Empty Netter Assists - 10-08-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


-Exactly 4,054 days after he assumed ownership of the franchise, the Penguins' savior christened the team's new arena.

-Here's the stunning pregame montage and ceremony involving Mario Lemieux which Versus apparently couldn't be bothered to show live:

Rant: If the CBC did this game, they would've had 18 different angles of Lemieux pouring the water and a seven minute mid-intermission interview by Elliotte Friedman with whoever made the bottle the water was in. Instead, Versus apparently showed some lame band preforming in Canada.

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. Mike Yeo's power play failed once again. Wait...

-The Philadelphia Daily News' recap. "I remember in camp, me and Danny [Briere] were thinking 'Who is this kid?'" - Flyers forward Claude Giroux on rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

-The Philadelphia Inquirer's recap. The Flyers are now 20-16-7 in season openers.'s recap. Bobrovsky became the youngest goaltender in Flyers history to win a season opener at 22 years and 17 days.


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-Some photos. Lemieux, along with Gary Bettman, dropping a puck for the ceremonial faceoff between Sidney Crosby and Philadephia's Mike Richards:

(Epic Whalers jersey.)

-Evgeni Malkin ripping a shot by Philadelphia's Braydon Coburn:

-Brooks Orpik and Philadelphia's James van Riemsdyk took a spill here:

-Happy times for Bobrovsky and teammate Kimmo Timonen. Not so much for Sidney Crosby:

-Dan Bylsma getting a message across to Malkin:

-Crosby and Philadelphia's Braydon Coburn had issues:

-Giroux appeared to have a rather unpleasant rash:

-We don't wan to say Crosby invaded the personal space of Timonen, but...:

-Bobrovsky and teammate Darroll Powe having a moment:

-A full house:


-Bylsma being popular:

-Evgeni Malkin speaks:

-Tyler Kennedy speaks, obstructs Jordan Staal's name plate:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Giroux needed an x-ray on his ankle following the game.

-The Penguins weren't the only ones surprised by Bobrovsky. So was Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher who expected to start.

-Eric Tangradi needs to get his mail forwarded from Wheeling all of a sudden.

-Ron Cook says regardless of the loss, the Penguins were winners last night.

-The Penguins have plenty of options available until Jordan Staal returns.

-Happy 75th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets and Penguins forward Art Stratton. Claimed from the Blackhawks in the 1967 expansion draft, Stratton's Penguins career amounted to 58 games and 37 points in 1967-68. Midway through the season, he was traded across the state to the Flyers in exchange for Wayne Hicks.

Atlantic Division

-"Totally." - Devils coach John MacLean on whether or not he would be nervous for his first career game as a coach. The Devils face the Stars tonight.

Northeast Division

-Jean Sebastien Giguere made 26 saves for the Maple Leafs who edged rival Canadiens, 3-2.

-Check out the effort by Giguere to preserve the win late:

-Check out this save by Montreal's Carey Price on Toronto's Phil Kessel:

-Check out this goal by Kessel:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

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-The always stellar pregame ceremonies from Toronto:

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-The Penguins weren't the only team which poured water on their ice before the game last night. The Maple Leafs offered this really bizarre presentation:

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-Don Cherry is a fan of Maple Leafs forward and former Penguin the great Mike Zigomanis:

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-Toronto's Clarke MacArthur being popular:

-"It was everything a little boy in Cambridge (Ont.), playing road hockey pretending he was a Maple Leaf, was all about. It was awesome." - Maple Leafs forward and former Penguin Tim Brent who scored Toronto's first goal. Fire Ray Shero.

-Forward Patrice Bergeron agreeded to a three-year, $15 million contract extension with the Bruins. Bergeron was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. He will have a salary cap hit of $15 million.

-Senators forward Jason Spezza is dealing with a wonky groin.

-Ottawa forward and former Penguin Jarkko Ruutu terrorized downtown Ottawa with a Zamboni yesterday:

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-The Devils' first line of Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Travis Zajac is looking pretty scary.

Southeast Division

-Two goals from Brandon Sutter led the Hurricanes to a 4-3 win against the Wild in Helsinki. Teammate Jussi Jokinen added a goal and an assist while Cam Ward made 26 saves in the victory. Matt Cullen led Minnesota with a goal and an assist.

-If you had Minnesota's Guillame Latendresse in your "Who scores the first goal of the season" poll, good news:

-The Panthers acquired defenseman Sean Zimmerman from the Canucks in exchange for defenseman Nathan Paetsch.

-Lightning forward and former Penguin Dominic Moore is dealing with a groin injury.

-"I'm back at square one again." - Thrashers prospect and former Penguins first-rounder Angelo Esposito on recovering from two reconstructive knee surgeries.

Central Division

-The more you read about Predators captain/World destroyer Shea Weber, the more you want to root for him.

-Partially because the franchise has been mediocre at the position, Jaroslav Halak has a chance at becoming the best goaltender in Blues history.

-The Peoria Rivermen, St. Louis' AHL affiliate, signed defenseman Derek Peltier to a tryout contract. Peltier was in the Penguins' training camp on a tryout basis.

-Columbus signed forward Oliver Gabriel to a three-year entry-level contract. Gabriel was in training camp on a tryout basis.

-The Blue Jackets entered an affiliation agreement with the CHL's Fort Wayne Komets.

Northwest Division

-Paul Stastny (above) had two goals, including one in overtime, and led the Avalanche to a 4-3 win against the Blackhawks. Teammates Matt Duchene and Chris Stewart each added a goal and and assist while Craig Anderson made 35 saves in the victory. Forwards Patrick Sharp and former Penguin Marian Hossa each led Chicago with a goal and an assist. Fire Ray Shero.

-Check out Stewart's goal:

-Check out Duchene's goal:

-Happy times in Colorado:

-Colorado captain Adam Foote kept his eyes on this puck:

-Chicago's Marty Turco had issues with this puck:

-Foote and Duchene appeared to stage some sort of interpretive dance during the game:

-Chicago's Bryan Bickell > Foote:

-A good look at Anderson's lid:

-A good look at Turco's lid:

-Politically incorrect times for these Blackhawks fans:

-The Avalanche honored its 1996 Stanley Cup championship team prior to the game:

-Peter Forsberg and Joe Sakic were on hand:

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-Nikolai Khabibulin made 37 saves and led the Oilers to a 4-0 shutout of the rival Flames. In his NHL debut, Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist for Edmonton while former Penguin Ryan Whitney added two assists. Fire Ray Shero.

-Check out Eberle's goal:

-Check out this hit by Edmonton's Ladislav Smid on Calgary's Niklas Hagman:

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-Edmonton's Steve McIntyre dropped Calgary's Raitis Ivanans in a big way last night:

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-Scary times for Ivanans:

-Happy times for the Oilers and their sharp throwback jerseys:

-Happy times in Edmonton:

-Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff was square to this shot:

-The Canucks signed forward Peter Schaefer to a one-year, two-way contract. Schaeffer was in camp on a tryout basis.

Pacific Division

-The Kings unveiled their retro third Marcel Dionne era jersey:

Patrick Division

-Today would've been the 68th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets forward George Gardner.

(Photos: Flyers/Penguins-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press and Keith Srakocic/Associated Press; Canadiens/Maple Leafs-Abelimages/Getty Images; Blackhawks/Avalanche-Jack Dempsey/Associated Press and Marc Piscotty/Getty Images; Flames/Oilers-Dale MacMillan/Getty Images and Canadian Press; Kings-Los Angeles Kings)

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