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Empty Netter Assists - 05-05-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Rangers

-Note: due to travel, this is a scaled back version of EN Assists. Your patience is appreciated.

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "It wasn't the busiest night." - Marc-Andre Fleury on his 22-save shutout.

-The (New York) Daily News' recap. The Rangers are now 0 for their last 29 power plays.

-The Bergen (N.J.) Record's recap. "They were a hell of a lot better than us.” - Rangers forward Brian Boyle.

-Newsday's recap. "Did my goaltender look tired?. He was on top of his game. He wasn't tired. He's played every minute of these playoffs, so if he's not tired, nobody else should be." - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on his team's fatigue.

-The Associated Press' recap. "To see Sid play like that tonight was really inspiring for everybody in our dressing room. He was really dangerous." - Kris Letang on Sidney Crosby.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-There was no doubting what these faces are saying:

-Henrik Lundqvist chose an odd time to have a shampoo commercial:

-We think.

-It was that kind of night for New York's Marc Staal and Lundqvist:

-New York's Carl Hagelin couldn't beat Fleury or Letang here:

-Crosby leading a rush up ice:

-A hockey Night in Pittsburgh:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Jussi Jokinen speaks:

-Fleury speaks:

-Letang speaks:

-Welcome back Brian Gibbons.

-Game 3 starts in like 24 minutes.

-"They just spent a lot of time in our own end. That was the biggest difference," Lundqvist said. "They came hard the whole night. It was something we expected." - Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

-After the Jump: The Blackhawks take a 2-0 lead over the Wild.

Bruins - Canadiens

-“Worst lead in hockey, pretty much. Especially if you’re the road team, you’re up by two and the home team gets one and gets the crowd behind them and never looks back.” - Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask on the rash of multi-goal comebacks in their playoff this season.

-Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid will miss the rest of the season due to surgery on his right ankle.

Blackhawks - Wild

-Bryan Bickell had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks in a 4-1 win against the Wild in Game 2. Gibsonia's Brandon Saad scored two goals for Chicago while teammate Marian Hossa, a former Penguin, recorded three assists. Fire Ray Shero. Corey Crawford made 18 saves in the victory.

-Highlights:

-Happy times in Chicago:

-Happy times for Bickell and Hossa. Not so much for Minnesota's Mikael Granlund:

-It was showtime for this Patrick Kane fan:

-"You've seen in some other series, whether you're up 2-0 or 3-0, there's no time to get comfortable at all. You have to keep playing and keep improving every single game as you go through a series because it's only going to get tougher." - Blackhawks captain/forward Jonathan Toews.

-“We understand that we didn’t play nearly well enough to win. I think that’s what we’re upset about, not so much being down 2-0. That’s not fun either, but the way we played tonight wasn’t good enough, and definitely not good enough to beat the Blackhawks.” - Wild forward Zach Parise.

-"We're not going to sit around waiting for another option. This is the guy." - Wild coach Mike Yeo on struggling goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

Ducks - Kings

-With defenseman Robyn Regehr dealing with an undisclosed injury, the Kings could turn to defenseman Jeff Schultz (right).

-After averaging 2.62 goals per game in the regular season, 26th in the NHL, the Kings are second in the league during the postseason with 3.62 goals per game.

-The Kings recalled forwards Colin Fraser, Linden Vey, defensemen Andrew Bodnarchuk, Andrew Campbell, Brayden McNabb and goaltender J.F. Berube from Manchester of the AHL.

Minor League Playoff Stuff

-Last spring, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Providence Bruins in the playoffs by coming back from a 3-0 series deficit. This spring, they face a largely different Bruins team.

-Denver Manderson and Zack Torquato each had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Greenville Road Warriors in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Greenville leads the best-of-seven series, 2-0. Goaltender Mike Condon made 42 saves for Wheeling. The Road Warriors will host Game 3 Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Penguins

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins goaltender Johan Hedberg (right). Acquired at the 2001 trade deadline along with Bobby Dollas in exchange for Jeff Norton, "The Moose" spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. After finishing the 2000-01 season with a 7-1-1 record, 2.64 goals against average and .905 save percentage in nine games, Hedberg emerged as a suprise playoff starter for the Penguins. In 18 postseason games that spring, Hedberg was 9-9 with a 2.30 goals against average, .911 save percentage and two shutouts. In 2001-02, Hedberg appeared in 66 games and had a 25-34-7 record with a 2.75 goals against average, a .904 save percentage and six shutouts. His loss total led the NHL and remains a franchise record. During 2002-03, he saw action in 41 games and went 14-22-4 with a 3.14 goals against average .895 save percentage and one shutout. The following offseason, Hedberg was traded to the Canucks for a draft pick. In 116 games with the Penguins, Hedberg went 46-57-12 with a 2.88 goals against average, .901 save percentage and seven shutouts. His win (eighth) and shutout (fourth) totals are among the 10 best totals in franchise history.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins forward Mike Stapleton. A free agent signing in the 1992 offseason, Stapleton spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 78 games in the 1992-93 campaign, Stapleton recorded 13 points and helped the Penguins win their first Presidents' Trophy. He appeared in four postseason game that spring and did not record a point. The following seasons saw him appear in 58 games and record 11 points. Midway through that season, he was claimed off waivers by the Oilers. In 136 games with the Penguins, Stapleton recorded 24 points.

-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Grant Jennings (right). The least celebrated player acquired in the Penguins' legendary 1991 trade deadline deal which brought him to Pittsburgh along with Ron Francis and Ulf Samuelsson in exchange for John Cullen, Jeff Parker and Zarley Zalapski, Jennings spent parts of five seasons with the Penguins. Hardly an offensive dynamo, Jennings recorded four points in 13 games for the Penguins down the stretch of the 1990-91 season and recorded two points in 13 postseason games that spring as the Penguins won their first Stanley Cup title. Jennings' first full season in Pittsburgh was 1991-92 and he appeared in 53 games while scoring nine points. He appeared in 10 postseason games that spring and failed to record a point but helped the team defend successfully defend the Cup. In 1992-93, Jennings saw action in 58 games and recorded five assists. He played in 12 postseason games that spring and did not record a point. During 1993-94, Jennings played in 61 games and scored six points. He was limited to three postseason games that season and failed to record a point. After 25 games and four assists in 1994-95, Jennings was dealt to the Maple Leafs in exchange for Drake Berehowsky at the trade deadline. In 210 regular season games with the Penguins, Jennings recorded 28 points. In 38 postseason games, he scored two points.

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-Happy 63rd birthday to former Penguins forward Willy Lindstrom. Claimed off waivers from the Oilers prior to the start of the 1985-86 season, "The Wisp" spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins and was the first player in NHL history to play with both Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. His first season in Pittsburgh saw him play in 71 games and record 31 points. He spent one more campaign in the NHL with the Penguins and recorded 23 points in 60 games. After leaving the sport for one season entirely, Lindstrom joined Brynas IF Gavle in Sweden for the 1988-89 season. In 131 regular season games with the Penguins, Lindstrom scored 54 points.

Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins forward Zigmund Palffy. A free agent signing in the 2005 offseason, Palffy spent part of one season with the Penguins and recorded 42 points in 42 games in 2005-06. Midway through that campaign, Palffy announced his retirement and left the NHL. His biggest claim to fame with the Penguins was that he scored the 10,000th goal in franchise history in the second period of a 6-3 home loss to the Flyers, Nov. 19.


(Photos: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images, Doug Pensinger/Getty Images, Christian Petersen/Getty Images, Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press, Jamie Sabau/Getty Images, Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press and Penguins Hockey Cards)

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