Empty Netter Assists - 05-09-14

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Rangers

-“We have an opportunity back here in Game 5, and we have to be as desperate as we’ve been all playoffs long to try to get that fourth win here at home." - Dan Bylsma.

-Beau Bennett (above) is a third liner for the time being.

-“He’s maybe one of the smartest players I’ve ever coached. He has a knack for being at the right spot at the right time and he’s been all over that for us in the playoffs.” - Bylsma on Jussi Jokinen.

-Brooks Orpik is dealing with a new undisclosed injury.

-Bylsma speaks:

-Rangers forward Martin St. Louis' mother France passed away Thursday at the age of 63. His availability for tonight's Game 5 is uncertain.

-The Rangers' mixed up their lines and defensive pairings at practice yesterday:


-After the Jump: The Bruins tie the Canadiens.

Bruins - Canadiens

-An overtime goal by Matt Fraser gave the Bruins a 1-0 win against the Canadiens in Game 4. Tuukka Rask made 33 saves in a shutout for Boston which tied the series, 2-2.

-Fraser's goal:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-Rask was all over these pucks:

-“The winning goal.” - Bruins coach Claude Julien's deadpan response when asked what he liked about Fraser's play.

-Recalled from Providence of the AHL the day before, Fraser became the first player ever to score an overtime goal in the NHL and AHL postseasons in the same year.

-“I was at Chipotle eating lunch and wondering what I was going to do for the day." - Fraser on what he was doing when he got the phone call Wednesday regarding his recall.

-Normally a reliable producer in the postseason, Bruins forward David Krejci only has three assists in these playoffs.

-“Hey, that’s what we get paid for. We get paid for sacrificing our bodies. In other lines of work, they have other different things that go on. Ours is to get bruises and lose our teeth.” -  Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver on blocking shots.

Blackhawks - Wild

-Wild forwards and former Penguins prospect Matt Moulson will miss game 4 due to a "lower-body" injury.

-“I don’t think waiting is the right word. You sit around waiting for things to happen, and usually this time of year, they’re not going to happen.” - Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on having only one goal in 11 postseason games this year.

Ducks - Kings

-Jonas Hiller made seven save and was credited with a win for the Ducks in a 3-2 victory against the Kings in Game 3. Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles which leads the series, 2-1.

-Check out the passing which led to Carter's goal:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this feed by Anaheim's Nick Bonino to set up Teemu Selanne for a goal:


-Check out this snipe by Ducks defenseman and former Penguin Ben Lovejoy which led to the eventual game-winning goal:


-Los Angeles' Mike Richards swatted a puck out of midair for a goal:

-Selanne was focused on this faceoff:

-Quick couldn't stop this puck:

-Andersen kept an eye on this puck:

-After turning back to Frederik Andersen as the starter for Game 3, the Ducks saw Andersen leave the game in the third period due to an undisclosed injury and were forced to play Hiller.

-“I always joke about how we sell tickets. We always make it interesting in our games.” - Selanne.

-The Ducks recalled defenseman Sami Vatanen from Norfolk of the AHL and assigned forward Emerson Etem to Norfolk.

-“I think it would be closer to fly back home [to Finland] from there than to come here." - Vatanen joking about flying from St. John's, Newfoundland to Los Angeles following his recall. The Norfolk Admirals are currently in a playoff Series with the St. John's IceCaps.

IIHF World Championship

-The IIHF World Championship tournament begins today. Here is the schedule.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Blue Jackets forwards Brandon Dubinsky (ankle) and Derek MacKenzie each underwent surgery.

-The Blue Jackets signed Erie Otters goaltender Oscar Dansk, a second-round pick in 2012, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Atlantic Division

-While head coach Randy Carlyle did get a two-year contract extension yesterday, three of his assistants - Dave Farrish, Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin - were fired.

Central Division

-The Predators extended their affiliation agreement with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals through 2016-17.

Pacific Division

-The Oilers signed forward Bogdan Yakimov, a third-round pick in 2013, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Coyotes signed goaltender Marek Langhamer, a seventh-round pick in 2012, to a three-year entry-level contract.

(Photos: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images, Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press and Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

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