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Empty Netter Assists - 03-25-10

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "They're a good team, and we're a good team. This shows, I think, that we hate each other." - Maxime Talbot.

-The Washington Post's recap. Mike Knuble (above, beating Marc-Andre Fleury) sure picked a dandy time to score his first career shootout goal.

-The Associated Press' recap. "It was mentally a very important win for us." - Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.

-NHL.com's recap. Despite losing, the Penguins did pass the Devils for first place in the Atlantic Division.

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Highlights:

-Happy times for the Penguins:

-Fleury stretched out for this puck:

-Akwkard Photo of the Night: Knuble behind Fleury and Jordan Staal:

-"I'm getting very concerned. Everyone wants to talk about the playoffs. We've still got eight games to go here, and we're not exactly playing too well. The way we're playing now, we'll be out in the first round. It's getting pretty frustrating, yeah." - Brooks Orpik.

-The Penguins don't exactly seem to eager to rush Evgeni Malkin back anytime soon.

-The Penguins are waiting until the playoff to turn everything on right?

-Versus drew its highest regular season rating during Monday's Penguins-Red Wings game (PG+).

-Icethetics comfirmed with Reebok that the Penguins will be ditching their current third jerseys for next season. Click here for information on the Penguins and 10 other team which will be making some sort of change.

-Brad Thiessen made 31 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-0 shutout of the Norfolk Admirals.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Zach Sill had a solid fight with Norfolk's Blair Jones:

-Happy 55th birthday to former Penguins forward Pat Hughes. Acquired in the 1979 offseason along with Rob Holland in a deal which sent Denis Herron and a draft pick to Montreal, Hughes spent parts of two season with the Penguins. In 134 games with the Penguins, he recorded 51 points. In 1979-80, he was a team-worst minus-38. At the 1981 trade deadline, he was traded to the Oilers in exchange for Pat Price.

-Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins forward Dwight Schofield. Acquired in the 1986 offseason from the Capitals in exchange for cash, Schofield appeared in 26 games for the 1986-87 Penguins and recorded seven points. The following offseason, he signed with the Winnipeg Jets.

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Ken Wregget (right). Acquired prior to the 1992 trade deadline in a three-way deal which also brought Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson and a draft pick from the Flyers and Jeff Chychrun from the Kings while sending Paul Coffey to the Kings and Mark Recchi to the Flyers, Wregget spent seven successful seasons as a part-time backup/starter in Pittsburgh. Wregget served as the back up to Tom Barrasso during the team's Stanley Cup run in 1992. He would spend the next two seasons also serving as as Barrasso's back up before taking over as the starter in 1994-95 when Barrasso missed most of the season due to an injury. Wregget responded by leading the league with 25 wins during a lockout-shortened campaign. Relegated to backup duty the next season, Wregget took over as starter in the 1996 playoffs as he led the Penguins to wins in in the first two rounds against the Capitals and Rangers. Wregget's finest moment as a professional probably came in that postseason when in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, he relieved an injured Barrasso and made 52 saves, one coming on a penalty shot by Washington forward Joe Juneau, and led the Penguins to a thrilling 3-2 win in four overtimes. With Barrasso once again injured in 1996-97, Wregget platooned with rookie star Patrick Lalime. After only appearing in 15 games in 1997-98, Wregget and Dave Roche were traded to the Flames in exchange for German Titov and Todd Hlushko during the 1998 offseason. In 212 games with the Penguins, Wregget had a record of 104-67-21 with a 3.29 goals against average, .898 save percentage and six shutouts. His win total is third best in franchise history. His son, Matt, is currently a goaltender for Upper St. Clair.

-Happy 55th birthday to former Penguins forward Ted Bulley. A free agent signing in the 1983 offseason, Bulley appeared in 26 games for the 1983-84 team and recorded five points. He would finish out his professional career by spending the entire 1984-85 season with Baltimore of the AHL.

-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins forward Bruce Crowder. Claimed off waivers from the Bruins in the 1984 offseason, Crowder appeared in 26 games for the 1984-85 Penguins and recorded 11 points. He retired in February of that season.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward Shawn Antoski. A free agent signing in the 1996 offseason, Antoski appeared in 13 games for the Penguins in 1996-97 and appeared in 13 games. After failing to record a point, he was traded to the Mighty Ducks along with Dmitri Mironov in exchange for Alex Hicks and Fredrik Olausson. Antoski is one of seven former first-round picks from the 1990 draft who played for the Penguins. The others were Petr Nedved, Jaromir Jagr, Darryl Sydor, John Slaney, Drake Berehowsky and Bryan Smolinski.

Atlantic Division

-Henrik Lundqvist (above) made 27 saves and led the Rangers to a 5-0 shutout of the rival Islanders. Marian Gaborik had two goals and an assist while teammates Michael Del Zotto and Daniel Girardi each had a goal and an assist. Former Penguins forward Erik Christensen recorded two assists. Fire Ray Shero.

-Check out one of Gaborik's goals:

-Islanders defenseman Mark Streit performed a public service here with Sean Avery:

-Focused times for Islanders forward John Tavares:

-Islanders forward Trevor Gillies and Rangers forward Brandon Prust had issues:

-This game was available in 3-D for fans in Madison Square Garden's theater.

-Islanders defenseman Dustin Kohn suffered a head injury last night.

-The Flyers recalled goaltender Johan Backlund from the Adirondack of the AHL and demoted goaltender Jeremy Duchesne.

Northeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Shootout goals by Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek gave the Sabers a 3-2 win against the Canadiens. Ryan Miller made 26 saves in the victory. Andrei Kostitsyn scored both of Montreal's goals in regulation.

-Check out the play by Montreal's Tomas Plekanec to set up Kotitsyn's first goal:

-Montreal's Mike Cammalleri and Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta getting ready for a faceoff:

-The Bruins signed former Penguins defenseman Andrew Ference to a three-year contract extension worth a total of $6.75 million.

Southeast Division

-With forward Tuomo Ruutu expected to miss the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury, the Hurricanes recalled forward Drayson Bowman from Albany of the AHL.

-Thrashers forward Todd White is dealing with an "upper-body" injury.

Central Division

-The Red Wings are rolling. Valtteri Filppula had two goals and an assist for the Red Wings in a 4-2 win against the rival Blues. Todd Bertuzzi and Henrik Zetterberg each had a goal and an assist for Detroit while teammate Brian Rafaski recorded two assists. Jimmy Howard made 30 saves in the victory which was the Red Wings' sixth in seven games.

-Check out this dazzling goal scored by St. Louis' Paul Kariya:

-Thirsty times for St. Louis goaltender and former Penguin Ty Conklin:

-The Predators signed forward Ryan Thang to a two-year two-way contract. He was a third-round pick in 2007.

Northeast Division

-Shootout goals by Peter Mueller and Penguins trainer Chris Stewart gave the Avalanche a 4-3 win against the Kings. Mueller added two assists while Craig Anderson (above) made 27 saves in the victory. Anze Kopitar led Los Angeles with a regulation goal and an assist.

-Happy times for the Avalanche:

-Colorado's Cody McLeod and Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown kicked up some snow:

-Reflective times for Los Angeles' Sean O'Donnell and Colorado's T.J. Galiardi:

-Kopitar being popular:

-Sad times for Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick:

-Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists for the Canucks in a 4-1 win against the Ducks. Brother and linemate Henrik Sedin recorded three assists while Andre Raycroft made 30 saves in the victory.

-Check out how fluky Sedin's goal was:

-Check out the pass by Henrik Sedin to set up this goal by Alex Burrows:

-Vancouver's Tanner Glass had issues with Anaheim's Sheldon Brookbank:

-Henrik Sedin took over the league's scoring race with his 99th point of the season.

-Fight of the night goes to Ducks forwrd and Washington, Pa. native George Parros and Vancouver's Darcy Hordichuk:

Pacific Division

-The Star sisgned forwards Mathieu Tousignant and Tomas Vincour to three-year entry-level contracts. Tousignant was a free agent while Vincour was a fifth-round pick in 2009.

(Photos: Penguins/Capitals-Nick Wass/Associated Press; Islanders/Rangers-Nick Laham/Getty Images and Kathy Willens/Associated Press; Canadiens/Bruins-Rick Stewart/Getty Images; Blues/Red Wings-Carlos Osorio/Associated Press; Kings/Avalanche-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images and David Zalubowski/Associated Press; Ducks/Canucks-Canadian Press)

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