Empty Netter Assists - 05-09-12

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-A goal by Simon Despres in the second overtime gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 3-2 win against the St. John's IceCaps in Game 5 of their Calder Cup Eastern Conference semifinal series. Ben Street recorded two assists for the Penguins while teammate Brad Thiessen made 26 saves. St. John's has a 3-2 series lead. Game 6 is scheduled Friday, 6 p.m. in St. John's.


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-"Biggest goal of my career, definitely.” - Despres.

-Former Penguins defenseman Gordie Roberts was hired as the head coach of the Elk River High School boys team in Minnesota.

IIHF World Championships

-An assist by Evgeni Malkin (right) helped Russia shut out Germany, 2-0.

-Former Penguins forward Konstantin Koltsov scored a goal for Belarus which defeated Kazakhstan, 3-2. Fire Ray Shero.

-An assist by former Penguins forward Janne Pesonen helped Finland earn a 5-2 victory against Switzerland. Fire Ray Shero.

-A goal and an assist by former Flyers defenseman Oskars Bartulis led led Latvia to a 5-0 shutout of Italy.

Playoff Stuff
Rangers - Capitals

-"I’m not gonna be hugging people left and right. We still have quite a ways to go.” - Rangers coach John Tortorella on his team's dramatic overtime win in Game 5.

-"We're not dead." - Capitals forward Jay Beagle on trailing in the series, 3-2.

Flyers - Devils

-A goal and an assist by Ily Kovalchuk led the Devils to a series-clinching 3-1 win against the rival Flyers in Game 5. Adam Henrique recorded two assists for New Jersey while teammate Martin Brodeur made 27 saves. New  Jersey won the series, 4-1.

-Ugly Goal of the Night Season: New Jersey's David Clarkson was given credit for this goal after Philadelphia goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov accidently played a puck into his legs:

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-"I had no idea it was in until the crowd starts booing. Pretty good feeling when it went in." - Clarkson on the goal.

-Check out this rocket of a goal by Kovalchuk:

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-Hit of the Night: Philadelphia's Sean Couturier and Zac Rinaldo hammers New Jersey's Anton Volchenkov here:

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-A good look at the aftermath:

-That hit followed this big check by Volchenkov against Philadelphia's Brayden Schenn:

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-Dangerous Hit of the Night: Check out this ugly cheap shot to the knee by Rinaldo to New Jerseys' Dainius Zubrus:

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-Handshake line:

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-Brodeur and Brzygalov exchanging pleasantries:

-Happy times for the Devils:

-Sad times for the Flyers:

-Sad times for Flyers forward and former Penguin Maxime Talbot:

-"I think what was tough on them was us not retaliating to any of the stuff they were doing and all the stuff they were saying every single game. Guys just turned away and didn’t respond to anybody. They were able to get Pittsburgh all wrapped up in that stuff. It must’ve gotten tough on them a little bit to just talk to themselves all day long.” - Brodeur on his team's discipline.

-Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky left the game in the third period due to an undisclosed injury.

-New Jersey advanced to a conference final for the first time in nine years.

-The Devils won the final four games of the series despite allowing the Flyers to score the first goal each time.

-“I love everyone on this team. That was probably the most enjoyable year I’ve ever had. I’ve won some Cups, I’ve won some trophies, but I loved this year. From the organization to the last player on the team, and the fans, they were so nice to me. I hate to finish it right now; that’s the worst feeling. You finish the whole story, the whole year, that’s a sad day today for me…I wanna cry right now.” - Flyers forward and former Penguin Jaromir Jagr.

-"I think we were thinking we were going to walk all over New Jersey. It's kind of our fault a little bit. It should have been a tighter series." - suspended Flyers forward Claude Giroux.

-”They were better than us on all aspects of the game." - Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen.

-"It’s a bright future and we’re looking forward to that, but tonight it’s disappointing.” - Flyers coach Peter Laviolette on his team's future.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

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Coyotes - Predators

-“I never put much thought into turning 40, but now that it’s here . . . I wonder 10 years ago if I’d have thought I’d still be playing today. I’d probably say, ‘no.’ ” - Coyotes forward Ray Whitney.

-The Predators enter the offseason with 15 restricted or unrestricted free agents to account for.


-"It's not like it's top end or there's a dropoff. It's right through their lineup." - Kings coach Darryl Sutter on the Coyotes' depth.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Central Division

-The Blackhawks fired assistant coach Mike Haviland.

-"Obviously everybody when they look at our regular season, it was a great season for us. But when you look at the playoffs, we still only won four games. We need 16 to win the Stanley Cup. We are still far away from being there." - Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

-Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (right) confirmed he was dealing with a knee injury during the postseason.

Northwest Division

-Canucks forward Ryan Kesler will be sidelined six months due to shoulder surgery.

Pacific Division

-The Sharks are jacking up ticket prices for seats in the end their players shoot twice during games.

Adams Division

-Former Hurricanes defenseman Casey Borer has joined the Nürnberg Ice Tigers of Germany's DEL.

(Photos: Penguins-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins; Malkin-Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images; Devils/Flyers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Matt Slocum/Associated Press; Pietrangelo-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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