Print

Empty Netter Assists - 02-28-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Olympics

Canada-United States

-Sidney Crosby has at least one fan/lanlord (right) in Pittsburgh.

-One week later, Canada and the United States face each other once again.

-Canada was supposed to be Crosby's team right?

-Can this game live up to the hype?

-"We are not asking 30-goal scorers to do the grunt work. We have grunts to do the grunt work." - United States general manager Brian Burke.

-Brooks Orpik and Ryan Malone have some strong connections to Herb Brooks.

-"Right now it seems bigger than the Stanley Cup." - United States forward Patrick Kane.

-The Predators have two young stars on defense - American Ryan Suter and Canadian Shea Weber - going at it.

-It pretty much comes down to Roberto Luongo vs. Ryan Miller.

-The NHLPA actually booked several flights home from the Olympics for several United States players this morning.

-Ice quality has been an issue at GM Hockey Canada Place.

Slovakia-Finland

-Finland 5, Slovakia 3. A speech in the second intermission by Saku Koivu sparks a third-period comeback and leads Finland to a bronze medal. NHL.com's recap.

-Finland and Ducks forward Teemu Selanne pretty much confirmed this will be his final NHL season.

-"It's just a tough pill to swallow." - Slovakia forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa.

-Medal time for Finland's Mikko Koivu (left) and Selanne:

-Finland's third goaltender Antero Niittymaki got a ride from defenseman Lasse Kukkonen:

-Happy times for Finland general manager Jari Kurri:

-Happy times for Conan O'Brien Finland president Tarja Halonen:

-Patriotic times for Finland's Niklas Hagman:

-Finland's team photo:

-Handshake line:

-Happy times for Finland:

-Sad times for Slovakia:

-Sad times for Slovakia's Milan Jurcina:

-Finland Miikka Kiprusoff somehow made this save on Slovakia's Richard Zednik:

-Kiprusoff didn't stop Slovakia's Pavol Demitra here:

-Happy times for Demitra:

-Happy times for Demitra and Hossa:

-Celebration as Finland's Valterri Filppula is about to score an empty netter:

-Kukkonen and Slovakia forward and former Penguin Miroslav Satan kicked up some snow:

-Satan kicking up more ice:

-Slovakia's Zdeno Chara gave Hagman some rough treatment:

-Happy times for Slovakia's Marian Gaborik:

-Finland's Olli Jokinen beating Slovakia's Jaroslav Halak:

-Getting up close and personal with Slovakia defenseman and former Penguin Martin Strbak:

-Selanne didn't seem too happy about being near the but of Slovakia forward and former Penguin Zigmund Paffy:

-Finland's Antti Miettinen made a funny face while hitting Slovakia's Andrej Meszaros:

-Jurcina hitting Finland's Ville Peltonen:

-More rough times for Peltonen:

-Finland forward Jarkko Ruutu diving for a puck controlled by former Penguin, Hossa:

-Slovakia's Josef Stumpel roughing up Finland's Jere Lehtinen:

-Halak reacing out for a puck and missing:

-Happy times for Hagman. Not so much for Halak:

Potpourri

-Is the NHL getting what it needs out of the Olympics?

-"From a business perspective it does not make sense to go." - Burke.

-"Thirty years later, it's still a big deal. That just amazes me." - Former Penguins general manager Craig Patrick on his role with the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team.

NHL

Penguins

-Do the Penguins have enough secondary scoring?

-Who might the Penguins consider on defense come the trade deadline?

-A hat trick and an assist by Chris Conner led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 5-3 win against the Providence Bruins. Ben Lovejoy added two assists while John Curry made 26 saves in the win.

-Conner has 13 points in his past three games.

-Michael-Lee Teslak made 33 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-1 loss to the Elmira Jackals.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Shawn McEachern (right). A sixth-round pick of the club in 1987, McEachern made his NHL debut late in the 1991-92 season after playing for the United States' Olympic team in Albertville. He would appear in 19 playoff games that spring, record nine points and help the club claims it second consecutive Stanley Cup title. McEachern dressed in all 84 games for the vaunted 1992-93 team and recorded 61 points. In the 1993 offseason, he was traded to the Kings in exchange for Marty McSorley. His time in Los Angeles didn't last long as he was traded back to the Pengins in 1993-94 along with Tomas Sandstrom in exchanged for McSorley and Jim Paek. McEachern would last in Pittsburgh one more season. In the 1995 offseason, he was traded to the Bruins along with Kevin Stevens in exchange for Glen Murray, Bryan Smolinski. He retired following the 2005-06 season and is currently an assistant coach at Massachusetts-Lowell.

-Happy 37th birthda to former Penguins forward Ryan VandenBussche. Signed prior to the 2004-05 lockout, the enforcer's Penguins career amounted to 20 games in 2005-06. He left the organization in the 2006 offseason when he signed with Jokerit Helsinki in Finland.

-Happy 63rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Barry Wilkins (right). Acquired early in the 1974-75 trade that sent Ab Demarco to the Canucks, Wilkins spent parts of two seasons in PIttsburgh. In all, he played in 134 games for the Penguins and recorded 61 points. He ended his NHL career in the 1976 offseason when he joined the Edmonton Oilers. Wilkins is probably best remembered for scoring the first goal in the history of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks.

Atlantic Division

-Having sought a steady back up most of the season, the Rangers got a good one when they claimed goaltender Alex Auld off waivers from the Stars. New York also demoted goaltender Miika Wiikman to Charlotte of the ECHL.

-Auld had some kind words for his former Stars teammate, goaltender Marty Turco.

Southeast Division

-The Capitals demoted goaltender Semyon Varlamov, forward Quintin Laing and defenseman Tyler Sloan to Hershey of the AHL.

-The Thrashers demoted former Pittsburgh Forge goaltender Peter Mannino to Chicago of the AHL.

-Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer Peter Vivlamore took his chances as a practice goaltender in a recent Thrashers practice.

Central Division

-"All these Canadians know I'm already a loud mouth, but if they win I'm really going to be a loud mouth." - Blackhawks fowrard Adam Burish, a Wisconsin native, on his teammates, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews who are playing for Team Canada.

-Predators goaltender Dan Ellis (right), scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, doesn't sound too optimistic about returning to Nashville.

Northwest Division

-Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabiulin had his DUI charge from earlier this month in Arizona upgraded to an extreme DUI.

Adams Division

-Ryan Zapolski made 23 saves for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 3-2 overtime loss to Connecticut.

-Daneca Butterfield made 29 saves for the Robert Morris women's team in a 4-1 loss to Wayne State.

-Hillary Pattenden made 11 saves and led the Mercyhurst women's team to a 4-1 defeat of Syracuse.

(Photos: Lemieux-Rusty Kennedy/Associated Press; Olympics-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images, Julie Jacobson/Associated Press, Chris O'Meara/Associated Press, Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press, Matt Slocum/Associated Press and Jamie Squire/Getty Images; McEachern and Wilkins-eBay; Ellis-Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.