Empty Netter Assists - 06-13-13

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-Evgeni Malkin gets paid.

-Dan Bylmsa gets to stay.

-"I am not getting rid of Marc-Andre Fleury." - Ray Shero.

-What does Malkin's contract mean for Kris Letang (above)?

-Shero speaks:

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins forward Blair Chapman. A first-round pick in 1976, Chapman spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. Appearing in all 80 of the team's games in 1976-77, Chapman recorded 37 points as a rookie. During that spring's postseason, he contributed two points in three games. In 1977-78, he hit the 20-goal mark for the first time by scoring 24 goals and 44 points in 76 games. After recording 18 points in 71 games during the 1978-79 regular season, he scored one goal in seven postseason games that spring. Chapman was traded after one game in 1979-80 to the Blues in exchange for Bob Stewart. In 227 games with the Penguins, Chapman scored 99 points, 86th-most in franchise history. In 10 postseason games, he recorded four points.

-Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins forward Randy Gilhen. Acquired in the 1989 offseason in a deal along with Jim Kyte and Andrew McBain in a deal which sent Randy Cunneyworth, Rick Tabaracci and Dave McLlwain to the Jets, Gilhen spent two seasons in Pittsburgh. The 1989-90 season saw him play in 61 games and record 16 points. In 1990-91, Gilhen appeared in 72 games and set career highs in goals (15) and points (25). Gilhen played in 16 games that postseason, scored one goal and helped the franchise earn its first Stanley Cup title. In the 1991 offseason, he was claimed by the North Stars through the expansion draft. In 133 regular season games with the Penguins, Gilhen scored 41 points.

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins forward Dave Roche. A third-round pick in 1993, Roche spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1995-96, Roche appeared in 71 games and recorded 14 points. In the 1995 postseason, Roche appeared in 16 games and contributed nine points. The 1996-97 season saw Roche appear in 61 games and record 10 points as well as a team-high 155 penalty minutes. After spending the entire 1997-98 campaign with Syracuse of the AHL, Roche was traded in the 1998 offseason to the Flames along with Ken Wregget in exchange for German Titov and Todd Hlushko. In 132 regular season games with the Penguins, Roche recorded 24 points.

-Happy 35th birthday to former Penguins forward Matt Bradley. Acquired at the 2003 trade deadline in a deal which sent Wayne Primeau to the Sharks, Bradley missed the rest of 2002-03 due to a broken wrist. In 2003-04, he appeared in all 82 games and scored 16 points. Following the 2004-05 lockout, he signed with the Capitals. He spent this past season with TuTo of Finland's Mestis league.

-After the Jump: The Blackahwks and Bruins go late into the night for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final and Mark Streit heads to Philadelphia.

Playoff Stuff
Blackhawks - Bruins

-An overtime goal and an assist by Andrew Shaw gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 win in triple overtime against the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Dave Bolland added a goal and an assist for Chicago while teammate Corey Crawford made 51 saves. Milan Lucic had two goals and an assist for Boston.

-Check out this subtle little pass by Boston's Nathan Horton to set up Lucic for his first goal:

-Check out this flashy glove save by Crawford on Boston's Brad Marchand:

-A good look at the save:

-Check out this release on this goal by Lucic:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Bolland stripping Boston's David Krejci on a backcheck in overtime:

-Gibsonia's Brandon Saad scored Chicago's first goal of the game:

-Check out the release by Boston's Patrice Bergeron on this goal:

-Check out this pass by Shaw to set up Bolland for a goal:

-Chicago's Johnny Oduya tied the game with 7:46 remaining in regulation:

-Accidental Hit of the Night: Lucic on teammate Jaromir Jagr:

-Jagr nearly tied the game with a deflected shot off a post at the end of the second overtime:

-Former Penguins defenseman Michal Rozsival had the initial shot which led to Shaw's goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-A few good looks at the goal:

-Crawford and captain Jonathan Toews had issues with this puck:

-Happy times for Shaw:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Chicago's Johnny Oduya sliding down to deny Boston's Kaspar Daugavins a scoring chance:

-Happy times for the Blackhawks. Not so much for the Bruins:

-Crawford kept an eye on this puck as well:

-Chicago's Bryan Bickell had a lot of Zdeno Chara coming down on him:

-The Bruins taking the ice for warmups admist a sea of pucks:

-"Slip of the tongue. I couldn't think at all actually. Could barely breathe. I think I made up a word in there, too, actually. I was never good in English." - Blackhawks defenseman Andrew Shaw on using a vulgarity during his postgame interview on NBC.

-"You just feel it when you’re out there in these games, and every play’s important. Just the feeling overall is just tremendous. You go out there, you got nothing to lose. You feel alive." - Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya.

-Bruins forward Nathan Horton left the game in the first overtime due to a suspected left shoulder injury.

-Horton appeared to get injured on this hit:

-The game ended up being the fifth longest in Stanley Cup Final history.

-Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask allowed twice as many goals in Game 1 as he allowed versus the Penguins in the entire Eastern Conference final.

-Bruins captain/defenseman Zdeno Chara and Blackhawks foward Marian Hossa are BFFs ... just not during the Stanley Cup Final.

-The pregame festivities:

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

Non-Playoff Stuff
Atlantic Division

-The Flyers acquired the signing rights to defenseman Mark Streit from the Islanders in exchange for forward prospect Shane Harper and a fourth round pick in 2014. Streit, 35, appeared in 48 games last season and scored 27 points (six goals, 21 assists). He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 5. Harper, 24, appeared in 48 AHL games last season and scored 10 points (five goals, five assists).

-EN Says: The Islanders didn't expect to re-sign Streit and were able to move him for some assets, albeit hardly significant ones. This is a smart move for them. For the Flyers, Streit, assuming he signs, he brings a smart, aggressive offensive game. While hardly a physical force, Streit can log major minutes in virtually any situation on the ice. He should help make life easier for Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen and help the Flyers replace Matt Carle who they never truly replaced when he left as a free agent last summer.

Northeast Division

-The Canadiens signed defenseman David Drewiske (right) to a two-year contract extension worth a total of $1.275 million. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $616,667, Drewiske's new deal will have a cap hit of $637,500. Drewiske, 28, appeared in 29 games with the Kings and Canadiens this past season and scored seven points (two goals, five assists).

-EN Says: Drewiske was acquired at the traded deadline to be a bottom pairing defenseman. He's an ideal fit for that role. He is capable of playing 15 minutes a game while playing positionally sound defense. This is a solid signing.

Southeast Division

-Jets forward Evander Kane will be sidelined four to six weeks due to foot surgery.

Northwest Division

-The Wild re-signed forward Stephane Veilleux to a two-year two-way contract worth a total of $1.175 million. Coming off a one-year two-way contract, He will have a salary cap hit of $587,500 at the NHL level. In 33 NHL games last season, Veilleux, 31, had eight points (three goals, five assists).

Pacific Division

-The Stars signed defensive prospect Kevin Connauton to a three-year entry-level contract. A third round pick in 2009 by the Canucks, Connauton was acquired by the Stars earlier this season in a deal which sent Derek Roy to Vancouver.

-"Obviously we're getting to the point where some decisions are going to have to be made, both by the city of Glendale and by us. We haven't set a deadline, but the time is getting shorter. ... We're still focused on making it work with the Coyotes staying in Arizona." - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on the fate of the Coyotes.

(Photos: Malkin/Letang-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; Bruins/Blackhawks-Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Harry How/Getty Images and Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; Drewiske-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

"Obviously we're getting to the point where some decisions are going to have to be made, both by the city of Glendale and by us," Bettman said before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. "We haven't set a deadline, but the time is getting shorter. ... We're still focused on making it work with the Coyotes staying in Arizona." - See more at:

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