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Empty Netter Assists - 05-21-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Former Penguins forward Miroslav Satan (above) announced his retirement. A free agent signing in 2008, Satan spent one season with the Penguins in 2008-09. In 65 regular season games, he had 36 points. During the 2009 postseason, Satan played in 17 games and scored seven points while helping the Penguins win the Stanley Cup. In addition to the Penguins, Satan, 39, played for the Oilers, Sabres, Islanders and Bruins. In 1,050 career regular season games, Satan scored 735 points. He spent the last four seasons playing in Europe.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins prepare for a Game 7 tonight against the Providence Bruins in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Pat Neaton. A seventh-round pick in 1990, Neaton's entire NHL career amounted to nine games and two points with the 1993-94 Penguins. After that season, he moved on to the San Diego Gulls of the IHL.

-Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins forward Reid Simpson. A free agent signing in the 2003 offseason, Simpson's Penguins career amounted to two games, no points and 17 penalty minutes in 2003-04. He was released in the 2004 offseason.

Playoff Stuff
Canadiens - Rangers

-"You know what, to win a hockey game you need some breaks and we didn’t have any breaks yesterday. The Rangers got their breaks and they capitalized on their breaks. We didn’t get some calls yesterday, but you know what, momentum changes really quickly in the playoffs. This is my experience. You get one win, and then after that, you know, the momentum can change really quick.” - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.

-Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (right) credits Jets coach Paul Maurice with helping him find a place in the NHL. Zuccarello played for Maurice with Mettalurg Magnitogorsk of Russia's KHL.

Blackhawks - Kings

-Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw resumed practicing for the first time since suffering a "lower-body" injury in Game 1 of his team's second round series against the Wild.

-Former Penguins prospect Jake Muzzin has teamed up with Drew Doughty to form the Kings' top defensive duo.

IIHF World Championship

-Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 19 saves for Russia in a 2-1 defeat of Belarus. Evgeni Malkin was held without a point for Russia.

-Malkin couldn't put this puck behind Belarus' Kevin Lalande:

-Bobrovsky's tower was buzzed by this puck:

-Two goals and an assist from Capitals forward Joel Ward led Canada to a 3-2 win against Norway.

-Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar scored two goals for Slovakia which beat Denmark, 4-3.

-Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka had a goal and two assists for the Czech Republic in a 5-4 overtime win against France.

-Avalanche goaltender Reto Berra made 26 saves for Switzerland in a 3-2 defeat of Latvia.

-Switzerland's Thomas Rufenacht did every thing he could to keep this puck out:

Non-Playoff Stuff
Pacific Division

-The Canucks are expected to name Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning as their next general manager.

Smythe Division

-Former Blues/Coyotes/Stars/Kings forward Ladislav Nagy has joined HC Slovan Bratislava of Russia's KHL.

-Former Devils goaltender Jeff Frazee has joined SønderjyskE of Denmark's Metal Liagen.

(Photos: Jeff Gross/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images and Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

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