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Empty Netter Assists - 06-20-13

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Penguins

-"Having met with Kris last week, I know his feelings about trying to stay in Pittsburgh, but we all know it's a business. Having said that, I just want to try to get a deal that works for us and for him." - Ray Shero on Kris Letang.

-Happy 30th birthday to former Penguins forward Bill Thomas. A native of Fox Chapel, Thomas was a free agent signing in the 2008 offseason and appeared in 16 games while scoring three points for the Penguins in the 2008-09 season. Thomas left the team in the 2009 offseason joining the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. He spent this past season with Lake Erie of the AHL.  He is currently a member of Medvescak Zagreb of Russia's KHL.

-Happy 59th birthday to former Penguins forward Jacques Cossette. A second-round pick in the 1974 draft, Cossette's entire three-year NHL career was spent in Pittsburgh. As a rookie in 1975-76, he appeared in seven games and recorded two assists. After spending all of next season in Hershey of the AHL, Cossette appeared in 19 NHL games in 1977-78 and netted three points. The 1978-79 season saw Cossette play in 38 games and score nine points. He would never play in the NHL again. In 64 games with the Penguins, Cossette scored 14 points.

Playoff Stuff
Blackhawks - Bruins

-An overtime goal by Brent Seabrook gave the Blackhawks a wild 6-5 win against the Bruins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. The series is tied, 2-2. Patrick Kane led Chicago with a goal and an assist while teammates Bryan Bickell and Michal Rozsival each recorded two assists. Corey Crawford made 28 saves in the victory. Patrice Bergeron scored two goals for Boston.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this strip by Gibsonia's Brandon Saad which eventually led to a short-handed goal by Chicago's Michal Handzus:

-Check out this deflection goal by Chicago captain Jonathan Toews:

-Check out the effort by Chicago's Marcus Kruger on this goal:

-Check out this cycle which led to Bruins forward and former Penguin Jaromir Jagr setting up Bergeron for a goal:

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-Hit of the Night: Boston's Johnny Boychuk on Chicago's Patrick Sharp:

-A good look at the hit:

-Sharp scored the Blackhawks' first power-play goal of the series mid-way through the third period:

-Check out this rocket of a slapper by Boston's Johnny Boychuk which tied the game, 5-5, with 7:46 remainin gin regulation:

-Seabrook's goal:

-A good look at the goal:

-Happy times for the Blackhawks:

-Happy times for Chicago's Patrick Kane and Rozsival:

-Boston's Tuukka Rask kept an eye on this puck:

-Crawford had less luck with this goal:

-Everyoen had issues here:

-Reflective times for the Blackhawks:

-Happy times for Bergeron:

-Happy times for the Bruins:

-“I like shooting in that spot, but to be honest I was just trying to get it past the centerman or their forward trying to come out and block it. Our forwards did a good job of getting in front and boxing out. It was just a great play.” - Seabrook on his goal.

-"I don't really care what Tony Amonte says." - Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa on former Chicago forward Tony Amonte who criticized Hossa's tougness after he didn't play in Game 3 due to an "upper-body" injury. Hossa returned to the lineup ofr Game 4.

-“It was entertaining hockey, it was a lot of fun to be a part of. Some talking going on between the two teams, finally, some scrums, big hits, a lot of clean hockey, a lot of good playoff hockey. It’s easy to say that when we got the win.” - Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp.

“I like shooting in that spot, but to be honest I was just trying to get it past the centerman or their forward trying to come out and block it,” Seabrook said. “Our forwards did a good job of getting in front and boxing out. It was just a great play.” - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/06/brent_seabrook_makes_big_plays_in_end#sthash.Q6IIvB6x.dpuf

-“When guys aren’t positioned right all over the ice, breakdowns happen, odd-man rushes happen. At the end of the day, a lot of goals are going to be scored.” - Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.

-"If you allow six goals as a goalie, you can't be satisfied, but as a team, it was not our best defensive game either." - Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask on his team's defense.

-The teams scored the sixth-most goals in a Stanley Cup final game.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-The NBC affiliate in Austin, Texas, switched to a commercial as Seabrook's goal was scored:

Non-Playoff Stuff
Atlantic Division

-The Flyers are expected to buy out the final two years of forward Daniel Briere's contract.

-The Devils re-signed restricted free agent forward Mattias Tedenby to a one-year contract worth a total of $600,000. off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $875,000, Tedenby, 23, appeared in four NHL games this past season and had one assist.

-EN Says: Tedenby is a former first-round pick who has not worked out quite as planned. This strikes us as a "prove it" contract in that Tedenby has been given one last chance to prove he can stick with the Devils.

Northeast Division

-Maple Leafs goaltender Ben Scrivens (right) is scheduled to march in Toronto's Pride Parade later this month.

Central Division

-The Predators re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Victor Bartley to a three-year contract worth a total of $2 million. Coming off a two-way contract with a salary cap hit of 537,500 at the NHL level, Bartley's new contract will have a cap hit of $666,667. In 24 games last season, Bartley, 25, had seven assists.

-EN Says: For a No. 5 or 6 defenseman, this is a fair contract.

Patrick Division

-The NHL's general managers approved the league's competition committee's recommendation to make visors mandatory for players entering the league next season. The general managers also approved the testing of hybrid icing in the preseason.

-Former Islanders forward David Ullstrom has joined Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Thomas-Dave Sandford/Getty Images; Blackhawks/Bruins-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images, Jim Rogash/Getty Images and Elsa/Getty Images; Scrivens-Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

“When guys aren’t positioned right all over the ice, breakdowns happen, odd-man rushes happen. At the end of the day, a lot of goals are going to be scored.” - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/06/b_s_extend_game_4_drama_to_overtime_then_fall#sthash.0b0NBYXb.dpuf

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