Empty Netter Assists - 05-14-14

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Playoff Stuff

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "Our ultimate goal is to win the Stanley Cup. We haven't done that in five seasons." - Dan Bylsma (above).

-The [New York] Daily News' recap. “We’re in the final four now. We can win.” - Rangers forward Brad Richards.

-Newsday's recap. "After Game 4, we felt pretty bad about where we stood in the series, we wanted so many plays back. The passing of my mom put everything in perspective and we really rallied. I couldn't be more proud, the boys have really embraced my situation. I can't believe it, we come back three games, one at a time." - Rangers forward Martin St. Louis.

-The Bergen (N.J.) Record's recap. The Rangers came back from a 3-1 series deficit to win for the first time in franchise history.

-The Associated Press' recap. "I think there's always questions. When expectations are high and you don't win that's normal. I'm sure there will be a lot of questions."

-Highlights (so to speak):

-The handshake lines:

-Down times for Brandon Sutter:

-As well as Marc-Andre Fleury:

-Crosby and the Penguins leave the ice for the last time this season:

-Happy times for the Rangers:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Evgeni Malkin speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-“Right now. I’m just trying to comprehend what went wrong and how this happened.” - Matt Niskanen.

-"We didn't score at the big moments in big games and that falls on us and our top players. We just didn't get it done. That's the bottom line. It's disappointing. We had a great team in here and a great opportunity to do good things and we just came up short; it's a missed opportunity." - James Neal.

-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist became the first goaltender in NHL history win five consecutive Game 7s.

-"Hank was unbelievable. He's our backbone. He's played like that nickname he carries: the King." - St. Louis on goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

-After the Jump: The Blackhawks' stars come through and return to the Western Conference final.

Bruins - Canadiens

-“I hope it’s a hostile environment. It makes it all better. I can’t wait for the crowd and the noise and the energy in the building. And I can’t wait to take that all away from them.’’ - Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban on tonight's Game 7 in Boston.

-“We’re going to have to win Game 7 to fully get Boston’s respect." - Canadiens forward Dale Weise.

-“You can’t beat the Bruins playing like the Bruins, they’re probably the best at it. We have to be smarter. We’ll have to take punches, we’ll have to take slashes. We have to get hurt at times. And that’s when we’re most successful, when we play our game.” - Canadiens forward Daniel Briere (right).

-Montreal's Belle Center sold out tickets for fans to watch Game 7.

Blackhawks - Wild

-An overtime goal by Patrick Kane gave the Blackhawks a series-clinching 2-1 win against the Wild in Game 6. Corey Crawford made 34 saves for Chicago which won the series, 4-2.

-Wild forward and former Penguin Matt Cooke got nabbed for boarding Chicago's Johnny Oduya:

-Kane's goal (which came off a funny hop off the end boards) and the handshake lines:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Chicago's Patrick Sharp leading a rush up ice with captain Jonathan Toews and Johnny Oduya:

-Happy times for the Blackhawks:

-Not so much for the Wild:

-"That was a lucky bounce, how it came right to me in the slot. I just tried to drive hard to the net and hope it came to me. I made a fake, tried to put it in the net and probably put it a little higher than I wanted to. But I was happy to see it go in." - Kane on the goal.

-“We were all kind of in shock that it happened. It’s not the way you envision losing a series. It can’t get any worse than losing like that.” - Wild forward Zach Parise.

-“He did a great job. There were times when the wheels could have come off, and he kept it together. He was always levelheaded.  I think he did a great job, and I think we’re going to have a bright future with him.’’ - Wild defenseman Ryan Suter on head coach Mike Yeo. Yeo's contract will expire this offseason.

-"I've got little kids at home. I don't want to be putting myself in a position where in 10 years I don't remember their names and can't get through a day functioning normally, so that's the scary part of these things." - Wild defenseman Keith Ballard on dealing with a head injury.

Ducks - Kings

-“We can talk about that. We know this Kings team is as resilient as they get. They’ve all won Stanley Cups, they know what they’re doing." - Ducks defenseman and former Penguin Ben Lovejoy (right) on trying to eliminate the Kings in tonight's Game 6.

-"We were down 2-0 in this series, and there was no panic in him. In Washington, he hit the panic button a lot quicker. Now, with our team having more depth, being better than the team in Washington … that helps." - Ducks forward Mathieu Perreault comparing his time with head coach Bruce Boudreau to their days with the Capitals.

-“It’s not like we’re panicking or anything like that, like, ‘Oh no, we’re in an elimination game. We’re not going to play too desperate. There is actually too desperate. You kind of run around, trying to do too much, and in return you don’t play your best game. We know exactly how desperate to play.” - Kings defenseman Drew Doughty.

Minor League Playoff Stuff

-Now that his junior season is finished, defensive prospect Derrick Pouliot is expected to join the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the postseason.

IIHF World Championships

-Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 20 saves for Finland in a 4-0 shutout of Germany.

-Germany goaltender Rob Zepp had issues with this puck:

-Finland's Tommi Kivisto got the drop on Germany's Felix Schutz:

-Islanders goaltender Anders Nilsson made 13 saves for Sweden in a 2-1 win against Norway.

-Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker had two assists for Denmark which defeated Italy, 4-1.

-Former Thrashers/Jets defenseman Artus Kulda scored two goals for Latvia which edged Kazahkstan, 5-4.

-Latvia goaltender Edgars Masalskis absorbed this puck:

-Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov suffered a broken left arm while playing for Russia.

Non-Playoff Stuff

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins defenseman and EN patron saint Peter Ahola. Acquired early in the 1992-93 season in a trade which sent Jeff Chychrun to the Kings, Ahola's Penguins career amounted to 22 magnificent games and one epic assist that campaign. In February of that season, he was traded to the Sharks for future considerations. He is presumably doing something completely awesome with his life at the moment.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Capitals extended their affiliation agreement with the AHL's Hershey Bears through 2014-15.

(Photos: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images, Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images, Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images, Jamie Sabau/Getty Images and Associated Press)

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