Empty Netter Assists - 05-24-13

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Senators

-"Regardless of the situation the Senators might be in, we know they're going to be playing their best game. They'll be coming in with that mentality, to stretch this series back to Ottawa." - Dan Bylsma.

-"Love the support. The guys were pretty jacked up about the Pirates wearing the [Penguins] jerseys. I think you could definitely see a reciprocation when the Pirates are in their postseason run later this year." - Bylsma on the Pirates, such as Andrew McCutchen (above), wearing Penguins gear for a road trip yesterday.

-Game 6, if necessary, will begin at 7:38 p.m. (PG+)

-“I’m having fun doing it. I’ve always had fun doing it." - Mike Lange on his 36th consecutive season as a Penguins broadcaster.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Matt Cooke speaks:

-James Neal:

-“If you ask anyone and they looked at our series, I don’t think there’s too many people that would pick us right now.  That’s what I meant. We have an opportunity and we’re still in the playoffs. It doesn’t really matter to me which way it’s looked at. I think the guys in this room know enough about me, and I believe in these guys." - Senator captain/forward Daniel Alfredsson on his comments following Game 4 in which he said his team probably couldn't win three more games.

-After the Jump: The Rangers stay alive while the Red Wings and Sharks take leads.

Bruins - Rangers

-An overtime goal by Chris Kreider gave the Rangers a 4-3 win against the Bruins in Game 4. Derek Stepan had a goal and an assist for New York while teammate Derick Brassard recorded two assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves in the victory. Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin each had a goal and an assist for Boston which leads the series, 3-1.

-Check out this rocket of a one-timer by Boston's Torey Krug:

-Ugly Goal of the Night: New York's Carl Hagelin scored here after Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask slipped:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal by Stepan which led to a goal:

-Check out this pass by Stepan to set up Brian Boyle for a rare power-play goal:

-Hit of the Night: Boston's Johnny Boychuk on New York's Derek Dorsett:

-Kreider's goal:

-Happy times in New York:

-New York's Ryan Callahan had little help here:

-Rask even had issues with his water bottle:

-Boston's Tyler Seguin wasn't crazy about a tripping penalty he took against Hagelin:

-“I told the guys before the game: there’s no way we’re losing this game. We want to keep playing. We owe it to ourselves, to our fans, and all our focus today was just this game. Now we move our focus to the next period and the first period in that game, and we’re just going to see how far it takes us.” - Lundqvist.

-"For us to get that win tonight, the pressure is on them now. We can go to Boston and win there, come back home and everything is possible. Toronto did it to those guys [pushing Boston to a seventh game in the quarterfinal round], and that's going to be in the back of their minds for sure." - Brassard.

-“Stupid mistakes cost us the game. It’s a game of mistakes. We’ve just got to learn from them and move forward. Shake it off and move on." -  Rask.

-‘‘We made some mistakes tonight, mistakes we haven’t been making, mistakes you can’t have, and they capitalized on them. They made us pay." - Bruins captain/defenseman Zdeno Chara.

-The Rangers made Brad Richards, he of the $6,666,667 salary cap hit, a healthy scratch. Richards has been limited to one goal in 10 games this postseason.

-“This is a Conn Smythe winner, a guy I’ve grown up with, a guy that I love as a person and a player, but I have to make that decision regarding this. So kiss my ass if you want to run something different. It’s not about blaming that guy, and I don’t want anyone to pile on.” - Rangers coach John Tortorella on scratching Richards.

Blackhawks - Red Wings

-Jimmy Howard made 28 saves for the Red Wings in a 2-0 shutout of the Blackhawks in Game 4. Detroit leads the series, 3-1.

-Detroit's Justin Abdelkader got the drop here on Chicago's Niklas Hjalmarsson:

-Detroit's Brendan Smith and Chicago's Michal Handzus had issues:

-Detroit's Carlo Colaiacovo had issues here:

-Howard kept an eye on this puck:

-Happy times in Detroit:

-Not so much for the Blackhawks:

-Howard being popular:

-“We’re too good a team. We’ve got too much talent. For as hard as we’re working, something’s got to go our way.’’ - Blackhawks forward/captain Jonathan Toews.

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

Kings - Sharks

-Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for the Kings in a 3-0 shutout of the rival Sharks in Game 5. Los Angeles leads the series, 3-2.

-Check out this save by Quick on San Jose's Joe Pavelski:

-Happy times for Los Angeles' Slava Voynov (center) and Justin Williams. Not so much for San Jose captain Joe Thornton:

-Quick kept an eye on this puck:

-His San Jose counterpart, Antti Niemi, had less success:

-Kings mascot Bailey caught up with former Ampipe defensive back Stefen Djordjevic:

-"Our best players need to be our best players. Myself included, we were bad tonight, and that's the reason we lost." - Sharks forward Logan Couture.

-"It's just funny to even hear that from a guy who is the biggest diver on their team. Like it's just ridiculous he can even say that, to be honest." - Kings defenseman Drew Doughty on accusations Sharks forward T.J. Galiardi made towards Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. Galiardi accused Quick of embellishment.

Non-Playoff Stuff

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Alain Lemieux. A free agent signing midway through the 1986-87 season, Lemieux appeared in one game for the Penguins that season and did not score a point. He was released the following offseason. Combined with his younger brother Mario's 1,723 points, the Lemieuxs hold the franchise record for points by a brother tandem with 1,723. Alain also played for the Pittsburgh Phantoms of the Roller Hockey International league during the franchise's only season in 1994.

Southeast Division

-The Hurricanes will unveil new ways to make money jerseys June 4.

Northwest Division

-The Avalanche officially hired former goaltender Patrick Roy as head coach and vice president of hockey operations.

Norris Division

-Former Avlanche forward Per Ledin has joined Luleå of Sweden's Elitserien.

(Photos: Bruins/Rangers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Frank Franklin II/Associated Press; Blackhawks/Red Wings-Paul Sancya/Associated Press and Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; Sharks/Kings-Harry How/Getty Images and Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

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