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Empty Netter Assists - 6-5-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff

Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. -"We won this one because we believe." - Maxime Talbot.

-The Detroit News' recap. The script has changed.

-The Associated Press' recap. The Penguins swung the momentum in the second period.

-The Canadian Press' recap. Is Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg wearing down?

-NHL.com's recap. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are kind of good.

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Jordan Staal (above) > Brian Rafalski:

-"I wouldn't go to war with any other goalie but him." - Talbot on Marc-Andre Fleury.

-So pretty:

-The scariest combo Jonathan Ericsson will ever see on a two-on-one in his life:

-Jordan Staal's shorthanded goal meant everything to the Penguins last night.

-Welcome back Matt Cooke, Tyler Kennedy and Jordan Staal.

-Pascal Dupuis, Talbot, Kris Letang, Kennedy, Brooks Orpik and Rob Scuderi speak:

-Remember when Crosby couldn't score?

-This is nitpicking, but should Chris Kunitz have been awarded a goal last night late?

-CBC's pregame show:

-Scuderi has been playing a safe stay-at-home style since he was at Boston College.

-Unlike say... another mustached former Pittsburgh coach... Tigers manager Jim Leyland still has some loyalty to the Penguins.

-The Cup changes everything.

-Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo checked out some octopus abuse in the Strip District.

-Dan Bylsma like Qdoba. Ick.

Red Wings

-Remember when the Red Wings had a defense?

-Detroit needs forward Pavel Datsyuk back. Now.

-The Red Wings are hoping for Datsyuk to make a return for Game 5.

-Welcome back forward Kris Draper.

-Goaltender Chris Osgood (above, apparently having an Al Bundy moment) had a very subtle way of blaming his teammates for the loss last night.

-What's up with Detroit's special teams?

-Defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Jonathan Ericsson speak:

-Head coach Mike Babcock speaks:

-Detroit's power play is 1 for 10 this series.

-The Red Wings need some offense to combat the Penguins.

-Detroit fans aren't welcome in Pittsburgh.

Non-Playoff Stuff

Northeast Division

-Bruins forward David Krejci underwent hip surgery.

Southeast Division

-The Thrashers re-signed defenseman Anssi Salmela to a multi-year contract worth.

Northwest Division

-The Avalanche named Joe Sacco its head coach. He previously served as the head coach of Colorado's AHL affiliate in Lake Erie. The team also promoted his assistant Sylvain Lefebvre from Lake Erie.

(Photos: Staal and Osgood/Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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