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Empty Netter Assists - 9-19-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Tim Wallace likes to hit.

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. Marc-Andre Fleury (above) took the loss.

-The Globe and Mail's recap. Jason Blake pretty much owns the Penguins.

-The Toronto Star's recap. Darryl Boyce did a pretty good job of taking Craig Adams' elbow to the face.

-Last night's highlights with Mike Lange's calls:

-Paul Bissonnette versus Andy Rogers:

-Sidney Crosby wants some answers on the firing of Paul Kelly as head of the NHLPA.

-Forward Rob Hisey, in the AHL Penguins' camp on a tryout, has some serious stick-handling ability.

-Happy 39th birthday to Qdoba fanatic Dan Bylsma.

Atlantic Division

-Islanders forward Pascal Morency has been suspended indefinitely after he jumped off the bench Thursday in an attempt to fight Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf.

-A knee injury will sideline Islanders forward Frans NIelsen for 4-to-6 weeks.

-The Rangers need stronger efforts from defensemen Wade Redden and Michal Rozsival, a former Penguin.

-Check out this goal the Rangers' Artem Anisimov scored against the Red Wings last night:

-The Flyers are being careful with forward Simon Gagne who is still recovering from a groin injury.

-Former Sharks forward Mark Bell is battling for a job in the Flyers' training camp.

-New Jersey defenseman Colin White misses his bff, forward John Madden.

-Devils coach Jacques Lemaire is unhappy with his repuatation as a trapping coach.

Northeast Division

-The Maple Leafs swung a huge deal last night as they acquired the signing rights of restricted free agent forward Phil Kessel from the Bruins for two first-round picks (one in 2010 and the other in 2011) and a 2010 second-round pick. Kessel then agreed to a five-year deal worth a total of $27 million.

-Canadiens goon and former Penguins forward Georges Laraque is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.

-Brian Gionta and Ben Maxwell each had a goal for the Canadiens in a 2-1 defeat of the Senators.

-Montreal's Eric Nielson and Ottawa's Jeremy Yablonski had a decent tilt:

Southeast DIvision

-The Hurricanes returned forward Matt Kennedy to his junior team.

-Martin St. Louis' overtime goal gave the Lightning a 2-1 win against the Thrashers. Former Penguins forward Ryan Malone scored Tampa Bay's other goal. Fire Ray Shero.

Central Division

-Former Penguins defenseman Darryl Sydor (right) , currently in the Blues' camp on a tryout basis, still thinks he can contribute.

-Columbus forwards Jason Chimera (head) and Fredrik Modin (knee) were injured in last night's game versus the Wild. Chimera was actually carted off the ice after behind hit from behind by Minnesota forward Eric Belanger.

-The Blackhawks demoted forwards Akim Aliu, Dan Bertram, Nathan Davis, Bryan Ewing, Adam Hobson, Bracken Kearns, Peter MacArthur, Derek Nesbitt, defensemen Michael Brennan, Jonathan Carlsson, Simon Danis-Pepin, David Phillips and goaltenders Joe Fallon and Alec Richards to Rockford of the AHL.

-The Red Wings signed forward Thomas Tatar, a second-round pick in the 2009 draft, to a three-year entry level deal.

-Justin Abdelkader and Jason Williams each had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings who edged the Rangers, 4-3.

-Derek Armstrong, Paul Kariya and Alexander Steen each recorded a goal and an assist for the Blues in a 6-2 rout of the Avalanche.

-David Legwand had a goal and two assists for the Predators in a 4-2 defeat of the Hurricanes.

Northwest Division

-The NHL reviewed the hit by Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf (right) against Islanders forward Kyle Opkoso from Thursday and did not take action against him. The league determined that the hit wasn't late, he wasn't targeting Okposo's head and did leave his feet to deliver it. The league also neglected to mention Phaneuf's a star player so he can't be suspended.

-Just like FSN Pittsburgh, Altitude Sports, which carries the Avalanche's games in Colorado, is short-changing fans by not carrying preseason games.

-Nikolai Khabibulin made 18 saves while Mike Comrie had four assists for the Oilers in a 4-0 defeat of the Panthers.

-Two goals and two assists by Henrik Sedin helped the Canucks beat the Sharks, 6-2.

-Cal Clutterbuck scored two goals and led the Wild to a 2-1 win against the Blue Jackets.

Pacific Division

-After dealing with some work visa issues, forward Dany Heatley finally arrived in San Jose.

-The Ducks returned forwards Holland,  Nicolas Deschamps, Josh Brittain, defensemen Matt Clark, Stefan Warg and goaltender Marco Cousineau to their junior teams.

-Luca Sbisa's overtime goal gave the Ducks a 4-3 win against the Coyotes. Joffrey Lupul had two goals and an assist.

Adams Division

-Air Canada reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation that will allow the flight carrier to charter Canadian teams to multiple locations with in the United States.

-Red Wings executive Jim Devellano and former Rangers captain and goaltender Mike Richter (right) were named recipients of the Lester Patrick Award for service to hockey in the United States.

-Today would've been the 118th birthday Odie Cleghorn who served as a player and first coach of the NHL's Pittsburgh Pirates. He had a career record of 62-86-20 with the Pirates.

(Photos: Fleury-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Sydor/Getty Images;  Phaneuf and Richter-Photobucket)

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