Empty Netter Assists - 06-12-14

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-"I had different people approach me about different things." - Jim Rutherford on being approached with trade offers during the general manager meetings in New York.

-Rutherford is interested in re-signing pending unrestricted free agent Matt Niskanen (right).

-Which members of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have the best chance of playing in the NHL on a full-time basis next season?

-Former Penguins goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin has joined Ducs d'Angers of France's Ligue Magnus.

-Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins forward Doug Brown. A free agent signing in the 1993 offseason, Brown's only season in Pittsburgh saw him appear in 77 games and score 55 points for 1993-94 Northeast Division champions. Early in the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, he was claimed off waivers by the Red Wings.

-After the Jump: The Rangers stay alive.

Playoff Stuff
Kings - Rangers

-Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves for the Rangers in a 2-1 win against the Kings in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final. Los Angeles leads the series, 3-1.

-Check out this deflection goal by New York's Benoit Pouliot:

-Hit of the Night: New York's Ryan McDonagh on Los Angeles' Justin Williams:

-New York's Anton Stralman bailed out Lundqvist on this would-be goal by the Kings:

-A good look at the play:

-Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown took advantage of a broken stick by New York's Dan Girardi and scored a pretty breakaway goal:

-The Kings nearly scored late in regulation but a build-up of snow in the Rangers' crease and Derek Stepan's left hand prevented the puck from going into the net:

-A couple of great looks at the play:

-"It was probably the product of moving around – a lot." - Lundqvist on the build-up of snow.

-“Thank God for soft ice now and then." - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

-"Usually it trickles in, one or two of them do. Crazy plays. Just hoping we got a bounce there. A little curling, a little sweep there to get it across the line." - Kings forward Jarret Stoll on the play.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick was all over this puck:

-Los Angeles' Willie Mitchell appeared to bulldog New York's Derek Dorsett:

-New York's Martin St. Louis was able to punch this puck behind Quick and Los Angeles' Alec Martinez:

-Lundqvist snagged this puck:

-Happy times for the Rangers. Not so much for the Kings:

-A hockey night in New York:

-Fans in Los Angeles watched the game at a viewing party:

-“I’ve never been so happy to have a long flight and a time change.” - Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi on flying to Los Angeles for Game 5.

-“We have a chance to do something special." - Rangers forward Martin St. Louis on the prospect of coming back from a 3-0 series deficit and winning.

-"We didn't want the Cup coming out on our home ice tonight. Just the thought of that makes me sick." - Lundqvist on winning Game 4.

-The Rangers are now 8-0 in elimination games this postseason.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Atlantic Division

-Senators captain/forward Jason Spezza has requested a trade.

Patrick Division

-Former Panthers forward Yevgeni Dadonov has joined SKA St. Petersburg of Russia's KHL.

-Former Wild forward David McIntyre has joined SaiPa of Finland's Liiga.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Paul Bereswill/Getty Images, Ringo H.W. Chiu/Associated Press, Jamie Sabau/Getty Image and Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

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