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Empty Netter Assists - 04-28-14

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Blue Jackets

-"Obviously, they're probably going to give everything they have at home. We have to try to play the same way we did [in Game 5]: Get pucks deep, keeping forechecking two guys and keep hunting pucks." - Jussi Jokinen (above) on trying to win the series tonight in Columbus.

-"I think what sets these guys apart from a lot of teams we play is the depth that they have, how everyone is committed to going hard on the forecheck. Sometimes you'll play teams where maybe a couple of lines will go really hard, then a couple of lines maybe don't come at us hard -- maybe more patient, maybe the skilled, high-end guys trying to read the play." - The great Joe Vitale on the Blue Jackets.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Matt Niskanen and James Neal speak:

-"We call them the Russian Mafia." - Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno on having four Russian teammates in Artem Anisimov, Sergei Bobrovsky, Nikita Nikitin and Fedor Tyutin.

-"No scrums, no nothing. And anybody who starts it is going off." - Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski describing a memo from the NHL explaining a crackdown on post-whistle confrontations.

-After the Jump: The Blackhawks eliminate the Blues easily while the Ducks eliminate the Stars in a wild fashion.

Rangers - Flyers

-Former Penguin Dominic Moore had a goal and an assist for the Rangers in a 4-2 win against the Flyers in Game 5. Fire Ray Shero. Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for New York which leads the series, 3-2.

-New York's Russ Tyler Marc Staal chucked in a knuckle puck for the game's first goal:

-Moore took advantage of Flyers defenseman and former Penguins Hal Gill on his goal:

-Fire... promote... something Ray Shero.

-Moore's goal celebration with teammate Brian Boyle (bottom) wasn't particularly graceful:

-Happy times for the Rangers. Not so much for Philadelphia's Steve Mason:

-Mason led his team through the dark to the ice:

-Mason kicked out this puck:

-Lundqvist was all over this puck:

-Gill put something on this shot:

-Gill (6-foot-7) got the drop on New York's Martin St. Louis (xxx):

-"It’s the hardest thing to do, to end a team’s season.” - Boyle on Game 6.

-"Heart rate was up . . . awesome experience. I didn't know 100 percent [I was playing] until I got to the rink today. Heart rate was up, especially at the start, which is something you dream about." - Rangers forward J.T. Miller, a native of East Palestine, Ohio, on making his NHL playoff debut. He recorded one assist.

-After taking last season off to attend to the death of his wife, Moore has rebounded to be a force in the postseason once again.

-“He was pretty excited, huh?. I’m happy for him. To see how hard he’s worked and how much he’s come through, that goal was enormous for us.” - Boyle on Moore.

-“We lost the game in the first period. Just execution in general. There were plays there that if we executed, we probably could have had success. We did not execute.” - Flyers coach Craig Berube.

Bruins - Red Wings

-The Red Wings are trying to determine if forward Pavel Datsyuk will need surgery or rehabilitation for his ailing left knee.

-The Red Wings assigned forwards Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco, defenseman Xavier Ouellet and goaltender Jake Paterson to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Canadiens

-“There’s no such thing as an easy game when you play against Boston. They’re very well structured. They play a great team game. They don’t give you much. You’re going to have to fight for your real estate. You’re going to have to fight to get on the inside and to get second chances in front of the net. It’s going to be a battle. If we’re going to succeed, we’re going to have to do everything we can in the dirty areas.” - Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges on facing the Bruins in the second round.

-Canadiens forward Travis Moen (right) practiced on the fourth line for the first time since suffering a concussion March 24.

Avalanche - Wild

-"This is how winners are made in these moments. When you’re tested, how do you respond? When things have gone well, how do you come back?" - Wild coach Mike Yeo on his team facing a 3-2 series deficit heading into Game 6.

-The Wild has given up two goals late in regulation this series after the Avalanche has pulled the goaltender.

-Could Avalanche forward Matt Duchene return to the lineup after being sidelined since March 29 due to a left knee injury?

Blues - Blackhawks

-Duncan Keith had a goal and three assists for the Blackhawks in a series-clinching 5-1 win against the Blues in Game 6. Andrew Shaw added a goal and an assist for Chicago while teammate Brent Seabrook recorded two assists. Corey Crawford made 35 saves in the victory which secured a 4-2 series win.

-Confusing Goal of the Day: St. Louis' T.J. Oshie scored his team's only goal but didn't fully realize it:

-Chicago's Patrick Sharp scored even after losing the puck on a breakaway:

 

-"All the good shots I've had in the series, it's funny that one kind of rolls off my stick and in." - Sharp on his goal.

 

-The handshake line:

-Crawford and his St. Louis counterpart Ryan Miller exchanged pleasantries:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-Distraught times on the Blues' bench:

-The Blues did not have a ton of support in Chicago:

-“It’s hard. I think St. Louis deserves a Stanley Cup, and this should have been the year that we gave it to them.” - Blues forward T.J. Oshie.

-Will the Blues try to re-sign goaltender Ryan Miller?

Ducks - Stars

-Two goals by Nick Bonino, including one in overtime, gave the Ducks a wild series-clinching 5-4 comeback win against the Stars in Game 6. Devante Smith-Pelly also scored two goals for Anaheim while teammates Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne each recorded two assists. Jonas Hiller was credited with the win after making 12 saves in relieve of starter Frederik Andersen. The Ducks won the series, 4-2. Trevor Daley led Dallas with two goals and an assist.

-Check out the lethal forehand shot off a breakaway by Daley:

-Check out the release on this one-timer by Dallas' Cody Eakin:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out the forecheck by Selanne which led to him setting up former Penguin Lovejoy for a goal:

-Check out Daley's second goal off a rush from the right wing:

-Hit of the Night: Stars defenseman and former Penguin Alex Goligoski flipped Perry:

-Bonino sparked his team's comeback by scoring the Ducks' third goal with 2:10 remaining in regulation:

-Smith-Pelly tied the game, 4-4, by scoring a goal with 25.9 seconds remaining in regulation:

-A good look at Smith-Pelly's goal:

-Bonino's overtime goal and the handshake lines:

-A good look at the goal as allowed by Dallas' Kari Lehtonen:

-And the aftermath:

-Selanne offered some consolation to Stars goaltender and fellow Finn Kari Lehtonen:

-Hiller reached up for this puck:

-Happy times for Daley:

-After losing his starting job, Hiller helped spark the comeback in Game 6.

-"We knew that come Game 7, it could go either way. And we didn't want to let that team, with their energy and their speed. ... We knew a Game 7 against them would be deadly." - Lovejoy on the Stars.

-“It’s a cruel lesson, but it gives us a platform to build off of. There was so much good in that game. The battle and the compete from this team has been unbelievable. I’m proud of the way they played, they played hard, they played really hard.” - Stars coach Lindy Ruff.

Sharks - Kings

-After leaving Game 5 due to a suspected head injury, Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic is considered questionable for Game 6.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Penguins

-Happy 64th birthday to former Penguins forward Jim Wiley. A free agent signing prior to the 1972-73 season, Wiley spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins.  He saw action in four games during 1972-73 and recorded one assist. In 1973-74, Wiley appeared in 22 games and recorded three assists. In the 1974 offseason, he was claimed by the Canucks in the intra-league draft. In 26 games with the Penguins, he recorded four assists.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Longtime Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford, a former Penguins goaltender, is expected to announce his retirement today. Former Penguins captain/forward Ron Francis is expected to replace him. Francis is currently the team's vice president of hockey operations.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images, Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Ronald Martinez/Getty Images, LM Otero/Associated Press, Jamie Sabau/Getty Images and Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

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