Empty Netter Assists - 05-06-13

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Islanders

-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. "We have to play better. We can definitely play better." - Paul Martin.

-Newsday's recap. "We can't be down. We played a great game. We battled back against one of the tougher teams in the league. It's a loss, so it stinks, we're mad, but you can't dwell on it. We'll be ready for Game 4." - Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''There is a lot of emotion, unpredictability in the playoffs. You have to learn to control that.'' - Jarome Iginla.

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Happy times for New York's Matt Moulson:

-Happy times on Long Island:

-New York's Kyle Okposo had to beat Marc-Andre Fleury and Simon Despres here:

-New York's Evgeni Nabokov had issues with this puck:

-Fleury was all over this puck:

-Funny Face of the Day: Pascal Dupuis:

-Happy times for Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz:

-Fleury and Brandon Sutter having a moment:

-Matt Cooke and New York's John Tavares went at it fo this puck:

-Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum was rocking:

-Islanders fans BELIEVE:

-Islanders fans took some swings at a "Penguins car" in the parking lot:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Chris Kunitz speaks:

-Islanders coach Jack Capuano speaks:

-"That was pretty much all him. He did a great job of finding an open area. [Paul Martin] gave us time by making the play he made." - Crosby on Chris Chris Kunitz's overtime goal.

-"I think it's a really dirty play. He tried to plead his innocence, but we all know who it is." - Matt Cooke on Matt Carkner poking him from the bench with a stick in the second period.

-Deryk Engelland was replaced by Simon Despres in the lineup. (PG+)

-"Is he at the top conditioning level where he would have been at the time of his injury? I don't think he's there. But playingwise, skill-wise, I think he's shown quite a bit in the two games he's played." - Bylsma on Crosby's second game following his recovery from a jaw injury.

-"[More frustrated] with myself on that one. I just got a little overaggressive on him. I lost body position along the boards, and you can't lose body position against a guy like that." - Islanders defenseman Brian Strait on his penalty in overtime which led to Kunitz's overtime goal.

-Islanders fans rocked Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for its first postseason game in six years.

-“We're sitting here in the locker room before the game, before warmups, and we could hear 'em through the walls. I felt like I was 10 years old, just getting the goosebumps, just so excited to get out there. I really did feel like I was a kid.” - Islanders forward Colin McDonald on the atmosphere before the game.

Calder Cup playoffs

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are still waiting to find out who their opponent in the Eastern conference semifinal round will be.

-After spending most of the season in the ECHL, defenseman Reid McNeill has carved out a spot on the Penguins' lineup for the postseason.

-After the Jump: Things gets ugly in Ottawa and the Canucks face elimination.

Canadiens - Senators

-A hat trick by rookie Jean-Gabriel Pageau led the Senators to a fight-filled 6-1 win against the rival Canadiens in Game 3. Ottawa has a 2-1 series lead. Captain Daniel Alfredsson added a goal and two assists for Ottawa while teammates Sergei Gonchar and Erik Karlsson each recorded two assists. Fire Ray Shero. Craig Anderson made 33 saves in the victory.

-Pageau's hat trick:

-The teams combined for 236 penalty minutes. Much of that was accumulated in this third period line brawl:

-Ottawa's Chris Neil and Montreal's Travis Moen had issues:

-A yard sale in Ottawa:

-Both benches were empty as the game wore on due to the fights:

-“I’ve never seen that before. It was 6-1. He was trying to humiliate us.” - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien on the Senators calling a timeout with 16 seconds remaining in the game.

-“I think they were doing a real good job of that themselves . . . they didn’t need my help at all.” - Senators coach Paul MacLean in response to Therrien.

-“I have 10 players left on my bench and I put them on the ice and I didn’t know what was going to happen next. I felt bad for the referees. I brought the players back to the bench because I didn’t want to get anyone hurt. It was getting dumb enough as it was. We’re not giving them a freebie (to fight a Senators skilled player). There was already enough of that.” - MacLean explaining his timeout.

-"We got embarrassed. It’s time for everyone to look in the mirror and say we have to be better.” - Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.

-Pacioretty and captain/forward Max Pacioretty each returned to the lineup after missing Game 2 due to "upper-body" injuries.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

Capitals - Rangers

-"If he's thinking that, we've got to be better. Go to the dirty areas, make it hard. Make it so he can't get out of his crease. That's one area we can focus on. That might help us have a puck deflect in off somebody, something like that. Maybe we just need to put a couple more bodies around the net." - Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh on comments by Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby who said Game 1, a 1-0 Washington win, "wasn't a very hard game."

-"Last time I remember, you need four games to win a series, and our guys are fully aware of that." - Rangers coach John Tortorella.

Bruins - Maple Leafs

-"It sucks. It’s tough watching from the ninth floor. It’s nerve-wracking. I think I bruised [teammate Kaspar Daugavins’] arm because I kept hitting it so hard sitting next to him." - Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference on serving a suspension during Game 2.

-“It’s almost summer, there’s sunshine outside ... I will enjoy this moment. Usually, I’m playing in the [world hockey championships] now.” - Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski on reaching the postseason for the first time in his career.

-How did the Maple Leafs keep forward Phil Kessel away from Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara in Game 2?

Blackhawks - Wild

-An overtime goal by Jason Zucker gave the Wild a 3-2 win against the Blackhawks in Game 3. Chicago has a 2-1 series lead. Pierre-Marc Bouchard added a goal and an assist for Minnesota while teammate Josh Harding made 25 saves in the victory. Patrick Kane led Chicago with a goal and an assist.

-Check out the placement on this backhanded goal by Bouchard:

-A goal by Chicago's Duncan Keith with 2:47 remaining in regulation forced overtime:

-Zucker's goal:

-Happy times in Minnesota:

-“You could tell they were looking over their shoulder. They knew someone was coming.” - Wild forward Charlie Coyle on his team outhitting the Blackhawks, 34-13.

-“They outplayed us. They played like they had to win, and we didn’t.’’ - Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

-"Just because we won two games at home doesn't mean that they're going to throw the series — it's seven games for a reason." - Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.

-Chicago's top line of Toews, former Penguin Marian Hossa and Gibsonia native Brandon Saad has been limited to one goal and one assist this series.

-The Wild recalled forwards Stephane Veilleux, Mikael Granlund and Jake Dowell from Houston of the AHL.

Ducks - Red Wings

-Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader was suspended two games by the NHL for a hit to the head of Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman.

-“I know we have to protect the athletes, but I also know it’s a physical game. I thought it was pretty good contact. I think if you’re Abdelkader you finish the check, you go through people. I think that’s what you’re supposed to do. That’s what we pay him to do, be physical on the forecheck. He’s done a real good job for those guys.'' - Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on the hit.

-Lydman's availibility for tonight's Game 4, won't be known until later today.

Canucks - Sharks

-Logan Couture had two goals and two assists for the Sharks in a 4-2 win against the Canucks in Game 3. San Jose leads the series, 3-0. Joe Pavelski added two goals and an assist for San Jose while teammate Joe Thornton recorded two assists. Antti Niemi made 28 saves in the victory.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this deflection by Pavelski:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal by Vancouver's Derek Roy to set up Dan Hamhuis for a goal:

-Happy times for the Sharks. Not so much for Vancouver's Zach Kassian:

-San Jose's Patrick Marleau > Vancouver's Ryan Kesler:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Sharks players taking the ice:

-Niemi (left) and teammate Adam Burish had a moment:

-"I felt pretty good until the start of the third period. I just didn't do enough, didn't keep my team in it, didn't give them a chance to win. I just let them down in a big way. It's a real disappointing feeling." - Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider on returning to the lineup after being sidelined two weeks due to an undisclosed injury. He was pulled in the third period after allowing a fourth goal.

-"We felt Lou was playing great. We felt we were lucky not to be playing against him, to be honest with you." - Thornton on facing Niemi as a starter instead of Robero Luongo.

-"It is Cinco de Mayo so it might sell some more tickets." - Sharks forward Scott Gomez on his return to the lineup after being sidelined due to injury.

Blues - Kings

-Kings defenseman Alec Martinez found a way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at practice yesterday:

-"It’s one-goal games. All three of them are one-goal games. Everybody’s trying to score a goal but it’s not that easy when it’s the two best defensive teams in the conference.” - Kings coach Darryl Sutter on the series.

Non-Playoff Stuff
IIHF World Championships

-Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop made 19 saves for the United States in a 4-1 win against Latvia.

-Former Mighty Ducks/Hurricanes/Senators/Maple Leafs/Oilers goaltender Martin Gerber made 19 saves for Switzerland which upset Canada, 3-2, in a shootout.

-Happy times for Switzerland:

-Canada's Claude Giroux couldn't beat Gerber here:

-Bloody times for Switzerland's Simon Bodenmann:

-A hat trick by Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk helped Russia beat Germany, 4-1.

-Former Kings/Canadiens/Capitals/Blackhawks goaltender Cristobal Huet made 35 saves for France in a 3-1 win against Austria.

-Goaltender Vitali Belinski made 27 saves for Belarus which edged Slovenia, 4-3.

-Everyone had issues here:

-Goaltender Laurs Haugen made 27 saves for Norway in a 3-2 win against Denmark.

-Happy times for Norway's Patrick Thoresen (left) and Jonas Holos:


-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins forward Eric Boguniecki. Acquired midway through the 2005-06 season in a deal which sent Steve Poapst to the Blues, Boguniecki's Penguins career ammounted to 38 games and 11 points with the Penguins that season. In the 2006 offseason, he signed with the Blue Jackets.

-Happy 36th birthday to current Penguins defenseman Mark Eaton (right). A veteran of two stints with the Penguins, Eaton came to the team initally as a free agent signing in the 2006 offseason - the team's first under general manager Ray Shero. Injuries limited him to 35 games and three assists in 2006-07 but he appeared in all five postseason games that spring and did not score a point. A knee injury ended his season after 35 games and three points in 2007-08. He rebounded in 2008-09 by playing in 68 games and contributing nine points. He played in all 24 postseason games that spring and scored a career-high seven points while helping the team earn its third Stanley Cup title. In 2009-10, Eaton reached career highs in games (79), goals (three), assists (13) and points (16). He played in 13 playoff games that season and contributed three points. In the 2010 offseason, he joined the Islanders as a free agent. This season, Eaton re-joined the team as a free agent in February. He appeared in 23 games this past regular season and did not score a point. In three postseason games this spring, he has recorded two assists. In 241 career regular season games with the Penguins, Eaton, the only NHL player born in Delaware, scored 31 points. In 45 postseason games, he scored 12 points.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward Ryan Savoia. A free agent signing in the 1995 offseason, Savoia's NHL career amounted to three games and zero points with the 1998-99 Penguins. He left the Penguins organization following that season to join Fribourg-Gotteron in Switzerland.

Norris Division

-Former Predators forward Libor Pivko has joined HC Kometa Brno of the Czech Extraliga.

(Photos: Penguins/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Seth Wenig; Canadiens/Senators-Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press and Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images; Blackhawks/Wild-Hannah Foslien/Getty Images; Canucks/Sharks-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; IIHF World Championships-Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images; Eaton-Harry How/Getty Images)

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