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Empty Netter Assists - 05-16-14

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Penguins

-"The expectations are high. If you don't deliver, you have to own up to that as players and as an organization. We all understand that. It's part of the way it works. We'll see what happens from here." - Sidney Crosby (right).

-“That’s the best coaching staff I’ve played for. We respect [Dan Bylsma] a ton. They prepare us perfectly, and they give us all the details. I don’t think you could ask for a better coaching staff or a better head coach.” - Jussi Jokinen.

-What's next for Ray Shero?

-Beau Bennett will undergo wrist surgery.

-Examining what's left of the Penguins.

-''I really hope I stay. It's my team here. It's where I want to play.'' - Marc-Andre Fleury.

-Evgeni Malkin will play for Russia in the ongoing IIHF World Championship tournament.

-The Penguins assigned Brian Gibbons to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-Crosby speaks:

-Fleury speaks:

-Chris Kunitz speaks:

-Brandon Sutter speaks:

-Pascal Dupuis speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-Jokinen speaks:

-Tanner Glass speaks:

-Beau Bennett:

-Deryk Engelland speaks:

-Robert Bortuzzo speaks:

-Olli Maatta speaks:

-Marcel Goc speaks:

-Lee Stempniak speaks:

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins captain/forward Tom Kostopoulos set a franchise record by appearing in his 58th career postseason game.

-Happy 64th birthday to former Penguins forward John Stewart. A second-round pick in 1970, Stewart spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1970-71, he appeared in 15 games and recorded three points. The following seasons saw him play in 25 games and score 10 points. In the 1972 offseason, he was claimed by the Atlanta Flames in the expansion draft.

-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins defenseman John Jakopin (right). Claimed off waivers from the Panthers prior to the 2001-02 season, Jakopin's Penguins career amounted to 19 games and four assist that campaign. In the 2002 offseason, Jakopin signed with the Sharks.

-Happy 62nd birthday to former Penguins forward Steve Lyon. Signed early in the 1976-77 season, Lyon's NHL career amounted to three games and no points for the Penguins that campaign. After spending most of 1976-77 with the Columbus Owls of the IHL, Lyon moved on to the Whitby Warriors of the OHA.

Playoff Stuff
Rangers

-After failing to get the NHL and NBC to re-schedule Saturday's Game 1, Rangers forward Martin St. Louis re-scheduled his mother's funeral to Sunday. The Rangers will attend the funeral.

-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lunqvist has not won in Montreal since 2009.

-“The fact that I started in Montreal, for me, I’ve got nothing but positive memories in my time there. It was my first chance to coach at the NHL level, I worked with some great people and I’m here today because I started there.” - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on his time as head coach of the Canadiens.

Bruins - Canadiens

-Bruins captain/defenseman Zdeno Chara played the final three games of the series with a fractured finger.

Blackhawks

-Blackhawks star forwards Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp have been in goal-scoring slumps.

Ducks - Kings

-“I think anytime you’re in a Game 7 it’s a little bit different and it’s obviously one of the biggest series (ever) in California. We’re looking forward to it and I think having it at home will be extra special.” - Ducks goaltender John Gibson (right), a native of Whitehall, on tonight's Game 7.

-“Neither team wanted a Game 7, but from a fan perspective and Southern California perspective, it’s probably good for the growth of the game.” - Kings captain/forward Dustin Brown.

-“We’re going into a building against a (Ducks) team that finished 16 points ahead of us. So you can talk all you want. There’s a big underdog going in against the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.” - Kings coach Darryl Sutter.

IIHF World Championships

-A hat trick by Sabres forward Cody Hodgson led Canada past Denmark, 6-1.

-A good look at Canada's Matt Read scoring a goal by Denmark's Patrick Galbraith:

-Canada's Brayden Schenn dropped Denmark's Oliver Lauridsen:

-Former Bruins/Senators forward Kaspars Daugavins had a goal and an assist for Latvia in a 6-5 defeat of the United States.

-Latvia's Gints Meija was able to punch a puck behind the United States' Tim Thomas:

-A hockey night in Minsk:

-Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 15 saves for Finland in a 2-0 shutout of Belarus.

-Islanders goaltender Anders Nilsson made 17 saves for Sweden which beat France, 2-1.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Atlantic Division

-Sabres forward Zenon Konopka was suspended 20 games by the NHL for violating the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. The substance was not named.

Pacific Division

-Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Dan Boyle, forward Martin Havlat will not return (and could be bought out) and Brent Burns will be moved from forward to defense.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press, Harry How/Getty Images, Mitchell Layton/Getty Images and Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

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