Empty Netter Assists - 06-02-14

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-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward and captain Dan Frawley (right). Claimed off waivers from the Blackhawks prior to the 1985-86 season, Frawley spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. His first season in Pittsburgh saw him appear in 69 games and record 21 points as well as a team-leading 174 penalty minutes. The 1986-87 campaign saw him establish career highs in games (78), goals (14), assists (14), points (28) and penalty minutes (218). The following season, while he served as the team's captain for two month while Mario Lemieux healed from an injury, Frawley was limited to 47 games, 14 points and 152 penalty minutes. And in 1988-89, he only appeared in 46 games and recorded seven points and 66 penalty minutes. After spending the entire 1989-90 season with the Penguins' IHL affiliate in Muskegon, Frawley was released in the 1990 offseason. In 240 season games with the Penguins, Frawley scored 70 points.

-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins forward Scott Bjugstad. Acquired midway through the 1988-89 season along with Gord Dineen in a deal which sent for Ville Siren and Steve Gotaas to the Minnesota North Stars, Bjugstad's Penguins career amounted to 24 games and three goals that campaign. In the 1989 offseason, he signed with the Kings as a free agent. He currently runs a hockey school in Minnesota.

-After the Jump: The Kings beat the Blackhawks in an amazing Game 7 and return to the Stanley Cup Final.

Playoff Stuff

-"I think when you lose your captain, you have to recognize when the room needs things. When you're in the league [a while], you just kind of know. You get a feel for the locker room, and I think it's been a good challenge for me to try to help out that way." - Rangers forward Brad Richards serving as the team's unofficial captain after captain/forward Ryan Callahan was dealt at the trade deadline.

Blackhawks - Kings

-An overtime goal by Alec Martinez gave the Kings a dramatic series-clinching 5-4 comeback win against the Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western Conference final. Tyler Toffoli and Justin Williams each had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles while teammates Dustin Brown, Mike Greene and Dwight King each recorded two assists. Jonathan Quick made 37 saves for Los Angeles which advanced to the Stanley Cup final for the second time in three seasons. Patrick Sharp scored two goals for Chicago.

-As always, the national anthem in Chicago was a treat:

-Chicago's Brandon Saad, a native of Gibsonia, scored the game's opening goal from a difficult angle:

-On the Kings' first goal, Jeff Carter knocked the puck out of midair:

-A goal by Los Angeles' Marian Gaborik tied the game, 4-4, with 7:17 remaining in regulation:

-Martinez's goal, the celebration, the handshake lines and Kings captain Dustin Brown "accepting" the Clarence Campbell Bowl:

-Note: Notice that Williams slashed the stick out of the hands of Chicago's Nick Leddy a few seconds before the goal. No call.

-Down times for Chicago's Corey Crawford:

-Happy times for the Kings. Not so much for Chicago's Ben Smith:

-The handshake lines:

-Quick and Crawford had a moment:

-Brown "accepted" the Clarence Campbell Bowl from deputy commissioner Bill Daley:


-Heartbroken times for Chicago's Patrick Kane:

-Crawford had issues with this puck:

-Chicago's Andrew Shaw took a tumble over Los Angeles' Kyle Clifford:

-"That was an amazing series. It really was. It's even better that we won it, obviously. That was just a hard-fought, hard-fought battle. It felt like both teams played pretty honest. There wasn't guys diving, there wasn't guys cheating. It was just an honest series where there were battles in the corners. There were a lot of goals. Everything. There was everything in this series." - Kings defenseman Drew Doughty.

-"The story is how we were able to come back and how resilient we were. How awesome the series was to play and be a part of. It was just fitting it ended in Game 7 in overtime." - Kings forward Justin Williams.

-"I don't know but I want to get in on the program, whatever he's doing." - Kings forward Anze Kopitar on Williams' undefeated record in Game 7s.

-“It’s no coincidence that that team knows how to win. Lot of experience there. They won two years ago. Tough one, to go down ­[3-1] against a team like that. It seemed like an insurmountable deficit to come back from. But we found a way and gave ourselves a chance. It’s pretty amazing to have done that against a team like this.” - Blackhawks captain/forward Jonathan Toews.

-“I’ve lost some tough games. But nothing like tonight.” - Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

-The Rangers and Kings squared off (literally) in the postseason was a first-round series in 1981.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Metropolitan Division

-Lewis Katz, a former owner of the Devils and the NBA's New Jersey's Nets, was among seven people killed in a plane crash in Massachusetts Saturday.

Atlantic Division

-The Panthers signed forward Steven Hodges, a third-round pick in 2012, to an entry-level contract. Terms were not reported.

(Photos: Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press, Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images, Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press and Penguins Hockey Cards)

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