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Empty Netter Assists - 01-26-10

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "Nobody got down. Everybody kept going." - Marc-Andre Fleury (above, with New York's Sean Avery) on his team being down with just over 10 minutes left in regulation.

-The New York Times' recap. "This one was painful." - Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

-The New York Daily News' recap. "I didn't see that guy coming." - Lundqvist on Chris Conner scoring the winning goal.

-The Associated Press' recap. "Chris Conner had a good weekend, got his callup, and he certainly cashed in with a very good game." - Dan Bylsma.

-NHL.com's recap. Evgeni Malkin's game-tying goal was inadvertently re-directed by Rangers captain Chris Drury.

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Highlights courtesy of EN contributor GhostWalker40:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Happy times for Chris Conner, Pascal Dupuis and Crosby:

-Crosby, doing little to combat those accusations he pouts:

-Happy times for the Penguins. Not so much for New York's Brian Boyle:

-Sergei Gonchar and Henrik Lundqvist kept their eyes on this puck:

-Say... you don't suppose... these two know each other:

-Fleury had issues with this puck:

-New York's Artem Anisimov being popular:

-Matt Cooke denied he bit Arron Asham.

-Ron Cook puts out an APB for Maxime Talbot.

-Has the Penguins' defense fixed its problems (PG+)?

-Hold off on pre-ordering that Ray Whitney Penguins jersey.

-Sunday's Penguins-Flyers game drew a 1.3 overnight rating for NBC and tied a non-Winter Classic regular season record for the Peacock.

-Inside Penguins Hockey with Evgeni Malkin and Maxime Talbot:

-Conner scored a sick one-handed goal last week for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton:

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Mark Taylor. Acquired, along with Ron Flockhart, Andy Brickley and draft picks, early in the dreadful 1983-84 season in a trade that sent forward Ron Sutter and a draft pick to the rival Flyers, Taylor, the grandson of the legendary "Cyclone" Taylor, had a solid 55 points in 59 games that campaign. Taylor's play declined in 1984-85 and he was dealt the Capitals late in the season for Jim McGeough.

-Today would've been the 60th birthday of former Penguins coach Ivan Hlinka (right, with his former boss). Hlinka, one of the greatest Czech players in history and the only Czech coach in NHL history, was the team's bench boss for the memorable 2000-01 season but was fired early in the 2001-02 campaign after a 0-4-0 start. Overall, his record with the Penguins was 42-32-12. Hlinka was killed in a 2004 car accident in the Czech Republic.

Atlantic Division

-Devils forward Dainius Zubrus is expected to return to the lineup tonight after missing 30 games due to a broken knee cap.

-New Jersey defenseman Colin White will be fined for a hit from behind on Islanders forward Sean Bergenheim.

--The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League suspended Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward Patrice Cormier for the remainder of the season for his elbow to the head of Quebec Remparts forward Mikael Tam. Cormier is a Devils prospect.

-Flyers defenseman Ryan Parent underwent back surgery.

Northeast Division

-Sabres forward Tim Connelly has points in 16 consecutive games, two short of Gilbert Perreault's franchise record of 18 games.

-The Bruins demoted forward Drew Larman to Providence of the AHL.

-Senators goaltender Pascal Leclaire has resumed skating for the first time since suffering a concussion two weeks ago.

Southeast Division

-Panthers forward David Booth (right) went through his first full-contact practice since he suffered a head injury three months ago.

-The Hurricanes demoted goaltender Justin Peters to Albany of the AHL.

-Leave it to Lightning forward Steve Downie to run over his own goaltender, Mike Smith, who has been dealing with a neck injury.

-Washington coach Bruce Boudreau hasn't changed his lines for 10 consecutive games.

Central Division

-Former Penguins goaltender Ty Conklin (above, going cross-eyed) made 34 saves and led the Blues to a 2-0 shutout win at Calgary. Fire Ray Shero. Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves for the Flames who have lost seven consecutive games.

-St. Louis' Cam Janssen had issues with Calgary's Brian McGrattan:

-Janssen and Calgary's Brandon Prust also had issues:

-With forwards Marcel Goc ("upper body") and Joel Ward (groin) dinged up, the Predators recalled forward Cal O'Reilly from Milwaukee of the AHL.

-Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall is expected to return to the lineup tonight. He has missed two months due to a knee injury.

-It's looking more and more like the Red Wings are playing their final season at Joe Louis Arena.

-Forget Matt Cooke-Arron Asham. Chicago's Andrew Ladd and Vancouver's Ryan Kesler might be the NHL's most heated individual rivalry.

-The Toledo Walleye, the ECHL affiliate for the Red Wings and Blackhawks, signed former Penguins defenseman Mike Wilson.

Northwest Division

-Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist and led the Canucks to a 3-2 defeat of the Sabres. Linemate Daniel Sedin (above, right, with his brother and Aaron Rome) added two assists while Roberto Luongo made 29 saves in the victory which was Vancouver's fifth in a row.

-Check out the nasty, knee-buckling move Henrik Sedin put on Buffalo's Ryan Miller to score:

-A cool photo of the move:

-Check out the sick pass by Daniel Sedin to set up Brad Lukowich:

-The Sabres were absolutely robbed of a goal last night:

-That's awfully similar to the non-goal Mike Richards scored against the Penguins Sunday.

-Happy times in Vancouver:

-Luongo appeared less than thrilled over taking a seat here:

-It's always fun watching Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff blow his top:

-Lukowich scored his first goal in 111 games.

-The Canucks confirmed defenseman Willie Mitchell was officially diagnosed with a concussion resulting from a hit by Evgeni Malkin, Jan. 16.

Pacific DIvision

-With forwards Jere Lehtinen (neck) and forward Brenden Morrow (oblique) healthy, the Stars demoted forward Raymond Sawada to Texas of the AHL.

Norris DIvision

-The NHLPA has reached a tenative agreement with former executive director Paul Kelly who as ousted by the association last year.

-Happy 49th birthday to NHL legend Wayne Gretzky.

-Wayne Gretzky is almost 50? Dang.

-Happy 85th birthday to former Pittsburgh hornets defenseman Vic Lynn.

-Today would've been the 73rd birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Billy McNeill.

-Today would've been the 114th birthday of Alf Skinner, a forward with the NHL's Pittsburgh Pirates.

(Photos: Penguins/Rangers-Mary Altaffer/Associated Press and Mike Stobe/Getty Images; Hlinka-Gene J. Puskar; Blues/Flames and Sabres/Canucks-Canadian Press)

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