Empty Netter Assists - 05-01-14

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Playoff Stuff

-The Penguins will face the Rangers in the second round.

-The complete second round schedule was released.

-Welcome back Brandon Sutter and the great Joe Vitale to practice.

-“There are a couple of us here who know anything could happen, that we could be in if there are injuries or whatnot. We want to be ready.” - Robert Bortuzzo (above) on himself and other reserves being ready to play.

-"When you get to the second or third overtime, you just hope this game is going to end. At the same time, you don’t want to be the guy who screws it over." - Jussi Jokinen on playing in a multiple-overtime game.

-“I think he’s a little more mature. I think he’s able to put bad games behind him a little faster now. That’s always positive because you’re going to have a bad outing every once in a while. The odds are against you to have a perfect game every single night.” - Rob Scuderi on Marc-Andre Fleury.

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Sutter speaks:

-After the Jump: Three game 7s including a historic one in San Jose and Sidney Crosby is nominated for the Hart Trophy.

Rangers - Flyers

-Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves for the Rangers in a 2-1 win against the Flyers in Game 7. New York won the series, 4-3.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this blind backhanded pass by New York's Mats Zuccarello to set up former Penguins prospect Dan Carcillo for a goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Happy times for Carcillo and teammate John Moore:

-Philadelphia's Steve Mason had a strong game. He robbed New York's Martin St. Louis here:

-Check out this feed by New York's Derick Brassard to set up Pouliot for a goal:

-Mason robbed New York's Derek Stepan in tight twice:

-Hit of the Night: Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell on New York's Benoit Pouliot:

-The handshake line:

-Happy times in New York:

-This puck got stuck in the netting:

-New York's Anton Stralman gave the business here to Philadelphia's Jason Akeson:

-The Rangers placed former Penguins forward prospect Dan Carcillo back into the lineup and he came through with a goal.

-"You look at teams that win championships and they score through all four lines. We proved that tonight. That’s why we won the game." - Rangers forward Rick Nash on his team getting secondary scoring.

-Flyers goaltender Steve Mason revealed he suffered a concussion which kept him from starting the first three games of the series. Mason was injured on a collision with Jayson Megna April 12.


-“Our biggest thing is we can’t get frustrated. We have to make sure that even when we do get a penalty called against us, we can’t let it bother us. We have to go out and kill it and continue to try to push our game on them. We want to try to be physical and play the way we did the last series and hopefully we’ll be able to draw a couple of penalties on them.’’ - Bruins forward Brad Marchand (right) on how to play the Canadiens.


-“He’s well deserving of the Vézina nomination. But the bottom line is I’m not going to score on him and he’s not going to score on me. I just have to worry about stopping pucks. You can’t be concerned about what anyone else is doing.” - Canadiens goaltender Carey Price dismissing any significance of a rivalry between himself and Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask.

-“You get a pretty good idea [of his size] from watching … but everyone has strengths and weaknesses and you just try and play to your strengths. Regardless of who the defenceman is, I’m going to be the smallest guy going into the battle. It’s something I’ve dealt with my whole life, you understand how.” - Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher (5-foot-9) on how to play against Bruins captain/defenseman Zdeno Chara (6-foot-9).

Avalanche - Wild

-Two goals, including one in overtime, and an assist by Nino Niederreiter gave the Wild a 5-4 comeback win against the Avalanche in Game 7. Dany Heatley added a goal and two assists for Minnesota while teammate Ilya Bryzgalov was credited with the win  after making one save in relief of injured starter Darcy Kuemper.

-Check out this feed by Colorado's Joey Hishon to set up Jamie McGinn for a goal:

-Check out the placement on Niederreiter's first goal:

-A goal by Minnesota's Jared Spurgeon with 2:27 remaining in regulation forced overtime:

-Avalanche forward Maxime Talbot tried to sell a punch from Minnesota's Clayton Stoner here:

-Niederreiter's goal and the handshake line:

-Happy times for Minnesota's Kyle Brodziak (right) and Niederreiter:

-The handshake line:

-Colorado's Semyon Varlamov was intense with his water bottle:

-“To score a Game 7 overtime winner, it’s the biggest goal you can score. I’m very happy. I wasn’t quite sure it went in, though.” - Niederreiter.

-"We couldn't hold the lead. We get the lead four times; we should have held on to it." - Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda.


-‘‘Anytime you can roll four lines and you have short shifts, it gets everyone involved, everyone in the game, everyone a lot of rest. That’s the main thing — just keeping guys in the game, keeping guys involved and making sure everyone’s ready to go, especially as the series moves on into Games 4, 5 and 6. That’s big.’’ - Blackhawks forward Ben Smith on his role as a fourth liner.


-The Ducks will face the cross-town rival Kings in a playoffs series for the first time.

Sharks - Kings

-Anze Kopitar and Tanner Pearson each had a goal and an assist for the Kings in a 5-1 defeat of the Sharks in Game 7. Jonathan Quick made 39 saves for Los Angeles.

-Save of the Night: Quick robbed San Jose's Patrick Marleau of a rebound goal:

-Goal of the Night: Check out this smooth backhand by Kopitar to score the eventual game-winning goal:

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Los Angeles' Tyler Toffoli:

-The handshake line:

-Happy times for the Kings:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:


-This picture summed up the Sharks perfectly:


The Kings became the fourth team in NHL history to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series. They joined the 1942 Maple Leafs, the 1975 Islanders and the 2010 Flyers.

-“Well, I hope I don’t have to do it again." - Kings coach Darryl Sutter on making history with the comeback.

-"I think it's great for Southern California hockey to finally have this matchup. It will be fun." - Kings captain/forward Dustin Brown on facing the Ducks.

-The Kings recalled defenseman Jeff Schultz from Manchester of the AHL.

Minor League Playoff Stuff

-An overtime goal and an assist by Chuck Kobasew gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 3-2 win against the Binghamton Senators in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton leads the best-of-five series, 2-1. Peter Mannino made 20 saves in the victory. The Penguins will host Game 4 Friday, 7:05 p.m.


Non-Playoff Stuff

-Sidney Crosby was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy along with Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf and Flyers forward Claude Giroux.

-Happy 76th birthday to former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman/forward Dick Mattiussi. Acquired from Cleveland of the AHL in exchange for cash in 1966, Mattiussi spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He appeared in 32 games during the Penguins' innagural season of 1967-68 and recorded two assists. After 12 games and two assists in 1968-69, Mattiussi was dealt to the Oakland Seals along with Earl Ingarfield and Gene Ubriaco for Bryan Watson, George Swarbrick and Tracy Pratt. In 44 career games with the Penguins, Mattiussi recorded four assists. 

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins forward Eric Meloche (right). The son of former Penguins goaltender and assistant coach Gilles Meloche, Eric Meloche was a seventh-round pick in 1996 and spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He made his NHL debut in 2001-02 and recorded one assist in 23 games. The 2002-03 season saw him record six points in 13 games. His best season an an NHLer was 2003-04 when he recorded 10 points in 25 games. During the 2004 offseason he signed with the rival Flyers. In 61 games for the Penguins, Meloche, one of two players to wear No. 72 for the Penguins (Alex Kovalev is the other), scored 17 points.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Devils re-signed former Penguins forward/captain Jaromir Jagr to a one-year contract with a base salary of $3.5 million. Jagr, 42, can earn upwards of $2 million in bonuses. In 82 games last season, he led the team in scoring with 67 points (24 goals, 43 assists).

-EN Says: The novelty of a superstar like Jagr still playing at his age is one thing. The fact that he is still one of the NHL's best 25 or 30 players is another thing. At this stage of his career, Jagr is a year-to-year proposition so the Devils made the right move in only signing him to a one-year deal. They also made the right move in paying him $3.5 million, well below the value for a player of his production.

Central Division

-"You’re the goaltender, you’re going to take a lot of the focus of everything. Just the way everything worked out, the trade and the mood around this making a step forward ... it's pretty much inevitable unless we had won the Stanley Cup there was going to be a lot of criticism. I knew what to expect coming in and I’ll take my share of the blame. I could have played better, but it is what it is." - Blues goaltender Ryan Miller (right).

-The Blues assigned forward Adam Cracknell to Chicago of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-According to TSN, the Canucks are expected to fire head coach John Tortorella today.

-The Stars assigned defenseman Patrik Nemeth to Texas of the AHL.

Adams Division

-Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Evgeni Malkin's former team, won the KHL's Gagarin Cup with a 7-4 win in Game 7 of the league's championship final. The team is coached by former NHL coach Mike Keenan.

(Photos: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Marianne Helm/Getty Images, Mitchell Layton/Getty Images, Doug Pensinger/Getty Images, Ezra Shaw/Getty Images and Associated Press)

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