Empty Netter Assists - 04-16-13

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-"The style I play, how I play, it just comes down to energy and being physical. Almost every aspect of my game is completely in my control." - the great Joe Vitale (above).

-Welcome back Sidney Crosby, Paul Martin and James Neal ... to light workouts.

-Brenden Morrow once got lost in the Civic Arena.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Evgeni Malkin speaks:

-Pascal Dupuis  speaks:

-Brandon Sutter speaks:

-Brooks Orpik speaks:

-Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins forward Dean Defazio. A ninth-round pick of the club in 1981, Defazio appered in 22 games for the 1983-84 Penguins and recorded two assists. After spending the next two seasons with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Baltimore, Defazio was released.

-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Harry York. Acquired early in the 1998-99 season along with Alex Kovalev in a deal which sent Petr Nedved, Chris Tamer and Sean Pronger to the Rangers, York appeared in all of two games for the Penguins that season. before he was claimed off waivers by the Canucks in December.

-After the Jump: Tragedy in Boston impacts the NHL and former Penguins prospect Ben Hanowski scores in his NHL debut.

Atlantic Division

-A hat trick by Scott Hartnell led the Flyers to a 7-3 rout of the Canadiens. Captain Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each had a goal and two assists for Philadelphia while teammate Wayne Simmonds added a goal and an assist. Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves in the victory. Max Pacioretty led Montreal with a goal and an assist.

-Flyers defenseman Kent Huskins suffered a concussion in the first period after he was struck in the head by Canadiens forward Ryan White. The play in question:

-Hartnell's hat trick:

-Check out this pass in tight by Voracek to set up Giroux for a goal:

-This game featured another ugly hit in the second period when Montreal rookie forward Alex Galchenyuk hit Flyers forward and former Penguin Ruslan Fedotenko awkwardly into the boards:

-Galchenyuk received a two minute minor for boarding. Fedotenko returned to the game.

-Philadelphia's Kimmo Timonen got the best of Montreal's Michael Ryder here:

-Montreal's Carey Price had issues with this puck:

-Everyone had issues here:

-"It's almost a little embarrassing that we're not making the playoffs. We're a team that expects to be in the playoffs; we have a team that should be in the playoffs." - Giroux.

-The Islanders activated defensemen Brian Strait (ankle), a former Penguin, and Joe Finley (undisclosed) from injured reserve.

-Actor Kevin Connolly, famous for his role as Eric Murphy on HBO's "Enourage," has produced a documentary for ESPN's "30 for 30" series on John Spano, the person who briefly purchased the Islanders in the 1990s before it was revealed he did not have enough money to do so.

Northeast Division

-In the aftermath of yesterday's bombings at the Boston Marathon, last night Senators-Bruins game in Boston was postponed. No make-up date has been announced.

-"After consultation with City, State and NHL officials we collectively made the decision to postpone tonight's game. Public safety personnel from the City and State are still gathering information regarding today's events and it is vital they have all resources available for their investigation. The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the Bruins organization are with the city of Boston and all those affected by today's tragedy." - Bruins president Cam Neely in a statement.

-“We fully support the National Hockey League’s decision to postpone (Monday’s) game.” - Senators general manager Bryan Murray.

-Jason Simmonds, a journalist with the Journal Pioneer in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, had intended to watch the Boston Marathon from the site of yesterday's bombing but instead attended the Senators' morning skate after being invited by assistant coach Dave Cameron, a native of Kinkora, PEI. Said Simmonds, “Dave Cameron saved my life.”

-Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (right) was scheduled to return to the lineup last night after missing six games due to a concussion.

-James Reimer made 32 saves for the Maple Leafs in a 2-0 shutout of the Devils. It was his ninth career shutout. New Jersey has lost 10 consecutive games.

-Maple Leafs defenseman Carl Gunnarsson is day to day due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has been pulled in his past two consecutive starts.

Southeast Division

-The Lightning signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a two-year contract worth $4.6 million. On a one-year deal with a salary cap hit of $615,000, Bishop's new deal will have a cap hit of $2.3 million. In 19 games this season, Bishop, 26, has a 10-8-0 record with a 2.68 goals against average, .920 save percentage and two shutouts. He was acquired in a trade with the Senators earlier this month.

-EN Says: Bishop will presumably enter next season in a competition for the No. 1 job with Ander Lindback. Neither goaltender has much of a resume when it comes to sustained success in the NHL but both have intriguing personnel. That said, Lightning management appears to be hoping one these players will becomes a starting caliber goaltender as opposed to being confident either one will.

-The addition of Bishop means former Penguins goaltender Mathieu Garon's (right) time in Tampa Bay is about to come to an end.

-When did Capitals captain/forward Alex Ovechkin get his game back?

-“If you don’t have a sense of humor, you’re going to die." - Former Captals captain/defenseman Yvon Labre on playing for the 1974-75 expansion team which is considered one of the worst in NHL history.

Central Division

-Former Penguin Marian Hossa had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks in a 5-2 win against the Stars. Fire Ray Shero. Andrew Shaw and captain Jonathan Toews each collected a goal and an assist for Chicago while teammate Ray Emery made 16 saves in the victory which was Chicago's sixth consecutive. Jamie Benn scored both of Dallas' goals.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Toews:

-Check out this rocket of a slapper by Chicago's Niklas Hjalmarsson:

-A good look at the shot:

-Chicago forward and Gibsonia native Brandon Saad laid out to get to this puck against Dallas' Brenden Dillon:

-An overtime goal and an assist by Nick Foligno gave the Blue Jackets a 4-3 comeback win against the Avalanche. Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves in the victory. Cody McLeod led Colorado with two goals.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this smooth backhander by Columbus forward and Plum native (No, really!) R.J. Umberger which tied the game with 1:27 remaining in regulation:

-Thinking out loud: What a subtle pass by Ryan Johansen to set up Umberger.

-Check out this save by Bobrovsky against Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog in overtime:

-Foligno's goal:

-Thinking Out Loud: Altitude Sports play-by-play man Mike Haynes sounded as if someone stomped his cat to death on that call.

Northwest Division

-Jason Pominville scored two goals for the Wild in a 4-3 win against the Flames. Nicklas Backstrom made 20 saves in the victory.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Calgary's Jiri Hudler:

-Flames rookie forward and former Penguins prospect Ben Hanowski, part of the Jarome Iginla trade, made his NHL debut and scored his first career goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Ben Hanowski. Calgary Flame:

-Stretchy times for Calgary's Mike Cammalleri:

-Wild forward Matt Cullen returned to the lineup after missing six games due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Two goals by Ryan Kesler led the Canucks to a 5-2 win against the Predators. Derek Roy had a goal and an assist for Vancouver while teammates Jannik Hansen, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin each recorded two assists. Roberto Luongo made 36 saves in the victory. Nashville was officially eliminated from postseason contention.

-It wasn't all bad for Nashville. Check out this laser of a wrister by Bobby Butler:

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

-Check out this deflection goal by Vancouver's Alex Burrows:

-The Oilers fired general manager Steve Tambellini and replaced him with former head coach Craig MacTavish. Additionally, former Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson was re-hired as senior vice president. Tambellini had served as general manager since 2008.

-EN Says: The timing of this move is curious. With the season nearly over, why not wait until the offseason to make it? And the decision back some old faces such as MacTavish and Howson, each of whom have had a role in the franchise's now seven-year run of missing the postseason doesn't exactly suggest a fresh start for the franchise.

-The Oilers recalled forwards Anton Lander and Teemu Hartikainen from Oklahoma City of the AHL.

-The Flames assigned former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Ben Street to Abbottsford of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Antti Niemi made 35 saves for the Sharks in a 4-0 shutout of the Coyotes. Tommy Wingels had a goal and an assist for San Jose.

-What in the world happened here between San Jose's Adam Burish and Phoenix's Oliver Ekman-Larsson?

-Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle, a native of Boston, wore a message on his skates in support of the victims of yesterday's bombings:

-Cool Photo of the Night: A crowd gathered near the Phoenix crease:

-A good look at the lid of Phoenix goaltender Jason LaBarbera:

-With goaltender Mike Smith dealing with a "lower-body" injury, the Coyotes recalled forward Nick Johnson and goaltender Chad Johnson, each former Penguins prospects, from Portland of the AHL.

-The Coyotes signed forward Tobias Rieder to a three-year entry-level contract. A fourth-round pick by the Oilers in 2011, Rieder's signing rights were acquired in a trade last month.

-"I've loved everything about being a Duck since I've been here. I've been given a chance to not only play but be effective and get a lot of minutes. It's really been amazing for my career and fun to be a part of." - Ducks defenseman and former Penguin Ben Lovejoy.

-The Ducks assigned forward Peter Holland to Norfolk of the AHL.

-Stars rookie forward Alex Chiasson is day to day due to a shoulder injury.

-Kings defenseman Matt Greene (right), who has been sidelined since Jan. 19 due to back surgery, was given medical clearance to resumed practicing.

Patrick Division

-Former Maple Leafs/Rangers forward Jeremy Williams has joined Västerås of Sweden's Allsvenskan league.

-Norwegian hockey folk hero Tore Vikingstad has retired.

(Photo: Vitale-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Flyers/Canadiens-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Bergeron-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Garon-Al Bello/Getty Images; Stars/Blackhawks-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Wild/Flames-Derek Leung/Getty Images; Sharks/Coyotes-Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press and Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Greene-Harry How/Getty Images)

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