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Empty Netter Assists - 05-11-13

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Islanders

-"We have to be at our very best to close this thing out." - Dan Bylsma on Game 6.

-Tomas Vokoun is starting Game 6 ... right?

-If necessary, Game 7 is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start on Sunday.

-How does the Penguins' penalty kill work?

-"It's definitely an honor anytime you get nominated for an award, especially as you said coming off some injuries and a long couple years there missing games." - Sidney Crosby (right) on being named a finalist for the Hart Trophy.

-"Every goalie, if you ask them, would like one or two back; there's no question. But I've got confidence in Nabokov and will continue to go with him. He'll start again; there's no surprise, and we'll just move along with him." - Islanders coach Jack Capuano on goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

-"I was a little shocked. A lot of emotion, just because of the game and disappointed . It's a great honor. Tremendous honor to be recognized, especially with those two guys . . . " - Islanders forward John Tavares on being nominated for the Hart Trophy along with Crosby and Washington captain Alex Ovechkin.

Calder Cup Playoffs

-Paul Thompson had two goals and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in an 8-5 road loss to the Providence Bruins in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference seminal series. Chris Collins and Brian Gibbons each recorded a goal and an assist for the Penguins while teammate Jeff Zatkoff made 19 saves in the loss. Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

-The Penguins allowed eight goals in a postseason game for the third time in franchise history.

-After the Jump: The Red Wings stay alive and the Blues go golfing.

Canadiens - Senators

-"We need the time off. Guys that are hurt can heal and guys who are tired can rest." - Senators defenseman Marc Methot on finishing the series in five games.

-Senators forward Jason Spezza resumed skating for the first time since undergoing back surgery Feb. 1.

Capitals - Rangers

-An overtime goal by Mike Ribeiro gave the Capitals a 2-1 win against the Rangers. Washington leads the series, 3-2. Braden Holtby made 24 saves in the victory.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Washington's Joel Ward:

-Check out this save in overtime by New York's Henrik Lundqvist against Washington's Mathieu Perreault:

-Ribeiro's goal:

-Happy times in Washington:

-Holtby was all over this puck:

-"I don’t consider it an elimination game. We’re trying to win one game. I’m not going to use that word." - Rangers coach John Tortorella on facing elimination in Game 6.

-With Capitals forward Martin Erat dealing with a suspected wrist or forearm injury, 19-year-old rookie forwad Tom Wilson made his NHL debut.

-The Capitals recalled defensemen Dmitry Orlov, Tomas Kundratek, Cameron Schilling, Nate Schmidt and goaltender Philipp Grubauer from Hershey of the AHL.

Bruins - Maple Leafs

-James Reimer made 43 saves for the Maple Leafs in a 2-1 win against the Bruins in Game 5. Boston leads the series, 3-2.

-Save of the Night: Reimer on Boston's Patrice Bergeron:

-Check out this tricky but illegal move Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski tried to score with:

-Goal of the Night: Check out this dazzling backhanded effort by Toronto's Clarke MacArthur:

-Down times for Bergeron:

-Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf helped Boston's Nathan Horton get a good view of the glass:

-Toronto's James van Riemsdyk wasn't down with this interference call:

-Happy times for the Maple Leafs:

-With defenseman Wade Redden dealing with an undisclosed injury, the Bruins dressed defenseman Matt Bartkowski, a native of Mt. Lebanon.

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

Blackhawks - Wild

-Was Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews snubbed for the Hart Trophy?

Ducks - Red Wings

-Two goals, including one in overtime, and an assist by captain Henrik Zetterberg gave the Red Wings a 4-3 win against the Ducks in Game 6. The series is tied, 3-3. Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and two assists for Detroit while teammate Jimmy Howard made 34 saves. Rookie Emerson Etem led Anaheim with a goal and an assist.

-Check out this impressive backhanded goal by Datsyuk:

-Check out thie save by Howard on Anaheim's Teemu Selanne:

-Check out this hit by Anaheim's Luca Sbisa against Detroit's Damien Brunner:

-Fluky Goal of the Night: Anaheim's Kyle Palmieri was credited with a goal after his shot off the cross bar bounced off Detroit's Brendan Smith and trickled into the net:

-A goal by Anaheim's Bobby Ryan with 2;38 remaining in regulation helped the Ducks come back from a 3-1 deficit and force overtime:

-Zetterberg's overtime goal:

-Electric times in Detroit:

-Happy times in Detroit:

-Happy times for the Ducks. Not so much for Howard:

-“He's our captain for a reason. He's a true leader, and when the cards are laid there's no one else I'd rather have on the ice.'' - Howard on Zetterberg.

Sharks

-Can forward Tim Kennedy replace injured Sharks forward Adam Burish?

Blues - Kings

-Jonathan Quick made 20 saves for the Kings in a series clinching 2-1 win against the Blues in Game 6. Los Angeles won the series, 4-2.

-Check out this tricky little move by Los Angeles' Drew Doughty to score the Kings' first goal:

-Los Angeles' Dustin Penner scored the eventual game-winning goal with 0.2 seconds remaining in the second period:

-Quick stretched out here to defend St. Louis' Patrik Berglund:

-Handshakes:

-Happy times in Los Angeles:

-The Kings recalled forward Anthony Stewart from Manchester of the AHL.

Non-Playoff Stuff
IIHF World Championships

-A goal by Coyotes defenseman and former Penguin Zbynek Michalek helped the Czech Repulic defeat Slovenia, 4-2. Ohen Ray Shero.

-The Slovenian crease was crowded here:

-Flyers captain Claude Giroux had a goal and two assists for Canada which defeated Belarus, 4-1.

-Belarus' Yaroslav Maslenikov got the drop on Canada's Taylor Hall:

-Giroux tucked this puck behind Belarus' Dmitri Milchakov:

-A shootout goal by Sabres forward Thomas Vanek gave Austria a 2-1 win against Slovakia.

-Happy times for Austria:

-The Slovakian crease was crowded here:

-Grim times for Slovakia captain and former Penguin Miroslav Satan:

-Two assists by former Capitals/Coyotes/Blue Jackets/Blackhawks defenseman Sami Lepisto helped Finland beat Russia, 3-2.

-Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk had issues with Finland's Janne Pesonen:

-Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis will play for Team Canada.

Penguins

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Joe McDonnell. A free-agent signing midway through the 1984-85 season, McDonnell spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1984-85, he appeared in 40 games and recorded 11 points. The following season, he only appeared in three games and failed to record a point. In the 1987 offseason, he was released. He is currently the director of amateur scouting for the Red Wings.

-Happy 56th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Greg Tebbutt. A free agent signing in the 1983 offseason, "Truck" Tebbutt appeared in 4 games for the 1983-84 Penguins and recorded two assists. The following season, he joined the Muskegon Mohawks of the IHL.

-Happy 31st birthday to former Penguins forward Janne Pesonen (right). A free agent signing in the 2008 offseason, Pesonen appeared in seven games for the 2008-09 Penguins and failed to record a point. The following offseason, he signed with Ak Bars Kazan in Russia's KHL. He currently plays for Ak Bars Kazan of Russia's KHL.

-Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Todd Nelson. A fourth-round pick in 1989, Nelson's Penguins' career amounted to one game in the 1991-92 season. In the 1993 offseason, he signed with the Capitals.

Southeast Division

-Panthers forward prospect Vince Trocheck, a native of Upper St. Clair, was named the OHL's most outstanding player of the season.

Northwest Division

-In a shakeup of front office personnel, the Avalanche promoted former captain Joe Sakic as vice president of hockey operations. He will have final say on all player personnel decisions.

(Photos: Crosby-Dave Sandford/Getty Images; Rangers/Capitals-Alex Brandon/Associated Press and Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Maple Leafs/Bruins-Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; Ducks/Red Wings-Paul Sancya/Associated Press and Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; Blues/Kings-Jeff Gross/Getty Images and Jae C. Hong/Associated Press; IIHF World Championships-Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images and Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images; Pesonen-Doug Benc/Getty Images)

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