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Empty Netter Assists - 05-10-14

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Rangers

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. “There’s no beating around the bush. We just didn’t have it tonight.” - Rob Scuderi.

-The (New York) Daily News' recap. "I know deep down my mom would want me to play this game." - Rangers forward Martin St. Louis on play a day after the death of his mother.

-Newsday's recap. "We haven't won a game in the series in our building. We're due there. We just want to come back here for Game 7." - Rangers forward Derick Brassard.

-The Bergen (N.J.) Record's recap. "We were all seeing it in his eyes. He was trying to be himself but you could tell there was something off. But right from the start he was playing a great game and I think guys just fed off his emotion.” - Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh on St. Louis.

-The Associated Press' recap. “I don’t think there’s much good to take from it to be honest with you. So I think we have to make sure we come with the right mindset going to New York. Whatever mindset we were tonight it wasn’t enough.” - Sidney Crosby.

-Highlights (so to speak):

-Crosby caught up with St. Louis prior to the game:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-It was that kind of night for Crosby:

-Scuderi and New York's Dominic Moore battled for this puck:

-A hockey night in Pittsburgh:

-Happy times for Brassard (left) and teammate Benoit Pouliot:

-Dan Bylsma and assistant coach Jacques Martin seemed amused by something here:

-A good look at Brassard beating Marc-Andre Fleury for a goal:

-Bylsma speaks:

-Fleury speaks:

-"Once you get on the ice … I’m not going to say you forget about the situation. She was with me the whole way … but this is probably the most comfortable place you can be as a hockey player. " - St. Louis on his mother and being with his team.

-"He's capable of making those plays, and those are difference-makers. I think that falls on us as a group to be better and rally around that emotion." - Lee Stempniak on Evgeni Malkin.

-"There was a lot of weight on our shoulders that dropped when Chris scored that goal. That was a big relief." - Brassard on teammate Chris Kreider scoring his team's first power-play goal in 36 chances.

-"I don’t want to say it’s the first time we really saw Ryan McDonagh in the playoffs, but that’s the way I know he can play. He’s not hurt and he needs to play that way if we’re going to continue." - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on McDonagh.

-After the Jump: The Wild isn't going away and France upsets Canada.

"He’s not hurt and he needs to play that way if we’re going to continue."

- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/sports/hockey/mcdonagh-returns-to-his-elite-form-1.1013581#sthash.06ZIBi2P.dpuf
Bruins - Canadiens

-“I think everybody wants to perform on this stage. What sets him apart from what I can see is he wants to be the guy. He wants to be the guy with the puck on his tape when the game’s on the line, he wants to make the big play. I’ve always believed that’s how it happens – you’ve got to want it. And it’s not always going to work, but every time you want to be the guy to make the difference, and he has that attitude.” - Canadiens forward Daniel Briere on teammate P.K. Subban.

-“Douglas Murray is a tough customer, he’s tough to play against. Certainly he’s a presence out there for us and I thought Weaver and Murray did a fantastic job.’’ - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien on using former Penguins defenseman Douglas Murray on his third defensive pairing with Mike Weaver.

Blackhawks - Wild

-A goal and an assist from Jared Spurgeon led the Wild to a 4-2 win against the Blackhawks in Game 4. Ryan Suter recorded two assists for Minnesota while teammate Ilya Bryzgalov made 18 saves. Former Penguin Marian Hossa led Chicago with two assists. Fire Ray Shero. The series is tied, 2-2.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this forecheck and steal by Wild forward and former Penguin Matt Cooke which led to a goal by teammate Justin Fontaine:

-Ugly Goal of the Night: Minnesota's Jason Pominville scored after banking a puck from behind the net off the leg of Chicago's Corey Crawford:

-Check out this deflection goal by Chicago's Michal Handzus:

-Bryzgalov stoned Chicago's Jeremy Morin twice here:

-Fontaine being popular:

-Bryzgalov kept track of this puck:

-Happy times for the Wild. Not so much for the Blackhawks:

-Crawford had issues with this puck:

-“We’re not here to just try to make a series of it.” - Wild coach Mike Yeo.

-"It definitely frustrates them -- you can tell out there. So we've got to stick with that." - Wild forward Charlie Coyle on his team limiting the Blackhawks' offense.

-“I looked up at the clock in the second period there. We had nine shots.” - Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith.

-"We need to be smarter. We need to be playing with that energy and creating chances and making them take the penalties. We weren't putting ourselves in a position to do that." - Blackhawks captain/forward Jonathan Toews.

-Cooke returned to the lineup after serving a seven-game suspension.

Ducks - Kings

-With goaltender Frederik Andersen dealing with an undisclosed injury, the Ducks recalled goaltender John Gibson, a native of Whitehall, from Norfolk of the AHL.

-"We might have four goalies on the ice." - Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on keeping the Kings and the media guessing on who his starting goaltender will be.

Minor League Playoff Stuff

-Peter Mannino made 24 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-0 loss to the Providence Bruins in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Penguins will host Game 2 Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

-Highlights:

-Mike Condon made 29 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-1 loss to the Greenville Road Warriors in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Greenville leads the series, 3-2. The Nailers will host Game 6 Monday, 7 p.m.

IIHF World Championships

-Former Kings/Canadiens/Capitals/Blackhawks goaltender Cristobal Huet made 34 saves for France which upset Canada, 3-2, in a shootout.

-Huet had issues with this puck:

-Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and two assists for the United States in a 6-1 defeat of Belarus.

-Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Russia in a 5-0 shutout of Switzerland.

-Bobrovsky was surrounded by his teammates:

-An overtime goal by former Capitals forward Jakub Klepis gave the Czech Republic a 3-2 win against Slovakia.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Penguins

-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins forward Randy Cunneyworth. Acquired prior to the 1985-86 season along with Mike Moller in exchange for for Pat Hughes, Cunneyworth spent parts of four seasons in Pittsburgh. His first season with the Penguins saw him appear in 75 games and record 45 points. He improved in 1986-87 by playing in 79 games and scored 53 points. Cunneyworth would set career highs in 1987-88 for goals (35), assists (39) and points (74) in 71 games. His totals took a tumble in 1988-89 as he only scored 44 points in 70 games, but he helped the Penguins reach the postseason for the first time in seven years. He appeared in 11 postseason games that spring and contributed nine points. In the 1989 offseason, Cunneyworth was traded to the Jets along with Rick Tabaracci and Dave McLlwain in exchange for Jim Kyte, Andrew McBain and Randy Gilhen. In 295 regular season games with the Penguins, Cunneyworth scored 216 points, 38th-most in franchise history. He is currently a player development coach for the Sabres.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins forward Steve Gotaas. A fifth-round pick in 1985, Gotaas spent one season with the Penguins. In 36 games with the 1987-88 Penguins, Gotaas appeared in 36 games and recorded 11 points. Midway through the 1988-89 season, Gotaas and Ville Siren were traded to the North Stars in exchange for Gord Dineen and Scott Bjugstad.

Norris Division

-The NHL is looking into developing a league-wide puck-tracking video system similar to what the NBA uses to compile advanced statistics. The system could be in place by 2015-16.

(Photos: Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press, Hannah Foslien/Getty Images, Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press, Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press and Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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