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Empty Netter Assists - 05-13-14

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Playoff stuff
Penguins - Rangers

-“We know we can win [tonight]. And we’ll do it.” - Evgeni Malkin (above).

-"We didn't really talk about anything different than we would [halfway through] the season. We talk after games when he's down in the [locker] room. I don't think there was anything different there. He's definitely got a pretty good understanding of being under pressure. If anyone understands, sometimes it's nice to not talk about it at all. I think he can appreciate that, too." - Sidney Crosby on a conversation he had in the dressing room with Mario Lemieux after Game 6.

-The Penguins have been involved in 13 Game 7s in their postseason history.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin speaks:

-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was fined $5,000 by the NHL for squirting Sidney Crosby in the face with a water bottle in Game 6.

-“They’re getting chippy. That’s a good thing. If they weren’t getting like that, we would be doing something wrong. We want to frustrate them as much as we can.” - Rangers defenseman Marc Staal on the Penguins.

-"When you get to a Game 7, no matter the series, you’ve done something good. We’ve had two elimination games [this series] so we feel confident because we put ourselves in a situation to win a Game 7 and a lot of guys in this room have had success in Game 7s." - Rangers coach Brad Richards.

-Lundqvist is 4-0 with a 0.75 GAA and a .973 save percentage in his last four Game 7s.

-After the Jump: The Canadiens tie things up and the Brick Wall from Whitehall gives the Ducks a lead.

Bruins - Canadiens

-Carey Price made 26 saves for the Canadiens in a 4-0 shutout of the Bruins in Game 6. It was Price's fourth career postseason shutout. Thomas Vanek scored two goals for Montreal while teammate Max Pacioretty added a goal and an assist. The series is tied, 3-3.

-Save of the Night: Check out this stick save by Boston's Tuukka Rask against Montreal's Brendan Gallagher:

 

-Defensive Play of the Night: Montreal's David Desharnais dove into his own net to swat a puck out:

 

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-Pacioretty was popular even the food vendors in Montreal:

-Happy times for the Canadiens:

-Bruins coach Claude Julien was mad about something:

-Price being popular:

-Price got a piece of this puck:

-“I read every article written about me and it taught me how to score. That was the difference tonight.” - Pacioretty on breaking out of a scoring slump.

-“It’s going to be great. I can’t wait for the crowd, the noise, the energy in the building. I can’t wait to take that all away from them." - Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban on Game 7.

-“I expect us to win." - Bruins coach Claude Julien on Game 7.

-Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu made his NHL playoff debut in place of former Penguins defenseman Douglas Murray.

-“Although we’re perceived as the bad guys and they’re the good guys, when [Canadiens defenseman Andrei] Markov trips Chara and then he puts his stick between his legs and nothing’s going to be called, eventually somebody’s going to react. Whether it’s right or wrong, Zdeno reacted and then everything else started." - Bruins coach Claude Julien on a scrum in the third period.

Blackhawks - Wild

-In the Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane era, the Blackhawks are 7-0 in Game 6 clinchers including 5-0 on the road.

-“I think we like the challenge. We always seem to make things harder than it needs to be. I don’t know if that’s a good thing to do, but it seems throughout the year that’s kind of been the way we’ve gone about it making things harder. We’d be up three of four goals, then let the other team back in it. That’s how it’s been, that’s how it is now and [Tuesday] is do or die.” - Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (right) on facing elimination in tonight's Game 6.

-"Game 6 is our Game 7 right now." - Wild captain/forward Mikko Koivu.

Ducks - Kings

-Devante Smith-Pelly had two goals for the Ducks who beat the Kings, 4-3, in Game 5. John Gibson, a native of Whitehall, made 39 saves for Anaheim which leads the series, 3-2. Marian Gaborik led Los Angeles with two goals.

-Check out this steal and pass by Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf to set up Smith-Pelly for the eventual game-winning goal:

-Anaheim's Mathieu Perreault was pumped:

-Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar was not pumped:

-Happy times for the Ducks:

-Gibson and teammate Teemu Selanne are not the same age:

-"He's the best goalie I've ever seen. A lot of pressure on him, though." - Kings coach Darryl Sutter sarcastically discussing Gibson.

-Gibson became the first goaltender to record a shutout in the same postseason year in the NHL and AHL.

Minor League Playoff Stuff

-Jayson Megna has been seeing more time at center with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-Mike Condon made 19 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-0 loss to the Greenville Road Warriors in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Greenville won the series, 4-2.

IIHF World Championship

-Lightning goaltending prospect Andrei Vasilevski made 39 saves for Russia in a 6-1 rout of the United States.

-Russia's Alex Ovechkin was able to beat the United States' Tim Thomas:

-Capitals forward Joel Ward had a goal and an assist for Canada which beat the Czech Republic, 4-3.

-Ward had to fend off Czech Republic forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr here:

-Stars forward Antoine Roussel scored two goals for France in a 5-3 win against Slovakia.

-Former Penguins forward Konstantin Koltsov was held without a point for Belarus in a 4-3 win against Switzerland.

-Belarus' players surrounded their net here:

Non-Playoff Stuff
Penguins

-There's a scoreboard and lights and stuff at Consol Energy Center.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Darryl Sydor. A free agent signing in the 2008 offseason, Sydor spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 2008-09, he appeared in 74 games and recorded 12 points. He appeared in four postseason games that spring. He only appeared in eight games the following season and recorded two points before being dealt to the Stars in exchange for Philippe Boucher. In 82 regular season games with the Penguins, Sydor scored 14 points. One of seven first round picks from the 1990 draft to play for the Penguins (Petr Nedved, Jaromir Jagr, John Slaney, Drake Berehowsky, Shawn Antoski and Bryan Smolinski are the others), Sydor is currently an assistant coach with the Wild.

Atlantic Division

-In the wake of his arrest in April on charges of drug possession and DUI, forward Ryan Malone's (right) status with the Lightning and the NHL is unclear.

-Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier (sports hernia) and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (hip) each underwent surgery.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes signed defenseman Chris Summers to a two-year contract extension worth a total of $1.2 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $550,000, Summers' new deal will have a cap hit of $600,000. In 48 games last season, Summers, 26, had nine points (two goals, seven assists).

-EN Says: A former first round pick in 2006, Summers has developed into a bottom pairing defenseman at the NHL level. He won make or break the roster but he can play a solid 15 minutes a game and not hurt the team.

(Photos: Mike Carlson/Getty Images, Chris Carlson/Associated Press, Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press, Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images, Sergei Grits/Associated Press, Jeff Gross/Getty Images, Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images, Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images, Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press and Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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