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Empty Netter Assists - Eastern Conference - 12-27-08

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. Marc-Andre Fleury (right) gave props to his teammates.

-The Associated Press' recap.

-The North Jersey Media Group's recap.

-The Newark Star-Ledger's recap.

-Devils forward Jamie Langenbrunner took the blame for the loss.

-We neglected to mention this last night, but New Jersey actually had a solid crowd in the house last night. We don't know if it was because the Penguins were in town or if it was because of the holidays, but the Devils' fans had a rare solid showing.

-Did the Penguins make the right choice selling the naming rights of their new arena to Consol Energy?

-Can Evgeni Malkin hit 140 points?

-Marc-Andre Fleury has gone over a million votes in All-Star Lame Game balloting.

-Eight years ago today, life felt a little better for Penguins fans.

-John Curry made 24 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-0 shutout win at Philadelphia. Chris Minard had two goals and an assist while Jeff Taffe recorded an assist on all four of the Penguins' goals.

-Minard tied Colby Armstrong for 13th place on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's all-time goal-scoring list.

-Jordan Morrison had two goals and five assists while Bryan Ewing added three goals and an assist as the Wheeling Nailers romped the Reading Royals, 10-6.

-Nailers forwards Aaron Clarke and Rob Sirianni were recalled by Binghamton and Philadelphia of the AHL respectively.

-New Penguins site of the day: Check out PensChat.com.

Atlantic Division

-Two goals from Bill Guerin, including the 400th of his career, helped the Islanders claim a 4-1 win against the Maple Leafs. Rick DiPietro made 25 saves and recorded a win in his first game since Oct. 25. Kyle Okposo had a goal and an assist for New York while teammate Blake Comeau added two assists.

-With DiPietro back, goaltender Yann Danis was demoted to Bridgeport of the AHL.

-After getting shutout for two consecutive games, things don't get much easier for the Devils. They face the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist (right) tonight.

-New Jersey defenseman Bryce Salvador denied speculation he was suffering from a concussion.

-The Flyers experienced some traveling difficulties when it turned out Midway Airport in Chicago wouldn't allow known puppy drowners to land there. Or something like that.

Northeast Division

-The Senators recalled defenseman Brian Lee from Binghamton of the AHL.

-Bruins forward Michael Ryder sure likes his wrist shots.

-Boston will have some salary cap issues heading into next season.

-Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is recovering from his concussion.

-Senators and former Penguins prospect Drew Fata was suspended one game for shoving a Philadelaphia Phantoms fan. (Kudos to Jonathan Bombulie of the Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice for the find.)

-Tie Domi not impressed:

Southeast Division

-Bryan Helmer had two assists for the Capitals who edged the Sabres, 3-2. Capitals captain Chris Clark played his first game after missing 14 due to a forearm injury. Former Penguins goaltender Patrick Lalime made 31 saves in the loss for Buffalo.

-Check out the goal Alex Ovechkin scored for Washington last night:

-What was Henrik Tallinder even doing there?

-Shootout goals from Adam Hall, Jussi Jokinen and Ryan Malone gave the Lightning a 4-3 win at Florida. Fire Ray Shero. Steve Eminger led Tampa Bay in regulation with a goal and two assists while teammate Mark Recchi also had a goal. Fire Ray Shero. Tampa Bay has won consecutive games for the first time since Rick Tocchet took over as head coach. Keith Ballard and Cory Stillman had a goal and an assist for Florida.

-Eric Staal's sixth career hat trick helped the Hurricanes claim a 5-4 win at Atlanta. Teammate Ray Whitney added three assists. Atlanta was led by Bryan Little who netted the first hat trick of his career while teammate Slava Kozlov contributed four assists.

-Atlanta goaltender and former Penguin Johan Hedberg blamed himself for the loss last night. Fire Craig Patrick.

-Getting put on waivers served as a wake-up call for Lightning forward Jussi Jokinen.

(Photos: Fleury-Rich Schultz/Associated Press; Lundqvist-Al Bello/Getty Images)

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