Empty Netter Assists - 05-15-10

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-"I like this city. I like the fans. I love the teammates. Walking out of here not knowing if you're going to come back, it's not a great feeling." - Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar (above) on his impending free agency.

-"Marc-Andre Fleury didn't have a strong season, and he didn't have a strong playoffs. He's well aware of that situation and the criticism that comes with those things like being the guy who stopped the pucks for us when we won the Stanley Cup and being the No. 1 goalie for a great team." - Dan Bylsma.

-Jordan Staal turned down a chance to play for Canada in the IIHF World Championships.

-Gonchar explained his play on Canadiens forward Travis Moen's goal in Game 7 (PG+).

-Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy is a restricted free agent, sort of (PG+).

Playoff Stuff


-Daniel Briere and Scott Hartnell each had a goal and an assist for the Flyers in a stunning 4-3 series-clinching comeback win at Boston. Teammate Ville Leino added two assists while Michael Leighton made 22 saves in the victory. The Flyers became the third team in NHL history to come back from a 3-0 deficit to claim the series, 4-3. Milan Lucic led Boston with two goals.

-Gagne's game-winner:

-End of game and handshakes:


-Bruins/former Penguins forward Mark Recchi and Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, both members of the Hurricanes' Stanley Cup championship squad in 2006, having a moment:

-Happy times for the Flyers:

-Stunned times for the Bruins:

-And fans:

-Laviolette seemed to turn to a higher power when motivating his team:

-Leighton had issues with this puck:

-A too many men on the ice penalty led to the power play Briere scored the game-winning goal on.

-"He doesn't have a quit button." - Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger on Leighton.

-A goal by Flyers rookie forward James van Riemsdyk keyed Philadelphia's comeback.

-"The bottom line is that we had a 3-0 lead in the series. We had a 3-0 lead tonight. And we blew both." -  Bruins coach Claude Julien.

-"We played not to win, but we played not to lose." - Lucic.

-"This is a pretty awful feeling right now." - Recchi.

-The Flyers have been to four Eastern Conference finals since 2000.

-Today's obligatory "the last team to come back from a 3-0 series deficit was the Islanders in 1975 against the Penguins" is brought to you by the 1975 Islanders.


-The Canadiens lead the playoffs with 320 blocked shots.

-Mike Cammalleri's (right) seven goals in the semifinal round against the Penguins tied a single-round record for the Canadiens. How impressive is this record? Let's just say only one of the other six gentleman who share the record are in the Hockey Hall of Fame.


-If not for the rejection of Blackhawks defenseman, the Sharks might not have acquired all-star defenseman Dan Boyle.

-Can the Sharks handle Chicago's crease crashers?

-The Blackhawks held the Cancucks' top line in check. Can they do the same to San Jose's trio of Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton?

-Sharks forward Joe Pavelski and Chicago forward Adam Burish, both former teammates at Wisconsin, are going to get re-acquainted with one another.

-The mayors of Chicago and San Jose did the lame food bet thing.

-On their first day in San Jose, the Blackhawks took a tour of Alcatraz.

IIHF World Championships

-Oilers prospect Jordan Eberle had a goal and three assists for Canada in a 12-1 "comeback" win against Norway. Islanders John Tavares (above, begins Norway's Ruben Smith) recorded a hat trick for Canada while Thrashers forward Evander Kane added a goal and two assist. Blues goaltender Chris Mason made 11 saves in the victory.

-Awkward Photo of the Day: Norway's Ole-Kristian Tollefsen getting the drop on Canada and Avalanche forward Matt Duchene:

-Predators goaltender Pekke Rinne made 18 saves for Finland in a 2-0 shutout of Belarus.

-Oilers prospect Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson and former Whalers/Flames/Lightning/Blackhawks/Capitals/Bruins/Rangers forward Michael Nylander each had a goal and an assist for Sweden in a 4-2 defeat of Latvia. Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves in the victory.

-Senators forward Peter Regin had a goal and two assists for Denmark in a 6-0 upset of Slovakia. Patrick Galbraith made 26 saves in the shutout victory.

Non-Playoff Stuff

Atlantic DIvision

-The Devils signed forwards Mattias Tedenby and Jacob Josefson (right) to three-year entry-level contracts. Tedenby (2008) and Josefson (2009) are each former first-roudn picks.

Southeast Division

-A day after acquiring his rights from the Coyotes, the Hurricanes signed forward Jared Staal to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Lightning and forward Stephane Veilleux reached a financial agreement on surgery required for his shoulder.

Central Division

-The Red Wings signed forward Mitchell Callahan, a sixth-round pick in 2009, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Blues signed forward Anthony Nigro, a sixth-round pick in 2008.

Northeast Division

-The Oilers signed forward Teemu Hartikainen, a sixth-round pick in 2008, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Adams Division

-Today would've been the 96th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Tony Hemmerling.

(Photos: Gonchar-Harry How/Getty Images; Cammalleri-Canadiena Press; Flyers/Bruins-Michael Dwyer/Associated Press, Charles Krupa/Associated Press and Elsa/Getty Images; IIHF World Championships-Canadian Press; Josefson-Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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