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Empty Netter Assists - 05-26-13

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Senators

-Tomas Vokoun overcame a lot, including a battle with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, in order to stick in the NHL.

-"I thought it was ugly when I watched on TV a few years ago but, man, in person, it's no good." - The great Joe Vitale on Sidney Crosby's playoff beard.

-"I've never played against a team like that before." - Senators defenseman Marc Methot on the Penguins' offense.

-Looking at the Penguins and Bruins in head to head games this past regular season.

-As a result of the Penguins advancing to the Eastern Conference final, the Sharks will get a 2nd-round pick in 2014 as a condition of the Douglas Murray (right) trade.

-“In my mind, they’re almost like the Miami Heat of the NHL with all the star power. Probably the two best players in the world (Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin); a 40-goal scorer (James Neal); a former 50-goal scorer and future Hall of Famer (Jarome Iginla); and a Norris Trophy candidate (Kris Letang) on their team. So they definitely have a lot of weapons." - Bruins forward Milan Lucic on the Penguins.

-“I’ve always thought we’d have to get through (Pittsburgh) to get to where we wanted to go, at some point. It’s been well chronicled, the (Jarome) Iginla stuff and Jagr stuff. We’re happy with who we got. I think (Jagr) makes that switch that Claude (Julien) made that (Jagr) is really compatible with (Bergeron)’s line. I know he’s been snake-bitten a little bit but he’s had a lot of chances and has created a lot of chances. More important, in addition to the looks he gives to the (power play) he wears down D. There’s always two guys on him."  - Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli on Bruins forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr.

-“It’s a hard lesson to swallow, these last two games. It’s real tough for our goaltender, our team and our coaching staff and our organization to get beat like we did in the last two games, but one thing about our group is adversity really tends to be something (we learn from). We will take good things out of this and it will make us better. (The Penguins) never stepped off the pedal one time and that’s what it takes.” - Senators coach Paul MacLean.

-"I love the game, I love to practice, I love to play. I find the travel really tough, with four young kids at home. And that’s kind of what I struggle with, personally. Obviously, I will talk to my wife, to (general manager Bryan Murray), to (coach Paul MacLean), to see what they think. I still feel like I can play. I really enjoyed theplayoffs. I had a lot of fun with it. There are a lot of factors going into it. I will take a little bit of time. I don’t want to jump to any decisions.” - Senators captain/forward Daniel Alfredsson (right), 40, on his future.

Calder Cup Playoffs

-Two goals by Alex Grant led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 4-2 win against the Syracuse Crunch in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final series of the Calder Cup playoffs. Trevor Smith had a goal and an assist for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while teammate Derek Nesbitt added two assists. Brad Thiessen made 24 saves in the victory. The Crunch hosts Game 2 Sunday, 7 p.m.

-After the Jump: The Bruins move past the Rangers and the Blackhawks stay alive.

Bruins - Rangers

-Two goals by Gregory Campbell led the Bruins to a series-clinching 3-1 win against the Bruins in Game 5. Tuukka Rask made 28 saves in the victory. Boston won the series, 4-1.

-Check out this save by New York's Henrik Lundqvist:

-Boston rookie Torey Krug scored on a real rocket of a one-timer:

-Save of the Night: Rask stopping New York captain Ryan Callahan on a breakaway:

-A good look at the save:

-Handshakes:

-The Rangers leaving the ice for the last time this season:

-Rask was all over this puck:

-Happy times for the Bruins. Not so much for New York's Rick Nash:

-Happy times for the Rangers:

-Angry times for Lundqvist:

-Lundqvist didn't have a lot of support in Boston:

-Jagr had some interesting warm-up attire:

-Krug scored his fourth goal in five postseason games.

-Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg returned to the lineup for the first time since Game 7 in the quarterfinal round against the Maple Leafs.

-"We don't have our [Milan] Lucic in [Ryane] Clowe, we don't have our [Zdeno] Chara in [Marc] Staal. Those are two pretty big players. It hurt our depth." - Rangers coach John Tortorella on his team's injuries.

-According to the New York Daily News, Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman suffered a facial fracture in Game 3.

Blackhawks - Red Wings

-Two goals by Andrew Shaw led the Blackhawks to a 4-1 win against the rival Red Wings in Game 5. Duncan Keith recorded two assists for Chicago while teammate Corey Crawford made 25 saves in the victory.

-Check out this deflection goal by Shaw:

-Happy times in Chicago:

-Angry times for Chicago coach Joel Quenneville:

-Chicago's Niklas Hjalmarsson put something on this shot:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Chicago's Michal Handzus taking the ice:

-Blackhawks captain/forward Jonathan Toews finally scored his first goal of the postseason.

-"They played a hell of a game, from every facet of the game," goalie Jimmy Howard said. "They were better than us tonight." - Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard.

-Pregame festivities:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

Kings - Sharks

-Kings forward Jarret Stoll resumed practicing for the first time since being struck in the head in Game 1.

-With Stoll injured, Kings forward Jeff Carter has had to take on more penalty killing duties.

-"I don't know. I just shoot through." - Los Angeles' Slava Voynov on leading defensemen in postseason goal scoring with four.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Penguins

-Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Pat Riggin. Acquired midway through the 1986-87 season in a deal which sent Roberto Romano to the Bruins, Riggin spent parts of the final two seasons of his NHL career with the Penguins. He appeared in 17 games for the 1986-87 Penguins and had a record of 8-6-3. The following season, he played in 22 games and went 7-8-4. He was released in the 1988 offseason. In 39 games with the Penguins, he had a 15-14-7 record with a 3.64 goals against average and .875 save percentage.

-Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ron Meighan. Acquired early in the 1982-83 season along with Anders Hakansson and a draft pick in a deal which sent George Ferguson and a draft pick to the North Stars, Meighan's Penguins career amounted to 41 games and eight points that campaign. After spending the next season with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Baltimore, Meighan was released.

Pacific Division

-As a result of the Bruins advancing to the Eastern Conference final, the Stars will get the Bruins' first-round pick in this year's draft as a result of a deal for former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr.

(Photos: Vokoun-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Murray-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Alfredsson-Photobucket; Rangers/Bruins-Charles Krupa/Associated Press and Alex Trautwig/Getty Images; Red Wings/Blackhawks-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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