Empty Netter Assists - 05-06-14

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Rangers

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "He's been really good at times -- a lot of times -- but the last two days, he's in the zone. It just looks so easy to him." - Matt Niskanen on Marc-Andre Fleury (above).

-The Bergen (N.J.) Record's recap. "We were forced to play a stupid schedule. Obviously, it’s a challenge both physically and mentally.” - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

-Newsday's recap. "We need to dig deep here. This is definitely not over. We're playing well and creating chances." - Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

-The (New York) Daily News' recap. “I think we’ve played a lot of hockey lately,” said St. Louis, whose body language is starting to reflect his inability to produce. “We’re going to come up for air here, regroup a little bit and get ready for Game 4. I’m not worried.” - Rangers forward Martin St. Louis.

-The Associated Press' recap. The Rangers were shutout in back-to-back postseason games for the first time since 1937.


-New York's Marc Staal gave a few shots to the head of Sidney Crosby:

-Fleury gave his cross bar some love:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Niskanen checking his blade in the dark as Deryk Engelland looks on:

-Happy times for Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz:


-A hockey night in New York:

-Fleury leading the way to the ice:

-Lundqvist had issues with this puck:

-Chris Kunitz couldn't beat Lundqvist here:

-Beau Bennett did not keep an eye on this shot he whipped by New York's Dan Girardi:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Fleury speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-"When he's hollering, you get it to him." - Robert Bortuzzo on his stretch pass to set up Crosby's first goal of the postseason.

-"He looks confident. He doesn’t look like he’s panicking at all. He just looks like he’s really calm in the net. I think that’s contagious and everybody sees that." - Crosby on Fleury.

-"It's been a struggle. We can't let it get to our heads. It's not going to get any easier." - Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello.

-“Their big boys put on the big-boy pants. I need mine to do that.” - Vigneault on his best players.

-After the Jump: The Kings take a 2-0 lead over the Ducks while Ron Francis begins to make change in Carolina.

Bruins - Canadiens

-“That’s a pretty irrelevant comment, I thought.’’ - Canadiens goaltender Carey Price on suggestions from Bruins defenseman Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton that to beat price, one needs to shoot high.

-A move from wing to center has really paid off for Bruins forward Carl Soderberg.

Wild - Blackhawks

-“We have to put more pressure on him. He’s playing very well. I look at our net-front traffic on him; I don’t think it’s been enough through the two games.” - Wild coach Mike Yeo on Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (right).

-"It's not like they're killing us out there. They're capitalizing on their chances, and we're not. I think the belief in the room is very strong. As much as we respect them, I don't think we think they're a better team." - Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner on the Blackhawks.

-Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw ("lower body") was ruled out for Game 3.

Ducks - Kings

-Jonathan Quick made 36 saves for the Kings in a 3-1 win against the Ducks in Game 2. Los Angeles leads the series, 2-0.

-It look Los Angeles' Marian Gaborik all of 34 seconds to score:

-Quick was forced to make a save on Anaheim's Devante Smith-Pelly after a funny hop off the end boards:

-Anaheim's Corey Perry got Los Angeles' Jeff Carter with the old wet glove trick:

-Quick gavePerry a low blow for crashing the net:

-Anaheim's Mark Fistric and Los Angeles' Trevor Lewis battled for this puck:

-“We found a way to squeak one out because we have the best goalie in the world. They had the better chances, more opportunities, but we found a way to win the game.” - Kings captain/forward Dustin Brown on Quick.

-“I'm ticked off right now,” he said. “We're in playoff time right now. There's no excuses for anything. We've got to be better. I've got to be better. I expect my group to respond.” - Ducks captain/forward Ryan Getzlaf.

-With Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr dealing with an undisclosed injury, defenseman Jeff Schultz was placed on a pairing with Slava Voynov.

Non-Playoff Stuff

-Former Penguins forward Ross Lonsberry (right) died Sunday due to cancer. He was 67. In parts of three seasons, Lonsberry appeared in 283 regular season games for the Penguins and scored 129 points, 68th-most in franchise history. In 17 postseason games, Lonsberry scored five points. In addition to the Penguins, Lonsberry also played for the Kings and Flyers and won two Stanley Cup titles in Philadelphia.

-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins forward Eric Boguniecki. Acquired midway through the 2005-06 season in a deal which sent Steve Poapst to the Blues, Boguniecki's Penguins career ammounted to 38 games and 11 points with the Penguins that season. In the 2006 offseason, he signed with the Blue Jackets.


-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Ryan Savoia. A free agent signing in the 1995 offseason, Savoia's NHL career amounted to three games and zero points with the 1998-99 Penguins. He left the Penguins organization following that season to join Fribourg-Gotteron in Switzerland.


-Happy 36th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Mark Eaton. A veteran of two stints with the Penguins, Eaton came to the team initially as a free agent signing in the 2006 offseason - the team's first under general manager Ray Shero. Injuries limited him to 35 games and three assists in 2006-07 but he appeared in all five postseason games that spring and did not score a point. A knee injury ended his season after 35 games and three points in 2007-08. He rebounded in 2008-09 by playing in 68 games and contributing nine points. He played in all 24 postseason games that spring and scored a career-high seven points while helping the team earn its third Stanley Cup title. In 2009-10, Eaton reached career highs in games (79), goals (three), assists (13) and points (16). He played in 13 playoff games that season and contributed three points. In the 2010 offseason, he joined the Islanders as a free agent. This season, Eaton re-joined the team as a free agent in February of 2013. He appeared in 23 games that regular season and did not score a point. In eight postseason games last spring, he has recorded three assists. He did not re-sign with the team this past offseason. In 241 career regular season games with the Penguins, Eaton, the only NHL player born in Delaware, scored 31 points. In 50 postseason games, he scored 13 points.

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-The Hurricanes fired head coach Kirk Muller as well as assistant coaches Dave Lewis and John MacLean. In parts of three seasons, Muller had an 80-80-27 record and never reached the postseason.

-Could new Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis hire former Penguins teammate Ulf Samuelsson as the Hurricanes' next head coach?

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images, Sean Rudyk/Getty Images, Mike Stobe/Getty Images, Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press, Kathy Willens/Associated Press and Penguins Hockey Cards)

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