Empty Netter Assists - Eastern Conference - 2-26-09

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night. Rob Scuderi will take points any way he can get them.

-The Associated Press' recap. Marc-Andre Fleury (right) rebounded.

-Newsday's recap. Yann Danis has been sharp as of late.

-Gene Collier says the Penguins got it together at the right time last night.

-Sidney Crosby is day-to-day due to his groin injury.

-What's Ray Shero looking for at the trade deadline?

-We and some others talked about the trade deadline with The Confluence.

-Alex Goligoski scored the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' only goal in a 5-1 loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack.

-Sean Avery was doing his thing against the AHL Penguins last night.

Atlantic Division

-Martin Biron made 34 saves and recorded his 25th career shutout as the Flyers beat the Kings, 2-0. Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia.

-Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur is scheduled to make his first start in four months tonight.

-Despite going 25-13-1 with a 2.39 goals against average and .917 save percentage as Brodeur's primary replacement, Devils goaltender Scott Clemmensen (right) was demoted to Lowell of the AHL. Since Clemmensen was in the NHL on an emergency recall, the team was able to demote him to the AHL without putting him through waivers.

-The Rangers claimed forward Mark Bell off re-entry waivers from the Maple Leafs.

-Is general manager Glen Sather the main reason for all the Rangers' problems?

-Former Rangers coach Tom Renney wanted the team to hang on to former forwards Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan.

-Former Islanders investors Paul Greenwood and Stephen Walsh are in quite a bit of legal trouble. They were the geniuses behind the Gorton's Fisherman logo.

-This is a few days old, but who do you root for here? Flyers forward Mike Richards blasting Capitals defenseman Tom Poti:

Northeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Nikolai Kulemin's shootout goal gave the Maple Leafs a 2-1 win against the Rangers. Vesa Toskala made 31 saves in the win. New York lost in the re-debut of coach John Tortorella. After the game, Tortorella questioned his team's conditioning. The Rangers are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 70 points, four more than the Penguins who are in tenth place with 66 points.

-Toronto defenseman Ian White got into a "fight" with Rangers forward and former Penguin Markus Naslund:

-Thankfully for Naslund, this went better than his one fight as a Penguin:

(Kudos to Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! for the heads up.)

-Life just keeps getting better for the Sabres. Backup goaltender and former Penguin Patrick Lalime is dealing with the flu and his status for tonight's game against the Hurricanes is questionable. Lalime is filling in as the starter while Ryan Miller is dealing with a high ankle sprain.

-The Bruins recalled defenseman Matt Hunwick from Providence of the AHL.

-Boston defenseman Aaron Ward seems to have doubts about the validity of some of Wikipedia's content.

-Tomas Plekanec (right) is carrying the Canadiens' offense.

-Hey we found Sidney Crosby's scoring winger! Canadiens forward and former Penguin goon Georges Laraque is expecting the Habs to trade him. Maybe they'll take Jordan Staal?

-Maple Leafs overlord Brian Burke isn't giving up defenseman Tomas Kaberle for cheap.

-Senators forward and former Penguins forward Jarkko Ruutu sure likes his pancakes. Fire Ray Shero.

Southeast Division

-The Thrashers demoted forward Jordan Lavallee to Chicago of the AHL.

-The Hurricanes demoted forward Brandon Sutter to Albany of the AHL.

-The Capitals are the new bandwagon thing in Washington D.C.

-Washington forward Viktor Kozlov is expected to return to the lineup tonight after missing nine games due to a leg injury.

(Photos: Fleury-Keith Srakocic; Clemmensen-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Plekanec-Elsa/Getty Images)

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