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Empty Netter Assists - 05-27-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Happy 36th birthday to current Penguins forward Richard Park (right). The second native of South Korea to play for the Penguins as well as in the NHL (Jim Paek being the first), Park was a second round pick in 1994 and spent parts of four seasons in Pittsburgh over two stints. He made his NHL debut in 1994-95 by appearing on one game and recording one assist. He played in three playoff games that postseason and failed to record a point. In 1995-96, he played in 56 games and recorded 10 points. During that postseason, he played in one game and did not score a point. He appeared in one game in 1996-97 before being dealt to the Mighty Ducks at the trade deadline in exchange for Roman Oksiuta. After bouncing between the Mighty Ducks, Flyers, Wild, Canucks, Islanders and HC Geneve-Servette of Switzerland's NLA, Park returned to the Penguins as a free agent in the 2011 offseson. In 54 regular season games last season, Park scored 14 points. He appeared in two postseason games and recorded one assist. In 112 regular season games with the Penguins, Park has scored 25 points. In six postseason games, he has recorded one assist.

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-Happy 71st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ed Van Impe. An all-star with the Flyers during their "Broad Street Bullies" days, Van Impe came to the Penguins late in the 1975-76 season along with Bobby Taylor in a deal which sent Gary Inness and cash to Philadelphia. He spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished 1975-76 by appearing in 12 games and recording five assists. He appeared in all three of the team's playoff games and netted one assist. In 1976-77, he was limited to 10 games and three assists and retired in midseason.

Playoff Stuff
Rangers - Devils

-“There are a lot of outstanding teams that were out in the first round and in the second round. That’s the good and the bad of a league that has come to parity.” - Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello.

-The Devils are trying to become the ninth team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup a season after missing the postseason.

Kings

-Kings defenseman and former Penguin Rob Scuderi (right) isn't new to this whole "make a coaching change in mid-season and get to the Stanley Cup Final" deal.

-Kings forward Mike Richards won the Memorial Cup while playing for the Kitchener Rangers and current Devils coach Peter DeBoer.

-Do yourself a favor and read this splendid story by the Los Angeles Times' Chris Foster on the early days of the Kings franchise.

-Kings general manager Dean Lombardi accused the Coyotes players of inciting Phoenix fans to throw debris on the ice in aftermath of Game 5 of the Western Conference final.

Northeast Division

-The Bruins acquired former Penguins forward Chris Bourque (right) from the Capitals in exchange for forward Zach Hamill. Bourque, 26, is the son of Bruins hall-of-famer Ray Bourque. He has not played in the NHL since 2009-10 with the Penguins. Hamill, 23, was a first-round pick in 2007. In 16 NHL games last season, he recorded two assists.

Central Division

-With new ownership in place, will the Blues retain team president John Davidson?

Smythe Division

-London Knights goaltender Michael Houser, a native of Wexford, was named the CHL's goaltender of the year.

(Photos: Park-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Scuderi-Harry How/Getty Images; Bourque-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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