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Empty Netter Assists - 05-28-14

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Penguins

-What are Jason Botterill's chances at taking over as the full-time general manager?

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Dominik Uher is sidelined due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Former Penguins forward Ville Nieminen has joined Lukko of Finland's Liiga.

-Former Penguins goaltending prospect Mattias Modig has joined BIK Karlskoga of Sweden's Allsvenskan.

-Happy 65th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Gary Inness (right). A free agent signing in the 1973 offseason, Inness spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. In 1973-74, Inness appeared in 20 games and had a record of 7-10-1 with a 3.26 goals against average. During 1974-75, Inness took over as the team's top goaltender and responded by appearing in 57 games with a 24-18-10 record, a 3.09 goals against average and two shutouts. In nine postseason games that spring, Inness was 5-4 with a 2.67 goals against average. After appearing in 23 games and going 8-9-2 with a 4.06 goals against average in 1975-76, Inness was dealt to the Flyers in exchange for Bobby Taylor and Ed Van Impe. In 100 regular season games with the Penguins, Inness had a record of 39-37-13 with a 3.37 goals against average.

-Happy 64th birthday to former Penguins forward Errol Thompson. Acquired midway through the 1980-81 season in a deal which sent Gary McAdam to the Red Wings, Thompson finished his 10-year NHL career by appearing in 34 games and recording 14 points for the Penguins. He was released during the 1982 offseason. Thompson is one of three former Penguins (John Chabot and Bob Stewart are the others) from Prince Edward Island.

-Happy 62nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jack Lynch (right). A second-round pick of the club in 1972, Lynch spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. In 1972-73, he appeared in 47 games and recorded 19 points as a rookie. During 1973-74, he played in 17 games and recorded seven points for the Penguins before being dealt to the Red Wings along with Jim Rutherford in exchange for Ron Stackhouse. In 64 regular season games with the Penguins, Lynch scored 26 points.

-Happy 68th birthday to former Penguins forward Ted Snell. A free agent in October of 1973, Snell spent one seasons in Pittsburgh. In 1973-74, Snell appeared in 55 games and recorded 16 points. In the 1974 offseason, he was claimed by the Kansas City Scouts in the expansion draft.

-Happy 35th birthday to former Penguins forward Matt Hussey. A ninth-round pick in 1998, Hussey spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 2003-04, Hussey appeared in three games and recorded three points. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Hussey saw action in 13 games in 2005-06 and recorded one assist. In the 2006 offseason, he signed with the Red Wings. Hussey spent this past season with Nürnberg Ice Tigers of the DEL  in Germany.

-After the Jump: A wild night in Montreal.

Playoff Stuff
Canadiens - Rangers

-A hat trick by Rene Bourque led the Canadiens to a wild 7-4 win against the Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final. Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty each had a goal and an assist for Montreal while teammate Andrei Markov recorded three assists. Dustin Tokarski made 23 saves in the victory. Derek Stepan scored two goals for New York which leads the series, 3-2.

-Prior to the game, Rangers forward Derek Dorsett felt the need to spray snow in the face of a kid holding a flag during pregame festivities:

-Check out this deflection goal by Galchenyuk:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this determined effort by Montreal's Brendan Gallagher to set up Pacioretty for a goal:

-Bourque's hat trick:

-Hats!

-Fluky Goal of the Night: New York's Rick Nash was credited with a goal after his shot banked into the net off the stick of Montreal's Josh Gorges:

-Check out the passing on this goal by New York's Chris Kreider:

-Rangers defenseman John Moore will have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL in regards to a match penalty he received for hitting Canadiens forward Dale Weise in the head during the third period. The play in question:

-Weise left the game momentarily but eventually returned.

-Tokarski kicked out his right leg to rob Kreider:

-Later in the game, Dorsett followed up his snowing of a kid with a headbutt on Montreal's Mike Weaver and an attempted fight with Bourque:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-“Everybody talks about how he’s a great goalie. Has he been better than (Tokarski) this series? I don’t think so.” - Bourque on Lundqvist.

-“I don’t know much about it, but I’m assuming that’s what it was like.” - Tokarski's response when it was suggested the game's inflated offense was similar to contests in the 1980s. Tokarski was born in 1989.

-After starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was pulled following four goals by the Canadiens, the Rangers actually scored three consecutive goals in the second period to tie the game, 4-4.

-Montreal fans did not seem to mind Lundqvist's exit:

-Stepan returned to the lineup after missing Game 4 due to a broken jaw.

-Stepan sported a heavy duty cage to protect his face:

-A hockey night in Montreal:

-High-stepping times for Bourque:

-Tokarski had to peak around a screen:

-After the game, Bourque passed out a puck to the crowd:

-Lundqvist was bug-eyed over this puck:

-Canadiens goaltender Carey Price resumed practicing. He has been sidelined since Game 1 due to a suspected knee injury.

Blackhawks - Kings

-"It takes 15-20 seconds off the clock [and it's] easier to kill 1:40 than 2:00. It goes a long way and is something the guys are doing well." - Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick on his team winning faceoffs while killing penalties.

-“To play like ‘Kopi’, there’s maybe two, three guys in the world that can. I’d say it’s pretty hard. But it just seems like every time he’s on the ice, he calms everything down, whether it’s just a point in the game where it’s hectic out there, we’re running around. He steps on the ice, he seems to have that calming influence on everybody, just the way he plays." - Kings forward Mike Richards on teammate Anze Kopitar.

-“I’ve got to be better — in every facet of the game. We’ve all got to be doing things that are going to make us win a game, and some things happened [in Game 4] that are uncharacteristic. But you’ve got to give L.A. credit. They’re forcing us into different situations. But we’ve got to be better, and we will be better.” - Blackhawks defensive prospect Brent Seabrook.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Hurricanes signed forward Erik Karlsson, a fourth-round pick in 2012, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Blue Jackets signed head coach Todd Richards (right), a former head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season.

-“One of the things I like about Barry’s style of coaching is . . . it’s a consistent, disciplined style for every game, 82 games a year. They don’t veer off it.” - Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan on hiring Barry Trotz as head coach.

Atlantic Division

-The Sabres signed goaltender Linus Ullmark, a sixth-round pick in 2012, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Pacific Division

-The Kings signed forward Valentin Zykov, a second-round pick in 2012, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Patrick Division

-Former Islanders goaltender Anders Nilsson has joined Ak Bars Kazan of Russia's KHL.

-Former Sharks/Avalanche/Hurricanes/Panthers/Mighty Ducks/Rangers defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh announced his retirement.

(Photos: Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press, Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images, Christian Petersen/Getty Images, Ryan Remiorz/Associated Press, Dave Sandford/Getty Images and Penguins Hockey Cards)

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