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Empty Netter Assists - 04-23-13

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We won. That was the most important thing. That was the goal from the outset." - Matt Cooke.

-The Ottawa Citizen's recap. The Senators failed to secure a playoff berth.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''They were better than we were from start to finish." - Senators coach Paul MacLean.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Robert Bortuzzo versus Ottawa's Zack Smith:

-Happy times for Morr

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Most of the Penguins' varsity team stayed at home.

-The Penguins will not hold a morning skate prior to today's game against the Sabres.

-The Penguins' win and a loss by the Blackhawks kept the Penguins' hopes for the President's Trophy alive.

-Jarome Iginla's house in Calgary has been put up for sale.

-Happy 64th birthday to former Penguins forward Gregg Sheppard (right). Acquired prior to the 1978-79 season in a trade which sent Jean Pronovost to the Atlanta Flames, Sheppard spent four seasons with the Penguins. During 1978-79, Sheppard appeared in 60 games and contribute 37 points. He saw action in seven postseason games that spring and scored three points. He followed that up in 1979-80 by playing in 76 games and once against scored 37 points. During that season's playoffs, Sheppard played in five games and collected two points. In 1980-81, Sheppard was limited to 47 games and 28 points. During that spring's postseason, he came through with six points in five games. His final NHL season was 1981-82. He saw action in 58 games and scored 21 points. He was released in the 1982 offseason. In 241 games with the Penguins, he recorded 123 points, 67th-most in franchise history. In 17 postseason games, he scored 11 points.

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Jock Callander. A free agent signing prior in the 1987 offseason, Callandar spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1987-88, Callandar set career highs with 41 games and 27 points. He followed that up in 1988-89 by playing in 30 games and scoring 11 points. During that spring's postseason, Callandar played in 10 games and contributed seven points. In 1989-90, Callandar appeared in 30 games and recorded 11 points again. After spending all of 1990-91 with the Penguins' IHL affiliate in Muskegon, Callandar saw action in 12 postseason games in 1992 with fellow call-ups Dave Michayluk and Mike Needham on a unit dubbed "The Muskegon Line" and contributed four points while helping the franchise earn its second consecutive Stanley Cup title. He joined the expansion Lightning in the 1992 offseason. In 101 regular season game with the Penguins, Callandar recorded 49 points. In 22 postseason games, he scored 11 points.

-Happy 70th birthday to former Penguins general manager Tony Esposito. A hall-of-fame goaltender primarily renown for his time with the Blackhawks, "Tony O" spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. Hired in the 1988 offseason, the team went 40-33-7 in 1988-89, his only full season with the franchise and advanced to the postseason for the first time in seven seasons. After going 10-14-2 at the start of the 1989-90 campaign, Esposito was fired Dec. 5, 1989. In 106 regular season games, the franchise has a 50-47-9 record under Esposito.

-After the Jump: The Blackhawks and Ducks clinch division titles.

Atlantic Division

-The Devils recalled forwards Harri Pesonen, Mike Sislo and defenseman Eric Gelinas from Albany of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Bruins' defenseman Adam McQuaid was named Boston's nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

-Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov was named Montreals' nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

-Montreal recalled forwards Michael Bournival, Louis Leblanc, Petteri Nokelainen, defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, Greg Pateryn, Jarred Tinordi, goaltenders Robert Mayer and Dustin Tokarski from Hamilton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Ondrej Pavelec made 24 saves for the Jets in a 2-1 win against the Sabres. The win coupled with the Senators' loss kept Winnipeg's playoff hopes alive.

-Buffalo's Jhonas Enroth had issues with this puck:

-Jets forward Kyle Wellwood left the game in the second period due to a hand injury.

-The Jets recalled defenseman Zach Redmond from a conditioning assignment with St. John's of the AHL.

-The Capitals can secure the Southeast Division and third place in the Eastern Conference with a win against the Jets tonight.

-Capitals defenseman Tom Poti was named Washington's nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

-Florida recalled defenseman Colby Robak from San Antonio of the AHL.

-The Panthers signed forward Logan Shaw, a third-round pick in 2011, to an entry-level contract. Terms were not revealed.

-The Lightning re-signed defenseman Mathieu Roy to a one-year contract for the remainder of the season. Financial terms were not reported.

Central Division

-Jimmy Howard made 34 saves for the Red Wings in a 4-0 shutout of the Coyotes. It was his 15th career shutout. Johan Franzen scored two goals for Detroit while teammate Henrik Zetterberg recorded three assists.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this deflection goal by Franzen:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this dish from Zetterberg to get up Detroit's Damien Brunner:

-Howard was the center of attention her:

-Phoenix captain Shane Doan and teammate Keith Yandle were focused on this faceoff:

-Blue Jackets forward Vaclav Prospal was named Columbus' nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

-The Blue Jackets assigned defenseman David Savard to Springfield of the AHL.

-Blues goaltender Brian Elliott was named St. Louis' nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

-Blackhawks foward Dave Bolland left last night's game against the Canucks due to a "lower-body" injury.

Northwest Division

-Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist for the Canucks in a 3-1 win against the rival Blackhawks. Captain Henrik Sedin recorded two assists for Vancouver while teammate Cory Schneider made 24 saves in the victory which secured the Northwest Division.

-Check out this blocker save by Chicago's Corey Crawford against Vancouver's Christopher Higgins:

-Check out this subtle bank pass off the boards by Henrik Sedin to spring Daniel Sedin loose on a breakaway:

-Fluky Goal of the Night: Blackhwawks forward and former Penguin Daniel Carcillo got an "assist" from an official's skate here:

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-Vancouver's Green Men are magical:

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-Cool Photo of the Night: Schneider alone in the dark:

-The Canucks recalled defenseman Frank Corrado from Chicago of the AHL.

-The Wild recalled forwards Jake Dowell, Stephane Veilleux and Josh Harding from Houston of the AHL and assigned forwards Mikael Granlund, Jason Zucker and Darcy Kuemper to Houston.

Pacific Division

-Viktor Fasth made 24 saves for the Ducks in a 3-0 shutout of the Oilers. It was his fourth career shutout. Corey Perry recorded two assists for Anaheim. The win clinched the Pacific Division title for the Ducks.

-Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier was named Los Angeles' nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

-The Coyotes assigned goaltender Chad Johnson and forward Nick Johnson, both former Penguins prospects, to Portland of the AHL.

-Stars forward Ray Whitney was named the Stars' nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

(Photos: Senators/Penguins-Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press; Sheppard-Penguins Hockey Cards; Jets/Sabres-Sean Rudyk/Getty Images; Coyotes/Red Wings-Paul Sancya/Associated Press; Blackhawks/Canucks-Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

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