Empty Netter Assists - 3-28-09

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-What's Michel Therrien up to these days?

-The Penguins are good people:

-Who do you want for the Hart Trophy: Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin or Zach Parise?

-The Penguins re-signed forward Mark Letestu to a two-year deal. He has 55 points (21 goals, 34 assists) in 65 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.

-Erik Johnson had two goals for the Wheeling Nailers in a 6-4 loss at Elmira.

-On a side note, the Elmira Jackals might have the best name in all of hockey on their roster. Colton Yellow Horn. He is an Aboriginal Canadian from the Peigan reserve in Brocket, Alberta.

-The Ferraro brothers, both former Penguins, are in different types of trouble.

Atlantic Division

-Anyone care to explain this one to us? Joey MacDonald made 42 saves and led the Islanders, the league's worst team, to a 2-0 road shutout of his former team, the Red Wings, who have the best record in the league. It was MacDonald's first career shutout and the first shutout by an Islanders goaltender against Detroit since Billy Smith, Jan. 22, 1981.

-Check out one of MacDonald's saves:

-Islanders forward Doug Weight returned to the lineup after missing six weeks due to a knee injury.

-Zach Parise set the Devils' single-season record for shots last night.

-Somewhere along the line, the Flyers have failed to earn a suspension this season.

Northeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Ryan Miller came back from an ankle injury that sidelined him for 13 games and made 33 saves for the Sabres who held off the rival Maple Leafs, 5-3. Tim Connolly had two goals for Buffalo while teammates Paul Gaustad and Jochen Hecht each had a goal and an assist. Boyd Devereau and Matt Stajan each had a goal and an assist for Toronto. The Sabres are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with 80 points, eight less than the Penguins who are in sixth place with 88 points.

-Paul Gaustad had a Gordie Howe Hat Trick.

-Toronto goaltender Curtis Joseph tied former Penguins goaltender GIlles Meloche for the second-most career losses in NHL history (351). Gump Worsley holds the record with 352 defeats.

-The Maple Leafs recalled goaltender Justin Pogge from their AHL affiliate and re-signed defenseman Jay Harrison.

-Bruins forward Phil Kessel (right) is dealing with an undisclosed injury.

-What would another Stanley Cup ring do for the hall-of-fame credentials of Boston forward and former Penguin Mark Recchi?

-Senators forward Nick Foligno is starting to live up to his father's name.

-Ray Emery should stay out of Ottawa. The former Senators goaltender got into some more trouble with his vechicle when he was pulled over for speeding. His Hummer was impounded and his liscense was suspended for one week.

Southeast Division

-Alex Ovechkin (right)  had two goals and two assists and recorded his 100th point of the season as the Capitals beat the Lightning for the 10th consecutive time, 5-3. Nicklas Backstrom had two goals and an assist for Washington while teammate Brooks Laich had three assists. Martin St. Louis led the Lightning with a goal and two assists.

-Washington defenseman Brian Pothier scored his first goal since Dec. 27, 2007. He got the game-winner in just his fourth game back from rehabbing from a concussion that sidelined him for 14 months.

-What recession? Alex Ovechkin has a new Mercedes worth $250,000.

-The Capitals recalled forwards Keith Aucoin and Oskar Osala from Hershey of the AHL.

-Thrashers goaltender and former Penguins goaltender Johan Hedberg is pretty dependable in the shootout. Fire Craig Patrick.

-With starter Kari Lehtonen dealing with an "upper-body" injury, the Thrashers recalled goaltender Dan Turple from Chicago of the AHL.

Central Division

-Brent Seabrook's overtime goal gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 win against the Devils. Martin Havlat had a goal and two assists while Seabrook added an assist. Martin Brodeur made 39 saves for New Jersey which has lost three consecutive games.

-Seabrook had a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Here's his fight with David Clarkson:

-You know the Blue Jackets have jumped the shark (The "Happy Days" term, not the Pacific Division team) when Calgary fans are making threatening phone calls to them. A Flames fans in Columbus made calls to the team threatening to shoot goaltender Steve Mason and and to bomb Nationwide Arena.

-Red Wings coach Mike Babcock isn't worrying about the Presidents' Trophy.

-Detroit defenseman Andreas Lilja is still dealing with concussion symptoms.

Northwest Division

-Pavol Demitra and Henrik Sedin each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks who beat the rival Avalanche, 4-1. Mats Sundin added two assists while Jason LaBarbera made 22 saves in the win.

-Demitra and Sundin responded big time a day after critcism from head coach Alain Vigneault.

-Dustin Penner had two goals and led the Oilers to a 5-3 defeat of his former team, the Ducks. Dwayne Roloson made 51 saves (Geez.) in the win. Ales Hemsky added two goals for Edmonton which snapped a three-game losing streak. Ryan Getzlaf led Anaheim with two goals and an assist. The Ducks had a five-game winning streak snapped.

-The Avalanche recalled defenseman Wes O'Neill from Lake Erie of the AHL.

-Wild forward Mikko Koivu (right) is hoping to get back into the lineup this weekend after missing several games due to a knee injury.

Pacific Division

-The Kings recalled forward Brad Boyle from Manchester of the AHL.

-Should Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty get more consideration for the Calder Trophy?

-The rise and fall of the Ducks since the lockout has served as an educational tool on how to operate with a salary cap.

-The Ducks took a costly loss last night.

-Check out the hit Anaheim's Bobby Ryan stuck on Edmonton's Sam Gagner last night:

Adams Division

-Despite being an immense success, Gary Bettman is being wishy-washy with committing the NHL's players to the 2014 Olympics.

-Today's "Hockey Teams Shouldn't Exist South of Windsor" article by Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail is brought to you by Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail.

NCAA Men's Tournament

-No. 4 seed Air Force upset No. 1 Michigan, 2-0, in the first-round of the NCAA tournament.

-In other news, Air Force has some pretty sharp uniforms:

-Penguins prospect Michael Gergen had an assist for Minnesota-Duluth in a 5-4 overtime win against Princeton.

-Miami, Ohio defeated Denver, 4-2.

-Vermont beat Yale, 4-1.

-Sean Whitney, the brother of former Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney, will help Cornell take on Northeastern today.

(Photo: Kessel-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Ovechkin-Bruce Bennett; Getty Images; Koivu-Craig Lassig/Associated Press; Melissa Wade/

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