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Empty Netter Assists - 03-12-10

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. Brent Johnson (above) didn't have his best game of the season.

-The Raleigh News & Observer's recap. Johnson's counterpart, Justin Peters, did have one of his better games of the season.

-The Associated Press' recap. "Honestly, it was just one of those nights. I’ve got to put it behind me." - Johnson.

-NHL.com's recap. The Hurricanes are 13-3-1 in their past 17 games.

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Highlights:

-Pascal Dupuis and Carolina's Chad LaRose battling for a puck:

-Carolina's Eric Staal sneaking one by Johnson and Alex Goligoski:

-Matt Cooke sneaking one by Carolina goaltender Justin Peters:

-Happy times for the Hurricanes. Not so much for Brooks Orpik:

-Goligoski and Jordan Staal teamed up on Carolina's Zach Boychuk:

-Peters booting out a shot:

-Funny Face of the Night: Cooke:

-Did Sidney Crosby's Olympic success impact his popularity in the United States? Lord knows he can ill afford to lose his fan base in Philadelphia or Washington.

-"One glove, so $2,500?" - Bruins and Team Canada forward Patrice Bergeron joking he should get a portion of the $10,000 Reebok offered for recovery of Crosby's Olympic equipment. One of Crosby's gloves turned up in Bergeron's equipment bag.

-The Vancouver Olympic Committee doesn't really seem to eager to give up the puck Crosby scored with.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced their clear day roster. Essentially, it's the 22 players who are allowed to play for the club through the end of the regular season:

GOALTENDERS: John Curry and Brad Thiessen

DEFENSEMEN:  Robert Bortuzzo, Deryk Engelland, Alex Grant, Chris Lee, Ben Lovejoy, Brian Strait, Steve Wagner

FORWARDS: Ryan Bayda, Jesse Boulerice, Wade Brookbank, Chris Conner, Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Johnson, Mark Letestu, Konstantin Pushkarev, Zach Sill, Wyatt Smith, Eric Tangradi, Joe Vitale, Tim Wallace

-Happy 33rd birthday to current Peguins goaltender Brent Johnson. A free-agent signing this past offseason, Johnson is 9-5-1 with a 2.69 goals against average and a .909 save percentage this season.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins forward Ed Gilbert (right). Acquired from the Kansas City Scouts midway through the 1975-76 season along with Simon Nolet and and a first-round choice used to draft Blair Chapman in the 1976 draft in exchange for Steve Durbano, Chuck Arnason and a first-round pick, Gilbert spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. In 45 games with the Penguins, he recorded two points. In the 1978 offseason, he signed with the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA.

-Today would've been the 73rd birthday of former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets goaltender Roy Edwards. Edwards was originally claimed by the Penguins from the Blackhawks in the 1967 expansion draft but was traded to the Red Wings in exchange for Hank Bassen prior to the start of their innagural season. In the 1971 offseason, the Penguins re-claimed him off waivers from the Red Wings. In 1971-72, he would go 2-8-4 with a 2.55 goals against average in 15 games before retiring in December due to stress. Having recovered, he was traded back to Detroit prior to 1972-73 in exchange for cash. He passed away at the age of 62 in 1999.

Atlantic Division

-Does goaltender Michael Leighton have a future with the Flyers beyond this season?

Northeast Division

-Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists and led the Bruins to a 5-1 rout of the Flyers. David Krejci, Marco Sturm and Blake Wheeler each contributed a goal and an assist for Boston while Tuukka Rask (above) made 31 saves in the victory.

-Check out this little bit of abuse by Patrice Bergeron on Philadelphia's Chris Pronger to set up Sturm's goal:

-Boston's Mark Stuart and Philadelphia's Ian Laperriere had issues:

-Philadelphia's Michael Leightong had issues with this puck:

-Philadelphia's Simon Gagne lifted this puck by Rask:

-Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli adressed his team prior to last night's game.

-Boston forward and former Penguin Miroslav Satan is dealing with a groin injury.

-Phil Kessel had an overtime goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs in a 4-3 win against the Lightning. Viktor Stalberg contributed two goals for Toronto while teammate Tyler Bozak added a goal and an assist. Former Penguin Luca Caputi recorded two assists for the Maple Leafs. Fire Ray Shero. Jean Sebastien Giguere made 30 saves in the victory. Kurtis Foster and Steven Stamkos each had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay.

-The action leading up to Kessel's goal was breathtaking:

-Andrei Kostitsyn's shootout goal gave the Canadiens a 5-4 win against the Oilers. His brother Sergei Kostitsyn and Travis Moen each had a goal and an assist in regulation for Montreal while teammate Andrei Markov contributed two assists. Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves in the victory. Tom Gilbert led Edmonton with two assists.

-Check out this hit by Toronto's Alex Tanguay on Tampa Bay's Alex Tanguay:

-Montreal's Mathieu Darche > Edmonton's Gilbert Brule:

-It wasn't all bad for Brule. He got the better of Montreal's Jaroslav Spacek here:

-Since being on the receiving end of Matt Cooke's shoulder Sunday, Bruins forward Marc Savard has had issues with sleep disruption, dizziness, sensitivity to light, nausea, and difficulty concentrating. But it's all legal.

-Bruins coach Claude Julien was very careful to avoid suggesting his team would seek revenge against Cooke when they face the Penguins Thursday.

-The Maple Leafs are bidding to host the 2012 or 2013 All-Star Lame Games.

Southeast Division

-As a result of the Thrashers losing last night, the Capitals clinched the always difficult Southeast Division title.

-With 42 goals, Lightning forwards Steven Stamko, who just turned 20, is a threat to become the third youngest 50-goal scorer in NHL history.

Central Division

-Shootout goals by T.J. Oshie and Brad Boyes gave the Blues a 2-1 win against the Islanders. Chris Mason (above) made 29 saves in the victory which was St. Louis' sixth win in seven games.

-Happy times for St. Louis' David Perron. Not so much for New York's Martin Biron:

-Judging by his beard, it looks like Mason's playoffs started in December:

-We don't want to say referee Paul Devorski was being a little too critical of Blues forward Jesse Winchester, but...:

-St. Louis' Patrik Berglund kicked up some snow on Biron:

-New York's Freddy Meyer had issues with St. Louis' B.J. Crombeen:

-Kristian Huselius had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets in a 2-1 defeat of the Thrashers. Former Penguin Mathieu Garon made 28 saves in the victory. Fire Ray Shero. Atlanta has lost four consecutive games.

-"You never want to be in the situation we're in right now with regard to the playoffs. But we're going to play a lot of teams who are in the races the rest of the way, and we're not going to let them simply have those points." - Garon.

-Thrashers defenseman Chris Chelios returned to the NHL last night and made two mistakes which led to both Columbus goals.

-If you're wondering what a 89-year-old man looks like in a Thrashers jersey, here you go:

-Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and two assists for the Red Wings in a 5-1 rout of the Wild. Johan Franzen added two goals for Detroit while teammate Tomas Holmstrom contributed a goal and an assist. Jimmy Howard made 21 saves in the victory.

-Check out this hit by Detroit's Niklas Kronwall on Minnesota's Robbie Earl:

-Holmstrom being popular:

-Detroit's Darren Helm mashing Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck into the boards:

-Wild goaltender NIklas Backstrom (groin) and forward Guillame Latendresse (head) were dinged up yesterday.

Northwest Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Miikka Kiprusoff (above, sporting a sharp throwback jersey) made 33 saves for the Flames in a 2-0 shutout of the Senators. It was Calgary's fourth consecutive win. The Senators are fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 79 points, six fewer than the second-place Penguins.

-Craig Anderson made 27 saves and led the Avalanche to a his league-leading seventh shutout of the season, a 3-0 shutout of his former team, the Panthers. Paul Stastny led Colorado with two goals while Penguins trainer teammate Chris Stewart recorded two assists.

-The Flames throwback jersey will officially become their third jerseys next season.

-Canucks forward Steve Bernier will miss the rest of the regular season due to a sports hernia.

-The Oilers recalled former Penguins forward Chris Minard from Springfield of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Joe Pavelski (above, beating Nashville goaltender Dan Ellis and forward Jarred Smithson) had two goals and two assists and helped the Sharks score six goals in the third period in a comeback 8-5 win against the Predators. Dany Heatley added two goals and an assist for San Jose while teammate Manny Malhotra contributed a goal and two assists. Evgeni Nabokov made 40 saves in the victory. J.P. Dumont and Patric Hornqvist each had two goals for Nashville.

-Check out one of Pavelski's goals:

-Hornqvist beating Nabokov:

-Ellis had issues with this puck:

-The Predators stand-out defensive pairing of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter really stood out. In a bad way. Weber (minus-5) and Suter (minus-6) were a combined minus-11.

-With the wife of goaltender Jonathan Quick on the verge of giving birth, the Kings recalled goaltender Jonathan Bernier from Manchester of the AHL.

-Kings forward Justin Williams is expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Stars. He has been sidelined since Dec. 26 due to a broken leg.

-Mike Yeo is apparently coaching the Coyotes' power play.

Smythe Division

-The Rorbert Morris men's team faces Alabama-Huntsville tonight in the first round of the CHA tournament.

-The Mercyhurst men's team begins a best-of-three series in the AHA tournament tonight against Canisius.

-Happy 79th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Danny Lewicki.

(Photos: Penguins/Hurricanes-Karl B DeBlaker/Associated Press; Gilbert-eBay; Bruins/Flyers-Matt Slocum/Associated Press; Oilers/Canadiens-Canadian Press; Blues/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Thrashers/Blue Jackets-Terry Gilliam/Associated Press; Wild/Red Wings-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; Senators/Flames-Canadian Press; Predators/Sharks-Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

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