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Empty Netter Assists - 04-10-13

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "If it was baseball, we'd be celebrating right now, champagne and stuff. A little different culture, I guess." - Brooks Orpik on the Penguins winning the Atlantic Division.

-The Raleigh News and Observer's recap. “They’re a veteran team, and they made us pay on three simple turnovers." - Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''It's been a priority for us to look at being tops in the division for the seeding in the playoffs.'' - Dan Bylsma.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Deryk Engelland versus Carolina's Kevin Westgarth:

-Bylsma speaks:

-Jarome Iginla speaks:

-Could Kris Letang return to the lineup Thursday?

-Nailers forward Keven Veilleux, a second-round pick in 2007, will not be included as a "black ace" on the the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Penguins' postseason roster.

-The Penguins aren't shy about drafting college players.

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins forward Dan Trebil. Acquired at the 2000 trade deadline in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Ducks, Trebil spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1999-2000 by appearing in three games for the Penguins and scoring one goal. In the 2000 offseason, Trebil joined the Islanders as a free agent but was traded back to the Penguins in November of 2000-01 in exchange for a draft pick. He played in 16 games for the penguins that season before he was once against traded to the Blues in December in a deal which brought Marc Bergevin to the Penguins. In 19 games with the Penguins, Trebil scored one goal.

-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins all-star forward Rob Brown (right). A fourth-round pick in 1986, Brown spent parts of seven seasons with the Penguins. He debuted with the club in 1987-88 and responded by scoring 44 points in 51 games. His best season was 1988-89. He appeared in 68 games and recorded a career-high 115 points while being selected to the only All-Star Game of his career. In 11 postseason games that spring, "Downtown" scored eight points. He followed that up in 1989-90 by seeing action in 80 games and scoring 80 points. After 25 games and 10 points in 1990-91, Brown was traded to the Hartford Whalers in exchange for Scott Young. After bouncing around with the Whalers, Blackhawks, Stars and Kings, Brown returned to the Penguins as a free agent in the 1997 offseason. During 1997-98, Brown played in all 82 game and contributed 40 points. He saw action in six postseason games that spring and scored one goal. Brown followed that up in 1998-99 by appearing in 58 games and scoring 24 points. During that season's playoffs, Brown played in 13 games and netted seven points. Brown's final NHL season was 1998-99. He scored 23 points in 50 games. In the postseason that spring, he played in 11 games and scored three points. He was released in the 2000 offseason. In 414 regular season games with the Penguins, Brown, famous for his "windmill" celebration, scored 342 points, 18th-most in franchise history. In 41 postseason games, he scored 19 points.

-After the Jump: The Flyers keep losing and the Frozen Four descends on Pittsburgh.

Atlantic Division

-Former Penguins prospect Matt Moulson and John Tavares each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders in a 4-1 win against the Flyers. Brad Boyes and ex-Penguin Colin McDonald each recorded two assists for New York while teammate Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves. Fire Ray Shero.

-Check out this nifty little backhander by Philadelphia's Jakub Voracek:

-Check out the placement on this shot by New York's Michael Grabner:

-Ugly Goal of the Night: Tavares was given credit for this goal after Philadelphia's Erik Gustafsson knocked a puck into his own net:

-Acquired in a trade last week, Philadelphia goaltender Steve Mason is still sporting some of his Blue Jackets-themed gear:

-Getting up close and personal with Flyers forward and former Penguin Ruslan Fedotenko:

-High (five) times for New York's Keith Aucoin and Kyle Okposo:

-“To be honest, I don’t care. Really, I don’t care. I have no control on this, so why should I care?” - Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on potentially having his contract bought out.

-"You can call it whatever you want, but it's not a beach. A beach is somewhere in the Caribbean, somewhere in Florida where it's warm and you can swim. Here is dark water." - Bryzgalov on the beaches of Long Island.

-With former Penguins goaltender Johan Hedberg dealing with an undisclosed injury, the Devils recalled goaltender Keith Kinkaid from Albany of the AHL under emergency conditions.

-Rangers defenseman Marc Staal resumed practicing for the first time since suffering an eye injury March 5.

"The first week was pretty scary. I don't think my wife slept the first four nights, wiping blood off my eye and face. She's been huge for me, as well as my parents and brothers. It's amazing how small the hockey world is, how many people reach out and wish you well." - Staal on his recovery.

-The Rangers assigned forward J.T. Miller, a native of East Palestine, Ohio, to Connecticut of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-"The reason why I care so much is because I have desire to be a Buffalo Sabre for a long time. I don't want to go anywhere. I've made that quite clear I want to be here for a long time. If I'm a UFA guy or trying to attract players, there's nothing better than coming into a building knowing, "Wow, this is a fun place to play.' And that's obviously concerning in the aspect of UFAs and trying to attract the right players into the Buffalo Sabres." - Sabres forward Steve Ott (right) doing some damage control after he had earlier criticized Sabres fans for booing the team.

-Sabres forward Thomas Vanek returned to the lineup after missing six games due to an "upper-body" injury.

-The Bruins signed forward Seth Griffith, a fifth-round pick in 2012, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-Canadiens forward Rene Bourque returned to the lineup after missing 21 games due to a concussion.

-Former Bruins forward P.J. Axelsson announced his retirement.

Southeast Division

-A goal and an assist by Jack Hillen led the Capitals to a 3-2 win against the Canadiens. Nicklas Backstrom recorded two assists for Washington while teammate Michal Neuvirth made 27 saves in the victory. Lars Eller scored both of Montreal's goals.

-Check out this sick wrister by Washington captain Alex Ovechkin:

-Hillen's goal was a laser through traffic:

-Check out this nifty deflection goal by Eller:

-A goal and an assist by captain Andrew Ladd led the Jets to a 4-1 win against the Sabres. Bryan Little recorded two assists for Winnipeg while teammate Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves.

-It was that kind of night for the Sabres' bench:

-Captain Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and an assist for the Lightning in a 3-2 win against the Senators. Martin St. Louis recorded two assists for Tampa Bay while teammate Ben Bishop made 31 saves. Kyle Turris collected two assists for Ottawa.

-With an assist on this goal by Lecavalier, St. Louis recorded his 900th career point:

-Check out this feed by Lecavalier to set up Stamkos for a power-play goal:

-Dive of the Night: Lightning forward Steven Stamkos took a tumble after this stick check from Senators defenseman and former Penguin Sergei Gonchar:

-Tampa Bay's Sami Salo tried to hold up Ottawa's Cory Conacher from this puck:

-Happy times for the Lightning. Not so much for the Senators:

-Ottawa's Craig Anderson needed a cool down:

-Lightning forward and former Penguin Ryan Malone returned to the lineup after missing eight games due to a left shoulder injury.

-The Hurricanes signed forward forward Brendan Woods, a fifth-round pick in 2012, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Central Division

-Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves for the Blue Jackets in a 4-0 shutout of the Sharks. It was his fourth career shutout. Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist for Columbus.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this move in tight by Gaborik off a nice feed from Artem Anisimov:

-Check out this set-up by Gaborik for a goal by Ryan Johansen:

-Brian Elliott made all of 15 saves for the Blues in a 1-0 shutout of the Predators. It was Elliott's second consecutive shutout and the 20th of his career.

-Check out this rocket of a slapper by St. Louis' Alexander Steen:

-Nashville's Pekka Rinne looked this puck in all the way:

-Ray Emery made 20 saves for the Blackhawks in a 1-0 shutout of the Wild. It was the 14th shutout of his career.

-Chicago coach Joel Quenneville was able to laugh things off after taking a puck off the head on the bench:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa read this pass by Minnesota's Clayton Stoner, stole the puck and blasted it for the game's only goal:

-Chicago's Viktor Stalberg snapped off a shot as Minnesota's Nate Prosser went stick on puck:

-The Blackhawks signed forward Garret Ross, a fifth-round pick in 2012, to a three-year contract.

-The Blue Jackets assigned forward Michael Chaput and defenseman Cody Goloubef to Springfield of the AHL.

-Columbus signed signed forward Lukas Sedlak, a sixth-round pick in 2011, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Predators recalled forward Daniel Bang from Milwaukee of the AHL.

-The Blues recalled forward Dmitrij Jaskin from Peoria of the AHL.

-Red Wings forward Darren Helm is expected to miss the rest of the season due to a back ailment.

Northwest Division

-Wild forward Dany Heatley (right) is expected to miss the rest of the season, including playoffs, following shoulder surgery.

-Canucks forward Chris Tanev (ankle) and forward Chris Higgins (knee) are sidelined indefinitely due to injuries.

-The departure of defenseman Jay Bouwmeester at the trade deadline has created an oppotunity for Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie to rack up some major minutes.

-The Flames recalled forward Blair Jones from Abbotsford of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Vernon Fiddler had two goals and an assist for the Stars in a 5-1 win against the Kings. Ray Whitney scored two goals for Dallas while teammate Trevor Daley recorded two assists. Richard Bachman made 22 saves in the victory.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Los Angeles' Drew Doughty:

-Check out the placement on this shot by Whitney:

-Hit of the Night: Los Angeles' Robyn Regehr on Fiddler:

-Whitney being popular:

-Los Angeles' Jonahtan Quick crouched down low here:

-Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen left the game in the first period due to a "lower-body" injury.

-The Coyotes assigned defenseman David Rundblad to Portland of the AHL.

Adams Division

-The Frozen Four has grown quite a bit since 1948.

-Hosting the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh was a plan 10 years in the making.

-The Post-Gazette's Frozen Four page.

(Photos: Penguins/Hurricanes-Gerry Broome/Associated Press; Brown-Penguins Hockey Cards; Flyers/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Paul J. Bereswill/Associated Press; Ott-Rick Stewart/Getty Images; Sabres/Jets-Marianne Helm/Getty Images; Senators/Lightning-J. Meric/Getty Images and Chris O'Meara/Associated Press; Blues/Predators-Mark Humphrey/Associated Press; Blackhawks/Wild-Hannah Foslien/Getty Images; Heatley-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Kings/Stars-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images and LM Otero/Associated Press)

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