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Empty Netter Assists - 05-25-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Penguins defensive prospect Derrick Pouliot (above) was named the CHL's defenseman of the year.

-Peter Mannino made 29 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 win against the St. John's IceCaps in Game 1 of the AHL's Eastern Conference final series. St. John's will host Game 2 Sunday, 6 p.m.

-Highlights:

-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins forward and picnic jug enthusiast (below) Pat Graham. A sixth-round pick in 1980, Graham spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1981-82, he appeared in 42 games and recorded 14 points. The following season, he was limited to 20 games and six points. In the 1983 offseason, he was traded to the Maple Leafs along with Nick Ricci in exchange for Rocky Saganiuk and Vincent Tremblay. 

-After the Jump: Michel Therrien curses out Ulf Samuelsson and the Kings take a lead on the Blackhawks.

Playoff Stuff
Canadiens - Rangers

-Rangers forward Dan Carcillo appealed his 10-game suspension for making contract with linesman Scott Driscoll in Game 3.

-Rangers coach Alain Vigneault questioned how Driscoll handled the confrontation.

-“There is always a gentlemen’s agreement between two teams and the general manager that coaches are not allowed to attend practices between games. Game day is different. So when we saw those assistant coaches there, they were not supposed to be there, so we let them know.” - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien on why he told Rangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson to leave the stands during Montreal's practice.

-The "Coach's Corner" segment of Hockey Night in Canada had a pretty good video of the dispute where Therrien curses out Samuelsson and other Rangers personnel:

-“I told him I feel awful. I didn’t want to injure anybody, especially a friend of mine. I told him exactly what I told you guys. It was my first shift. I'm just trying to create some body contact. I feel awful. You never want to hurt anybody, and I hope he recovers well." - Canadiens forward Brandon Prust on being suspended two games for hitting Rangers forward Derek Stepan high in Game 3. The hit resulted in a broken jaw for Stepan, a former teammate of Prust.

-"(Stepan) was yapping and yelling, so I don't think the jaw was hurting too much." - Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher on Stepan.

-Rangers forward Derick Brassard is expected to return to the lineup after missing two games due to an undisclosed injury suffered in Game 1.

-“Ryan McDonagh’s a great defenseman, but I haven’t seen someone slash that much since Chris Pronger played." - Canadiens forward Daniel Briere.

Blackhawks - Kings

-Jeff Carter had a goal and two assists for the Kings in a 4-3 win against the Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference final. Drew Doughty added a goal and an assist for Los Angeles while teammate Jonathan Quick made 24 saves. The Kings lead the series, 2-1. Captain Jonathan Toews scored two goals for Chicago.

-Slash, formerly of Guns N' Roses, preformed the national anthem beforehand:

-Check out this patience on this snipe by Los Angeles' Slava Voynov:

-Check out this slick forehand move by Los Angeles' Tyler Toffoli:

-A good look at the goal:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-Happy times for Doughty:

-Los Angeles' Mike Richards went stick-on-puck against Chicago's Michal Handzus:

-Bright times for Crawford:

-Carter has seven points in his past two games.

-Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw returned to the lineup after missing seven games due to a "lower-body" injury.

IIHF World Championship

-Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves for the Blue Jackets in a 3-1 win against Sweden in the semifinal round.

-Bobrovsky stretched out for this puck:

-Sweden's Anders Nilsson had issues with this puck:

-Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 20 saves for Finland in a 3-0 shutout of the Czech Republic.

-Czech Republic forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr was mad at a penalty call:

-There were all kind of bodies in the Finland crease:

Non-Playoff Stuff
Smythe Division

-Montreal's Marc Bergevin, Los Angeles' Dean Lombardi and Anaheim's Bob Murray were named finalists for the NHL's general manager of the year award.

-Is the NHL Alumni association doing enough for its members?

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

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