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Empty Netter Assists - 06-23-13

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Penguins

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will play their 2013-14 home opener Oct. 12. The full AHL schedule is expected to be released in August.

Playoff Stuff
Blackhawks - Bruins

-Two goals by Patrick Kane led the Blackhawks to a 3-1 win against the Bruins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Captain Jonathan Toews recorded two assists for Chicago while teammate Corey Crawford made 24 saves. The Blackhawks took a 3-2 lead in the series.

-Save of the Night: Boston's Tuukka Rask robbed Chicago's Patrick Sharp here:

-A good look at the save:

-Lucky goal of the Night: Check out this fortunate hop for Kane to open the scoring:

-Thinking out Loud: Did the Penguins get even one bounce like that during the Eastern Conference final?

-A few good looks at the goal:

-Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews left the game with an "upper-body" injury after this hit from Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

-The hit in question:

-A good look at the hit:

“You can’t replace a guy like that,” said Bruin Rich Peverley. “He’s one of the best players in the league at what he does.” - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/06/patrice_bergeron_injury_so_painful#sthash.gZdmG9On.dpuf

-According to ESPN, league offices are examining the hit.

-Thinking out Loud: If there's evidence that Boychuk targeted Toews' head or made it the principal point of contact, it's not apparent to us.

-Check out the rocket of a one-timer Boston captain Zdeno Chara scored on:

-Happy times in Chicago:

-Blackhawks defenseman and former Penguin Michal Rozsival got the drop here on Boston's David Krejci:

-Mullet times for Kane:

-Former Penguins forwards Marian Hossa of Chicago and Jaromir Jagr of Boston each kept an eye on this puck:

-Happy times for Crawford:

-It was that kind of night for Boston's Nathan Horton:

-Crawford alone in the dark:

-Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron left the game in the second period and was hospitalized after suffering an undisclosed injury.

-“You can’t replace a guy like that. He’s one of the best players in the league at what he does.” - Bruins forward Rich Peverly on Bergeron.

-“Everyone wants to be that guy in big-time games. And I’ve been lucky enough in a couple to step up.” - Kane.

-“It’s pretty obvious. It’s do or die. We’ve been there before and we’ve done well in that situation. We’ve got to win the next game. Right now, our goal is to create a Game 7 and to do that we have to win Game 6. That’s our approach to it. We’ve been good at home and we have to be good at home in the next game. It’s as simple as that. There’s no panic. You’re not going to push us away that easily. We’re a committed group and we plan on bouncing back.” - Bruins coach Claude Julien.

-Hockey Night in Canada used some Social Distortion for its pregame montage:

-The national anthem:

Non-Playoff Stuff
Northwest Division

-Flames officials declared the event level of the Scotiabank Saddledome a "total loss" due to flooding which has struck Calgary but pledged to have the arena ready by the start of the 2013-14 season.

-The team also released some staggering photos of the facility:

-Here's the exterior of the facility:

(Photos: Bruins/Blackhawks-Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images, Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press and Jamie Squire/Getty Images; Scotiabank Saddledome interior-Calgary Flames; Scotiabank Saddlebank exterior-Canadian Press)

“It’s pretty obvious. It’s do or die,” Julien said. “We’ve been there before and we’ve done well in that situation. We’ve got to win the next game. Right now, our goal is to create a Game 7 and to do that we have to win Game 6. That’s our approach to it. We’ve been good at home and we have to be good at home in the next game. It’s as simple as that. There’s no panic. You’re not going to push us away that easily. We’re a committed group and we plan on bouncing back.” - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/06/bruins_up_against_it#sthash.zlBa5MiD.dpuf

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