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Empty Netter Assists - 04-29-13

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Penguins

-Mark Eaton (right) sees similarities between this Penguins team and the 2009 squad.

-The Penguins will face the Islanders in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

-The entire schedule for the quarterfinal round.

-Could the Long Island marathon make things tricky for Game 3 at Nassau County Coliseum Sunday?

-Why did Root Sports switch from the Pirates game to the Penguins game Saturday?

-Jeff Zatkoff made 35 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 road win against the rival Binghamton Senators in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The Penguins lead the best-of-five series, 2-0 and host Game 3 of the series, Thursday, 7:05 p.m.

-Former Penguins forward Petr Sykora has joined HC Pardubice of the Czech Extraliga.

-Today would've been the 75th birthday of former Penguins forward Mel Pearson. Claimed in the 1967 expansion draft from the Blackhawks, Pearson's Penguins career amounted to two games and one assist with the 1967-68 club. After being loaned for most of the next two seasons, he was traded to Portland of the WHL for cash during the 1969 offseason. He died in 1999 at the age of 60.

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Doug Shedden (right). A fifth-round pick in 1980, Redden spent parts of five seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1981-82, Shedden saw action in 38 games and scored 25 points. He followed that up in 1982-83 by playing in 80 games and scoring a team-leading 67 points. During 1983-84, he was limited to 67 games and 57 points. In 1984-85, Shedden appeared in 80 games and contributed 67 points. After 67 games and 66 points in 1984-85, Shedden was traded to the Red Wings in exchange for Ron Duguay. In 332 games with the Penguins, Shedden scored 282 points, 23rd-most in franchise history. The first player in franchise history to score a home overtime goal in the regular season, Shedden is currently the coach of EV Zug in Switzerland.

Atlantic Division

-"We know what we can do, what we're trying to accomplish. If someone out there wants to underestimate us, so be it. We can't control that." - Islanders forward Michael Grabner on reaching the postseason.

-Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov had some strong parting words with the Philadelphia media:

-The Islanders recalled forwards Brock Nelson, John Persson, Ryan Strome, Johan Sundstrom, defensemen Matt Donovan, Calvin de Haan, Aaron Ness and goaltender Anders Nilsson from Bridgeport of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Jean-Gabriel Paggeau and Kyle Turris each had a goal and an assist for the Senators in a 4-2 win against the Bruins. Erik Karlsson recorded two assists for Ottawa while teammate Robin Lehner made 34 saves. Dennis Seidenberg led Boston with a goal and an assist.

-Ottawa's Chris Neil and Boston's Milan Lucic had a spirited bout:

-Boston's Dennis Seidenberg got everything on this shot:

-Ottawa's Marc Methot > Boston's Wade Redden:

-The crew at TD Garden didn't wast time getting the ice ready for the playoffs:

-Boston's Tuukka Rask stopped Ottawa's Erik Condra here:

Southeast Division

-Capitals captain/forward Alex Ovechkin officially claimd the Maurice "Rocket" Richard award as the NHL's leading goal scorer with 32 goals.

-The Hurricanes assigned forwards Tim Wallace, Nicolas Blanchard and Jared Staal to Charlotte of the AHL.

Central Division

-Blackhawks goaltenders Corey Crawford (right) and Ray Emery claimed the William F. Jennings trophy after allowing a league-low 102 goals this season.

-The Blackhawks recalled defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and Dylan Olsen from Rockford of the AHL.

-“It’s something I’m sure everyone in this room has thought about over the last 12 months." - Blues defenseman Barrett Jackman on facing the Kings in the quarterfinal round. Los Angeles eliminated St. Louis from the postseason last year.

-"It was really tough for me to get out of bed today. It was easy every day leading up to it, but it was tough this morning getting up." - Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on missing the playoffs.

-The Blue Jackets assigned forward Ryan Johansen and defenseman Dalton Prout to Springfield of the AHL.

-Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne revealed he's been dealing with an undisclosed injury most of the season.

-The Predators assigned forwards Daniel Bang, Taylor Beck, Kevin Henderson, Chris Mueller, Joonas Rask and defenseman Victor Bartley to Milwaukee of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-“I’m not going to name any names, but there were definitely some other guys who could have been scratched." - Oilers defenseman and former Penguin Ryan Whitney (right) on being a healthy scratch multiple times this season.

-After head coach Joe Sacco was fired, Eric Lacroix, the Avalanche's vice president of hockey operations, resigned.

-EN Says: The Avalanche needed some major changes. At one time, the Avalanche was the model franchise in the NHL. Now, it's routinely in "contention" for the top pick in the draft.

Pacific Division

-“I had a list of candidates and when it became clear that Jim Nill would be interested in leaving Detroit and coming here, I threw the list away. I think he is without a doubt he best candidate to take his job.” - Stars owner Tom Galiardi on new general manager Jim Nill who previously served as the Red Wings' assistant general manager.

-EN Says: The Stars have been spinning their wheels for the past five seasons. The haven't progressed or even regressed during that time. Nill, who was seemingly destined to be a general manager for several years, should provide a sense of direction for this wayward franchise.

-“I think I need a little time to enjoy my kids, It’s a big commitment and one that I took seriously and put a lot of time and effort into. But I think it’s time that my kids get to see their dad a little more.” - Joe Nieuwendyk on being fired as Stars general manager.

-The Stars assigned forwards Alex Chiasson, Reilly Smith and defenseman Alex Chiasson to Texas of the AHL.

IIHF World Championships

-Team Canada named goaltenders Devan Dubnyk (Edmonton), Michael Garnett, (Traktor Chelyabinsk - KHL), Mike Smith (Phoenix Coyotes NHL), defensemen T.J. Brodie (Flames), Brian Campbell (Florida), Brenden Dillon (Dallas), Jay Harrison (Carolina), Stéphane Robidas (Dallas), Luke Schenn (Philadelphia), Justin Schultz (Edmonton), forwards Matt Duchene (Colorado), Jordan Eberle (Edmonton), Claude Giroux (Philadelphia), Taylor Hall (Edmonton), Andrew Ladd (Winnipeg), Ryan O'Reilly (Colorado), Matt Read (Philadelphia), Wayne Simmonds (Philadelphia), Jeff Skinner (Carolina), Eric Staal (Carolina), Jordan Staal (right) (Carolina) and Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay) to its roster for next month's IIHF World Championships.

-Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk and Tim Gleason will play for the United States while forward Jiri Tlusty will play for the Czech Republic.

-Panthers forward Tomas Fleischmann (Czech Republic), Marcel Goc (Germany), Nick Bjugstad (United States), Tomas Kopecky (Slovakia) and goaltender Jacob Markstrom (Sweden) will play in the tournament.

(Photos: Eaton-Harry How/Getty Images; Shedden-Penguins Hockey Cards; Senators/Bruins-Steven Senne/Associated Press and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; Crawford-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Whitney-Perry Nelson/Getty Images; Staal-Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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