Empty Netter Assists - 04-14-13

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "Each game, somebody is stepping up." - Brenden Morrow.

-The Miami Herald's recap. Panthers defesnsemen Dmitry Kulikov and Filip Kuba each left the game due to "lower-body" injuries.

-The South Florida Sun Sentinel's recap. "That's always a disappointment for the 18,000 people there tonight. They want to see those premier players in the league. No different when you spent lots of bucks on a Heat game and you don't get to see [LeBron James] right now." - Panthers coach Kevin Dineen on the Penguins' lineup missing some all-stars.


-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Evgeni Malkin, who was dealing with a sunburn, missed the game due to an "upper body" injury.

-Pascal Dupuis is productive.

-Looking at the Penguins potential first-round postseason opponents.

-Jeff Zatkoff made 18 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-0 shutout on the road of the St. John's IceCaps. The win secured a playoff spot for the Penguins. Dominik Uher scored two goals for the Penguins while teammate Bobby Farnham recorded two assists. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won six consecutive games and has earned points in eight straight.

-After the Jump: Tampa Bay's Nate Thompson makes the ultimate arguement for a visor and Yale wins the NCAA championship.

Atlantic Division

-An overtime goal by Dan Girardi gave the Rangers a 1-0 win against the rival Islanders. Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves to record his 44th career shutout.

-Check out this save by Lundqvist against Islanders forward and former Penguins prospect Matt Moulson:

-Giradi's goal:

-Cool Photo of the Night: The Rangers' Darroll  Powe with a scoring chance against the Islanders' Evgeni Nabokov and Thomas Hickey:

-The Islanders' Matt Martin > The Rangers' John Moore:

-The Islanders' crease was crowded here:

-Everyone had issues here:

-“This was my first game here. I didn’t expect it to be that crazy." - New Rangers forward Derick Brassard on his first game in the Rangers-Islanders rivalry.

-Islanders defenseman and former Penguin Brian Strait resumed practicing for the first time since suffering a broken ankle Feb. 18.

-Flyers forward prospect Eric Wellwood is expected to be sidelined nine months after surgery to repair damage to tendon and ligaments in his left leg following a skate cut.

Northeast Division

-Jay McClement and Phil Kessel each had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs in a 5-1 rout of the rival Canadiens. James van Riemsdyk recorded two assists for Toronto while teammate James Reimer made 36 saves.

-Check out this pass by van Riemsdyk to set up Kessel for a goal:

-Toronto's Carl Gunnarson and Montreal's David Desharnais (as well as a photographer) kept an eye on this puck:

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

-Jhonas Enroth made 29 saves for the Sabres in a 1-0 shutout of the Flyers. It was his third career shutout. Philadelphia has lost four consecutive games.

-What in the world was going on here between Philadelphia's Jay Rosehill and Buffalo's Steve Ott?

-Hours after signing a two-year entry-level contract, undrafted Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel made his NHL debut.

-The NHL approved the transfer of forward Carl Soderberg from Linköping of Sweden's Elitserien to the Bruins.

Southeast Division

-Two goals by Jiri Tlusty led the Hurricanes to a 4-2 win against the Bruins. Alexander Semin and former Penguin Jordan Staal each recorded two assists for Carolina while teammate Justin Peters made 28 saves. Fire Ray Shero.

-Save of the Night: Check out this robbery of a goal by Peters against Bruins forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr:

-Check out this play by Carolina's Marc-Andre Bergeron to keep the puck in the offensive zone and his ensuing pass which set up Joe Corvo for the game-winning goal:

-An overtime goal by Mike Green gave the Capitals a wild 6-5 win against the Lightning. Eric Fehr and captain Alex Ovechkin each had a goal and an assist for Washington while teammates Steve Olesky, Matthiew Perreault and Mike Ribeiro each recorded two assists. Braden Holtby made 35 saves in the victory which was the Capitals seventh consecutive. Richard Panik led Tampa Bay with two goals and an assist.

-There was a very scary moment in this game when Tampa Bay's Nate Thompson escaped serious injury after a shot by Green blew up his visor:

-Here are the remnants of Thompson's visor:

-Painful times for Thompson:

-"Pretty scary. I'm happy I put on that visor a couple of years ago, that's for sure." - Thompson.

-Check out this smooth backhanded move by Ovechkin:

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Washington's Jason Chimera:

-A goal by Tampa Bay's Teddy Purcell tied the game, 5-5, with 2:35 remaining in regulation:

-Green's goal:

-Happy times for Green:

-The Capitals won the game despite blowing a 5-1 lead.

-Capitals forward Martin Erat returned to the lineup after missing three games due to a left leg injury.

-Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman returned to the lineup after missing four games due to a "lower-body" injury.

Central Division

-Shootout goals by former Penguin Mark Letestu and Cam Atkinson gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 win against the Wild. Fire Ray Shero. Vaclav Prospal had a regulation goal and an assist for Columbus while teammate Brandon Dubinsky recorded two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves in the victory. Jason Pominville led Minnesota with a goal and an assist.

-Columbus' Jared Boll and Minnesota's Clayton Stoner had issues:

-Wild coach and former Penguins assistant Mike Yeo was mad:

-Predators forward prospect Filip Forsberg, acquired earlier this month in a deal which set Martin Erat to the Capitals, could make his NHL debut today.

Northwest Division

-Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 24 saves for the Avalanche in a 4-3 win against the Canucks. Vancouver had a four-game winning streak snapped.

-Ugly Goal of the Day: Check out this brutal turnover by Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa which led to a goal by Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog:

-Defensive Play of the Day: Check out this steal by Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly which led to a goal by Cody McLeod:

-Check out this rocket of a one-timer by Vancouver's Jason Garrison:

-Colorado's Jan Hejda scored the eventual game-winning goal with 7.6 seconds remaining in regulation:

-Happy times for the Avalanche. Not so much for Vancouver's Cory Schneider:

-Sven Baertschi had a goal and an assist for the Flames in a 4-1 win against the Oilers. T.J. Brodie and Tim Jackman each recorded two assists for Calgary while teammate Joey MacDonald made 28 saves.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Calgary rookie Maxwell Reinhart:

-Flames forward Alex Tanguay will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury.

-The Flames recalled former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Ben Street and forward Akim Aliu from Abbotsford of the AHL.

-The Avalanche assigned forward David Van Der Gulik to Lake Erie of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-A goal and an assist by Drew Doughty led the Kings to a 2-1 win against the rival Ducks. Jonathan Quick made 19 saves in the victory.

-Screen of the Night: Check out this screen by Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown which led to the eventual game-winning goal by Mike Richads:

-Focused Photo of the Night: Anaheim's Teemu Selanne:

-Richard Bachman made 31 saves for the Stars in a 2-1 win against the Sharks. Dallas has won five consecutive games.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Dallas' Eric Nystrom:

College Hockey

-Yale defeated Quinnipiac, 4-0, to claim its first NCAA championship.

-The Post-Gazette's Frozen Four page.

(Photos: Penguins/Panthers-Lynne Sladky/Associated Press; Rangers/Islanders-Stephen Dunn/Getty Images; Canadiens/Maple Leafs-Chris Young/Canadian Press; Flyers/Sabres-Gary Wiepert/Associated Press; Lightning/Capitals-Greg Fiume/Getty Images and Nick Wass/Associated Press; Blue Jackets/Wild-Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press; Canucks/Avalanche-Chris Schneider/Associated Press; Ducks/Kings-Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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