Empty Netter Assists - 05-29-14

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-Evgeni Malkin and members of Russia's gold medal winning team from the IIHF World Championship tournament were honored by Russia president Vladimir Putin:

-Speaking of the World Championship, Finland/Wild forward Erik Haula was diagnosed with a broken jaw. He suffered the injury when he was cross-checked in the face by Malkin during the gold medal game Sunday. The play in question:

-Malkin was not penalized on the play and did not receive any supplemental discipline from the IIHF.

-What are the differences between general manager candidates Tom Fitzgerald and Jason Botterill?

-Peter Mannino made 19 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 5-0 loss to the St. John's IceCaps in Game 3 of the AHL's Eastern Conference final. St. John's leads the series, 2-1. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will host Game 4 Thursday, 7:05 p.m.


-“They outplayed us all over the ice. They capitalized on their chances. They were clearly the better team.” - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins captain/forward Tom Kostopoulos.

-After the Jump: Another suspension in the Eastern Conference final and the Blackhawks stay alive.

Playoff Stuff
Canadiens - Rangers

-Rangers defenseman John Moore was suspended two games by the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Canadiens forward Dale Weise in Game 5. The NHL's explanation:

-EN Says: The lack of a significant injury and Moore's clean history prior to this incident probably spared him a harsher suspension.

-Rangers forward Dan Carcillo will appear his 10-game suspension with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman Friday. Carcillo was suspended for abuse of an official during Game 3 when he made contact with linesman Scott Driscoll.

-“I think it’s been completely unpredictable. Game 1 was just a game you want to forget and just a game where everything that could go wrong went wrong. Then we played really good Game 2, lose. Didn’t play very good Game 3, won. Game 4, up in the air, could have gone either side. And Game 5 we played the best hockey in this series. Some games have been not very many goals. And some games 10 goals have been scored. It’s been a weird series.” - Canadiens forward Lars Eller assessing the series.

-"Henrik doesn't need to hear anything from me. He's a veteran player, one of the best in his era, and I'm sure he's going to be focused and ready." - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on goaltender Henrik Lundqvist rebounding from a poor Game 5.

-“He reminds me of Grant Fuhr. I’m not saying he’s Grant Fuhr, but he has that same ability to make the big save at the right time." - Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban on teammate Dustin Tokarski.

Blackhawks - Kings

-A goal by Michal Handzus in the second overtime gave the Blackhawks a 5-4 win against the Kings in Game 5. Gibsonia native Brandon Saad had a goal and two assists for Chicago while teammate Patrick Kane recorded four assists. Corey Crawford made 40 saves in the victory. Captain Dustin Brown and Marian Gaborik each recorded a goal and an assist for Los Angeles which leads the series, 3-2.

-Check out the power on this one-timer by Chicago's Brent Seabrook:

-Hit of the Night: Kings defenseman and former Penguins prospect Jake Muzzin flattened Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger:

-Handzus's goal:

-Happy times in Chicago:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-Crawford was all over this puck:

-Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick kept an eye on this puck:

-Los Angeles' Tanner Pearson being stretchy:

-“That might have been the greatest overtime I’ve ever seen." - Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

-"I thought (Saad) was the best player on the ice." - Kane.

-"Any time you get double overtime and two good teams going at it, it's going to be a great hockey game." - Kings forward Jarret Stoll.

-The Los Angeles Police Department is investing a battery report filed by a fan who claims Crawford sprayed him in the face with a water bottle during Game Game 4.

-The NHL announced the dates for the Stanley Cup final:

Game 1 - Wednesday, June 4
Game 2 - Saturday, June 7
Game 3 - Monday, June 9
Game 4 - Wednesday, June 11
*-Game 5 - Friday, June 13
*-Game 6 - Monday, June 16
*-Game 7 - Wednesday, June 18

Non-Playoff Stuff
Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Islanders signed defenseman Ville Pokka (right), a second-round pick in 2012, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Atlantic Division

-The Senators signed forward Max McCormick, a sixth-round pick in 2012, to a two-year entry-level contract.

-Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is spearheading an effort to boycott sponsors of FIFA's World Cup in order to protest Russia hosting the event in 2018. Melnyk is chairman of the Advisory Committee for the United with Ukraine group.

Pacific Division

-The Kings signed defenseman Nick Ebert, a seventh-round pick in 2012, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Sharks signed assistant general manager Joe Will to a contract extension.

Norris Division

-Former Stars/Oilers defenseman Philip Larsen has joined Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Andrew A. Nelles/Associated Press, Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images and Russia Today)

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