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Empty Netter Assists - 05-03-14

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Rangers

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. - "You can't win every game, can you?. It's the playoffs. Every game is hard to win. It's a battle out there." - James Neal.

-The (New York) Daily News' recap. “I thought it was in. The sound of the back post and the main post is different, and I felt like it hit the inside of the goal, but it doesn’t really matter. We got the job done after.” - Derick Brassard on his overtime goal.

-Newsday's recap. "We can control what we can control. You saw that in the first and third. The second we kind of sat back and watched." - Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi.

-The Associated Press' recap. "It could've went either way. I don't think we played a full 60 (minutes)." - Sidney Crosby (above, with Dan Bylsma).

-Highlights:

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

-A good look at Neal's goal as allowed by New York's Henrik Lundqvist (and viewed by Evgeni Malkin):

-This picture sums up the night for the Penguins:

-Lundqvist's hand-eye coordination was a bit off:

-His hand-eye coordination worked just fine here:

-Chris Kunitz couldn't beat Lundqvist or Ryan McDonagh here:

-Marc-Andre Fleury being stretchy:

-Patriotic times in Pittsburgh:

-Crosby's stick needed some tape:

-Fleury managed to kick out this puck:

-Malkin fended off New York's Brian Boyle"

-Crosby speaks:

-Neal speaks

-Lee Stempniak speaks:

-Bylsma speaks:

-“He’s a good goalie. You have to have traffic in front of him. You’ve got to be putting pucks there and going there.” - Neal on Lundqvist.

-"Anytime you lose one game in a series where four knocks you out, I think your desperation just naturally goes up that much more. You want to play with it all the time, but the fact is, once you lose games in the playoffs and you start to feel the grip of death on your season, you start to play with a little more desperation. We're one loss closer to being out, and I hope we bring that level in the next game." - Rob Scuderi.

-The Rangers' line of Derick Brassard, Benoit Pouliot and Mats Zuccarello now has eight goals in five games this season against the Penguins.

-"I come from the West. Travel out here is pretty easy, so I'm not really overly concerned about three games in four nights [to start this series]." - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault dismissing the Rangers' condensed schedule in the postseason. Vigneault formerly coached the Canucks.

-After the Jump: An ugly part of the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry and showtime in Chicago.

Bruins - Canadiens

-“The racist, classless views expressed by an ignorant group of individuals following Thursday’s game via digital media are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization.” - Bruins president Cam Neely in a statement reacting to racist tweets which appeared primarily on Twitter after Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (right), a black man, scored the overtime goal in Game 1.

-“There’s no one who [deserves] to be treated like this. No matter what, if you’re a professional athlete, no one deserves to be treated like this. And P.K. has all our support.” - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.

-“You can tell, he has confidence right now. He’s making big saves and he’s one of the best goalies in the league. You’ve got to expect that from him. Whether he has that swagger or not, we’ve still got to score.” - Bruins forward Brad Marchand on Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.

Blackhawks - Wild

-Former Penguin Marian Hossa had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks in a 5-2 win against the Wild in Game 1. Fire Ray Shero. Bryan Bickell and Patrick Kane each scored two goals for Chicago while teammates Brent Seabrook and Patrick Sharp each recorded two assists. Corey Crawford made 30 saves in the victory.

-Chicago's Andrew Shaw left the game in the first period after this high hit from Minnesota's Clayton Stoner:

-Check out this pass by Chicago's Brandon Saad, a native of Gibsonia, to set up Hossa's goal:

-Check out this pass by Minnesota's Erik Haula to set up Kyle Brodziak for a goal:

-Goal of the Night: Check out this nasty backhander by Kane to score the eventual game-winning goal:

 

-“Did it look like I said that?. Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m saying. I was pretty pumped up after that one. You kind of get in your own little world. I don’t know. I don’t even know what I said, to be honest with you.” - Kane on him yelling "Showtime!" after his goal.

 

-Pass of the Night: Check out this re-direction pass by Chicago's Ben Smith to set up Kane for his second goal:

-Happy times for Kane. Not so much for the Wild:

-Happy times for Chicago's Duncan Keith and Crawford:

-“We’re not happy with our game tonight,” coach Mike Yeo said. “I felt we didn’t have everybody at the level we needed to be at.” - Wild coach Mike Yeo.

Ducks - Kings

-Over the years, the Ducks-Kings rivalry has had just about everything but a playoff series... until now.

Minor League Playoff Stuff

A goal and two assists by Andrew Ebbett led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 5-1 series-clinching win against the Binghamton Senators in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won the best-of-five series, 3-1. Brian Dumoulin, Chuck Kobasew and Harry Zolnierczyk each added a goal and an assist for the Penguins while teammate Peter Mannino made 26 saves in the victory. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will face either the St. John's IceCaps or the Providence Bruins in the semifinal round.

-Highlights:

Non-Playoff Stuff
Penguins

-Former Penguins goaltender Mathieu Garon announced his retirement. In addition to the Penguins, Garon, 36, also played for the Canadiens, Kings, Oilers, Blue Jackets and Lightning. In 341 career games, Garon had a 144-131-3-28 record, a 2.83 goals against average, a .903 save percentage and 20 career shutouts. He was a member of the Penguins' 2009 Stanley Cup team.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-"I'm happy with the core, but I know we need more." - Flyers chairman Ed Snider on his team.

-"Let's put it this way: If I won the Stanley Cup earlier, I probably wouldn't be here and talking to you guys. I would say, 'OK, that's it.' But I haven't won it. That's the only thing that keeps the hopes up. It's not money. It's not anything else. It's the Stanley Cup." - Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen on his future. Timonen, 39, is considering retirement.

Central Division

-It was revealed Avalanche captain/forward Gabriel Landeskog (right) played with a hand injury during the first round of the playoffs. He will not play for Sweden for this month's IIHF World Championship tournament.

Pacific Division

-"This is not a nick or a scratch. This is an open wound." - Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on his team losing in the first round despite having a 3-0 series lead.

-Wilson said he wants to bring back head coach Todd McLellan.

-Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle said he wants to return to San Jose. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

(Photos: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images, Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images, Rich Lam/Getty Images, Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press and Daniel White/Daily Herald)

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