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Empty Netter Assists - 05-09-13

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Islanders

-Tomas Vokoun. Starting playoff goaltender.

-"I would say they're well aware of what my situation is." - Sidney Crosby on the Islanders potentially targeting his jaw.

-The Penguins have plenty of options when it comes to the power play.

-Crosby was named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award along with Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz speak:

-Paul Martin and Jarome Iginla speak:

-"We're hoping they're a little rattled, a little worried about us. because we think we have every opportunity to win this series. The more frustrated they get, the better it is for us." - Islanders defenseman Matt Carkner.

-Saturday's game 6 will start either at 4:30 or 7 p.m. depending on how Game 5 of tonight's Canadiens-Senators series goes. Basically, if Montreal wins tonight, the Penguins-Islanders will start at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Calder Cup playoffs

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will face the Providence Bruins in an Eastern Conference semfinal round of the Calder Cup playoffs. (PG+) The schedule:

-Game 1 - Friday., May 10 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Providence, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, May 11 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Providence, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 - Wednesday, May 15-Providence vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 - Friday, May 17-Providence vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.
*-Game 5 - Saturday, May 18 - Providence vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.
*-Game 6 - Monday, May 20 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Providence, 7:05 p.m.
*-Game 7 - Wednesday, May 22 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Providence, 7:05 p.m.

*-If necessary.

-After the Jump: Just your average night in the NHL with three overtime playoff games.

Canadiens - Senators

-“We can smell blood. We can taste blood. And it’s time to put them away.” - Senators defenseman Eric Gryba on having a 3-1 series lead heading into tonight's Game 5.

-Canadiens forwards Brandon Prust and Ryan White will miss tonight's Game 5 due to "upper-body" injuries while goaltender Carey Price is day to day due to a "lower-body" injury.

-“When he heard the news, our captain was crying in my arms." - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien on captain/forward Brian Gionta missing the rest of the postseason due to a torn bicep.

-Canadiens forward Lars Eller resumed skating on his own for the first tme since suffering head injuries in Game 1.

Capitals - Rangers

A goal and two assists by Carl Hagelin led the Rangers to a 4-3 win against the Capitals in Game 4. The series is tied, 2-2. Derick Brassard recorded two assists for New York while teammate Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves. Mathieu Perreault scored two goals for New York.

-Ugly Goal of the Night: New York's Brad Richards scored off this brutal turnover by Washington's Braden Holtby:

-Check out the placement of this shot by Hagelin:

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by New York's Derek Stepan:

-Capitals forward Martin Erat left the game in the first period due to a suspected left wrist or forearm injury after he was accidentally struck by teammate Alex Ovechkin.

-After returning to the lineup in Game 3 from an eye injury, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was scratched for Game 4.

Bruins - Maple Leafs

-A hat trick, including a goal in overtime, by forward David Krejci, gave the Bruins a 4-3 win against the Maple Leafs in Game 4. Boston has a 3-1 series lead. Captain Zdeno Chara recorded four assists for the Bruins while teammate Nathan Horton collected two assists. Tuukka Rask made 45 saves in the victory. Joffrey Lupul led Toronto with a goal and an assist.

-Krejci's hat trick:

-Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser left the game in the the third period after being struck in the face with a puck. The play in question:

-“It’s a bad mistake at a bad time to make it. I take responsibility for it. It’s unacceptable.” - Maple Leafs captain/defenseman Dion Phaneuf on his pinch in which led to Krejci's overtime goal.

-"His line has been good throughout this whole series, but David tonight was certainly the guy shining. He's been a real good playoff performer for years for us. There are certain players who just thrive on playoff hockey, and he's one of those guys." - Bruins coach Claude Julien on Krejci.

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

Blackhawks - Wild

-If you can imagine such a thing, a Mike Yeo-coached power play is struggling. The Wild is 0 for 15 in this series.

-The Blackhawks aren't exactly ripping it up on the power play either having gone 1 for 11.

Ducks - Red Wings

-An overtime goal by Nick Bonino gave the Ducks a 3-2 win against the Red Wings in Game 5. Anaheim has a 2-0 series lead. Captain Henrik Zetterberg led Detroit with two assists.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Anaheim's Ryan Getlzaf:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this dish by former Penguin Ben Lovejoy to set up Bonino's goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Happy times for the Ducks:

-Getzlaf being popular:

-"We've struggled in this series in overtime against that team. I wouldn't say — actually, I would say — they've had our number in overtime. Our ultimate goal is to beat this team in this series and win the Stanley Cup and you're not going to do that if you can't win overtime games." - Lovejoy.

-“That was the key moment of the game. We're up 2-1, if we put one more in there, it's tough uphill for them. We had to do it.'' - Red Wings forward and former Penguin Mikael Samuelsson failing to score after his team was awarded a five minute power play with 2-1 lead in the second period.

Blues - Kings

-An overtime goal by Slava Voynov gave the Kings a 3-2 win against the Blues in Game 5. Los Angeles has a 2-0 series lead. Jeff Carter scored two goals for Los Angeles while teammates Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards each recorded two assists.

-Check out this feed by Kopitar to set up Carter:

-A goal by defenseman Alex Pietrangelo with 44.1 seconds remaining in regulation forced overtime:

-Voynov's goal:

-Los Angeles' Jarret Stoll was ready for this faceoff:

-Quick had to look around traffic here:

-Happy times for Pietrangelo:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Elliott stretching in the dark:

Canucks - Sharks

-The Sharks are waiting on their next opponent.

Non-Playoff Stuff
IIHF World Championships

-A hat trick by Predators forward Craig Smith led the United States past Finland, 4-1. Ducks goaltending prospect John Gibson, a native of Whitehall, made 31 saves in the win.

-United States captain Paul Stastny got the drop here on Finland's Veli-Matti Savinainen:

-Avalanche captain/forward Gabriel Landeskog scored two goals for Sweden which defeated Norway, 5-1.

-Sweden's Andreas Jamtin helped get this puck past Norway's Lars Haugen and Jonas Holos:

-Former Mighty Ducks/Hurricanes/Senators/Maple Leafs/Oilers goaltender Martin Gerber made 13 saves for Switzerland in a 7-1 rout of Slovenia.

-Slovenia coach Matjaz Kopitar, father of Kings forward Anze Kopitar, didn't seem to care for his photo being taken:

-Goaltender Rob Zepp made 27 saves for Germany in a 2-0 shutout of Austria.

-Canucks forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin and defenseman Alexander Edler will play for Sweden.

Adams Division

-Former Islanders/Panthers defenseman Branislav Mezei has joined Vityaz Chekhov of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Vokoun-Drew Hallowell/Getty Images; Red Wings/Ducks-Chris Carlson/Associated Press and Jeff Gross/Getty Images; Kings/Blues-Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Associated Press and Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; IIHF World Championships-Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images and Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

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