Empty Netter Assists - 04-25-14

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Blue Jackets


-“The work and the compete and the battle level has probably been the most troubling thing from our team. That’s been the thing throughout this series, to this point, that’s been most troubling. It’s got to be raised. It’s got to be back up to a level that is necessary at this time of year, and in this type of hockey. In playoff hockey.” - Dan Bylsma.

-"Marc knows he should have stayed in the net." - Bylsma on Marc-Andre Fleury's play which led to a game-tying goal by the Blue Jackets late in regulation of Game 4.

-"I'll always have good memories of Pittsburgh. The organization gave me an opportunity, stuck with me for five years. Sure, at the time it was frustrating being in and out of the lineup, but I still believe they put me in a position to be successful somewhere else. My relationships there have always been good, with the coaches, management, some of the players still. It will always be my first home for the NHL." - Blue Jackets forward Mark Letestu on his time with the Penguins.

-“I used Brandon most of the time against Crosby, and that’s not an easy task. But Dubi is hard on (faceoffs), he plays a physical game and there’s a commitment in his game to playing defense.” - Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky (right) on drawing assignments against Sidney Crosby.

-"They helped keep us going. Even down 3-0, they didn't stop, they kept cheering. And the noise when that goal went in ... chills." - Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno on the reaction of the home crowd in Game 4 for his overtime goal.

-After the Jump: The Wild ties things up while the Kings stay alive.

Rangers - Flyers

-The Flyers officially named goaltender Steve Mason as their starter for Game 4.

-Stop us if this sounds familiar. A team from Pennsylvania has trouble getting offense from its top line.

-"It's a must-win [for the Flyers] and we should be treating it as a must-win as well." - Rangers forward Dan Carcillo on Game 4.

Bruins - Red Wings

-An overtime goal by former Penguin Jarome Iginla gave the Bruins a 3-2 win against the Red Wings in Game 4. Fire Ray Shero. Dougie Hamilton recorded two assists for Boston while teammate Tuukka Rask made 35 saves. Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall each had a goal and an assist for Detroit. The Bruins have a 3-1 series lead.

-Check out the power on this goal by Kronwall:

-Check out this tap-in goal by Datsyuk:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this feed in a tight space by Boston's Carl Soderberg to set up Milan Lucic for the game-tying goal:

-Iginla's goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Happy times for Boston's Dougie Hamilton and Iginla:

-Seafood hit the ice in Detroit:

-A hockey night in Hockeytown:

-With goaltender Jimmy Howard sidelined due to an illness, Red Wings goaltender Jonas Gustavsson made his NHL postseason debut.

-Red Wings captain/forward Henrik Zetterberg returned to the lineup after being sidelined since the Olympics due to a back injury while forward Daniel Alfredsson missed his second consecutive game due to back injury.

Canadiens - Lightning

-The Canadiens could be facing a 10- or 11-day layoff between series.

-"The playoffs are the norm now, and how far are we going to advance in the playoffs. That is where our attitude has to be." - Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's season.

-Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop will have surgery on his right wrist.

Avalanche - Wild

-Darcy Kuemper made all of 11 saves for the Wild in a 2-1 win against the Avalanche in Game 4. The series is tied, 2-2.

-Fluky Goal of the Night: Minnesota's Charlie Coyle scored the eventual game-winning goal off a funny hop off the end boards:

-Minnesota's Mikael Grandlund blocked three shots in the final minute of regulation:

-Colorado's P.A. Parenteau and Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu got down low for this puck:

-“It’s kind of like tennis to hold your serve here. We were able to do that, and now hopefully we get a chance to break theirs.” - Wild forward Erik Haula on the home team winning each game of this series thus far.

-"They were the hungrier team. They were the more desperate team. But we'll be excited to go back home now, where we know our fans will be loud and we'll regroup." - Avlanahce forward Paul Stastny.

-"First and foremost I want to say that I'm disappointed and sorry that Tyson Barrie can't play for the Colorado Avalanche tonight. I wish he could. Unfortunately, it was not my intent to collide with him knee on knee. It was my intent to finish my check." - Wild forward and former Penguin Matt Cooke on his hit which injured Avalanche forward Tyson Barrie in Game 3 and landed Cooke a seven-game suspension.

Blues - Blackhawks

-The status of Blues captain/forward David Backes (suspected head) is up in the air for Game 5.

Ducks - Stars

-Ducks captain/forward Ryan Getzlaf, who missed Game 4 due to an "upper-body" injury, will be a game time decision for Game 5.

-Could Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon return to the lineup for Game 5? He has missed the entire series thus far with a "lower-body" injury.

-The "Rally Belly" has taken over Dallas.

Sharks - Kings

-Marian Gaborik and Justin Williams each scored two goals for the Kings in a 6-3 win against the Sharks in Game 4. Captain Dustin Brown and Tyler Toffoli each added a goal and an assist for Los Angeles while teammate Jonathan Quick made 36 saves. Patrick Marleau recorded two assists for San Jose which leads the series, 3-1.

-The National Anthem in Los Angeles:

-Lucky Goal of the Night: Williams scored off a fortunate hop off the end boards:

-Check out this subtle little wrister by Los Angeles' Marian Gaborik:

-Things got ugly at the end of the game. A scrum broke out after San Jose's James Sheppard slammed Toffoli to the ice:

-Several fights broke out in the final minute:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-San Jose's Joe Pavelski battle for position in front of Los Angeles' Slava Voynov and Quick:

-San Jose's Antti Niemi had issues with this puck:

-“We're going into the cage. Cages are good.” - Kings coach Darryl Sutter in reference to San Jose's SAP Center being the site for Game 5.

Non-Playoff Stuff

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins open their first round playoff series with the Binghamton Senators tonight.

-Happy 31st birthday to former Penguins goaltender Andy Chiodo. A seventh-round pick in 2003, Chiodo's only NHL season saw him spend eight games with the 2003-04 Penguins. He had a record of 3-4-1 during that span and sported a 3.64 goals against average and .892 save percentage. Chiodo's biggest claim to Penguins fame was the fact he was the winning goaltender in a 4-3 overtime win at Phoenix, Feb. 25, 2004 (below). That win snapped a franchise record 18-game winless streak. After spending the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Wheeling, Chiodo signed with Jokerit Helsinki in Finland during the 2006 offseason. He is currently a member of LeKi of Finland's Mestis league.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Alek Stojanov. Acquired at the 1996 trade deadline in an imfamous deal which sent future all-star Markus Naslund to the Canucks, Stojanov spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished the 1995-96 season by appearing in 10 games for the Penguins and scored one goal. In nine postseason games that spring, he failed to record a point. The 1996-97 season saw him play in 35 games and score five points. After a serious car accident, he he spent the 1997-98 season with Syracuse of the AHL. Following that season, the Penguins released him. Stojanov appeared in 45 regular season games for the Penguins and scored six points. The trade with Vancouver is considered one of the worst in franchise history.

-Happy 61st birthday to former Penguins forward Bob Stumpf. Acquired midway through the 1974-75 season in a deal which sent Bernie Lukowich to the Blues, Stumpf finished his only NHL season by appearing in three games for the Penguins and failed to record a point.. He retired from professioinal hockey after spending the following season with Hershey of the AHL.

Atlantic Division

-The Canadiens signed forwards Daniel Carr to a two-year entry-level contract and Connor Crisp to a three-year entry-level contract. Carr was undrafted out of Union College while Crisp was a third-round pick in 2013.

Adams Division

-Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, Kings forward Anze Kopitar and Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews were named finalists for the Selke Trophy.

-Former Kings/Islanders/Canucks forward Jeff Tambellini has joined Gottéron of Switzerland's NLA.

-Former Ducks/Jets defenseman Brett Festerling has joined the Hamburg Freezers of Germany's DEL.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Hannah Foslien/Getty Image, Harry How/Getty Images, Carlos Osorio/Associated Press, Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press and Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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