Empty Netter Assists - 06-14-14

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Playoff Stuff
Kings - Rangers

-A goal by Alec Martinez in the second overtime gave the Kings a wild 3-2 series-clinching win against the Rangers in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Jonathan Quick made 28 saves for Los Angeles which won the series, 4-1.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this feed on the power play by New York's Ryan McDonagh to set up Chris Kreider for a goal:

-Goal of the Night: Check out this short-handed effort by New York's Brian Boyle:

-Los Angeles' Marian Gaborik tied the game, 2-2, with a rebound goal with 12:04 remaining in regulation:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Los Angeles' Slava Voynov blocked a potential goal by New York's Rick Nash in the second overtime period:

-Martinez's goal and postgame activities:

-A couple of good look at Martinez's goal:

-And the immediate celebration:

-And some good looks at Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's immediate dejection:


-The handshake line:

-Quick and Lundqvist exchanged respect:

-A celebration in Los Angeles:

-Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown accepted the Stanley Cup from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman:


-Los Angeles' Justin Williams accepted the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP from Bettman:

-A couple of individual shots with the Stanley Cup. Martinez:

-Justin Williams:

-Kings executive and former Penguins forward Luc Robitaille:

-Former Penguins defensive prospect Jake Muzzin:


-Trevor Lewis:

-Kyle Clifford's newborn son:

-Willie Mitchell:


-Jeff Carter:

-And Bailey, the Kings' mascot:

-Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar got kissy with Williams:


-Head coach Darryl Sutter lifted the Stanley Cup in front of his charges:


-Former Flyers Mike Richards (left) and Carter won the Stanley Cup for the second time:

-Brown got his shutterbug on:

-Another look at the team photo:

-Kopitar battled New York's Derek Stepan for this puck:

-Brown got the drop on New York's Dominic Moore:

-Cool (Literally) Photo of the Night: Quick got lost in the snow making this save:

-Lundqvist was able to snag this puck:

-A hockey night in Los Angeles:


-Kings fans took to the streets:


-Hockey Night in Canada's playoff montage which also notes CBC's final hockey broadcast:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-"I saw a loose puck in our end, just tried to move it up, then it just came right to my stick," Martinez, 26, said of the victorious sequence. "It came out pretty quick.... I just tried to get it on net, I shot, then I blacked out. I couldn't breathe for a while. It's a surreal moment. I'm just so happy — happy for the guys, happy that it happened — just ecstatic. I haven't been married, haven't had kids, but as far as I'm concerned so far it's the greatest feeling in the world." - Martinez on his goal.

-“We have a good shot at keeping this team together next year." - Kings general manager Dean Lombardi.

-Williams was awarded the Conn Smythe Award as the MVP of the playoffs.

-The Kings' championship parade will be held Monday.

-"It's the worst feeling for a hockey player. You get this far and you do so much . . . I've never felt any worse than how I'm feeling.'' - Rangers defenseman Marc Staal.

-“I knew going into this series it would end in tears, tears of joy or tears of heartbreak. Right now, it’s just extremely tough.” - Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

Non-Playoff Stuff

-Today would have been the 85th birthday of former Penguins coach Johnny Wilson. Hired in the 1977 offseason, Wilson spent three seasons as the team's head coach. During his tenure, Wilson coached 240 games and had a record of 91-105-44 and reached the playoffs two times. He was replaced in the 1980 offseason by Eddie Johnston. Wilson passed away Dec. 27, 2011 at the age of 82.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Flyers re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Kimmo Timonen to a one-year contract with a salary cap hit of $2 million. The contract could reach up to $4 million on bonus. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $6 million, Timonen, 39, appeared in 77 games last season and scored 35 points (six goals, 29 assists).

-EN Says: Timonen has slowed down a bit at this stage of his career and he always seems to be injury prone but he's still fully capable of being a top-four defenseman who can do a bit of everything, particularly on offense, for the Flyers. It's a low-risk, high-reward contract for a fairly dependable player.

Norris Division

-Former Hurricanes/Capitals/Islanders/Blues forward Keith Aucoin has joined Ambrì-Piotta of Switzerland's NLA.

-Former Canadiens/Predators forward Sergei Kostitsyn has joined Ak Bars Kazan of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, Jae C. Hong/Associated Press, Harry How/Getty Images, David McNew/Getty Images, Christian Petersen/Getty Images, Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press and Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

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