Empty Netter Assists - 12-30-09

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "Obviously, we're not used to it. And I hope we're never going to get used to it." - Sergei Gonchar on giving up a three-goal lead.

-The Buffalo News' recap. "It doesn't come down to a penalty shot too often to break a slump." - Sabres forward Drew Stafford (above, beating Marc-Andre Fleury) on his penalty shot goal in the second period.

-The Associated Press' recap. "We worked pretty hard and probably deserved better." - Sidney Crosby.'s recap. Stafford rebounded well after being a healthy scratch.

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Highlights courtesty of EN contributor GhostWalker40:

-Crosby and Bill Guerin speak:

-Fleury kept his eyes on this puck:

-Mike Yeo tries to explain due to his baldness, he was unable to help with the team's bus in the snow last night:

-We think.

-Happy times for Guerin and Kris Letang:

-We dont' want to accuse Buffalo's Steve Montador of kneeing Tyler Kennedy here... but...:

-Why does Patrick Lalime look like the leader of some evil outfit who is directing his bumbling henchmen, Montador, No. 4, and Adam Mair to chase after some pesky do-gooder perched in the rafters?

-Happy times for Stafford and his fans:

-The Penguins' have some issues with their bus:

-Is Jordan Staal Olympic material?

-How much will losses to poor teams like the Maple Leafs and Hurricanes hurt the Penguins in the long run?

-The Pensblog ranks the top five Penguins goals of the decade.

-FSN Pittsburgh remembers Mario Lemieux's comeback:

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Dustin Jeffrey was voted in as a starter for the Canadian team in the AHL All-Star Game.

-Happy 31st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi. Appearing in exactly 300 regular season games during his time as a Penguin, "The Piece" was a member of last season's Stanley Cup championship team and will forever be remembered for "The blocks" at the end of Game 6 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final:

-He is currently a member of the Kings.

Atlantic Division

-Robbie Schremp's (above) shootout goal gave the Islanders a 2-1 win against the Blue Jackets. Dwayne Roloson made 41 saves in the victory which was the third out of four games for New York. Columbus has lost 10 out of its past 11 games.

-The shootout:

-Schremp beating Columbus' Steve Mason:

-Cool Photos of the Night: Mason nabbing a puck out of mid-air:

-And Mason covering a puck in the crease:

-Columbus' Fredrik Modin got some air time:

-Your newest Blue Jackets, Milan Jurcina, left, and Chris Clark:


-Jurcina didn't wast time doing his thing for Columbus against Islanders forward and former Penguins prospect Matt Moulson:

-New York's Andy Sutton said hello to Columbus' R.J. Umberger, a native of a town with a world-renown medical community:

-Umberger got airborn to hit Islanders forward and former Penguin Richard Park:

-A shoulder injury will sideline Islanders forward Nate Thompson one to two weeks.

Northeast Division

-With forward Nick Foligno (knee) expected to return to the lineup tonight, Senators demoted forward Ryan Keller to Binghamton of the AHL.

-Bruins forward Milan Lucic's ankle injury will keep him out of the Winter Classic.

-The weather forecast for the Winter Classic isn't looking too good.

Southeast Division

-The Capitals demoted goaltender Semyon Varlamov (right) to Hershey of the AHL for conditioning purposes.

-New Capitals forward Jason Chimera is skating on a line with star forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin.

-The Panthers are projecting injured forward David Booth (head) to return to the lineup by the end of January. He has not played since late October.

-After being benched two weeks ago, Lightning forward Alex Tanguay has rebounded by scoring five points in five games.

Central Division

-Marcel Goc and J.P. Dumont each had a goal and an assist for the Predators in a 4-3 defeat of the Blues. Teammate Shea Weber recorded three assists while Pekka Rinne made 24 saves in the victory which snapped a three-game losing streak. Andy McDonald and Alexander Steen each had a goal and an assist for St. Louis.

-Predators forward Martin Erat (head) and defenseman Kevin Klein (knee) were injured on questionable hits last night.

-Predators forward Dave Scatchard (right, with Erat) cleared waivers and was demoted to Milwaukee of the AHL.

-The Blues benched defenseman Erik Johnson, the top overall pick in the 2006 draft, for last night's game.

Northwest Division

-Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa suffered a leg laceration last night.

-And just prior to Bieksa's injury, the Canucks placed defenseman Mathieu Schneider on waivers.

-Oilers coach Pat Quinn will face his former team, the Maple Leafs, for the first time since they fired him following the 2005-06 season.

-Despite being 38, Avalanche captain Adam Foote is playing some of the best hockey of his career.

-Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner is dealing with a hip or groin injury.

Pacific Division

-Steve Ott (above, with Trevor Daley) had two goals an assist for the Stars in a 5-4 defeat of the Blackhawks. Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist for Dallas while teammate Brad Richards added two assists. Marty Turco made 33 saves in the victory. Patrick Kane had two goals for Chicago which had a three-game winning streak snapped.

-Chicago's Tomas Kopecky cared not for the personal space of Turco:

-Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas played last night despite having facial surgery the day before that involved having a cheekboned pushed out to alleviate headaches. Yeesh.

-Bobby Ryan had two goals and an assist for the Ducks in a 4-2 defeat of the Wild. Teammates Saku Koivu and Steve Wisniewski each had two assists while Jonas HIller made 29 saves in the win. Mikko Koivu, Saku's brother, led Minnesota with two assists.

-Minnesota's Josh Harding had some issues with this shot:

-Deranged Face of the Day: Anaheim's Nick Boynton:

-Lauri Korpikoski's shootout goal gave the Coyotes a 3-2 win against the Canucks. Jason Labarbera made 28 saves in the victory which was a franchise-record 10th in a row at home for Phoenix. The Canucks had a three-game winning streak snapped.

-A good look at Korpikoski's goal on Vancouver's Luongo:

-Happy times for Korpikoski. Not so much for Luongo:

-Canucks forward and former Penguin Mikael Samuelsson getting stopped by LaBarbera:

-Happy times for the Coyotes:

-Awesome Face of the Night: Vancouver's Darcy Hordichuk celebrating a goal by Samuelsson in front of LaBabera:

-Luongo having a moment:

-Phoenix's Scottie Upshall and Vancouver's Willie Mitchell kept their eyes on this puck:

-Vancouver's Tanner Glass knocked his lid loose while trying to hit Coyotes forward and former Penguin Robert Lang:

-Awkward Photo of the Night: Vancouver's Ryan Kesler getting mashed between Phoenix's Ed Jovanovski, left, and Shane Doan:

-A mostly filled Arena:

-Winter time in Phoenix:

Smythe Division

-Do yourself a favor and read this piece in the New York Times about Matthews Arena in Boston. At 100 years of age, it was the original home of the Bruins.

-Former Predators/Maple Leafs/Stars forward Nathan Perrott has joined the Texas Brahmas of the CHL.

-The Whalers are coming back to Connecticut. Kinda. The Danbury Whalers have joined the Federal Hockey League (which really exists apparently).

-Crazy Note of the Day: Every member of Latvia's Olympic roster has a name that ends in "s."

IIHF World Junior Championships

-A hat trick by Taylor Hall, the projected first overall pick in next year's draft, led Canada to an 8-2 pounding of Slovakia.

-A hat trick by Rangers prospect Chris Kreider helped the United States rout Latvia, 12-1.

-Red Wings prospect Andrej Nestrasil and Blue Jackets prospect Tomas Kubalik each had a goal and two assists for the Czech Republic in a 7-1 defeat of Austria.

-Two goals by Andre Petersson led Sweden to a 4-1 defeat of Russia.

(Photos: Stafford, Fleury, Yeo and Lalime-Don Heupel/Associated Press; Guerin, Kennedy and Stafford-Rick Stewart/Getty Images; Schremp first, Mason, Modin, Jurcina and Umberger-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Schremp second-Julie Jacobson/Associated Press; Varlamov-Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images; Scatchard-Larry MacDougal/Canadian Press; Ott and Kopecky-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images; Harding and Boynton-Lori Shepler/Associated Press; Korpikoski first, Coyotes, Luongo, Mitchell, Glass and Arena-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Korpikoski second, Samuelsson, Hordichuk and Kesler-Aaron J. Latham/Associated Press)

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