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Empty Netter Assists - 06-16-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-"I think I had the best year I possibly could. Alex had a great second half. I got hurt and was missing some time." - Sidney Crosby (above) on losing the Hart Trophy to Washington captain/forward Alex Ovehckin.

-The voting totals for the awards given out yesterday.

-Happy 67th birthday to former Penguins forward Derek Sanderson. A star with the Bruins during their Stanley Cup days in the early 1970s, Sanderson capped off his 13-year NHL career by signing with the Penguins late in the the 1977-78 season and and appearing in 13 games while scoring four points. "Turk" retired in the 1978 offseason.

Playoff Stuff
Blackhawks - Bruins

-An overtime goal and an assist by Daniel Paille gave the Bruins a 2-1 win against the Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Tuukka Rask made 33 saves in the victory which tied the series, 1-1.

-A key point in the game came in the first period when the Blackhawks had a possible goal waved off which could have given them a 2-0 lead:

-Paille's goal was a real laser:

-A few good looks at the goal:

-Happy times for the Bruins:

-Rask gloved this puck:

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

-Chicago's Patrick Sharp being popular:

-The Blackhawks' being popular:

-A good look at Rask's lid:

-And his counterpart with the Blackhawks, Corey Crawford:

-Bright times in Chicago:

-The Michael Jordan statue oustide the United Center is dressed for the Stanley Cup Final:

-"No one said it was going to be easy. No one said everything was going to go our way. Some moments, you feel pretty darn good, like when we won Game 1 in triple overtime, and tonight it doesn’t feel good. You’ve got to find a way to get over it.” - Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.

-The Bruins' new third line of Paille, Tyler Seguin and Chris Kelly generated all of Boston's offense.

-Bruins forward Nathan Horton returned to the lineup after leaving Game 1 due to a suspected left shoulder injury.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage was sharp:

-The pregame festivities in Chicago:

Non-Playoff Stuff
Atlantic Division

The Rangers are expected to hire former Canucks/Canadiens head coach Alain Vigneault as their next head coach. In parts of 11 seasons with Montreal and Vancouver, Vigneault has coached 806 regular season games and has a record of 422-288-96.

Northeast Division

-These types of awards you have to give a lot of credit to your teammates because at the end of the day those are the guys that are helping you and playing with you on the ice. And I owe them a lot, especially coming into the season late. My teammates were amazing for me and we’ve been  great all year.” - Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban on winning the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league's top defenseman.

-Subban with the trophy:

Southeast Division

-“This one certainly means more to him than the first two. The first two he was expecting it. This one may have caught him off guard, but it means a lot to him because of what he’s been through. He’s been criticized a lot the last year and a half and unnecessarily. To accept switching positions and having been a two-time MVP to switch positions and win a third at the new position is pretty remarkable.” - Capitals general manager George McPhee on Ovechkin winning the Hart Trophy for the third tme.

-“I think he’s a great player. He’s a great young player with a lot of skill. He seemed to adjust pretty quickly.’’ - Crosby on Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau who won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's top rookie. Huberdeau was the first player in franchise history to claim the honor.

-Huberdeau with the trophy:

-It didn't take long for Huberdeau to get comfortable with his replica of the Calder Trophy quickly:

Central Division

-“This is a tremendous moment for Sergei Bobrovsky, and similarly a big moment for our franchise. He was outstanding for us this season. Just outstanding." - Blue Jackets president John Davidson on Bobrovsky winning the Vezina Trophy. It is the first time a Columbus player has won the award.

-Bobrovsky (in an adorable tuxedo) holding the trophy:

Northwest Division

-Oilers forward prospect Kristians Pelss, 20, drowned after jumping into the Daugava River in Riga, Latvia Tuesday. Pelss was a seventh round pick in 2010 and split last season with Oklahoma City of the AHL and Stockton of the ECHL.

(Photos: Crosby-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Bruins/Blackhawks-Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press, Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images, Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images, Gregory Shamus/Getty Images and Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press; Subban and Huberdeau-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Bobrovsky-Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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