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Empty Netter Assists - 01-30-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Mario Lemieux wants to be the next Rachel Phelps (above).

-As Dejan Kovacevic explains at PBC Blog, don't hold your breath expecting anything to happen anytime soon, if at all.

-"Anytime you meet a team in back-to-back years in the Stanley Cup final, there's going to be some hatred." - Mark Eaton on the Red Wings.

-Sidney Crosby isn't the only member of his family with Olympic dreams.

-Mark Letestu had three goals and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a "tight" 8-6 loss to the rival Hershey Bears. Tim Wallace added two goals for the Penguins while teammates Chris Conner and Chris Lee each recorded two assists.

-Former Nailers coach Ed Sauter and Wheeling sports writer Nick Bedway will be inducted into the Wheeling Hockey Hall of Fame tonight.

Atlantic Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Travis Zajac had an overtime goal and three assists and led the Devils to a 5-4 win against the Maple Leafs. Zach Parise (above) added two goals and two assists for New Jersey while teammate Dainius Zubrus contributed a goal and two assists. Martin Brodeur made 25 saves in the win. Alexei Ponikarovsky had a goala and an assist for Toronto. The Devils are in second place in the Eastern Conference and first place in the Atlantic Division with 72 points, seven more than the Penguins who are in fourth and second place respectively with 67 points.

-Somehow, Toronto's Colton Orr scored on a breakaway:

-Happy times for the Devils. Not so much for Toronto's Jonas Gustavsson:

-We're not sure if the Maple Leafs fan is just that embarrassed or if he's taking protective measures for being in Newark, N.J.:

-And this is just all kinds of cute:

-"We couldn't stop that guy (Parise). He should have had six goals tonight." - Toronto coach Ron Wilson.

-The Devils recalled forward Rod Pelley (lower-body") from injured reserve.

-With six points in his last 22 games, it lookes like Islanders forward John Tavares has hit a wall.

-This is a few days old, but check out this ridiculous save Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro made a Thursday against the Hurricanes:

Northeast Division

-Scoreboad Watch for the Penguins: Ryan Miller (above) made 30 saves and led the Sabres to a 2-1 win against the Bruins. Boston has lost five consecutive games. Buffalo is in third place in the Eastern Conference with 71 points, four more than the fourth-place Penguins.

-Boston forward Marc Savard returned to the lineup after missing three weeks due to a knee injury.

-With defenseman Jaroslav Spacek dealing with an "upper-body" injury, the Canadiens recalled defenseman Yannick Weber from Hamilton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Mike Knuble (above) had two goals and an assist for the Capitals who beat the Panthers, 4-1. Teammate Nicklas Backstrom added a goal and two assists while Michal Neuwirth made 35 saves in the victory which was Washington's ninth in a row. The Capitals are in first place in the Eastern Conference with 78 points, 11 more than the fourth place Penguins.

-Capitals defenseman Mike Green was involved in three rough-looking hits last night. First, he was dropped on a pretty clean hit by Florida's Cory Stillman. Second, he threw a blatant elbow to the face of Florida's Michal Frolik. Then third, he was dropped on a knee on knee hit by Florida's Dmitry Kulikov:

-We love the psuedo defense of Alex Ovechkin by announcer Joe Beninati there. Dmitry Kulikov didn't lead with his knee there. He led with his shoulder. Their knees just happened to collide.

-Furthermore, Kulikov doesn't have a history of this. Ovechkin does.That's why everyone puts their hand up when Ovechkin knees someone.

-Regarding the elbow by Green, we're not quite sure anything needs to be done by the league in terms of supplementary discipline. Green got two minutes for the hit.

-Green and Washington coach Bruce Boudreau both said the injury wasn't serious.

Central Division

-Nicklas Lidstrom (above) and Henrik Zetterberg each had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings who beat the Predators, 4-2. Teammates Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula each contributed two assists while Jimmy Howard made a whopping 46 saves in the win which snapped a three-game losing streak. The Predators have lost five consecutive games.

-Pointy times for Detroit's Brian Rafalski:

-Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall had a scare last night when he took a skate to the visor:

-The Red Wings demoted forward Justin Abdelkader to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-With captain Adam Foote returning to the lineup last night after missing seven games due to an ankle injury, the Avalanche demoted defnseman Wes O'Neil to Lake Erie of the AHL. The Avalanche did swee forward Ryan Stoa suffer a left shoulder injury last night.

-Two awful teams meet in the Battle of Alberta tonight. The Flames (nine games) and the OIlers (12 games) bring a pair of long losing streaks into tonight's game.

Pacific Division

-Shootout goals by Ryan Getzlaf and James Wisniewski (above) gave the Ducks a 2-1 win at Tampa Bay. Jonas Hiller made 30 saves in the victory. The Lightning had a three-game winning streak snapped.

-Anaheim's George Parros had issues with Tampa Bay's Matt Walker:

-Tampa Bay's Mattias Ohlund mashed Anaheim's Todd Marchant pretty good here:

-Mike Modano had two goals and led the Stars to a 3-2 win against the Avalanche. Goaltender Alex Auld made 24 saves in the victory which was Dallas' third in four games. Matt Duchene led Colorado with a goal and an assist.

-Happy times for Modano:

-Auld kept his eyes on this puck:

-Dallas' Steve Ott taking the ice:

-Colorado's Craig Anderson kept his eyes on this puck as well:

-Modano had his first two-goal game in two years.

-With forward Scottie Upshall dealing with a "lower-body" injury, the Coyotes recalled forward Mikkel Boedker from San Antonio of the AHL.

-"Unequivocally, I'm not trading him. My plan is to get him signed." - Ducks general manager Bob Murray on forward Bobby Ryan who is scheduled to become a restricted free agent after this season.

-Kings defenseman Jack Johnson (right) is dealing with an arm injury.

-Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.

Smythe Division

-It's Hockey Day in Canada today.

-Brooks Ostergard made 27 saves for the Robert Morris men's team in a 5-1 loss to Bemidji State.

-Hillary Pattenden made 12 saves and led the Mercyhurst women's team to a 2-0 shutout of Niagara.

(Photos: Phelps-Photobucket; Maple Leafs/Devils-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Bruins/Sabres-Rick Stewart/Getty Images; Panthers/Capitals-Luis M. Alvarez/Associated Press; Predators/Red Wings-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; Ducks/Lightning-Chris O'Meara/Associated Press; Avalanche/Stars-Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press and Ronald Martinez/Getty Images; Johnson-Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

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