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Empty Netter Assists - 5-25-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff

Penguins

-The first 100 days of Dan Bylsma's tenure as Penguins coach have gone well.

-One area of the playoffs Sidney Crosby isn't excelling in is with his playoff beard.

-The Penguins don't want this series to last more than one more game.

-The Penguins could pull in some serious coin if they did lose tomorrow night.

-The Staals are brothers.

-Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are putting up some serious numbers.

-"We know this team is not going to quit." - Dan Bylsma on the Hurricanes.

-Ruslan Fedotenko (right) compared this Penguins team to the 2004 Lightning squad he won the Stanley Cup with.

Hurricanes

-Forward Erik Cole is digging life as a Hurricane once again.

-Cole and forwards Tuomo Ruutu and Scott Walker skipped practice.

-Are the Hurricanes just spent?

Red Wings

-Did you know forward Marian Hossa used to play for the Penguins?

-The Red Wings overcame the losses of forwards Pavel Datsyuk, Kris Draper and defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom yesterday.

-Hossa picked his game up in light of Detroit's injuries.

-Chris Chelios "replaced" Lidstrom in the lineup.

-Lidstrom's streak of 228 consecutive playoff games played came to an end.

-Despite some adversity, the Red Wings responded like a true champion.

-Detroit embarrassed Chicago.

-Former Penguins goaltender Ty Conklin made an appearance yesterday when he replaced starter Chris Osgood at the start of the third period. Osgood was suffering from dehydration.

-Forward Johan Franzen cares not for Chicago forward Patrick Kane's mouthguard:

-Don Cherry thought the officials made the right call on defenseman Niklas Kronwall's big hit against Chicago forward Martin Havlat in Game 3:

Blackhawks

-"We witnessed probably the worst call in the history of sport."  - coach Joel Quenneville over reacting juuuust a tad over call against defenseman Matt Walker.

-"They ruined the whole game." Quenneville on the officials.

-Goaltender Cristobal Huet put his future in Chicago in doubt with his lackluster performance yesterday.

-Forward Martin Havlat returned to the lineup after being injured in Game 3. He played nearly eight minutes before leaving in the second period.

-"It's do or die, I guess." - forward Jonathan Toews (right).

-The Blackhawks had a mental breakdown and had 56 minutes in penalties.

Norris Division

-"Versus treats hockey the right way, not second fiddle as it was on ESPN."  - NBC overlord Dick Eborsol.

-Frankly, the idea of anyone from NBC pointing their finger at ESPN or any other entity for treating the NHL poorly is disgusting.

Non-Playoff Stuff

Penguins

-How big of a loss was former assistant general manager Chuck Fletcher?

Norris Division

-The Windsor Spitfires, coached by former Penguins defenseman Bob Boughner, beat the Kelowna Rockets, 4-1, and claimed their first Memorial Cup title.

(Photos: Fedotenko-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Toews-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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