Empty Netter Assists - 05-08-12

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-Very few traces of the Civic Arena remain.

-"You're only out if you believe you're out." - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach Alain Nasreddine on his team trailing the St. John's SeaCaps, 3-1, in their Calder Cup Eastern Conference semifinal series. Game 5 is tonight.

Playoff Stuff
Rangers - Capitals

-An overtime goal and an assist by Marc Staal gave the Rangers a dramatic 3-2 win against the Capitals in Game 5. Henrik Lundqvist made 16 saves for New York which took a 3-2 series lead. Troy Brouwer recorded two assists for Washington.

-Staal's goal:

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-A good look at the goal:

-Happy times for Staal and teammate Anton Stralman:

-Happy times for the Rangers. Not so much for Washington's Matt Hendricks:

-Richards scored a tying power-play goal with 6.6 remaining in regulation to force overtime:

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-Both goals were scored on power plays after Capitals forward Joel Ward took a double minor for high-sticking Rangers forward Carl Hagelin with 22 seconds remaining in regulation:

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-Happy times for Washington's Alexander Semin and John Carlson:

-Hendricks and New York's Stu Bickel kicked up some ice here:

-"Around the net you're just whacking and hacking and trying to stay on your feet and get something to go in,'' Richards said. "I had no idea how much time was left. I didn't hear a buzzer when it went over the line, so I was happy. When you're in their zone with the goalie pulled, the odds aren't always great, but that's why we play 60 minutes." - Richards on his goal.

-“I haven’t heard it that loud since I’ve been here." - Rangers captain Ryan Callahan.

-"On the ice, I don't hear. On the bench, I hear it. And want to laugh, but I can't." - Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin on being taunted by Rangers fans.

Flyers - Devils

-Flyers forward Claude Giroux was suspended one game by the NHL for hitting Devils forward Dainius Zubrus in the head during Game 4.

-The explanation:

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-EN Says: The fact they suspended a star player, with a clean record and did so without an apparent injury to Zubrus is surprsing. We completely expected the NHL to have an underwhelming response.

-“The more we keep the puck in their zone, the more we’re taking shots on them, the less they’re going to have an opportunity against us." - Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur on his team's aggressive approach.

Blues - Kings

-"Just to have the day to not really think about hockey or about the type of pressure that comes from being in the playoffs, it's nice just to get away from the game for a day or two and let your mind reset." - Kings captain Dustin Brown on the advantage of having several days off before the Western Conference final begins.

-The NHL is expected to give approval for the sale of the Blues to a group headed by St. Louis businessman Tom Stillman.

Coyotes - Predators

-Mike Smith made 32 saves for the Coyotes in a series-clinching 2-1 win against the Predators in Game 5. Nashville won the series, 4-1. The Coyotes/Jets franchise advanced to a conference final for the first time.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this re-direction by Nashville's Colin Wilson:

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-Defensive Play of the Night: Phoenix's Mikkel Boedker blocked this sure goal by Nashville's Roman Josi:

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-Smith almost scored an empty-net goal with 1.4 left in regulation:

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-Handshake line:

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-Happy times in the desert:

-Sad times for the Predators:

-Funny Face of the Night: Nashville's Gabriel Bourque trying to block a shot by Phoenix's Derek Morris:

-Nashville's Shea Weber > Phoenix's Lauri Korpikoski:

-“We made it muddy in front of our net. The mud won out in the end.” - Coyotes coach and former Penguins forward Dave Tippett on his team's defensive approach.

-"It means a lot to our group to keep going, but it's only half way, and we've got to find a way to win four more games." - Coyotes captain Shane Doan.

-“They played great … their goalie played great, they played a great team game. We weren’t able to bury our chances, and that never really gave us a chance to win.” - Predators defenseman Ryan Suter.

-“Their goalie was the difference in this series. As a team they played really well defensively, but he was the last line of defense. We got a lot of shots but it was like other games in this series. We couldn’t get anything past him. He stayed strong till the end and their players gave him a lot of help.” - Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne on Smith.

-Korpikoski returned to the lineup after missing three games due to an undiscloed injury.

-Before the game, the NHL announced it reached a preliminary agreement to sell the Coyotes to former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison. The agreement will keep the team in Glendale, Ariz.

Non-Playoff Stuff
IIHF World Championships

-Former Penguins forward Miroslav Satan had a goal for Slovakia which defeated the United States, 4-2.

-Cool Photo of the Day: Red Wings/United States goaltender Jimmy Howard had help from teammates Alex Goligoski (Stars) and Justin Faulk (Hurricanes) in defending Slovakia's Libor Hudacek:

-A goal and four assists by Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp led Canada to a 7-2 rout of France.

-A shootout goal by Oilers forward Ales Hemsky gave the Czech Republic a 4-3 win against Norway.

-Stars forward Loui Eriksson netted two goals and an assist for Sweden in a 6-4 win against Denmark.

-Ducks/Canada forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry allegedly got into a bit of hot water in a Finnish night club.

Atlantic Division

-The Flyers and their parent company are being sued by season ticket holders over how tickets for the Winter Classic were handled.

Central Division

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

Northwest Division

-The Canucks signed general manager Mike Gillis to a contract extension.

(Photos: Civic Arena-Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette; Capitals/Rangers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Predators/Coyotes-Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press and Christian Petersen/Getty Images; IIHF World Championships-Alexander Nemenov/AFP/GettyImages)

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