just too easy for them. It’s part of my mold _ to make it hard for them.” - Flyers forward Scott Hartnell on losing Game 2, 4-1.

-"The problem with monkeys, they push the wrong buttons." - Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov engaged in a bizarre discussion about animals in space yesterday.

-Flyers forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr (right), 40, suggested he could play until he's 50.

Blues - Kings

-Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo ("lower-body") resumed practicing.

-The Kings have managed to score four shorthanded goal while only allowing three power-play goals in the postseason.

Coyotes - Predators

-Pekka Rinne made 32 saves for the Predators who shut out the Coyotes, 2-0, in Game 3. Phoenix has a 2-1 series lead.

-Ugly Goal of the Night: Check out this poor pass by Phoenix's Mike Smith which led to a goal for Nashville's David Legwand:

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-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal by Nashville's Martin Erat which led to a goal for Mike Fisher:

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-Gritty Play of the Night: A catfish was thrown onto the ice during the first period. One of the Predators' icegirls retreived it with her bare hands:

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-EN Says: If you know a girl who can ice skate and is willing to handle a dead fish without any gloves... marry her.

-Smith didn't seem too impressed:

-Charlie Daniels was getting it on in Nashville:

-Rinne sprawled out for this puck:

-“It’s a privilege to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs, to play for the Cup, and those guys took advantage of the privilege of playing. I think that’s a sacred part of the playoffs. It will be very hard to change a whole lot from that group.” - Predators coach Barry Trotz on the potential of returning suspended forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn to the line up for Game 4.

-"We found out after Game 2, and hell would have had to freeze over for them to play in Game 2 if I had known before. I think it's simple. That's how I am. That's how the management team is, and that's how the Nashville Predators organization is run."- Trotz on suspending Radulov and Kostitsyn. Both players were reportedly spotted out on the town past curfew prior to Game 2.

-Coyotes defenseman and former Penguin Michal Rozsival returned to the lineup after missing Game 2 due to an undisclosed injury.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Northeast Division

-With the hiring of Marc Bergevin as new general manager, the Canadiens announced interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth (right), a former Penguins forward, would not retain his position.

-Maple Leafs forward Tyler Biggs, a first-round poick in 2011, plans on leaving Miami, Ohio to begin his professional career.

Southeast Division

-“What we’re working on now is whatever it takes to get a top player, whether it’s a center or a wing." - Hurricanes general manager and former Penguins goaltender Jim Rutherford on his biggest offseason priority.

Northwest Division

-The Flames signed forward Roman Cervenka (right) to a one-year contract worth 3.775 million. Considered one of the best players in the world outside of the NHL, Cervenka, a native of the Czech Republic, appeared in 54 games last season with Avangard Omsk of the KHL and scored 39 points (23 goals, 16 assists).

Smythe Division

-Former Coyotes/Flyers/Wild forward Branko Radivojevic has joined Spartak Moskva of the KHL.

(Photos: Malkin and Cervenka-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Rangers/Capitals-Patrick McDermott/Getty Images and Susan Walsh/Associated Press; Jagr-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Coyotes/Predators-Mark Humphrey/Associated Press; Cunneyworth-Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

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