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Empty Netter Assists - 05-17-13

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Senators

-Welcome back Chris Kunitz ... to a line with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis.

-Wy can't the Penguins ever seem to take a 2-0 series lead?

-“When I first saw him play a few times in San Jose, I would not have guessed he was from Sweden. It’s just his size (6-3, 245 pounds) and his physical mentality and his toughness. He plays with an edge and that’s what he needs to do. He deters guys from coming to the front of the net and from going in the corners.” - Deryk Engelland on Douglas Murray.

-"(I want) to go out there and match up against those guys and make sure they’re not running around too much." - Engelland on matching up against the Senators' fourth line.

-Crosby speaks:

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-James Neal speaks:

-“For us, it’s about: What can we exploit in their game?. At the same time, how can we slow them down and (not) let their skill take over and let their skilled guys have too much time with the puck.” - Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.

-Welcome back forward Guillaume Latendresse to the Senators' lineup?

-"I don't think he's played close to what he was playing before he got injured. He was a dominant, dominant player, possibly the best player in the league at the time of his injury. No, his play hasn't been up to the level of that. And our expectation wasn't that it would be at that level." - Senators coach Paul MacLean on Erik Karlsson's recovery from an Achilles injury.

-MacLean wants his team to go to the net in Game 2.

-MacLean speaks:

-Alfredsson speaks:

Calder Cup Playoff

-Down 3-0 in the series, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will try to hold off being eliminated tonight in Game 4 against the Providence Bruins.

-After the Jump: Thrilling wins by the Bruins and Kings, a scary injury for Carolina's Eric Staal and Evgeni Malkin is a Jeopardy! answer?

Bruins - Rangers

-An overtime goal and an assist by Brad Marchand gave the Bruins a 3-2 win against the Rangers in Game 1. Boston took a 1-0 series lead. Captain Zdeno Chara added a goal and an assist for the Bruins while teammate Tuukka Rask made 33 saves.

-Pass of the Night: Boston Patrice Bergeron to set up Marchand in overtime:

-Happy times for Marchand:

-Sad times for the Rangers:

-Boston's Torrey Krug (center) being popular:

-"I might just have to [skip more practices]." - Marchand joking about leaving the morning skate early yesterday.

-"We had a couple of chances, I had one. They had 100, probably." - Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman on the difference in play during the overtime period.

-With injuries keeping defensemen Andrew Ference, Wade Redden and Dennis Seidenberg out of the lineup, the Bruins had to turn to young defensemen Matt Bartkowski, Krug and Dougie Hamilton.

Blackhawks - Red Wings

-How similiar are Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk and Blackhawks captain/forward Jonathan Toews?

Kings - Sharks

-Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist for the Kings in a wild 4-3 comeback win against the Sharks in Game 2. Jonathan Quick made 21 saves for Los Angeles which took a 2-0 series lead.

-Check out this rocket of a goal by Los Angeles' Drew Doughty:

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by San Jose's Patrick Marleau:

-Save of the Night: Quick on San Jose's Tommy Wingels:

-The Kings scored two goals in the final 1:43 of regulation to win the game. The tying goal by captain Dustin Brown:

-The game-winning goal by Trevor Lewis:

-"I think I almost passed out in the celebration. I got a little lightheaded. It's good to score a big goal in the playoffs. It's what you dream about." - Lewis on his goal.

-"It's not going to do me any good to get up here and whine and moan about the refereeing because it's not going to get us anywhere. We took some penalties, we needed to kill them, and we move on."  - Sharks coach Todd McLellan on a delay of game penalty against defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic which gave the Kings a two-man advantage late in regulation.

-The penalty in question:

-Everyone had issues here:

-San Jose's Antti Niemi did the splits here:

-Laser times in Los Angeles:

-“We’ve got to put it behind us. There’s two ways for us to respond. We can either fold up and say at least we tried. Or we can say, you know what? We can win.” - Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart on being down 2-0 in the series.

-Sharks forward Raffi Torres was suspended for the remainder of this series by the NHL for his hit to the head of Kings forward Jarret Stoll in Game 1. The NHL's explanation:

-EN Says: Considering Torres' history and the fact that Stoll suffered an injury, it's hard to argue with this suspension. If anything, it could have been longer.

Non-Playoff Stuff
IIHF World Championships

-Ducks goaltending prospect John Gibson, a native of Whitehall, made 31 saves for the United States in an 8-3 rout of Russia.

-Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth made 39 saves for Sweden in a 3-2 shootout win against Canada.

-We can't find a clip with audio, but Canada/Hurricanes captain Eric Staal was injured on a knee-on-knee hit by Sweden/Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler:

-Painful times for Staal:

-Edler was given a major and a game misconduct for the hit.

-Staal is schedule to return to Raleigh, N.C. to undergo an MRI Sunday.

-EN Says: When you see something like that, it's should become a lot clearer as to why the NHL is somewhat hesitant to return to the Olympics. The league makes its most valuable asset, players, available to great risk. Does the return justify that risk?

-Canada's Mike Smith stopped Sweden's Daniel Sedin here:

-Pumped times for Sweden's Fredrik Pettersson:

-Happy times for Sweden:

-Former Mighty Ducks/Hurricanes/Senators/Maple Leafs/Oilers goaltender Martin Gerber made 31 saves for Switzerland which defeated the Czech Republic, 2-1.

-The Czech Republic's Radim Vrbata tried to go wide on Gerber here:

-Happy times for Switzerland:

-Former Penguins forward Janne Pesonen recorded two assists for Finland which defeated Slovakia, 4-3. Palo Ray Shero.

-Finland's Petri Kontiola was able to beat Slovakia's entire defense here:

-Happy times for Finland:

Penguins

-Evgeni Malkin was used as a Jeopardy! question. The contenstant got the answer wrong however:

-Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins forward Doug Smith. Acquired midway through the 1989-90 season in exchange for cash, Smith's NHL career ended with 10 games and two points with the Penguins that campaign. In the 1990 offseason, he joined ATSE Graz in Austria.

Northeast Division

-“We took some significant steps. But there’s room for improvement. We need to get better. We need to add more pieces. We’ve taken some significant steps but we’re not there. We’re not playing tonight." - Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis on his team reaching the postseason for the first time since 2004.

Southeast Division

-According to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin (right) played Games 6 and 7 of a quarterfinal series against the Rangers with a hairline fracture in his left foot.

Northwest Division

-Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom underwent sports hernia surgery.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes re-signed forward Rob Klinkhammer to a two-year contract extension. Terms of the contact were not revealed. Klinkhammer, who was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this offseason, appeared in 22 NHL games this past season and scored 11 points.

Adams Division

-Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, Islanders forward Matt Moulson and Lightning forward Martin St. Louis were named finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy.

(Photos: Kunitz-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Rangers/Bruins-Charles Krupa/Associated Press and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; Sharks/Kings-Jeff Gross/Getty Images and Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press; IIHF World Championships-Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images, Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images and Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images; Ovechkin-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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