Empty Netter Assists - 04-27-14

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Blue Jackets

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "I thought this was our best effort. That’s what we have to do to win.” - Lee Stempniak.

-The Columbus Dispatch's recap. “[The Penguins] took it to another level in the second, and they started winning battles. We spent too much time in our zone. We didn’t have much of a forecheck, and it put a lot of pressure on our defense and our goaltender.” - Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards.

-The Associated Press' recap. “We competed hard. We played desperate and really aggressive. That’s the game we have to play. It’s not always going to result in 50 shots, but it’s our style of play.” - Sidney Crosby.


-A great look at Jussi Jokinen's goal:

-Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Niskanen having a moment:

-Crosby got tripped up by Columbus' Jack Johnson:

-A good look at the Penguins' crease after a goal by Columbus' Boone Jenner:

-It was that kind of night for Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky:


-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury:

-Jokinen speaks:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-Here was the pregame montage inside Consol Energy Center:

-"They wanted to be together. They wanted to go after it. We had a lot of opportunities to do that, and did." - Bylsma on teaming Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on a line together along with Chris Kunitz.

-The Penguins are being mum on Brooks Orpik's absence.

-"We weren't happy with how we played the first four games. We weren't consistent enough. Today we worked really hard. We need to remember how hard we worked tonight and how much we paid the price. We just kept coming after them. We all know they're going to be better Monday, and we need [to be] playing the same way we played tonight." - Jokinen.

-"It's one of those performances when you're coming into an opposing rink, that's a game your goaltender can steal for you. We just weren't able to do enough in the offensive zone." - Richards on Bobrovsky.

-Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger briefly left the game in the third period due to a suspected right shoulder injury.

-After the Jump: The Bruins eliminate the Red Wings and changes in Washington.

Rangers - Flyers

-With Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman dealing with a knee injury, former Penguins defenseman Hal Gill is expected to replace him in the lineup for today's Game 5.

-Rangers forward Rick Nash has been limited to four assists thus far in this series.

-The Rangers' power play has been 1 for 17 thus far in this series.

-With forward Chris Kreider dealing with a left hand injury, could the Rangers dress forward J.T. Miller, a native of East Palestine, Ohio, for his first career NHL postseason game?

Bruins - Red Wings

-A goal and an assist by Milan Lucic led the Bruins to a series-clinching 4-2 win against the Red Wings in Game 5. Torrey Krug recorded two assists for Boston while teammate Tuukka Rask made 31 saves. Captain Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist for Detroit. The Bruins won the series, 4-1.

-Check out this feed by Krug to set up Lucic:

-Bruins forward and former Penguin Jarome Iginla sealed the win with an empty-net goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-The handshake line:

-Intense times for Lucic:

-Happy times for Boston's Reilly Smith and captain Zdeno Chara:

-Everyone tried to keep an eye on this point shot:

-"It's the fourth time now since 2008 that we faced them here in the playoffs, first time that it isn't a first-round matchup, so another Original Six battle that we get to be a part of and a lot of hatred between the teams, the fans, the cities when it comes to this kind of rivalry, so we expect them to bring their best. We saw what they were able to do in the first series, and we got to be prepared to come out and elevate our game as the playoffs move on." - Lucic on facing the rival Canadiens in the second round.

-“We’re not there yet. The last two years, we battled to get into the playoffs. To me, that’s a measure of where we are. Instead of battling for the Cup, we’re battling to make the playoffs.” - Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

-Red Wings forward Johan Franzen was limited to two assists the entire series.

-Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson, 41, said he will take some time to determine his future.


-“Rest is always a good thing. You don’t get that much of it throughout the course of the season and you got to take advantage of it. It’s never a bad thing to have.” - Canadiens forward Brian Gionta on having plenty of downtime after the first round.

Avalanche - Wild

-An overtime goal and two assists by Nathan MacKinnon gave the Avalanche a 4-3 win against the Wild in Game 5. Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves for Colorado which leads the series, 3-2. Dany Heatley recorded two assists for Minnesota.

-Check out the placement ont his shot by Minnesota's Zach Parise:

-A goal by Colorado's P.A. Parenteau with 1:14 remaining in regulation forced overtime:


-“It was offside and they missed the call. It's a damn shame." - Wild defenseman Ryan Suter on the game-tying goal.


-MacKinnon's goal:

-A good look at MacKinnon's goal as allowed by Minnesota's Darcy Kuemper:

-"The kid's special. I know it's cliche to say, but it's pretty impressive to see. ... This is the kid we want on our side." - Parenteau on MacKinnon.

-Happy times in Colorado:

-Varlamov was focused:

Blues - Blackhawks

-“I want to see us embrace this. Yeah, we’re knocking on the door and we’re knocking hard, but we’ve got to push through. Just can’t keep pushing up against the wall. We’ve got a real opportunity to push through the wall here. I want to see our players take advantage of this. I really want to see us play a hell of a hockey game.” - Blues coach Ken Hitchcock on his team facing elimination.

-Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook will return to the lineup for today's Game 6 after serving a three-game suspension.

Ducks - Stars

-Stars forward Ryan Garbutt was fined $1,474.36 - half of one day's pay within his $575,000 salary - for spearing Ducks forward Corey Perry.

Sharks - Kings

-Jonathan Quick made 30 saves for the Kings in a 3-0 shutout of the Sharks in Game 5. It was the eighth shutout of Quick's postseason career. San Jose leads the series, 3-2.


-Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic left the game in the first period due to an undisclosed injury after being hit high by Los Angeles' Jarret Stoll. The play in question:


-Check out this curl and drag move by Los Angeles' Tyler Toffoli on this goal:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-Quick somehow got a piece of this shot by San Jose's Jason Demers:

-“We just gave ourselves a chance to play another game. It's a Game 7, obviously, for us again. We're going to enjoy this one tonight and start getting ready tomorrow and same old story, really.” - Kings forward Anze Kopitar on his team staving off elimination.

Minor League Playoff Stuff

-Mike Carman had a goal and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Binghamton Senators in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The best-of-five series is tied 1-1. Peter Mannino made 24 saves in the defeat. The Penguins will host Game 3 Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.


Non-Playoff Stuff

-Today would've been the 73rd birthday of former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets forward Bob Dillabough. Claimed from the Bruins in the 1967 expansion draft, Dillabough spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He appeared in 47 games and recorded 19 points in the Penguins'  inaugural season in 1967-68. The following season, after 14 games and no points, he was traded to the Oakland Seal in exchange for Bill Harris. In 62 games with the Penguins, Dillabough recorded 19 points. He passed away in 1997 at the age of 55.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins forward Anders Hakansson. Acquired early in the 1982-83 season along with Ron Meighan and a draft pick in exchange for George Ferguson and a draft pick, Hakansson, the first Swedish and European player in franchise history, spent part of only one season with the Penguins. In 62 games that campaign, he recorded 21 points. The following offseason, he was traded to the Kings in exchange for Kevin Stevens.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Capitals fired longtime general manager George McPhee and head coach Adam Oates. The moves were made after the Capitals failed to reach the playoffs this past season. In 17 seasons, McPhee had directed the Capitals to the playoffs in 10 of those seasons and the team reached the Stanley Cup Final once in 1998, his first season. In two seasons Oates led the Capitals to a 65-48-17 record and reached the playoffs last season.

-EN Says: This was inevitable. The Capitals had not advanced past the second round in the Alex Ovechkin era. They were spinning their wheels when things were going good then the wheels outright fell off this past season. This was be the first of many significant changes in Washington this offseason. Regarding Oates, he might be the classic case of a good assistant coach/bad head coach.

-Could Penguins assistant general manager Jason Botterill be a candidate for the Capitals' general manager job?

(Photos: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images, Tony Avelar/Associated Press, Michael Dwyer/Associated Press, Doug Pensinger/Getty Images, Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press, Chris Schneider/Associated Press and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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