Empty Netter Assists - 11-01-09

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. The Penguins finished October as one of five teams in NHL history to rack up 12 win in October.

-The Star Tribune's recap. The WIld has won back to back games for the first time this season.

-The Pioneer Press' recap. It was Nicklas Backstrom's (above, with Sidney Crosby) night.

-The Associated Press' recap. The WIld is 3-0 against the Eastern Conference this season.

-Highlights complete with "Count Steigula" courtesy of EN contributor GhostWalker40:

-Sidney Crosby versus Marek Zidlicky:

-Crosby and Jordan Staal speak:

-Chris Conner looking scared:

-This Penguins fan has gone green:

-Wild coach Todd Richards got the best of his former assistant coach, Dan Bylsma.

-Jordan Staal ain't no Ron Schock.

-"I was shaking when I got the ring." - Wild forward and former Penguin Petr Sykora on receiving his Stanley Cup ring yesterday.

-Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher, formerly the Penguins assistant general manager, got his ring too.

-Bob Smizik's not crazy about this Evgeni Malkin injury thing.

-Someone shot a solid video of what it was like in the stands Friday in Columbus when Brent Johnson made the final save in the shootout:

-Chris Bourque was once a ninja:

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Ryan Bayda makes life miserable for opposing goaltenders.

-Ryan Schnell had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers who lost at home to the Cincinnati Cyclones.

-"I would say the commitment level of certain guys really is killing us." - Nailers assistant coach Doug Doull on his team which dropped to 2-6-1.

-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins forward Glen Murray. Murray was acquired along with forward Bryan Smolinksi in a deal that sent Kevin Stevens and Shawn McEachern to the Bruins in the 1995 offseason.

Atlantic Division

-Martin Biron made 38 saves for the Islanders in a 5-0 shutout of his former team, the Sabres. Jeff Tambellini (above, in the Islanders' brilliant throwback jersey) led New York with his first career hat trick while former Penguin Richard Park had a goal and an assist. Fire Craig Patrick. Buffalo's Ryan Miller suffered his first regulation loss of the season.

-Tambellini's hat trick:

-A game on Long Island means some wonderful overhead shots. Buffalo's Jochen Hecht:

-Buffalo's Henrik Tallinder:

-Buffalo's Jason Pominville:

-Buffalo's Steve Montador and New York's Brendan Witt getting up close and personal:

-Scott Hartnell and Matt Carle each had a goal and two assists for the Flyers in a 6-1 romp of the Hurricanes. Braydon Coburn scored two goals while teammates James van Riemsdyk and David Laliberte each recorded a goal and an assist. Ray Emery made 39 saves in the win which extended Carolina's losing streak to eight games.

-Labilerte's NHL debut was pretty successful.

-Flyers forward Blair Betts returned to the lineup after missing seven games due to a shoulder injury.

-Bad times for Carolina goaltender Michael Leighton:

-David Clarkson's shootout goal gave the Devils a 2-1 win at Tampa Bay. The Devils have opened the season with seven consecutive road wins.

-Check out Clarkson's goal (3:40 mark):

-The Rangers demoted forward P.A. Parenteau to Hartford of the AHL.

-We tend to stay away from rumors, but there seems to have something legit to it. Flyers? Peter Forsberg? Philadelphia is scouting its former captain in Europe.

Northeast Division

-Shootout goals by Mike Cammalleri and Scott Gomez gave the the Canadiens a wild 5-4 win against the rival Maple Leafs. Tomas Plekanec led Montreal with two assists while former Penguin Hal Gill scored his first goal as a Hab. Fire Ray Shero. Tomas Kaberle had a goal and three assists for Toronto.

-The shootout:

-As you could tell, Jaroslav Halak and the Habs wore their throwback barbershop/jail bird unis:

-Check out those tan gloves on Roman Hamrlik and others:

-Toronto's Mike Komisarek tagged former teammate Glen Metropolit with a nice check:

-Kudos to Komisarek for not taking up Travis Moen's fight offer. He shouldn't  have to fight after a clean legal hit.

-Komisarek was "welcomed" back to Montreal:

-Habs fans actually started a "Hey, hey, hey, good-bye" chant late in regulation with their team up by two goals... Guess what happened:

-Tuukka Rask made a "whopping" 19 saves for the Bruins in a 2-0 shutout of the Oilers. Blake Wheeler and Vladimir Sobotka each had a goal and an assist while Daniel Paille contributed two assists.

-Check out the the plays Sobotka and Wheeler made to set one another up for goals:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Looking up at Boston's Michael Ryder and Edmonton's Nikolai Khabibulin:

-Former Robert Morris forward Ryan Cruthers signed with the Reading Royals, the ECHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs and Bruins.

Southeast Division

-Ondrej Pavelec (above) made a whopping 50 saves for the Thrashers in a 3-1 win at Ottawa. Rich Peverly led Atlanta with a goal and an assist while Nik Antropov had two assists.The Thrashers snapped a four-game losing streak.

-Pavelec made one save minus his mask:

-Tomas Vokoun made 34 saves for the Panthers in a 4-0 shutout win at St. Louis. Nathan Horton, Dennis Seidenberg and Cory Stillman each had a goal and an assist.

-Thrashers coach John Anderson wants forward Bryan Little, a 31-goal scorer last season, to shoot the puck more.

-Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom (illness) and defenseman Mike Green (foot/ankle) are dinged up.

Central Division

-Chris Osgood (above) made 20 saves for the Red Wings in a 3-1 win at Calgary.

-"It was the first time maybe all year that we were a five-man unit." - Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his team's win.

-Detroit's Justin Abdelkader dumped Calgary's Mark Giordano pretty good here:

-Red Wings forward Brad May was hospitalized with a facial injury.

-Detroit forward Jonathan Ericsson is dealing with an illness.

-With forward Valtteri Filppula down with a wrist injury, the Red Wings need bigger contributions from forwards Justin Abdelkader and Patrick Eaves.

-Dan Hamhuis and J.P. Dumont each had two assists and helped the Predators beat the Stars, 4-2. Pekka Rinne made 27 save in the win which extended Nashville's winning streak to three games.

-The Predators demoted forwards Peter Olvecky and Andreas Thuresson to Milwaukee of the AHL. Thuresson had been recalled from Milwaukee earlier in the day.

-St. Louis forward Andy McDonald took a bad crash into the boards:

-The Blues have replaced defenseman Erik Johnson, their first-round pick in 2006, with defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, their first-round pick in 2008.

Northwest Division

-After two mostly disappointing seasons in Edmonton, Oilers forward Dustin Penner has finally put things together this season.

-Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj is hoping to rebound from the swine flu.

-Oilers defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is dealing with a suspected case of the swine flu.

Pacific Division

-Radim Vrbata's shootout goal gave the Coyotes a 3-2 win against the Ducks. Ilya Bryzgalov made 32 saves in the win against his former team.

-Coyotes forward and former Penguin Paul Bissonnette danced with Ducks forward and Washington, Pa. native George Parros:

-Happy times for the Coyotes:

-Former Penguins forward Robert Lang taking a faceoff against Ducks forward Saku Koivu:

-Stars forward Steve Ott returned to the lineup after missing two games due to a suspension.

Smythe Division

-Today's "NHLPA is a mess news" is brought to you by former Blackhawks forward Steve Larmer who re-signed from his advisory board position with the organization. In his resignation letter, Larmer ripped his former Chicago teammate, Chris Chelios who is the head of a four person review committee withing in the association.

-Scary hit here. Ben Fanelli of the Kitchener Rangers was injured on this hit with Michael Liambas of the Erie Otters:

-Fanelli was hospitalized with skull and facial fractures.

-Nathan Longpre had four goal and an assist for the Robert Morris men's team in an 8-5 win against Quinnipiac.

-Finally today, 50 years ago today, the legendary Jacques Plante changed the world.

(Photos: Backstrom, Conner and Penguins fan-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Tambellini, Hecht, Tallinder, Pominville and Montador-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Leighton-Tom Mihalek/Associated Press; Halak, Hamrlik and Komisarek-Graham Hughes/Canadian Press; Ryder-Winslow Townson/Associated Press; Pavelec-Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press; Osgood-Larry MacDougal/Canadian Press; Abdelkader-Dale MacMillan/Getty Images; Coyotes and Lang-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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