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Empty Netter Assists - 05-26-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Blackhawks executive and former Penguins coach Scotty Bowman (right) received the Order of Canada.

-Happy 60th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Pat Riggin. Acquired midway through the 1986-87 season in a deal which sent Roberto Romano to the Bruins, Riggin spent parts of the final two seasons of his NHL career with the Penguins. He appeared in 17 games for the 1986-87 Penguins and had a record of 8-6-3. The following season, he played in 22 games and went 7-8-4. He was released in the 1988 offseason. In 39 games with the Penguins, he had a 15-14-7 record with a 3.64 goals against average and .875 save percentage.

-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ron Meighan. Acquired early in the 1982-83 season along with Anders Hakansson and a draft pick in a deal which sent George Ferguson and a draft pick to the North Stars, Meighan's Penguins career amounted to 41 games and eight points that campaign. After spending the next season with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Baltimore, Meighan was released.

Playoff Stuff
Rangers - Devils

-Adam Henrique's overtime goal gave the Devils a series-clinching 3-2 win against the Rangers in Game 6. Ily Kovalchuk added a goal and and an assist for New Jersey while teammate Martin Brodeur made 33 saves. Ryan McDonagh recorded two assists for New York. New Jersey won the series, 4-2.

-Henrique's goal and handshake line:

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-"I was just Johnny on the spot on that one. It was just sitting there. I couldn't see the puck, I knew it was down there, I was just praying it was going to come under his pad. That's a big one, that's one you dream about." - Henrique on the goal.

-"It's a bad feeling when you feel all the guys on top of you, behind you. You just hope for a whistle and a faceoff, but unfortunately, we didn't get it." - Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on Henrique's goal.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this pass from New Jersey's Dainius Zubrus to set up Ilya Kovalchuk on the power play:

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-Check out the effort by New York's Ryan McDonagh to set up former Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko for a goal:

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-Check out this nasty slash from New York's Brandon Prust against New Jersey's Travis Zajac:

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-"It's the worst feeling you can feel, especially an overtime loss like that. Just like that, your season's over." - Rangers captain Ryan Callahan.

-Handshake lines:

-Lundqvist and Brodeur exchanging pleasantries:

-Devils captain Zach Parise "accepting" the Prince of Wales Trophy:

-"I wanted to touch it, but the majority said no. So that's fine with me." - Parise on taking a vote on whether or not he should have held the trophy.

-Happy times for the Devils. Not so much for the Rangers:

-Cool Photo of the Night: All hell breaking loose in the Rangers' crease:

-Happy times for Kovalchuk:

-Happy times for the Devils:

-Brodeur was all over this puck:

-New York's Brian Boyle > New Jersey's Peter Harrold:

-"There's only one guy that likes beating the Rangers more than Marty and that's Lou." - Devils coach Peter DeBoer on Brodeur and general manager Lou Lamoriello.

-"(The Kings) have been really good on the road the whole playoffs, but I don’t think they’ve faced a team like us.” - Kovalchuk.

-“It’s actually a little weird that the two teams that I was to choose from are going to face (each other) in the Finals, but I’m pretty sure I made the right decision and I can’t wait to play those games." - Kovalchuk on facing the Kings, the team he rejected as a free agent in 2010.

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

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-Who ever wins the Stanley Cup will be the lowest-seeded team to do so since the NHL went to a 1 through 8 format in 1994. The Devils are the eighth seed while the Devils are the sixth. The 1995 Devils (fifth seed) hold the record.

Kings

-It's been a long, strange 45 years for Kings fans.

-Kings forward Simon Gagne resumed practicing for the first time since suffering a concussion in December.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Northeast Division

-The Senators signed forwards Jakub Culek, a third-round pick in 2010, and Darren Kramer, a sixth-round pick in 2011, to three-year entry-level contracts.

-The Canadiens hired Rick Dudley, formerly an executive with the Maple Leafs, as assistant general manager.

Central Division

-It turns out Predators defenseman and former Penguin Hal Gill (right) finished the season with a broken tibia.

Pacific Division

-Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith wants the team to bring back goaltending coach Sean Burke.

Adams Division

-Former Red Wings/Senators/Sabres/Blackhawks goaltender Dominik Hasek wants to make a comeback at age 47?

-“His message to players is that NHL owners are going to come at us with Ginsu knives on the end of samurai swords. The owners are going to come hard and if the players don’t put their hands up, they will end up decapitated.” - Player agent Mike Liut on the message NHLPA head Donald Fehr has been sharing with players.

(Photos: Bowman-Rick Stewart/Getty Images; Rangers/Devils-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Julio Cortez/Associated Press, Frank Franklin II/Associated Press and Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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