Empty Netter Assists - 05-27-13

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Playoff Stuff

-"We knew that if we were going to get to this point, we were probably going to have to play them eventually." - Brandon Sutter on facing the Bruins.

-Sidney Crosby ditches the jaw guard.

-Crosby speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-Brooks Orpik speaks:

-Pascal Dupuis speaks:

-"We’ve all watched Pittsburgh play, we’ve played against them enough and we have a lot of respect for that team, the way they’re coached, and they have four really good lines and guys that contribute and they got scoring from every line and they’re not too far removed from winning the Stanley Cup and they know how to win, so I think it will be a great matchup. We’re excited about it, and we’re going to have to be good.” - Bruins forward Gregory Campbell.

Calder Cup Playoffs

-Brad Thiessen made 34 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 road loss to the Syracuse Crunch in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. The series is tied, 1-1. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is scheduled to host Game 3 Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.

-“Just an absolute no-show by too many guys on our team." - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton captain/defenseman Joey Mormina.

-After the Jump: The Sharks force a Game 7 against the Kings.

Red Wings - Blackhawks

-The Red Wings will have the advantage in match-ups in tonight's Game 6.

-Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith isn't too fond of octopusses.

Kings - Sharks

-Antti Niemi made 21 saves for the Sharks in a 2-1 win against the Kings in Game 6. The series is tied, 3-3.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this dish by San Jose's Joe Pavelski to set up captain Joe Thornton for a power-play goal:

-A good look at Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick trying to stop the goal:

-Check out the placement on this shot by San Jose's T.J. Galiardi:

-Happy times for Galiardi:

-Cool Photo of the Night: The Sharks taking the ice:

-San Jose's Brent Burns went stick on puck here against Los Angeles' Drew Doughty:

-"Jumbo has been telling me the whole time, just be patient -- you're going to score when the boys need it the most," said Galiardi, whose goal was his first in 19 postseason games. "He was a bit of a fortune teller tonight." - Sharks forward T.J. Galiardi on his goal and captain "Jumbo" Joe Thornton.

-"Richards' was a penalty. Kopi's was a penalty. It's not very good when your first two centermen are sitting over in those good seats over there, looking at ya." - Kings coach Darryl Sutter on Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar taking penalties in the first period which led to a five-on-three power-play goal for the Sharks.

-Kings forward Jarrett Stoll (concussion) has yet to receive clearance to return to the lineup.

Non-Playoff Stuff

-Happy 73rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ed Van Impe. An all-star with the Flyers during their "Broad Street Bullies" days, Van Impe came to the Penguins late in the 1975-76 season along with Bobby Taylor in a deal which sent Gary Inness and cash to Philadelphia. He spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished 1975-76 by appearing in 12 games and recording five assists. He appeared in all three of the team's playoff games and netted one assist. In 1976-77, he was limited to 10 games and three assists and retired in midseason.

-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins forward Richard Park (right). The second native of South Korea to play for the Penguins as well as in the NHL (Jim Paek being the first), Park was a second round pick in 1994 and spent parts of four seasons in Pittsburgh over two stints. He made his NHL debut in 1994-95 by appearing on one game and recording one assist. He played in three playoff games that postseason and failed to record a point. In 1995-96, he played in 56 games and recorded 10 points. During that postseason, he played in one game and did not score a point. He appeared in one game in 1996-97 before being dealt to the Mighty Ducks at the trade deadline in exchange for Roman Oksiuta. After bouncing between the Mighty Ducks, Flyers, Wild, Canucks, Islanders and HC Geneve-Servette of Switzerland's NLA, Park returned to the Penguins as a free agent in the 2011 offseson. In 54 regular season games last season, Park scored 14 points. He appeared in two postseason games and recorded one assist. In 112 regular season games with the Penguins, Park has scored 25 points. In six postseason games, he has recorded one assist.

Atlantic Division

-As a result of failing to advance to the Stanley Final, the Rangers will receive a third round pick in this year's draft from the Blue Jackets as a condition of last year's trade which brought Rick Nash to New York.

Adams Division

-A hat trick Nathan MacKinnon led the Halifax Mooseheads to a 6-4 win against the Portland Winterhawks in the Memorial Cup final.

(Photos: Sutter-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Kings/Sharks-Tony Avelar/Associated Press and Ezra Shaw/Getty Images; Park-Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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