Empty Netter Assists - 05-07-14

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Rangers

-“He is what the playoffs are.” - Assistant coach Tony Granato (above) on Chris Kunitz.

-“Ten. Ten out of 10." - Kris Letang rating Marc-Andre Fleury's play as of late.

-"A month ago, I didn't anticipate him, didn't think about him playing one game." - Dan Bylsma on Letang's recovery from a stroke.

-The Penguins assigned Jayson Megna to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-Brandon Sutter and Letang speak:

-“Me. … I’d like to think so. They wouldn’t tell me.” - Rangers forward J.T. Miller, a native of East Palestine, Ohio, on who his family is rooting for in the series.

-How soon could Rangers forward Chris Kreider return to the lineup from a hand injury?

-“The five games in seven nights was caused in large part by arena availability issues, but we are discussing with the N.H.L. what can be done to avoid this happening again in future.” - NHLPA spokesperson Jonathan Weatherdon on the tight scheduling of this series.

-After the Jump: Montreal takes a lead on Boston and Ilya Bryzgalov gets a shutout.

Bruins - Canadiens

-Lars Eller, P.K. Subban and Dale Weise each had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens in a 4-2 win against the Bruins in Game 3. Carey Price made 26 saves for Montreal which has a 2-1 series lead.

-Check out this slap pass by Montreal's Thomas Vanek to set up Tomas Plekanec for a goal:


-Happy times for Vanek. Not so much for the Bruins:


-Accidental Hit of the Night: Subban tried to take out Boston's Reilly Smith but ended up taking out Vanek:

-Subban jammed up Boston's Tuukka Rask on this breakaway:


-Check out this stretch pass by Montreal's Mike Weaver to spring Dale Weise for a breakaway goal:

-Goal of the Night: Check out this deflection goal by Boston's Patrice Begeron:


-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-Price had to look around a considerable screen in the form of Boston captain Zdeno Chara:

-“There’s a lot of things I think I can do better. I’m pissed off they scored that second goal and I’m on the ice for it. You’re not always going to play a perfect game but I look at the big picture. We got the win, that’s the important thing.” - Subban.

-“Just mentally, we’ve got to be more prepared. Making those mistakes and giving the opposite team the lead, that’s not a good thing every night. I think we have to be mentally sharper and do the things we talk about.” - Rask.

Blackhawks - Wild

-Ilya Bryzgalov made 19 saves for the Wild in a 4-0 shutout of the Blackhawks in Game 3. It was Bryzgalov's fourth career shutout. Mikael Granlund scored two goals for Minnesota while teammate Zach Parise had a goal and an assist. Chicago leads the series, 2-1.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this feed by Minnesota's Justin Fontaine to set up Erik Haula for the eventual game-winning goal:

-Check out this nifty backhanded goal by Granlund:

-Minnesota's Marco Scandella and Bryzgalov had a moment:

-A hockey night in Minnesota:

-Chicago captain Jonathan Toews had to fend off Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu for this puck:

-Minnesota's Kyle Brodziak had to skate by Chicago's Patrick Kane:

-"Thanks for reminding me." - Bryzgalov after being reminded he recorded his first postseason shutout in eight years.

-"We knew that we had to win this game. We can't fall down 3-0 against that team." - Wild coach Mike Yeo.

-“They tend to play that game once in a while. Where they like to shut things down and put you to sleep.” - Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford on the Wild's defensive game.

-Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy was a healthy scratch after playing in all 82 games and every postseason game to this point.

-Wild defenseman Keith Ballard played for the first time since suffering a groin injury March 17.

-Despite having his speaking ability limited after taking a puck to the throat in Game 2, Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson played in Game 3.

Ducks - Kings

-Dan Bylsma once "hated" the Kings and the Ducks.

-“Yeah, I’m still mad. I want to win, and when we don’t win I get mad. That’s the nature of my well-being, I guess.” - Ducks captain/forward Ryan Getzlaf (right) on trailing the series, 2-0.

Minor League Playoff Stuff

-An overtime goal by Mike Ratchuk gave the Wheeling Nailers a 3-2 win against the Greenville Road Warriors in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Greenville leads the series, 2-1. Mike Condon made 33 saves for Wheeling. Greenville hosts Game 4 Thursday, 7 p.m.

Non-Playoff Stuff

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins forward Guillaume Lefebvre. Acquired at the 2003 trade deadline along with Ramzi Abid and Dan Focht in a deal which sent Jan Hrdina and Francois Leroux to the Coyotes, Lefebvre spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished the 2002-03 season by appearing in 12 games for the Penguins and recording six points. After playing exclusively with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2003-04 and 2004-05, Lefebvre appeared in nine games for the NHL Penguins in 2005-06 and failed to record a point. In the 2006 offseason, he joined the St. Jean Chiefs in the QNAHL. In 21 games with the Penguins, he scored six points. He is currently a member of the Graz 99ers of the EBEL in Austria.

Atlantic Division

-The Predators signed goaltender Andrei Vasilevskii to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Central Division

-The Predators hired Peter Laviolette (right) as head coach. Previously serving as the head coach of the Islanders, Hurricanes and Flyers, Laviolette has a 389-282-26-63 record and won the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006.

-"Peter has a system he plays he's had success with. I guess you could call it a little more up-tempo, a little more offensive oriented. This is something we need to and want to incorporate into our game." - Predators general manager David Poile on Laviolette.

-EN Says: This is an interesting hire. Under former head coach Barry Trotz, the Predators were a safe, stay-at-home, defensive squad. Laviolette is a somewhat aggressive offensive coach. The Predators, as presently constructed, might not have the personnel to implement what Laviolette wants to do.

Adams Division

-Detroit's Mike Babcock, Tampa Bay's Jon Cooper and Colorado's Patrick Roy were named finalist for the Jack Adams award as the league's top coach.

(Photos: Paul Bereswill/Getty Images, Hannah Foslien/Getty Images, Jeff Gross/Getty Images, Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press, Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images and Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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