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Empty Netter Assists - 01-02-10

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Penguins

-"I’m a cold-weather guy. It’s fun to play outside. Dress warm, and you’re ready to go." - Pascal Dupuis (above) on the potential of an outdoor game in Pittsburgh (PG+).

-"As fate has it, the very evening of the announcement, I ran into (Martin) Brodeur in New Jersey.  Martin took the time to come see me during warm-ups to welcome me to the team.  He gave a little tap of his stick to my leg pads as well as congratulating me.  It was just a small gesture, but one that shows Brodeur’s class." - Marc-Andre Fleury, translated from French from his blog for Radio Canada, on being named to the Canadian Olympic team.

-Pittsburgh is Hockeytahn. Part 1:

-Part 2:

-Part 3:

-John Curry made 17 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 loss to the rival Hersey Bears. Former Penguins forward Chris Bourque scored two goals for the Bears, including the game-winner. Fire Ray Shero.

-Hershey is 10-1-0 since Bourque re-joined the team. Fire Ray Shero.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins goaltender Rick Tabaracci. One of the team's many failed second-round draft picks, "Tabby," drafted in 1987, played all of one game for the Penguins in 1988-89. He was sent to the Jets in a 1989 off season deal along with Randy Cunneyworth and Dave McLlwain in exchange for for Jim Kyte, Andrew McBain and Randy Gilhen. He would go on to lead a farily long 11-year NHL career making stops in Winnipeg, Washington, Calgary, Tampa Bay, Calgary again, Washington again, Atlanta and Colorado.

-Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins forward Peter Lee (right). A scoring phenom in his junior days and a first-round pick of the Canadiens in 1976, Lee was dealt to the Penguins in a 1977 trade along with forward Pete Mahovlich for star forward Pierre Larouche. Lee would go one to hit the 30-goal mark twice in his six-year NHL career - all in Pittsburgh - before bolting to Dusseldorfer EG in West Germany where he was also a star. Lee's 245 points as a Penguin are 29th most in franchise history. He is currently the head coach of Eisbaren Berlin in Germany.

Atlantic Division

-Devils coach Jacques Lemaire makes his return to Minnesota tonight where he'll face the Wild, the team he ran for the first eight seasons of its existence.

-During the introduction of the United States' Olympic roster, Devils forward Jamie Langenbrunner's name was mispelled on his jersey.

-Devils forward Brian Rolston said teammate Zach Parise, who was named to the United States' roster, is the country's best hockey player.

-New Jersey defenseman Paul Martin was named to the United States' roster despite being on injured reserve due to a broken forearm.

-"We chose Chris Drury because he is Chris Drury. That’s all you need to know about him.” - United States and Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke on the Rangers' captain.

Northeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Marco Sturm's (above) overtime goal gave the Bruins a 2-1 win against the Flyers in the Winter Classic at Fenway Park. Tim Thomas made 25 saves in the victory which was the fifth in six games for Boston. The Flyers had a four-game winning streak snapped. And out of no where, the Bruins have snuck up on the Penguins in the standings. They are in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with 49 points, four less than the fourth-place Penguins.

-"Marco scored that winner, and it was one of the most incredible feelings I can remember." - Thomas.

-"We got to the bench and looking around and, realizing the place was going nuts, it was a very special feeling, that’s for sure.” - Mark Recchi, Bruins forward and former Penguin Mark Recchi on scoring the game-tying goal late in the third period. Fire Ray Shero.

-“When they were singing that ‘Sweet Caroline’ (late in the third), it kind of gave you goose bumps.” - Bruins defenseman Derek Morris.

-Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, a native of Franklin, Mass., had a nice homecoming.

-Referee Chris Rooney, a Red Sox season-ticket holder from "Southie," got to work yesterday's game.

-The Bruins' brown and gold jerseys were hybrids from the jerseys they wore in their Stanley Cup winning seasons in 1929, ’39, ’41, ’70 and ’72.

-Actor Dennis Leary was disappointed Bruins legend Bobby Orr didn't fight Flyers legend Bobby Clarke prior to the game.

-"I've never played in front of that many people in my life, and it was great to see it. It was unbelievable when they were chanting the names of the teams back and forth. It's a great experience that I'll cherish for the rest of my life. I'm just glad my family was here, too, to have fun with me." - Flyers forward Ian Laperriere.

-The Flyers claimed the Bruins had "six, seven" guys on the ice when Sturm scored.

-"I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for this opportunity to be named, but to be able to be named (in front of) your home crowd, and at Fenway Park, add those things together and this is a story that will be told for the rest of my life." - Thomas on being named to the U.S. Olympic hockey team.

-More than a few Flyers fans made their way up to Boston.

-Videos galore.As you might expect, CBC's pregame montage was on the ball:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame show:

-The Dropkick Murphys and pregame introductions:

(Check for the Rick Tocchet-Cam Neely fight at the 2:00 mark.)

-The ceremonial faceoff between Philadelphia's Bobby Clarke and Boston's Bobby Orr and the national anthems:

-Philadelphia's Daniel Carcillo and Boston's Shawn Thornton fighting:

(Kudos to Carcillo for letting up on Thornton. No kudos for the "metal" hand gesture.)

-Don Cherry, always a humble individual, didn't care for Carcillo's theatrics following his fight:

-The goal scored by Flyers defenseman Danny Syvret:

-A look at The Green Monster:

-A look at the Bruins' goaltending masks:

-The dreadful rendition of "Sweet Caroline:"

-Recchi's goal:

(FIre Ray Shero.)

-Sturm's goal:

-The naming of the United States' Olympic roster:

("Pittsburgh, Philadelphia?")

-CBC's closing montage:

-Photos galore. A Zamboni in the morning:

-Fenway Park:

 

-A look at Yawkey Way:

-A Flyers fan getting it right for once:

-Tim Thomas leading his team onto the ice:

-Philadelphia's Brian Boucher keeping his lid toasty:

-This might be our favorite image from yesterday. Bobby Orr Bobby Clarke shaking hands:

-The faceoff between Clarke and Orr:

-The Flyers during the Canadian national anthem:

-The officials during the United States national anthem:

 

-The flyover was pretty awesome:

(Zdeno Chara looks as if he could touch that plane.)

-Boston's Byron Bitz getting denied down low:

-Boston's Shawn Thornton and Philadelphia's Daniel Carcillo having issues:

(Look at Mike Milbury's happy, ugly mug in the backround.)

-Carcillo settling said issues:

-Thomas being popular:

-Canadiens coach Toe Blake Bruins coach Claude Julien:

-We dug the letterman jackets the Flyers' coaches wore:

-Philadelphia's Darroll Powe laying into Boston's Matt Hunwick:

-Happy times for the Flyers:

-Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell had some natural insulation for the elements:

-Hartnell being denied by Thomas

-Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference lost sight of this puck:

-Philadelphia captain Mike Richards chasing down a puck:

-Battles along the boards:

-Happy time for the Bruins. Not so much for the Flyers:

-Happy times for Bruins fans:

-Not so much for Flyers' fan:

-Postgame handshake:

-Chara being tall:

-Postgame fireworks:

-Your final score:

(We really dig the fact they added the Sabres-Thrashers game as an out of town score.)

-Thomas being a big kid:

-Bruins legend Cam Neely Some truck driver named Seabass was there:

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Derek Roy's overtime goal gave the Sabres a 4-3 win against the Thrashers. Jochen Hecht had two goals and an assist for Buffalo while teammate Tim Connolly added a goal and an assist. Ryan Miller made 32 saves in the victory which was the third in a row for Buffalo. The Thrashers have lost seven consecutive games. The Sabres are in second place in the Eastern Conference with 54 points, one more than the fourth-place Penguins.

-Roy's goal was an absolute fluke:

-The Sabres, who beat the Penguins, 4-3, Tuesday, came back from a three-goal deficit for the second consecutive game for the first time in franchise history.

-Happy times for Buffalo's Jochen Hecht. Not so much for Thrashers goaltender and former Penguin Johan Hedberg:

-After losing a few players to blocked shots, the Canadiens have begun using equipment such as foot guards and kevlar socks.

Southeast Division

-Following last month's trade of forward Chris Clark, the Capitals aren't rushing into naming his replacement as captain.

-The Lightning signed goaltender Jaroslav Janus, a six-round pick in last year's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Central Division

-Blue Jackets forward Mike Blunden cleared waivers and was demoted to Syracuse of the AHL.

-"He said he knows all my moves. We'll see when that (time) comes." - Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, who was selected to the United States' Olympic team, on the potential of facing teammate Duncan Keith, a member of Canada's team.

-Considering his father, Bob Suter, won a gold medal in 1980, and his uncle, Gary Suter, claimed a silver medal in 1998, Predators defenseman and U.S. Olympian Ryan Suter (right) has quite a legacy to live up to.

Northwest Division

-If our season was going as poorly as the Oilers', we'd probably drink a bunch too. A restaurant in Calgary claims the Oilers refused to pay an entire bill worth $16,796.39 (not including gratuity) following a New Year's Eve party. Alcohol accounted for close to $8,000 of the bill. The Oilers disputed the total and paid only $12,381.40.

-The Canucks recalled defenseman Brad Lukowich from Texas of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-"It is disappointing. This would have been a really fun time, especially in Vancouver. But I understand the process and I understand what they were doing. I guess the hardest part is this pretty much was the last chance to play for (Team USA), but when you get to my age there are going to be things like this that are inevitable." - Stars forward Mike Modano on being left off the United States' roster.

Adams Division

-Nike has a new commercial for Hockey Canada that includes Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who was left off the Canadian Olympic roster:

(Photos: Dupuis-Peter Diana/Post-Gazette; Lee-eBay; WInter Classic-Elise Amendola/Associated Press, Charles Krupa/Associated Press, Jim McIsaac/Getty Images and Elsa/Getty Images; Hecht-Don Heupel/Associated Press; Suter-Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

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