Empty Netter Assists - 05-17-14

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-Ray Shero is out. Dan Bylsma is in... for now.

-Who are the candidates to replace Shero?

-For the Post-Gazette's Gene Collier, this decision was baffling.

-"There are all different ways to build this team." - Shero, May 25, 2006, the day he was hired.

-"He’s a good coach. Look at his record at his record in the regular season, in the playoffs. If he was fired today, there’d be a lot of teams lined up to get him. He’s done a lot of good things for the organization and he’s been a great asset. A new GM will come in, evaluate the hockey operation, and we’ll go from there.” - Mario Lemieux on why Bylsma wasn't fired.

-"We’ve had success during the regular season. We have a good team. It’s a lot different than a team that needs a complete overhaul and a revamping. We’re a team that’s a good team. We have high expectations and we want to get better and the ownership group thought the change was necessary at this point." - Penguins president David Morehouse on why Shero was fired.

-Morehouse speaks:

-The Penguins signed forward Josh Archibald, a sixth-round pick in 2011, to a three-year entry-level contract. Having just completed his junior season at Nebraska-Omaha, Archibald, 21, appeared in 37 games last season and scored 43 points.

-Peter Mannino made 28 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Providence Bruins in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The series is tied, 2-2. The Bruins will host Game 5 Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins forward Doug Smith. Acquired midway through the 1989-90 season in exchange for cash, Smith's NHL career ended with 10 games and two points with the Penguins that campaign. In the 1990 offseason, he joined ATSE Graz in Austria.

-After the Jump: The Kings move on and Teemu Selanne says good-bye.

Playoff Stuff
Canadiens - Rangers


-"Overdue, definitely would say overdue." - Rangers forward Rick Nash (right) on having failed to score thus far in the postseason.


-“Any team that’s part of the final four gets confidence, and that was a good accomplishment for our team to beat Boston. But I have to tell you something: that was a great accomplishment for them to come back from a 3-1 deficit and beat the Pittsburgh Penguins. They’re coming in and they’re really confident. So I pay a lot of attention to their game, especially their last three games. They were phenomenal." - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien on the Rangers.

-"We know going into this series that, rightfully so, they're the favorites. Against Tampa Bay and against Boston, they were the underdogs, they didn't have home ice. Now, they're going into this series they're very likely expected to win. Pressure does funny things to different people. I'm anxious to see how we're going to react. I'm sure they're anxious to see how they're going to act." - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.


-"You know what, that's regular season — playoffs are a little bit different. You can't rely on what happened back a few months ago. The level is a little bit different." - Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa on beating the Kings in all three regular season meetings.

Ducks - Kings

-Jeff Carter, Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards and Justin Williams each had a goal and an assist for the Kings who beat the Ducks, 6-2, in Game 7. Kyle Clifford recorded two assists for Los Angeles while teammate Jonathan Quick made 25 saves in the victory.

-Check out the power by Carter on his breakaway goal:

-Photo of the Night: A great look at Carter approaching the net:

-And the goal itself:

-Quick stoned Anaheim's Corey Perry on a penalty shot in the first period:

-A good look at Perry's stick breaking thanks for the effort of Los Angeles' Drew Doughty on the play which led to the penalty shot:

-Check out the passing which led to this power-play goal by Gaborik:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this pass by Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf to set up Perry:

-Quick had some fun with Perry later:

-"It's a tough feeling. You want to go further. We felt we had the chance to go next round, maybe all the way. It's going to be tough to wake up tomorrow morning and realize it's all over.  . . . One way, it feels like yesterday, but in another way, it feels like a long time ago — and it goes fast. I always tell the young guys, enjoy every day because you know what? It goes like that — so quickly." - Ducks forward Teemu Selanne on his expected retirement this offseason.

-The final seconds of regulation, the handshake lines and tributes to Selanne:

-Selanne waving good-bye:

-Selanne and Quick had a moment:

-Selanne gave Gibson some support:

-“The first period was like men against boys, quite frankly. They were bigger, stronger, faster, seemed more determined. We were on our heels. Everything that we said that we wanted not to do, we did.” - Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.

-“We lost the game. We weren’t ready from the start. I didn’t make the saves I had to make and we lost the game.” - Gibson, a native of Whitehall.

IIHF World Championship

-An overtime goal by Predators defenseman Seth Jones gave the United States a 4-3 win against Kazakhstan.

-Kazakhstan's Konstantin Romanov couldn't beat the United States' Tim Thomas here:

-Kazahkstan's Alexei Ivanov had issues with this puck:

-Sabres forward Cody Hodgson scored two goals for Canada in a 6-1 rout of Italy.

-Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 26 saves for Finland in a 3-2 win against Switzerland.

-Happy times for Finland:

-Islanders goaltender Anders Nilsson made 20 saves for Sweden in a 3-2 win against Slovakia.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Blue Jackets signed forward Alexander Wennberg to a three-year, entry-level contract.

-The Capitals signed defenseman Christian Djoos to a three-year, entry-level contract. He is the son of former Rangers/Red Wings defenseman Par Djoos.

Atlantic Division

-“I’m not sorry that I did it. I’m a guy that plays on emotion, and this is a game of emotions. Sometimes you make decisions out of emotion that might not be the best ones. That’s what it is. I didn’t make the NHL because I accepted losing or I accepted failure, and I think that’s what’s gotten me to this point and made me the player that I am.” - Milan Lucic on allegedly threatening Canadiens forward Dale Weise and defenseman Alexei Emelin after the Bruins lost Game 7 of their second round series.

Adams Division

-Former Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson has joined Avangard Omsk of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Jeff Gross/Getty Images, Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images, Jamie Sabau/Getty Images and Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press and Post-Gazette)

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