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Empty Netter Assists - 02-24-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Olympics

-We're posting this before it gets pulled down. Shea Weber doing the greatest thing in the history of mankind. Putting a shot throug the net:

-Canada 8, Germany 2. There supposedly was a game between Canada and Germany but you would never know it by this story. Pretty much the only thing is CROSBY-OVECHKIN!!!! NHL.com's recap.

-It's Team Geno vs. Team Sid. Who ya got?

-Canada finally found a winger for SIdney Crosby. It was Eric Staal, the guy the Penguins passed up to draft Marc-Andre Fleury in 2003. FIRE CRAIG PATRICK!!!!

-"It’s going to be intense." - Sidney Crosby on facing Russia today.

-Canada hasn't beaten Russa in the Olympics since 1960.

-Did Canada luck out by getting an extra game before the quarterfinal round?

-In Chicago, defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook are a pair. With Canada, they're separated.

-Crosby ready to bear down on Germany's Thomas Greiss on a penalty shot:

-Crosby beating Greiss:

 

-Crosby ready for a faceoff:

-Crosby burying a puck:

-A Sidney Crosby fan with a jersey foul:

-Crosby being popular:

-Luongo having a moment:

-Luongo kept his eyes on ths puck:

-Canada's Brenden Morrow gave Germany's Jochen Hecht a ride into the bench:

-A rare bright spot for Germany and Marcel Goc:

-Luongo (and we assume Weber) being popular:

-Luongo's head being popular:

-Canada's Martin Brodeur trying to gouge out the eyes of Luongo so he can play congratulating Luongo:

-Canada's Chris Pronger just looking mean:

-Luongo and Greiss having a moment:

-Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar are good people.

-German defenseman Christian Ehrhoff picks Russia over Canada.

-Switzerland 3, Belarus 2, SO.  The Swiss don't play boring games. NHL.com's recap.

-Switzerland's Jonas HIller making a the winning shootout save on Belarus' Sergei Kostitsyn:

-HIller kept his eyes on this puck:

-Hiller going All Valley Karate Championships:

-Happy times for Switzerland's Romano Lemm:

-Happy times for Switzerland. Not so much for Kostitsyn:

-More happy times for Switzerland:

-Happy times for this Swiss fan:

-Belarus' Andrei Mezin had issues with this puck:

-Mezin and a teammate handled this puck without issue:

-Switzerland's Hnat Domenichelli beating Mezin:

-Switzerland's Thomas Deruns beating Mezin:

-Happy times for Deruns:

-Handshake line:

-Team Miller vs. Team Hiller. Who ya got?

-"I think the pressure is off for us." - Switzerland captain Mark Streit on facing the United States.

-"[Switzerland] has the least to lose in this. ... They're playing with house money." - United States coach Ron Wilson.

-Team USA could be called Team Michigan.

-Czech Republic 3, Latvia 2, OT. Jaromir Jagr left the game in the second period due to a neck ailment. NHL.com's recap.

-Jagr looking rather uncomfortable:

-Czech forward Tomas Fleischmann had issues with Latvia's Kristaps Sotnieks:

-Happy times for Czech forward Tomas Rolinek:

-Happy times for Czech defenseman Marek Zidlicky, left, and forward David Krejci:

-Czech defenseman Pavel Kubina cracked Latvia's Lauris Darzins in the face with his stick:

-Happy times for Latvia's Mikelis Redlihs:

-This is what made Redlihs happy:

 

-Latvian goaltender Edgars Malsaskis being consoled by teammates:

-Slovakia 4, Norway 3. The Norwegians didn't go down without a fight. NHL.com's recap.

-Slovakia forward Lubos Bartecko was injured when he slammed his head off the ice after being elbowed in the head by Norway defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.

-Scary times for Bartecko:

-Slovakian forward and former Penguin Miroslava Satan being popular:

-Happy times for Slovakia. Not so much for Norway:

-Slovakia's Lubomir Visnovsky was roughed up by Norway's Marius Holtet:

-Happy times for Norway's Pal Grotnes:

-This photo of Grotnes and captain Tommy Jakobsen is just unfortunate:

-"We can go home with our heads high." - Norway forward/god Tore Vikingstad.

-Happy times for Vikingstad:

-Happy times for Norway's Anders Bastiansen:

-Norway's Martin Roymark mashed Slovakia's Richard Zednik into the boards pretty good:

-Grotnes had some improvisationa art on the back of his lid:

-Hand shake line:

-Jakobsen and Slovakia's Jaroslav Halak being sportsmen:

-Today's "NBC is Horrible" note is brought to you by Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata.

NHL

Penguins

-The Penguins (remember them?) practice today at Southpointe beginning at 5 p.m.

-We haven't had one of these in a while. Will the Penguins bring back Colby Armstrong?

-Brad Thiessen made 17 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-1 loss to the Portand Pirates.

-The Penguins had a six-game winning streak snapped.

-Happy 37th birthday to former all-star Penguins forward Alex Kovalev (right). Acquired from the Rangers along with Harry York in exchange for Petr Nedved, Chris Tamer and Sean Pronger, Kovalev was one of the team's most productive players throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s. Over parts of five seasons in Pittsburgh, Kovalev never failed to score at least 20 goals. His finest season as a professional came during the Penguins' memorable 2000-01 campaign when he had a career high 95 points in 79 points. He would appear in two all-star games (2001 and 2003) for the Penguins. An impasse over contract talks led the team to deal him back to the Rangers in the middle of the 2002-03 season along with Mike Wilson, Janne Laukkanen and Dan LaCouture in exchange for Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner, Rico Fata and Mikael Samuelsson. In 345 games with the Penguins, Kovalev had 347 points, 16th most in franchise history. Kovalev is currently a member of the Ottawa Senators.

Southeast Division

-Capitals owner Ted Leonis is spitting out all kinds thoughts by way of his blog. Today's entry is a snipe at Team Canada for not taking "defense"man Mike Green.

-If you ask us, if Mike Green is on Team Canada, they lose to the United States by at least an extra goal.

-Steve Belkin, a member of the Atlanta Spirit ownership group which controls the Thrashers and the NBA's Hawks, has until tomorrow to come up with $2 million or he'll be booted out of the partnership.

Central Division

-The Sommet Center, the Predators' home Arena, are expected to announce a name change for the venue to Bridgestone Arena today.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes recalled defenseman David Schlemko and forward Brett MacLean from San Antonio of the AHL.

Adams Division

-The NHLPA finally reached a settlement with deposed executive directory Paul Kelly.

(Photos: Olympics-Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images, Julie Jacobson/Associated Press, Alex Livesey/Getty Images, Chris O'Meara/Associated Press, Matt Slocum/Associated Press and Jamie Squire/Getty Images; Kovalev-Photobucket)

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