Empty Netter Assists - 05-21-10

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-Ron Cook thinks its time for the Penguins and Sergei Gonchar (above) need to part ways.


-Wait... there's someone who doesn't want to trade Evgeni Malkin?

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Pat Neaton. A seventh-round pick of the club in 1990, Neaton's entire NHL career amounted to nine games and two points with the 1993-94 Penguins. After that season, he moved on to the San Diego Gulls of the IHL.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Reid Simpson. Simpson's NHL career came to an end with a two-game 17-penalty minute stint with the Penguins in 2003-04. The following offseason, he joined Rockford of the UHL.

Playoff Stuff

-PK Subban recorded three assists for the Canadiens in a 5-1 rout of the Flyers. Former Penguin Dominic Moore and Tom Pyatt added a goal and an assist for Montreal while Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves in the victory. The Flyers have a 2-1 series lead.

-Check out this goal Montreal's Mike Cammalleri scored:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-Concentrating times for Cammalleri:

-Gionta being popular:


-Leighton kept his eyes on this puck:

-We're not goaltending experts or anything, but we're not too sure Leightong played the right angle on this one:

-Leighton had issues with this puck:

-Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell had issues with Montreal's Roman Hamrlik:

-Everyone had issues here:

-Moore was intense despite taking a tumble:

-Anthem time in Montreal:

-Subban is having a coming out party this postseason.

-"That was an old-fashioned $#@-kicking." - Flyers captain Mike Richards on his team's loss.

-Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton had his shutout streak broken at 172 minutes and 55 seconds.

-Moore has found a home in Montreal.

-Despite being down 2-1 in the series, Habs fans actually started a "We want Chicago!" chant.

-Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was on the ice for four Montreal goals.

-Injured Flyers forwards Jeff Carter (foot) and Ian Laperriere (head) have resumed practicing.

-Remember Pat Hickey, the Montreal Gazette writer who had his car vandalized and had his Quebec license plate stolen in the parking lot of the Wachovia Center? The Philadelphia pig who did it was dumb enough to post the evidence on Facebook. In other news, Philadelphians have apparently learned how to use computers.

-Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is trying to downplay the fact he has tied Stan Mikita's franchise record of 11 consecutive postseason games with a point.

IIHF World Championships

-Evgeni Malkin scored two goals for Russia in a 5-2 defeat of Canada. Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk (above, with Malkin and Dmitri Kalinin) recorded three assists for Russia while Capitals goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves in the win.

-Happy times for Malkin and Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk:

-Happy times for Russia and Maple Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin:

-Painful times for Russia and Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin:

-Canada and Wild defenseman Brent Burns got the drop on Ovechkin here:

-Canada and Blues goaltender Steve Mason had issues with this puck:

-Canada and Lightning forward Steve Downie had issues with Russia's Konstantin Korneyev:

-Shootout goals by Lukas Kaspar and Jan Marek led the Czech Republic to a 2-1 win against Finland. Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves in the victory.

-Happy times for the Czech Republic:

-Happy times for Kaspar. Not so much for Finland:

-Happy times for Czech forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr:

-Jagr battling through traffic:

-Vokoun stopping Finland's Petri Kontiola:

-Denis Endras made 41 saves for Germany in a 1-0 shutout of Switzerland.

-Germany's Philip Gogulla punching the game's only goal by Switzerland's Martin Gerber:

-Happy times for Germany:

-Two assists from former Panther/Blackhawk Magnus Johansson led Sweden to a 4-2 win against Denmark. Maple Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson made 27 saves in the win.

-Denmark's Mads Christensen got the stick up a little too high on Sweden's Linus Omark:

-Denmark Patrick Galbraith had issues with this puck:

Non-Playoff Stuff
Northeast Division

-Exiled Canadiens and former Penguins forward Georges Laraque must be really hard-up for money. He'll take part in a sparring bout with MMA fighter Georges St. Pierre.

Southeast Division

-The five-year-old daughter of Lightning defenseman Kurtis Foster passed away.

Central Division

-Former Red Wings goaltender Daniel Larsson has joined HV-71 in Sweden.

Northwest Division

-Oilers forward Gilbert Brule donated $10,000 to a two-year-old Edmonton boy who needed reconstructive facial surgery to remove a cystic hygroma on his face. Don't click on the link unless you feel like shedding a few tears.

Adams Division

-Happy 74th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Alex Faulkner.

(Photos: Gonchar-Keith Srakocic/Associated Press; Flyers/Canadiens-Michael Heiman/Getty Images, Jim McIsaac/Getty Images and Dave Sandford/Getty Images; IIHF World Championships-Frank Augstein/Associated Press, Daniel Maurer/Associated Press, Martin Meissner/Associated Press, Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty ImagesMartin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images and Thorsten Wagner/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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