Empty Netter Assists - 05-10-23

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-Sidney Crosby was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy along with Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin and Islanders forward John Tavares.

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. Welcome back Tyler Kennedy and the great Joe Vitale.

-Newsday's recap. "He played well, but we didn't challenge him enough. We didn't get in his face enough." - Islanders defenseman Brian Strait on Tomas Vokoun.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''They played harder than us. The better team won tonight. They deserved the hockey game.'' - Islanders coach Jack Capuano.


-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Goal of the Night: Sidney Crosby's goal deserves its own clip:

-If you didn't see Douglas Murray's debut as a center, here you go:

-A good look at Crosby's grill:

-Happy times for the Penguins:

-Kris Letang and Paul Martin had a chat:

-Down times for New York's Evgeni Nabokov:

-Vokoun speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Kennedy speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-"I wasn't sure if I'd ever get the chance to play again in the playoffs." - Vokoun.

-Tyler Kennedy has the sixth-most game-winning in the franchise's postseason history.

-"It's not that it's hard. It's mostly the games -- losing -- that's what's hard. That's what [stinks]." - Marc-Andre Fleury on no playing.

-"I just think we got away from our game for whatever reason. I don't have an explanation. ... We just have to forget about this. We're still in it. It's a best of three and we can win two in a row." - Islanders forward Colin McDonald.

-Islanders forward Frans Nielsen left the game in the third period due to a "lower-body" injury.

Calder Cup Playoffs

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins open their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Providence Bruins tonight.

-After the Jump: The Blackhawks and Senators advance to the semifinal round.

Canadiens - Senators

-Erik Condra had a goal and two assists for the Senators in a series-clinching 6-1 rout of the Canadiens in Game 5. Ottawa won the series, 4-1. Cory Conacher scored two goals for Ottawa while teammates Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Matt Kassian each recorded two assists.

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

-Canadiens forward and former Penguin Colby Armstrong put on off the cross bar against Anderson here:


-Canadiens coach and former Penguins coach Michel Therrien offered a terse handshake to his counterpart from Ottawa, Paul MacLean:

-The Canadiens saluted their fans for the last time this season:


-“We just beat the Montreal Canadiens, that’s huge. I have to call my mum and say we just beat her team.” - Senators coach Paul MacLean.

-“You’ve got to give a lot of credit to the Senators. Craig Anderson was, as far as we’re concerned, the best player in the series." - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.

-Canadiens goaltender Carey Price missed Game 5 due to a "lower-body" injury. He was replaced by Peter Budaj.

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

Capitals - Rangers

-"When you're Rick Nash, every time you touch the puck, you've got five guys watching you. So it makes it tough for him to score goals… But he'll find the back of the net. There's no question about that." - Rangers forward Derek Stepan on teammate Rick Nash who has failed to score a goal thus far this series.

-Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will miss Game 5 due to his eye injury.

-The Capitals recalled forwards Tom Wilson and Joey Crabb from Hershey of the AHL.

Bruins - Maple Leafs

-Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser underwent surgery to repair a facial fracture suffered as a result of being struck in the face with a puck during Game 4.

-With Fraser sidelined, defenseman John-Michael Liles is expected to step into the Maple Leafs' lineup.

-The Maple Leafs recalled defenseman Jesse Blacker from Toronto of the AHL.

-The Bruins recalled defenseman Matt Bartkowski, a native of Mt. Lebanon, from Providence of the AHL.

Blackhawks - Wild

-Former Penguin Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist for the Blackhawks in a series-clinching 5-1 win against the Wild in Game 5. Fire Ray Shero. Duncan Keith and captain Jonathan Toews each recorded two assists for Chicago.

-Hit of the Night: Chicago's Bryan Bickell on Minnesota's Tom Gilbert:


-Crawford got down low for this save:

-Chicago's Daniel Carcillo warming up:

-Toews and teammate Patrick Kane were held without a goal in the series.

-Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom revealed he will need surgery for a sports hernia.

Ducks - Red Wings

-"A little nerve-wracking. It's not easy, especially this time of year to sit around watching knowing maybe you can help out the team." - Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader on serving a two-game suspension.

-“This is the biggest reason why I wanted to come here, to play this time of the year with this team." - Red Wings defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo on making his postseason debut in tonight's Game 6.

Canucks - Sharks

-Sharks forward Adam Burish is sidelined due to an "upper-body" injury.

-"We're going to do a thorough review of everything in the organization. Five years ago we reset. It's time to do it again." - Canucks general manager Mike Gillis on potentially rebuilding.

-"Who knows what is going to happen," he said. "I think we are all aware of what the situation is. . .my main goal is to be a starter. I want to play and feel like I still have a lot to give. At the end of the day that's what I want, so we'll see what happens." - Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (right) on potentially being traded this offseason.

Blues - Kings

-“Just putting my nose in all the wrong spots, I guess." - Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr on breaking his nose twice this series.

-The Kings lead the playoffs with 204 hits. The Blues are second with 202.

-The Kings recalled forwards Andy Andreoff, Robert Czarnik, Brandon Kozun, Brian O’Neill, Tanner Pearson, Linden Vey, Jordan Weal, defensemen Andrew Bodnarchuk, Andrew Campbell and Nicolas Deslauriers from Manchester of the AHL.

Non-Playoff Stuff
IIHF World Championships

-Goaltender Florian Hardy made 28 saves for France in a 2-1 upset of Russia.

-Happy times in France:

-Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith made 33 saves for Canada in a 3-0 shutout of Sweden.

-Sweden's Jhonas Enroth had issues with this puck:

-Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 18 saves for the Czech Republic which defeated Denmark, 2-1, in a shootout.

-Photo of the Day: The Czech Republic's Zbynek Irgl put one off the post here against Denmark's Simon Nielsen:

-A hat trick by forward Lauris Darzins led Latvia past Slovakia, 5-3.

-Contemplative times for Latvia coach and former Penguins forard Ted Nolan:

-Happy times for Latvia's Kristers Gudlevskis and Krisjanis Redlihs:


-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Randy Cunneyworth. Acquired prior to the 1985-86 season along with Mike Moller in exchange for for Pat Hughes, Cunneyworth spent parts of four seasons in Pittsburgh. His first season with the Penguins saw him appear in 75 games and record 45 points. He improved in 1986-87 by playing in 79 games and scored 53 points. Cunneyworth would set career highs in 1987-88 for goals (35), assists (39) and points (74) in 71 games. His totals took a tumble in 1988-89 as he only scored 44 points in 70 games, but he helped the Penguins reach the postseason for the first time in seven years. He appeared in 11 postseason games that spring and contributed nine points. In the 1989 offseason, Cunneyworth was traded to the Jets along with Rick Tabaracci and Dave McLlwain in exchange for Jim Kyte, Andrew McBain and Randy Gilhen. In 295 regular season games with the Penguins, Cunneyworth scored 216 points, 35th-most in franchise history. He served as the Canadiens' interim head coach this past season.

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins forward Steve Gotaas. A fifth-round pick in 1985, Gotaas spent one season with the Penguins. In 36 games with the 1987-88 Penguins, Gotaas appeared in 36 games and recorded 11 points. Midway through the 1988-89 season, Gotaas and Ville Siren were traded to the North Stars in exchange for Gord Dineen and Scott Bjugstad.

Northeast Division

-The Sabres fired assistant coaches James Patrick and Kevyn Adams.

Northwest Division

-The Wild signed forward Raphael Bussieres, a second-round pick in 2012, to an entry-level contract.

Central Division

-Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne will be sidelined four months following hip surgery.

Patrick Division

-Former Senators defenseman Danny Bois has joined EHC München of Germany's DEL.

-Happy 88th birthday to former Bruins/Red Wings/Black Hawks/Rangers forward Pete Babando. A native of Braeburn, Pa. (near Lower Burrell), Babando was the first Western Pennsylvania-area player to reach the NHL. Babando, who moved to Ontario at a young age, was also the first Pennsylvanian to get his name on the Stanley Cup. In Game 7 of the 1950 Stanley Cup Final, Babando scored twice, including in double overtime, to give the Red Wings the Cup. It was the first time in NHL history Game 7 of a final went to overtime:

(Photos: Islanders/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Senators/Canadien-Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images and Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press; Wild/Blackhawks-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Luongo-Dale MacMillan/Getty Images; IIHF World Championships-Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images, Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images and Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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