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Empty Netter Assists - 12-24-09

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. Remember how Evgeni Malkin (above, with Jordan Staal) was in a slump?

-The Ottawa Citizen's recap. Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson was diagnosed with a left shoulder injury.

-The Associated Press' recap. "Maybe he can come the next game; it's good luck for me." - Malkin on the presence of Soviet goaltending legend Vladislav Tretiak. Tretiak is the general manager of Russia's Olympic team and was scouting.

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Highlights courtesy of EN contributor GhostWalker40:

-Malkin's hat trick deserves its own clip:

-Craig Adams' hit on Alfredsson:

-Upon further review, we'll have to declare that a clean hit. Adams made contact with Alfredsson's shoulder first.

-Mike Rupp and Chris Neil:

-Bill Guerin, Sidney Crosby and Malkin speak:

-Hats, hat, hats:

-Crosby making a play from his knees:

-Crosby just being intense:

-Marc-Andre Fleury being good people:

-Chris Kunitz making a play through a haze of ice spray:

-Malkin knocking his third goal:

-Guerin almost knocking in his third goal:

-Ottawa's Mike Fisher getting up close and personal with Fleury:

-Fleury and Staal looking back:

-Craig Adams joins Jordan Staal on the Penguins' bloody nose club:

-Ottawa's Pascal Leclaire had some issues with this puck and Matt Cooke's butt:

-Awkward Face of the Day: Crosby being defended by former teammate Jarkko Ruutu:

-Neil got a little air time while attempting a re-direction:

-We don't want to accuse former Penguin Shean Donovan of interfering with Fleury, but...:

-Remember that one kid in elementary school that always got a day off to celebrate Christmas a few weeks after everyone else? Sergei Gonchar is that kid.

-Brooks Orpik is even intense about Christmas:

-What happened to the Penguins' original Stanley Cup banners?

-Faceoff-Factor takes a look at Penguins prospect Keven Veilleux.

-Happy 80th birthday to Red Sullivan, the first coach in Penguins' history. An all-star as a center with the Blackhawks and Rangers in the 1950s, Sullivan led the Penguins to a combined record of 47-79-24 in the franchise's first two seasons.

-Happy 36th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Shawn Heins. Currently with HC Fribourg-Gotteron in Switzerland, Heins spent 27 games with the Penguins in 2002-03 and recorded two points.

Atlantic Division

-William Wallace Mike Richards had two goals and an assist for the Flyers in a 5-2 win at Tampa Bay. Teammate Blair Betts had two goals while Simon Gagne contributed a goal and an assist for Philadelphia which ended a four-game losing streak. Michael Leighton (above) made 31 saves in his first start of the season for the Flyers.

-Vaclav Prospal had two goals for the Rangers in a 4-1 defeat of the Panthers. Teammates Chris Drury and Marian Gaborik each had a goal and an assist while Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves for New York which has won four consecutive games.

-Really happy times for Prospal:

-The national anthem at the World's Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden:

-Blake Comeau had a goal and an assist for the Islanders in a 3-1 defeat of the Maple Leafs. Dwayne Roloson made 26 saves in the win which snapped a three game losing streak. Toronto has lost four out of its past five games.

-Happy times for New York's Trent Hunter:

-Happy times for Rolson and former Penguin Richard Park:

-Happy times for the Islanders. Not so much for Toronto's Mike Komisarek:

-This photo of Roloson just made us laugh:

-Scary Photo of the Night: The skate of Toronto's Mike Komisarek getting a little too close to the face of New York's Nate Thompson:

-Former Canadian Prime Minister and Devils defenseman Paul Martin, who broke his forearm Oct. 24 in Pittsburgh, undersent further surgery on his injury and will miss an additional four weeks.

-Flyers forwards Jeff Carter and Scott Hartnell addressed a rumor concerning their personal lives.

Northeast Division

-Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard each had a goal and two assists for the Bruins in a 6-4 defeat of the Thrashers. Teammate Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist while former Penguin Mark Recchi and Dennis Wideman each recorded two assists for Boston. Fire Ray Shero. Tim Thomas made 25 saves in the win. Maxim Afinogenov led Atlanta with a goal and two assists.

-Glen Metropolit had two goals for the Canadiens in a 5-1 win at Carolina. Teammates Scott Gomez and Tomas Plekanec each recorded three assists while Jaroslav Halak made 46 saves in the victory which was the third in a row for Montreal.

-While marketing the Winter Classic, Boston Marc Savard and Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell made an appearance on "The Price is Right." Thankfully, it was by satellite as to prevent any biting incidents with Hartnell:

-Awesome, But Pretty Much Useless Stat of the Night: The Canadiens had not won a road game on Dec. 23 since 1945.

Southeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists for the Capitals in a 5-2 defeat of the Sabres. Nicklas Backstrom (above) added two goals for Washington while teammate Mike Green had a goal and an assist. Michal Neuvirth made 32 saves in the win. The Capitals are in second place in the Eastern Conference with 52 points, one less than the fourth-place Penguins. The Capitals are ahead of the Penguins on account of being in first place in the Southeast Division. The Sabres are in third place in the conference and first place in the Northeast Division with 47 points.

-Check out this goal by Washington's Brendan Morrison:

-Happy times for Ovechkin and the Capitals:

-Green got some torque on this shot:

-Washington's Chris Clark couldn't beat Buffalo's Ryan Miller here:

-Washington's Eric Fehr had some issues with the face of Buffalo's Craig Rivet:

-"We didn't go to work. You play like that, you've got no chance of winning in this league." - Sabres coach Lindy Ruff on his team's effort.

-With defenseman Niclas Wallin returning from an "upper-body" injury, the Hurricanes demoted defenseman Jay Harrison to Albany of the AHL.

Central Division

-Antti Niemi (above, No. 31, with Cristobal Huet) had 33 saves for the Blackhawks in a 3-0 shutout win at Detroit. It was Chicago's second shutout of the Red Wings in as many games and league-leading seventh shutout. Niemi recorded his fourth shutout in only 10 appearances this season. Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist while teammate Duncan Keith recorded two assists. The Blackhawks have won five out of their past six games. The Red Wings have lost three consecutive games.

-With defenseman Brian Rafalski missing last night's game, the Red Wings recalled defenseman Jakub Kindl, a first-round pick in 2005, from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-Much like he was in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago, Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa was "welcomed" back to Detroit.

-Detroit coach Mike Babcock didn't exactly seem to comfortable with a margarita-slurping Santa behind him:

-Shootout goals by Brad Boyes and T.J. Oshie led the Blues to a 2-1 win at Calgary. CHris Mason made 23 saves in the victory which was St. Louis' third in a row. The victory capped the Blues first sweep of a Western Canada road trip in franchise history.

-St. Louis' Patrik Berglund having a moment with teammate Mike Weaver:

-Funny Face of the Night: St. Louis' Brad Winchester:

-Calgary's Olli Jokinen couldn't beat Mason here:

-Calgary Miikka Kiprusoff had issues locating this puck:

-With captain Eric Brewer returning to the lineup after missing 13 games due to a back injury, the Blues demoted defenseman Tyson Strachan to Peoria of the AHL.

-Red Wings legend Gordie Howe carried the Olympic Torch in Windsor, Ont.

-Get "Kronwalled:"

-We're not quite sure where the part about getting hit in the head on a charge fits in.

-Predators forward Jerred Smithson is dealing with an "upper-body" injury.

Northwest Division

-Niklas Backstrom made 30 saves and led the Wild to a 3-1 win against the Oilers. Backstrom improved to 14-1-0 in his career against Edmonton. The Oilers have lost five consecutive games.

-Two old battle axes, Edmonton's Sheldon Souray and Minnesota's Owen Nolan, went at it:

-Minnesota's Clayton Stoner went at it with Oilers forward and former Penguin Ryan Stone:

-Cool shot of the fight:

Pacific Division

-Phoenix's Ilya Bryzgalov (above) made 21 saves in his league-leading fifth shutout of the season, a 4-0 defeat of his former team, the Ducks. Peter Mueller recorded two assists for the Coyotes who have won four out of their past six games.

-Happy times for Phoenix's Scottie Upshall:

-There's really no reason to post this weird shot of Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf other than the Winnipeg Jets fans in the background:

-James Neal scored two goals and led the Stars to a 3-1 defeat of the Blue Jackets. Teammates Loui Eriksson and Brad Richards each recorded two assists while Alex Auld made 33 saves in the win. Columbus has lost eight consecutive games.

-Cool Photo of the Night: Dallas' Mike Modano taking the ice:

-Columbus' Mike Commodore was a little dinged up here:

-We don't want to accuse Commodore of being distracted when he returned from his injury, but..:

-The Stars demoted defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy to Texas of the AHL.

Smythe Division

-Belarus named its Olympic roster yesterday. Former Penguins forward Konstantin Koltsov was named to the team.

-"There is no such thing as a clean hit to the head in international ice hockey." - IIHF President Rene Fasel.

(Photos: Malkin and Donovan-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; hats, Crosby, Fleury, Adams, Fisher, Kunitz, Elliott, Cooke and Neil-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Madison Square Garden-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Hunter, Park and Komisarek-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Roloson and Thompson-Julie Jacobson/Associated Press; Leighton-Steve Nesius/Associated Press; Backstrom, Ovechkin, Green and Fehr-Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Clark-Nick Wass/Associated Press; Niemi and Babcock-Carlos Osorio/Associated Press; Weaver,Wincester, Jokinen and Kiprusoff-Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press; Stone-Jim Mone/Associated Press; Bryzgalov, Upshall and Getzlaf-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Modano and Commodore-Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press)

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