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Empty Netter Assists - 05-26-14

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Penguins

-Peter Mannino (above, with St. John's Kyle MacKinnon) made 27 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-1 loss to the St. John's IceCaps in Game 2 of the AHL Eastern Conference final series. The series is tied, 1-1. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will host Game 3 Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

-Highlights:

-Happy 55th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Pat Riggin. Acquired midway through the 1986-87 season in a deal which sent Roberto Romano to the Bruins, Riggin spent parts of the final two seasons of his NHL career with the Penguins. He appeared in 17 games for the 1986-87 Penguins and had a record of 8-6-3. The following season, he played in 22 games and went 7-8-4. He was released in the 1988 offseason. In 39 games with the Penguins, he had a 15-14-7 record with a 3.64 goals against average and .875 save percentage.

-Happy 51th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ron Meighan. Acquired early in the 1982-83 season along with Anders Hakansson and a draft pick in a deal which sent George Ferguson and a draft pick to the North Stars, Meighan's Penguins career amounted to 41 games and eight points that campaign. After spending the next season with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Baltimore, Meighan was released.

-After the Jump: The Rangers take a 3-1 lead over the Canadiens and Jaromir Jagr retires... in a way.

Playoff Stuff
Canadiens - Rangers

-An overtime goal by Martin St. Louis gave the Rangers a 3-2 win against the Canadiens in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final series. Carl Hagelin had a goal and an assist for New York while teammate Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves. The Rangers lead the series, 3-1. David Desharnais recorded two assists for Montreal.

-Check out this nasty short-handed goal by Hagelin:

-Hagelin (and company) was pumped:

-Save of the Night: Check out this glove save by Montreal's Dustin Tokarski against St. Louis:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this stretch pass by New York's Dan Girardi to set up Derick Brassard for a breakaway goal:

-St. Louis' goal:

-A great look at the goal as allowed by Tokarski:

-And several good looks at the aftermath:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-Lundqvist was all over this puck:

-Montreal's P.K. Subban didn't seem to agree with something here:

-We’ll enjoy tonight but [Monday] we get on the plane and try to close out the series.” - St. Louis.

-“It’s a tough loss. It’s a bitter loss, but at the end of the day we are still in this series. I still like our chances with two games at home." - Canadiens captain/forward Brian Gionta.

-Rangers forward Derek Stepan missed Game 4 due to a broken jaw. It was the first game Stepan has missed in his NHL career.

-Rangers forward Derick Brassard returned to the lineup after being sidelined two games due to an "upper-body" injury.

-“We were treated unfairly yesterday. There is no rule. There was no agreement between both teams. That is the exception, not the rule. I’ve been asked in the past to do this on a couple of occasions. Usually the coach calls me or the GM calls the GM. Never happened. What happened yesterday was uncalled for. Without a doubt, my staff handled it with a lot of class, just like our team, play whistle to whistle, don’t get involved with the other stuff. We’re very credible. We’re lucky it didn’t escalate." - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson being cursed out by Canadiens coach Michel Therrien for watching the Canadiens practice Saturday.

-With four major markets involved in the conference finals, the NHL is reaping plenty of benefits.

Blackhawks - Kings

-‘‘It’s time to bring it; it’s time to play our best hockey. No more waiting. Everyone knows and understands we can bring more." - Blackhawks captain/forward Jonathan Toews on his team trailing the Kings, 2-1, in the Western Conference final.

-Moving Jeff Carter to center from wing has sparked his offense.

IIHF World Championships

-Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves for Russia which beat Sweden, 5-2, to win the gold medal. Evgeni Malkin scored the game-winning goal.

-Golden times for Russia captain Alex Ovechkin:

-The handshake line:

-In the bronze medal game, Islanders goaltender Anders Nilsson made 29 saves for Sweden in a 3-0 shutout of the Czech Republic.

-Bronze times for Sweden:

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-The handshake line:

-Czech Republic goaltender Alexander Salak had issues with this puck:

-Devils forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr announced he will retire from the Czech Republic's national team.

Memorial Cup

-Penguins goaltending prospect Tristan Jarry made 32 save for the Edmonton Oil Kings who beat Guelph Storm, 6-3, to win the Memorial Cup.

-Jarry and his teammates celebrate:

(Photos: Claus Andersen/Getty Images, Al Bello/Getty Images, Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images, Seth Wenig/Associated Press, Kathy Willens/Associated Press and Elsa/Getty Images)

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