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Empty Netter Assists - 11-23-10

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "It was nice. One of those things where they got a few penalties, and we made them pay." - Sidney Crosby (above, chasing Florida's Marty Reasoner) on the Penguins' power play which went 2 for 3.

-The Miami Herald's recap. "Our power play cost us a game again." - Panthers captain Bryan McCabe.

-The South Florida Sun Sentinel's recap. Remember when the Penguins' power play stunk? Well the Panthers are 0 for their last 26 with the man advantage.

-The Associated Press' recap. "I was totally relaxed, and the guys played good for me." - Marc-Andre Fleury.

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Highlights.

-Sidney Crosby's goal deserves a second look:

-Chris Conner > Tomas Vokoun:

-Florida's Cory Stillman and Ben Lovejoy battling for position:

-Vokoun scrambling in his crease:

-Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of the first game between Crosby and Washington's Alex Ovechkin. We fully expect the NHL to create and sell a breakfast cereal or a brand of snow tires to commemorate the occasion.

-He might not be playing a whole bunch as of late, but Mike Comrie still has a pretty good life.

-Crosby is good people.

-Happy 28th birthday to former Penguins forward Colby Armstrong. A first-round pick in 2001, "Army" spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2005-06, Armstrong appeared in 47 games, scored a career high 40 points and led the team with a plus-15. In 2006-07, Armstrong played in 80 games and registered 34 points. He saw action in all five of the team's postseason games that spring and scored one goal. After 54 games and 24 points in 2007-08, Armstrong was involved in one of the biggest trades in franchise history. Armstrong was dealt to the Thrashers along with Erik Christensen, prospect Angelo Esposito and a draft pick in exchange for Pascal Dupuis and Marian Hossa. In 181 regular season games with the Penguins, Armstrong scored 98 points, 79th-most in franchise history. He is currently a member of the Maple Leafs.

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-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins forward Dan Kesa. A free agent signing in the 1998 offseason, Kesa's Penguins career amounted to 67 games and 10 points in 1998-99. Kesa appeared in all 13 of the team's postseason games that spring and scored one goal. In the 1999 offseason, he joined the Lightning as a free agent.

-Happy 69th birthday to former Penguins forward Simon Nolet. Acquired midway through 1975-76 along with Ed Gilbert and a draft pick in a deal which sent Steve Durbano, Chuck Arnason and a draft pick to the Kansas City Scouts, Nolet's Penguins career amounted to 39 games and 17 points that season. He appeared in three postseason games that spring but failed to record a point. In the 1976 offseason, the NHL transferred him back to the former Scouts franchise - known at this time as the Colorado Rockies - along with Michel Plasse and Colin Campbell as compensation for the Penguins signing Denis Herron. Nolet currently works as a scout with the Flyers.

Atlantic Division

-Former Penguin Johan Hedberg made 30 saves for the Devils in a 5-0 shutout of the Capitals. Fire Craig Patrick. Jason Arnott led New Jersey with two goals while teammates Patrik Elias and Mattias Tedenby each recorded a goal and an assist.

-Elias > Washington's Braden Holtby:

-Tedenby flashing a nice hockey smile:

-Hedberg and teammate Brian Rolston having a moment:


-Washington's Matt Hendricks and New Jersey's Adam Mair had issues:


-"Today we just embarrassed ourselves out there." - Capitals defenseman John Erskine.

-Hedberg's last shutout came against the Penguins. Fire Craig Patrick.

-The Devils wore black patches on their jerseys with the initials "PB" in honor of former coach Pat Burns who passed away Friday.

-Prior to the game, this video tribute to Burns aired:

-Brian Boucher made 29 saves and led the Flyers to a 3-2 win against the Canadiens. Maxim Lapierre scored both of Montreal's goals.

-Montreal's Carey Price had issues with this puck:

-Not so much with this one:


-Lapierre uncorking one in front of Philadelphia's Chris Pronger:


-A goal and an assist by Dan Girardi helped the Rangers edge the Flames, 2-1. Martin Biron made 31 saves for the Rangers.

-Check out this humongous hit by New York's Marc Staal on Calgary's Matt Stajan:

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-Stajan did not return to the game following the hit.

-Flames forward and former Penguin Tom Kostopoulos > New York Mike Sauer:

-Happy times at Madison Square Garden:

-The Devils recalled defenseman Mark Fayne from Albany of the AHL.

-The Flyers recalled forward Eric Wellwood from Adirondack of the AHL.

-Demolition of The Spectrum in Philadelphia is expected to begin today at noon.

-EN Says:

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Northeast Division

-Former Penguin Alex Kovalev had a goal and an assist and led the Senators to a 3-2 defeat of the Kings. Kovalev's goal was his 1,000th career point. Fire Craig Patrick. Pascal Leclaire made 28 saves in the victory.

-Kovalev pretty much blew up his stick on his goal:

-The time of the goal? 10:00.

-Kovalev being popular:

-Two goals from Nikolai Kulemin led the Maple Leafs to a 4-1 defeat of the Stars. Kris Versteeg added a goal and an assist for Toronto while teammate Mikhail Grabovski recorded two assists. Jonas Gustavsson made 21 saves in the victory.

-Fight of the Night: Toronto's Colton Orr and Dallas' Krys Barch:

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-Prior to the game, the Maple Leafs paid tribute to former all-star forward and former coach Pat Burns who each passed away this past weekend:

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-Somber times in Toronto:

-Bruins forward Marc Savard (post-concussion syndrome) is scheduled to see medical specialists in Pittsburgh today in order to be cleared for full-contact practice.

-Sabres forward Rob Niedermayer is expected to be sidelined two weeks due to a wonky knee.

-The Sabres recalled forwards Luke Adam and Colin Stuart f.

Southeast Division

-Mike Smith made 27 saves for the Lightning in a 3-1 win against the Bruins. Tampa Bay has won four consecutive games.

-Smith kept his eyes on this puck:

-"That was fun. I don't think he was expecting that." - Lightning forward Dany Tyrell (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) on knocking down Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (6-foot-9, 255 pounds) with a check.

-The Capitals recalled goaltender Semyon Varlamov from Hershey of the AHL.

-The Hurricanes placed forward Patrick O'Sullivan on waivers.

-Welcome back (to the NHL) Panthers forward and former Penguin Bill Thomas (right).

Central Division

-Steve Mason made 27 saves for the Blue Jackets in a 2-0 shutout of the rival Predators. Columbus has won four consecutive games.

-The Blue Jackets will unveil their newest way to make money third jersey tomorrow. The jersey's primary color will be blue. (How original.)

Northwest Division

-Today's NHL owner in financial hot water is Minnesota's Philip Falcone. A minority owner of the Wild, Falcone is under investigation with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Pacific Division

-The Ducks demoted forwards Dan Sexton, Nick Bonino and Brandon McMillan to Syracuse of the AHL and placed forward Ryan Carter on waivers.

-Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi gets his first crack at his former team, the Blackhawks, tomorrow. Niemi helped lead Chicago to its first Stanley Cup title in 49 years last season.

-Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray (right), who has been sidelined for four games due to a "lower-body" injury, is expected to return to the lineup tomorrow.

(Photos: Penguins/Panthers-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Capitals/Devils-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Bill Kostroun/Associated Press; Canadiens/Flyers-Al Bello/Getty Images and Matt Slocum/Associated Press; Flames/Rangers-Lou Capozzola/Getty Images and Frank Franklin II/Associated Press; Kings/Senators-Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images; Stars/Maple Leafs-Nathan Denette/Canadian Press; Bruins/Lightning-Chris O'Meara/Associated Press; Thomas-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images; Murray-Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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