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Empty Netter Assists - 10-25-10

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Penguins

-Welcome back Arron Asham (right)... but where exactly?

-For the first time all season, the Penguins had a full roster at practice.

-Does Deryk Engelland make Eric Godard expendable (PG+)?

-Kris Vernarsky had a goal and two assists for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-4 win against the Trenton Devils. Teammates Ben Street, Andrew Lord, David Marshall and Joey Haddad each contributed a goal and an assist while Patrick Killeen made 39 saves in the victory.

-Happy 76th birthday to former Penguins forward Earl Ingarfield, Sr., the second captain in franchise history. Claimed from the Rangers in the 1967 expansion draft, Ingarfield spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. With the inagural Penguins team in 1967-68, Ingarfield, the first player to wear No. 10 in franchise history, appeared in 50 games and score 34 points. After 40 games and 23 points in 1968-69, Ingarfield was traded along with Gene Ubriaco and Dick Mattiussi to the Oakland Seals in exchange for Bryan Watson, George Swarbrick and Tracy Pratt. In 90 games with the Penguins, Ingarfield scored 60 points.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Josef Beranek (right). Beranek orginially came to the Penguins at the 1997 trade deadline from Vancouver in exchange for future considerations. He finished 1996-97 by appearing in eight games and scoring four points. He appeared in all five of the team's postseason games that season and failed to record a point. After spending the entire 1997-98 season with HC Petra Vsetin in the Czech Republic, Beranek was traded to the Oilers in the 1998 offseason in exchange for Bobby Dollas and Tony Hrkac. He returned to the Penguins at the 2000 trade deadline when the Penguins acquired him from Edmonton in exchange for German Titov. Beranek finished 1999-2000 by playing in 13 games for the Penguins and recording eight points. He appeared in 11 postseason games that season and netted three points. His final NHL season was 2000-01.  He saw action in 70 games for the Penguins and scored 23 points. In the 2001 postseason, Beranek played in 13 games and recorded two points. In the 2001 offseason, he joined HC Slavia Praha in the Czech Republic. In 91 regular season games for the Penguins, Beranek scored 35 points. In 29 postseason games, he recorded five assists.

Atlantic Division

-Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and former Penguin Michal Rozsival each had a goal and an assist for the Rangers in a 3-1 defeat of the rival Devils. Fire Craig Patrick. Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves in the victory.

-Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto destroyed a camera:

-Check out this hit Devils defenseman Matt Corrente stuck on Dubinsky:

-One day after being a healthy scratch, Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk returned to the lneup and scored a goal.

-With forward Brandon Prust dealing with an eye injury, the Rangers recalled forward Jeremy Williams from Hartford of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Injuries on defense have given Pittsburgh native Mike Weber (right) a chance to finally crack the Sabres' lineup.

-Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk will be sidelined four weeks due to a fracture in his left forearm.

Southeast Division

-The Hurricanes demoted defenseman Brett Carson to Charlotte of the AHL.

-Forward Michael Nylander, currently property of the Capitals, suffered an injury to a vertabrae in his neck while playing for the Rochester Americans, the Panthers' AHL affiliate, Saturday. Nylander was checked from behind by Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Brendan Smith. He will require season-ending surgery.

Central Division

-Anders Lindback made 42 saves and led the Predators to a 4-3 win at Tampa Bay.

-Check out this goal by Nashville's Cody Franson:

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-The Blackhawks demoted forward Evan Brophey to Rockford of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves for the Flames in a 4-0 shutout of the Sharks. Rene Bourque scored two goals for Calgary while teammate Alex Tanguay recorded two assists.

-San Jose's Ryane Clowe and Calgary's Tim Jackman had issues:

-San Jose's Antti Niemi had issues with this puck:

-Avalanche defenseman Jonas Holos, a native of Norway, took an unusual route to the NHL.

-Oilers rookie forward Jordan Eberle is the first player to record his first two career goals shorthanded since... anyone...? Jordan Staal in 2006-07.

Pacific Division

-Ducks forward Dan Sexton is dealing with a broken nose.

Adams Division

-Happy 75th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward John MacMillan.

(Photos: Asham-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Beranek-Penguins Hockey Cards; Weber-Getty Images; Sharks/Flames-Canadian Press)

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