Empty Netter Assists - 04-23-14

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Blue Jackets

-Welcome back Brian Gibbons (above) and Marcel Goc ... to an optional skate.

-“We seemed more organized. We created momentum instead of giving it up.” - Matt Niskanen on the team's power play in Game 3.

-"We asked [Marc-Andre Fleury] to shut the door, and he did. He gave us a chance to win.” - Lee Stempniak on Marc-Andre Fleury on Fleury in Game 3.

-“Everybody knows his story. He tried really hard to figure out a way to not put himself in those situations. Unfortunately, when you throw a lot of hits and the game is fast-paced, sometimes that happens and you have to take responsibility for it and live with whatever the consequences are.” - Craig Adams on Wild forward and former Penguins teammate Matt Cooke injuring Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie with a knee-on-knee hit Monday. Cooke is facing a potential suspension.

-Rob Scuderi speaks:

-Jayson Megna speaks:

-Why have all of the goals scored by Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson been scored near the Penguins' cage? "I haven’t had a Pittsburgh guy around me which has been pretty nice."

-"We want to win the Stanley Cup. That’s our main goal. It’s not just happy to be here. We expect to give this team everything we got." - Blue Jackets foward and Plum native (No, really!) R.J. Umberger.

-“It shows we can play with these guys, absolutely. But the fact that we’ve let two two-goal leads slip away means we need to do a better job of putting them away." - Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski on his teams surrendering 3-1 leads in each of his team's losses this series.

-Has Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky been taunting the Penguins?

-After the Jump: Dan Carcillo gets some revenge on the Flyers while the Canadiens sweep the Lightning.

Rangers - Flyers

-Dan Girardi and Martin St. Louis each had a goal and an assist for the Rangers in a 4-1 win against the Flyers. Rick Nash recorded two assists for the Rangers while teammate Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves.

-Check out this deflection goal by St. Louis:

-Check out this feed by Philadelphia's Jakub Voracek to set up Mark Streit for a goal:

-Check out the power on this one-timer by Girardi:

-"Nothing surprises me about this city and the way people act.” - Rangers forward and former Flyer Dan Carcillo on having Philadelphia fans boo him after being injured on a high hit by Flyers forward Matt Read.

-The hit in question:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this feed by New York's Brian Boyle to set up Carcillo for a goal and a celebation with Flyers fans who let him know he was No. 1:

-Happy times for the Rangers. Not so much for Philadelphia's Ray Emery:

-Lundqvist got lost in a forest of legs and sticks here:

-Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell being popular:

-Voracek and New York's Carl Hagelin had issues here:

-Girardi and Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux battled for position:

-Many Flyers "faithful" left the game early:

-Flyers goaltender Steve Mason, who missed the first two games of the series due to an "upper-body" injury, replaced Emery in the third period. Mason is expected to start Game 4.

-Flyers captain/forward Claude Giroux has been limited to two assists thus far in the series.

Bruins - Red Wings

-Tuukka Rask made 23 saves for the Bruins in a 3-0 shutout of the Red Wings in Game 3. It was Rask's fourth career postseason shutout. Boston leads the series, 2-1.

-Rask was all over this puck:

-A hockey night in Hockeytown:

-“I don’t think there’s ever anything wrong with losing when you maximize your group and did everything you could. That’s why that’s disappointing to me. We’ve been a way better team than that. That’s unacceptable. And that’s not taking away anything from the Bruins. I thought we looked like kids tonight for sure, no question about it.” - Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

-The Bruins got a win in Joe Louis Arena for the first time since March 11, 2007.

-Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski, a native of Mt. Lebanon, returned to the lineup after missing the first two games of the series due to an illness.

Canadiens - Lightning

-Carey Price made 20 saves for the Canadiens in a 4-3 series-clinching win against the Lightning in Game 4. Montreal swept the series, 4-0.

-Ugly Goal of the Night: Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat scored after a poor turnover by Montreal's Alexei Emelin near his own net:

-Montreal's Max Pacioretty scored the eventual game- and series-winning goal with 42.6 seconds remaining in regulation:

-“The boys were joking that they didn’t need my goal till the end." - Pacioretty on breaking out of a scoring slump and getting his first goal of the series.

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

-Happy times at the Montreal bench:

-Cool Photo of the Night: The Star Spangled Banner being played in Montreal:

-Montreal's Daniel Briere got a goal here against Tampa goaltender Anders Lindback and defenseman Cedric Paquette:

-A hockey night in Montreal:

-"If we were going to go down we were going to go down swinging and I thought we went down swinging. There were 21,000 fans who were a little nervous in the third period." -  Lightning coach Jon Cooper.

-The Canadiens swept a playoff series for the first time since 1993 while the Lightning was swept for the first time in franchise history.

-After the Lightning was eliminated, it was reveals goaltender  Ben Bishop did not play due to a dislocated elbow.

Avalanche - Wild

-Cooke will have an in-person disciplinary hearing with the NHL in New York today, 12:30 p.m.

-“We all want to play good, physical, intense hockey. At the same time, I know that they want to do the same to us. Neither side wants to see anyone get hurt. Obviously, on our part, we don’t want to see one of our players get suspended. Obviously, I’m not going to be sitting here and saying we’re in a great mood about any of that.” - Wild coach Mike Yeo on Cooke.

-Defenseman Ryan Wilson is expected to replace Barrie in the lineup.

-The Wild recalled forwards Raphael Bussieres, Jake Dowell, Tyler Graovac, Carson McMillan, Zack Phillips, defensemen Steven Kampfer, Jon Landry and goaltenders Johan Gustafsson from the Iowa of the AHL.

Blues - Blackhawks

-Could Blues captain/forward David Backes (right) return to the lineup after sitting out Game 3 due to a suspected head injury?

-“[The Blackhawks are] not a defending champion because they have skill. It’s because they have resolve. You’re trying to beat resolve. You’re not trying to beat their skill. Everybody’s got skill. And it is one hell of a challenge." - Blues coach Ken Hitchcock.

Ducks - Stars

-“I told them if this was me on this team, I’d go right after it. It’s playoff hockey. You do what you do. You pinpoint that guy’s weakness, and you go after it.” - Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on Stars forward Antoine Roussel punching Ducks captain/forward Ryan Getzlaf's injured face in Game 3.

Sharks - Kings

-An overtime goal and an assist by Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks a 4-3 win against the Kings in Game 3. Antti Niemi made 28 saves for San Jose which leads the series, 3-0. Drew Doughty recorded two assists for Los Angeles.

-Fluky Goal of the Night: San Jose's Brent Burns fanned on a one-timer only to have it flutter into the cage:

-Goal of the Night: Check out this nifty backhanded score off the left wing by Los Angeles' Marian Gaboik:

-Check out this deflection goal by San Jose's Matt Nieto:

-Marleau's goal:

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

-Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick looked this puck in:

-Niemi and teammate Jason Demers had a moment:

-“It's a tough hill and we won't go quietly away, that's for sure." - Kings coach Darryl Sutter.

-The Kings recalled forward Colin Fraser from Manchester of the AHL.

-"I'm sure he felt brutal in that moment last night, thinking, `What did I just do, all that work goes down the drain.' He'll take what he gets and I'm sure he'll be back being an effective player for them in the future.'' - Sharks forward Raffi Torres on Cooke. Like Cooke, Torres has an extensive history with being suspended for dangerous hits.

Non-Playoff Stuff

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have gone 0-3-1 on the road this season against the Binghamton Senators, their first-round opponent.

-Happy 65th birthday to former Penguins forward Gregg Sheppard (right). Acquired prior to the 1978-79 season in a trade which sent Jean Pronovost to the Atlanta Flames, Sheppard spent four seasons with the Penguins. During 1978-79, Sheppard appeared in 60 games and contribute 37 points. He saw action in seven postseason games that spring and scored three points. He followed that up in 1979-80 by playing in 76 games and once against scored 37 points. During that season's playoffs, Sheppard played in five games and collected two points. In 1980-81, Sheppard was limited to 47 games and 28 points. During that spring's postseason, he came through with six points in five games. His final NHL season was 1981-82. He saw action in 58 games and scored 21 points. He was released in the 1982 offseason. In 241 games with the Penguins, he recorded 123 points, 69th-most in franchise history. In 17 postseason games, he scored 11 points.


-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins forward Jock Callander. A free agent signing prior in the 1987 offseason, Callandar spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1987-88, Callandar set career highs with 41 games and 27 points. He followed that up in 1988-89 by playing in 30 games and scoring 11 points. During that spring's postseason, Callandar played in 10 games and contributed seven points. In 1989-90, Callandar appeared in 30 games and recorded 11 points again. After spending all of 1990-91 with the Penguins' IHL affiliate in Muskegon, Callandar saw action in 12 postseason games in 1992 with fellow call-ups Dave Michayluk and Mike Needham on a unit dubbed "The Muskegon Line" and contributed four points while helping the franchise earn its second consecutive Stanley Cup title. He joined the expansion Lightning in the 1992 offseason. In 101 regular season game with the Penguins, Callandar recorded 49 points. In 22 postseason games, he scored 11 points.


-Happy 71st birthday to former Penguins general manager Tony Esposito. A hall-of-fame goaltender primarily renown for his time with the Blackhawks, "Tony O" spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. Hired in the 1988 offseason, the team went 40-33-7 in 1988-89, his only full season with the franchise and advanced to the postseason for the first time in seven seasons. After going 10-14-2 at the start of the 1989-90 campaign, Esposito was fired Dec. 5, 1989. In 106 regular season games, the franchise has a 50-47-9 record under Esposito.



Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Devils defenseman Mark Fayne will be sidelined eight to 10 weeks following groin surgery.

-The Devils signed forward Graham Black, a fifth-round pick in 2012, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Central Division

-The Predators signed defensemen Garrett Noonan and Jaynen Rissling to entry-level contracts. Noonon, a fourth-round pick in 2011, signed for two years. Rissling, acquired from the Capitals this week, signed for three years.

Norris Division

-Marleau, Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly and Rangers forward Martin St. Louis were named finalists for the Lady Byng Award.

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Rob Carr/Getty Images, Leon Halip/Getty Images, Jeff Gross/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images, Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images and Chris Szagola/Associated Press)

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