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Empty Netter Assists - 9-16-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-"I have 10 fingers on my hands, and I want to win 10 times." - Evgeni Malkin (above) on the Stanley Cup.

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game.

-The Columbus' Dispatch's recap. Columbus goaltender and former Penguin Mathieu Garon was sharp. Fire Ray Shero.

-"If anything, if it gets him thinking he can shoot it more – he had, I think, seven shots tonight – him focusing on shooting the puck when he’s attacking the net like he does, that’s a dangerous weapon when he’s a shooter as well as a passer. Certainly, he was ripping it tonight." - Dan Bylsma on Sidney Crosby's new stick.

-Someone shot a video of Alyonka Larionov singing the national anthem:

-Bleeding Gums Murphy not impressed:

(Kudos to EN friend Vince Comunale for "The Simpsons" reference.)

-There were no official highlights of this game we're aware of, but some fan shot decent videos of the Penguins' goals. Sidney Crosby from Eric Tangradi and Sergei Gonchar:

-Crosby from Tangradi and Chris Kunitz:

-Chris Conner from Jay McKee:

-We can't find Chris Kunitz's goal from Mark Eaton at the end of the third, but here's the goal call.

-We felt like we were at a Washington Capitals game during those goal calls, but there are usually more Penguins fans in attendance in Washington.

-Here's Kunitz's overtime goal from Crosby:

-Defenseman Nate Guenin, a native of Hopewell, is just trying to make the most of his chance with the Penguins.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins unveiled a new third jersey:

-It kind of looks like the Blackhawks' Winter Classic jersey.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins forward Kevin LaVallee. During the 1986-87 season, his only one with the Penguins, he scored a respectable 28 points in 33 games.

Atlantic Division

-According to Dmitry Chesnokov for Yahoo, former Rangers forward Nikolai Zherdev has agreed to join Alant in the KHL.

-Flyers defenseman and former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin Joey Mormina is learning from Chris Pronger how to stab people play defense.

Northeast Division

-New Montreal defenseman and former Penguin Hal Gill compared his current goaltender, Carey Price (right), to his old goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury.

-Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov told team management he wasn't interested in becoming the Habs' next captain.

-Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec is looking to rebound after only scoring 39 points last season.

-Montreal returned forward Philippe Lefebvre, defensemen Mac Bennett and Joe Stejskal and goaltender Jason Missiaen to their junior and/or college teams.

-Maple Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson underwent minor heart surgery.

-Former Bruins play-by-play man Fred Cusick passed away. He was 90.

-Some of Cusick's work:

-The NHL is holding registration for a chance for United States fans to purchase tickets to the Winter Classic.

-Tukka Rask made 31 saves for the Bruins in a 2-1 defeat of the Rangers.

Southeast Division

-"I play on the edge, and I play with a lot of emotion. But as you get older, you learn to control your emotions in certain situations." - Lighting forward Steve Downie on becoming more disciplined.

-The Lightning returned goaltender Michael Zador, forwards Matias Sointu, Alex Hutchings, Kyle DeCoste and Mark Barberio to their junior teams.

-For some Godforsaken reason, someone has decided to start a fake Twitter account for Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz.

-Finally something Penguins and Capitals fans can agree on.

-Forward David Booth (right) might be the Panthers' best player.

-Scott Timmins, Kamil Kreps and Booth scored goals for the Panthers in a 3-1 defeat of the Senators.

Central Division

-The Blue Jackets signed forward Antoine Vermette, who they acquired at last season's trade deadline, to a five-year deal worth a total of $18.75 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $2.76 million.

-Columbus demoted forwards Chris Higgins, Brock McBride and Tyler Murovich, and defensemen Cam Brodie, Tim Filangieri and Kevin Roeder to Syracuse of the AHL and forward Tomas Kubalik, and defensemen Steven Delisle and David Savard were returned to their junior teams. Forwards Matt Caria, Andrew Clark and Cass Mappin, defensemen Paul Bezzo and Spencer McAvoy, and goaltender Jamie Tucker were released from their tryout agreements.

-The Blues exercised an option that will extend coach Andy Murray's contract to 2010-11.

-Derek Armstrong had a goal and an assist for the Blues in a 3-1 defeat of the Wild.

Northwest Division

-Wild coach and former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach Todd Richard is a little rusty on his bench management.

-Patrick O'Sullivan scored two goals for the Oilers in a 4-1 defeat of the Flames. Former Penguins forward Ryan Stone added an assist for Edmonton. Fire Ray Shero.

Pacific Division

-"When I knew I'd be making a change, it was a little nerve-racking." - Kings defenseman and former Penguin Rob Scuderi on switching teams this offseason.

-Former Ducks defenseman Bret Hedican (right) announced his retirement. Hedican also spent time with the Blues, Canucks, Panthers and Hurricanes. He won the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006.

-The Coyotes returned forward Jordan Szwarz defensemen Justin Weller and Tim Billingsley to their junior teams.

-The Coyotes and Kings split what was essentially a split squad doublehader. David Spina had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes in a 4-1 win. In the other game, Jack Johnson had two goals and an assist for the Kings who won 4-3. Scuderi added an assist for Los Angeles. Fire Ray Shero.

Adams Division

-RIP to Derek Sutton (AKA Patrick Swayze).

(Photos: Malkin-Matt Freed/Post-Gazette; Price-Paul Chiasson; Booth-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Hedican-Photobucket)

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