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Empty Netter Assists - 05-12-13

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Islanders

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "I'm definitely not a goal-scorer," he said. "That's not what I'm looked [to] for." - Brooks Orpik on his series clinching overtime goal.

-Newsday's recap. "Going through the [handshake] line, hearing what some of their guys said . . . 'You guys are a good team. I don't think a lot of guys around here have heard that in a while." - Islanders forward Colin McDonald.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''We got everything we could have handled. They played great and it was a tough series.'' - Tomas Vokoun.

-Highlights:

-Orpik's goals and hand shakes:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Vokoun snagged this puck:

-Evgeni Malkin > McDonald:

-Pascal Dupuis being popular:

-Ditto Sidney Crosby:

-Paul Martin had to fend off a check here for New York's Josh Bailey:

-Glum times for the Islanders:

-Bobby Orrpik speaks:

-Vokoun speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-"That's why he's one of the best in the league," Martin said of Malkin. "He's able to hold onto that puck and get guys coming after him." - Paul Martin on Evgeni Malkin setting up his game-tying goal in the third period.

-Chris Kunitz is pretty fortunate to play on either the first or second lines.

-The Penguins have a healthy rivalry with the Senators (and general manager Bryan Murray).

-"They're a good hockey team. They're going to be in more playoffs." - Crosby on the Islanders.

-"Hopefully we're going to understand it's going to take even more to win a series. It's still tough to take it all in right now. It's just disappointing. We wanted to play tomorrow and into June." - Islanders forward John Tavares.

Calder Cup Playoffs

-Jeff Zatkoff made nine for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who lost to the Providence Bruins, 4-2, on the road in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series in the Calder Cup playoffs Saturday. Game 3 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is scheduled for Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.

-After the jump: The Red Wings and Ducks prepare for a Game 7.

Canadiens - Senators

-Senators coach Paul MacLean shot down any suggestion that forward Jason Spezza (right) is on the verge of returning from a back injury.

-“I don’t remember much. There’s a good gap of a 10-minute period where I don’t remember anything." - Canadiens forward Lars Eller on being struck in the head by Senators defenseman Eric Gryba in Game 1. Eller suffered significant head and facial injuries.

-Canadiens forward Ryan White revealed he suffered a collapsed lung in Game 4.

Capitals - Rangers

-“I think the thought process should be to let them weather our storm and try to figure us out. That’s the mindset we want.” - Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner on today's Game 6.

-Rangers forward Ryane Clowe is dealing with an undisclosed injury.

Bruins - Maple Leafs

-Despite playing on the top line, Bruins forwards Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand have combined for two point.

Blackhawks - Wild

-"I dislike them both equally." - Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp (right) on potentially playing either the Red Wings and Sharks in the semifinal round.

-Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville isn't happy with rookie forward Brandon Saad.

-Wild general manager Cliff Fletcher shot down any suggestion he would fire head coach Mike Yeo.

Ducks - Red Wings

-"It's different, a special feeling going into Game 7. You don't get a chance to play them very often." - Red Wings captain/forward Henrik Zetterberg on tonight's Game 7.

-"We talked about that on the plane going home. Obviously, we were disappointed after we lost, but we were talking about how, when you're a kid, you go out on the streets and you're playing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. "- Ducks forward Corey Perry.

-The Red Wings recalled goaltender Tom McCollum from Grand Rapids of the AHL and assigned defenseman Brian Lashoff to Grand Rapids.

Sharks

-The Sharks will face either the Blackhawks or Kings in the semfinal round.

Blues - Kings

-"We're happy with the win but not satisfied. And just I guess we expect to win. We know there's a lot of room for improvement and it's just four wins out of 16 that we're looking to get." - Kings forward Justin Williams (right) on beating the Blues.

-"What I'm going to tell them is it's not good enough. If you want to be a champion, it's not good enough. If you want to be a champion, you're going to have to find a way." - Blues coach Ken Hitchcock on his team.

-According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak had a verbal confrontation with Hitchcock prior to Game 4.

Non-Playoff Stuff
IIHF World Championships

-Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop made 15 saves for the United States in a 4-2 win against France.

-Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth made 21 saves and led Sweden to a 2-0 shutout of Slovenia.

-Slovenia's Rok Ticar was in no-man's land in front of Seden's crease:

-Slovenia's players gathered near their crease:

-Predators defenseman Roman Josi recorded two assists for Switzerland in a 4-1 defeat of Denmark.

-Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski had a goal and an assist for Finland which routed Austria, 7-2.

-Goaltender Rob Zepp made 26 saves for Germany in a 2-0 shutout of Latvia.

-Zepp tried a poke check here against Latvia's Krisjanis Redlihs:

-Two goals by forward Per-Age Skroder led Norway past Belarus, 3-1.

-Happy times for Norway and a few fans:

-Even a referee was scared on this hit by Belarus' Roman Graborenko on Norway's Lars Erik Spets:

-Canadiens forwards Alex Galchenyuk (United States), Tomas Plekanec (Czech Republic) and defenseman Raphael Diaz (Switzerland) will play in the IIHF World Championships.

Penguins

-Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins forward Dwight Mathiasen. A free agent signing late in the 1985-86 season, Mathiasen spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished that season by appearing in four games and scoring one goal. During 1986-87, Mathiasen saw action in six games and recorded one assist. In 1987-88, Mathiasen appeared in a career-high 23 games and recorded six assists. He was released in the 1988 offseason. Mathiasen appeared in 33 regular season games for the Penguins and recorded eight points.

(Photos: Penguins/Islanders-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images and Kathy Willens/Associated Press; Sharp-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Spezza-Marianne Helm/Getty Images; Williams-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; IIHF World Championships-Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images and Aleander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

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