-The Penguins recalled defensemen Brian Dumoulin (right) and Scott Harrington from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
-Their recalls mean the Penguins won't have to worry about playing with only five defensemen any longer.
-The Penguins won't have home-ice advantage in a postseason series for the first time since winning the 2009 Stanley Cup final in Detroit.
-Andrew Ebbett had a goal and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-1 win against the Portland Pirates. Jeff Zatkoff made 29 saves for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
-“His stick position, tracking the puck when he doesn’t have it, stopping and starting, playing in the defensive zone — those are things he did a good job with. I think the team he came from did a real good job instilling those habits.” - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach John Hynes on forward Kasperi Kapanen.
-Eric Hartzell made 31 saves for the Wheeling Nailers who finished their regular season with a 4-2 win against the Brampton Beast.
-The Nailers will face the Toledo Walleye in the division semifinals of the Kelly Cup playoffs. The schedule:
Game 1 – Thursday, April 16 at 8:15 p.m. ET at Toledo
Game 2 – Saturday, April 18 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Toledo
Game 3 – Wednesday, April 22 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Wheeling
Game 4 – Friday, April 24 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Wheeling
Game 5 – Saturday, April 25 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Wheeling-*
Game 6 – Tuesday, April 28 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Toledo-*
Game 7 – Wednesday, April 29 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Toledo-*
-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Jim McGeough. Acquired at the 1985 trade deadeline in a deal which sent Mark Taylor the Capitals, McGeough spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1984-85 by appearing in 14 games for the Penguins and recording four assists. In 1985-86, McGeough played in 17 games and recorded five assists. He followed that up in 1986-87 by seeing action in 11 games and netting five points. In the 1987 offseason, he joined Klagenfurter AC in Austria.
-Happy 41st birthday to former all-star Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar (right). A free agent signing in the 2005 offseason, Gonchar spent five seasons with Penguins. Gonchar's debut season in Pittsburgh saw him appear in 75 games and record 58 points. His second campaign saw Gonchar play in all 82 games and match a career-high in points with 67. He appeared in five postseason games that spring and scored four points. In 2007-08, Gonchar as he netted 65 points in 78 games, earned an appearance in the All-Star Game. During that spring's postseason, Gonchar played in 20 games and contributed 14 points while helping the Penguins return to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 16 years. A preseason injury derailed his 2008-09 season as he only appeared in 25 games and scored 19 points. In 22 postseason games that spring, Gonchar appeared in 22 games and scored 14 points while helping the franchise earn its third Stanley Cup title. In 2009-10, Gonchar appeared in 62 games and record 50 points. He saw action in 13 postseason games in 2010 and contributeded 12 points. During the 2010 offseason, he joined the Senators as a free agent. In 322 games with the Penguin, "Sarge" recorded 259 points, 30th-most in franchise history. In 60 postseason games, he scored 44 points. He is currently a member of the Montreal Canadiens.
-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins forward Arron Asham. A free agent signing in the 2010 offseason, Asham has spent the past two seasons with the Penguins. In 2010-11, Asham appeared in 44 games and scored 11 points. He saw action in seven postseason games last spring and collected four points. Last season, Asham saw action in 64 games and scored 16 points. He played in three postseason games last spring and had no points. In 108 career regular season games with the Penguins, Asham has scored 27 points. In 10 postseason games, he had four points. During the 2012 offseason, he joined the Rangers as a free agent.
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-The Rangers assigned forward Ryan Bourque to Hartford of the AHL.
-The Islanders recalled defenseman Griffin Reinhart from Bridgeport of the AHL and assigned goaltender Kevin Poulin to Bridgeport.
-The Capitals assigned forward Stanislav Galiev to Hershey of the AHL.
-The Devils assigned forwards Stefan Matteau and Reid Boucher to Albany of the AHL.
-The Hurricanes assigned defenseman Keegan Lowe to Charlotte of the AHL.
-The Sabres fired head coach Ted Nolan (right) as well as assistant coaches Bryan Trottier, Tom Coolen and Danny Flynn. In his second stint with the Sabres, Nolan had a 40-87-17 record over parts of two seasons. The Sabres finished with the worst overall record in the NHL this season at 23-51-8.
-The Lightning assigned forward Jonathan Marchessault to Syracuse of the AHL.
-The Canadiens signed defenseman Mark MacMillan, a fourth-round pick in 2010, to a two-year entry-level contract.
-In addition to firing general manager Dave Nonis and interim head coach Peter Horachek, the Maple Leafs fired assistant coaches Steve Spott, Chris Dennis, goaltending coach Rick St. Croix and the majority of the scouting department.
-The Maple Leafs assigned defenseman Andrew MacWilliam to Toronto of the AHL.
-With a salary cap crunch looming this summer, it's now or never for this group of Blackhawks.
-The Blackhawks recalled goaltender Antti Raanta and defenseman Kyle Cumiskey from Rockford of the AHL.
-The Avalanche assigned forwards Freddie Hamilton, Joey Hishon and defenseman Duncan Siemens to Lake Erie of the AHL.
-The Stars assigned defenseman Patrick Nemeth to Texas of the AHL.
-The Canucks assigned forward Sven Baertschi to Utica of the AHL.
-The Flames assigned forwards Emile Poirier, David Wolf, defensemen Brett Kulak and John Ramage to Adirondack of the AHL.
-The Oilers assigned defensemen Martin Marincin, Brandon Davidson and David Musil to Oklahoma City of the AHL.
-Kings general manager Dean Lombardi admitted players locked head coach Darryl Sutter (right) out of the team's dressing room in order to hold a players only meeting after a win against the Lightning Feb. 7.
-The Kings assigned forward Jordan Weal to Manchester of the AHL.
-The Sharks assigned forwards Chris Tierney, Bryan Lerg, defensemen Taylor Fedun and Karl Stollery to Worcester of the AHL.
-NBC will televise the draft lottery Saturday.
-Goaltender Devin Williams made 27 saves for the Erie Otters in a 4-1 win against the London Knights in Game 3 of their OHL second-round playoff series. Erie leads the best-of-seven series, 3-0.
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