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Empty Netter Assists - 05-16-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Senators

-Remember when Pascal Dupuis (right) was the throw-in to the Marian Hossa trade from the Thrashers?

-"My body's a little more sore today than last time."- The Great Joe Vitale comparing Game 1 of against the Senators to the previous round against the Islanders.

-"From a playing standpoint, as long as we're not playing back-to-back, I don't think anyone minds. I don't mind having two days off, that's for sure." - Brooks Orpik on the two-day break between Games 1 and 2.

-Does Marc-Andre Fleury still have a chance at being on Canada's roster should the NHL participate in the 2014 Olympics?

-Dan Bylsma s speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-Matt Niskanen speaks:

-Craig Adams speaks:

-"If you don't continue to raise your level of play, you end up not getting the opportunity to play." - Senators coach Paul MacLean.

-MacLean shot down any speculation that injured center Jason Spezza was ready to return to the lineup from a back injury.

-“We know we can play with them. Maybe we came out a little bit tight, but now that we’ve got the jitters out, we’re a confident group.” - Senators defenseman Marc Methot.

-MacLean speaks:

Calder Cup playoffs

-Brad Thiessen made 20 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-1 overtime loss at home to the Providence Bruins in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series in the Calder Cup playoffs. Providence leads the best-of-seven series, 3-0. The Penguins will host Game 4 Friday, 7:05 p.m.

-After the Jump: The Blackhawks take a 1-0 lead against the Red Wings and more outdoor games.

Bruins - Rangers

-Bruins defensemen Wade Redden, Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference are all dealing with undisclosed injuries.

-"Everyone asks about all that other stuff, but at the end of the day, as long as we win, that's all that matters. I felt I was getting better and better each game. The most important thing is the team. That's all I'm worried about." - Rangers forward Rick Nash on his failure to score a goal in the quarterfinal round.

-"You've got everybody and their brother whining out there in Washington about what happened in that series. I think that's a big reason they lose that series." - Rangers coach John Tortorella.

Blackhawks - Red Wings

-A goal and two assists by Patrick Sharp led the Blackhawks to a 4-1 win against the rival Red Wings in Game 1. Corey Crawford made 20 saves for Chicago which has a 1-0 series lead.

-The pregame festivities:

-Check out the placement on this shot by Chicago's Johnny Oduya:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this "save" by Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook:

-Happy times in Chicago:

-Detroit's Dan Cleary had a fierce battle in front of the Chicago crease with Blackhawks defenseman and former Penguin Michal Rozsival:

-We don't want to question the skating ability of Chicago captain Jonathan Toews, but...:

-Chicago's Dave Bolland had some torque on this shot:

 

-Detroit's Jimmy Howard kept an eye on these pucks:

-Sharp shared the postseason goal-scoring lead with Dupuis with six goals.

-Bolland made his postseason debut after missing the quarterfinal round against the Wild due to a groin injury.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

Kings - Sharks

-Sharks forward Raffi Torres will have an in-person disciplinary hearing with the NHL in New York over his high hit which injured Kings forward Jarret Stoll in Game 1.

-"He's a really good player for us. He's a big part of the win of the Stanley Cup and a really good center man and a guy who plays minutes, plays special teams. So obviously our player's quite a bit more important than theirs." - Kings coach Darryl Sutter on the hit.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Penguins

-Happy 63rd birthday to former Penguins forward John Stewart. A second-round pick in 1970, Stewart spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1970-71, he appeared in 15 games and recorded three points. The following seasons saw him play in 25 games and score 10 points. In the 1972 offseason, he was claimed by the Atlanta Flames in the expansion draft.

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins defenseman John Jakopin (right). Claimed off waivers from the Panthers prior to the 2001-02 season, Jakopin's Penguins career amounted to 19 games and four assist that campaign. In the 2002 offseason, Jakopin signed with the Sharks.

-Happy 61st birthday to former Penguins forward Steve Lyon. Signed early in the 1976-77 season, Lyon's NHL career amounted to three games and no points for the Penguins that campaign. After spending most of 1976-77 with the Columbus Owls of the IHL, Lyon moved on to the Whitby Warriors of the OHA.

Atlantic Division

-The NHL officially announced two outdoor games next season at Yankee Stadium between the Rangers and Islanders as well as the Rangers and Devils.

-Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is a fan of Joseph Stalin... because of course he is.

Northeast Divison

-The Maple Leafs assigned forward Jeff Hamilton to Toronto of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Capitals forward Martin Erat finished the season with a dislocated elbow.

-“I’m really looking forward to next season already, just because we know we have a great team. Everything’s in place and I think we’re going to be really good for a long time. We’re going to win a Cup. I believe in all the coaches and the staff we have." - Capitals defenseman Mike Green (right).

Smythe Division

-Former Flames forward Roman Cervenka has joined SKA St. Petersburg of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Dupuis/Hossa-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Red Wings/Blackhawks-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images and Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press; Jakopin-Mitchell Layton/Getty Images; Green-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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