Empty Netter Assists - 05-22-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
Rangers - Devils

-Captain Zach Parise had two goals and an assist for the Devils in a 4-1 defeat of the rival Rangers in Game 4. Bryce Salvador added a goal and an assist for New Jersey while teammate Martin Brodeur made 28 saves.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this pass from Parise to set up teammate Travis Zajac:

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-In the third period, Rangers forward and former Penguin Mike Rupp started a skirmish by punching Brodeur. That ended up creating a confrontation between Devils coach Peter DeBoer and his counterpart on the Rangers, John Tortorella:

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-"I never really yap at anybody, especially him, he's so big. He just turned around and I guess he was a little pumped up and wanted to get somebody. I was the first target. It's a sign they're getting off their game a little bit." - Brodeur on Rupp.

-Both coaches declined to comment on their confrontation.

-New York's Ryan McDonagh and New Jersey's Adam Henrique had issues:

-Brodeur had issues with this puck:

-Devils forward and former Penguin Alexei Ponikarovsky appeared to bulldog New York's Marc Staal while battling for this puck:

-"It’s hockey. It’s not chess. We’re allowed to punch each other.” - Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk on a second period confrontation with Rangers captain Ryan Callahan.

-Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto was benched most of the second and third periods.

-Devils forward Jacob Josefson returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering a broken wrist April 3. In his place, former Penguins forward Petr Sykora was scratched.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

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Coyotes - Kings

-After leading the Coyotes with 35 goals in the regular season, forward Radim Vrbata has been limited to two goals in the playoffs.

-One of the few failures for the Kings in the postseason has been their power play which is struggling at 8.6 percent.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Northeast Division

-The Sabres re-signed defenseman Alexander Sulzer (right) to a one-year contract worth $725,000. Acquired from the Canucks at the trade deadline, Sulzer, 27, appeared in 27 games last season and scored nine points (three goals, six assists).

Southeast Division

-The Hurricanes re-signed defensemen Jamie McBain and Bobby Sanguinetti. McBain, 24, signed a two-year contract worth $3.6 million. In 76 games last season, McBain scored 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists). Sanguinetti, 24, signed a one-year two-way contract. In three NHL games last season, Sanguinetti did not record a point. In 60 games with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers, Sanguinetti had 50 points (10 goals, 40 assists).

-EN Says: McBain is a nice player with a solid all-around game. Getting him for a salary cap hit of $1.8 million is a nice deal.

Central Division

-The Blues signed defenseman Jani Hakanpaa, a fourth-round pick in 2010, to an entry-level contract.

Northwest Division

-With the Oilers searching for a new head coach, former Penguins forward Kelly Buchberger's (right) status as an assistant coach remains in limbo.

Pacific Division

-The Ducks signed goaltender Viktor Fasth to a one-year contract worth $1 million. Fasth, 29, appeared in 46 games last season for AIK of Sweden's Elitserien and a 2.04 goals against average, .934 save percentage and five shutouts.

Adams Division

-The New York Times paints a pretty gloomy picture with regards to the NHL's labor situation.

-Former Canucks/Ducks/Senators/Lightning forward Ryan Shannon has joined ZSC of Switzerland's NLA.

-Former Canadiens/Kings/Flames forward Raitis Ivanans has joined Dinamo Riga of Russia's KHL.

-Former Predators forward Linus Klasen has joined Luleå of Sweden's Elitserien.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Rangers/Devils-Julio Cortez/Associated Press and Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Sulzer-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Buchberger-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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