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Empty Netter Assists - 05-18-10

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Penguins

-Former Penguins coach Michel Therrien (above) is looking for work.

-How many changes will the Penguins make this offseason?

-Mariette Shero, the mother of Penguins general manager Ray Shero and the widow of former Flyers coach Fred Shero, passed away. She was 86.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins forward John Chabot (right). Acquired early in the 1984-85 season in deal which sent Ron Flockhart to the Canadiens, Chabot spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. In 67 games with the Penguins that season, Chabot recorded 53 points. His first full season with the Penguins in 1985-86 saw him appear in 77 games and record 45 points. In 1986-87, Chabot played in 72 games and netted 36 points. The following offseason, he signed with the Red Wings. In 216 games with the Penguins, he recorded 134 points, 58th most in franchise history. He is currently the head coach of the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Marty McSorley. Originally signed as a free agent in the 1982 offseason, McSorley had two stints with the Penguins. He made the roster as a rookie in team's dreadful 1983-84 season appearing in 72 games. He recorded nine points and 224 penalty minutes. The following season, McSorley was limited to 15 games with the Penguins and 15 penalty minutes. In the 1985 offseason, McSorley was traded to the Oilers along with Tim Hrynewich and Craig Muni in exchange for Gilles Meloche. McSorley would win two Stanley Cup titles in Edmonton and would be involved in arguably the biggest trade in sports history as he and some decent center were sent to the Kings in 1988. After establishing himself as one of the best enforcers in NHL history, McSorley returned to the Penguin in the 1993 offseason by way of a trade which sent Shawn McEachern to the Kings. McSorley spent just over half the season with the Penguins appearing in 47 games. He recorded 21 points and 139 penalty minutes before being traded back to the Kings along with Jim Paek in exchange for Tomas Sandstrom and McEachern. In 134 games with the Penguins, McSorley recorded 30 points and 378 penalty minutes, 37th most in franchise history. Overall, McSorley recorded 3,381 penalty minutes in the NHL, fourth most all-time.

-McSorley's most notable moment as a Penguin was probably an epic toe-to-toe bout with Red Wings heavyweight Bob Probert in 1993-94:

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins forward Dave Michayluk. A free agent signing in the 1989 offseason, Michayluk spent the vast majority of his professional career in the minor leagues. His Penguins career amounted to seven postseason games and two points for the Penguins during their 1992 Stanley Cup run. Injuries to stars such as Mario Lemieux and Joe Mullen forced the Penguins to recall Michayluk, Jock Callander and Mike Needham from their IHL affiliate in Muskegon. That trio formed the "Muskegon Line." Michayluk would never play in the NHL again but ended up becoming one of the greatest minor league hockey players of all-time.

-Happy 64 birthday to former Penguins forward Rod Zaine. Acquired in the 1970 offseason from the AHL Baltimore Clipper in exchange for cash, Zaine's Penguins career amounted to 37 games and 13 points withe 1970-71 Penguins. In the 1971 offseason, he was claimed by the Sabres in the intra-league draft.

Playoff Stuff

Flyers-Canadiens

-"I expect [Halak] to come back very strong." - Flyers forward Simon Gagne on Canadiens forward Jaroslav Halak (right) who was chased in Game 1.

-For some reason, Canadiens coach Jacques Martin seems to think it's important to address the Flyers' crease crashing.

-Game 1's 6-0 defeat was the Canadiens' second worst playoff lost in team history.

-The Flyers have 13 Canadians on the roster. The Canadiens have 12.

-Remember when the Flyers were a bust in March?

-"The attitude of some Philly fans — I have a lot of friends in the city and made some new ones on this trip — was in stark contrast to the fans in Washington and Pittsburgh who were gracious throughout the first two rounds of the series and far more civil than the Montreal fans who booed the U.S. anthem." - Montreal Gazette sports writer Pat Hickey who had his car vandalized in the parking lot of the Wachovia Center during Game 1.

Sharks-Blackhawks

-"We have video game tournaments every night in the hotel. That's the secret to our success." - Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp.

-The Sharks want to start shooting high on Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi.

-If anyone has seen Sharks forward Dany Heatley, please let him know the Western Conference final has begun.

IIHF World Championships

-Hurricanes forward Jussi Jokinen (above, fending off Slovakia and former Penguins defenseman Richard Lintner) had two goals and led Finland to a 5-2 defeat of Slovakia. Former Wild/Blue Jackets defenseman Petteri Nummelin added a goal and two assists for Finland while Nashville Pekke Rinned made 27 saves in the victory.

-Tomas Rolinek scored two goals for the Czech Republic in a 3-1 win against Latvia. Teammate Petr Koukal added two assists while Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun made 25 saves in the victory.

-Happy times for the Czech Republic:

-Painful times for Czech Republic forward and former Shark Lukas Kaspar:

-Blurry times for Czech Republic forward and former Blue Jacket Jiri Novoty:

-Anders Bastiansen and Lars Erik Spets each had a goal and an assist for Norway in a 3-2 win against Switzerland. Mathis Olimb added two assists for Denmark while Pal Grotnes made 43 saves in the victory.

-Grotnes kept his eyes on this puck:

-Happy times for Norway:

-Switerland goaltender and former Mighty Duck/Senators/Hurricanes/Maple Leafs goaltender Martin Gerber had issues with this puck:

-Vitali Koval made 27 saves for Belarus in a 2-1 win against Denmark.

-Lightning forward Steven Stamkos is expected to return to the lineup for Canada after missing a handful of games due to a head injury.

Non-Playoff Stuff

Atlantic Division

-The Islanders signed goaltender Kevin Poulin, a fifth-round pick in 2008, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Northeast Division

-The Senators tried to sign Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri (right) in the offseason when he was an unrestricted free agent.

Southeast Division

-Even with former Penguins defenseman Dale Tallon now in the Panthers' general manager position, there's no word on what the Panthers will do with former general manager Randy Sexton.

-Tallon's move to Florida ends a 33-year association with the Blackhawks.

-It sounds like Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom gave up some money for a longer contract extension with the Capitals.

-Did the Hurricanes give up too soon on current Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton?

Central Division

-Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom (right) plans on making a decision on his future before July 1.

-The Blue Jackets signed forward Tomas Kubalik, a fifth-round pick in 2008, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

-The Predators signed forward Kelsey Wilson to a one-year two-way contract.

-When the Predators drafted defenseman Jonathan Blum (right) in the first round in 2007, he weighed 155 points. He's now up to 177.

Northwest Division

-The Wild signed forward Chad Rau to a two-year contract.

-The Avalanche will have serious salary cap space to deal with come July 1.

-What kind of future does defenseman Shane O'Brien have with the Canucks?

-Canucks coach Alain Vigneault has the fifth longest tenure in the NHL.

Pacific Division

-The Flyers' defeat of the Bruins in the second round cost the Ducks a top 15 pick in the draft.

Adams Division

-"The only thing that compares to the dental injuries we see in the NHL would be maybe car crashes." - Dr. Glenn Edwards, the Blues team dentist.

-Happy 79th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Ron Hurst.

(Photos: Therrien-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Chabot-Penguins Hockey Cards; Halak-Tom Mihalek/Associated Press; IIHF World Championships-Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images and Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images; Cammalleri-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Blum-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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