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Empty Netter Assists - 03-01-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Olympics

Canada

 

-Sidney Crosby said he never saw his goal goal in:

-A breakdown of the goal.

-Paul Henderson has some company.

-"You know you’re going to see a lot of kids grow up now, wishing they were Crosby winning the gold medal." - Canada defenseman Chris Pronger.

-"There’s nothing that kid can’t do, or hasn’t done already." - Canada forward Jonathan Toews.

-"It doesn't even feel real. It feels like a dream." - Crosby.

-"He was yelling pretty urgently." - Canada forward Jarome Iginla on dishing the puck to Crosby for his goal.

-In a career filled with championships, Canada defenseman Scott Niedermayer won gold in his hometown.

-Canada forward Eric Staal now has a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal and IIHF World Championship on his roster.

-Despite a wonky ankle, forward Ryan Getzlaf ended up being one of Canada's biggest contributors.

-Is anyone doubting Canada goaltender Roberto Luongo any longer?

-Canada won 14 gold medals, a new Winter Olympic record for any country.

-Canada general manager Steve Yzerman said he would return for the 2014 games if asked.

-Remember when Crosby was left off Canada's 2006 Olympic roster? We don't either.

-Canada coach Mike Babcock went for broke in overtime.

-"I can't even describe having the city of Vancouver and the country behind us." - Babcock.

-Canada became the first host country since the United States in 1980 to win the gold.

-Hockey is kind of important in Canada.

-Anthems are just done better in Canada:

United States

-"We proved that it's not just Canada's game. We beat them once already and took them to overtime. Obviously I'm born American and I'm proud of my country and to come up short, it hurts." - United States forward Ryan Kesler.

-"It was the biggest game any of us have played in." - United States defenseman Jack Johnson.

-"You win a gold. You win a bronze. You lose a silver." - Johnson.

-"Hopefully down in the States, [the game] was viewed by a lot of people and it grows that game even more." - Brook Orpik.

-United States goaltender Ryan Miller had a moment after the game with Canada coach Lindy Ruff, his head coach in Buffalo.

-Tickets were going for as much as $6,000 yesterday.

-Happy times for Crosby:

 

-Crosby and Niedermayer:

-Crosby making a really stupid face with Niedermayer and Drew Doughty:

-Celebration:

-Medal time:

-Anthem time:

Flag time for Crosby:

-Corey Perry with the flag:

-Crosby and Martin Brodeur:

-Crosby and Rick Nash:

-This might be the closest contact Chris Pronger has had with Crosby all season:

-Crosby chose an odd time for an impromptu eye test:

-Mountie time:

-Sad times for the United States:

-Crosby about to score:

-Crosby trying to jump Brian Rafalski and Ryan Suter:

-Crosby and Joe Pavelski getting ready for a faceoff:

-Crosby getting spilled by Pavelski:

-Patrick Kane making his crucial back check on Crosby in the third period:

-Brooks Orpik dishing out some Freedom Candy to Dany Heatley:

-Orpik offering Miler a kind word:

-Ditto Tim Thomas:

-Sad times for Miller:

-Happy times for Joe Thornton:

-Orpik and Niedermayer being sportsmen:

-Ryan Malone dropping Shea Weber:

-Malone looking up ice:

-Malone getting up close and personal with Patrick Marleau:

-Zach Parise's game-tying goal:

-Miller and Ryan Getzlaf having a moment:

-Ryan Kesler beating Luongo:

-Happy times for Kesler:

-The ice:

-Happy times for Canada Blackhawks teammates (left to right) Brent Seabrook, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith:

-Keith and Kane being sportsmen. Phil Kessel being sad:

-A rare sight, Flyers - in this case, Mike Richards (left) and Chris Pronger - celebrating a championship:

-Luongo and Martin Brodeur being BFFs:

-Happy times for alternate captain Jarome Iginla:

-Happy times Getzlaf:

-Happy times for Toews:

-Sad times for Kesler:

-Suter gripping and ripping one through traffic:

-Luongo whipping a puck into the corner:

-Bobby Ryan and Heatley taking a tumble:

-Miller denying Heatley:

-Luongo snagged this puck:

-Happy times for Canada:

-Corey Perry conking Dustin Brown in the back of the noggin:

-Thomas has fans:

-Kane being good people:

-And Ogie Ogilthorpe apparently found a way back into Canada to celebrate:

Potpourri

-Dejan Kovacevic offer his impressions of the Games.

-Ron Cook make the case for the NHL going to Sochi in 2014.

-President Barack Obama now owes Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper a case of Yuengling.

-Sweden's Daniel Alfredsson has played in his final Winter Olympics.

-Slovakia defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky got into some trouble with the IOC for taking flu medication.

-Russia's Alex Ovechkin took part in the closing ceremonies last night.

NHL

Penguins

-"You have to kind of reel yourself back in and remind yourself of what's at stake for the Penguins." - Bill Guerin exlaining the challenge for Olympians coming back to the NHL.

-Chris Kunitz will forgive you if you cheer for Ryan Miller Tuesday.

-Will Crosby and Miller play Tuesday?

-Brad Thiessen made 32 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-1 shootout loss to the rival Hershey Bears.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins all-star forward and captain Ron Francis (right). Acquired at the 1991 trade deadline along with Grant Jennings and Ulf Samuelsson in exchange for John Cullen, Jeff Parker and Zarley Zalapski, Francis spent parts of eight seasons with the Penguins and became one of the greatest players in franchise history. An ace in the faceoff circle, Francis played a vital role in the Penguins' first two Stanley Cup titles. Along with Kevin Stevens, Francis led the team in game-winning goals in the 1991 playoffs with four and scored the Cup-winning goal in Game 4 of the 1992 Final. In 1992-93, Francis recorded 100 points and became one of four players on the Penguins to hit the century mark. With Mario Lemieux missing most of the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons due to health concerns, Francis stepped up and finished as the team's second leading scorer in each campaign. In 1995-96, with a refreshed Lemieux back, Francis set a career high in points with 119 and led the league with 92 assists. Francis' totals took a dip as he "only" had 90 points in 1996-97 and 87 in 1997-98. In the 1998 offseason, Francis proved too expensive for the cash-strapped Penguins to re-sign and inked a deal with the franchise that orginally drafted him which was now located in Carolina. Francis retired as a player following the 2003-04 season as the fourth-leading scorer in NHL history with 1,798 points. Francis is also the fourth-leading scorer in Penguins history with 613 points. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007, Francis is currently a coach and executive with the Carolina Hurricanes.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins forward Pat Boutette. Acquired in the 1981 offseason along with Kevin McClelland as compensation for the Whalers' signing of goaltender Greg Millen, Boutette spent parts of four fairly productive seasons with the Penguins. He recorded two 20-goal campaigns and in 247 career games with the Penguins, he recorded 147 points, 39th most in franchise history. Early in the 1984-85 season, he was traded back to Hartford for the rights of Ville Siren.

Atlantic Division

-The Devils are going to get a well-rested goaltender in Martin Brodeur back from the Olympics.

-Despite having a shoulder injury, Flyers defenseman Danny Syvret was placed on waivers.

Northeast Division

-The Maple Leafs recalled forward Christian Hanson and Viktor Stalberg from their AHL affiliate, also in Toronto. Hanson is a native of Pittsburgh.

-The Canadiens recalled forward Tom Pyatt from Hamilton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-The Hurricanes recalled goaltender Justin Peters from Albany of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-The Canucks recalled former Penguins defenseman Nolan Baumgartner from Manitoba of the AHL.

-The Wild is trying to sign defenseman Marek Zidlicky to a contract extension.

Pacific Division

-The Stars signed forward Steve Ott (right) to a four-year contract extension. Financial terms were not available.

(Photos: Olympics-Scott Audette/Associated Press; Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, /Kevin Frayer/Associated Press; Morry Gash/Associated Press; Harry How/Getty Images, Mark Humphrey/Associated Press; Julie Jacobson/Associated Press; Alex Livesey/Getty Images, Chris O'Meara/Associated Press, Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press, Matt Slocum/Associated Press and Jamie Squire/Getty Images; Francis-Photobucket; Ott-Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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