Empty Netter Assists - 12-28-10

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-According to the Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette, if the Winter Classic is delayed until Sunday, it would have to start at 9 a.m. on account of NBC's contract with the NFL (PG+).

-Will you need sunscreen for the Winter Classic?

-Maxime Talbot and Marc-Andre Fleury (above) missed out on the fun at the first Winter Classic.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Jordan Staal speaks:

-Matt Cooke speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-Consol Energy Center:

-The Carnegie Science Center has a pretty impressive hockey display going on:

-Wheeling Nailers captain Andrew Lord was loaned to Oklahoma City of the AHL.

Atlantic Division

-Matt Gilroy scored two goals for the Rangers in a 7-2 rout of the rival Islanders. Brian Boyle added a goal and two assists for the Rangers while teammates Marian Gaborik, Brandon Dubinsky and Derek Stepan each recorded a goal and an assist. Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves in the victory.

-One of Gilroy's goal was a fluky knuckler:

-The blizzard which mauled the East Coast made for an interesting night in New Jersey. Devils forwards Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac left the Prudential Center following Sunday's game at 10:45 p.m. Attempting to drive home, they got stuck on Route 280. They were forced to spend the night and sleep in Elias' car. They were woken up in the morning by a police officer at 7 a.m.

-Despite the transportation snafus on the East Coast, Devils coach Jacques Lemaire went all Herb Brooks on his team yesterday.

-The Devils recalled forward Vladimir Zharkov from Albany of the AHL.

-The Flyers have not lost in Vancouver since Ronald Reagan was in office.

Northeast Division

-Blake Wheeler's shootout goal gave the Bruins a 3-2 win at Florida. David Krejci had two regulation goals for Boston while teammate Michael Ryder recorded two assists. Tim Thomas made 32 saves in the victory. Michael Frolik recorded two assists for the Panthers.

-Check out this little bit of robbery by Thomas on former teammate Dennis Wideman:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Florida's Scott Clemmensen stopping Krejci in tight:

-Funny Face of the Night: Florida's Mike Weaver being smushed into the boards by Boston's Milan Lucic:

-Senators forward Jason Spezza was officially diagnosed with a right shoulder injury after he was hit inot the boards by Kris Letang Sunday. Spezza will be sidelined indefinitely:

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-Spezza called the hit "a little bit dirty."

-The Senators demoted goaltender Mike Brodeur to Binghampton of the AHL.

-The Canadiens meet the Capitals tonight for the first time since Montreal upset Washington in the first round of last season's playoffs.

-Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers missed last night's game in Calgary due to an illness.

Southeast Division

-After some video work with head coach Guy Boucher, Lightning forward and former Penguin Ryan Malone has five goals and 14 points in his last 13 games.

Central Division

-An overtime goal and an assist by Niklas Kronwall gave the Red Wings a 4-3 win at Colorado. Captain Nicklas Lidstrom led Detroit with a goal and three assists while teammate Jiri Hudler added a goal and an assist. Chris Osgood made 46 saves in the victory. Matt Duchene netted two goals for the Avalanche.

-Kronwall's goal:

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-Check out this little bit of robbery by Osgood on old nemesis Adam Foote:

-Happy times for the Red Wings:

-A good look at Osgood's basic lid:

-Osgood kept his eyes on this puck:

-Osgood became the 10th goaltender in NHL history to record 400 career wins.

-Shootout goals by captain Rick Nash, Kyle Wilson and Kristian Huselius gave the Blue Jackets a 4-3 win against the Wild. Nash had two assists while Steve Mason made 37 saves in the victory. Chuck Kobasew had a goal and an assist for Minnesota.

-It wasn't all bad for the Wild. Check out this disgusting shootout goal by Pierre-Marc Bouchard:

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-Kobasew being good people:

-Columbus' Tom Sestito had issues with Minnesota's Brad Staubitz:

-Even the officials are out of control in the NHL. According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, referee Paul Devorski allegedly made a "crying" gesture at fans complaining he missed a call then flashed the middle finger at them when their complaints continued. NHL discipline czar Colin Campbell declined comment.

-Predators forward Jordin Tootoo voluntarily entered in-patient care as part of the joint NHL/NHL Players Association Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.

-Nashville forwards Steve Sullivan ("lower body") and Martin Erat ("upper body) are dinged up.

-The Predators signed forward Chris Mueller to a one-year, two-way contract.

-The Blackhawks demoted goaltender Hannu Toivonen to Rockford of the AHL.

-Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (right) is expected to return to the lineup tonight. He has been sidelined since Dec. 5 due to a leg injury.

-The Red Wings recalled forward Jan Mursak from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-David Moss and Olli Jokinen each had a goal and an assist for the Flames in a 5-2 defeat of the Sabres. Teammate Alex Tanguay recorded two assists while Miikka Kiprusoff made 25 saves in the victory.

-The Oilers recalled defenseman Jeff Petry from Oklahoma City of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for the Kings in a 4-0 shutout of the rival Sharks. Captain Dustin Brown scored two goals for Los Angeles while teammate Anze Kopitar recorded three assists.

-Check out this pretty pass by Kopitar to set up Brown for a goal:

-The Coyotes demoted goaltender Matt Climie to San Antonio of the AHL.

-With defenseman Nicklas Grossman and forward Tom Wandell dealing with illnesses, the Stars recalled forward Aaron Gagnon from Texas of the AHL.

IIHF World Junior Championships

-Lightning prospect Richard Panik had a goal and an assist for Slovakia in a 2-1 defeat of Germany. Penguins forward prospect Tom Kuhnhackl had four shots and as a minus-1 for Germany.

-Marek Mazanec made 21 saves for the Czech Republic in a 2-0 shutout of Norway.

Adams Division

-Happy 83rd birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Phil Samis.

(Photo: Bruins/Panthers-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Red Wings/Avalanche-Barry Gutierrez/Associated Press and Doug Pensinger/Getty Images; Wild/Blue Jackets-John Grieshop/Getty Images; Kane-Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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