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Empty Netter Assists - 02-25-10

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Olympics

-United States 2, Switzerland 0. United States coach Ron Wilson said Zach Parise was his best player. NHL.com's recap.

-The United States might've only won by two goals, but it was their best game of the tournament.

-"If you said at the beginning of the tournament that we'd be 4-0 and the No. 1 seed, everybody would say, 'You're on crack or something.'" - Wilson.

-Ryan Miller leading the United States onto the ice:

-Brooks Orpik dishing out some freedom candy to Switzerland's Romano Lemm:

-Orpik playing the puck:

-United States forward and former Penguin Ryan Malone crashing the crease:

-United States defenseman and former Penguin Ryan Whitney being popular:

-Ditto Brian Rafalski:

-Miller kept his eyes on this puck:

-Heads up:

-Happy times for Captain America, Jamie Langenbrunner:

-United States forward Ryan Kesler being a hero with another empty net:

-Rafalski sent Switzerland's Roman Wick into the boards facefirst:

-Face of the Day: United States forward Chris Drury:

-Lemm had issues with the United States' Dustin Brown as well:

-This goal was called back, but Switzerland's Jonas Hiller had all sorts of troubles with this puck:

-A good look at Switzerland's Mathias Seger's hip check on the United States' Bobby Ryan:

-Switzerland's Andres Ambuhl gave the United States' Paul Stastny a ride into the boards:;

-Parise squeezing his first goal by Hiller while Switzerland's Thierry Paterlini makes an awesome face:

-Hiller and Ryan, teammates with the Ducks, being sportsmen:

-Miller and Hiller being sportsmen:

-Canada 7, Russia 3. CROSBY-OVECHKIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! turned out to be Crosby 0, Ovechkin 0 in terms of goal scoring. NHL.com's recap.

-CROSBY-OVECHKIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:

-CROSBY-OVECHKIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:

-CROSBY-OVECHKIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:

-"I didn't do my job." - Russia goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

-Canada forward Eric Staal was shaked up late, but was fine.

-"We won a game. It happened to be against Russia." - Sidney Crosby downplaying the significance of the win.

-So far so good for Canada's Roberto Luongo experiment.

-"They came like gorillas coming out of a cage." - Russia goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

-"Unfortunately, our Olympic Games are over and I apologize for how it happened." - ” Russia coach Vyacheslav Bykov.

-Crosby getting ready for a faceoff:

-Crosby taking a shot:

-Crosby grabbing his lid:

-Check out "Pierre" McGuire without his NBC life vest.

-Canada's Dan Boyle had some big-time issues with Russia's Alexander Semin:

-Canada's Shea Weber being popular:

-Weber destroying lives:

-Rough times for Canada's Eric Staal:

-Canada's Jarome Iginla took a tumble:

-Canada's Roberto Luongo had issues with this puck:

-Nabokov had all sorts of issues:

-Canada's Corey Perry beating Nabokov:

-Canada's Rick Nash beating Nabokov:

-And Canada's Ryan Getzlaf being Nabokov:

-Nash being popular:

-Happy times for Canada:

-Happy times for Canada. Not so much for Russia captain or former Penguin Aleksey Morosov:

-Rare happy times for Russia's Pavel Datsyuk, Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Malkin:

-Rare happy times for Ovechkin:

-We don't want to say Russia's defense has some positional flaws, but...:

-Alex Ovechkin playing defense:

-We think.

(That's a joke. Relax.)

-Bykov trying to spell "D-E-F-E-N-S-E" to his team:

-Luongo and Russia's Ilya Bryzgalov being sportsmen:

-This Russian fan's bear costume was just as fierce as his team's defense:

-Finland 2, Czech Republic 0. A rule on helmets might've cost the Czech Republic a medal. NHL.com's recap.

-"It's a really stupid rule." - Czech Republic defenseman Pavel Kubina on being forced to retrieve his helmet after losing it. As a result, Kubina lost track of Finnish forward Niklas Hagman who scored the winning goal

-He got a shutout, but Finland's Miikka Kiprusoff had issues with this puck:

-Happy times for Kiprusoff and Lasse Kukkonen:

-Happy times for Kiprusoff and Saku Koivu:

-Finland's Teemu Selanne uncorking a shot:

-Happy times for Selanne:

-Jaromir Jagr taking a seat:

-Czech defenseman Zybnek Michalek and forward Martin Havlat running some passing drills in front of some Finnish fans:

-Sad times for Czech forard Petr Cajanek:

-Slovakia 4, Sweden 3. "We've got nothing to lose." - Slovakia forward Tomas Kopecky. NHL.com's recap.

-Happy times for Slovakia:

-Happy times for Slovakia's Pavol Demitra:

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-Happy times for Kopecky and Demitra:

-Slovakia's Zdeno Chara tried to take out Sweden's entire bench apparently:

-Slovakia's Marian Gaborik disappears in Chara's arms here:

-Rough times for Slovakian defenseman and former Penguin Martin Strbak:

-Sweden's Henrik Lundqvist kept his eyes on this puck:

-Lundqvist having a moment:

-Slovakia's Andrej Sekera beating Lundqvist:

-Happy times for Slovakia's Michal Handzus. Not so much for Lundqvist:

-Happy times for Slovakia. Not so much for Sweden:

-Happy times for Sweden. Not so much for Slovakia's Milan Jurcina:

-Is this the last time we see Peter Forsberg in one of those marvelous "tre croner" jerseys:

-Sad times for Forsberg:

-A Tore Vikingstad fan apparently abandoned Norway for another Scandinavian country:

-Lundqvist and his Slovakian counterpart Jaroslav Halak being sportsmen:

-NBC will broadcast Friday's United States-Finland game live across all time zones.

-All six of the Blackhawks' six Olympians - Canada's Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Jonathan Toews, Slovakia's Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky and the United States' Patrick Kane - have reached the semifinals.

-How much blame does Gary Bettman deserve for how NBC has handled the Olympic telecasts?

-United States women's coach and former Penguins forward Mark Johnson had two pretty good coaches he looked up to.

-United States goaltender and former Robert Morris player Brianne McLaughlin is on Twitter. She can be reached @briannemcl.

NHL

Penguins

-Maxime Talbot (rightis still dinged up.

-Happy 60th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Cam Newton. An eighth round pick of the club in 1970, Newton appared in16 games for the Penguins from 1970-71 through 1972-73. He went 4-7-1 with a 3.76 goals against average over that span. The left the team in the 1972 offseason when he signed with Chicago Cougars of the WHA.

Atlantic Division

-The Rangers recalled former Penguins goaltending prospect Chad Johnson from Hartford of the AHL and demoted goaltender Steve Valiquette.

-Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto is still dealing with a chest laceration he suffered earlier this month at Mellon Arena.

-Devils defenseman Paul Martin is still recovering from a broken forearm suffered Oct. 24 at Mellon Arena.

Northeast Division

-With goaltender Jaroslav Halak still playing for Slovakia, the Canadiens recalled goaltender Robert Mayer from Cincinnati of the ECHL.

Southeast Division

-The Lightning promoted former Penguins defenseman Jim Johnson (right) from the head coaching job with the club AHL affiliate in Norfolk to an assistant position at the NHL level. The club also fired Wes Walz as assistant coach after he declined a demotion to the AHL.

-Tampa Bay coach and former Penguins forward Rick Tocchet said he was not consulted about the move.

-The Lightning recalled goaltender Jaroslav Janus from Norfolk.

-Thrashers defenseman Christoph Schubert resumed practicing for the first time since suffering a knee injury Jan. 16.

-With goaltender Ondrej Pavelec still playing for Slovakia, the Thrasher recalled goaltender Peter Mannino from Chicago of the AHL.

-The Panthers recalled forwards Shawn Matthias and Michal Repik from Rochester of the AHL and with goaltender Tomas Vokoun with the Czech Republic, recalled goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu from Florida of the ECHL.

Central Division

-Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger, who opened a fitness center outside of Pittsburgh during the Olympic break, took interim coach Claude Noel to task for criticizing his players' conditioning.

-The Predators signed goaltender Pekka Rinne to a two-year contract extension worth a total of $6.8 million.

-Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby will undergo shoulder surgery.

Northwest Division

-Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk practiced for the first time since suffering a knee injury Jan. 11.

-Wild forward Andrew Brunette sat on a Mexican beach for five days during the Olympic break and did nothing.

Pacific Division

-The Stars put goaltender Alex Auld (right) on waivers.

-The Kings recalled forwards Richard Clune and Marc-Andre Cliche from Manchester of the AHL.

-With goaltender Ilya Brzygalov playing for Russia, the Coyotes recalled goaltender Joel Gistedt from Las Vegas of the ECHL.

-With Nabokov and Thomas Greiss of Germany still tied up at the Olympics, the Sharks have dusted off retired goaltender Steve Shields for practice.

Adams Division

-Happy 68th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Duke Harris.

(Photos: Olympics-Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty ImagesBruce Bennett/Getty Images, Cris Bournocle/AFP/Getty Images, Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, Jae C. Hong/Associated Press, Harry How/Getty Images, Julie Jacobson/Associated Press, Jasper Juinen/Getty Images, Alex Livesey/Getty Images, Chris O'Meara/Associated Press, Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press, Matt Slocum/Associated Press and Cameron Spencer/Getty Images; Talbot-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Johnson-eBay; Auld-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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