Empty Netter Assists - 04-18-13

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "People have stepped in and played well, and guys have contributed in all different areas. I don't think that's going to change a lot when you add another player back in, or a second or a third guy back in." - Dan Bylsma on his team's injuries and depth.

-The Montreal Gazette's recap. “Defensively, there was too much room between the forwards and the defencemen. We don’t play as a unit of five and that makes us an easy team to play against.” - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''He was absolutely flying. It was great.'' - Jarome Iginla on Brenden Morrow (above).

-Mike Lange's goal calls.


-Morrow versus Montreal's P.K. Subban:

-Brandon Sutter and the Penguins wore a decal on their helmets in support of Boston in the aftermath of Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon:

-A good look at Morrow's second goal:

-Marc-Andre Fleury had a good view of this Penguins goal:

-Montreal's Carey Price kept an eye on this puck:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Morrow speaks:

-Iginla speaks:

-Brandon Sutter speaks:

-Douglas Murray speaks:

-Kris Letang has had enough outdoor games.

-“That’s the team that every other team is trying to match, to emulate their style,” Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges said. “They’re successful every year and it’s not a fluke. Obviously, they have talented players and that’s going to help, but they play a team concept and they all buy into it." - Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges.

-Beau Bennett spotted a professional golfer yesterday:

-Why did Eric Hartzel sign only a one-year entry-level deal for this season with the Penguins?

-Forward prospects Mattia Marcantuoni (fourth round) and Anton Zlobin (sixth round), both drafted in 2012, signed amateur tryout agreements with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. (PG+)

-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Francois Leroux (right). Claimed off waivers from the Senators early in the 1994-95 season, Leroux was one of the toughest players in franchise history and spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He appeared in 40 games for the Penguins during the lockout-shortened 1994-95 campaign and recorded two assists while leading the team with 114 penalty minutes. In 12 postseason games that spring, he recorded two assists. During the 1995-96 season, Leroux played in 66 games, scored 11 points and once again led the team with 161 penalty minutes. He saw action in 18 postseason games that spring and scored two goals. In 1996-97, Leroux played in 59 games and recorded three assists. In three postseason games that season, he failed to record a point. During the 1997 offseason, he was traded to the Avalanche in exchange for a draft pick. In 165 regular season games with the Penguins, Leroux scored 16 points and 356 penalty minutes. In 33 postseason games, he recorded four points.

-Happy 36th birthday to former Penguins forward Dan LaCouture. Acquired at the 2001 trade deadline in a deal which sent Sven Butenschon to the Oilers, LaCouture spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2000-01 by playing in 11 games for the Penguins and failing to record a point. He saw action in five postseason games that spring and failed to record a point. During 2001-02, LaCouture set career highs in games played (82) and points (17). After 44 games and four points in 2002-03, LaCouture was traded along with Mike Wilson, Alex Kovalev and Janne Laukkanen in exchange for Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner, Rico Fata and Mikael Samuelsson. In 137 regular season games with the Penguins, LaCouture scored 21 points.

-After the Jump: An emotional night in Boston and the Blue Jackets move past the Red Wings in the playoff race.

Atlantic Division

-With forward Brian Boyle dealing with a right leg injury, the Rangers recalled forward Chris Kreider from Connecticut of the AHL.

-The Devils recalled defenseman Alex Urbom from Albany of the AHL under emergency conditions.

-The Flyers two-year signed contract extensions with forwards Zac Rinaldo ($1.5 million) and Jay Rosehill ($1.35 million). In the final year of an entry-level contract, Rinaldo's new deal will have a salary cap hit of $750,000. In 32 games this season, Rinaldo (right), 22, has five points (three goals, two assists) and 85 penalty minutes. He will be a restricted free agent at the end of the contract. On a one-year contract with a salary cap hit of $550,000, Rosehill's new deal will have a salary cap hit of $675,000. In seven games this season, Rosehill, 27, has one goal and 47 penalty minutes. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the contract.

-EN Says: Time to start planning the parade. Both of these players are knuckle-dragging thugs so cleary they fit into the Flyers' plans. At the very least, they're pretty cheap and don't impact the salary cap a great deal.

Northeast Division

-A shootout goal by Drew Stafford gave the Sabres a 3-2 win against the Bruins. Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist for Buffalo while teammate Ryan Miller made 41 saves. Chris Kelly led Boston with a goal and an assist. Despite the loss, Boston clinched a playoff berth.

-In the aftermath of Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon, there was an emotional pregame ceremony at T.D. Garden:

-Save of the Night: Boston Anton Khudobin on Buffalo's Kevin Porter:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this "kick save" by Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference:

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-After the game, each team offered a salute at center ice:

-Happy tmes for Stafford and teammate Marcus Foligno:

-Reflective times for Boston's Milan Lucic:

-Ference had issues with Sabres defenseman and Cranberry native Mike Weber here:

-Nathan Horton and the Bruins wore ribbon decals on their lids in support of the city:

-Saluting times in Boston:

-“It didn’t really feel that normal today. It wasn’t normal. Everybody’s mind-set was different. It’s good now to move on for everybody in the city, not to forget about anything, but do what we’re proud of. That’s to be a community, get out, and do these kinds of things. I think that’s important for everybody. It was anything but normal tonight.” - Ference.

-“Everyone in this city has shown tremendous character, and I wouldn’t expect anything less from an American city. It just shows how great our society can be when we step up." - Miller.

-Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs donated $100,000 to a fund to support relief efforts for Monday's bombings.

-Bruins forwards Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each returned to the lineup after recovering from concussions.

-The Sabres assigned forward Luke Adam to Rochester of the AHL.

-Sabres forward Mikhail Grigorenko has rejoined the team after his junior team, the QMJHL's Quebec Remparts, had its season come to an end.

-Canadiens forward Ryan White was suspended five games for an elbow to the head of Flyers defenseman Kent Huskins. The NHL's explanation:

-EN Says: This was pretty cut and dry. Bravo to the NHL for issuing heavy suspension.

-Montreal's Flinker family has held season tickets with the Canadiens since 1942.

-Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has gone seven games without a point.

Southeast Division

-“Maybe I need to have more kids.” - Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen on having six points in five games since the birth of his second child.

-Jets defenseman and NHLPA representative Ron Hainsey was named Winnipeg's nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

-The Jets assigned defenseman Zach Redmond to St. John's of the AHL on a conditioning assignment.

Central Division

-An overtime goal by Fedor Tyutin gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 win against the Ducks. Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves in the victory which was Columbus' fifth consecutive. The win moved the Blue Jackets (49 points) ahead of the Red Wings (47) for eighth place in the Western Conference by two points.

-Fluky Goal of the Night: Somehow, Anaheim's David Steckel got credit for a goal here:

-Tyutin's goal:

-Anaheim's Ryan Getlzaf had a chat with defenseman Sami Vatanen here:

-The Blues recalled forward Andrew Murray from Peoria of the AHL.

-With defenseman Kevin Klein dealing with a "below the neck" injury, the Predators recalled defenseman Mattias Ekholm from Milwaukee of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Steve Begin scored two goals for the Flames in a 3-2 win against the Red Wings. Miikka Kiprusoff made 36 saves in the victory.

-Ugly Goal of the Night: Begin was credited with a goal here after Detroit's Jimmy Howard accidentally kicked a puck into his own cage:

-Second Ugly Goal of the Night: Detroit's Johan Franzen got credit for a goal after he pitched this backhander from center ice:

-Howard was able to keep a hold of this puck:

-Despite the win, the Flames were officially eliminated from postseason contention.

-The Flames signed goaltender Reto Berra to a one-year entry-level contract. He was acquired from the Blues earlier this month in a trade.

-The Oilers signed undrafted forward Andrew Miller, formerly of Yale, to a one-year entry-level contract.

-The Wild is expected to officially seek approval to move its AHL franchise, the Houston Aeros, to Des Moines, Iowa.

Pacific Division

-Is Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi a candidate for the Vezina Trophy?

Smythe Division

-Former Rangers/Bruins forward Pentti Lund, the first Finnish-born player to score a goal in the NHL, passed away. He was 87. Lund won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie in 1948-49.

(Photos: Canadiens/Penguins-Gene Puskar/Associated Press; Lroux-Rick Stewart/Allsport/Getty Images; Rinaldo-Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images; Sabres/Bruins-Jim Rogash/Getty Images; Blue Jackets/Ducks-Jeff Gross/Getty Images; Red Wings/Flames-Derek Leung/Getty Images)

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