Empty Netter Assists - 05-16-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


-Dave Molinari breaks down the Penguins' roster.

-Penguins owner Ron Burkle (above, with the other owner) has a lot of money.

-Happy 60th birthday to former Penguins forward John Stewart. A second-round pick in 1970, Stewart spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1970-71, he appeared in 15 games and recorded three points. The following seasons saw him play in 25 games and score 10 points. In the 1972 offseason, he was claimed by the Atlanta Flames in the expansion draft.

-Happy 35th birthday to former Penguins defenseman John Jakopin. Claimed off waivers from the Panthers prior to the 2001-02 season, Jakopin's Penguins career amounted to 19 games and four assist that campaign. In the 2002 offseason, Jakopin signed with the Sharks.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins forward Steve Lyon. Signed early in the 1976-77 season, Lyon's NHL career amounted to three games for the Penguins that campaign. After spending most of 1976-77 with the Columbus Owls of the IHL, Lyon moved on to the Whitby Warriors of the OHA.


-"If you make it to the end and you reach to grab that thing, you know you've sacrificed. You play hurt. You play injured. You do anything to move on. . . . The Stanley Cup is about sacrifice. You have to be willing to do that." - Flyers coach Peter Laviolette (right).

-It might be a bit premature to begin comparing Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri to Guy Lafleur.

-To say the least, there probably weren't too many people who picked the Flyers and Canadiens to meet in the Eastern Conference final.

-"It's easy to hate the Flyers." - Canadiens defenseman and former Penguin Hal Gill.

-The Canadiens got into the postseason by recording a point in an overtime loss to the Maple Leafs in the final game of the season.


-"Getting back to where we got to last year is where we wanted to be, but getting to the next round is what we're all about." - Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on his team's return to the Western Conference final.

-If you can imagine such a thing, Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa (right) is struggling to produce postseason point without Sidney Crosby at center.

-The Sharks took a gamble when they acquired forward Dany Heatley from Ottawa. But it has paid off.

-"Who cares?" - Sharks forward Joe Thornton on the Bruins' collapse from a 3-0 series lead in their loss to the Flyers. Thornton was traded by the Bruins to the Sharks in 2005.

IIHF World Championships

-Scott Clemmensen of the Panthers and Ben Bishop of the Blues combined to make 28 saves for the United States in a 10-0 shutout of Kazakhstan. Matt Gilroy of the Rangers recorded a hat trick while his New York teammate Brandon Dubinsky (above, with Kazakhstan's Vladimir Antipin) added a goal and three assists.

-Semyon Varlamov of the Capitals made 32 saves for Russia in a 3-2 defeat of Germany.

-Former Penguins defenseman Sven Butenschon battled for the puck with Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk of Russia:

-Canucks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff of Germany stuck an elbow into the mush of Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk of Russia:

-Andreas Ambuhl had two goals for Switzerland in a 3-2 win against the Czech Republic. Former Mighty Ducks/Hurricanes/Senators/Maple Leafs goaltender Martin Gerber made 30 saves in the win.

-Ambuhl, Tomas Rolinek of the Czech Republic and Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun kept their eyes on this puck:

-Former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr of the Czech Republic got the drop on Switzerland's Julien Vauclair:

-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare recorded two assists for France in a 2-1 defeat of Italy. Fabrice Lhenry made 27 saves in the victory.

-France's Laurent Gras had a Bobby Orr moment:

Non-Playoff Stuff

Northeast Division

-The Bruins won't ever escape history after blowing a 3-0 series lead to the Flyers.

-Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta is being sued in New York over a 2008 car crash.

Southeast Division

-According to the Washington Post, the Capitals have re-signed restricted-free-agent-to-be forward Nicklas Backstrom.

Smythe Division

-Happy 75th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Floyd Smith.

(Photos: Burkle-Associated Press; Laviolette-Elsa/Getty Images; Hossa-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; IIHF World Championships-Daniel Maurer/Associated Press, Thorsten Wagner/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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