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Empty Netter Assists - 05-19-13

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Senators

-"They're going to be desperate. We're going to be desperate, too, to get the lead." - Kris Letang on the Senators.

-"Just another rink that you go into." - James Neal dismissing any distinctive features of Scotiabank Place.

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Letang speaks:

-Pascal Dupuis speaks:

-Senators forward Jason Spezza (above, with Crosby) is expected to return to the lineup after being sidelined since February due to a back injury.

-The Senators will keep Craig Anderson in goal for Game 3.

-Spezza speaks:

Calder Cup playoffs

-Brad Thiessen made 30 saves and led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 4-0 home win against the Providence Bruins in Game 5 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series in the Calder Cup playoffs. Providence leads the best-of-seven series, 3-2. Brian Dumoulin added a goal and two assists for the Penguins. The Bruins host Game 6 Sunday, 7:05 p.m.

-Highlights:

-After the Jump: The Red Wings tie the Blackhawks, the Sharks get on on the Kings and the Penguins sign a prospect.

Bruins - Rangers

-Dealing with an undisclosed injury, Bruins defenseman Wade Redden is expected to be a game-time decision for today's Game 2.

-Bruins forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr has failed to score a goal in this postseason.

-"I've always played with passion and energy, and I kind of lost that in my years in Columbus. I've found that again. It's a great atmosphere for me." - Rangers forward Derick Brassard on his play with the Rangers since being acquired from the Blue Jackets at the trade deadline.

-“Because he stinks on the power play. I don’t know why. I wish I could play him more on the power play but every time I put him on, he stinks.” - Rangers coach John Tortorella on his decision to not use forward Carl Hagelin on the power play.

Blackhawks - Red Wings

-Jimmy Howard made 19 saves for the Red Wings in a 4-1 win against the rival Blackhawks in Game 2. Captain Henrik Zetterberg recorded two assists for Detroit. The series is tied, 1-1.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Chicago's Patrick Kane:

-Pass of the Day: Check out this dish by Zetterberg to set up Brendan Smith for a goal:

-Goal of the Day: Check out this backhanded effort by Detroit's Valtteri Filppula:

-Howard did not seem to impressed by the skating ability of Chicago captain Jonathan Toews:

-Chicago's Brandon Saad, a native of Gibsonia, put something extra on this shot:

-Cool Photo of the Day: Chicago's Patrick Kane taking the ice:

-Red Wings forward Drew Miller returned to the lineup after being sidelined since April 20 due to a broken hand.

-"It's just tough to understand sometimes why we get roughing penalties and hooking penalties, whatever it is, and it doesn't go both ways," Toews said. "If that's the way it's going to be, well, we need to understand that and play more physical and be tougher on them. We'll know that going into the next one." - Toews on the officiating.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

Kings - Sharks

-An overtime goal by Logan Couture gave the Sharks a 2-1 win against the Kings in Game 3. Patrick Marleau recorded two assists for San Jose while teammate Antti Niemi made 26 saves. Los Angeles leads the series, 2-1.

-Check out the placement on this shot by San Jose's Dan Boyle:

-Ugly Goal of the Night: Los Angeles rookie Tyler Toffoli scored with a backhander after a brutal turnover by San Jose's Brad Stuart:

-Hit of the Night: Stuart redeemed himself with this thunderous check on Los Angeles' Justin Williams:

-Save of the Night: Check out this stop by Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick on San Jose's Andrew Desjardins:

-Couture's goal:

-A good look at the goal:

-Quick had some help with this puck:

-Couture played on after jamming his left skate into the boards awkwardly in the second period. The play in question:

-"I found it very tough to believe, with a player as intelligent as Trevor Lewis, that he'd run the goalie. I asked him and he said he got pushed from behind. I believe him and I'm disappointed that the refs had enough confidence to make a gutsy call like that in the last, whatever, 30 seconds of a period. It's pretty impressive when they have enough gall to guess. I'm going to look at the tape and I'm going to see if he got pushed, because I know what it's like to drive the net. Sometimes, it happens." - Kings forward Dustin Penner on a goaltending interference call against forward Trevor Lewis late in the third period which gave the Sharks a five-on-three power play heading into the overtime period.

-Quick was given a game misconduct for abusing officials following the overtime goal and received an automatic $200 fine.

-"It was huge. You could just feel the building get electric." - Sharks captain Joe Thornton on the hit.

-The NHL fired Sharks general manager Doug Wilson $100,000 after he was sharply critical of the league's suspension of forward Raffi Torres.

-How has Sharks forward Scott Gomez turned his career around?

Non-Playoff Stuff
IIHF World Championships

-Flames goaltending prospect Reto Berra made 29 saves for Finland in a 3-0 shutout of the United States in a semifinal round game.

-Berra being the center of attention:

-Happy times for Switzerland's Reto Suri :

-Switzerland's Denis Hollenstein fended off the United States' Tim Stapleton here:

-United States goaltender John GIbson, a native of Whitehall, had to fish this puck out of his net:

-It was that kind of day for United States coach Joe Sacco:

-Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth made 30 saves for Sweden in a 3-0 shutout of rival Finland in the other semifinal game.

-Enroth got a piece of this puck:

-Happy times for Sweden:

Penguins

-The Penguins signed defenseman Nick D'Agostino, a seventh-round pick in 2008, to a two-year entry-level contract. In 34 games this past season at Cornell, D'Agostino, 22, scored 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists).

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward Andreas Johansson (right). Acquired early in the 1996-97 season along with Darius Kasparaitis in a deal which sent Bryan Smolinski to the Islanders, Johansson spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 27 games that season, Johansson recorded nine points. In 1997-98, Johansson appeared in 50 games and recorded 15 points. The 1998 offseason saw him sign as a free agent with the Senators.

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Wayne Van Dorp. Acquired early in the 1987-88 season along with Paul Coffey and Dave Hunter in exchange for for Craig Simpson, Dave Hannan, Moe Mantha and Chris Joseph, Van Dorp's Penguins career amounted to 25 games and four points with the club that campaign. In the 1988 offseason, he was traded to the Sabres for future considerations.

Southeast Division

-Hurricanes captain/forward Eric Staal will not require surgery after being diagnosed with a third degree sprain of the MCL in his right knee.

(Photos: Spezza/Crosby-Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images; Red Wings/Blackhawks-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images and Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press; Kings/Sharks-Tony Avelar/Associated Press and Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images; IIHF World Championships-Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images, Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images, Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images and Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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