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Empty Netter Assists - 06-16-11

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-According to the team's Web site, former Penguins goaltender John Curry (above) has joined the Hamburg Freezers of the DEL in Germany.

-The Civic Arena's future is still up in the air.

-The agent for former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr has contacted Red Wings general manager Ken Holland about joining his team.

-Happy 65th birthday to former Penguins forward Derek Sanderson. A star with the Bruins during their Stanley Cup days in the early 1970s, Sanderson capped off his 13-year NHL career by signing with the Penguins late in the the 1977-78 season and and appearing in 13 games while scoring four points. "Turk" retired in the 1978 offseason.

Playoff Stuff
Canucks - Bruins

-Tim Thomas made 37 saves for the Bruins and led them to a 4-0 shutout of the Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist for Boston while teammate Patrice Bergeron added two goals. The Bruins claimed their first Stanley Cup title since 1972.

-Highlights:

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-A good look at Bergeron's second goal:

-The Bruins accepting the Stanley Cup:

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-“This is the last time I get the chance. I’m going out on top. I couldn’t be happier with this group of guys. Regardless of what happened tonight, this was going to be one of the best groups I ever played with. We’re very fortunate to win. We’re going to enjoy this.’’ - Bruins forward and former Penguins all-star Mark Recchi on his retirement.

-“They thought they were going to roll over us. We hated them so much. We really did. Just so cocky. And we prevailed. We kept on working. It was just everything about them — the diving, hitting Horty [Nathan Horton], the whining in the papers. But you know, we took it, we went with it . . . stuck to our game, played our game, and won it.’’ - Marchand on the Canucks.

-"Conn Smythe is completely an honor. I just sat down here and started to read some of the names on it and it's an honor to be mentioned. Patrick Roy, Ron Hextall, Ken Dryden, those are the three goalies that I can see on this side facing me, it's amazing." - Thomas on winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

-Thomas accepting the trophy:

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-The trophy is almost as big as him:

-Awesome Photo of the Night: Thomas, him mom (with a beer) and his daughter holding the Conn Smythe Trophy:

-Another good one of Thomas and his family:

-The Bruins celebrating:

-Recchi and Bergeron having a moment:

-The handshake line:

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-Thomas apparently pumped the tires of Vancouver's Roberto Luongo sufficiently here:

-“It’s an amazing moment, a humbling honour to be in that position. I’ll remember that moment the rest of my life.” - Bruins captain Zdeno Chara on receiving the Stanley Cup from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman:

-Bright times for Chara:

-Scary Face of the Night: Chara:

-High times for Chara:

-One last Stanley Cup win for Recchi:

-“It was actually pretty heavy." - Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg on lifting the Stanley Cup.

-The Bruins assemble for their team photo:

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-Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk used his teeth to remove a twist-off cap off a beer bottle:

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-Happy times for Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference:

-Chara and Recchi having a moment:

-Ference and Chara having a moment:

-Thisty times for Chara:

-Pizza times for Chara and teammate Rich Peverly:

-Cigar-chomping times for Boston's Danile Paille:

-Thirsty times for Bergeron:

-Excited times for Marchand:

-"It’s hard to really put into words, but it’s incredibly special to be able to say that you’re involved with a Stanley Cup champion team." - former Bruins all-star and current team executive Cam Neely on winning the Stanley Cup for the first time.

-Thomas set quite a few postseason goaltending records. He now holds the postseason record for saves (798) and shots faced (849) and he set the mark for saves in a Stanley Cup Final with 238. Additionally, Thomas became the first visiting goaltender in to record a shutout in Game 7 of a Cup Final.

-Thomas apparently remembered at the last minute he forgot to color his lid:

-Thomas did an impromptu impression of Al Bundy mid-game apparently:

-We think.

-Bruins forward Milan Lucic got to celebrate the Stanley Cup win in his hometown.

-Prior to the game, injured Bruins forward Nathan Horton was spotted on camera pouring melted ice from Boston's TD Garden on the ice of Rogers Arena:

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-"Yeah, I wanted to put that on their ice and make it our ice. I was trying to be sneaky but I got caught by the camera." - Horton.

-Horton got his hands on the Cup too:

-“It’s up to the offensive guys, and that’s me and Danny foremost. We couldn’t get it done.” - Canucks captain Henrik Sedin on the offensive struggles of himself and his brother Daniel.

-The Sedins managed to combine for only five points in the series.

-The Canucks managed only eight goals in seven games during the final.

-"I really thought we were going to win. I can't put it into words right now." - Canucks forward Ryan Kesler.

-"This is absolutely the worst feeling of my career. It just feels terrible. I don't really have anything good to say about it.”- Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler who admitted he played through two broken fingers.

-Sad times for the Canucks:

-And their fans:

-Injured Canucks forward Mason Raymond was able to attend the game and was shown on the video board cheering his team from a rampway while wearing a plastic corset to support a broken vertebrae:

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-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage from Game 7 was a little disappointing:

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-We're a few days late with this, but here's Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage from Game 6:

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-Heavy rioting took place in the streets of Vancouver after the game.

-A man wearing a Bruins jersey fell 50 feet from a pedestrian walkwall at Rogers Arena and was hospitalized.

-Some videos of the ugly scenes:

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-Then you have this genius:

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-“Vancouver is a world-class city and it is embarrassing and shameful to see the type of violence and disorder we’ve seen tonight. The vast majority of people who were in the downtown tonight were there to enjoy the game in a peaceful and respectful manner. It is unfortunate that a small number of people intent on criminal activity have turned pockets of the downtown into areas involving destruction of property and confrontations with police.” - Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

-Some photos of the destruction:

-These two managed to make love, not war:

-Celebrations in Boston were of a happier tone:

Non-Playoff Stuff
Southeast Division

-The Capitals re-signed restricted free-agent defenseman Patrick McNeill to a two-year two-way contract.

Central Division

-The Blackhawks promoted former Penguins defenseman Marc Bergevin from director of player personnel to assistant general manager.

Northwest Division

-The Avalanche signed former Blue Jackets/Coyotes forward Joakim Lindstrom, to a one-year contract worth $600,000.

-Avalanche assistant coach Steve Konowalchuk is leaving the team to become the head coach of the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League.

Pacific Division

-Former Sharks defenseman Niclas Wallin has joined Lulea HF of the Elitserien in Sweden.

(Photos: Curry-Associated Press; Bruins/Canucks-Elise Amendola/Associated Press; Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press; Harry How/Getty Images, Rich Lam/Getty Images and Elsa/Getty Images)

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