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Empty Netter Assists - 05-18-14

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Penguins

-A player-by-player look at the Penguins' roster.

-Peter Mannino made 31 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 win against the Providence Bruins in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton leads the series, 3-2 and will host Game 6 Monday, 7:05 p.m.

 

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward John Chabot (right). Acquired early in the 1984-85 season in deal which sent Ron Flockhart to the Canadiens, Chabot spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. In 67 games with the Penguins that season, Chabot recorded 53 points. His first full season with the Penguins in 1985-86 saw him appear in 77 games and collect 45 points. In 1986-87, Chabot played in 72 games and netted 36 points. The following offseason, he signed with the Red Wings. In 216 games with the Penguins, he recorded 134 points, 64th most in franchise history.

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Dave Michayluk. A free agent signing in the 1989 offseason, Michayluk spent the vast majority of his professional career in the minor leagues. His Penguins career amounted to seven postseason games and two points for the Penguins during their 1992 Stanley Cup run. Injuries to stars such as Mario Lemieux and Joe Mullen forced the Penguins to recall Michayluk, Jock Callander and Mike Needham from their IHL affiliate in Muskegon. That trio formed the "Muskegon Line." Michayluk would never play in the NHL again but ended up becoming one of the most prolific minor league hockey players of all-time.

-Happy 68th birthday to former Penguins forward Rod Zaine. Acquired in the 1970 offseason from the AHL's Baltimore Clippers in exchange for cash, Zaine's Penguins career amounted to 37 games and 13 points with the 1970-71 Penguins. In the 1971 offseason, he was claimed by the Sabres in the intra-league draft.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Marty McSorley (right). Originally signed as a free agent in the 1982 offseason, McSorley had two stints with the Penguins. He made the roster as a rookie in team's dreadful 1983-84 season appearing in 72 games and recorded nine points and 224 penalty minutes. The following season, McSorley was limited to 15 games with the Penguins and 15 penalty minutes. In the 1985 offseason, McSorley was traded to the Oilers along with Tim Hrynewich and Craig Muni in exchange for Gilles Meloche. McSorley would win two Stanley Cup titles in Edmonton and would be involved in arguably the biggest trade in sports history as he and some decent center were sent to the Kings in 1988. After establishing himself as one of the best enforcers in NHL history, McSorley returned to the Penguin in the 1993 offseason by way of a trade which sent Shawn McEachern to the Kings. McSorley spent just over half the season with the Penguins appearing in 47 games. He recorded 21 points and 139 penalty minutes and engaged in a memorable fight with Detroit's Bob Probert (below) before being traded back to the Kings along with Jim Paek in exchange for Tomas Sandstrom and McEachern. In 134 games with the Penguins, McSorley recorded 30 points and 378 penalty minutes. Overall, McSorley recorded 3,381 penalty minutes in the NHL, fourth-most all-time.

-After the Jump: The Rangers trounce the Canadiens.

 

 

 

 

Playoff Stuff
Canadiens - Rangers

-Ryan McDonagh had a goal and three assists for the Rangers in a 7-2 defeat of the Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final. Mats Zuccarello added a goal and two assists for New York while teammates Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan and Rick Nash each added a goal and an assist. Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves in the victory. Lars Eller led Montreal with a goal and an assist.

-Rangers forward Derick Brassard left the game in the first period due to an undisclosed injury. He is considered day to day.

-Hit of the Night: Brassard was injured when he was hit by Montreal's Mike Weaver:

-Pass of the Day: Check out this backhanded pass by Rangers forward and former Penguin Dominic Moore to set up Martin St. Louis for a goal:

-Check out the sneaky pass by Zuccarello to set up Brad Richards to a goal:

-Check out the power on this one-timer by McDonagh:

-Check out the determination on this short-handed goal by Eller:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-Kreider was pumped:

-Montreal's Rene Bourque being popular:

-A hockey night day in Montreal:

-Montreal's Carey Price had issues with this puck:

-It was that kind of day for Price:

-"Maybe the fact that in Canada, hockey is Saturday night, not Saturday afternoon, maybe we caught them at a moment they weren't used to." - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault joking about the game being played during the day.

-“We got our [expletive] kicked all over the ice." - Canadiens forward Rene Bourque.

Blackhawks - Kings

-"I think you always get excited when you play the Stanley Cup champions. So … there's nothing more to say." - Kings forward Anze Kopitar on facing the Blackhawks in the Western Conference final.

IIHF World Championship

-Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 14 saves for Russia which defeated Latvia, 4-1.

-Former Kings/Canadiens/Capitals/Blackhawks goaltender Cristobal Huet made 24 saves for France which beat Norway, 5-4, in a shootout.

-Former Penguins forward Konstantin Koltsov was held without a point for Belarus in a 5-2 win against Germany.

-Germany's Rob Zepp had issues with this puck:

-Canucks forward Jannik Hansen recorded two assists for Denmark in a 4-3 shootout win against the Czech Republic.

-Avalanche goaltender Reto Berra made 23 saves for Switzerland in a 6-2 win against Kazakhstan.

-Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar had a goal and an assist for Slovakia in a 4-1 defeat of Italy.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images, Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images, Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press and Penguins Hockey Cards)

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