Empty Netter Assists - 05-29-13

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Bruins

-Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron will see plenty of one another this series.

-The Penguins won't have an easy time in the faceoff circle against the Bruins.

-The Penguins aren't too concerned about the Western Conference ... yet.

-The NHL finally released the potential conference final schedules.

-"If you love your job, you love your wife or somebody or something, you just want to be with that all the time. So, to me, I love this game. So as long as I can play, I want to play. That’s the reason I'm playing. I just love it.’’ - Bruins forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr (right).

-Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference resumed practicing for the first time since suffering a "lower-body" injury in Game 5 of the quarterfinal round against the Maple Leafs.

-“I’m one of those guys where you’ve got to relish challenges. You can’t fear them. Bring ‘em on. That’s what our whole team’s demeanor is going to be. We know it’s a big challenge, but bring it on. We’re ready for it, and we’ll give it everything that we have. Hopefully that will be enough to win a series.” - Bruins coach Claude Julien on the Penguins.

-"That night, I figured it was a done deal. I think everybody did other than the Penguins." - Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski (right), a native of Mt. Lebanon, on the proposed deal in March which would have sent him to the Flames in exchange for Jarome Iginla.

Calder Cup Playoffs

-How likely is it defensive prospects Scott Harrington and Olli Maatta will see action in a postseason game for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins?

Blackhawks - Red Wings

-"It's going to be a blast. Starting from warmups tomorrow night the crowd is going to be loud. They're going to be in it. It's going to make for a great atmosphere, exactly what you want in Game 7." - Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard on tonight's Game 7.

-"Do or die?. It's Game 7. I'm just looking to go out there and win a game." - Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford on Game 7.

Kings - Sharks

-Two goals by Justin Williams led the Kings to a 2-1 win against the Sharks in Game 7. Jonathan Quick made 25 saves for Los Angeles which won the series, 4-3.

-Save of the Night: Quick on San Jose's Joe Pavelski:


-Quick stretched out for this save:

-Williams just barely got this goal over the line:

-Williams and Quick having a moment:

-Williams now has five goals in four career game 7s.

-"Yeah, they put a lot of pressure on us. Quickie had to make three or four huge saves for us. I guess that's normal for him." - Kings captain/forward Dustin Brown on the Sharks making a late push in the game and being denied by Quick.

-"It's heartbreaking. We battled hard to get where we were. We made some changes and played a good first round, then forced, I think, the best team in the league to seven games and almost beat them in their building. It's tough to take." - Sharks forward Logan Couture.

-Couture had been dealing with a sprained ankle since Game 3.

-Check out the pregame montage played on the video board in Staples Center:

Non-Playoff Stuff

Is Pirates infielder Brandon Inge a Penguins or Red Wings fan?

Central Division

-The Blue Jackets signed goaltender Anton Forsberg, a seventh-round pick in 2011, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Northwest Division

-"I checked one very interesting stat. 100 percent of the coaches now coaching in the NHL were rookies at one time in their career." - New Avalanche coach Patrick Roy dismissing any concerns about his lack of NHL coaching experience.

Norris Division

-Former Rangers foward Jarkko Immonen has joined Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Jagr-Post-Gazette archives; Bartkowski-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Sharks/Kings-Jeff Gross/Getty Images and Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

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