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Empty Netter Assists - 03-29-10

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. "I think six of his 15 goals are tip-ins. He has a skill." - Dan Bylsma on Matt Cooke's game-tying goal.

-The Globe and Mail's recap. "I asked at the bench what [Crosby] does in shootouts and I got eight different answers." - Maple Leafs goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere on Sidney Crosby (above, with Ruslan Fedotenko).

-The Toronto Star's recap. "When he gets the puck, you always have to be ready. He can be quick. You always have to be alert. He can pass better than anybody in this league. You have to be aware who can receive the pass." - Giguere on Sidney Crosby.

-The Associated Press' recap. Crosby has a one-goal lead over Alex Ovechkin - 47-48 - in the league's goal-scoring race.

-NHL.com's recap. Crosby's two goals ended a seven-game goal-scoring drought.

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Some Penguins fans are just more expressive than others:

-Happy times for Pascal Dupuis:

-Crosby kept his eyes on this puck:

-Ditto Mark Eaton:

-And ditto Maxime Talbot:

-Jordan Staal and Toronto's Tyler Bozak were ready for this faceoff:

-Hopefully you had Brooks Orpik on your fantasy team.

-What does the Penguins' shootout depth chart look like?

-Brad Thiessen made 37 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-1 loss to the Worcester Sharks.

-Today would've been the 70th birthday of former Penguins defenseman Dunc McCallum. Acquired in a trade in the 1967 offseason along with George Konik, Paul Andrea and Frank Francis in exchange for Larry Jeffrey, McCallum was a member of the Penguins inaugural 1967-68 team and spent parts of four seasons in Pittsburgh. In 185 games with the Penguins, McCallum recorded 49 points. In the 1971 offseason, he joined the San Diego Gulls of the WHA. He died March 31, 1983 at the age of 43.

-Happy 72nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Duane Rupp (right). Acquired midway through the 1968-58 season in a trade which sent future Hockey Hall-of-Famer Leo Boivin to the North Stars, Rupp spent parts of five seasons in Pittsburgh. Despite playing a sound fundamental defensive game, Rupp was somewhat unpopular in Pittsburgh and was in fact booed regularly for not playing an overly physical game. Rupp's most notable offensive accomplishment with the Penguins came in an 8-2 win against the Red Wings, March 24, 1971, when he became the first defenseman in franchise history to record a hat trick. In 265 games with the Penguins, Rupp recorded 104 points. In the 1974 offseason, he signed with the Vancouver Blazers of the WHA.

-Happy 59th birthday to former penguins forward Hartland Monahan. The return in one of the worst trades in frachise history, Monahan's Penguins career amounted to all of seven games during the 1977-78 season in which he recorded two assists. Prior to the season, Monahan was acquired from the Capitals in exchange for a first-round pick in 1979. That pick was eventually traded to the North Stars who used it to select Tom McCarthy who had a respectable and somewhat productive nine-year career. In November of 1977, Monahan was dealt to the Kings along with Syl Apps, Jr. in exchange for Dave Schultz, Gene Carr and a draft pick. He is currently the national director for ourFund.us, a Georgia-based fundraising company.

Atlantic Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: And the Flyers are good for something. Simon Gagne and Ville Leino had a goal and an assist for the Flyers in a 5-1 defeat of the Devils. Teammate Daniel Briere (above, with Gagne, left) added two assists while Brian Boucher made 32 saves in the victory. The Devils are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and second place in the Atlantic Division with 93 points, two fewer than the Penguins.

-Philadelphia's Arron Asham had issues with Philadelphia's Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond:

-There's at least one Pennsylvania team the Devils don't own. The Flyers have won five out of six games against the Devils this season.

-Flyers forward Daniel Carcillo is facing a suspension for cutting Devils forward David Clarkson with a high stick.

-The Devils are 3-12-2 in their past 17 road games.

-Rangers forwards Sean Avery (knee), Brian Boyle (leg) and Ryan Callahan (leg) are dinged up.

Northeast Division

-Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference's (right) wonky groin has flared up again.

-With all kinds of injuries up front, the Sabres recalled forwards Nathan Gerbe and Mark Mancari from Portland of the AHL.

-Sabres forward Jason Pominville has 15 points in his past 10 games.

-The Senators signed college free agent Bobby Butler to a two-year contract. He formerly played at New Hampshire.

-The Maple Leafs signed college free agent Brady Irwin. He formerly played at Vermont.

Southeast Division

-Despite losing, the Capitals clinched first place in the Eastern Conference by virtue of New Jersey's loss.

-The Capitals recalled Mathieu Perreault from Hershey of the AHL.

Central Division

-Jakub Voracek had two goals and an assist for the Blue Jackets in a 4-2 defeat of the Blackhawks. Teammates Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger each had two assists while Steve Mason made 33 saves in the victory. Brent Seabrook had two assists for Chicago which lost to Columbus for the second time in four nights.

-Columbus' Antoine Vermette pulled a Nicklas Backstrom:

-Chris Mason made 23 saves and led the Blues to a 2-1 win against the Oilers.

-Edmonton's Benoit Pouliot tried to give St. Louis' Carlo Colaiacovo a wet willy:

-We think.

-Edmonton's Mike Comrie took a face-first spill here:

-Blues forward Patrik Berglund was a healthy scratch after skipping a practice.

-The Blue Jackets recalled forward Trevor Frischmon from Syracuse of the AHL.

-More crazy news about that "jock tax" in Tennessee Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski was complaining about. Players who make near the league mininum, actually lose money when the tax and the NHL's escrow are figured into the equation. By playing in Nashville Saturday, Red Wings forward Drew Miller lost $269.60.

-The Red Wings are 11-2-1 since the start of March.

Northwest Division

-Rene Bourque had a goal and two assists for the Flames in a 5-3 win at Washington. Ian White added a goal and an assist for Calgary while teammate Mikael Backlund recorded two assists. Miikka Kiprusoff (above) made 31 saves in the victory. Alex Ovechkin led Washington with a goal and an assist.

-Calgary's Eric Nystrom tagged Washington's Mike Green pretty good:

-Check out the torque on Calgary captain Jarome Iginla's stick:

-Happy times for hte Capitals:

-Jim Playfair, the head coach of the Abbotsford Heat, Calgary's AHL affiliate, had a moment over the weekend:

-Oilers defenseman and former Penguin Ryan Whitney will need more foot surgery after the season.

-Henrik Sedin has a chance to become the first Art Ross Trophy winner in Canucks history.

Pacific Division

-Devin Setoguchi had two goals and led the Sharks to a 4-3 win against the Avalanche. Teammate Dan Boyle added a goal and an assist while Thomas Greiss made 42 saves in the victory. Peter Mueller led Colorado with two goals.

-Greiss had issues with this puck:

-Sharks defenseman Kent Huskins and Avalanche forward Cal O'Reilly kicked up some ice:

-Sharks forward Joe Thornton is day-to-day due to a "lower-body" injury. He missed last night's game and had a consecutive games streak of 379 games snapped.

-Ducks forward Teemu Selanne admitted he's still on the fence about retirement.

NCAA Tournament - Regionals

-Penguins prospect Carl Sneep had a goal for Boston College in a 9-7 win against Yale.

-Happy times for Boston College coach Jerry York and player Cam Atkinson:

-Yale's Ryan Rondeau had issues with this puck:

-Alden Hirschfeld's goal in the second overtime gave Miami, Ohio a 3-2 win against Michigan.

-Happy times for Hirschfield:

-Boston College and Miami, Ohio joined RIT and Wisconsin in the Frozen Four. The games will be held next Thursday at Ford Field in Detroit. Miami, Ohio will face Boston College while RIT gets Wisconsin.

Smythe Division

-Today would've been the 86th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Frank Mathers. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of fame in 1992 as a builder.

(Photos: Maple Leafs/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Keith Srakocic/Associated Press; Rupp-eBay; Devils/Flyers-Matt Slocum/Associated Press; Ference-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Oilers/Blues-Tom Gannam/Associated Press; Flames/Capitals-Greg Fiume/Getty Images and Nick Wass/Associated Press; Avalanche/Sharks-Ben Margot/Associated Press; Boston College/Yale-Winslow Townson/Associated Press; Miami, Ohio/Michigan-Tom Strattman/Associated Press)

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