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Empty Netter Assists - 10-27-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

 Penguins

-"Everyone's contributing, and that's why we're winning and our numbers are up." - Sidney Crosby on his team's 9-2 start.

-How much longer should the Penguins keep Chris Kunitz (right) on the first line?

-Mike Rupp apologized to former Devils teammate Jay Pandolfo for a hit from behind in Saturday's game. The hit separated Pandolfo's shoulder. (PG+)

-PensBurgh has the Penguins all-2000s team. The lack of Dan Focht saddens us to no end.

-With GeoCities about to bite the dust, The PensBlog pays a fitting tribute to several old school Penguins fan pages of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Brad Thiessen is confident he can thrive in the AHL.

-Former Penguins forward Rene Corbet has joined the Frisk Tigers (what a perverted-sounding name) in Norway.

-EN reader Matt Fulmer spotted this atrocity on eBay:

-Only $79.99! (Excluding shipping and handling.)

-Happy 31st birthday to former Penguins forward Toby Petersen. Petersen recorded his only NHL hat trick while playing on a line with Mario Lemieux in a 5-2 home win against the Senators, Oct. 16, 2001. A type-one diabetic, Petersen is currently with the Dallas Stars.

-Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins forward Larry DePalma. DePalma, whose Penguins career consisted of seven games in the 1993-94 season, is currently on probation after he was found guilty of attempted extortion.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Corey Foster. Foster, a first-round pick by New Jersey in 1988, is one of five former first-rounders by the Devils/Rockies/Scouts franchise who have played for the Penguins. The others are Paul Gardner (1976). Bill Guerin (1989), Wilf Paiement (1974) and Petr Sykora (1995).

-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins forward Brad Lauer. Lauer's nine-year NHL career came to an end with a 21-game stint with the 1995-96 Penguins. Lauer was good enough to find a way into the Penguins' lineup for 12 games in the 1996 playoffs which ended in the Eastern Conference final. He is currently an assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators.

-These birthdays are really rough today.

Atlantic Division

-Two goals and an assist from Marian Gaborik (above) helped the Rangers pound the Coyotes, 5-2. Linemate Vaclav Prospal added a goal and two assists while Enver Lisin recorded a goal and an assist for New York. Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves in the win. Ed Jovanovski led Phoenix with a goal and an assist.

-Check out the shot on Gaborik's second goal at the 0:25 mark:

-Gaborik left the game a little dinged up.

-Henrik Lundqvist had the crazy eyes going on this rebound:

-Enver Lisin had the scared eyes going on this attempted shot block:

-Lisin survived and celebrated in an enthusiastic manner:

-The Rangers paid tribute to former hall-of-fame referee and broadcaster Bill Chadwick who died Saturday at the age of 94:

-So far so good for Flyers rookie forward James van Riemsdyk.

-Philadelphia forward Simon Gagne is sidelined with what is believed to be a recurring groin injury.

Northeast Division

-Roman Hamrlik's overtime goal (above, against Islanders goaltender Martin Biron) gave the Canadiens a 3-2 win against the Islanders. Travis Moen led Montreal with a goal and an assist while teammate Glen Metropolit added two assists. The Habs are 4-0 when they go beyond regulation this season. Jeff Tambellini scored both of New York's goals.

-Hamrlik's goal:

-Islanders forward and former Penguin Jon Sim must've really wanted an autograph from Montreal goaltender Carey Price behind the glass:

-New York's Jeff Tambellini laughing at Montreal's Jaroslav Spacek:

-New York's Jeff Tambellini not laughing at Montreal's Jaroslav Spacek (or Travis Moen):

-The parade goes down Yonge Street right? A hat trick by Niklas Hagman helped the Maple Leafs claim their first victory of the season, a 6-3 win at Anaheim. Tomas Kaberle added a goal and four assists while teammate Lee Stempniak had a goal and three assists. Jonas Gustavsson (above) made 25 saves to earn his first career NHL win. Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan each had a goal and an assist for the Ducks.

-Check out this save by Gustavsson:

-Check out this hit by Stempniak on Anaheim's Todd Marchant and the ensuing goal by Hagman:

-What a sick shot.

-Check out what Maple Leafs goon Colton Orr did to a linesman during this fight with Ducks enforcer and Washington, Pa. native George Parros:

-NHL officials have apparently adopted a "weggie" technique in order to break up fights:

Southeast Division

-Thrashers captain Ilya Kovalchuk was officially diagnosed with a broken bone in his right foot and will be sidelines four weeks. The Penguins travel to Atlanta Nov. 21, which is roughly four weeks away.

-The Hurricanes put forward Stephane Yelle on waivers.

-Carolina forward Tuomo Ruutu called and apologized to Avalanche forward Darcy Tuckery for an illegal hit from behind last week.

-With forwards Radek Dvorak (leg) and David Booth (head) dinged up, the Panthers recalled forwards Kenndal McArdle and Michal Repik from Rochester of the AHL.

-The Lightning is 3-13 in the past two seasons in shootouts.

-Tampa Bay defenseman Paul Ranger has left the team for personal reasons.

Central Division

-Cristobal Huet (above) made 20 saves for the Blackhawks in a 3-1 defeat of the Wild. Chicago forward Patrick Kane scored the 50th goal of his career.

-Kane's goal was ridiculous:

-Huet cooling off:

-While fighting Chicago's Jake Dowell, Minnesota's Shane Hnidy apparently adopted what is known as the "Hartnell defense:"

-With captain Jonathan Toews out due to a concussion, the Blackhawks have named forward John Madden, signed in the offseason, as an alternate captain.

-Chicago recalled forward Jake Dowell from Rockford of the AHL.

-The Predators recalled forward Mike Santorelli from Milwaukee of the AHL and demoted forward Ryan Jones to Milwaukee.

-Forward Todd Bertuzzi has finally found a place he fits in with the Red Wings.

-So what's up with Detroit's 3-4-2 record?

-Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood is the latest netminder to call for tougher rules on crashing the crease.

Northwest Division

-Blackhawks fans saluted former Chicago forward Martin Havlat (above) early in last night's game. He left the organization in the offseason and signed with Minnesota.

-The Wild is the first team since the 1996-97 Penguins (Mario Lemieux's first "final" season) to start a season 0-8-0 on the road.

-The Avalanche officially put forward Darcy Tucker (concussion) on injured reserve and recalled forward Chris Durno from Lake Erie of the AHL.

-Canucks forward Kyle Wellwood is dealing with a broken toe.

-Flames forwards Dustin Boyd (flu) and Brandon Prust ("upper body") are dinged up.

Pacific Division

-The Ducks returned defenseman Luca Sbisa to his junior team, Lethbridge of the WHL.

-With goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere dealing with a groin injury, the Ducks recalled goaltender Justin Pogge from Bakersfield of the ECHL.

-Should former Kings goaltender Rogie Vachon (right) be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

-Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes has agreed to sell the franchise to the NHL.

-Today's Sign The NHL is Turning into the Wild West: The NHL will fine and not suspend Kings defenseman and former Penguin Rob Scuderi for a low hit on Blue Jackets forward Jason Chimera Sunday. No amount for the slap on the wrist fine was disclosed.

-Today's Second Sign the NHL is Turning into the Wild West: The NHL will not take any action against Blue Jackets forward Derek Dorsett for attempting to attack Scuderi after the hit. Dorsett seemed to leave the bench to jump Scuderi but the Blue Jackets convinced the NHL that Dorsett was coming onto the ice for a normal line change.

-Next summer's draft will be hosted at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

-Stars forward Steve Ott will have a disciplinary hearing over the phone today with the NHL over a low hit to Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo last week.

(Photos: Kunitz-Gerry Broome/Associated Press; Gaborik, Lundqvist, Linsin and Chadwick-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Hamrlik, Sim and Tambellini-Graham Hughes/Canadian Press; Officials-Lori Shepler/Associated Press; Huet and Havlat-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Hnidy-Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press; Vachon-Photobucket)

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