Empty Netter Assists - 05-18-19

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Senators

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "They're going to be pretty desperate, so we'd better be ready." - Sidney Crosby (above) on Game 3.

-The Ottawa Citizen's recap. The Senators yanked their starting goaltender for the first time this season.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''He's one of the best in the game and if you give him time, space to make plays, to shoot puck he's going to burn you.'' - Senators defenseman Chris Phillips on Crosby.


-Crosby > Ottawa's Mika Zibanejad and Craig Anderson:

-Tomas Vokoun was all over this puck:

-Brenden Morrow couldn't jam in this puck by Anderson:

-Evgeni malkin was ready for this faceoff:

-Bloody times for Chris Kunitz:

-Happy times for the Penguins:

-A good look at Vokoun stopping Greening:

-Anderson kept an eye on this puck:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Jarome Iginla speaks:

-Matt Niskanen speaks:

-Morrow speaks:

-Tomas Vokoun speaks:

-"None of my goals are really pretty. That was another going in the net, hitting you and going in. Hopefully now they'll come a little easier." - Morrow on his game-winning goal.

-“It’s been a change but it’s been a neat experience. I’m enjoying every moment.” Iginla on joining the Penguins.

-“Are you blind?” - Erik Karlsson's reaction to a question about how he defended Crosby's first goal.

-"He played 13:37, which isn't normal for him, so obviously he wasn't one of our best players. He didn't play well." - Senators coach Paul MacLean on Karlsson.

-Will the Senators start Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner in net for Game 3?

-Will Senators forward Jason Spezza return for Game 3?

-MacLean was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award along with Anaheim's Bruce Boudreau and Chicago's Joel Quenneville.

-What's a "brinzer?"

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

Calder Cup Playoffs

-Brad Thiessen made 31 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-1 home win against the Providence Bruins in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series in the Calder Cup playoffs Friday. Providence leads the series, 3-1. Joey Mormina recorded three assists for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Penguins will host Game 5 Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

-"I had my grandmother's lasagna for lunch. Maybe that was it." - Mormina on his offensive output.

Bruins - Rangers

-Could Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (eye) return to the lineup for Game 2?

Blackhawks - Red Wings

-The Blackhawks' top power play unit of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith (right), Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp has a combined 14 all-star game appearances on their resume.

Kings - Sharks

-"The Sharks organization fully supports the NHL in its efforts to remove illegal and dangerous hits from the game but we strongly disagree with the NHL's decision to suspend Raffi Torres." - Sharks general manager Doug Wilson's statement on the suspension of forward Raffi Torres.

-Could Sharks forward Martin Havlat ("lower body") return to the lineup for Game 3?

Non-Playoff Stuff
IIHF World Championships

-Sweden/Canucks defenseman Alex Edler was suspended two games by the IIHF for his knee-on-knee hit against Canada/Hurricanes forward Eric Staal Thursday.


-Former Penguins forward Jeff Taffe has joined Linköping of Sweden's Elitserien.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins forward John Chabot. Acquired early in the 1984-85 season in deal which sent Ron Flockhart to the Canadiens, Chabot spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. In 67 games with the Penguins that season, Chabot recorded 53 points. His first full season with the Penguins in 1985-86 saw him appear in 77 games and collect 45 points. In 1986-87, Chabot played in 72 games and netted 36 points. The following offseason, he signed with the Red Wings. In 216 games with the Penguins, he recorded 134 points, 62nd most in franchise history.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins forward Dave Michayluk. A free agent signing in the 1989 offseason, Michayluk spent the vast majority of his professional career in the minor leagues. His Penguins career amounted to seven postseason games and two points for the Penguins during their 1992 Stanley Cup run. Injuries to stars such as Mario Lemieux and Joe Mullen forced the Penguins to recall Michayluk, Jock Callander and Mike Needham from their IHL affiliate in Muskegon. That trio formed the "Muskegon Line." Michayluk would never play in the NHL again but ended up becoming one of the most prolific minor league hockey players of all-time.

-Happy 67th birthday to former Penguins forward Rod Zaine. Acquired in the 1970 offseason from the AHL's Baltimore Clippers in exchange for cash, Zaine's Penguins career amounted to 37 games and 13 points withe 1970-71 Penguins. In the 1971 offseason, he was claimed by the Sabres in the intra-league draft.

-Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Marty McSorley (right). Originally signed as a free agent in the 1982 offseason, McSorley had two stints with the Penguins. He made the roster as a rookie in team's dreadful 1983-84 season appearing in 72 games and recorded nine points and 224 penalty minutes. The following season, McSorley was limited to 15 games with the Penguins and 15 penalty minutes. In the 1985 offseason, McSorley was traded to the Oilers along with Tim Hrynewich and Craig Muni in exchange for Gilles Meloche. McSorley would win two Stanley Cup titles in Edmonton and would be involved in arguably the biggest trade in sports history as he and some decent center were sent to the Kings in 1988. After establishing himself as one of the best enforcers in NHL history, McSorley returned to the Penguin in the 1993 offseason by way of a trade which sent Shawn McEachern to the Kings. McSorley spent just over half the season with the Penguins appearing in 47 games. He recorded 21 points and 139 penalty minutes and engaged in a memorable fight with Detroit's Bob Probert (below) before being traded back to the Kings along with Jim Paek in exchange for Tomas Sandstrom and McEachern. In 134 games with the Penguins, McSorley recorded 30 points and 378 penalty minutes, 40th most in franchise history. Overall, McSorley recorded 3,381 penalty minutes in the NHL, fourth-most all-time.

Atlantic Division

-The Islanders re-signed forward Eric Boulton to a one-year contract extension. Terms were not revealed. In 15 game this past season, Boulton, 36, had no points and 36 penalty minutes.

Patrick Division

-Former Oilers/Lightning/Coyotes forward Marc-Antoine Pouliot has joined Gottéron of Switzerland's NLA.

(Photos: Senators/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Keith-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; McSorley-Penguins Hockey Cards)

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