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Empty Netter Assists - 03-27-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Roughly a month later after he scored a goal or something, Sidney Crosby (above) is still kind of popular. Especially up north.

-Mike Lange's calls from Monday's game against the Red Wings:

-Consol Energy Center is getting a hand-me-down basketball floor from the NCAA tournament.

-Tim Wallace scored two goals and led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 3-1 win against the Norfolk Admirals. Wyatt Smith added two assists while teammate Brad Thiessen made 26 saves in the victory.

-The Penguins have won four consecutive games against Norfolk.

-Jordan Fox had an overtime goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-3 win against the Kalamazoo Wings.

Atlantic Division

-The Rangers recalled forward P.A. Parenteau and defenseman Anders Eriksson from Hartford of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Kelly and Jason Spezza each had a goal and an assist for the Senators in a 4-2 win at Buffalo. Former Penguin Jarkko Ruutu recorded two assists for Ottawa while Brian Elliott (above) made a whopping 41 saves in the victory. Fire Ray Shero. And the Penguins aren't the only Eastern Conference power having trouble with a division rival. The Senators have won all five meetings with the Sabres so far this season. Additionally, Ottawa has won nine consecutive games against Buffalo. The Sabres are in third place with 90 points, one more than the fourth-place Penguins. The Sabres are ahead of the Penguins on account of being in first place in the Northeast Division.

-This game featured a little bit of controversy. Senators forward Mike Fisher was kicked out of the game for boarding Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta. Fisher disputed the call: "I never hit him at all. He knew what he was doing. What do you do? He should be playing soccer.

-The "hit" in question:

-If Patrick Kaleta is involved, you can pretty much guarantee something underhanded like a dive was involved.

-Elliott lost track of this puck:

Southeast Division

-Panthers forward David Booth was officially diagnosed with a concussion following a hit to head in Thursday's game in Montreal. It is Booth's second concussion in five months and it will likely end his season. With Booth down, Florida recalled Steve MacIntyre from Rochester of the AHL.

-The Thrashers recalled forward Tim Stapleton from Chicago of the AHL.

-Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward is expected to be back in the lineup Monday. He has been sidelined since Feb. 3 due to a back injury. With Ward healthy, the Hurricanes demoted goaltender Justin Peters to Albany of the AHL.

-How's this for irony? Lightning forward Steve Downie is mad someone struck him with a questionable hit. He was dinged up on a knee-on-knee blow from Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman Thursday.

Central Division

-Johan Franzen had two goals and two assists and led the Red Wings to a 6-2 rout of the Wild. Jonathan Ericsson and Tomas Holmstrom (above, with Franzen, right) each recorded a goal and an assist for Detroit while teammates Nicklas Lidstrom and Jason Williams each recorded two assists. Jimmy Howard made 25 saves in the win on his 26th birthday. The Red Wings have won four in a row and eight of their past nine games.

-Red Wings forward Daniel Cleary re-injured his wonky groin.

-Strange Story of the Day: Red Wings defenseman and U.S. Olympic star Brian Rafalski questions the constitutionality of taxes in Tennessee.

Northwest Division

-Former Penguin Ray Whitney is digging life so far in Edmonton.

-Wild goaltender Josh Harding re-injured his wonky hip. Additonally, forward Chuck Kobasew dinged up his knee.

-The Wild demoted forward Cody Almond to Houston of the AHL. And defenseman Cam Barker is dealing with a wonky ankle.

Pacific Division

-Corey Perry scored two goals and led the Ducks to a 3-2 win at Edmonton. Teemu Selanne added two assists for Anaheim while teammate and Washington, Pa. native George Parros scored a goal. Curtis McElhinney (above) made 34 saves in the victory. Former Penguin Ryan Whitney led Edmonton with two assists against his other former team. Fire Ray Shero Bob Murray.

-Parros had a pretty nice fight with Edmonton's Zach Stortini:

-Edmonton's Dean Arsene > Edmonton's Nic Bonino:

-Edmonton's Ryan Potulny had issues with Anaheim's Sheldon Brookbank:

-The San Antonio Rampage, the Coyotes' AHL affiliate, signed forward Jared Staal, a second-round pick in 2008, to an amateur tryout contract. Staal is a brother of someone. We think.

-The Coyotes can clinch a playoff spot for the first time in eight years today.

-The Kings activated forward Andrei Loktionov from injured reserve and demoted him to Manchester of the AHL.

-In 12 games since being claimed off waviers from the Kings, Stars forward Brandon Segal has 10 points.

-A leg injury will end Stars forward Krys Barch's season.

-Sharks captain Rob Blake is dealing with a wonky knee.

NCAA Tournament - Regional Round

-Jared DeMichiel made 39 saves and led No. 4 seed RIT (above, celebrating)  to a 2-1 upset of No. 1 Denver.

-Denver's Marc Cheverie had issues with this puck:

-Tony Mosey's goal in the second overtime lifted No. 3 Northern Michigan to a 4-3 win against No. 2 St. Cloud State.

-Northern Michigan's Ray Kaunisto and St. Cloud State's David Eddy kicked up come ice:

-Bobby Butler scored two goals and led No. 3 New Hampshire to a 6-1 rout of No. 2 Cornell.

-Cornell's Ben Scivens lost track of this puck:

-Justin Schultz had a goal and an assist for No 1 Wisconsin in a 3-2 defeat of No. 4 Vermont.

-Marc-Andre Fleury apparently got some work in with Vermont while wearing his old pads and using the alias "Rob Madore:"

Adams Division

-The final Penguins Cup Championships at Mellon Arena will be held today.

(Photos: Crosby-Paul Chiasson/Associated Press; Senators/Sabres-Don Heupel/Associated Press; Wild/Red Wings-Jerry S. Mendoza/Associated Press; Ducks/Oilers-Canadian Press; RIT/Denver and New Hampshire/Cornell-Steve Jacobs/Associated Press; Northern Michigan/St. Cloud State and Wisconsin/Vermont-Jim Mone/Associated Press)

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