Empty Netter Assists - 05-20-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


-Kris Letang (above) suffered a foot injury in Game 6 of the Penguins' second round series against the Rangers.

-Pat Brisson, agent for Sidney Crosby and several other NHLers, shot down speculation he was interested in the Penguins' vacant general manager position.

-The Pensblog takes a good hard look at David Morehouse.

-Peter Mannino made 12 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who lost to the Bruins, 4-1, in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The series is tied, 3-3. The Penguins will host Game 7 Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.


-Happy 68th birthday to former Penguins general manager, head coach and Hockey Hall of Fame member Craig Patrick. One of the most important figures in the history of the Penguins, Patrick served as the team's general manager from 1989 until 2006. During that time, he directed the club to two Stanley Cup titles, one Presidents' Trophy, five division titles, 11 consecutive playoff appearances and 575 wins. Patrick also had two unsuccessful stints as the team's coach in 1990 and 1997. Overall, his coaching record with the team was 29-36-9. He is currently an advisor for the Blue Jackets.

-After the Jump: The Canadiens lose Game 2 and Carey Price.

Playoff Stuff
Canadiens - Rangers

-A goal and an assist by Ryan McDonagh had a goal and an assist for the Rangers in a 3-1 defeat of the Canadiens in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final. Derek Stepan recorded two assists for New York while teammate Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves. The Rangers lead the series, 2-0.

-Check out the the passing which led to to the eventual game-winning goal by New York's Rick Nash:

-Check out the passing which led to this power-play goal by New York's Martin St. Louis:

-During a television timeout, Montreal's Brandon Prust appeared to do a "drive-by" on Lundqvist:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-Montreal's Dustin Tokarski had issues with this puck:

-Tokarski didn't have a much better view of this puck either:

-Montreal's P.K. Subban put a lot of torque on this shot:

-Happy times in Montreal:

-Lundqvist was all over this puck:

-This young fan carried the flag for the Canadiens:

-Canadiens goaltender Carey Price did not play in Game 2 and will not play the rest of the series after suffering an undisclosed injury when he was hit by Rangers forward Chris Kreider in Game 1.

-“He did really well. I believe he did well and we’re pleased with our decision.” - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien on Tokarski. The Canadiens chose to play Tokarski instead of Peter Budaj in place of Carey Price.

-“Looking at the incident, it’s a reckless play. That’s the truth. And Kreider, this is not the first time he’s going at goalies. So, we end up losing our best player, but our group faced a lot of adversity throughout the course of the season and we responded and we’ve got the attitude to respond really well." - Therrien on Kreider.

-"That was fun ... I don't think they're booing you unless you're doing something right." - Kreider on being booed by Montreal fans.

-Rangers forward Derick Brassard did not play in Game 2 after suffering an undisclosed injury in Game 1.

Blackhawks - Kings

-"The doctor just told me, 'You shouldn't talk for two weeks. You should let it rest. Don't talk unless it makes you money.'" - Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson. He was given medical clearance to resume speaking after taking a puck to the throat during Game 2 of the Blackhawks' second round series with the Wild.

-"We live in the same hometown and we're very close to each other. We talk often during the off-season and we've been in touch up to the start of this series and that's pretty much it. No interactions now, no bets, whatever." - Kings forward Marian Gaborik on his friendship with Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa.

IIHF World Championship

-Jets forward Olli Jokinen had a goal and an assist for Finland which beat Kazahkstan, 4-3.

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

-Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist scored two goals for Sweden in a 5-1 win against Italy.

-Stars forward Antoine Roussel had a goal and three assists for France in a 6-2 defeat of Denmark.

-Former Flames/Blue Jackets goaltending prospect Kevin Lalande made 16 saves for Belarus in a 3-1 win against Latvia.

-Latvia's Edgars Masalskis lost his lid on this play:

-Malsaskis, with his lid, had issues with this puck:

-Russia forward and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will will at least one game while recovering from a right leg injury.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Central Division

-The Blues signed goaltender Brian Elliott to a three-year contract extension worth a total of $7.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.8 million, Elliott's new deal will have a salary cap hit $2.5 million. Elliott, 31, appeared in 31 games last season and had an 18-6-2 record with a 1.96 goals against average, .922 save percentage and four shutouts.

-“We took a swing. It certainly was a lot to give up for 20-some odd games and six playoff games.” - Blues general manager Doug Armstrong on acquiring goaltender Ryan Miller (right) at the trade deadline. Armstrong confirmed the team would not re-sign Miller.

-Elliott and Jake Allen will be the Blues' goaltending tandem next season.

-EN Says: Under head coach Ken Hitchcock, goaltenders tend to have easy lives. Spending upwards of $5 million on a goaltender like Miller would not be a wise investment for this team. The Blues can get by with a lesser talent like Elliott and still be one of the NHL's best teams. The question remains if Elliott is good enough to be a goaltender who can get a team to a Stanley Cup but he's a prudent investment.

Pacific Division

-The Ducks signed general manager Bob Murray to a four-year contract extension.

Norris Division

-Former Senators/Canadiens/Predators forward Radek Bonk announced his retirement.

-Former Predators/Blues forward Timofei Shishkanov has joined Sochinskiye Leopardy of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Darko Bandic/Associated Press, Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images, Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images, Doug Pensinger/Getty Images and Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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