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Empty Netter Assists - 03-22-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

(Note: Apologies for this being absurdly late today. Technical issues and sleep conspired in creating the delay.)

Penguins

-Jon D'Aversa, T.J. Fox, Mitch Ganzak, Kale Kerbashian and Jordan Morrison each had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-2 win against the Toledo Walleye. Adam Berkhoel made 24 saves in the victory.

-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scraton Penguins defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote has joined the Hamburg Freezers in Germany.

-Happy 62nd birthday to former Penguins goaltender Dunc Wilson (right). Acquired before the start of the 1976-77 season in a trade which sent a draft pick to the Rangers, Wilson became the Penguins' starting goaltender that season as he appeared in 45 games going 18-19-8 with a 2.95 goals against average and five shutouts and led the team to a playoff appearance. That earned him the team's MVP for the season. In 1977-78, Wilson only appeared in 21 games and went 5-11-3 with a 4.83 save percentage. Early in the 1978-79 season, he was traded to the Canucks for cash.

-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Todd Charlesworth. A second-round pick in 1983, Charlesworth spent parts of five seasons with the Penguins in the 1980s. During that span, he appeared in 86 games and recorded 12 points. In the 1989 offseason, he signed with the Edmonton Oilers.

-Happy 69th birthday to former Penguins forward Bobby Leiter. Acquired from the Bruins in exchange for cash in a trade during the 1971 offseason, Leiter appeared in 78 games for the 1971-72 Penguins and scored 31 points. He led the Penguins in scoring in the playoffs that season with three goals as they were swept in the first round by the Blackhawks. The following offseason, he was claimed by the Thrashers in the expansion draft.

-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Tuomas Gronman. Acquired early in the 1997-98 season in a trade that sent Greg Johnson to the Blackhawks, he appeared in 22 games for the Penguins that campaign and recorded three points. After missing most of 1998-99, he return to his native Finland to play for Jokerit Helsinki.

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski (right). Acquired from the Panthers in exchange for a draft pick at the 2007 trade deadline, Kwiatkowski appeared in exactly one game for the 2006-07 Penguins and was a minus-1. The following offseason, he signed with the Thrashers. He currently plays for SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.

-Happy 34th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Sven Butenschon. A third-round pick in 1994, Butenschon spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. During that time, Butenschon, one of only two Penguins born in Germany (Randy Gilhen was the other) appeared in 33 games for the club and recorded exactly one point. At the 2001 offseason, he was traded to the Oilers in exchange for Dan LaCouture. He currently plays for the Mannheim Eagles in Germany.

Atlantic Division

-Flyers forward Jeff Carter will be out 3-4 weeks due to a foot injury.

Northeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Jochen Hecht had two goals for the Sabres in a 5-3 win at Carolina. Tim Connolly added a goal and an assist for Buffalo while teammates Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek each recorded two assists. Ryan Miller (above) made 27 saves in the victory. The Sabres are in third place in the Eastern Conference with 88 points, two fewer than the second place Penguins.

-Carolina's Justin Peters held this puck out despite a snow spray:

-Sabres forward Raffi Torres missed the game with an "upper-body" injury.

-Tuukka Rask made 23 saves and led the Bruins to a 2-1 win against the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves for New York which has lost three consecutive games.

-Check out this pass from former Penguins defenseman Andrew Ference to former Penguins forward Miroslav Satan to set up Boston's first goal:

-Fire Craig Patrick and Ray Shero.

-Happy times for Satan and Ference:

-Rangers forward Vaclav Prospal hit Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart from behind. Notice how the Bruins didn't hesitate this time to avenge a teammate:

-Check out this hit by Boston's Steve Begin on New York's Vaclav Prospal:

-Happy times for Rask and Johnny Boychuk:

-Rask squared up on this shot by New York captain Chris Drury:

-Happy times for the Rangers. Not so much for Boston's Vladimir Sobotka:

-The Senators recalled forward Zack Smith from Binghamton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-And the Thrashers inched closer to a playoff spot. Ron Hainsey had a goal and two assists for the Thrashers in a 3-1 win at Philadelphia. Teammate Rich Peverly (above) added a goal and an assist while Ondrej Pavelec made a whopping 44 saves in the victory. Atlanta, which swept the season series with Philadelphia, is in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with 75 points, one less than the eighth place Bruins. The Thrashers have won four consecutive games.

-Happy times for the Thrashers. Not so much for Philadelphia's Brian Boucher:

-Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell and Atlanta's Jim Slater had issues:

-Reflective times for Philadelphia's Claude Giroux:

-Sad times for Boucher:

-"The biggest game of the year is on Tuesday." - Hainsey on his team's home game against the Bruins Tuesday.

-Up until this season, the Flyers had gone 15-0-1 in their previous 16 game against the Thrashers.

-Thrashers forwards Slava Kozlov (face) and Chris Thorburn ("upper body") are dinged up.

-Nathan Horton, Cory Stillman and Stephen Weiss each had a goal and an assist for the Panthers in a 5-2 win against the rival Lightning. Keith Ballard added two assists for Florida while Scott Clemmensen made 29 saves in the victory.

-Panthers forward Gregory Campbell is dealing with a foot injury.

-How realistic are Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin's chances at a third consecutive Hart Trophy?

Central Division

-Dustin Boyd had two goals for the Predators in a 3-2 win at St. Louis. Pekka Rinne (above) made 23 saves for Nashville which has won six consecutive games. Carlo Colaiacovo led the Blues with a goal and an assist.

-Check out this hit Predators defenseman/life destroyer Shea Weber stuck on St. Louis' Patrik Berglund:

-Painful times for Nashville's Francis Bouillon:

-Happy times for the Blues. Not so much for Rinne:

-St. Louis' Paul Kariya unleashing a shot:

-The Blues taking the ice:

-The Blue Jackets demoted forward Trevor Frischmon to Syracuse of the AHL.

-Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa has been mentoring teammate Patrick Kane. We're assuming winning championships aren't part of the lessons.

Northwest Division

-Shawn Horcoff, Dustin Penner and Fernando Pisani each had a goal and an assist for the Oilers in a surprising 5-1 win against the Sharks. Devan Dubnyk (above, stopping San Jose's Patrick Marleau) made 27 saves in the victory. The Sharks are reeling having lost six consecutive games.

-San Jose's Douglas Murray and Edmonton's Zach Stortini had issues:

-Oilers defenseman Theo Peckham suffered a separated shoulder last night.

-Chuck Kobasew scored two goals for the Wild in a 4-3 win against the Flames. Teammate Mikko Koivu added two assists while Josh Harding made 29 saves in the victory. Matt Stajan led Calgary with two assists.

-Flames forward Daymond Langkow was hospitalized when the took a puck to the back of the neck:

-After spending the night in the hospital, Langkow was released.

-Check out this hit by Minnesota's Guillaume Latendresse on Calgary's Jamal Mayers. It actually damaged the door to one of the penalty boxes:

-Cool photo of the hit:

-The Flames still believe they can make the postseason.

-Wild defenseman Greg Zanon is playing through a broken ankle.

Pacific Division

-Shootout goals by Radim Vrbata led the Coyotes to a 3-2 win at Dallas. Vrbata had a goal and an assist in regulation while Jason LaBarbera (above) made 30 saves in the victory. The Coyotes tied a franchise record with their ninth consecutive win and moved ahead of the Sharks to claim first place in the Pacific Division. They are in second place in the Western Conference with 97 points, just as many as the first-place Chicago. The Blackhawks are in first place on account of having played fewer games.

-Check out this save by Dallas' Marty Turco to send the game to overtime:

-Check out the effort by Dallas' Jamie Benn to scored on this breakaway:

-Happy times for Aucoin:

-Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist for the Ducks in a 5-2 win against the Avalanche. Selanne's goal was the 600th of his career. Corey Perry had three assists for Anaheim while teammate Scott Niedermayer added two assists. Jonas HIller made 28 saves in the victory. Ruslan Salei led Colorado with a goal and an assist.

-Selanne's goal:

-Happy times for Selanne:

-Selanne being popular:

-Selanne's idol and former Anaheim teammate Jari Kurri (601) and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr (646) are the only other European-born NHLers with more than 600 goals.

-The Ducks signed prospect Nick Bonino to a two-year entry-level contract.

Smythe Division

-The field of 16 teams for the NCAA men's tournament was announced. Boston College, Denver, Miami of Ohio and Wisconsin are the No. 1 seeds.

-Minnesota-Duluth beat Cornell, 3-2, in three overtimes to claim the NCAA women's championship.

-Happy 77th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Dave Lucas.

-Today would've been the 94th birthday of former Pittsburgy Hornets forward Chuck Shannon.

-Today would've been the 109th birthday of former Pittsburgh Yellowjackets forward Eddie Rodden.

(Photos: Wilson-Photobucket; Kwiatkowski-Mike Stobe/Getty Images; Sabres/Hurricanes-Gerry Broome/Associated Press; Rangers/Bruins-Michael Dwyer/Associated Press; Thrashers/Flyers-Nick Laham/Getty Images and Matt Slocum/Associated Press; Predators/Blues-Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Sharks/Oilers-Canadian Press; Flames/Wild-Tom Olmscheid/Associated Press; Coyotes/Stars-Amy Gutierrez/Associated Press; Avalanche/Ducks-Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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