Empty Netter Assists - 05-08-13

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-Tomas Vokoun takes over in net.

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "I think I got pushed. I turned around and tried to cover the bottom part, and it just went under my stick, hit my pad and bounced in." - Marc-Andre Fleury on the goal he allowed to New York's Kyle Okposo in the second period.

-Newsday's recap. "We know how he played last year." - Okposo on Fleury.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''We knew what we were up against. Once you get into playoffs, seeds and where you finished is out the door.'' - James Neal.


-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-The scrum at the end of the game:

-Fleury had some help here against Okposo from Brandon Sutter:

-Happy times on Long Island:

-Evgeni Malkin and James Neal had some support on the ice:

-Evgeni Nabokov kept an eye on this puck:

-Happy times for Colin McDonald:

-Malkin and the Penguins had some "helpful" reminders from Islanders fans:

-Pascal Dupuis got down to block this shot by New York's Lubomir Visnovsky:

-Painful times for Sidney Crosby:

-Fleury speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Jarome Iginla speaks:

-Matt Niskanen speaks:

-"Certainly Tomas Vokoun is a guy who can step in and play. We're going to regroup and come back for Game 5 with a refocus." - Bylsma.

-Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald left the game in the second period due to a broken hand. He is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the postseason.

-Welcome back James Neal and Brooks Orpik.

-"Three years [ago], me and [assistant coach Todd Reirden] came up with a plan [for me] to become one of the best defenseman, but we went through some steps. I tried to get better with off-ice training, video sessions, stuff like that. We worked on my defensive game after practice, little details. Every day, I'm watching videos of either the games, other players or habits I need to get in." - Kris Letang on being nominated for the Norris Trophy.

-After the Jump: The Sharks knock out the Canucks.

Canadiens - Senators

-An overtime goal and an assist by Kyle Turris gave the Senators a 3-2 win against the Canadiens in Game 4. Ottawa has a 3-1 series lead. Craig Anderson made 26 saves in the victory.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Montreal's Subban:

-Check out the placement on this shot by Montreal rookie Alex Galchenyuk:

-Ottawa rookie Cory Conacher scored with 22.7 seconds remaining to force overtime:

-Turris' goal:

-Canadiens goaltender Carey Price left the game at the end of regulation due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Canadiens forwards Brian Gionta (biceps) and forward Ryan White (shoulder) each missed Game 4 due to injuries. Gionta will miss the rest of the postseason due to his injury.

-Senators owner Eugene Melnyk invited an 11-year-old Quebec girl and her family to watch Game 4 from his private box after she was asked to leave school for wearing a Senators jersey during a "Canadiens day."

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:


Bruins - Maple Leafs

-Maple Leafs coach and former Penguins captain Randy Carlyle sort of accused the Bruins of cheating in faceoffs.

-“I know I’m not going to play many more games. I’ll probably play another year or two if I’m lucky. But it’s not the same in Europe with 3,000-5,000 people. It’s so special here in Toronto and Canada where people love hockey so much, and even in our city in Boston. It’s something you need to enjoy. It’s an extra bonus for a hockey player just to be part of it.” - Bruins forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr.

Capitals - Rangers

-“Well, McDonagh is a good skater, but they don’t play much of a physical game. So it’s kind of nice to know when you go to the corners, they’re not going to hit you. They play too (many) minutes, and if they’re going to make one or two hits, their energy leveling (will be) going down … But they block shots, they play safe and it’s a challenge. It’s a huge challenge for my line and it’s a huge line for anybody who plays (against them).” - Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin on playing against the Rangers' top defensive pairing of Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi.

-The Rangers have turned to defenseman John Moore to quarterback their power play.

Blackhawks - Wild

-Corey Crawford made 25 saves for the Blackhawks in a 3-0 shutout of the Wild in Game 4. Chicago has a 3-1 series lead. Patrick Sharp scored two goals for Chicago.

-Hit of the Night: Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck on Chicago's Brent Seabrook:


-Chicago captain Jonathan Toews went wide with this shot against Minnesota's Josh Harding:

-Chicago's Johnny Oduya got the drop here on Minnesota's Charlie Coyle:

-"How long have I been up? What day is today?" - Duncan Keith on flying from St. Paul, Minn. to Chicago to attend to the birth of his son then flying back to St. Paul to play in Game 4.

-Harding left the game in the first period due to a leg injury.

-Wild forward Jason Pominville returned to the lineup after being sidelined since April 23 due to a head injury.

-The Wild recalled forwards Zack Phillips, Justin Fontaine, Brett Bulmer, Chad Rau, defenseman Kyle Medvec and goaltender Jeff Deslauriers from Houston of the AHL.

Ducks - Red Wings

-Ducks forward Corey Perry has been limited to one assist through the first four games of this series.

-The Red Wings are using Todd Bertuzzi in an unfamiliar role as a fourth-line forward.

Blues - Kings

-“They’re going to come out hard and we’re going to come out harder.” - Kings forward Kyle Clifford on Game 5.

Sharks - Canucks

-An overtime goal and an assist by Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks a series-clinching 4-3 win against the Canucks in Game 4. San Jose swept a series for the first time in franchise history, 4-0. Joe Pavelski scored two goals for San Jose while teammate Joe Thornton recorded three assists. Alex Burrows led Vancouver with a goal and an assist.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Burrows:

-A power-play goal by Pavelski with 4:27 remaining in regulation forced overtime:

-A questionable boarding penalty by Vancouver's Daniel Sedin against San Jose's Tommy Wingels set up Marleau's goal:

-Marleau's goal:

-Happy times in San Jose:

-Hand shake line:

-Everyone had issues here:


-Sharks fans were given "shark teeth:"

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

-"I don't know if I should right now — but it's a [expletive] call. I think it was shoulder-to-shoulder. We've got to keep working the referees like we do every year and we're going to get some calls in the future. We're not getting them now. We're going to get the benefit of the doubt sometimes." - Canucks captain Henrik Sedin on Daniel Sedin's penalty.

-Due in part to the efforts of the Sharks shutdown defensive pairing of Justin Braun and Marc-Eduoard Vlasic, the Canucks' Sedin twins were limited to one assist each in the series.

-The last three teams to eliminate the Canucks - the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings -- all went on to win the Stanley Cup.

Non-Playoff Stuff
IIHF World Championships

-Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and an assist for Russia in a 5-3 win against the United States.

-The United States' Ben Bishop had issues here:

-Bishop and Russia's Alexei Tereshenko each kept an eye on this puck:

-Lightning forward Steven Stamkos had a goal and three assists for Canada which routed Norway, 7-1.

-Canada's Devan Dubnyk had issues here with Norway's Ken Andre Olimb:

-A goal by Sabres forward Thomas Vanek held Austria defeat Latvia, 6-3.

-Vanek went wide with this shot against Latvia's Edgars Masalskis:

-An overtime goal by Morten Green gave Denmark a 3-2 win against Slovenia.

-A good look at Green's goal:

Northeast Division

-The Sabres named interim head coach Ron Rolston as their permanent head coach.

-EN Says: The Sabres improved quite a bit under Rolston despite losing a lot of there veteran players at the trade deadline. He has a reputation as someone who can develop young talent. With a rebuiding process in place in Buffalo, Rolston seems like a good fit.

Smythe Division

-The Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky, the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist and the Sharks' Antti Niemi were named finalists for the Vezina Trophy.

-Former Sharks/Avalanche/Hurricanes/Panthers/Mighty Ducks/Rangers defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh has joined Dinamo Riga of Russia's KHL.

-Former Red Wings forward Jan Mursak has joined Amur Khabarovsk of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Penguins/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Kathy Willens/Associated Press; Blackhawks/Wild-Hannah Foslien/Getty Images; Canucks/Sharks-Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press and Christian Petersen/Getty Images; IIHF World Championships-Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images and Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

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