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Empty Netter Assists - 05-24-10

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Penguins

-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins forward Alain Lemieux (right, with Los Angeles' Brian Lawton). A free agent signing midway through the 1986-87 season, Lemieux appeared in one game for the Penguins that season. He was released the following offseason. Combined with his younger brother Mario's 1,723 points, the Lemieuxs hold the franchise record for points by a brother tandem with 1,723. Alain also played for the Pittsburgh Phantoms of the Roller Hockey International league during the franchise's only season in 1994.


Playoff Stuff
Flyers-Canadiens

-Even if he's only 75 percent, Jeff Carter might be the Flyers' best forward.

-"They never told me my season was done, and I'm not acting like it is." - Flyers back up goaltender Brian Boucher who injured both knees two weeks ago.

-"It's tough to not play. But you've just got to look at the bigger picture." - Flyers forward Daniel Carcillo who was benched in Game 4 so Carter and Ian Laperriere could return to the lineup.

-Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. Maybe the Penguins can trade Marc-Andre Fleury and Evgeni Malkin and sign Leighton.

-A day after they were sort of, kind of accused to sabotaging the Flyers' skates with a mysterious sand-like subtance, the Canadiens let it be known they also had skate issues.

-The Canadiens are facing elimination for the sixth time this postseason.

Sharks-Blackhawks

-Kris Versteeg had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks in a series clinching 4-2 win against the Sharks. Antti Niemi (above) made all of 16 saves for Chicago which swept the series, 4-0, and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1992.

-Dustin Byfuglien's game-winning and series-clinching goal:

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-End of game and handshake lines:

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-Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews "accepting" the Clarence Campbell Bowl:

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-"It’s a made-up trophy for winning the Western Conference. Big deal. It’s not what we’re after. We’re here to win the Stanley Cup." - Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on why he didn't touch the Clarence Campbell Trophy.

-Toews kept a good distance from that thing and deputy commissioner Bill Daly:

-Happy times for Chicago's Dave Bolland:

-Happy times for Byfuglien:

-Happy times in Chicago:

-Anthem time in Chicago:

-Broom time in Chicago:

-Chicago's Patrick Kane throwing a stick to a fan:

-Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov having a moment:

-Sad times for the Sharks:

-Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville pointed to where it hurts when NBC's "Pierre" McGuire talks to him:

-We think.

-Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith lost seven teeth when he was struck in the face with a puck but returned to record an assist on Dave Bolland's game-tying goal.

-"They numbed it after it happened; they just stuck a bunch of needles in there and froze it all up. It feels a lot better when we win. It would probably be hurting a lot more if we lost." - Keith.

-"He’s going to have a million-dollar smile." - Chicago forward Patrick Kane on Keith.

-Chicago forward Dustin Byfuglien scored his fourth game-winning goal of the playoffs and third of the series. He also has goals in five consecutive games.

-Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa is back in the Stanley Cup final again. And again.

-Hossa is the first player in NHL history to go to three consecutive Stanley Cup finals with three different teams.

-With 26 points in 16 games, Toews is averaging 1.6 points per game in this postseason.

-Sharks forward Dany Heatley, a major offseason acquisistion, only scored two goals in 14 playoff games.

IIHF World Championships

-Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves for the Czech Republic and earned the gold medal in a 2-1 defeat of Russia. Former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr (above, with captain Tomas Rolinek) had an assist for the Czech Republic. Sergei Gonchar recorded an assist for Russia.

-Check out Jagr's assist to set up Jakub Klepis:

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-Happy times for the Czech Republic:

-Happy times for Rolinek:

-Happy times for Vokoun:

-Jagr being popular:

-Medal kissing times for Jagr:

-Happy times for Jagr and teammates:

-"As long as I can play, I will play. I love playing for the Czech team and if I can help, I will play." - Jagr on his future in international play.

-Russia's Evgeni Malkin and Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk had issues with the Czech Republic's Tomas Mojzis:

-Sad times for Russia goaltender and Capital Semyon Varlamov:

-Sad times for Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk (left) of New Jersey and Alex Ovechkin of Washington:

-Varlamov had issues with this puck:

-Russia flocking around its net:

-In the consolation game, Jonas Andersson scored two goals and led Sweden to a 3-1 win against Germany. Maple Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson made 20 saves in the victory.

-Happy times for Sweden:

-Happy times for Sweden's Niklas Persson:

-Sad times for Germany:

-Patriotic times for Germany:

-Germany flocking around its net:

-Swedish coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson called a time out with 0.7 seconds left in regulation to taunt the media.

Memorial Cup

-The Windsor Spitfires, coached by former Penguins defenseman Boughner, routed the Brandon Wheat Kings, 9-1, to claim their second consecutive Memorial Cup championship.

-Check out this laser Windsor's Taylor Hall scored on:

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Non-Playoff Stuff
Atlantic Division

-Thirty years ago today, Bob Nystrom's goal started the Islanders' dynasty.

Smythe Division

-EA Sports will include OHL, QMJHL and WHL teams in its NHL series next season.

-Today would've been the 109th birthday of Hockey Hall of Famer, Lionel Conacher, a defenseman with the NHL's Pittsburgh Pirates.

-Today would've been the 99th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman John Doran.

-Today would've been the 99th birthday of former Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets forward Norm Locking.

(Photos: Lemieux-Legends of Hockey; Sharks/Blackhawks-Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press, Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images, Jamie Squire/Getty Images and Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press; IIHF World Championships-Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images, Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images, Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images, Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images and Juergen Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images)

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