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Empty Netter Assists - 05-15-13

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins-Senators

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We talked about special teams being huge in the playoffs. And it paid off tonight." - Pascal Dupuis.

-The Ottawa Citizen's recap. Senators defenseman Eric Gryba left the game in the second period due to an "upper-body" injury.

-The Associated Press' recap. "It's not just 5-on-5, it's not just scoring goals. He's an outstanding penalty killer and he did that again tonight. He scored the goal on the PK, but his work on the PK was just as impressive." - Dan Bylsma on Pascal Dupuis.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Hit of the Night: Brooks Orpik's hit on Gryba deserves its own clip:

-Hockey Night in Canada did a wonderful job of capturing the pregame festivities:

-Happy times for Dupuis:

-Ottawa's Chris Neil didn't seem to care for the placement of Orpik's stick:

-Neil being popular:

-Ottawa's Sergei Gonchar got away with a bit of a hold here against Chris Kunitz:

-Vokoun and his backup, Marc-Andre Fleury:

-Submitted without further commentary:

-Bylsma speaks:

-Chris Kunitz speaks:

-Dupuis speaks:

-Tomas Vokoun speaks:

-"They scored two power play goals and one short-handed. That's the difference. We need to sharpen up on our penalty killing. The goals they got were scramble goals. We've got to be stronger in front of our net." - Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson on special teams.

-“Sometimes [expletive] happens." - Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson on his team's performance.

-"He's not the typical Swedish player. More of a stay-at-home defenseman, really physical, big body that knows his role and embraces his role. He's not going to get outside of that. He knows what he brings, and he does it well." - Alfredsson on fellow countryman Douglas Murray.

-"Whether you're nominated for that or not, I think anybody that's missed any extended period of time or goes through a tough injury, anytime you can get back playing hockey, get back to what you love doing, that's the biggest honor in itself. To be recognized for that, it definitely means a lot. There are a lot of guys who have battled through different things who have won that. Definitely an honor." - Sidney Crosby on being named a finalist for the Masterton Trophy.

-Vokoun and Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson are BFFs from their days in Ottawa.

-Senators forward Mika Zibanejad was a Penguins fan.

-Hockey Night Canada's pregame montage was pretty good:

Calder Cup Playoffs

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins host the Providence Bruins in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series tonight.

-After the Jump: The Kings beat the Sharks in Game 1 and the Selke Trophy finalists are named.

Bruins - Rangers

-"[Bergeron], you can see the fire in his eyes. You can see him on the bench. You can see the plays that he was making. He was special, and he’s just a reliable, terrific player. He’s reliable and he’s got oodles of talent and the two-way play. He’s a special player." - Bruins general manager on forward Patrice Bergeron who scored the tying and winning goals in Monday's thrilling Game 7 comeback win against the Maple Leafs.

-The Bruins and Rangers will meet in a postseason series for the first time since 1973.

-The Bruins recalled defenseman Torey Krug from Providence of the AHL.

Blackhawks - Red Wings

-"When we play the Wings it kind of brings out the best in the fans. They get jacked up for the game just like we do as players. The fact our fans treat it as a No. 1 rivalry makes it that much more fun." - Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on his team's rivalry with the Red Wings.

-The Red Wings are 5-0 all-time against Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

-The Red Wings recalled goaltender Jordan Pearce from Grand Rapids of the AHL and assigned goaltender Tom McCollum to Grand Rapids.

Kings - Sharks

-Jonathan Quick made 45 saves for the Kings in a 2-0 shutout of the Sharks in Game 1. Mike Richards and Slava Voynoveach had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles which has a 1-0 series lead.

-Check out this rocket of a slapper by Voynov:

-Kings forward Jarret Stoll left the game in the third period after being injured on a high hit by Sharks forward Raffi Torres. The hit in question:

-"To be honest with you, I didn't even think there was going to be a penalty. Obviously he was leaning over. I got shoulder to his shoulder, and then it kind of looked, because he was leaning over, that it came up a little high. ... I hope he's all right." - Torres on the hit.

-Quick > San Jose's Brent Burns:

-Happy times for the Kings:

-"He's been our MVP the last couple of years and tonight he was our best player and that's Quick being Quick. I think you guys should be used to it by now." - Kings captain Dustin Brown on Quick.

Non-Playoff Stuff
IIHF World Championships

-Two assists by former Penguins forward Miroslav Satan led Slovakia to a 4-1 win against the United States. Ohen Ray Shero.

-A goal and an assist by Predators defenseman Roman Josi helped Switzerland defeat Belarus, 4-1.

-Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored two goals for Germany in a 3-2 win against France.

-Panthers forward Tomas Fleischmann scored two goals for the Czech Republic in a 7-0 shutout of Norway.

-An assist by Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski helped Finland defeat Latvia, 3-2, in overtime.

-Canucks forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin each had a goal and an assist for Sweden in a 4-2 victory against Demark.

-Happy times for Sweden's Martin Thornberg (right) and Oscar Lindberg:

-Bright times for Henrik Sedin:

-Henrik Sedin couldn't beat Denmark's Patrick Galbraith or Philip Larsen here:

-Pumped times for Denmark's Morten Madsen:

-Capitals captain/forward Alex Ovechkin will play for Russia.

Atlantic Division

-"It only gets tougher from here. Teams are going to be even more prepared for us.'' - Islanders forward Frans Nielsen on his team's surprising 2012-13 season.

Northeast Division

-The Maple Leafs assigned defensemen Jesse Blacker, Korbinian Holzer and forward Joe Colborne to Toronto of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-"We exit Round 1 in seven games, after having a 2-0 series lead. The loss is quite painful to everyone associated with our franchise. I personally feel like I have let the community down with this Game 7 loss." - Capitals owner Ted Leonsis on his team losing in the quarterfinal round to the Rangers.

-"Winning gives you everything. Nobody remembers losers. Everybody remembers winners." - Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.

Pacific Division

-Ducks general manager Bob Murray admitted defenseman Francois Beauchemin played the past month despite a torn ACL.

Smythe Division

-Boston's Patrice Bergeron, Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and Chicago's Jonathan Toews were named finalists for the Selke Trophy.

(Photos: Senators/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Sharks/Kings-Chris Carlson/Associated Press and Jeff Gross/Getty Images; IIHF World Championships-Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

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