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Empty Netter Assists - 05-14-13

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins

-"He's everything, as advertised." - Jarome Iginla on playing with Sidney Crosby.

-Crosby was nominated for the Masterton Trophy along with Wild goaltender Josh Harding and Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid.

-Tomas Vokoun will start Game 1?

-"I've always approached games [by considering] that if teams are thinking about me and worried about me, then they're not focused on what they have to do. That doesn't change." - Matt Cooke on his history with the Senators.

-Are the Penguins and Senators a true rivalry?

-A look at how the Penguins and Senators players did in head to head games this season.

-The complete conference semifinal schedule.

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Vokoun speaks:

-Brooks Orpik speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks, hypothetically:

Calder Cup Playoffs

-Just like their NHL counterparts, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins aren't in a hurry to name their starting goaltender for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Providence Bruins.

-After the jump: The Rangers win a convincing Game 7 against the Capitals and the Bruins win a shocking game 7 against the Maple Leafs.

Senators

-“I don’t know if he knows who I am. He may not know who I am. He has no reason to." - Senators defenseman Marc Methot on defending Sidney Crosby.

-“Once you’re here you don’t think anything is impossible and we believe that. We think we can give a Pittsburgh team a tough run and even win this series. We also respect them and their abilities and what they’ve shown this year and it’s going to take an effort from everybody to have a chance.” - Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.

-Still recovering from a back injury, Senators forward Jason Spezza did not travel to Pittsburgh.

Capitals - Rangers

-Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves for the Rangers in a 5-0 shutout of the Capitals in Game 5. Derrick Brassard and Steve Eminger each recorded two assists for New York which won the series, 4-3.

-Former Penguins forward Arron Asham scored the evenutal game-winning goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal by New York captain Ryan Callahan which led to a backhanded goal:

-Check out the bundle of moves New York's Mats Zuccarello busted out for this goal:

-Handshakes:

-Happy times for Callahan (left), Carl Hagelin (center) and Derek Stepan:

-Asham being popular:

-Happy times for Lundqvist and teammate Anton Stralman:

-Sad times for the Capitals' bench:

-Hard to argue with this on many levels:

-Stunned times for this Capitals fan:

-Lundqvist is now 3-1 with a 1.00 goals-against average a .963 save percentage and one shutout in Game 7s.

-The Rangers' shutdown defensive pairing of Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh limited Washington captain Alex Ovechkin to one goal and one assist in the series.

-“I am not saying there was a phone call from [the NHL], but someone just wanted Game 7. For the ratings; you know, the lockout, escrow, the league needs to make profit.” - Ovechkin suggesting the NHL did not want his team to win the series in Game 6.

-Lesson? Maybe learn how to play in the playoffs, I would say." - Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom on if his team learned a lesson from the loss.

-“Going into the playoffs it was one of the most confident feelings I’ve had in hockey. You talk about riding a high and we were as high as we could be. Guys were scoring and feeling good out there and I thought we had the perfect makeup to go. I was wrong. You go back to the drawing board and start asking more questions.” - Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner.

Bruins - Maple Leafs

-Two goals, including one in overtime, and an assist by Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins a stunning 5-4 comeback wiin against the Maple Leafs in Game 7. Boston won the series, 4-3. The Bruins rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the third period to win the game. Milan Lucic added a goal and an assist for Boston while teammate David Krejci recorded two assists. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves in the victory. Cody Franson led Toronto with two goals.

-Defenseman Matt Bartkowski, a native of Mt. Lebanon, scored Boston's first goal with a filthy snipe:

-Check out the placement on this goal by Franson:

-Boston's Milan Lucic scored with 1:22 remaining in regulation to pull his team within one goal:

-Bergeron's first goal came with 50.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime:

-Bergeron's overtime goal and hand shakes:

-Some good looks at the aftermath:

-Jubliant times in Boston:

Handshakes:

-Franson put something on this puck:

-Happy times for Toronto's Phil Kessel:

-The Bruins became the first team in NHL history to win a Game 7 after trailing by three goals in the third period.

-“We gave ourselves a very good chance to win this series, and we gave it away. It’s that simple.” - Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson.

-Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg suffered an undisclosed injury in the first period.

-Bruins defensemand and former Penguin Andrew Ference missed Game 7 due to an undisclosed injury.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

Blackhawks - Red Wings

-"That's really the team we have kind of … I don't want to say grown to be, but it's almost like they groomed us to be the Red Wings a little bit, the way their team is made up." - Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane comparing his team to the Red Wings.

-"We're all professionals. To be ready on Tuesday or to be ready on Wednesday shouldn't make a difference." - Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith on having five days off between games.

-The Blackhawks are dismissing any significance in the fact they swept the regular season series with the Red Wings, 4-0-0.

-"I mean, three times, obviously, they were shootouts or overtime or something like that. You've got to play real hockey now, in those situations. They thumped us the one time, on Easter Sunday." - Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg also dismissing the fact they were swept by the Blackhawks in the regular season.

Kings - Sharks

-Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi made the most of his free time during the lockout and became a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.

-“They’re the champs, so we’ve got to go down there and try to win some games. We’re not looking to go down and sweep the champs, we just want to compete hard from Game 1 on, and see if we can get a win.” - Sharks captain Joe Thornton on facing the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings.

-Will Sharks defenseman Jason Demers be available after being sidelined since April 18 due to an ankle injury?

Non-Playoff Stuff
IIHF World Championships

-An overtime goal by Lightning forward Steven Stamkos gave Canada a 4-3 win against Slovenia.

-Slovenia's Tomaz Razinger helped screen Canada's Devan Dubnyk and Justin Schultz on this goal:

-Canada's Wayne Simmonds battled for spaces in Slovenia's crease with Luka Gracnar (left) and Blaz Gregorc:

-Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists for Russia which routed Austria, 8-4.

-Austria's Bernard Starkbaum had issues with this puck:

-A goal and two assists from forward Janis Sprukts led Latvia to a 3-1 win against France.

-France's Cristobal Huet had to fish this puck out of his net:

-Goaltender Simon Nielsen made 17 saves for Denmark in a 3-2 win against Belarus.

Penguins

-Former Penguins forward Aleksey Morozov has joined CSKA Moscow of Russia's KHL. He had played with Ak Bars Kazan of the same league since the 2004-05 NHL lockout.

-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins defenseman and EN patron saint Peter Ahola. Acquired early in the 1992-93 season in a trade which sent Jeff Chychrun to the Kings, Ahola's Penguins career amounted to 22 magnificient games and one epic assist that campaign. In February of that season, he was traded to the Sharks for future considerations. He is presumably doing something completely awesome with his life at the moment.

Pacific Division

-"It's frustrating I didn't get the job done. I'll take this, put it in the back of my head and use it again. He made some big saves at crucial times. You thought the puck would go in, all of a sudden you look again and it's in his glove or his leg's kicking it out." - Ducks forward Corey Perry (right) on failing to score a goal against Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard in his team's quartefinal series loss to the Red Wings.

-The Stars fired head coach Glen Gulutzan and assistant coach Paul Jerrard. In two seasons with Dallas, Gulutzan was 66-57-9 and failed to make the postseason.

-EN Says: With new general manager Jim Nill taking over, it was doubtful Gulutzan would keep his job. Gulutzan didn't necessariy deserve to be fired, but the Stars need a fresh start.

Norris Division

-Former Blues/Thrashers forward Lubos Bartecko has joined KLH Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga.

-Former Flyers/Coyotes forward Josh Gratton has joined Barys Astana of Russia's KHL.

-Former Panthers/Jets defenseman Kenndal McArdle has joined Västerås of Sweden's Allsvenskan league.

-Former Lightning defenseman Janne Niskala has joined Atlant Mytishchi of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Vokoun-Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images; Capitals/Rangers-Alex Brandon/Associated Press and Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Maple Leafs/Bruins-Charles Krupa/Associated Press and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; IIHF World Championships-Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images and Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images; Perry-Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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