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Empty Netter Assists - 1-25-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Evgeni Malkin hates Montreal.

-Kris Letang got to go home.

-The Penguins need to step it up if they hope to make the playoffs.

-Adam Berkhoel made 31 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-1 loss at Hartford.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lost to a pretty bad Hartford team.

-Janne Pesonen got into a "fight" with Keith Aucoin of Hershey Friday:

-Nick Johnson dropped the gloves with Jay Beagle that same game in a more traditional bout:

(Kudos to EN contributor Eric Politowski for the heads up.)

-Jeff Taffe is actually related to Wayne Gretzky.

-Erik Johnson netted a hat trick and led the Wheeling Nailers to a 6-4 win at Reading.

Atlantic Division

-Islanders defenseman Mark Streit (right) returns to Montreal as an all-star.

-Philadelphia Phantoms forward Garrett Klotz left the hospital after being injured in a fight Friday night.

Northeast Division

-Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas owes his parents quite a bit. Like a set of wedding rings.

-Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara set a record in the slap shot competition last night. He blistered a shot at 105.4 MPH.

-Hockey is like a religion in Montreal.

Southeast Division

-Alex Ovechkin is the NHL's rock star.

-Ovechkin has made the Capitals a player in the Washington sports scene.

-The play of Ovechkin has earned him respect from some of his peers but some harsh feelings from others.

Central Division

-The NHLPA is investigating the suspensions of Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk and defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.

-Canadiens forward Alex Kovalev doesn't think Datsyuk and Lidstrom should be suspended.

-Television ratings are on the rise in Columbus.

-Blues forward Keith Tkachuk wants these kids off his lawn.

Northwest Division

-Is Canucks forward Mats Sundin this season's version of Scott Niedermayer and/or Teemu Selanne?

-How long will goaltender Niklas Backstrom remain with the Wild?

Pacific Division

-Returning to his native Montreal for the All-Star Lame Game has been bittersweet for Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

-Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle (right) is making his first All-Star appearance.

Patrick Division

-Gary Bettman gave his usual "all is well" press conference yesterday.

(Photos: Streit and Boyle-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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