Empty Netter Assists - 06-03-12

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-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins goaltender Nick Ricci. A fifth-round pick in 1979, Ricci spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. Never appearing in more than nine games in a season with the team, "Tricky Nicky's" NHL career amounted to 19 games with the Penguins and a 7-12-0 record. In the 1983 offseason, he was traded to the Maple Leafs along with Pat Graham in exchange for Vincent Tremblay and Rocky Saganiuk.

-Happy 29th birthday to former Penguins forward Chris Thorburn (right). Claimed off waivers from the Sabres prior to the 2006-07 season, Thorburn appeared in appeared in 39 games and recorded five points and 69 penalty minutes for the Penguins that campaign. In the 2007 offseason, Thorburn was traded to the Thrashers in exchange for a draft pick. He is currently with the Jets.

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-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Wally Weir. Claimed off waivers from the Whalers late in the 1984-85 season, Weir ended his six-year NHL career by appearing in 14 games and recordeding three assists for the Penguins that campaign. He was released in the 1985 offseason.

Playoff Stuff
Devils - Kings

-Jeff Carter's overtime goal gave the Kings a 2-1 win against the Devils in Game 2. Jonathan Quick made 32 saves for Los Angeles which has a 2-0 series lead.

-Carter's goal:

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-A good look at the goal:

-Happy times for the Kings:

-"It's my first overtime playoff goal. . . . It's a pretty special moment." - Carter on his goal.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this amazing effort by Los Angeles' Drew Doughty:

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-EN Says: The best part of that goal was how Doughty circled around in his zone and separated himself from New Jersey's David Clarkson.

-Happy times for Doughty:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Carter kicking up ice in the Devils' crease:

-Stretchy times for Quick:

-Dejected times for New Jersey's Martin Brodeur:

-The Kings tied an NHL record with their 10th road win in the postseason.

-"You can be disappointed about some of the performances, some of the breaks that we're getting. But at the end of the day, we're still alive. We're still in great shape to go out and do something amazing." - Brodeur.

-The Devils' power play has gone 0 for 6 in the series.

-For the first time since 1951 (Maple Leafs-Canadiens) the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final have each gone to overtime.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

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-Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, father in law of Kings forward Kevin Westgarth, probably won't be challenged to too many games of H-O-R-S-E by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman:

-“This is what I was hoping for the first year and this is what I was hoping for when I re-signed, because I felt we had something to prove." - Devils goaltender and former Penguin on reaching the Stanley Cup final for the first time in his career.

-"A lot of people dream about it, but maybe not a lot of guys experience it. I'm trying to enjoy it rigth now.” - Devils forward and former Penguin Alexei Ponikarovsky on playing in the first Stanley Cup Final of his career.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Central Division

-The Blues agreed to terms with forward Vladimir Tarasenko, a first-round pick in 2010 (No. 16 overall) on a three-year entry-level contract.

Norris Division

-Former Ducks/Blues/Thrashers defenseman Nathan Oystrick has joined HC Lev Praha of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Thorburn-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Kings/Devils-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Frank Franklin II/Associated Press, Brian Killian/Getty Images and Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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