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Empty Netter Assists - 05-25-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

Note: We had the wrong birthday listed yesterday. Our apologies for the error.

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-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins forward and picnic jug enthusiast (above) Pat Graham. A sixth-round pick in 1980, Graham spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1981-82, he appeared in 42 games and recorded 14 points. The following season, he was limited to 20 games and six points. In the 1983 offseason, he was traded to the Maple Leafs along with Nick Ricci in exchange for Rocky Saganiuk and Vincent Tremblay.

Playoff Stuff
Rangers - Devils

-“It’s 18 years ago. That’s a long time.” - Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur (right) dismissing any comparison between this Eastern Conference final to the 1994 final between the Devils and Rangers.

-Speaking of 1994, the Rangers want nothing to do with any sort of Mark Messier-type of guarantees.

-"He'll play his best game [Friday night]." - Rangers coach John Tortorella on goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

-"I think you're starting to see the old Marc now." - Hurricanes captain Eric Staal on the recover of his brother, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, from a concussion.

-Do yourself a favor and read this excellent profile of Tortorella by the Newark Star-Ledger.

-Through the NHL, NBC issued a statement on why it's putting the kibosh on viewing parties. “Viewing parties can have an adverse effect on viewership and, hence, on our obligations to our advertisers, sponsors and affiliates.”

Kings

-The Kings were in 11th place of the Western Conference when Darryl Sutter took over as head coach Dec. 22. Today, they're in the Stanley Cup final.

-Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell (right) has taken the long road to his first Stanley Cup final.

-"We’re not worried about the break. Rest isn’t the enemy." - Kings forward Dustin Penner on having a lenghty break between the Western Conference final and the Stanley Cup Final.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Southeast Division

-Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he would like to trade for a new starting goaltender before the start of free agency.

Central Division

-The Blue Jackets re-signed restricted free agent forward Ryan Russell to a one-year two-way contract.

Northwest Division

-Canucks coach Alain Vigneault and forward Ryan Kesler (through his agent) arent exactly seeing eye to eye.

Pacific Division

-"It's tough for our management. It's tough for our coaching staff, and eventually it runs down. It's tough for players. I didn't feel like we had the same competitive edge as everyone else. Everyone has a tough schedule at times, but I felt the length of tough scheduling we had was not great. Then I thought in the playoffs if you have an owner that's not going to stand up for some of that reffing that you saw and stuff like that, it wears on you as a player. Who are we going to complain to? Our owner gave the trophy out to the other team." - Coyotes forward Ray Whitney (right) on his team's ownership situation.

-Coyotes defenseman Michal Rozsival did not suffer any structural damange when he was hit low by Kings captain Dustin Brown in Game 5 of the Western Conference final.

-The NHL is investigating the Coyotes' actions in the aftermath of Game 5. After an overtime goal by by Los Angeles' Dustin Penner, several members of the Coyotes confronted the officials.

(Photos: Brodeur and Whitney-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Mitchell-Harry How/Getty Images)

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