Empty Netter Assists - 05-08-14

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Rangers

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. “I’m feeling pretty good, probably play the best hockey of my career.” - Jussi Jokinen.

-The (New York) Daily News' recap. “I’m very disappointed in the way I played tonight.” - Martin St. Louis.

-Newsday's recap. "We're in a big hole here." - Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

-The Bergen (N.J.) Record's recap. The Rangers held a closed-door meeting after the game.

-The Associated Press' recap. "It was huge momentum for us going into the third. The way we played in the third showed that we fed off that." - Sidney Crosby on Brandon Sutter's short-handed goal in the second period.


-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Brooks Orpik makes the walk to the ice:

-Kris Letang and New York's Chris Kreider battled for this puck:

-Letang, Sutter and Olli Matta being popular:

-New York's Dan Girardi planted Chris Kunitz into the boards:

-Kreider got the stick up on Crosby:

-Uplifting times for Jokinen:

-Crosby sort of kept an eye on this puck:

-Happy times for the Penguins:

-Happy times for the Rangers. Not so much for Marc-Andre Fleury:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Orpik returned to the lineup after missing five games due to an undisclosed injury but left the game in the first period after suffering a separate undisclosed injury.

-“It’s a good thing I jumped. I was kind of guessing what to do — whether I should follow it up or be a little more patient. It worked out.” -  Brandon Sutter on his short-handed goal.

-Jokinen is one of eight players to score three or more game-winning goals in a single postseason for the Penguins.

-“It doesn’t matter what you do all year. It matters what you do in the playoffs when things count. Obviously, I’ve been struggling.” - Rangers forward Rick Nash.

-“Not acceptable this time of year on all levels, battle level and execution for sure. But this series is not over. We’ve got to play with the mentality of a freight train going 100 mph and not looking behind us. Get out there, get gritty, get after them on all cylinders and not look back.” - Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.

-Kreider returned to the lineup after missing 19 games due to a hand injury.

-After the Jump:  Matt Cooke returns and Ron Hextall takes over the Flyers.

Bruins - Canadiens

-At today's morning skate, the Bruins dropped former Penguins forward Jarome Iginla to the third line.

-“I could probably play right now.’’ - Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (right) on his recovery from a knee injury suffered in late December.

-The Bruins recalled forward Matt Fraser from Providence of the AHL and assigned forward Justin Florek to Providence.

Blackhawks - Wild

-Wild forward and former Penguin Matt Cooke is eligible to return to the lineup for Friday's Game 4 after serving a seven-game suspension for a knee-on-knee hit which injured Avalanche Tyson Barrie in Game 3 of his team's first-round series against the Avalanche.

-Cooke declined to answer questions about the hit.

-“People are entitled to their opinions. It’s not my job to go out and change peoples’ opinions. It’s my job to go out and play the way I can and be successful, helping my teammates win." - Cooke.

Ducks - Kings

-"Getting scored on absolutely keeps me up at night. But 30 seconds into a game against a team that was coming off a momentum-turning overtime win. … You do soul searching, 'What could I do different?' I went right home, watched the goal 12 times, then replayed it over and over as my head is hitting the pillow." - Ducks defenseman and former Penguin Ben Lovejoy on being on the ice for the Kings' first goal in Game 2.

-“A 2-0 lead is great, but it’s not four wins.” - Kings forward Jarret Stoll (right) on having a 2-0 series lead.

-The Kings recalled forwards Andy Andreoff, Scott Sabourin, Nick Shore, Jordan Weal, defensemen Derek Forbort, Colin Miller and goaltender Patrik Bartosak from Manchester of the AHL.

Minor League Playoff Stuff

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Brian Dumoulin is having another productive postseason.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Flyers promoted Paul Holmgren from general manager to president and Ron Hextall from assistant general manager to general manager.

-“Analytics is where we’re going. I’m very interested in it. It’s very intriguing. Why I have an analytical mind I have no idea, but I do. You can’t overvalue it, but in my mind it’s going to become more and more and more valuable. You still need eyes on hockey players. You need that. I don’t think that will ever change, but the analytics — I wouldn’t say it’s a huge part, but it’s going to get bigger and bigger. I’m interested. It intrigues me.” - Hextall on his philosophy regarding advanced statistics.

Atlantic Division

-The Panthers signed forward Rocco Grimaldi, a third-round pick in 2012, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

-The Senators signed defenseman Mikael Wikstrand, a seventh-round pick in 2012, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

-The Canadiens signed defenseman Greg Pateryn to a two-year contract extension. Terms were not reported. In 68 AHL games this season, he had 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists).

-The Maple Leafs signed head coach Randy Carlyle (right), a former Penguins defenseman, to a two-year contract extension.

Central Division

-The Blues will tender the option on head coach Ken Hitchcock's contract for the 2014-15 season but will not retain assistant coaches Corey Hirsch and Gary Agnew.

Pacific Division

-Stars assistant coach James Patrick was arrested last week in relation to an alleged domestic dispute with his girlfriend at his home.

-The Stars signed defenseman Esa Lindell to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Patrick Division

-Former Whalers/Hurricanes/Canucks/Rangers/Lightning defenseman Marek Malik announced his retirement.

-Erie Otters star forward Connor McDavid was drafted 77th overall by Medvescak Zagreb in the KHL's draft. Considered the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft, McDavid, presumably, will not join Medvescak Zagreb.

(Photos: Claus Andersen/Getty Images, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images and Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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