Empty Netter Assists - 06-05-14

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Playoff Stuff
Kings - Rangers

-An overtime goal and an assist by Justin Williams gave the Kings a 3-2 comeback win against the Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Kyle Clifford added a goal and an assist for Los Angeles while teammate Jonathan Quick made 25 saves.

-Check out the effort by New York's Benoit Pouliot to steal this puck and score the game's first goal:

-A good look at Pouliot's goal:

-Fluky Goal of the Night: New York's Carl Hagelin was credited with a short-handed goal after Los Angeles' Slava Voynov kicked the puck into his own net:

-Hit of the Night: New York's Anton Stralman on Los Angeles' Kyle Clifford:

-Goal of the Night: Los Angeles' Drew Doughty tied the game with this dazzling effort:

-A good look at Doughty's goal:

-Williams' goal:

-A good look at Williams shooting the goal:

-A good look at New York's Henrik Lundqvist allowing the goal:

-And a good look at Williams celebrating the goal:

-Williams gave a stick to a young fan afterwards:

-Los Angeles' Mike Richards had to fend off New York's Rick Nash for this puck:

-Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown needed a little help from an athletic trainer:

-A hockey night in Los Angeles:

-The Rangers had a little bit of support in Los Angeles:

-Lundqvist kept an eye on this puck:

-Hagelin navigated his way through a handful of Kings:

-New York's Derick Brassard looked as if he was cheating on a test here:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-"It certainly helps that we’ve done it time and time again." - Williams on the Kings staging yet another comeback victory.

-"I'd like to call him Mr. Game 1, 2, 3 and 4. It takes four wins. If he can do that three more times, that would be really nice." - Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell on Williams' nickname of "Mr. Game 7."

-Clifford scored his first postseason goal in three years.

-"You've got to have a short-term memory. It's a tough play. There's nothing I can do about it right now -- maybe go higher next time, or go the corner and eat it. I'm not going to dwell on it, I'm just going to forget about it and go on." - Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi on his turnover which led to Williams' goal.

-“He’s the reason we went to overtime." - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on goaltender Henrik Lundqvist making 40 saves.

-With goaltender Cam Talbot dealing with an undisclosed injury, journeyman David LeNeveu served as the Rangers' back up goaltender for Game 1.

Non-Playoff Stuff

-Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Brian Lundberg. A ninth-round pick in 1980, Lundberg's NHL career amounted to one game and a minus-one rating with the Penguins in the 1982-83 season. He was released from the organization midway through the 1984-85 season.

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-The Flyers reached a two-year affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Reading Royals.

Atlantic Division

-With head coach Mike Babcock entering the final year of his contract, the Red Wings signed Jeff Blashill, head coach of their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids, to a three-year contract extension.

Adams Division

-According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, the NHL and NHLPA will bring back the World Cup of hockey in 2016.

-At his annual state-of-the-union press conference, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said there are several franchises worth at least $2 billion.

-Bettman also said teams have been punished for not following the league's concussion protocol but declined to get into specifics.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Victor Decolongon/Getty Images Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images, and Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

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