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Empty Netter Assists - 05-26-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-One of Sidney Crosby's Team Canada Olympic jerseys fetched $37,100 in an auction which will benefit earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

-Sergei Gonchar cares not for pants.

-Because the Penguins have had such great success with previous owners dabbling in movies, Penguins investor Ron Burkle is trying to buy Miramax films.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ron Meighan. Acquired early in the 1982-83 season along with Anders Hakansson and a draft pick in a deal which sent George Ferguson and a draft pick to the North Stars, Meighan's Penguins career amounted to 41 games and eight points that campaign. After spending the next season with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Baltimore, Meighan was released.

-Happy 59th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Pat Riggin. Acquired midway through the 1986-87 season in a deal which sent Roberto Romano to the Bruins, Riggin spent parts of the final two seasons of his NHL career with the Penguins. He appeared in 17 games for the 1986-87 Penguins and had a record of 8-6-3. The following season, he played in 22 games and went 7-8-4. He was released in the 1988 offseason. In 39 games with the Penguins, he had a 15-14-7 record with a 3.64 goals against average and .875 save percentage.

Playoff Stuff
Flyers-Canadiens

-In their only meeting in the regular season, a goal by defenseman Chris Pronger with 2.1 seconds left gave the Flyers a wild 3-2 comeback win at home against the Blackhawks.

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-Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that might have been the most frustrating game of the season.

-As if the rest of the Western Hemisphmiere wasn't already aware of this, Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the Flyers are a bunch of rejects.

-Get ready for a bunch or "Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton used to play for the Blackhawks" references over the next week or two.

-Leighton also used to be a former Sabre, Duck, Predator, Canadien, Hurricane and Flyer (in 2007).

-If the Flyers win the Stanley Cup, they will become the first team since the 1991-92 Penguins to defeat three "Original" Six teams in the postseason en route to the Cup.

-"Every summer, you think, 'Is this going to be my year? Is this ever going to be it?' Twelve years is a long time." - Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen (right) on reaching his first Stanley Cup Final after being in the NHL for 12 seasons.

-Ben Roethlisberger has been doing just an amazing job of endearing himself to Pittsburghers as of late. Now, his Web site is selling Flyers Eastern Conference merchandise.

-What do the Canadiens do with potential restricted free agent goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price?

-The Canadiens demoted forward Ben Maxwell and defenseman PK Subban to Hamilton of the AHL.

Blackhawks

-Did you know Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa (right) played in a Stanley Cup Final before? The previous two in fact!

-"I've still got some teeth in there on the side." - Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith responding to question if he could still eat. He lost seven teeth in Game 4 against the Sharks in the Western Conference final.

-How big are the Blackhawks in Chicago right now? The Cubs are giving up air time on WGN-AM so the Blackhawks' games can air.

Calder Cup - Western Conference

-Hamilton Bulldogs host the Texas Stars in Game 7 of the Western Conference final.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Atlantic Division

-The Rangers acquired defenseman Jyri Niemi from the Islanders in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in 2010. It was the first trade between the two teams since 1972.

Southeast Division

-The Lightning hired former Red Wings captain and executive Steve Yzerman (right) as general manager. Yzerman served as Canada general manager during the Olympics.

-New Lightning owner Jeff Vinik made sure everyone knew Yzerman has full reign.

-Yzerman, 45, has been affiliated with the Red Wings in some fashion since he was 18.

-Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley admitted he is not close to terms on a new contract with unrestricted free agent and former Penguins forward Colby Armstrong.

Northwest Division

-The Avalanche re-signed captain Adam Foote to a one-year deal worth $1 million.

Smythe Division

-Today would've been the 123rd birthday of Louis Berlinguette, a forward with the NHL's Pittsburgh Pirates.

(Photos: Crosby-Cameron Spencer/Getty Images; Timonen-Elsa/Getty Images; Hossa-Ezra Shaw/Getty Images; Yzerman-Photobucket)

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