Empty Netter Assists - 10-12-10

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-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. Brooks Orpik and Zbynek Michalek are both scheduled to be evaluated today for undisclosed ailments.

-The Newark Star-Ledger's recap. The Devils dressed only 17 players for the first time in franchise history.

-The (Bergen, N.J.) Record's recap. "It’s not something we like to see. But it is what it is today. That’s the way it will be." - Devils overlord Lou Lamoriello on his team's roster.

-The New York Daily News' recap. "We don't use excuses." - Devils coach John MacLean refusing to blame the player shortage on the loss.

-The Associated Press' recap. The Penguins won in New Jersey for the first time since George Bush was still in office.'s recap. Did you know Paul Martin (above, with Kris Letang) used to play for the Devils?

-Martin couldn't pass up that empty net against his former team.


-After last seasons 6-0 sweep, it looks like some Penguins fans had some fun with Devils fans yesterday after the game:

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-Happy times for the Penguins. Not so much for New Jersey's Martin Brodeur:

-Alex Goligoski and Evgeni Malkin having a moment:

-Martin scoring the easiest goal of his career:

-Funny Face of the Night: New Jersey's Zach Parise fighting off Goligoski:

-Maxime Talbot and New Jersey's Mark Fraser battling along the wall:

-Zbynek Michalek skating away from Parise:

-Matt Cooke fending off New Jersey's Colin White:

-New Jersey's Rod Pelley > Deryk Engelland:

-When someone left the door open, Brodeur could immediately sense the Newark air:

-Brodeur kept his eyes on this puck:

-Brodeur got down low here:

-Note: The Penguins are not practicing today.

-For $84 million (at least), Consol Energy can make the signage on the Penguins' new building any color they want (PG+).

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins re-signed former defenseman Joey Mormina to a professional try-out contract. Additionally, forward Joey Haddad and goaltender Mattias Modig were demoted to Wheeling.

-If you're wondering what the player introductions looked like for the Wilkes-Barr/Scranton Penguins for their season-opener Saturday, here you go:

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-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Aaron Boogaard has joined the Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League.

-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins defenseman J.J. Daigneault. Acquired at the 1996 trade deadline in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Blues, Daigneault spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished 1995-96 by appearing in 13 games for the Penguins and scoring six points. In 17 playoff games that spring, he scored 10 points. After 53 games and 17 points in 1996-97, Daigneault was traded to the Mighty Ducks in exchange for Garry Valk. In 66 regular season games with the Penguins, Daigneault scored 23 points. He currently serves as an assistant coach for the Hartford Wolfpack, the Rangers' AHL affiliate.

-Happy 35th birthday to former Penguins forward Randy Robitaille. Claimed off waivers from the Kings midway through the 2001-02 season, Robitaille spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished 2001-02 by appearing in 40 games for the Penguins and scored a respectable 30 points. After 41 games and 17 points in 2002-03, Robitaille was dealt at the trade deadline to the Islanders in exchange for a draft pick. In 81 games for the Penguins, Robitaille scored 47 points.

Atlantic Division

-Two goals and an assist by Blake Comeau (above, with teammates) lifted the Isanders to a thrilling 6-4 comeback win against the rival Rangers. Former Penguins prospect Matt Moulson, Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey each added a goal and an assist for New York while teammate Mike Mottau recorded two assists. Fire Ray Shero. Rick DiPietro made 29 saves to earn the victory. Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky and Michael Del Zotto each led the Rangers with a goal and an assist.

-This game will be far more renown for an obscene gesture made by Islanders defenseman Steve Wisniewski towards Rangers pest Sean Avery. We would post the video, but we... well.. want to get a paycheck next week and everything. You have the Internet. You know how to use it. Look it up on YouTube on your own.

-"It's pretty obvious what the guy was doing. But I'm sure nothing will happen to him. Nothing ever happens. It was pretty obvious what happened. You guys saw it, right? It's interesting that you'd get a warning for something like that. Can you imagine if I did something like that? They sent me to rehab last time I did something. That's crazy. That's crazy. And then to call that penalty at the end?" - Avery on Wisniewski's gesture.

-Rant: It's really not that difficult to argue with Avery on this point. He made obscene remarks about an opponent's girfriend a few seasons ago and was suspended for it. Wisniewski made an obscene gesture in front of the whole world - or at least anyone willing to attend or watch an Islanders game. What's the difference? If Avery can be suspended, so should Wisniewski.

-NHL commissioner Gary Bettman just happened to be on Long Island and sort of, kind of commented on the gesture:

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-Happy times for the Islanders:

-Cool Photo of the Night: The Rangers' and Islanders' benches:

-Islanders forward Zenon Konopka and Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky had issues:

-Konopka also had issues with Rangers forward Brandon Prust:

-Islanders forward P.A. Parenteau being popular:

-DiPietro and teammate Trent Hunter having a moment:

-Islanders back up goaltender Dwayne Roloson being popular:

-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist having a moment:

-Anthem time on Long Island:

-Jeff Carter had two goals and led the Flyers to a 4-2 win against the Avalanche. Teammate Mike Richards added two assists while Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves in the victory. John-Michael Liles led Colorado with two assists.

-One of Carter's goals was shorthanded:

-Philadelphia's Claude Giroux also got a shorthanded goal. This one wasn't assisted by Kris Letang:

-Bobrovsky kept his eyes on these pucks:

-Carter being popular:

-The Flyers apparently hustle:

-Colorado's Craig Anderson kept his eyes on this puck:

-Anderson having a moment:

-The Devils placed forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond on waivers. Assuming he clears and is demoted to Albany of the AHL, the Devils are expected to sign unrestricted free agent forward Adam Mair who was in camp on a tryout basis.

-Philadephia defenseman Chris Pronger returned to the lineup for the first time since offseason knee surgery.

-The Flyers raised their Eastern Conference championship banner from last season prior to the game.

-"It gave you the chills." Richards on the banner ceremony.

Northeast Division

-Senators forward and former Penguin Alex Kovalev channeled his inner Ty Webb and essentially told his teammates to be the puck.

-Former Penguins forward Tim Brent is living the dream with his hometown Maple Leafs.

-The line of Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur has been Toronto's best trio so far this season.

-The Sabres have started the season with two losses at home. We assume Ryan Miller is solely to blame.

Southeast Division

-An overtime goal by Alex Ovechkin (above, center) gave the Capitals a 3-2 win against the Senators. Teammate Eric Fehr added a goal and an assist while Michal Neuvirth made 29 saves to earn the victory.

-Ovechkin's goal wasn't exactly a sizzler:

-"I was kind of getting ready for a shootout, but when he scored, I was the happiest guy in the building." - Neuvirth.

-Happy times in Washington:

-Ovechkin and teammate Nicklas Backstrom had a moment:

-Ovechkin being defended by his buddy Senators defenseman and former Penguin Sergei Gonchar:

-Washington's Mike Green told Ovechkin about his shocking discovery of a second blue line on the ice:

-Ottawa's Pascal Leclaire kept his eyes on this puck:

-Capitals defenseman Tom Poti and forward Matt Bradley each left the games with "lower body" injuries.

-Tests on Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec revealed he suffered a neurocardiogenic syncope episode - or fainting spell in layman's terms - when he collapsed in the club's season-opening game Friday.

-The Thrashers demoted goaltender Drew MacIntyre to Chicago of the AHL and recalled former Pittsburgh Forge goaltender Peter Mannino.

Central Division

-Two goals by former Penguin Marian Hossa led the Blackhawks to a 4-3 win at Buffalo. Fire Ray Shero. Corey Crawford (above) made 32 saves in the victory. Derek Roy and Drew Stafford each led the Sabres with a goal and an assist.

-We're not even a week into the season and we have our first dirty, dangerous hit from behind. Sabres forward Jason Pominville suffered  a concussion and facial injuries when he was checked from behind by Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson:

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-Scary times for Pominville:

-"Everything happened so fast, but I thought it was a hit shoulder-to-shoulder. My intention wasn't to hurt him." - Hjalmarsson on the hit.

-Check out the lucky bounce Chicago's Nick Leddy got for his first career goal:

-Happy times for Chicago's Patrick Kane and teammate Duncan Keith:

-Buffalo's Ryan Miller kept his eyes on this puck:

-Matt D'Agostini had two goals and led the Blues to a 5-1 rout of the Ducks. Teammate T.J. Oshie added two assists while goaltender Jaroslav Halak was forced to make all of 13 saves to earn the win.

-We've heard of shots to the head, but this is ridiculous. Ducks enforcer and Washington, Pa. native George Parros actually flicked Blues defenseman Barrett Jackman in the face:

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-This game turned into a mess. Check out this hit by St. Louis' Jesse Winchester on Anaheim's Brendon Mikkelson:

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-Happy times for the Blues. Not so much for Anaheim's Jonas Hiller:

-Hiller kept his eyes on this puck:

-Halak alone with his shadow:

-D'Agostini unleashing a shot in front of Anaheim's Brett Festerling:

-The Red Wings signed head coach Mike Babcock to a four-year contract extension.

-The Blue Jackets demoted goaltender David LeNeveau to Springfield of the AHL.

-With starter Pekke Rinne ("lower body") dinged up, the Predators might give rookie goaltender Anders Lindback his first NHL start against the Blackhawks Wednesday.

Northwest Division

-Two goals by Daniel Sedin led gave the Canucks a 2-1 win against the Panthers. Brother Henrik Sedin (above, right, with Daniel) and former Penguin Mikael Samuelsson each recorded two assists while Robert Luongo made a whopping 41 saves in the victory. Fire Craig Patrick.

-Check out the effort by Daniel Sedin to score his second goal:

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-Florida's Steve Bernier and Vancouver's Jannik Hansen battled hard for this puck:

-Third Funny Face of the Night: Florida's Shawn Matthias fighting off a check from Vancouver's Tanner Glass:

-Fourth Funny Face of the Night: Florida's Cory Stillman getting smushed into the boards by Vancouver's Manny Malhotra:

-Vancouver's Mason Raymon and Florida captain Bryan McCabe racing for a puck:

-The season isn't even a week old and the Flames are already ravaged with injuries to forwards Rene Bourque (potential head injury), Matt Stajan (separated shoulder) David Moss (shoulder), Raitis Ivanans (potential head injury). Ales Kotalik (knee), Ryan Stone (knee), Daymond Langkow (neck) and defenseman Adam Pardy (shoulder).

-The last time new Wild goaltender Jose Theodore shared a locker room with captain Mikko Koivu, Koivu was 11. Theodore then of the Canadiens, met Koivu when he would hang out with his older brother, former Montreal captain Saku Koivu.

Pacific Division

-Stars forward Mike Ribeiro (right) was arrested Sunday night after an altercation at a Dallas-area restaraunt along with his wife and another couple. Ribeiro was charged with public intoxication.

-Dallas forward Jamie Benn is being treated for concussion-like symptoms.

-Can the Stars really expect 36-year-old defenseman Karlis Skrastins to anchor their blue line?

-The Ducks officially signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Andreas Lilja to a one-year contract worth $600,000.

-The Sharks placed goaltender Thomas Greiss on waivers and demoted forward Tommy Wingels to Worcester of the AHL.

-The Kings signed president of business operations and former Penguins forward Luc Robitaille (right) to a multiyear contract extension.

-After three games, the Ducks lead the NHL with 141 penalty minutes.

Adams Division

-Former Maple Leafs/Capitals/Flames defenseman Staffan Kronwall has joined Djurgården of the Elitserien in Sweden.

-Happy 70th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Larry Jeffrey.

(Photos: Penguins/Devils-Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images and Rich Schultz/Associated Press; Rangers/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press; Avalanche/Flyers-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images and Matt Slocum/Associated Press; Kovalev-Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images; Senators/Capitals-Greg Fiume/Getty Images and Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press; Blackhawks/Sabres-David Duprey/Associated Press and Rick Stewart/Getty Images; Ducks/Blues-Jeff Roberson/Associated Press; Panthers/Canucks-Rich Lam/Getty Images and Canadian Press; Ribeiro-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images; Robitaille-Penguins Hockey Cards)

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