Empty Netter Assists - 03-23-10

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "It seems like some guys are in it one night, and other guys aren't." - Brooks Orpik.'s recap. "He does that stuff all the time. Somehow he gets away with it." - Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard on Sidney Crosby attack of Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg late in regulation.

-The Detroit News' recap. "It was like a playoff game." - Zetterberg.

-The Detroit Free Press' recap. -"A lot of guys play you tough, and a lot of guys don't have Rafalski and Lidstrom back there." - Crosby suggesting Zetterberg's defense was aided greatly by defensemen Brian Rafalski and Nicklas Lidstrom (above, with Crosby).

-The Associated Press' recap. "I knew it was him without turning around." - Zetterberg on Crosby.'s recap. "I think our level, as far as desperation, needs to go up." - Dan Bylsma.

-Crosby being popular:

-"He wants to win. I might be doing the same thing if it was the other way." - Zetterberg on Crosby again."

-Crosby wasn't crazy about Howard either.

-Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is a fan of Crosby.

-Hall-of-fame announcer/person Mike Emrick worked his 3000th career professional game last night.

-"Pittsburgh? Just another hockey game. It'll be a good hockey game. A very good team, a team we respect, but just another game." - Capitals forward Brooks Laich on Wednesday's Penguins-Capitals game.

-Do yourself a favor and check out the Pittsburgh Revolution photo presentations showing off Consol Energy Center as produced by the Post-Gazette's Steve Mellon:

-If Uwe Krupp and the Sabres didn't beat the Penguins on the last day of the 1989-90 season, would Jaromir Jagr (right) have ended up with the Islanders?

-Happy 34th birthday to former Penguins defeneman Nolan Baumgartner. Claimed off waivers from the Canucks prior to the start of the 2003-04 season, Baumgartner, appeared in five games for the Penguins that season and was a minus-7. A month into the season, the Canucks re-claimed him off waivers. He currently is a member of the Manitbal Moose, the Canucks' AHL affiliate.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward Justin Duberman. A free agent signing in November of 1992, Duberman's entire NHL career amounted to four games with the 1993-94 Penguins. During the 1994-95 lockoutout, he joined JYP HT Jyvaskyla in Finland.

Atlantic Division

-Flyers forward Jeff Carter's foot injury will snap his consecutive games played streak of 286 games.

-The Rangers signed college free agent defenseman Lee Baldwin. He formerly played for Alaska-Anchorage.

Northeast Division

-Brian Elliott (above) made 29 saves and led the Senators to a 2-0 shutout of the rival Canadiens. Erik Karlsson had a goal and an assist while teammate Daniel Alfredsson added two assists. The win snapped a five-game losing streak.

-Scary situation in this game as Montreal's Travis Moen was clipped in the face by the skate of Ottawa's Matt Cullen:

-Moen suffered a laceration on his forehead but did not need to go to the hospital.

-Check out this devastating and legal hit by Ottawa's Andy Sutton on Montreal's Benoit Pouliot:

-Montreal's Jaroslava Halak kept his eyes on this puck despite a snow spray:

-Happy times for the Senators:

-Ottawa's Anton Volchenkov got a little too up close and personal with Pouliot here:

-The Bruins have a pretty important game in Atlanta tonight.

Southeast Division

-How much does being in the Southeast Division help the Capitals?

-Panthers forward Rostislav Olesz, the seventh overall pick in 2004 draft, hasn't scored in 22 games.

Central Division

-A huge game will be held in Chicago tonight between the Coyotes and Blackhawks. The winner claims first place in the Western Conference.

-After missing two games due to a concussion, Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (right) is expected to play tonight.

-The Blues are 12-18-5 at home but 22-11-4 on the road this season.

-St. Louis signed defenseman Ian Cole to an amanteur tryout contract and assigned him to Peoria of the AHL. He was a first-round pick in 2007.

-The Red Wings are having some salary cap issues.

-Predators forward Joel Ward is dealing with an "upper-body" injury.

Northwest Division

-After taking a puck in the back of the neck Sunday, Flames forward Daymond Langkow was released from a Minnesota hospital Monday. He is out indefinitely.

-Canucks forward Pavol Demitra is taking a leave of absence to attend to a personal matter.

-The Wild demoted defenseman Jaime Sifers to Houston of the AHL.

-Oilers forward Ales Hemsky skated for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury in November.

Pacific Division

-Drew Doughty's overtime goal led the Kings to a 4-3 win against the Avalanche. Ryan Smyth led Los Angeles with two goals while teammates Anze Kopitar and Jarret Stoll each contributed two assists. Jonathan Quick (right) made all of 18 saves in the victory. Peter Mueller led Colorado with a goal and an assist.

-The Sharks have lost five consecutive games in regulation. The last time that happened was 1997.

-San Jose signed forward Tony Lucia, a sixth-round pick in 2005 and college free agent defenseman Nick Schaus. Lucia spent this season with the University of Minnesota while Schaus was with Massachusetts-Lowell.

-Coyotes forward Lee Stempniak has 11 points (nine goals, two assists) in nine games since being acquired from the Maple Leafs at the trade deadline.

-Is Ducks forward Teemu Selanne the best Finnish player in NHL history?

Adams Division

-This whole wishy-washy partial head shots rule the NHL's general managers are trying to implement as soon as possible? The NHLPA's competition committee could hold it up out of simple spite. The general manager dismissed an outright ban on head shots the NHLPA proposed in 2009.

-Today would've been the 79th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Warren Godfrey.

-Today would've been the 96th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Bill Thomson.

-Today would've been the 105th birthday of former Pittsburgh Shamrocks forward Roger Cormier.

(Photos: Penguins/Red Wings-Jerry S. Mendoza/Associated Press; Jagr-Post-Gazette archives; Senators/Canadiens-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Seabrook-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Avalance/Kings-Harry How/Getty Images)

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