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Empty Netter Assists - 05-02-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Rangers

-“He’s my favorite goalie." - Evgeni Malkin on Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (above).

-“It’s an honor. To be recognized with that group of players and to know who’s won that in the past, it’s an honor.” - Sidney Crosby on being named a finalist for the Hart Trophy.

-The Penguins have not played the Rangers since they added forward Martin St. Louis to the lineup.

-Malkin speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-After the Jump: The Canadiens open up with a classic win against the Bruins.

Bruins - Canadiens

-Two goals, including one in the second overtime, by P.K. Subban led the Canadiens to a 4-3 win against the Bruins in Game 1. Rene Bourque had a goal and an assist for Montreal while teammate Andrei Markov recorded two assists. Carey Price made 48 saves in the victory. Brad Marchand led Boston with two assists.

-Hit of the Night: Boston's Patrice Bergeron on Bourque:

-Boston's Johnny Boychuk tied the game by scoring a goal with 1:58 remaining in regulation:

-Save of the Night: Price robbed Boston's David Krejci in overtime with a blocker save:

-Subban's ovetime goal:

-A great look at the release on Subban's goal:

-And a good look at the aftermath:

 

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage was a classic:

 

-Price was all over this puck:

-Subban had to fend off Marchand:

-Pumped times for Boston's Torrey Krug:

-Boychuk planted Montreal's Daniel Briere into the boards:

-Boston's Tuukka Rask kept an eye on this puck:

-“I think as a team we deserved to win. But from a goalie standpoint, I thought Price played a lot better than I did.” - Rask.

-A penalty by Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski, a native of Mt. Lebanon, led to Subban's overtime goal.

-Bruins forward Daniel Paille returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering a suspected concussion April 12.

Blackhawks - Wild

-With goaltender Darcy Kuemper dealing with an undisclosed injury, the Wild will start Ilya Bryzgalov in net for tonight's Game 1.

-“I don’t think you can plan a bigger challenge than facing the defending Stanley Cup champions.” - Wild captain/forward Mikko Koivu (right) on facing the Blackhawks.

-How do the Blackhawks use advanced statistics?

Ducks - Kings

-"We know them very well. Sometimes, you skate together in the summers and with the lockout, we skated together quite a bit — but it's going to be a whole new animal now, with playing them in the playoffs." - Kings forward Jarret Stoll on facing the rival Ducks.

-The Ducks assigned forward Rickard Rakell to Norfolk of the AHL.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Penguins

-Former Penguins defenseman Andrew Hutchinson has joined Medvescak Zagreb of Russia's KHL.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-“The competitiveness of our team was right there; the battle level, our will, our want … everything was there. But in Game 5 (of a first-round playoff series), Pittsburgh elevated its play and it caught us off-guard a little bit. They were playing faster than we were, and so I came out of the game thinking we have to play faster.” - Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on his team's first-round exit to the Penguins.

-The Islanders acquired the signing rights to pending unrestricted free agent goaltender Jaroslav Halak (right) from the Capitals in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2014. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.75 million, Halak, 28, appeared in 52 games this season with the Blues and Capitals and had a 29-13-7 record along with a 2.25 goals against average, .921 save percentage and five shutouts.

-EN Says: If the Islanders can sign Halak to a new contract, a big IF when it comes to this team, he offers an upgrade over Evgeni Nabokov in net. For the Capitals, they acquired an asset in exchange for a player they didn't intend to keep.

Central Division

-"As much as we were dreaming maybe to win the Stanley Cup, we knew it would be tough for us to win the Stanley Cup, because we're not there yet," Roy said. "It's hard to say that, but it's a fact." - Avalanche coach Patrick Roy on his team's first-round exit.

Pacific Division

-The Canucks fired head coach John Tortorella and assistant coach Mike Sullivan. In one season with Vancouver, Tortorella had a 36-35-11 record and failed to reach the postseason.

-The Kings signed forward Brian O'Neill to a two-year contract. Terms were not reported.

Patrick Division

-Former Oilers/Rangers/Islanders/Capitals defenseman Tom Poti officially retired. In 14 seasons, Poti, 37 appeared in 824 career games and had 327 points. An all-star in 2003, Poti was a member of the United States' silver medal-winning team in the 2002 Olympics.

-Former Hurricanes defenseman Tim Conboy has joined Düsseldorfer EG of Germany's DEL.

(Photos: Elise Amendola/Associated Press, Joel Auerbach/Getty Images, Al Bello/Getty Images, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Charles Krupa/Associated Press and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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