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Empty Netter Assists - 04-11-13

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Penguins

-Welcome back Kris Letang (above).

-Brenden Morrow is looking for a gas station.

-The Penguins still want to earn a better seed in the postseason.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins acquired forward Derek Nesbitt from the Peoria Rivermen for future considerations.

-Happy 62nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ron Jones. Claimes from the Bruins in the 1973 intra-league draft, Jones appeared in 25 games for the 1973-74 Penguins and recorded three assists. Midway through the 1974-75 season, he was traded to the Capitals in exchange for Pete Laframboise.

-After the Jump: New Jersey's Bryce Salvador and Boston's Brad Marchand are injured.

Atlantic Division

-A shootout goal by Mats Zuccarello gave the Rangers a 3-2 win against the Maple Leafs. Carl Hagelin and Ryan McDonagh each had a regulation goal and an assist for New York while teammate Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves. Phil Kessel scored both of Toronto's regulation goals.

-Check out this move at the right point by McDonagh which led to his goal:

-Check out this pass by Toronto's James van Riemsdyk to set up Kessel for his second goal:

-Zuccarello being popular, short:

-McDonagh was pumped:

-Devils captain/defenseman Bryce Salvador left last night's game against the Bruins in the second period due to a potential wrist injury after blocking a shot from Bruins captain/defenseman Zdeno Chara.

-Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen denied reports from several media outlets in Philadelphia that goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov fell asleep during a team meeting.

-Philadelphia defenseman Nicklas Grossman is expected to miss the rest of the season due to a concussion.

Northeast Division

-Two goals by Gregory Campbell helped the Bruins hold off the Devils, 5-4. Daniel Paille added a goal and an assist for Boston while teammates Rich Peverly and Jaromir Jagr recorded two assists. Fire Craig Patrick. Anton Khudobin made 24 saves in the victory.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out the effort by New Jersey's Travis Zajac on this short-handed goal:

-Bruins forward Brad Marchand left the game in the second period after he was struck in the head by an elbow from Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov. The play in question:

-Volchenkov will face a disciplinary hearing today.

-New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur had all sorts of issues:

-Getting up close and personal with Boston's Dennis Seidenberg:

-The Canadiens signed goaltender Peter Budaj to a two-year contract extension worth a total of $2.8 million. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.15 million, Budaj's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.4 million. In eight games this season, Budaj, 30 , has a 6-1-1 record with a 2.28 goals against average, .917 save percentage and one shutout.

-EN Says: Budaj will never be confused with Tomas Vokoun or Ray Emery as far as high-end back-up goaltenders go, but he's an adequate back-up for franchise goaltender Carey Price. He can step in to the lineup to offer Price a night off and give the Canadiens a chance to win. This is a fair contract.

-The Senators recalled forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau from Binghamton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-The Hurricanes recalled forward Nicolas Blanchard from Charlotte of the AHL under emergency conditions and assigned forward Zac Dalpe to Charlotte.

-Carolina also recalled former Penguins forward Tim Wallace (right) from Charlotte.

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

-Panthers rookie forward Drew Shore is expected to return to the lineup after missing two games due to a wrist injury.

-The Capitals' recent surge has benefitted by playing in the weak Southeast Division.

Central Division

-Should Corey Crawford or Ray Emery be the Blackhawks' No. 1 goaltender in the postseason?

Northwest Division

-Roberto Luongo made 40 saves for the Canucks in a 4-1 win against the Flames. Ryan Kesler and captain Henrik Sedin each recorded two assists for Vancouver.

-Luongo snagged this puck:

-Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche which defeated the Ducks, 4-1. P.A. Parenteau recorded two assists for Colorado while teammate Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 21 saves.

-Check out this rocket of a one-timer by Duchene:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this dish from Anahem's Kyle Palmieri to set up Teemu Selanne for a score:

-Check out this snipe from in tight by Colorado's Jamie McGinn:

-Giguere kept an eye on this puck:

-"It's one thing to go out and say what he did in the media, but to back it up with his play like he did tonight, it's huge. It shows what kind of character he has, what kind of a player he is." - Avalanche captain/forward Gabriel Landeskog on Giguere after Giguere ripped the team for a poor effort earlier in the week.

-With goaltender Semyon Varlamov dealing with a hip injury, the Avalanche recalled goaltender Sami Aittokallio from Lake Erie of the AHL.

-Wild goaltender Josh Harding resumed practicing for the first time since March 11. He has been sidelined due to multiple sclerosis.

Pacific Division

-Boyd Gordon and David Moss each had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes in a 3-1 win against the Oilers. Mike Smith made 29 saves in the victory.

-Hit of the Night: Phoenix's Martin Hanzal on Edmonton's Taylor Hall:

-Happy times for Edmonton rookie Nail Yakupov and captain Shawn Horcoff:

-With goaltender Kari Lehtonen dealing with a "lower-body" injury, the Stars recalled goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp from Texas of the AHL under emergency conditions.

-The Ducks signed undrafted forward John Kurtz, currently assigned to the team's AHL affiliate in Norfolk, to a one-year entry-level contract.

-"I enjoy the teaching part of it. I found that as a head coach you weren't given time to do that because there were so many more things you had to worry about." - Sharks assistant coach Larry Robinson on being an assistant versus a head coach.

Patrick Division

-How big of an issue is insurance in allowing NHLers participate in the 2014 Olympics?

-The Post-Gazette's Frozen Four page.

(Photos: Letang-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Maple Leafs/Rangers-Al Bello/Getty Images; Bruins/Devils and Wallace-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Canucks/Flames-Larry MacDougal/Canadian Press; Avalanche/Ducks-Jeff Gross/Getty Images; Coyotes/Oilers-Perry Nelson/Getty Images)

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