Empty Netter Assists - 11-03-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


-Is Paul Martin (above) underpreforming (PG+)?

-Dan Bylsma speaks, goes business casual:

-Evgeni Malkin speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-Zbynek Michalek speaks:

-Point Park University's Globe (We're a proud product of that publication by the way.) examines how student rush tickets have changed this season.

-Nailers forward Nick Petersen was named the ECHL player of the week.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Jim McKenzie. Acquired at the 1994 trade deadline in a move which sent Mike Needham to the Stars, McKenzie spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished 1993-94 by appearing in 11 games and failing to record a point. During the lockout-shortned 1994-95 season, McKenzie played in 39 games scored three points and compiled 63 points. In the 1995 offseason, he joined the Islanders as a free agent. In 50 games with the Penguins, McKenzie recorded three points.

{youtube width="480" height="385"}y_EiQZFrkvs{/youtube}

Atlantic Division

-If you're upset about Jordan Staal, just be glad you're not a Devils fan. Forward Zach Parise will be sidelined three months due to a torn meniscus in his right knee.

-The Islanders demoted former Penguins forward Jon Sim to Bridgeport of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-A goal and an assist each from former Penguin Sergei Gonchar and Erik Karlsson led the Senators to a 3-2 win against the rival Maple Leafs. Fire Ray Shero. Brian Elliott made 33 saves in the win. Clarke MacArthur led Toronto with a goal and an assist.

-Ottawa's Mike Fisher scored on a penalty shot:

-Check out these saves by Elliott with some help by defenseman Chris Campoli:

-Elliott also stole one from Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski:

-Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf left the game due to a cut on his leg.

-Bad times for Phaneuf:

-Prior to the injury, Maple Leafs overlord Brian Burke called out fans who had been booing Phaneuf.

-Happy times for the Senators. Not so much for Toronto's Phil Kessel:

-We don't want to say Campoli invaded Elliott's personal space, but...:

-Mouth-wide-open times for Senators forward and former Penguin Jarkko Ruutu:

-Patriotic times in Toronto:

-"A lot of people don't recognize that when you change teams and cities it's not just you moving, it's your wife and kids. My oldest kid had to change schools, leave her old friends behind, she was scared how it was going to be. It was the first time in her life for her [moving]. But when we got to Ottawa, everyone was so friendly and the city is so beautiful, that side was an easy adjustment. I was surprised how easy it was. My family is happy. Now we just have to win some games." - Gonchar on moving from Pittsburgh to Ottawa.

-After winning the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie last season, Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers is in a sophomore slump.

Southeast Division

-Is Capitals defenseman Mike Green finally, actually playing defense?

-After they combined for 10 points in Calgary Saturday, Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau is going to keep the line of Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin together.

-The Thrashers placed defenseman Freddy Meyer (mid body... huh?) on injured reserve and recalled former Penguins defenseman Noah Welch from Chicago of the AHL.

Central Division

-Former Penguin Mathieu Garon (above) made 29 saves and led the Blue Jackets to a 3-0 shutout of the Canadiens. Fire Ray Shero. Jakub Voracek recorded two assists for Columbus.

-Check out this pass by Voracek to set up Derick Brassard for a goal:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Columbus' Rostislav Klesla taking the ice:

-Second Cool Photo of the Night: Columbus captain Rick Nash gripping and ripping one on Montreal's Carey Price:

-Columbus' Derek Dorsett > Montreal's P.K. Subban:

-Funny Face of the Night: Columbus forward R.J. Umberger:

-Second Funny Face of the Night: Columbus' Jared Boll making contact with Canadiens defenseman and former Penguin Hal Gill:

-Garon and teammate Kris Russell having a moment:

-Montreal's Josh Gorges and Columbus' Derek MacKenzie kicked up some major ice here:

-The Blackhawks demoted forwards Ben Smith and Ryan Potulny to Rockford of the AHL.

-The Red Wings signed forward Landon Ferraro, a second-round pick in 2009, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-Predators forward Martin Erat is dealing with an "upper-body" injury.

Northwest Division

-Raffi Torres netted his first career hat trick and led the Canucks to a 4-3 win against his former team, the Oilers. Kevin Bieksa recorded three assists while Roberto Luongo (above) made 23 saves in the victory. Andrew Cogliano and Ladislav Smid each netted two assists for Edmonton.

-Check out this ridiculous pass by Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin to set up his brother, Daniel Sedin, for a goal:

{youtube width="480" height="295"}_FnKNOmMDxE{/youtube}

-Check out the effort by Torres on his first goal:

{youtube width="480" height="295"}uyO77J1NM5Q{/youtube}

-Here are Torres' second and third goals:

{youtube width="480" height="295"}ntlW9OIoRtA{/youtube}

{youtube width="480" height="295"}pTm2PJ7yGes{/youtube}

-Edmonton's Nikolai Khabibulin had issues with this puck:

-Vancouver's Aaron Rome > Edmonton's Magnus Paajarvi:

-Niklas Backstrom made 36 saves and led the Wild to a 1-0 shutout of the Sharks. It was Backstrom's 20th career shutout.

-The Canucks demoted forward Jeff Tambellini to Manitoba of the AHL.

-This is a left over from Monday night. A jersey foul here with a Troy Polamalu fan celebrating a goal by Vancouver's Henrik Sedin:

Pacific Division

-The Ducks will keep rookie defenseman Cam Fowler on their NHL roster instead of returning him to his junior team. Fowler was a first-round pick this past summer.

-Anaheim placed forward Kyle Chipchura (concussion) on injured reserve.

-Ducks forward George Parros, a native of Washington, Pa., trimmed his signature moustache in honor of "Movember," a movement which raises awareness for men's health issues:



-Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (concussion) was given medical clearance to resume playing. He has been sidelined for six games.

-The Kings demoted forward Andrei Loktionov to Manchester of the AHL.

-The Sharks demoted defenseman Mike Moore to Worcester of the AHL.

Norris Division

-An overtime goal by forward Jesse Scanzano gave the Mercyhurst women's team a 4-3 win at Cornell.

(Photos: Martin-Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images; Senators/Maple Leafs-Abelimages/Getty Images and Canadian Press; Canadiens/Blue Jackets-John Grieshop/Getty Images; Canucks/Oilers and Sedin-Canadia Press; Parros before-Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press; Parros after-Eric Stephens/Orange County Register)

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.