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Empty Netter Assists - 06-07-12

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Penguins

-“Let’s be honest, I’ll probably never be back there again. I got pictures. I didn’t know I was going to get my name on the Cup. I thought you had to play 60 games or the finals. But it’s neither. If the team wants you on there, you’re on there. So Mario Lemieux and Ray Shero made an exception for me.” - Former Penguins forward the great Mike Zigomanis (right) on being a part of the Penguins' Stanley Cup championship in 2009.

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins forward Stephane Richer. A free agent signing prior to the 2001-02 season, Richer's Penguins career amounted to 58 games and 25 points that campaign. At the trade deadline, he was dealt to the Devils in exchange for a draft pick.

Playoff Stuff
Devils - Kings

-Martin Brodeur made 22 saves for the Devils who defeated the Kings, 3-1, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Bryce Salvador recorded two assists for New Jersey which held off elimination. Los Angeles has a 3-1 series lead.

-Goal of the Night: Check out the placement on this shot by New Jersey's Adam Henrique:

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-A good look at Henrique's goal:

-Weak Penalty of the Night: Check out this ticky tack boarding penalty against New Jersey's David Clarkson which led to a power-play goal by Los Angeles' Drew Doughty:

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-EN Says: Keep in mind, these are the NHL's best officials making this call.

-Save of the Night: Technically this isn't a save, but check out this poke check attempt by Brodeur which forced a wide shot by Los Angeles' Trevor Lewis:

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-A good look at the save:

-"We wanted to make them jump on a plane and come to New Jersey. We had to go to New Jersey anyway. I’m sure they’re not happy to make that trip.” - Brodeur.

-"It's disappointing losing the game. But it's definitely not going to be easy. It's a damn tough trophy to win and they're a darn good team." - Kings forward Jarret Stoll.

-Devils defenseman Henrik Tallinder had 29 shifts for 19:21 of ice time in his first game since Jan. 17. He had been sidelined due to blood clots.

-Cool Photo of the Night: Quick making a glove save under the bright lights:

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

-Here's a good look at Elias' goal:

-The postgame press conference of Kings coach Darryl Sutter was... unique:

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-In contrast, Sutter makes Rangers coach John Tortorella look like a public relations specialist:

-Brodeur didn't look all that much happier either:

-"Yeah, he said he and Chico (Resch) are living proof that it can be done." - Devils captain Zach Parise on his father, former Islanders forward J.P. Parise. In the 1975 postseason, the Islanders were able to rebound from a 0-3 deficit to defeat the Penguins, 4-3, in a second round series. Resch was the Islanders goaltender.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

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-By way of One Girl, One Puck, this amazing ad for a 99 Cents store in Los Angeles hoping for a Kings sweep:

Non-Playoff Stuff
Atlantic Division

-“Jaromir hasn’t forgotten how he got criticized by the media in Pittsburgh early in his career. He feels he needs to prove himself every day, but I agree with you, he needs to cut back in his training.” - Petr Svoboda, agent for Flyers forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr. Svoda said he is working with Flyers management towards a contract extension for Jagr who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

-Rangers forwards Marian Gaborik (shoulder) and Brandon Prust (finger) each underwent surgery.

Northeast Division

-A day after former Penguins coach Michel Therrien was hired as head coach, the Canadiens fired assistant coaches Randy Cunneyworth (right) and Randy Ladouceur. Cunneyworth, a former Penguins forward, served as interim head coach most of this past season.

-The Senators signed forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau, a fourth-round pick in 2011, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Southeast Division

-The Panthers signed general manager and former Penguins defenseman Dale Tallon to a contract extension believed to be three years in length.

-The Capitals will not re-sign forward and Penguins killer Mike Knuble.

-Officially, the Lightning's attendance jumped this past season to 18,468 from 17,268 in 2010-11.

Central Division

-The Predators signed forward Patrick Cehlin (above), a fifth-round pick in 2010, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Northwest Division

-The Oilers signed general manager Steve Tambellini to a contract extension. Terms were not disclosed.

(Photos: Zigomanis and Cehlin-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Devils/Kings-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Jeff Gross/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images, Julie Jacobson/Associated Press, Christian Petersen/Getty Images and Mark Terrill/Associated Press; Cunneyworth-Penguins Hockey Cards)

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