Empty Netter Assists - 05-07-13

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Islanders

-"They live off turnovers. And we've definitely given them our fair share." - Brandon Sutter (above) on the Islanders.

-Brooks Orpik and James Neal practiced yesterday.

-"I would say our execution points need to be better and we need to adjust where we are executing so that we don’t give them as many turnovers or mismanaged pucks in the neutral zone.  Some of those aren’t turnovers. You chip a puck out, they turn around and come right back at you.” - Paul Martin.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Brenden Morrow:

-Kyle Okposo has been a force this series for the Islanders.

-Travis Hamonic and Andrew MacDonald have seen a ton of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin this series.

-"We're not here to try and hang with them and go home having put up a good fight. We're here to win.'' - Josh Bailey.

-After the Jump: The Rangers get back in their series with the Capitals and the Red Wings fight back to even things up with the Ducks.

Canadiens - Senators

-Senators defenseman Eric Gryba is expected to be in the lineup for tonight's Game 4 after serving a two-game suspension.

Capitals - Rangers

-A goal and two assists by Derick Brassard led the Rangers to a 4-3 win against the Capitals in Game 3. Washington leads the series, 2-1. Brian Boyle added a goal and an assist for New York while teammate Mats Zuccarello recorded two assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in the victory.

-Check out the little adjustment in tight Brassard made on this goal:

-Check out this feed by Brassard to set up former Penguin Arron Asham for a goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Check out this re-direction goal by New York's Derek Stepan:

-Happy times for the Rangers:

-We don't want to say linesman Jean Morin is lazy, but...

-New York's Derek Dorsett had some issues with his lid:

-Stretchy times for Washington's Braden Holtby in Madison Square Garden:

-Rangers defenseman Marc Staal returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering an eye injury March 5.

Bruins - Maple Leafs

-A goal and two assists by David Krejci led the Bruins to a 5-2 win against the Maple Leafs in Game 3. Boston has a 2-1 series lead. Nathan Horton added a goal and an assist for Boston while teammate Milan Lucic recorded three assists. Tuukka Rask made 45 saves in the victory.

-Check out this surprising steal by Bruins forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr which led to a goal by Boston's Rich Peverly:

-Lucic > Toronto's Joffrey Lupul:

-Check out this play by Lucic to set up Horton for a goal:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal by Boston's Daniel Paille which led to a short-handed goal:

-Toronto goaltender James Reimer had to look around the screen from teammate Jake Gardiner and Peverly:

-Reimer had issues with this puck:

-Boston's Adam McQuad and Toronto's Jay McClement got up close and personal here:

Blackhawks - Wild

-"You think about playoffs and that name comes up. He's missed right now, but he needs to get his injury right to be at his top performance." - Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell on teammate Dave Bolland who has been sidelined since April 22 due to a groin injury.

-The Wild recalled defenseman Matt Dumba and forward Carson McMillan from Houston of the AHL.

Ducks - Red Wings

-An overtime goal by Damien Brunner gave the Red Wings a 3-2 win against the Ducks in Game 4. The series is tied, 2-2. Joakim Anderson recorded two assists for Detroit while teammate Jimmy Howard made 31 saves.

-Hit of the Night: Detroit's Niklas Kronwall dropped Anaheim's Kyle Palmieri here:

-Goal of the Night: Check out this nasty wrister on the short side by Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk:

-Brunner's goal:

-With an assist from Jonathan Ericsson, Howard was able to make this save against Anaheim's Emerson Etem:

-Detroit's Patrick Eaves cranked this puck on Anahem's Jonas Hiller:

-“It's one of the best feelings you get. Get the whole team on the ice, celebrate with them, get the crowd loud, just an amazing feeling. You can't describe that.'' - Brunner.

-“I want to reiterate that there was no intent to injure. I don’t mean to injure anyone, put anyone at harm. I have respect for every one of the players in this league. It’s a privilege that we get to play in the NHL. I play a hard game, I play physical. Things happen really fast out there.'' - Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader on his hit in Game 3 which injured Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman. Abdelkader was suspended two games for the hit.

Canucks - Sharks

-"Those are two Canadian guys who are supposed to be playing the game with integrity. Maybe our team has to do more of that. Couture has been snapping his head back. This isn't my opinion. The evidence is in the video. Thornton, another so-called Canadian ... He gets slashed, takes his glove off, shakes his hand." - Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieska accusing Sharks forwards Logan Couture and Joe Thornton of embellishing penalties.

-"Really? There's really not much to say. I'm not going to go to the media and do any talking. I'll do my talking on the ice." - Couture.

Blues - Kings

-Jonathan Quick made 19 saves for the Kings in a 4-3 win against the Kings in Game 4. The series is tied, 2-2. Mike Richards recorded two assists for Los Angeles. T.J. Oshie scored two goals for St. Louis.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Los Angeles' Dustin Penner:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this move by Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown to create space and set up Anze Kopitar for the game-tying goal:

-Check out this re-direction goal by Los Angeles' Justin Williams:

-Quick and teammate Drew Doughty having a moment:

-St. Louis' Brian Elliott kept an eye on this puck:

-The Kings recalled goaltenders Martin Jones from Manchester of the AHL and Jean-Francois Berube from Ontario of the ECHL.

Non-Playoff Stuff
IIHF World Championships

-Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth made 20 saves for Sweden which defeated Belarus, 2-1.

-Goaltender Rostislav Stana made 30 saves for Slovakia in a 3-2 win against Germany.

-We're not sure how, but Slovakia forward and forward Miroslav Satan ended up with two sticks here:

-Stana reached out for this puck:

-Flames goaltending prospect Reto Berra made 37 saves for Switzerland which defeated the Czech Republic, 5-2.

-The Czech Republic's Jiri Hudler and Switzerland's Morris Trachsler each kept an eye on this puck:

-Bloody times for the Czech Republic's Martin Hanzal:

-Juhamatti Aaltonen had a goal and an assist for Finland in a 3-1 win against France.

-Happy times for Finland:


-Happy 32nd birthday to former Penguins forward Guillaume Lefebvre. Acquired at the 2003 trade deadline along with Ramzi Abid and Dan Focht in a deal which sent Jan Hrdina and Francois Leroux to the Coyotes, Lefebvre spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished the 2002-03 season by appearing in 12 games for the Penguins and recording six points. After playing exclusively with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2003-04 and 2004-05, Lefebvre appeared in nine games for the NHL Penguins in 2005-06 and failed to record a point. In the 2006 offseason, he joined the St. Jean Chiefs in the QNAHL. In 21 games with the Penguins, he scored six points. He is currently a member of the Graz 99ers of the EBEL in Austria.

Southeast Division

-The Lightning signed defenseman Radko Gudas to a three-year contract extension worth a total of $2.975 million. In the final year of an entry-level contract, Gudas' new contract will have a salary cap hit of $991,667. Gudas, 22, appeared in 22 games this past season and scored five points (two goals, three assists).

-EN Says: This is a nice contract for someone who has shown an ability to be a solid NHL player. Gudas, a big physical player with little speed, is an ideal No. 6-7 defenseman. The Lightning was forced to use him as a No 4 or 5 at times. If they can build up some depth in front of him and reduce his minutes, that would be an ideal situation for him.

Pacific Division

-The NHL officially announced it would be staging an outdoor game at Dodger Stadium between the Kings and Ducks.

Smythe Division

-Canadiens forward Brenden Gallagher, Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau and Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad (right), a native of Gibsonia, were named finalists for the Calder Trophy.

-Former Senators/Coyotes forward Alexander Nikulin has joined Spartak Moskva of Russia's KHL.

-Former Blackhawks goaltender Adam Munro has joined HC Innsbruck of Austria's EBEL.

(Photos: Sutter-Drew Hallowell/Getty Images; Capitals/Rangers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Bruins/Maple Leafs-Claus Andersen/Getty Images and Nathan Denette/Canadian Press; Ducks/Red Wings-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; Blues/Kings-Harry How/Getty Images; IIHF World Championships-Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images, Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images and Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images; Saad-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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