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Empty Netter Assists - Eastern Conference - 1-3-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Sergei Gonchar (above, front) has resumed skating.

-Should the Penguins pursue another outdoor game next season?

-Adam Berkhoel had 17 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who lost at Albany, 3-2.

-AHL Penguins forward Ryan Stone got dinged up last night.

-Curtis Darling made 27 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-2 loss to the Elmira Jackals.

Atlantic Division

-Mike Richards' shootout goal gave the Flyers a 5-4 win at Anaheim and moved Philadelphia into first place in the Atlantic Division. Richards had three assists in regulation while teammate Mike Knuble added a goal and an assist. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry led Anaheim with a goal and an assist.

-Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise each had a goal and an assist for the Devils in a 4-1 win against the Canadiens. Scott Clemmensen made 33 saves in the win.

-Several Devils players would like a chance to play in an outdoor game. No word yet if frozen swamps are conducive to hockey.

Northeast Division

-The Sabres demoted forward Nathan Gerbe to Portland of the AHL.

-The Maple Leafs demoted forward Jiri Tlusty to their AHL affiliate.

-Ottawa demoted forward Ilya Zubov to Binghamton of the AHL.

-The Senators are not welcome back in Ottawa.

-Montreal legend Jean Beliveau will announce the starting lineups for the All-Star Lame Game today.

Southeast Division

-Shootout goals by Slava Kozlov and former Penguins forward Erik Christensen gave the Thrashers a 4-3 win against the Canucks. Fire Ray Shero. Ilya Kovalchuk led Atlanta in regulation with a goal and an assist while Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves in the win. Henrik Sedin had two goals and an assist for Vancouver while his twin brother Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists.

-Cam Ward made 30 saves and led the Hurricanes who edged the Blues, 2-1. Tuomo Ruutu and Sergei Samsonov each contributed two assists. St. Louis defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo suffered an undisclosed injury.

-The Capitals demoted forward Chris Bourque (right) to Hershey of the AHL.

-Could the Panthers and Blackhawks open next season in the Czech Republic?

-Lightning defenseman Jamie Heward was officially diagnosed with a concussion after being hit from behind by Washington's Alex Ovechkin Thursday.

-"Shockingly" Ovechkin won't be disciplined for the hit. Apparently he didn't make Heward a paraplegic or say anything dirty about his girlfriend so the NHL didn't have a problem with it.

-Tampa Bay is expected to recall defenseman Ty Wishart from Norfolk of the AHL.

 (Photos: Gonchar-Harry How/Getty Images; Bourque-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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