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Empty Netter Assists - 06-09-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Bruins

-Where do the Penguins go from here?

-"As professional, anything you do in the world, if you don’t believe, you don’t have a chance to succeed. You always have to believe the highest thing you can imagine. Every time I step on the ice, I want to win the Stanley Cup." - Bruins forward and former Penguin Jaromir Jagr.

-"To beat a team of that caliber the way that we beat them was very satisfying.” - Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.

Blackhawks - Kings

-A hat trick, including a goal in double overtime, by Patrick Kane gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 series-clinching win against the Kings in Game 5. Chicago won the series, 4-1, and advanced to the Stanley Cup final. Captain Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell each recorded two assists for Chicago while teammate Corey Crawford made 33 saves in the victory. Anze Kopitar and Mike Richard each had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles.

-Kane's hat trick:

-Save of the Night: Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick on Chicago's Johnny Oduya:

-A goal by Los Angeles' Mike Richards with 9.4 seconds remaining in regulation forced overtime:

-Handshakes:

-Happy times for Kane (front) and teammate Andrew Shaw:

-Hats (and towels):

-Kings coach Darryl Sutter didn't seem to appreciate the hats:

-The Western Conference champions with the Clarence Campbell Bowl:

-Shaw dumped Los Angeles' Jake Muzzin into the Blackhawks' bench:

-Quick got down low for this puck:

-"Right now, it's almost like I'm in a different zone, the Twilight Zone or something, I'm kind of out of it. But it's definitely a good feeling." - Kane.

-“I can't stand looking at somebody else raising the Cup. And now we're going to have to do it.” - Kings forward Justin Williams on his team failing to defend last season's Stanley Cup championship.

-Richards returned to the lineup after being sidelined since Game 1 due to a suspected head injury.

-After the game, the Kings revealed Williams had been playing with a partially separated shoulder while captain/forward Dustin Brown had a torn PCL in his left knee.

-After the game, the Kings' tremendous Twitter account reached out to someone feeling their pain:

-The Blackhawks will face the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final. It is the league's first "original six" match-up in a Final since 1979 (Rangers-Canadiens). The schedule:

2013 STANLEY CUP FINAL
Date TIME (ET) #1 vs. #4 Networks
Wednesday, June 12 8 p.m. Boston at Chicago NBC, CBC, RDS
Saturday, June 15 8 p.m. Boston at Chicago NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Monday, June 17 8 p.m. Chicago at Boston NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Wednesday, June 19 8 p.m. Chicago at Boston NBC, CBC, RDS
*-Saturday, June 22 8 p.m. Boston at Chicago NBC, CBC, RDS
*-Monday, June 24 8 p.m. Chicago at Boston NBC, CBC, RDS
*-Wednesday, June 26 8 p.m. Boston at Chicago NBC, CBC, RDS

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

-The national anthem:


Non-Playoff Stuff
Northeast Division

-The Oilers fired head coach Ralph Krueger. In one season, Krueger was 19-22-7 and missed the playoffs.

-EN Says: We're not sure it was fair to fire Krueger after one season. He didn't have much to work with on the blue line or in goal. That said, the Oilers need a fresh start and firing Krueger, who was promoted from the AHL, would sweep out any connection to past failures with the organization.

Pacific Division

-A day after trading for his rights, the Stars signed former Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $10 million. His salary cap hit will be $5 million. Gonchar, 39, appeared in 45 game last season for the Senators and scored 27 points (three goals, 24 assists).

-EN Says: That is a lot of money for a player about to turn 40 who has seen his play decline over the past few seasons. This is just an odd marriage. The Stars need to rebuild and Gonchar doesn't seem like a great fit for this organization.

Norris Division

-According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock is expected to return as head coach of Team Canada should the NHL participate in next season's Winter Olympics. He will be joined by Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, Bruins coach Claude Julien and former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff as assistants.

(Photo:Penguins and Gonchar-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Kings/Blackhawks-Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press, Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images and Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)

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