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Empty Netter Assists - 06-21-12

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Penguins

-"It's the best day of my life. It's a very special day." - Evgeni Malkin on winning the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award.

-“I remember six years before, when I come, it was a different life, you know?. I (didn’t) speak English. First (person) who took care of me, it’s Sergei Gonchar — he’s a great guy, unbelievable player. It’s my best friend here." - Malkin on former teammate Sergei Gonchar.

-Malkin accepting his awards:

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-Malkin with the Hart Trophy:

-And the Ted Lindsay Award:

-And the Art Ross Trophy:

-Malkin and fellow Russia, Pavel Datsyuk:

-Malkin speaks:

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-Dan Bylsma speaks:

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-Matt Cooke received one fourth-place vote for the Lady Byng Trophy.

-The Penguins are not expected to extend a qualifying offer to restricted free agent to be Cal O'Reilly. (PG+)

-Jonathan Bombulie of the Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice has a solid look at the Penguins' organizational depth.

-The NHL's regular season schedule is expected to be released today.

-The Penguins must begin developing the Civic Arena site in two years.

Atlantic Division

-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist dropped an f-bomb while accepting the Vezina Trophy.

-Lundqvist with his trophy:

-Most people would probably be happy with the possibility of a free trip to Las Vegas. Then again, Rangers coach John Tortorella isn't most people:

-Flyers forward Claude Giroux will be on the cover of EA Sports' "NHL 13."

Northeast Division

-“Honestly, I almost screamed when he won." - Bruins captain Zdeno Chara on teammate Patrice Bergeron winning the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward.

-Bergeron with his hardware:

-Ottawa's Erik Karlsson with the James Norris Memorial Trophy:

-His teammate, captain Daniel Alfredsson, won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy:

-Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty claimed the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy:

-“We don’t think anyone that we get at five is going to play (in the NHL) right away." - Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke on having the fifth overall pick in the draft.

-The Canadiens hired former Canadiens/Lightning/Kings/Blues/Oilers defenceman Donald Dufresne as assistant coach, former Blues/Red Wings/Bruins goaltender Vincent Riendeau as goaltending consultant and former Oilers/Blue Jackets/Kings forward Ethan Moreau as a scout.

Southeast Division

-By winning the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, defenseman Brian Campbell becomes the Panthers' first-ever winner of an NHL award which is voted on.

-Campbell with his trophy:

-Lightning forward Steven Stamkos picked up the Maurice Richard Trophy:

Central Division

-Blues coach Ken Hitchcock took home the Jack Adams Award:

-Blues goaltenders Brian Elliott (left) and Jaroslav Halak claimed the William M. Jennings Trophy:

-St. Louis' Doug Armstrong won the General Manager Of the Year Award:

-"It's been like a dream. A bad dream. A nightmare. I keep thinking I'll see him again soon in [training camp], just like always. I keep telling myself this, thinking it will come true. I can't believe this has happened." - Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk on the retirement of captain Nicklas Lidstrom.

-The Blue Jackets hired former Blackhawks/Mighty Ducks/Senators coach Craig Hartsburg and former Flyers/Rangers/Maple Leafs assistant coach Keith Acton as assistant coaches.

Northwest Division

-"I tried to write a speech, but it didn't work out. Then I forgot to thank about 10 people." - Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog on winning the Calder Trophy.

-Landeskog with the Calder Trophy:

Pacific Division

-Kings captain Dustin Brown (right) and goaltender Jonathan Quick didn't win any trophies last night so the brought their own:

-"The first four or five days were the best five days of my life but also the most tiring." - Brown on the aftermath of winning the Stanley Cup.

-The Kings extended qualifying offers to restricted free agent forwards Dwight King, Justin Azevedo, Stefan Legein, David Meckler, defenseman Andrew Campebll, Thomas Hickey and Jake Muzzin.

Adams Division

-Playing junior hockey in North America helped Nail Yakupov be in a position to become the top overall pick in the draft.

-Former Panthers forward Michal Repik has joined HC Lev Praha of Russia's KHL.

-Former Kings and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Konstantin Pushkaryov has joined Spartak Moskva of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images and Julie Jacobson/Associated Press)

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