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Empty Netter Assists - 05-28-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Bruins

-Jarome Iginla's decision to accept a trade to the Penguins is paying off thus far.

-With the series not starting until Saturday, the Penguins will take another day off today. (PG+)

-If you're a Penguins fan in Poland, you have to stay up late.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Brenden Morrow speaks:

-Mark Eaton:

-"He's a guy who, when he's physical and gets his physical game going, the rest of his game will take shape." - Brooks Orpik on Bruins forward Milan Lucic.

-“Maybe we don’t have the names that the Penguins have when it comes to Crosbys and Malkins, but we have guys that have done a great job in the past, that have worked well together and that have given us an opportunity to be a championship team." - Bruins coach Claude Julien.

Calder Cup Playoffs

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins signed defensive prospects Scott Harrington and Olli Maatta to amateur tryout contracts. (PG+)

-After the Jump: The Blackhawks force a Game 7 against the Red Wings and Sergei Gonchar wants to stay in Ottawa.

Blackhawks - Red Wings

-A goal and an assist by former Penguin Marian Hossa led the Blackhawks to a 4-3 win against the Red Wings in Game 6. Captain Jonathan Toews recorded two assists for Chicago while teammate Corey Crawford made 35 saves. The series is tied, 3-3.

-Chicago's Michael Frolik scored the eventual game-winning goal on a penalty shot:

-A good look at the goal:

-Happy times for Frolik:

-Frolik became the first player in NHL history to score two postseason penalty shot goals.

-"It looked weak from the bench. I don't know if he had a good angle from where he was standing in the corner. Colo made a little poke on his glove and he lost the puck.'' - Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg questioning the call which awarded the penalty shot.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Detroit's Damien Brunner:

-Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk had a lonely seat in the penalty box:

-Happy times for the Red Wings. Not so much for Chicago's Corey Crawford:

-Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers was fined $1,600 for shooting pucks into the Red Wings' net during warm-ups prior to Game 5.

-Manager Magnum P.I. Clint Hurdle took in the game with some members of the Pirates:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

Kings - Sharks

-The Kings will host a Game 7 tonight for the first time since 1989.

-The Sharks have played in a combined 31 game 7s while the Kings only have 15.

-“Yeah. Don’t [expletive].” - Devils forward Scott Gomez's advice on how to play in Game 7.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Penguins

-Happy 64th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Gary Inness (right). A free agent signing in the 1973 offseason, Inness spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. In 1973-74, Inness appeared in 20 games and had a record of 7-10-1 with a 3.26 goals against average. During 1974-75, Inness took over as the team's top goaltender and responded by appearing in 57 games with a 24-18-10 record, a 3.09 goals against average and two shutouts. In nine postseason games that spring, Inness was 5-4 with a 2.67 goals against average. After appearing in 23 games and going 8-9-2 with a 4.06 goals against average in 1975-76, Inness was dealt to the Flyers in exchange for Bobby Taylor and Ed Van Impe. In 100 regular season games with the Penguins, Inness had a record of 39-37-13 with a 3.37 goals against average.

-Happy 63rd birthday to former Penguins forward Errol Thompson. Acquired midway through the 1980-81 season in a deal which sent Gary McAdam to the Red Wings, Thompson finished his 10-year NHL career by appearing in 34 games and recording 14 points for the Penguins. He was released during the 1982 offseason. Thompson is one of three former Penguins (John Chabot and Bob Stewart are the others) from Prince Edward Island.

-Happy 61st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jack Lynch (right). A second-round pick of the club in 1972, Lynch spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. In 1972-73, he appeared in 47 games and recorded 19 points as a rookie. During 1973-74, he played in 17 games and recorded seven points for the Penguins before being dealt to the Red Wings along with Jim Rutherford in exchange for Ron Stackhouse. In 64 regular season games with the Penguins, Lynch scored 26 points.

-Happy 68th birthday to former Penguins forward Ted Snell. A free agent in October of 1973, Snell spent one seasons in Pittsburgh. In 1973-74, Snell appeared in 55 games and recorded 16 points. In the 1974 offseason, he was claimed by the Kansas City Scouts in the expansion draft.

-Happy 34thd birthday to former Penguins forward Matt Hussey. A ninth-round pick in 1998, Hussey spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 2003-04, Hussey appeared in three games and recorded three points. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Hussey saw action in 13 games in 2005-06 and recorded one assist. In the 2006 offseason, he signed with the Red Wings. Hussey spent this past season with  Straubing Tigers of the DEL  in Germany.

Atlantic Division

-"It's probably not going to be 100 percent. That's not to say it's not going to get a lot better, so it's still improving. We'll see how far it goes. My belief is that once everything settles down and I get comfortable with it, I'll never have to be asked about it again. I don't think it will be an issue." - Rangers defenseman Marc Staal on his recovery from damaged eye ball suffered when he was struck by a puck March 5.

-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was non-committal when asked about signing a long-term contract extension this offseason.

-How likely are the Rangers to buy out the rest of forward Brad Richards' contract?

Northeast Division

-"I'll probably take at least a week before I allow myself to even think about it and go from there. It's been a mentally draining season with the schedule and everything and I just feel like I need to give it a bit of time and freshen up and take it from there." - Senators captain/forward Daniel Alfredsson (right) on his future.

-Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, former Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar said he wants to re-sign with the Senators.

-Senators forward Jason Spezza revealed he suffered a knee injury while rehabilitating from back surgery.

Southeast Division

-Riley Gill made 29 saves for the Reading Royals, the Flyers' ECHL affiliate, in a series-clinching 6-0 shutout of the Stockton Thunder, the Oilers' affiliate, in Game 4 of the Kelly Cup Final. The Royals won the series, 4-1 and claimed their first Kelly Cup title.

Patrick Division

-Former Lightning/Ducks/Thrashers forward Yevgeni Artyukhin has joined Atlant Mytishchi of Russia's KHL.

-Former Blackhawks forward Igor Radulov has also joined Atlant Mytischchi.

(Photos: Iginla-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Blackahwks/Red Wings-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; Inness-Penguins Hockey Cards; Alfredsson-Photobucket)

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