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Empty Netter Assists - 01-27-10

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Penguins

-"I think we're capable of playing better." - Ray Shero (above).

-What kind of future does Mark Eaton have with the Penguins?

-Marc-Andre Fleury cares not for his dad's snoring.

-Twenty-four hours after scoring two goals in Madison Square Garden, it was back to reality for Chris Conner.

-Pens Universe talks to Ben Lovejoy.

-This kid:

-He needs even more votes.

-Miss Nevada is a Penguins fan.

-Michael-Lee Teslak made 26 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-1 defeat of the South Carolina Stingrays.

Atlantic Division

-Devils forward Dainius Zubrus returned to the lineup after missing 30 games due to a kneecap injury.

Northeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Brian Elliott (above) made 24 saves and led the Senators to a 3-0 shutout win at New Jersey. Filip Kuba had two assists for Ottawa which has won seven consecutive games. The Devils are in second place in the Eastern Conference and first place in the Atlantic Division with 69 points, two more than the Penguins who are in fourth and second place respectively with 67 points. The Senators are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 62 points.

-Awkward Photo of the Night: Ottawa's Milan Michalek and New Jersey's Martin Brodeur:

-"Their team is at their best." - Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Senators.

-Does Senators coach Cory Clouston deserve consideration for Jack Adams Award.

-Former Canadiens and Penguins forward Georges Laraque expressed an interest to play for AIK Stockholm in Sweden. Laraque was released by the Canadiens last week but remains a member of the roster. If that makes sense.

-Injuries have derailed the season of Bruins forward Milan Lucic.

-Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers is making his case for the Calder Trophy.

Southeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Alexander Semin had two goals for the Capitals in a 7-2 rout of the Islanders. Jason Chimera, John Erskine and Brenan Morrison each added a goal and an assist for Washington while teammates Eric Fehr and Tomas Fleischmann each recorded two assists. Jose Theodore (above) made 18 saves in the victory which was Washington's seventh in a row. Theodore left the game after the second period due to a "lower-body" injury. The Capitals are in first place in the Eastern Conference with 74 points, seven more than the fourth-place Penguins.

-Islanders defenseman Jack Hillen was injured when a slapshot from Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin hit him in the face.

-Painful times for Hillen:

-Some cool overhead photos of Ovechkin warming up:

-Shawn Matthias had two goals for the Panthers in a 2-1 defeat of the Canadiens. Tomas Vokoun made 16 saves for Florida which has won five out its past seven games. Montreal have lost four out of their past six games.

-One of Matthias' goals was off a nifty penalty shot:

-Two cool photos of the goal:

-Happy times for Matthias:

-Matthias had a few words with the Habs following the goal:

-Matthias getting denied in tight by Montreal's Jaroslav Halak:

-Matthias created some nice photos last night. Here he is barging in kicking up some ice:

-Happy times for the Panthers:

-Vokoun kept his eyes on this shot:

-Montreal's Scott Gomez and Florida's Keith Ballard had issues:

-Looking out from behind Halak:

-Florida's Michal Frolik and Montreal's Travis Moen kicked up some snow here:

-Former Penguins goaltender Johan Hedberg made 34 saves for the Thrashers who edged the Ducks, 2-1. Fire Craig Patrick. Jonas Hiller made 32 saves for Anaheim.

-Happy (and by the looks of the stands, lonely) times for Thrashers forward and former Penguin Colby Armstrong:

-Happy times for Hedberg:

-Happy times for Atlanta's Maxim Afinogenov:

-Hedberg leaning down to scoop up a puck:

-Anaheim's Mike Brown had issues with Thrashers forward and former Penguin Chris Thorburn:

-Getting up close and personal with Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer:

-With forward Steven Reinprect dealing with a foot injury, the Panthers recalled forward Michal Repik from Rochester of the AHL.

-Tampa Bay is looking for its first three-game winning streak of the season.

-The Lightning demoted defenseman David Hale to Norfolk of the AHL for conditioning purposes.

-Former Robert Morris star Ryan Caruthers has also joined Norfolk.

Central Division

-Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith each had two assists for the Blackhawks who won at Edmonton, 4-2. Cristobal Huet made 22 saves for Chicago. The OIlers tied a franchis record by losing their 11th consecutive game.

-Edmonton goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers had issues with this puck:

-At 21 years and two months old, Kane became the youngest Blackhawks player to reach 200 career points.

-Steve Mason made 29 saves for the Blue Jackets who edged the rival Predators, 3-2. It was only Columbus' fifth win against Nashville since the start of the 2006-07 season. Martin Erat had a goal and an assist for the Predators who have lost four consecutive games.

-Columbus' Mike Commodore had issues with Nashville's Patric Hornqvist:

-Nashville's Pekka Rinne had issues with his puck:

-The Blackhawks care not for wearing shirts in the back of limos.

-Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja, out of the lineup for 11 months due to a head injury, had teammate Johan Franzen "run" him in practice.

Northest Division

-Vancouver's Sedin twins are ripping things up right now.

-With forwards Nigel Dawes (leg) and David Moss (shoulder) dinged up, the Flames recalled forward Mikael Backlund from Abbotsford of the AHL.

-Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is starting to look like a bust in Calgary.

-Oilers forward Gilbert Brule is dealing with the flu.

Pacific Division

-Dustin Brown (above) had three assists for the Kings in a 5-3 win at Toronto. Drew Doughty and Jarret Stoll each added a goal and an assist for Los Angeles while Jonathan Quick made 25 saves in the win which was the Kings' third in a row. NIklas Hagman led the Maple Leafs with two goals.

-Kings forward Anze Kopitar apparently attempted to check Doughty for an ear infection:

-Kopitar got dumped hard by Toronto's Colton Orr:

-We think.

-Shane Doan had an overtime goal and three assists and led the Coyotes to a thrilling 5-4 comeback win at Detroit. Keith Yandle added two goals for Phoenix while teammate Scottie Upshall recorded a goal and an assist. Ilya Bryzgalov made 32 saves in the victory. Nicklas Lidstrom led the Red Wings with two goals.

-Check out this pass by Phoenix's Radim Vrbata to set up one of Yandle's goals:

-Doan lifting the puck over Detroit's Jimmy Howard for the game-winning goal:

-Happy times for the Coyotes. Not so much for Detroit's Brad Stuart:

-Ducks forward Saku Koivu returned to the lineup after missing four games due to a knee sprain.

-Stars forward Tom Wandell will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury.

Adams Division

-Former Bruins and Blackhawks forward Carl Corazzini has joined ERC Ingolstadt in Germany.

(Photos: Eaton-Pam Pamchak/Post-Gazette; Devils/Senators-Canadian Press; Capitals/Islanders-Paul J. Bereswill/Associated Press and Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Canadiens/Panthers-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images and Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Ducks/Thrashers-Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images; Blackhawks/Oilers-Canadian Press; Predators/Blue Jackets-Terry Gilliam/Associated Press; Kings/Maple Leafs-Abelimages/Getty Images and Canadian Press; Coyotes/Red Wings-Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

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