Empty Netter Assists - 05-19-14

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-Whoever takes over as the Penguins' general manager, they'll inherit a difficult situation with the team's salary cap.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Andreas Johansson (right). Acquired early in the 1996-97 season along with Darius Kasparaitis in a deal which sent Bryan Smolinski to the Islanders, Johansson spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 27 games that season, Johansson recorded nine points. In 1997-98, Johansson appeared in 50 games and recorded 15 points. The 1998 offseason saw him sign as a free agent with the Senators.

-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins forward Wayne Van Dorp. Acquired early in the 1987-88 season along with Paul Coffey and Dave Hunter in exchange for for Craig Simpson, Dave Hannan, Moe Mantha and Chris Joseph, Van Dorp's Penguins career amounted to 25 games and four points with the club that campaign. In the 1988 offseason, he was traded to the Sabres for future considerations.

-After the Jump: The Blackhawks take Game 1 from the Kings, Alex Ovechkin is injured and R.J. Umberger wants a trade.

Playoff Stuff
Canadiens - Rangers

-The status of Canadiens goaltender Carey Price for tonight's Game 2 is up in the air after he appeared to be dealing with a right leg injury suffered when he was hit by Rangers forward Chris Kreider in Saturday's Game 1.

-“He didn’t run him, but he didn’t do anything to turn his body. We call it accidentally on purpose. He knows how to fall." - Canadiens forward Brandon Prust on Kreider.

-"Today was a very emotional, very moving time for our team. Marty took the podium and shared some incredible moments; it was a very deep message; it was a challenging day for us." - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on the team attending the funeral of forward Martin St. Louis' mother.

Blackhawks - Kings

-Gibsonia native Brandon Saad had a goal and assist for the Blackhawks who defeated the Kings, 3-1, in Game 1 of the Western Conference final. Former Penguin Marian Hossa recorded two assists for Chicago while teammate Corey Crawford made 25 saves. Fire Ray Shero.

-Check out the deflection Saad scored on:

-Check out this pass by Los Angeles' Tanner Pearson to set up Tyler Toffoli for a goal:

-Hit of the Day: Hossa slammed Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown to the ice:

-Check out the power on this one-timer by Chicago captain Jonathan Toews:

-Toews was pumped:

-Crawford and teammate Bryan Bickell had a moment:

-Los Angeles Jonathan Quick was all over this puck:

-Los Angeles' Matt Greene (left) and Colin Fraser had an odd synchronized way of warming up:

-Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell returned to the lineup after being sidelined since the first round due to a leg injury.

-“One goal is not enough. We have to score more than one goal to win a game in the playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks.” - Toffoli.

IIHF World Championship

-Lightning goaltending prospect Andrei Vasilevski made 27 saves for Russia in a 3-0 shutout of Germany.

-Ovechkin was injured on this play:

-Painful times for Ovechkin:

-Lightning forward Tyler Johnson had two goals for the United States in a 3-1 win against Finland.

-An overtime goal by Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis gave Canad a 3-2 win against Sweden.

-Former Panthers goaltender Alexander Salak made 21 saves for the Czech Republic in a 1-0 shutout of Norway.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-According to the Columbus Dispatch, Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger, a native of Plum, has requested a trade.

(Photos: Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press, Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images, Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images, Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images and Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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