Empty Netter Assists - 05-04-13

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We were preparing for a seven-game grind of a series. And now we're in one." - Dan Bylsma.

-Newsday's recap. "I think that was a different team than you saw in Game 1." - Islanders coach Jack Capuano.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''We just wanted to come out and let them know that we're not going away.'' - Islanders forward Kyle Okposo.


-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Matt Niskanen versus New York's Kyle Okposo:

-A good look at the aftermath:

-A good look at Crosby's first goal:

-Crosby being popular:

-A good look at Crosby's grill:

-New York's Matt Carkner wasn't having any of Brenden Morrow's business:

-Excited times at Consol Energy Center:

-New York's Evgeni Nabokov having a moment alone:

-New York's Andrew MacDonald didn't have a lot of support here:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Bylsma speaks:

-Matt Niskanen speaks:

-Brandon Sutter speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-Craig Adams speaks:

-Jarome Iginla speaks:

-"Alright. Definitely a little bit of rust." - Sidney Crosby on his first game back in the lineup after recovering from a broken jaw.

-Jussi Jokinen's role changed with Crosby's return.

-"It was a big moment in the game. Kyle, it's not his forte, but he's a big, strong guy, he's a heck of a leader in our locker room." - Islanders forward John Tavares on Okposo's fight.

-Moving Matt Moulson to the second line opened things up offensively for the Islanders.

-"I think I understand how important and how big of a goal it was for the Islanders fans and on the opposite side, how much they didn’t like me in Pittsburgh.” - Former Islanders forward David Volek on his overtme goal which eliminated the Penguins from the 1993 playoffs.

-After the jump: Ottawa's Eric Gryba is suspended and Ottawa's Paul MacLean is called a "fat bug-eyed walrus."

Canadiens - Senators

-Carey Price made 29 saves for the Canadiens in a 3-1 win against the rival Senators in Game 2. The series is tied, 1-1.

-Montreal's Ryan White got a bit lucky here when he scored off a turnover by Ottawa's Erik Karlsson:

-Check out this pass by Montreal rookie Alex Galchenyuk to set up fellow rookie Brenden Gallagher for a goal:

-Senators defenseman Eric Gryba was given a two-game suspension for a hit in Game 1 which injured Canadiens forward Lars Eller in Game 1. The NHL's explanation:

-EN Says: We were curious as to where the principal point of contact was on this hit. The NHL did a good job of breaking down the hit and defining the head as the principal point of contact on this video. This suspension, while liight, is justified.

-In addition to Eller, the Canadiens played without forwards Brian Gionta and forward Max Pacioretty due to "upper-body" injuries.

-"Inappropriate comment. No respect for the player who was on the ice bleeding. . . . That was a lack of respect to Lars Eller. A lack of respect to his family. And I'm never going to accept that. Never." - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien on comments by Ottawa coach Paul MacLean on Eller following Game 1.

-“We don’t really care what that bug-eyed, fat walrus has to say.” - Canadiens forward Brandon Prust on Senators coach Paul MacLean's comments on Eller following Game 1.

-Price suffered chipped teeth in Game 2 after being stuck in the mask by the skate of teammate Jarred Tinordi. The play in question:

-EN Says: That is the most "hockey" sequence ever. Skate to the face. Skate to the bench. Give a tooth to the trainer. Hed back to the net.

-Ottawa's Colin Greening got the drop here on Prust:

-Gallagher being popular, not tall:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage was solid:

Capitals - Rangers

-Rangers forward Rick Nash called Game 2 a "must-win."

-Rangers forward Ryane Clowe resumed practicing for the first time since suffering a leg injury in the regular season finale.

Bruins - Maple Leafs

-Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel has seen a lot of defenseman Zdeno Chara.

-With goaltender Ben Scrivens dealing with a family funeral, the Maple Leafs recalled goaltender Drew MacIntyre from Toronto of the AHL under emergency conditions.

Blackhawks - Wild

-Michael Frolik and Patrick Sharp each scored two goals for the Blackhawks in a 5-2 win against the Wild in Game 2. Chicago has a 2-0 series lead. Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw each recorded two assists for the Blackhawks while teammate Corey Crawford made 26 saves. Matt Cullen led Minnesota with two assists.

-Check out this pass by Cullen to set up Devin Setoguchi for a goal:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this dish by Kane to set up Sharp for his second goal:

-Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa had a fierce battle here with Wild forward Torrey Mitchell for this puck:

-“I am going to have a tough time sitting up here saying that we’re real happy with anyone. This is a team effort tonight, and unfortunately it wasn’t a very good one.” - Wild coach Mike Yeo.

-“I don’t know how many years — four or five years — I’ve been waiting for this, waiting to get back to the playoffs. Then you get that close to a playoff game and this happens. It’s amazing. It’s hockey. It’s part of the game. It stinks, but you fight through it and try to get back stronger.” - Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom on suffering an injury during warmups prior to Game 1 which have sidelined him for Games 1 and 2.

Ducks - Red Wings

-"The Wings are a good team. We're not playing the Florida Panthers here. They're going to make you make mistakes and that's gonna happen." - Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on the Red Wings.

-Rookie defenseman Brian Lashoff is expected to replace fellow rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser who will be sidelined six to eight weeks due to a broken thumb.

Canucks - Sharks

-An overtime goal by Raffi Torres gave the Sharks a 3-2 win against the Canucks in Game 2. San Jose has a 2-0 series lead. Brent Burns recorded two assists for the Sharks while teammate Antti Niemi made 29 saves. Ryan Kesler scored both of Vancouver's goals.

-The pregame festivities in Vancouver were pretty electric:

-Kesler scored on rocket of a one-timer for his first goal:

-Ugly Goal of the Night: Kesler scored his second goal off this ugly turnover by San Jose's Joe Pavelski:

-San Jose's Patrick Marleau scored with 55.1 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime:

-Torres' goal:

-Everyone had issues here:

-Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo didn't seem too interested in getting involved with this scrum:

-The Canucks being popular, blue:

-Excited tmes for Kesler:

-Stunned times for Vancouver fans:

-Niemi having a moment alone:

-"They teach you as a young kid to go to the net with your stick on the ice and your head down, just be ready for anything. I just made sure my stick was on the ice, got some good wood on it, and it worked out well." - Torres.

-"Burns made an unbelievable play. He was holding it and faking it and I was trying to stay patient with him and he ended up just feeding it across for a one-timer and Raffi put it upstairs. It was a good play by them." - Luongo on Torres' goal.

Blues - Kings

-"You guys are asking questions that are sort of like end-of-the-world questions. It's really not that." - Kings coach Darryl Sutter on trailing the Blues, 2-0.

Non-Playoff Stuff
IIHF World Championships

-A goal by former Penguins forward Miroslav Satan helped Slovakia defeat France, 6-2. Fire Ray Shero.

-Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic > France's Cristobal Huet:

-Former Penguins forward Janne Pesonen had a goal and two assists for Finland in a 4-3 win against Germany. Fire Ray Shero.

-Former Panthers goaltender Alexander Salak made 21 saves for the Czech Republic in a 2-0 shutout of Belarus.

-Former Mighty Ducks/Hurricanes/Senators/Maple Leafs/Oilers goaltender Martin Gerber made 23 saves for Switzerland in a 3-2 win against Sweden.

-Happy times for Switzerland:


-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward/antagonist Matthew Barnaby. Acquired at the 1999 trade deadline in a deal which sent Stu Barnes to the Sabres, Barnaby became one of the most popular players in franchise history despite only spending parts of three seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished the 1998-99 season with the Penguins by appearing in 18 games and recording four points and 18 penalty minutes. In 13 postseason games that spring, he did not record a point but accumulated 35 penalty minutes. The 1999-2000 campaign was his only full campaign in Pittsburgh and in 64 games, he netted 24 points and a team-high 197 penalty minutes. He saw action in 11 postseason games that season and recorded two assists. Despite only appearing in 47 games and recording five points in 2000-01, Barnaby still managed to lead the team with 168 penalty minutes. At the 2001 trade deadline, he was traded to the Lightning in exchange for Wayne Primeau. In 129 regular season games with the Penguins, Barnaby scored 33 points and accumulated 399 penalty minutes. In 24 postseason games, he recorded two assists and 64 penalty minutes.

-Happy 76th birthday to former Penguins defenseman/forward George Konik. Acquired from the Rangers in the 1967 offseason along with Paul Andrea, Dunc McCallum and Frank Francis in a trade which sent Larry Jeffrey to the Rangers, Konik's NHL career amounted to 52 games and 19 points with the Penguins in their inaugural season. The following offseason, he was traded to the Oakland Seals in exchange for cash.

Adams Division

-Former Stars forward Tom Wandell has joined Spartak Moskva of Russia's KHL.

-Former Bruins/Lightning foward Martins Karsums has joined Dynamo Moskva of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Islanders/Penguins-Vincent Pugliese/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Senators/Canadiens-Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images; Wild/Blackhawks-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Sharks/Canucks-Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press and Rich Lam/Getty Images; IIHF World Championship-Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images and Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

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