Empty Netter Assists - 04-19-13

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-On account of the manhunt for suspects connected to Monday's Boston Marathon, tonight's Penguins-Bruins games in Boston has been postponed until 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The Penguins' home game against the Sabres, originally scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed until Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

-The Penguins recalled forward/enforcer Steve MacIntyre (above) from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In 29 AHL games this season, he has no points and 70 penalty minutes.

-EN Says:  With two of the team's next three games on the road with potentially emotionally match-ups, MacIntyre is, ideally, a huge deterrent for any extracurricular stuff the Bruins or Senators might pursue. The Bruins could still be a little bitter over the Jarome Iginla trade not happening for them and the Senators are probably still salty over the Matt Cooke/Erik Karlsson hut from February. Even if he doesn't dress, the fact that he was recalled will give the Bruins or Senators second thoughts heading into a game before they attempt anything.

-What are Kris Letang's hopes for the Norris Trophy?

-Former captain Jaromir Jagr will get was scheduled his first crack at the Penguins as a member of the Bruins tonight.

-Only three players have scored more game-winning goals in their first season with the Penguins than Brandon Sutter.

-The Penguins will place playoff tickets on sale Monday, 10 a.m.

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Jarome Iginla speaks:

-Former Penguins defensive prospect Ryan Lannon, an eight-round pick in 2003, announced his retirement from professional hockey.

-Happy 57th birthday to former all-star Penguins defenseman and captain Randy Carlyle. Acquired in the 1978 offseason along with George Ferguson in a deal which sent Dave Burrows to the Maple Leafs, Carlyle spent parts of six seasons in Pittsburgh. In 1978-79, his first season with the Penguins, he appeared in 70 games and recorded 47 points. In seven postseason games that spring, he failed to record a point. He followed it up in 1979-80 by playing in 67 games and netting 36 points. He appeared in five postseason games that season and scored one goal. His best season was 1980-81. He saw action in 76 games, scored 83 points and was selected to his first all-star game. He also won the Norris Trophy, the only one in franchise history. During five postseason games that spring, he scored nine points. During 1981-82, Carlyle played in 73 games and scored 75 points and was selected to a second all-star game. In five playoff games that season, he scored four points. In 1982-83, Carlyle played in 61 games and contributed 56 points. After 50 games and 26 assists in 1983-84, he was traded to the Jets in exchange for a draft pick and future considerations. During a 6-5 road win against the Devils, Dec. 23, 1983, Carlyle scored the first regular season overtime goal in franchise history. In 397 regular season games with the Penguins, Carlyle recorded 323 points, 20th-most in franchise history. In 22 postseason games, he scored 44 points. He is currently the head coach of the Maple Leafs.

-After the Jump: The Rangers and Islanders each get key wins.

Atlantic Division

-Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello each scored two goals for the Rangers in a 6-1 rout of the Panthers. Rick Nash added a goal and an assist for New York while teammate Brad Richards collected a goal and an assist. Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves in the victory.

-It wasn't all bad for the Panthers. Check out this move which led to a goal by rookie Jonathan Huberdeau:

-Check out the passing whch led to this goal by Brassard:

-Happy times for the Rangers. Not so much for Florida's Jacob Markstrom:

-Brassard being popular:

-Martin Brodeur made 23 saves for the Devils in a 3-0 shutout of the rival Flyers. It was his NHL record 121st career shutout. The victory snapped a 10-game losing streak for New Jersey.

-Cool Photo of the Night: New Jersey's Steve Bernier shot wide here on Philadelphia's Ilya Bryzgalov:

-Two goals and an assist by John Tavares led the Islanders to a 5-3 win against the Maple Leafs. Brad Boyes added a goal and two assists for New York while teammate Matt Moulson, a former Penguins prospect, added a goal and an assist. Fire Ray Shero. Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves in the victory. Phil Kessel recorded three assists for Toronto.

-Fight of the Night: Toronto's Colton Orr versus New York's Eric Boulton:

-Check out this rocket of a slapper by New York's Frans Nielsen:

-"He gets my vote. He's the leader of this team, and he does all the things a leader does. He's up there for sure." - Nabokov on Tavares' hopes for the Hart Trophy or Lindsay Award.

-The Islanders recalled forward David Ullstrom from Bridgeport of the AHL.

-The Rangers signed undrafted forward Michael Kantor, formerly Sudbury of the OHL. Terms were not reported.

Northeast Division

-Captain Brian Gionta scored two goals for the Canadiens in a 3-2 win against the Lightning. Carey Price made 32 saves in the victory. Victor Hedman recorded two assists for Tampa Bay.

-Check out this move in tight which led to a goal by Tampa Bay's Richard Panik:

-“I have to take them out to dinner. They had a good game.” - Price on his goal posts. Lightning players struck posts several times with shots.

-Two goals by Kyle Turris led the Senators past the Capitals, 3-1. Chris Phillips recorded two assists for Ottawa while teammate Craig Anderson made 18 saves in the victory. Washington had an eight-game winning streak snapped.

-Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stretched out to rob Ottawa's Jakob Silfverberg of a goal here:

-Ugly Goal of the Night: Ottawa's Cory Conacher got a goal here off a brutal turnover by Holtby:

-Washington captain Alex Ovechkin was ganged up on here by Ottawa's Chris Phillips (right) and Zack Smith:

-The Bruins demoted forward Milan Lucic to their "fifth" line in practice yesterday.

-The Canadiens assigned defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to Hamilton of the AHL.

-A loss by the Sabres against the Rangers tonight would officially eliminate Buffalo from postseason contention.

-Sabres forward Thomas Vanek came up with the idea for his team and the Bruins to salute the crowd together Wednesday.

Southeast Division

-An overtime goal by Dustin Byfuglien gave the Jets a 4-3 win against the Hurricanes. Blake Wheeler added a goal and two assists for Winnipeg while teammate Andrew Ladd recorded three assists. Ondrej Pavelec made 24 saves in the victory. Tuomo Ruutu scored two goals for Carolina.

-Save of the Night: Pavelec simply robbed Carolina's Justin Faulk on the backdoor here:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this dish by Wheeler to set up Paul Postma on the backdoor:

-Check out this nifty move in the slot which led to Ruutu's first goal:

-Byfuglien's goal:

-Thinking Out Loud: Carolina's Joe Corvo could not have defended that two-on-one worse if you blindfolded him.

-Hurricanes general manager and former Penguins goaltender Jim Rutherford said forward Jeff Skinner was not concussed by an open ice hit by Senators defenseman Jared Cowen Tuesday.

-Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom left last night's game against the Senators due to an arm injury suffered in the third period.

-With defensemen Filip Kuba ("lower body") and Tyson Strachan ("upper body") dealing with injuries, the Panthers recalled defenseman Alex Petrovic from San Antonio of the AHL.

Central Division

-A shootout goal by Andy McDonald gave the Blues a 2-1 win against the Coyotes. Brian Elliott made 33 saves in the victory.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this deflection goal by St. Louis' David Perron:

-A goal by Phoenix's Radim Vrbata with 1:07 remaining regulation forced overtime:

-Two good looks at McDonald beating Coyotes goaltender and former Penguins prospect Chad Johnson in the shootout:

-Pumped times for Elliott:

-With goaltender Ray Emery dealing with a "lower-body" injury, the Blackhawks recalled goaltender Carter Hutton from Rockford of the AHL.

-Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves was named Detroit's nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

-The Predators recalled forwards Daniel Bang and Kevin Henderson from Milwaukee of the AHL under emergency conditions.

Northwest Division

-Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk (shoulder) and goaltender Semyon Varlamov (hip) will return to the lineup tonight against the Oilers after recovering from injuries.

-The Flames signed defenseman John Ramage, a fourth-round pick in 2010, to an entry-level contract. Terms were not reported. He is the son of former Flames defenseman Rob Ramage.

-The AHL officially gave approval for the Wild's AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros, to move to Des Moines, Iowa.

Pacific Division

-Jamie Benn and Cody Eakin had a goal and an assist for the Stars in a 5-1 win against the Canucks. Kari Lehtonen made 37 saves in the victory.

-Dallas' Reilly Smith being popular:

-It wasn't all bad for Vancouver. Check out this glove save by Cory Schneider on Dallas' Ryan Garbutt:

-Jonathan Quick made 20 saves for the Kings in a 2-1 defeat of the Blue Jackets. Columbus had a five-game winning streak snapped.

-Prior to the game, former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda dropped the puck for a ceremonial faceoff. He shook the hand of Kings captain Dustin Brown but totally blew off Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson:

-Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky did the splits here:

-Kings defenseman Matt Greene returned to the lineup after being sidelined since Jan. 19 due to a back injury.

-Logan Couture had two goals and two assists for the Sharks in a 6-1 win against the Wild. Martin Havlat added two goals and an assist for San Jose while teammates Joe Pavelski and Raffi Torres each had a goal and an assist. Antti Niemi made 27 saves in the victory.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this leaping steal by Couture which led to a goal for Havlat:

-Happy times in San Jose:

-Ducks forward Teemu Selanne is good people.

-The Ducks assigned defenseman Jordan Hendry to Norfolk of the AHL.

(Photos: MacIntyre-Dale MacMillan/Getty Images; Panthers/Rangers-Mary Altaffer/Associated Press and Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Devils/Flyers-Matt Slocum/Associated Press; Coyotes/Blues-Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jeff Roberson/Associated Press and Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Canucks/Stars-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images; Blue Jackets/Kings-Reed Saxon/Associated Press; Wild/Sharks-Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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