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Empty Netter Assists - 02-20-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Olympics

Group A (Canada,  Norway, Switzerland, United States)

-"The gold medal game is not tomorrow night." - Sidney Crosby (above, with Switzerland's Mark Streit) on the importance of Sunday's Canada-United States game.

-Dejan Kovacevic has a photo that might dispute Crosby's notion.

-Thirty years after watching the "Miracle on Ice" in person, Czechoslovakian legend Peter Stastny is watching his son, Paul, preform for the United States.

-United States forward Bobby Ryan is apparently not a fan of watching hockey games on time.

-United States forward Ryan Malone is running a photo blog on WPXI's Web site.

-NBC claims the reason it's dumping Sunday's United States-Canada game on MSNBC is that the cable platforms allow them to present the game entirely. Outside of those extra long Guatamala-Saudi Arabia ice fishing matches and Visa commercials.

Group B (Czech Republic, Latvia, Russia, Slovakia)

-Czech Republic 5, Latvia 2. "First five minutes, we had a lead, 3-0. Then we just stopped playing our hockey." - Jaromir Jagr. NHL.com's recap.

-Jagr having a moment with Tomas Vokoun:

-Jagr battling along the left wing wall with Latvia's Kristaps Sotnieks:

-The Czech Republic's Milan Michalek beating Latvian goaltender Edgars Malsaskis:

-A big scrum in front of the Latvian net:

-Happy times for the Czech Republic. Not so much for Latvia:

-The Czech Republic's Marek Zidlicky unleashing hell:

-The Czech Republic's David Krejci sneaking one by Malsaskis:

-The Czech Republic's Patrik Elias fighting off Latvia's Arvids Rekis:

-Happy times for Latvia's Girts Ankipans:

-"They treat me so well in Russia. It would be tough to leave them, but on the other side, I want to try it. Maybe try to come here." - Jagr on the potential of returning to the NHL.

-"OK, listen closely, it's Zhid-LITS-ky. Zhid, like Zhid, not Zid, and ski, not key. Zhid-lits-ky." - Czech Republic defenseman Marek Zidlicky on the pronunciation of his last name.

-Who would think Evgeni Malkin would need Ruslan Fedotenko instead of Ilya Kovalchuk?

-"We realize maybe we are not that good. We have to get our head on the swivel and work hard and play hard and think about what we are doing here." - Russian goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on his team's loss to Slovakia Thursday.

-Here's a good look at Slovakian goaltender Jaroslav Halak's lid: On the right sight is an image of Slovakian goaltending legend Vladimir Dzurilla:

-And the left side is Juraj Janosik, a Slovakian folk hero:

-Here's Pavol Demitra's winning shootout goal against Russia:

-This is noteworthy because this is the first YouTub clip of any type we've been able to find of Olympic action. The IOC has gone to great lengths to ensure online video content is left in the grubby incapable hands of NBC.

Group C (Belarus, Finland, Germany, Sweden)

-Finland 5, Germany 0. Teemu Selanne isn't satisfied with the individual honors. NHL.com's recap.

-Finland's Tuomo Ruutu beating Germany's Dmitri Patzold:

-Happy times for Finland. Not so much for Germany:

-More happy times for Finland:

-Finland's Niklas Backstrom fending off Germany's Marco Sturm:

-Backstrom was sporting some Finland-themed pads instead of his usual Minnesota gear:

-Backstrom reaching out for a puck:

-Backstrom reaching up for a puck:

-Selanne sporting a face shield:

-Getting up close and personal with Finland's Antti Miettinen:

-Awkwards Series of Photos of the Night: Finland's Niko Kapanen and Germany's Korbinian Holzer:

-Funny Face of the Night: Finland's Lasse Kukkonen getting hit into the boards by Germany's Michael Wolf:

-Intense Photo of the Night: Germany's Marcel Goc and Finland's Mikko Koivu taking a faceoff:

-This poor Finn took a tumble:

-German defenseman and former Penguin Sven Butenschon giving Finland's Olli Jokinen a shove:

-Jokinen's fu-manchu was still instense in Finand's second game:

-Confused times for Germany coach Uwe Krupp:

-Handshake line:

-"It's built up from the 1700s or whenever, when the Swedes used to own the Finns." - FInland defenseman Sami Salo on his country's rivalry with Sweden and offering a brief history lesson.

-Sweden 4, Belarus 2. The Swedes had a tough time with an old nemesis. NHL.com's recap.

-Sweden's Daniel Alfredsson being popular:

-Sweden's Sedins. Being brothers we assume:

-Sweden's Johan Franzen, "The Moose," barreling up the the ice:

-Sweden's Henrik Zetterberg looking like he's about to take advantage of some poor Belarusian:

-Happy times for Sweden. Not so much Belarus:

-More happy times for Sweden:

-Sweden's Jonas Gustavsson had issues with this puck:

-Gustavsson having a moment:

-Belarus' Dmitri Meleshko beating Gustavsson:

-Belarus' Andrei Stas celebrating Meleshko's goal:

-Belarus forward and former Penguin Konstantin Koltsov (center) giving the business to Zetterberg:

-Belarus defenseman Viktor Kostiuchenok and goaltender Andrei Mezin kept their eyes on this puck:

-Mezin denying Sweden's Loui Eriksson:

-Mezin had some issues with this puck:

-Handshake line:

-"I know I'm not the same player I was 10 years ago. I'm 36 years old now. But I wasn't going to give up a chance to play in another Olympics." - Sweden forward Peter Forsberg.

Group D (Potpourri)

-Today's "NBC is horrible" article is brought to you by Bruce Ciskie of AOL.

-Have European leagues pulled closer to the NHL in terms of competitiveness?

NHL

Penguins

-Adam Berkhoel made 27 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-1 loss to the Cincinnati Cyclones.

-The Penguins' Web site has an interview with goaltending prospect Alexander Pechurskiy.

-Happy 26th birthday to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy.

-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins forward Mark Kachowski. A free agent signing in the 1987 offseason, Kachowski spent parts of three seasons - all with the Penguins - in the NHL. In 64 games in the late 1980s, the combative winger recorded 11 points.

-Happy 67th birthday to former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets goaltender Joe Daley (right). Claimed from the Red Wings in the 1967 expansion draft, Daley spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He made his NHL debut with the organization in 1968-69 by appearing in 29 games while serving as Les Binkley's back up and going 10-13-2. He only appeared in nine games the following season. In the 1970 offseason, he was claimed off waivers by the Sabres. In 38 games with the Penguins, Daley had an 11-18-6 record with a 3.16 goals against average. Daley would go one to join the Winnipeg Jets of the WHA when that league was formed in 1972. He would play for the Jets throughout their entire seven-year run as a WHA franchise before the league merged with the NHL. Daley's 167 wins are the most in WHA history. A member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, Daley operates Joe Daley Sports Cards in Winnipeg.

Central Division

-The Syracuse Crunch, the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate, will host the Binghamton Senators today at the New York State Fairgrounds. It will be the AHL's first ever outdoor game.

Northwest Division

-Oilers forward Mike Comrie got engaged to entertainer Hilary Duff, his long-time girlfriend.

Pacific Division

-Stars general manager Joe Niewendyk pretty much admitted he has considered dealing goaltender Marty Turco (right).

Smythe Division

-Grant Blakey scored two goals for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 4-4 tie with Army.

-Daneca Butterfield made 20 saves for the Robert Morris women's team in a 3-2 loss to Niagara.

-Hillary Pattenden made 17 saves and led Mercyhurst to an 8-0 win against Wayne State.

(Photos: Olympics-Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty ImagesBruce Bennett/Getty Images, Cris Bournocle/AFP/Getty ImagesJulie Jacobson/Associated Press, Matt Slocum/Associated Press and Jamie Squire/Getty Images; Daley-eBay; Turco-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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