Empty Netter Assists - 06-08-14

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-Who are the candidates to become the Penguins' next head coach?

-“We’ve been in meetings all day, so we haven’t had a chance to really sit down and talk about it. But he’s an interesting name, for sure." - Canucks general manager Jim Benning on potentially hiring former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma (above) for his vacant head coach position.

-Former Penguins forward Kevin Miller was ordered to pay $1.6 million for a hit from behind in a 2000 game in Switzerland which ended the career of forward Andrew McKim.

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Phil Bourque (right). An undrafted free agent signed prior to the 1982-83 season, Bourque spent parts of eight seasons with the Penguins. He made his NHL debut in 1983-84 by appearing in five games and scoring one goal. He followed that up in 1985-86 by playing in four contests and failing to record a point. During 1986--87, Bourque saw action in 22 games and collected five points. In 1987-88, he played in 21 games and contributed 16 points. The 1988-89 season was his first full campaign in the NHL as he appeared in a team-leading 80 games and recorded a career-high 43 points. In 11 postseason games that spring, he scored five points. He followed that up with a 39-point effort in 76 games during 1989-90. The 1990-91 season saw Bourque appear in 76 games and recorded 34 points including a career-high 22 goals. He added 13 points in 24 postseason games and played a key role in the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship. In 1991-92, Bourque only appeared in 58 games and scored 26 points. He helped the Penguins successfully defend their championship by netting seven points in 21 playoff games. In the 1992 offseason, he signed with the Rangers. In 344 regular season games with the Penguins, Bourque scored 164 points, 52nd-most in franchise history. In 56 postseason games, Bourque had 25 points. "The Old Two-Niner," is currently a radio broadcaster with the Penguins.

-After the Jump: Another comeback win by the Kings.

Playoff Stuff
Kings - Rangers

-A goal by Dustin Brown in the second overtime gave the Kings a wild 5-4 comeback win against the Rangers in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Dwight King and Willie Mitchell each had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles while teammate Justin Williams recorded three assists. Jonathan Quick made 34 saves in the victory which gave the Kings a 2-0 series lead. Derick Brassard, Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello each netted a goal and an assist for New York.

-Check out this pass by new York's Derek Stepan to set up Martin St. Louis for a goal:

-A good look at the goal as allowed by Quick:

-Los Angeles' Dwight King scored his team's third goal while falling into Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in the third period:

-A good look at the collision:

-Lundqvist disputed the play:

-"They score a goal and I can't even move. I don't expect a penalty on the play, but they need to blow the whistle. A goalie can't move when you have a guy like that on top of you. It's such an important play of that game." - Lundqvist on the play.

-"Ask the NHL." - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault's response when asked if he thought the play was goaltender interference.

-EN Says: We've seen far less called as goaltender interference.

-A rebound goal by Gaborik tied the game, 4-4:

-Save of the Night: Quick robbed New York's Brad Richards of a potential go-ahead goal in the third period:

-Brown's goal:

-A few good looks at the goal as allowed by Lundqvist:

-A good look at Lundqvist's reaction to the goal:

-And a great look at the celebration:

-Hockey Night in Canada busted out some Alice in Chains for its pregame montage:

-Brown being popular:

-New York's John Moore tried to hang onto this puck while losing his balance:

-The Rangers' crease was quite busy:

-New York's Chris Kreider tried to clean Jarret Stoll out of the crease:

-Quick had his tower buzzed here:

-Lundqvist kept an eye on this puck:

-New York's Rick Nash and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar battled for this puck:

-Brown and New York's Kevin Klein went at it for this puck:

-Los Angeles' Tyler Toffoli got the drop on New York's Derek Dorsett:

-The Kings taking the ice:

-“It's an interesting stat. But either way, we're up, 2-0. I don't care how we got here." - Williams on the Kings not having a lead in regulation during the series thus far.

-Due to the distance between the two cities, the Rangers opted to spend the night in Los Angeles after Game 2 instead of flying back to New York.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Pacific Division

-The Flames have named Craig Conroy, a former forward, and Brad Pascall as assistant general managers.

(Photos: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Victor Decolongon/Getty Images, Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, Jae C. Hong/Associated Press Harry How/Getty Images, Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press and Penguins Hockey Cards)

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