Empty Netter Assists - 05-13-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff

-Talent, experience and most importantly, depth helped the Penguins advance.

-Ray Shero was named a finalist for general manager of the year along with Anaheim's Bob Murray and Montreal's Marc Bergevin.

-Brooks Orpik became the seventh player to win a playoff series for the Penguins with an overtime goal.

-Approximately 2,000 tickets for Games 1 and 2 each will be put on sale today beginning at noon.

-"From being in the AHL playoffs [with Wilkes-Barre] to being on the other side with the Penguins last year, I know that it takes a little bit and you're always sitting around saying, 'I could have done this or that.' It's just motivation to be better and we will be better for next season." - Islanders defenseman and former Penguin Brian Strait on being eliminated.

-After the Jump: The Red Wings eliminate the Ducks, the Rangers and Maple Leafs force Game 7, Whitehall's John Gibson gets a shutout at the IIHF World Championships and Derek Boogaard's family takes the NHL to court.


-“There’s so much to worry about over there, they have so much firepower, but I think we have the perfect style of play to combat that. It’s exciting for us to see that we can pick them apart hopefully.” - Senators defenseman Jared Cowen on the Penguins.

-Senators forward Jason Spezza resumed practicing for the first time since undergoing back surgery in February.

-Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has already opened a dialogue with Penguins fans via Twitter:

Capitals - Rangers

-Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for the Rangers in a 1-0 shutout of the Capitals in Game 6. The series is tied, 3-3.

-Attentive times for the Capitals' and Rangers' benches:

-Referee Brad Watson wasn't putting up with anything from Washington's Joel Ward:

-"The crowd was chanting to shoot the puck. I didn't see myself giving a pass to one of my teammates there. I think I had to shoot it." - Rangers forward Derick Brassard on scoring the game's only goal.

-The Rangers had a 5-0 advantage in power plays.

-One of those power plays came after Capitals defenseman Mike Green cross checked Rangers forward Derek Dorsett int he face. That hit was preceded by a play where Dorsett was accused of slew footing Green:

-"The regular-season crap means nothing. You make your legacy as a player in these types of situations." - Rangers coach John Tortorella on Game 7.

Bruins - Maple Leafs

-James Reimer made 29 saves for the Maple Leafs in a 2-1 win against the Bruins in Game 6. The series is tied, 3-3. James van Riemsdyk recorded two assists for Toronto.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this deflection by Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf:

-Happy times for Phaneuf (top) and teammate Phil Kessel. Not so much for Boston's Tuukka Rask:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this feed from Bruins forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr to set up a goal by Milan Lucic:

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-Reimer was all over this puck:

-“I felt the way the game ended in Game 4, I felt like I owed it to the guys. It was a mistake that I didn’t feel very good about. Luckily I was able to contribute tonight.” - Phaneuf on his goal in Game 6. A mistake by Phaneuf led to an overtme goal by Boston's David Krejci in Game 4.

-Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference missed the game due to an undsiclosed injury.

-Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak missed the game due to an "upper-body" injury.

-The Bruins could not fly home until this morning as a result of mechanical issues with their plane.

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:


-The Blackhawks will face the rival Red Wings in the quarterfinal round.

-Defenseman Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson have become the Blackhawks' top shutdown pairing.

Ducks - Red Wings

-Valtteri Filppula and captain Henrik Zetterberg each had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings in a 3-2 win against the Ducks in Game 7. Detroit won the series, 4-3. Jimmy Howard made 31 saves.

-Ugly Goal of the Night: Detroit's Justin Abdelkader scored a short-handed goal off this brutal turnover by Anaheim's Francois Beauchemin:

-Embellishment of the Night: Howard trying to sell a high stick:


-Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and Anaheim's Teemu Selanne:

-Happy times for the Red Wings:

-Sad times for the Ducks:

-Anaheim's Andrew Cogliano fended off Detroit's Carlo Colaiacovo here:

-Anaheim's Sheldon Souray had issues with Detroit's Todd Bertuzzi:

-The Red Wings split up Zetterberg and forward Pavel Datsyuk to spark their offense.

-"We played good enough to hang in there. We didn't play good enough tonight to take the hockey game. That's the difference." - Ducks captain Ryan Getlzaf.


-How important have trade deadline acquisitions Scott Hannan and Raffi Torres been to the Sharks?

-“They’re getting antsy. In a really strange year, this is a long break. There’s some energy in practice. The energy bank is full, so that’s a good sign. The bumps and bruises are healing. We’re trying to keep everybody on their toes and sharp, but we continue to wait.” - Sharks coach Todd McLellan on having a lot of down time between the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.


-The Kings will face the rival Sharks in the semifinal round.

Non-Playoff Stuff
IIHF World Championships

-Ducks goaltending prospect John Gibson, a native of Whitehall, made 30 saves for the United States in a 3-0 shutout of Germany.

-Gibson showed off his butterfly here:

-Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith made 31 saves for Canada in a 2-1 win against the Czech Republic.

-Smith did the splits but couldn't stop this goal:

-Flyers/Canada defenseman Luke Schenn was given an automatic one-game suspension after receiving a major and match penalty for hitting Czech Republic forward Zbynek Irgl from behind into the boards.

-A goal and an assist by former Predators forward Alexander Radulov led Russia past Slovakia, 3-1.

-Radulov being popular:

-Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic > Russia's Ilya Bryzgalov:

-Predators defenseman Roman Josi had a goal and an assist for Switzerland which defeated Norway, 3-1.

-Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban will play for Canada.


-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Darryl Sydor. A free agent signing in the 2008 offseason, Sydor spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 2008-09, he appeared in 74 games and recorded 12 points. He appeared in four postseason games that spring. He only appeared in eight games the following season and recorded two points before being dealt to the Stars in exchange for Philippe Boucher. In 82 regular season games with the Penguins, Sydor scored 14 points. One of seven first round picks from the 1990 draft to play for the Penguins (Petr Nedved, Jaromir Jagr, John Slaney, Drake Berehowsky, Shawn Antoski and Bryan Smolinski are the others), Sydor is currently an assistant coach with the Wild.

Norris Division

-The family of former Wild/Rangers forward Derek Boogaard (right) has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NHL. The suit contends the league is responsible for the physical and mental trauma Boogaard suffered as an enforcer as well as the addiction to painkillers which led to his death in 2011.

-EN Says: This could be to the NHL what former Steelers' center Mike Webster's lawsuit was to the NFL. It could force a lot of changes on and off the ice.

To our knowledge, this is the first time a former player or his estate has taken the NHL to court over the damage caused by concussions. If Boogaard's family is ultimately successful, the NHL might be forced to finally get serious about head injuries. The NFL did not truly try to cut down on head injuries until it lost the Webster case in court. That created a precedent for other former players or their families to go to court with the league. At that point, the NFL had a business decision to make and began to crack down on kill shots such as the ones offered by former Steelers linebacker James Harrison. A win by Boogaard's family could have the same effect, especially with regards to fighting.

-Former Flyers/Blackhawks/Rangers/Blues/Canucks/Bruins/Panthers/Flames coach Mike Keenan has been hired as head coach of Metallurg Magnitogorsk in Russia's KHL.

-Former Ducks defenseman Brian Salcido has joined Amur Khabarovsk of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Shero-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Capitals/Rangers-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images and Kathy Willens/Associated Press; Bruins/Maple Leafs-Frank Gunn/Canadian Press; Red Wings/Ducks-Chris Carlson/Associated Press and Jeff Gross/Getty Images; IIHF World Championships-Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images, Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images and Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images; Boogaard-Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

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