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Empty Netter Assists - 04-20-13

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Penguins

-"I tried to get some rest in the afternoon. We were operating under the assumption we were going to play, even though we thought it was unlikely." - Craig Adams on having yesterday's game in Boston postponed until today.

-“Without mass transit, to be honest, it’s almost impossible to have a game, because many of the people with key jobs — ushers, off-ice officials, security — don’t have a realistic way of getting to the building." - Bruins president Cam Neely.

-Ray Shero speaks:

Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff made 21 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-2 home loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Friday.

-Highlights:

-Happy 59th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Gilles Lupien. Acquired prior to the 1980-81 season in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Canadiens, Lupien, one of the taller players in franchise history at 6-foot-6, appeared in 31 games and recorded one assist for the Penguins that season before being traded to the Whalers for another draft pick.

-After the Jump: 1975 will last one more season and Ottawa's Erik Karlsson returns to practice.

Atlantic Division

-Brad Richards recorded his first career hat trick and led the Rangers to an 8-4 rout of the Sabres. Ryane Clowe and Rick Nash each added a goal and an assist for New York while teammate Derek Stepan recorded two assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves in the victory. Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Ennis each recorded two assists for Buffalo which was officially eliminated from postseason contention.

-Richards' hat trick:

-Ugly Goal of the Night: Clowe scored off this horrible giveaway by Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller:

-The Rangers' win officially eliminated the Flyers from postseason contention.

-Thinking Out Loud: 1975.

-The Islanders signed undrafted forward Joey Diamond, formerly of Maine, to a one-year entry-level contract.

Northeast Division

-Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (right) resumed practicing with full contact for the first time since he suffered an Achilles injury Feb. 13.

-“It [ticks] you off when you hear that. He’s been great all year. We’ve had wins when we’ve had no business winning games. The reason was Ryan Miller. To hear that is just absolute disrespect for what he’s done for this organization.” - Sabres defenseman Adam Pardy on goaltender Ryan Miller being mocked by Sabres fans during last night's loss to the Rangers.

-This season, the Canadiens have improved their goals for per game average to 3.07, up from 2.52 last season.

Southeast Division

-Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson is sidelined due to a suspected hand/wrist injury.

Central Division

-Brian Elliott made 21 saves for the Blues in a 2-1 win against the Stars. St. Louis has won three consecutive games.

-Blues fans began a "U-S-A!" chant during the game once news of the capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect broke:

-Check out this deflection goal by Dallas' Antoine Roussel:

-A good look at the goal:

-An overtime goal by former Penguin Marian Hossa gave the Blackhawks a 5-4 win against the Predators. Fire Ray Shero. Duncan Keith added a goal and two assists for Chicago while teammate Patrick Kane collected a goal and an assist. Corey Crawford made 23 saves in the victory. Matt Halischuk led Nashville with two goals and an assist.

-Check out the placement ont his shot by Chicago's Michal Handzus:

-Hossa's goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Bloody times for Shaw:

-Hossa was named the Blackhawks nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

-Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert is sidelined indefinitely due to a broken finger.

Northwest Division

-Jordan Eberle had a goal and two assists for the Oilers in a 4-1 win against the Avalanche. Justin Schultz added a goal and an assist for Edmonton while teammate Magnus Paajarvi recorded two assists. Edmonton snapped a six-game losing streak.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this set-up by Eberle which led to a goal by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins:

-Painful times for Colorado's Shane O'Brien:

-Miikka Kiprusoff made 23 saves for the Flames in a 3-1 win against the Ducks. Mike Cammalleri recorded two assists for Calgary.

-Ducks defenseman and former Penguin Ben Lovejoy dropped the gloves with Flames forward Mikael Granlund after Lovejoy hit Flames forward Curtis Glencross:

-Goal of the Night: Check out this marvelous and surprising individual effort by Flames forward/enforcer Brian McGrattan:

-In what might have been the final home game of his career in Calgary, Flames fans gave Kiprusoff a sendoff:

-Calgary assigned defenseman Mark Cundari to Abbottsford of the AHL.

-The Flames signed forward Markus Granlund, a second-round pick in 2011, to an entry-level contract.

Pacific Division

-Stars defenseman Trevor Daley is sidelined due to an "upper-body" injury.

-The Ducks recalled goaltender Igor Bobkov from Norfolk of the AHL.

-The Kings assigned forward Tyler Toffoli to Manchester of the AHL.

(Photos: Boston-Jim Rogash/Getty Images; Karlsson-Marianne Helm/Getty Images; Stars/Blues-Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Predators/Blackhawks-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Oilers/Avalanche-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images; Ducks/Flames-Derek Leung/Getty Images)

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