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Empty Netter Assists - Eastern Conference - 12-14-08

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday.

-The Philadelphia Inquirer's recap.

-Has Michel Therrien (right) used Janne Pesonen right?

-Pesonen has at least one fan in Philadelphia.

-Connor James and Jeff Taffe are going to pig out on cheesesteaks this weekend.

-Evgeni Malkin apparently got arrested. (Yes, that's sarcasm.)

-Two goals from Chris Minard helped the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins beat the Portland Pirates, 5-1. Jean-Michel Daoust added a goal and an assist while Luca Caputi and Bill Thomas each recorded two assists. John Curry made 23 saves in the win.

-Curry was sharp in his return to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-Two goals each by Matt Grennier and and Jordan Morrison lifted the Wheeling Nailers to a 5-2 win against the Reading Royals. David Brown made 23 saves in the win.

Atlantic Division

-Chris Drury's shootout goal gave the Rangers a 3-2 win against the Hurricanes. Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves in the win.

-Devils forward Petr Vrana cleared waivers and was demoted to Lowell of the AHL.

-Islanders forward Mike Sillinger is dealing with a groin injury.

Northeast Division

-Two goals from Michael Ryder (right) and an a goal and an assist from Phil Kessel lifted the Bruins to a 4-2 win against the Thrashers. Kessel has scored in 15 consecutive games. David Krejci added three assists. Nathan Oystrick led Atlanta with a goal and an assist.

-Thomas Vanek scored two goals and teammate Derek Roy had a goal and an assist for the Sabres in a 4-2 win at New Jersey. Former Penguins goaltender Patrick Lalime made 20 saves in the win. Fire Craig Patrick.

-Lalime restored the coaching staff's faith in him last night.

-Leave it to the Lightning to make Martin Gerber look like a No. 1 goaltender. Gerber made 24 saves and led the Senators to a 2-0 shutout win.

-Ottawa and Tampa Bay showed why they are the lowest scoring teams in the league last night.

-The Bruins put forward Marco Sturm on long-term injury reserve retroactive to Nov. 17. The team recalled forward Martins Karsums from Providence of the AHL and demoted him after last night's game.

-The Senators recalled defenseman Brian Lee and forward Ilya Zubov from Binghamton of the AHL.

-Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (right) is dealing with a "lower-body" injury in addition to a flu. His teammate Saku Koivu is expected to miss two weeks due to a suspected foot injury.

-Forward Jeremy Williams is trying to stick with the Maple Leafs.

-Apparently so impressed with his work as a forechecker, President elect Barack Obama hired Senators forward Shean Donovan to run the Department of Housing and Urban Redevelopment.

Southeast Division

In his NHL debut, Simeon Varlamov made 32 saves and led the Capitals to a tight 2-1 win in Montreal. Former Penguins forward Alex Kovalev served wore the "C" for Montreal because regular captain Saku Koivu was sidelined by a "lower-body" injury.

-The Hurricanes activated defenseman Tim Gleason and demoted Casey Borer to Albany of the AHL.

-Lightning forward Martin St. Louis took a skate in the face last night from an official but was not seriously injured.

-Tampa Bay defenseman Matt Lundin cleared waivers and was demoted to Norfolk of the AHL.

-Today's "Shut up Barry Melrose" article is brought to by Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times.

-The Maple Leafs are good with spreadsheets while the Panthers are good with editing photos:

-Panthers forward Cory Stillman is scheduled to return to the lineup tonight. He has been sidelined with a concussion since Nov. 2.

(Photos: Therrien-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Ryder-Elsa/Getty Images; Price-Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

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