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Empty Netter Assists - 05-12-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Rangers

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "All Game 7s are big. We can't change what has gotten us to this point." - Sidney Crosby.

-The (New York) Daily News' recap. The Rangers have never won a series in which they trailed 3-1.

-Newsday's recap. "I know she helped me through this." - Rangers forward Martin St. Louis on his recently departed mother.

-The Bergen (N.J.) Record's recap. "The emotion on that goal is something I won’t ever forget.” - Rangers forward Derek Stepan on Louis' goal.

-The Associated Press' recap. "We wanted to give ourselves a chance, and we did. Now we've got a Game 7." - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

-Highlights (so to speak):

-The mayhem at the end of the second period which included New York's Henrik Lundqvist spraying Crosby with a water bottle:

-The fracas at the end of the game:

-Kris Letang was bloodied up after that dust-up:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-Marc-Andre Fleury and teammate looked behind his net:

-Happy times for the Rangers:

-New York's Brian Boyle was removed from the ice by linesman Scott Driscoll:

-Beau Bennett looked up ice as New York's John Moore defended:

-New York's Anton Stralman got the drop on Jussi Jokinen:

-Crosby speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-Matt Niskanen:

-The Penguins' power play has been 1-for-19 this series.

-Maatta played after skipping the morning skate due to undisclosed reasons.

-"Right now, we need everything from everybody. We need everyone's best. We need everyone's best for Game 7. We haven't been there, maybe, at all times in the last few games but we have to be there for Game 7." - Dan Bylsma.

-"One concern we have is that there’s a lot of poking at our goaltender after the whistle, always the same guys. They’re supposed to know goaltenders need to be protected." - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

-After the Jump: Boston's Shawn Thornton is fined again.

Bruins - Canadiens

-Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was fined $2,820.52 by the for squirting Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban in the face with a waterbottle during play in Game 5. The fine is the maximum allowed under the CBA.

-The play in question:

Blackhawks - Wild

-Corey Crawford made 27 saves for the Blackhawks in a 2-1 win against the Wild in Game 5. Patrick Sharp recorded two assists for Chicago.

-They always do the anthem right in Chicago:

-Goal of the Night: Check out the effort on this score by Minnesota's Erik Haula:

-Haula was pumped:

-“He’s unbelievable. That’s why he’s a superstar.” - Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa on captain/forward Jonathan Toews scoring his league-leading four game-winning goal of the postseason.

Ducks - Kings

-“He has a pretty unique style in the net. You don’t really know where he’s weak for the most part when you’re coming in on him. He doesn’t show you a lot of the net." - Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano on goaltender John Gibson, a native of Whitehall.

-"I know he's calm and cool or whatever, but it's our job to make his job a lot harder." - Kings forward Brad Richards on Gibson.

-“I think our power play is just being too cute right now. We’re looking for a better play, as opposed to just getting it to the net and getting bodies around the net. A couple of times, we get shots on goal and there’s nobody in front. Good power plays just put it to the net and crash.’’ - Kings captain/forward Dustin Brown on his team's struggling power play which has gone 2 for 12 this series.

IIHF World Championships

-Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves for Russia in a 4-2 win against Finland.

-Russia's Viktor Tikhonov seemed to like where this puck ended up:

-Russia's Alex Ovechkin took a tumble over Finland's Juuso Hietanen:

-Islanders goaltender Anders Nilsson made 30 saves for Sweden which defeated the Czech Republic, 4-3.

-Czech forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr was hung up by Sweden's Daniel Rahimi:

-Former Penguins forward Konstantin Koltsov was held without a point for Belarus in a 4-1 win against Kazakhstan.

-Capitals goaltender Philip Grubauer made 19 saves for Germany which defeated Latvia, 3-2.

-Former Avalanche defenseman Jonas Holos had a goal and an assist for Norway which lost to Denmark, 4-3.

-Daniel Bellissimo made 28 saves for Italy in a 2-1 win against France.

-France's Cristobal Huet lost track of this puck:

Non-Playoff Stuff
Penguins

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins forward Dwight Mathiasen. A free agent signing late in the 1985-86 season, Mathiasen spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished that season by appearing in four games and scoring one goal. During 1986-87, Mathiasen saw action in six games and recorded one assist. In 1987-88, Mathiasen appeared in a career-high 23 games and recorded six assists. He was released in the 1988 offseason. Mathiasen appeared in 33 regular season games for the Penguins and recorded eight points.

(Photos: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images, Sergei Grits/Associated Press, Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images Kathy Willens/Associated Press and Elsa/Getty Images)

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