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Empty Netter Assists - 05-17-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Note: Apologies for this being ridiculously late today. Community Server is pretty much on its last legs and we've been having issues with it for about a week. We promise you Community Server will not be a problem by the end of the week. It will be put out of its misery.

And we have a substantial post waiting for you in the morning.

Penguins

-What's up with all the hate for Marc-Andre Fleury?

-Do you have $50 laying around? If so, you can buy a hot dog from the final game at Mellon Arena. Shockingly, there aren't any bid for this lovely item as of yet. (Kudos to The Pensblog for the find.)

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins forward Doug Smith. Acquired midway through the 1989-90 season in exchange for cash, Smith's NHL career ended with 10 games and two points with the Penguins that campaign. In the 1990 offseason, he joined ATSE Graz in Austria.

Playoff Stuff

Flyers-Canadiens

-Michael Leighton (above) made 28 saves and led the Flyers to a series-opening 6-0 rout of the Canadiens. Daniel Briere, Braydon Coburn, Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and James van Riemsdyk each had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia which leads the series, 1-0.

-CBC's pregame montage was pretty epic:

-Flyers fans began their own "Ole, Ole, Ole" chant:

-Happy times for Briere:

-Happy times for Philadelphia's Simon Gagne:

-Flyers captain Mike Richards staring down a Hab:

-Happy times for Hartnell:

-Philadelphia's Chris Pronger got a little too much torque on this stick:

-Philadelphia had some fans copy the Green Men in Vancouver:

-Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak being replaced by back up Carey Price:

-Canadiens forward Travis Moen didn't help out Halak much here:

-Orange times in Philadelphia:

-"We wanted to make [Halak's] job as difficult as possible. He's a guy, when he sees the puck, he's going to make most of the saves." - van Riesdyk on Halak.

-The Flyers have won five consecutive postseason games for the first time since 1995.

-"No concern about that whatsoever." - Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri on Halak who was pulled after giving up four goals on 13 shots.

-"It's only one game, but we have to do something about it. We just didn't have it tonight. We didn't have that edge." - Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill.

-Is it surprising to see Chris Pronger fitting in in Philadelphia?

-Flyers forward Ian Laperriere (head) has resumed practicing.

-You stay classy Philadelphia. Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette had his car vandalized in the Wachovia Center parking lot. His tires and his Quebec license plate were stolen.

Sharks-Blackhawks

-Antti Niemi (above) made 45 saves for the Blackhawks in a 2-1 win at San Jose. The Blackhawks took a 1-0 series lead.

-Check ou this save Niemi made down low on San Jose's Ryane Clowe:

-Niemi had issues with this puck:

-San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov had issues with a few pucks:

-We don't want to accuse Sharks forward Joe Thornton of interfering with Niemi, but...:

-But he kept his eyes on this puck:

-Happy times for San Jose's Jason Demers:

-Happy times for the Sharks. Not so much for Chicago's Dustin Byfuglien:

-Byfuglien had issues with this net:

-Chicago's Troy Brouwer getting some torque on his stick:

-The Sharks taking the ice:

-Bright times at HP Pavlion, AKA The Shark Tank:

-Anthem time in San Jose:

-"If you haven't figured out he's a great goaltender by now you're not watching the games. He's been rock-solid." - Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on Niemi.

-"We couldn't capitalize. We've got to do better in Game 2." - Sharks forward Joe Thornton.

IIHF World Championships

-Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk had a hat trick and an assist for Russia in a 6-1 rout of Denmark. Evgeni Malkin added a goal and two assists while Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk recorded three assists. Sergei Gonchar was a plus-1 in 16:17 of ice time. Vasili Koshechkin made 30 saves in the victory.

-Malkin barging in on Denmark's net:

-Happy times for Russia. Not so much for Denmark's Frederik Andersen:

-Panthers goaltender Scott Clemmensen made all of 10 saves in a 4-0 shutout of France. Brandon Dubinsky of the Rangers had a goal and two assists while Senators forward Nick Foligno recorded two goals.

-Clemmensen kept his eyes on this puck:

-Jonas Andersson had two goals for Sweden in a 3-1 defeat of Canada. Maple Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson made 32 saves in the victory.

-Sweden's Niklas Persson fighting off a stick check from Canada and Avalanche defenseman Kyle Cumiskey:

-Andrei Mezin made 33 saves for Belarus in a 2-1 defeat of Germany.

-Germany and Predators forward Marcel Goc ripping a shot:

-Janis Sprukts had two goals for Latvia in a 5-0 win against Norway. Edgard Masalskis made 30 saves in the shutout.

-Michael Souza had a goal and an assist for Italy in a 2-1 defeat of Kazakhstan. Daniel Bellissimo made 32 saves in the victory.

Non-Playoff Stuff

Northeast Division

-The Sabres re-signed forward Mike Grier to a one-year deal. Terms of the deal were not revealed.

Southeast Division

-The Capitals signed restricted-free-agent-to-be forward Nicklas Backstrom (right, with captain Alex Ovechkin) to a to a 10-year deal worth $67 million.

-Washington also signed Marcus Johansson, a first-round pick in 2009, to a three-year entry-level deal.

-The Panthers hired former Blackhawks general manager and former Penguins defenseman Dale Tallon as general manager. Tallon has served as an executive with the Blackhawks the past season.

Norris Division

-Today would've been the 95th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Carl Liscombe.

(Photos: Fleury-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Canadiens/Flyers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Michael Heiman/Getty Images and Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Blackhawks/Sharks-Mark Humphrey/Associated Press, Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images; Paul Sakuma/Associated Press and Ezra Shaw/Getty Images; IIHF World Championships-Daniel Maurer/Associated Press and Martin Meissner/Associated Press; Backstrom-Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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