Empty Netter Assists - 05-03-13

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Islanders

-Welcome back Sidney Crosby ... to the lineup.

-This Penguins team doesn't care much about David Volek.

-"The depth here is second to none." - Douglas Murray.

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Pascal Dupuis speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-"It's part of the playoffs. You're just trying to work through it. I'm not worried about that." - Islanders forward John Tavares on being focused on by the Penguins' defense.

-"This team has always responded. The one thing about this club is we've found a way to get back on track." - Islanders coach Jack Capuano.

-"There was too much puck-watching out there. I think all of us, individually, can play a lot better." - Islanders forward Matt Moulson.

Calder Cup Playoffs

-Zach Sill and Jayson Megna each had a goal and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a series-clinching 3-2 win against the Binghamton Senators in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference final. Brad Thiessen made 19 saves in the victory. The Penguins swept the best-of-five series, 3-0.


-Thiessen played in place of goaltender Jeff Zatkoff who was sidelined due to an undisclosed injury.

-Upper St. Clair native Dylan Reese has steadied the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defense.

-After the Jump: A dangerous hit by Ottawa's Eric Gryba injures Montreal's L ars Eller and Boston's Andrew Ference is suspended.

Canadiens - Senators

-Erik Karlsson, Marc Methot and Jakub Silfverberg each had a goal and an assist for the Senators in a 4-2 win against the rival Canadiens in Game 1. Mika Zibanejad recorded two assists for Ottawa while teammate Craig Anderson made 48 saves.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this nifty little backhander by Montrea's Rene Bourque:

-Hit of the Night: Montreal's P.K. Subban rocked Ottawa's Chris Neil here:

-Senators forward Lars Eller was hospitalized after suffering a loss of consciousness, a concussion and facial and dental fractures as a result of a violent hit by Senators defenseman Eric Gryba. The hit in question:

-Scary times for Eller:

-Gryba, who was given a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct, will have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL over the hit.

-“I stepped up to make a hit and had my shoulder down. My elbow was down and there was no intent to hurt him. I hope he’s okay.” - Gryba.

-“(If I’m Eller), I’m really mad at player 61, whoever he is, because he passed me the puck in the middle of the rink when I wasn’t looking. That’s always been a dangerous place as far as I know. Ever since I’ve been playing this game, that’s a dangerous place to be — bad things happen. I think it’s a hockey play that ended up going badly for Lars Eller.” - Senators coach Paul MacLean on Canadiens defenseman Raphael Diaz who made the pass to Eller.

-“We all saw the hit and the league I’m sure they’re going to review it.  And I’m not allowed to make any comment." - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.

-EN Says: It's difficult to determine what the principal point of contact was on the hit. That is always key in determining discipline. If the NHL determins Gryba made contact with Eller's shoulder or chest first, he might escape punishment. That said, contact with the head was definitely made, even if it was the secondary point of contact.

-Check out this pass by Montreal's Tomas Plekanec to set up Brenden Gallagher for a goal:

-The Canadiens had a potential game-tying goal waved off after forward Brandon Prust high-sticked Anderson in the third period:

-Anderson was all over this puck:

-Anderson lost a tooth after being struck in the mask by a slapper from Bourque.

-"I would say that Anderson was better than him." - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien on his goaltender, Carey Price.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

Capitals - Rangers

-Braden Holtby made 35 saves for the Capitals in a 3-1 win against the Rangers in Game 1.

-Check out this subtle shot off the boards by Washington's Mike Green which set up captain Alex Ovechkin for a power-play goal:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this breakout pass by Washington's Steve Olesky which set up Marcus Johansson for a breakaway goal:

-Rangers coach John Tortorella is as popular as ever in Washington:

-New York captain Ryan Callahan provided a hopping screen against Holtby:

-Johansson had to fend off New Yorks' Ryan McDonagh here:

-McDonagh got the drop here against Washington's Troy Brouwer:

-Happy times in Washington:

-Tortorella called his team out for taking too many penalties.

Bruins - Maple Leafs

-Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was suspended one game for an elbow which struck Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski in the head during Game 1. The NHL's explanation:

-EN Says: This was a pretty easy call for the NHL. The only thing we can argue with is the length of suspension. One game isn't nearly long enough. The idea that postseason games are "worth more" in terms of discipline is embarrassing.

-How do the Bruins replace Ference?

-Maple Leafs defensemen Mike Kostka (broken finger) and Cody Franson (badly bruised foot) are dealing with injuries.

Blackhawks - Wild

-“You don’t think about it. You just go out and play. I enjoy playing a lot of minutes; I feel like the more you play, the more you’re into the game. I don’t really have a routine. I just try to eat good and sleep when I can. It’s all mental, I think. I’m just playing a lot of hockey.” - Wild defenseman Ryan Suter on leading the NHL in time on ice.

-Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom ("lower body"), forward Jason Pominville (head) and defenseman Clayton Stoner (undisclosed) remain day to day.

-What lockout? The Blackhawks are raising their tickets prices by an average of 16% percent next season.

Ducks - Red Wings

-An overtime goal by Gustav Nyquist gave the Red Wings a wild 5-4 win against the Ducks in Game 2. The series is tied, 2-2. Johan Franzen scored two goals for Detroit while teammate Damien Brunner added a goal and an assist. Jimmy Howard made 28 saves in the victory. Kyle Palmieri led Anaheim with a goal and an assist.

-Ugly Goal of the Night: Brunner scored off this brutal turnover by Anaheim's Teemu Selanne:

-Check out this little pass in tight by Anaheim's Cam Fowler which set up Bobby Ryan for a game-tying goal with 2:22 left in regulation:

-Save of the Night: Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller preserved a tie late in regulation with this save against Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk:

-Check out the pass by Detroit's Valtteri Filppula to set up Nysquist for his goal:

-A good look at the goal:

-Sad times for Hiller:

-Howard didn't seem to care for the presence of Anaheim's Andrew Cogliano:

-"Hopefully it's a learning experience for us. We've got a young group in here and sometimes that happens. Hopefully we can learn from that and press forward." - Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader on his team blowing a 3-1 lead in the third period.

-Red Wings rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser left the game in the third period due to a broken hand.

-Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi returned to the lineup after being sidelined since Feb. 7 due to a back injury.

-The Red Wings signed defenseman Nick Jensen, a second-round pick in 2009, to a two-year entry-level contract.

Canucks - Sharks

-Canucks coach Alain Vigneault accused the Sharks of being "allowed to cheat" in faceoffs.

-The Canucks will start goaltender Roberto Luongo once again in Game 2 in place of injured starter Cory Schneider.

-"It's playoffs, guys. You know we're not going to give you anything. I'll save you the headache of asking." - Sharks coach Todd McLellan on the health of forward Martin Havlat who suffered an undisclosed injury in Game 1.

Blues - Kings

-Brian Elliott made 28 saves for the Blues in a 2-1 win against the Kings in Game 2. St. Louis has a 2-0 series lead.

-Check out this deflection goal by Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown:

-A goal by Barrett Jackman with 50.4 seconds remaining in regulation gave St. Louis the win:

-A good look at the goal:

-And the aftermath:

-Happy times for the Blues. Not so much for Quick:

-"I wasn't going to shoot, knowing the way my hands are. But I just tried to put it on net, past the (defenseman) and I don't know if (Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick) saw all of it. I had my eyes closed, so I didn't really see it, but the building erupted." - Jackman on his goal." - Jackman on his goal.

-“I’ve got to stop that. I’ve got to stop that. It’s my fault. Two games in a row. I’ve got to be better.” - Quick on Jackman's goal.

Non-Playoff Stuff
IIHF World Championships

-The IIHF World Championships begin today in Stockholm and Helsinki.

-Hurricanes captain Eric Staal was named captain of Team Canada.


-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jeff Chychrun. Acquired along with Brian Benning and a draft pick in a deal which sent Paul Coffey to the Kings prior to the 1992 trade deadline, Chychrun spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished the 1991-92 season by appearing in 16 games for the Penguins and recorded one assist. While he didn't appear in the playoffs that spring, he did get his name engraved on the Stanley Cup for the club's 1992 championship. After appearing in one game for the Penguins in the following season, Chychrun was dealt back to the Kings in exchange for Empty Netters hero Peter Ahola. In 17 regular season games, Chychrun recorded one assist.

Smythe Division

-Former Rangers/Oilers goaltender Jussi Markkanen has joined SaiPa of Finland's SM-liiga.

(Photos: Crosby-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Senators/Canadiens-Graham Hughes/Canadian Press; Rangers/Capitals-Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Red Wings/Ducks-Chris Carlson/Associated Press and Harry How/Getty Images; Kings/Blues-Jeff Roberson/Associated Press and Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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