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Empty Netter Assists - 05-04-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins forward/antagonist Matthew Barnaby (right). Acquired at the 1999 trade deadline in a deal which sent Stu Barnes to the Sabres, Barnaby became one of the most popular players in franchise history despite only spending parts of three seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished the 1998-99 season with the Penguins by appearing in 18 games and recording four points and 18 penalty minutes. In 13 postseason games that spring, he did not record a point but accumulated 35 penalty minutes. The 1999-2000 campaign was his only full campaign in Pittsburgh and in 64 games, he netted 24 points and a team-high 197 penalty minutes. He saw action in 11 postseason games that season and recorded two assists. Despite only appearing in 47 games and recording five points in 2000-01, Barnaby still managed to lead the team with 168 penalty minutes. At the 2001 trade deadline, he was traded to the Lightning in exchange for Wayne Primeau. In 129 regular season games with the Penguins, Barnaby scored 33 points and accumulated 399 penalty minutes. In 24 postseason games, he recorded two assists and 64 penalty minutes.

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-Happy 75th birthday to former Penguins defenseman/forward George Konik. Acquired from the Rangers in the 1967 offseason along with Paul Andrea, Dunc McCallum and Frank Francis in a trade which sent Larry Jeffrey to the Rangers, Konik's NHL career amounted to 52 games and 19 points with the Penguins in their inaugural season. The following offseason, he was traded to the Oakland Seals in exchange for cash.

Playoff Stuff
Rangers - Capitals

-After losing Game 3 in three overtimes, Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner was greeted at home by this:

-Alzner showed a good sense of humor and tweeted the image with the following comment:

-“It’s good for the guys, especially with their legs,” Hunter said about the handful of players who came for treatment. “They just relax today. No video, no nothing. So after a long game like that, it is tiresome on your mind and this way you can rest your body and your mind.” - Capitals coach Dale Hunter on why he gave his team an optional skate after Game 3.

-Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has not lost back to back games in the NHL since November 2010.

-"I'm not sure if two years ago he would've felt comfortable in that situation. But he knows he's got a responsibility and in between periods in the locker room, his voice was heard." - Rangers coach John Tortorella on captain Ryan Callahan's role in his team win in Game 3.

Flyers - Devils

-An overtime goal and an assist by former Penguin Alexei Ponikarovsky led the Devils to a 4-3 win against the Flyers in Game 3. Fire Ray Shero. Ilya Kovalchuk added a goal and two assists for New Jersey while teammate Patrik Elias collected a goal and an assist. Martin Brodeur made 25 saves in the victory which gave the Devils a 2-1 series lead. Daniel Briere netted a goal and an assist for Philadelphia.

-Ponikarovsky's goal:

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-A good look at the goal:

-Happy times in New Jersey:

-“I didn’t have time to celebrate. Everybody jumped on me. It felt good in the pile.” - Ponikarovsky.

-"I don't know if I panicked or what. I saw Kovalchuk come on and I wanted to come off so we could get the right matchup. I thought I had time to get off so [Flyers defenseman Braydon] Coburn could get on the ice. Obviously, that wasn't the case. It was a stupid mistake." - Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson on how he played Ponikarovsky's goal.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal off a forecheck by Elias which set up captain Zach Parise for a goal:

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-A good look at the goal:

-Kovalchuk being popular:

-Happy times for Elias:

-Happy times for New Jersey's David Clarkson. Not so much for anyone else:

-We're not sure Philadelphia's Ilya Bryzgalov played the right angle on this one:

-New Jersey's Anton Volchenkov > Philadelphia's Matt Read:

-New Jersey's Bryce Salvador decided to powerbomb Philadelphia's James van Riemsdyk apparently:

-Funny Face of the Night: Briere celebrating a goal:

-Hairy times for Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell:

-The Devils had to kill two power plays in overtime.

-"Three points. A huge goal and a great play on the winner. He's a special player. It's good to get him back." - Parise on Kovalchuk returning to the lineup after missing Game 2 due to a back ailment.

-“I’ve got to step it up. I know I’ve got to be a better player.” - Flyers forward Claude Giroux.

-Flyers forward Sean Couturier left the game in the first period after suffering a suspected cut on a leg:

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-“Do they accept 40-year-olds out there?” - Brodeur on turning 40 Sunday.

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

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Blues - Kings

-A goal and two assists by Drew Doughty led the Kings to a 4-2 win against the Blues in Game 3. Mike Richards added a goal and an assist for Los Angeles while teammate Anze Kopitar recorded two assists. Jonathan Quick made 18 saves in the victory which gave the Kings a 3-0 series lead. Penguins athletic trainer Chris Stewart scored both of St. Louis' goals.

-Goal of the Night: Stewart's first goal was a tight nifty backhander:

-Richards ended up with a Gordie Howe Hat Trick:

-Happy times in Los Angeles:

-A good look at Quick's lid:

-St. Louis' Barrett Jackman had some issues with his mouthpiece here:

-"To get that standing ovation, the way they were cheering at the end, I had chills going through the pile at the end." - Kings forward Jarret Stoll.

-The Kings snapped an 0 for 30 drought on the power play.

-“There’s no doubt in my mind that we can come back." - Stewart.

-Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo returned to the lineup after missing Game 2 due to a knee injury.

Coyotes - Predators

-What will the Predators do with forwards Andrei Kostitsyn (right) and Alexander Radulov?

-Coyotes forward Raffi Torres will appeal the length of his 25-game suspension he received for hitting Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa in the head during the first round.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Northeast Division

-"Even in the games we won, I don’t think we played our best hockey. That part is difficult to swallow. We all feel we should still be playing.” - Bruins executive Cam Neely on his team's first round loss to the Capitals.

Southeast Division

-Panthers forward Kris Versteeg underwent hip surgery.

Central Division

-“I'm feeling better and slowly going for walks. That's a good thing. Training camp is still far away and we'll see what's going to happen. I've been in contact with the organization, Dr. (Michael) Terry and my trainers. So far, (it's) small steps. I believe I'll be ready.” - Hossa on his recovery from a concusson suffered as a result of Torres' hit.

Northwest Division

-Could former Penguins assistant coach Troy Ward be the Flames' next head coach?

Pacific Division

-The Ducks re-signed forward John Mitchell to a two-year two-way contract.

IIHF World Championships

-The preliminary round begins today.

-Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson will serve as the United States' captain. Jets forward Jim Slater (right) and Lightning forward Nate Thompson will be alternate captains.

-Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf was named Canada's captain. Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf and Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp will serve as alternate captains.

Norris Division

-A North American Hockey League junior team will relocate from Mat-Su, Alaska to Johnstown. The league is a junior A league, considered a step down from the United States Hockey League.

(Photos: Barnaby-Annie O'Neill/Post-Gazette; Flyers/Devils-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Julio Cortez/Associated Press; Blues/Kings-Harry How/Getty Images; Kostitsyn-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Slater-Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

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