Empty Netter Assists - 06-08-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Bruins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We lost the series at home." - Evgeni Malkin.

-The Boston Globe's recap. "We didn't expect to hold them to two goals in four games." - Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''I just didn't play very well." -  Jarome Iginla.


-The final 2:25 of regulation, the handshake lines and the Prince of Wales Trophy being awarded:

-The Eastern Conference champions:

-Bright times in Boston:

-Happy times for Boston's Adam McQuaid:

-Happy times for the Bruins:

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Brooks Orpik speaks:

-Iginla speaks:

-Tomas Vokoun speaks:

-"We scored two goals in four games. It's not enough. It's my mistake to score zero goals. It's not good for me." - Malkin.

-"Every year when we look at our dressing room, we think we have a chance. I think if we don’t reach the final, it’s a fail for us." - Kris Letang.

-"I’m sure if he could go back he would make a different decision, but in saying that, he’s still a great player, he’s got a few more years ahead of him, and you wish him nothing but the best.” - Bruins forward Milan Lucic on Iginla's decision to accept a trade to the Penguins instead of the Bruins earlier in the season.

-Jaromir Jagr likes to work out... a bunch.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

Blackhawks - Kings

-"He was jumping around and giving us fist bumps. It was fun to see. I can just imagine. It's always worse watching than actually playing the games. It was probably pretty tough for him." - Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson on teammate Duncan Keith who had to watch Game 4 while serving a suspension.

-"We're not scared of it. We're certainly not scared of it. We're going to welcome a challenge to beat the best team in the league this year in their own house starting tomorrow." - Kings forward Justin Williams on trailing the series, 3-1, with Game 5 in Chicago.

-"We were on the other end of this so we know what they're thinking. We know this is not over." - Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya referring to the 3-1 series deficit his team faced in the semifinal round against the rival Red Wings.

-Former Penguins defenseman Michal Rozsival has found a home with the Blackhawks.

Non-Playoff Stuff

-How likely is it the Penguins would play the Flyers in an outdoor game at Penn State?

-Former Penguins forward Tomas Surovy has joined Dinamo Minsk of Russia's KHL.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins forward Phil Bourque (right). An undrafted free agent signed prior to the 1982-83 season, Bourque spent parts of eight seasons with the Penguins. He made his NHL debut in 1983-84 by appearing in five games and scoring one goal. He followed that up in 1985-86 by playing in four contests and failing to record a point. During 1986--87, Bourque saw action in 22 games and collected five points. In 1987-88, he played in 21 games and contributed 16 points. The 1988-89 season was his first full campaign in the NHL as he appeared in a team-leading 80 games and recorded a career-high 43 points. In 11 postseason games that spring, he scored five points. He followed that up with a 39-point effort in 76 games during 1989-90. The 1990-91 season saw Bourque appear in 76 games and recorded 34 points including a career-high 22 goals. He added 13 points in 24 postseason games and played a key role in the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship. In 1991-92, Bourque only appeared in 58 games and scored 26 points. He helped the Penguins successfully defend their championship by netting seven points in 21 playoff games. In the 1992 offseason, he signed with the Rangers. In 344 regular season games with the Penguins, Bourque scored 164 points, 51st-most in franchise history. In 56 postseason games, Bourque had 25 points. "The Old Two-Niner," is currently a radio broadcaster with the Penguins.

Pacific Division

-The Stars acquired defenseman Sergei Gonchar from the Senators in exchange for a conditional sixth-round draft pick in this year's draft.

-EN Says: This is a bizarre trade for the Stars. They acquire the signing rights to a player who has seen his game drop off considerably the last few seasons. Gonchar is still a legit top four defenseman, but he's no longer a player you can rely on to be your top defenseman. Additionally, he's made it known he has options in the KHL. He's most likely using that card as leverage to get a new NHL contract. The Stars have a lot of other needs and an aging defenseman who has seen his game decline doesn't really fill any of their voids. For the Senators, they get back an asset for a player they probably weren't going to re-sign.

(Photos: Penguins/Bruins-Elise Amendola/Associated Press, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Charles Krupa/Associated Press and Alex Trautwig/Getty Images; Bourque-Penguins Hockey Cards)

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