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Empty Netter Assists - 05-25-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Senators

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We came out with the desperation to win." - James Neal.

-The Ottawa Citizen's recap. “We will take good things out of this and it will make us better. (The Penguins) never stepped off the pedal one time and that’s what it takes.” - Senators coach Paul MacLean.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''The depth we showed, different guys chipping in. The whole way through we didn't have many lulls where we lost momentum at any point.'' - Sidney Crosby.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Handshakes:

-Tomas Vokoun kept an eye on this puck:

-Hats:

-Ottawa's Chris Neil "bravely" barked at the Penguins while allowing an official to hold him back:

-Neil and Alfredsson leave the ice for the last time this season:

-Happy times for Brenen Morrow and Jussi Jokinen:

-Happy times for Jokinen, Kris Letang and Tyler Kennedy:

-Michael Keaton took in the game:

 

-Neal speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Thor Douglas Murray speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-"I just said, 'Great series.'. That was it." - Matt Cooke on what he said to Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson in the handshake line.

-"There's nothing set in stone here. I play every game like it could be my last." - Tomas Vokoun on his status as starting goaltender.

-"I don't know if I've ever seen a team that deep to be honest. Maybe pre-lockout when there wasn't a salary cap? But like I said, star players doesn't mean you're going to win. It's how they come together, play as a team." - Senators goaltender Craig Anderson on the Penguins.

-“They’re probably the best team in the league. We tried and we tried, but you pay for every mistake.” - Karlsson on the Penguins.

-The Penguins will have a day off today. (PG+)

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-The pregame festivities:

-Pirates infielder Brandon Inge. Penguins fan:

Calder Cup Playoffs

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins open their Eastern Conference final series with the Syracuse Crunch tonight.

Bruins - Rangers

-"You won a game to keep yourself alive, and that's what we have to look to now. Just win a game." - Rangers coach John Tortorella on his team facing a 3-1 series deficit.

-Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg skated for the first time since suffering an undisclosed injury in Game 7 of a quarterfinal round against the Maple Leafs.

-The Bruins recalled goaltender Niklas Svedberg from Providence of the AHL.

Blackhawks - Red Wings

-In order to jump start their offense, the Blackhawks will team all-stars Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews on a line together.

-Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has seen his ice time reduced this series.

-The Red Wings' bottom four defensemen - Kyle Quincey, Jakub Kind, Carlo Colaiacovo and Brendan Smith - have been surprising a lot of people.

-Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh discovered one of the interesting quirks of being a Red Wings fan:

Kings - Sharks

-"I think you can just see how different of a team we are when he's in the lineup to set the tone physically." - Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr on fellow defenseman Matt Greene's return to the lineup.

-Sharks forward Adam Burish (hand) could return to the lineup for Game 6.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Penguins

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward and picnic jug enthusiast (below) Pat Graham. A sixth-round pick in 1980, Graham spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1981-82, he appeared in 42 games and recorded 14 points. The following season, he was limited to 20 games and six points. In the 1983 offseason, he was traded to the Maple Leafs along with Nick Ricci in exchange for Rocky Saganiuk and Vincent Tremblay.

Central Division

-The Blue Jackets re-signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney to a one-year contract worth $600,000. In 49 AHL games this season, McElhinney, 30 , had a 29-6-3 record, 2.29 goals against average, .923 save percentage and nine shutouts.

-Columbus signed undrafted defenseman Ilari Melart to a one-year entry-level contract.

-The Predators signed defenseman Mikko Vainonen, a fourth-round pick in 2012, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes signed general manager Don Maloney to a long-term contract extension. Terms were not revealed. In six seasons, Malone has guided the Coyotes to a 230-172-56 record and three postseason appearance.

-EN Says: Whatever Maloney is being paid, he's worth it. He's done amazing things with this team despite not having financial resources other teams have. The Coyotes have been extremely successful the past several seasons and Maloney is the reason why.

(Photos: Senators/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

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