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Empty Netter Assists - 1-24-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin are BFFs.

-Sidney Crosby chose not to die at the hands of Gary Bettman.

-Crosby spoke at a press conference yesterday. Kukla's Korner has the transcript.

-A Mario Lemieux statue at the new arena will not be publicly funded.

-Is Ryan Whitney overpaid?

-Faceoff-Factor didn't exactly agree with Jeremy Roenick's critique of Sidney Crosby's character.

-Shootout goals by Jean-Michel Daoust and Janne Pesonen gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 4-3 win at Hershey. Chris Minard had two goals in regulation for the Penguins while John Curry made 33 saves in the win.

-The win moved the Penguins into second place in the East Division.

-Erik Johnson had two goals and led the Wheeling Nailers to a 3-2 road win against the rival Johnstown Chiefs.

-EN contributor Lisa Bohm was at the ECHL All-Star Game earlier this week and sent us a few photos of the Wheeling Nailers who participated:

-Bryan Ewing:

-Elgin Reid:

Atlantic Division

-The Islanders need a new crib.

-A Flyers fan was arrested for throwing a smoke bomb onto the ice at the Wachovia Center during a game against the Devils, Oct. 25.

-Philadelphia Phantoms forward Garrett Klotz was injured during a fight and appeared to suffer a seizure afterwards.

Northeast Division

-The Maple Leafs demoted forward Nikolai Kulemin and defenseman Anton Stralman to their AHL affiliate.

-Senators goaltender Brian Elliott is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan.

Southeast Division

-Like just about everyone in the Western Hemisphere, Lightning rookie Steven Stamkos admires Gary Roberts.

-This is a few days old, but check out this hit by Panthers defenseman Keith Ballard on Stars defenseman and former Penguin Darryl Sydor:

Northwest Division

-Heisman Trophy winner quarterback Sam Bradford of Oklahoma used to dream of being a Vancouver Canuck. Given how many Sooner quarterbacks have made it in the NHL, he might want to keep that option open.

Pacific Division

-Jeff Shumway resigned as CEO of the Coyotes.

-Ducks defenseman Kent Huskins underwent surgery to stablilize an ankle injury. Gary Bettman suspended him for 30 games afterwards.

-Is Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle on the hot seat?

Patrick Division

-The NHLPA officially decided not to re-open its collective bargaining agreement with the NHL.

(Photo: Malkin and Ovechkin-Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

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