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Empty Netter Assists - 04-12-13

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We're confident in each other that no matter who steps over the boards, they know what they're doing out there." - Tanner Glass (above, with Jussi Jokinen).

-The Tampa Bay Times' recap. "You can't go into a game against this team and think we're just going to tic-tac-toe and go back door for the highlight goal of the night. I thought we passed up a lot of shots. We had time and possession in their zone for extended periods and came up with zero shots on goal." - Lightning coach Jon Cooper.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''Obviously, we have a really good team and we're missing a couple of key players still. We have some depth on this team as well, and that's what you need when you go to the playoffs.'' - Jokinen.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Douglas Murray versus Tampa Bay's B.J. Crombeen:

-A good look at the fight:

-Everyone had issues here:

-Deryk Engelland was hands-on with Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos:

-Happy times for the Lightning. Not so much for Tomas Vokoun:

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Despite little power-play time, Pascal Dupuis is one of eight players who have reached 20 goals each of the past two seasons.

-It's probably only a matter of time until Sidney Crosby loses his lead in the scoring race to Steven Stamkos.

-Former Penguins forward/enforcer Ryan VandenBussche is participating in a brain study through Toronto’s Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.

-The NHL and NHLPA announced a partnership with the You Can Play initiative to combat homophobia in sports.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins can clinch a playoff berth this weekend.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward Krzysztof Oliwa. Acquired midway through the 2000-01 season in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Blue Jackets, "The Polish Hammer" spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2000-01 by appearing in 26 games for the Penguins and scoring three points while accumulating a massive 131 penalty minutes. In five postseason games that spring, he failed to record a poitn and netted 16 penalty minutes. During 2001-02, he played in 58 games, recorded two assists and accumulated a team-leading 150 penalty minutes. During the 2002 offseason, he was traded to the Rangers in exchange for a draft pick. One of seven natives of Poland to play in the NHL, Oliwa appeared in 83 games, scored five points and recorded 281 penalty minutes.

-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins forward Kent Manderville. Acquired at the 2002 trade deadline in a deal which sent Billy Tibbetts to the Flyers, Manderville spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2001-02 by playing in four games for the Penguins and scoring one goal. In 2002-03, Manderville played in all 82 game and scored seven points. He retired following the season. In 86 games for the Penguins, Manderville scored eight points.

-After the Jump: Philadelphia's Ilya Bryzgalov offers a journalism lesson and New Jersey's Anton Volchenkov is suspended.

Atlantic Division

-Josh Bailey scored both of the Islanders' goals in a 2-1 win against the Bruins. Captain Mark Streit recorded two assists for New York while teammate Evgeni Nabokov made 30 saves.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Bailey:

-Check out the placement ont his shot by Boston's Tyler Seguin:

-Check out this save by Boston's Tuukka Rask on New York's Matt Moulson:

-Happy times for the Bruins. Not so much for Nabokov:

-Boston's Kaspars Daguavins had to fend off a stick on puck from New York's Casey Cizikas:

-Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov was suspended four games for a hit to the head of Bruins forward Brad Marchand Wednesday. The NHL's explanation:

-"I understand. In all the videos I hit the guy in the head. I raised my arm. I tried coming for the puck and I tried to play the puck and take a hit at the same time because it was near the boards. But I got turned and my arm hit him in the head. I feel bad because I don’t try to hurt people. ... That's hockey. The game is so quick. Maybe in a couple seconds he’d have gone through, but it looked like he stopped before me. It cost me.” - Volchenkov.

-EN Says: This was an easy one for the league to figure out. Volchenkov, who has a history in terms of discipline, came in high with an elbow, made contact with Marchand's head and injured him. That said, the lack of consistency with head shots is still maddening.

-Has a battle for playoff seeding reignited the Islanders-Rangers rivalry?

-Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov shot back at the Philadelphia media yesterdy after reports surfaced accusing him of sleeping in a meeting:

-Philadelphia assigned forward Tye McGinn to Adirondack of the AHL.

-The Flyers signed forward Petr Straka to an entry-level contract. A fifth-round pick of the Blue Jackets in 2010, Straka never signed with Columbus and became a free agent. He is not related to former Penguins forward Martin Straka.

Northeast Division

-Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban each had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens in a 5-1 win against the Sabres. Max Pacioretty and Michael Ryder each recorded two assists for Montreal while teammate Peter Budaj made 14 saves.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Montreal captain Brian Gionta:

-Check out the passing which led to a goal for Buffalo's Brian Flynn:

-Sabres forward/antagonist Steve Ott tried to lick the visor of Canadiens forward Jeff Halpern:

-The win secured a playoff berth for the Canadiens.

-Sabres defenseman and Cranberry native Mike Weber was hands on with Montreal's Lars Eller:

-Robin Lehner made 24 saves for the Senators in a 3-1 win against the Flyers. Ottawa snapped a five-game losing streak.

-Check out this goal in tight by Ottawa's Zack Smith:

-Bryzgalov kept an eye on this puck:

-Bruins forward Brad Marchand was diagnosed with a "mild" concussion according to the team.

-Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers will miss the resst of the season due to a broken bone in a leg.

-Senators forward Milan Michalek is expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Devils after missing 15 games following knee surgery.

-Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul was officially diagnosed with a concussion.

Southeast Division

-Two goals by Troy Brouwer led the Capitals to a 3-1 win against the Hurricanes. Braden Holtby made 43 saves in the victory which was Washington's sixth consecutive.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this "save" by Washington defenseman John Carlson:

-Check out the placement on this shot by Washington's Mike Green:

-Hit of the Night: Hurrcanes forward and former Penguin Tim Wallace on Washington captain Alex Ovechkin:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Carolina's Nicolas Blanchard and Washington's Matt Hendricks had issues:

-Everyone had issues here:

-Evander Kane scored two goals for the Jets in a 7-2 rout of the Panthers. Grant Clitsome and captain Andrew Ladd each had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg while teammates Zach Bogosian and Bryan Little each recorded two assists. Ondrej Pavelec made 25 saves in the victory. T.J. Brennan and Tomas Fleischmann each had a goal and an assist for Florida.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this pass by Little to set up Ladd in tight:

-Check out this pass in tight by Little to set up Clitsome for a goal:

-Check out this deflection goal by Jets forward and former Penguin Chris Thorburn:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-The Panthers recalled forward Greg Rallo from San Antonio of the AHL.

Central Division

-Brian Elliott made 23 saves for the Blues in a 2-0 shutout of the Wild. It was Elliott's third consecutive shutout and the 21st of his career.

-Elliott kept an eye on this puck:

-Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom had less success with this puck:

-Predators forwards Paul Gaustad (shoulder) and wings Colin Wilson (shoulder) and Gabriel Bourque (knee) will each undergo season-ending surgeries.

Northwest Division

-Wild defenseman Ryan Suter left last night's game against the Blues in the second period due to an undisclosed injury.

Pacific Division

-Shootout goals by Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks a 3-2 win against the Red Wings. Antti Niemi made 27 saves in the victory.

-Check out this pass by San Jose's Joe Pavelski to set up Marleau for a short-handed goal:

-Check out this pass in tight by Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg to set up Jakub Kindl for a regulation goal:

-Save of the Night: Niemi on Detroit's Cory Emmerton:

-Shootout goals by Jeff Carter, captain Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar gave the Kings a 3-2 win against the Avalanche. Mike Richards had a regulation goal and an assist for Los Angeles while teammate Jonathan Quick made 26 saves.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Carter for a regulation goal:

-Right Place, Right Time Goal of the Night: Richards cashed in here after former Penguins prospect Jake Muzzin fanned on a shot:

-Brown > Colorado's Jean-Sebastien Giguere:

-Adorable Photo of the Night: Los Angeles' Justin Williams holding the hand of a young Kings fan during the national anthem:

-The Stars signed forward Curtis McKenzie, a sixth-round pick in 2009, to a two-year entry-level contract.

Norris Division

-Former Sharks/Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki has retired.

College Hockey

-Qunnipac will meet Yale in the NCAA Tournament championship game.

-The Post-Gazette's Frozen Four page.

(Photos: Penguins/Lightning-J. Meric/Getty Images and Chris O'Meara/Associated Press; Islanders/Bruins-Charles Krupa/Associated Press and Alex Trautwig/Getty Images; Canadiens/Sabres-Gary Wiepert/Associated Press; Senators/Flyers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Hurricanes/Capitals-Evan Vucci/Associated Press; Blues/Wild-Hannah Foslien/Getty Images and Jim Mone/Associated Press; Avalanche/Kings-Stephen Dunn/Getty Images and Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

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