Empty Netter Assists - Western Conference - 12-24-08

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Central Division

-Pavel Datsyuk had two goals and an assist for the Red Wings in a 4-1 defeat of the Red Wings. Former Penguins Ty Conklin made 33 saves in the win while Marian Hossa added an assist. Fire Ray Shero.

-Check out the great play Hossa made to set up one of Datsyuk's goals:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Detroit will not have to put goaltender Chris Osgood on long-term injured reserve.

-NHL ice guru Dan Craig wants some snow for this season's Winter Classic.

-Columbus fans actually chanted "Wake Up Jackets!" last night. Maybe Penguins fans should take notice.

-With his team's offense sputtering, all the pressure is on Blue Jackets rookie goaltender Steve Mason.

Northwest Division

-Brett Clark's overtime goal gave the Avalanche a 5-4 win against the Coyotes. Teammate Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist but suffered a broken forearm after being hit by a slap shot. Colorado got a goal and three assist from Ryan Smyth while teammate John-Michael Liles added a goal and two assists. Phoenix was led by Shane Doan's two goals and Olli Jokinen who a goal and two assists.

-Dany Sabourin, Miroslav Satan, Rob Scuderi, Jordan Staal, Ryan Stone and Petr Sykora better hope they don't get traded to the Avalanche.

-Niklas Backstrom made 35 saves while Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist for the Wild which edged the Hurricanes in a battle of naturally occuring phenomenon, 3-2. Teammate Mikko Koivu added two assists. Carolina was led by Rod Brind'Amour and Ray Whitney who each had a goal and an assist.

-Gaborik will be held out of the Wild's next two games. Huh?

-Mike Cammalleri and Mark Giordano each contributed a goal and an assist for the Flames who edged the Ducks, 4-3. Calgary captain Jarome Iginla had two assists while rookie teammate Brett Sutter, son of general manager Darryl Sutter, scored a goal in his first NHL game. Anaheim was led by Brendan Morrison's two goals.

-Oilers forward Ethan Moreau (right) is dealing with a forearm injury.

-Wild forward Eric Belanger is dealing with pneumonia.

-If you can find a better photo of Flames goon and former Penguin Andre Roy dressed up as as Santa Claus, be our guest.

-Hopefully security at Consol Energy Center (we have to force that out) is better than whoever is watching the cars near Xcel Energy Center.

-Vancouver goaltender Curtis Sandford was the only member of the Canucks who showed up to play last night.

Pacific Division

-From the "out of no where" department, James Neal's first career hat trick helped the visiting Stars rout the Maple Leafs, 8-2. Teammates Fabian Brunnstrom, Steve Ott and Mike Ribeiro each had a goal and an assist while Trevor Daley, Stephane Robidas, Jere Lehtinen and former Penguins forward Landon Wilson each had two assists. Fire Craig Patrick.

-Neal is the fourth Stars player to net a hat trick this season.

-The Sharks got 33 saves from Evgeni Nabokov in a 5-0 shutout of the Canucks. Patrick Marleau had a goal and two assists for San Jose while Devin Setoguchi and Joe Thornton each contributed a goal and an assist.

-Jonathan Quick made 24 saves and recorded his first career shutout as the Kings won at Columbus, 3-0. Patrick O'Sullivan had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles.

-The NHL is trying to help the cash-strapped Coyotes find new revenue. There might be some in Winnipeg.

Adams Division

-Anthony Sweet of West Allegheny, Jamesy Ross of Altoon, Dace Ludwig of Laurel Valley and James Robash of Mars were named the PIHL's players of the month.

(Photo: John Ulan/Canadian Press)

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