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Empty Netter Assists - Eastern Conference - 12-12-08

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night.

-Newsday's recap. The Islanders have lost five games in a row.

-Errey Blog's recap.

-Pascal Dupuis getting shaving creamed after last night's game:

(Kudos to EN commenter Manntr01 for the heads up.)

-We'd keep those Adam Hall and Gary Roberts jerseys in mothballs.

-Tim Wallace does not live in an igloo.

-Eight years ago yesterday, the Penguins made a nice pick up.

-Defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote is frustrated with his role with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

-Penguins defensive prospect Alex Grant is ready to end his junior career.

-EN Reader Chris Esposito bravely ventured into Newark, N.J. Wednesday and sent us a photo of the national anthem prior to the Penguins-Devils game:

-A few random photos we took after last night's game:

-This is the what the stat guys at Mellon Arena use to keep track of the shots on the video board:

-This is just another little thing we love about Mellon Arena. Our toaster oven looks to be more advanced than this thing, yet this is used for keeping statistics for a major league sports franchise. It looks older than the arena and it has a piece of tape on it to show the difference between the Penguins and their opponents.

-We're easily amused.

-One thing that wasn't amusing was our ride home last night/this morning:

That was the Parkway East near Forest Hills.

-This was Route 30 in North Huntingdon:

-PennDot -1.

-Random YouTube Find of the Day: Former Penguins forward Rick Tocchet with a broken jaw fighting then Captials defenseman Kevin Hatcher:

(We'd be impressed that Tocchet did that with a broken jaw, but it was Kevin Hatcher. Tocchet could've fought him with an amputated leg and a canker sore.)

-Second Random YouTube Find of the Day: Former Penguins defenseman Larry Murphy going after Washington forward Dale Hunter:

Atlantic Division

-Simon Gagne and Mike Richards scored shootout goals and helped the Flyers match their biggest comeback win in team history with a 6-5 victory against Carolina. Scott Hartnell's fourth career hat trick helped Philadelphia erase a 5-1 deficit. Eric Staal led the Hurricanes with two goals and an assist.

-Hartnell went at it with Carolina's Casey Borer last night:

-Gagne's return from a concussion has been very successful.

-Wade Redden has been a steadying influence on the Rangers' blue line.

-The Rangers demoted defenseman Corey Potter to Hartford of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Montreal forward Saku Koivu suffered a "lower body" injury.

-Toronto goaltending prospect Justin Pogge will get a shot at the NHL this season.

-New Maple Leafs forward Lee Stempniak (right) is getting familiar with Toronto.

Southeast Division

-Two goals from Martin St. Louis and a goal and an assist by Vincent Lecavalier helped the Lightning snap a nine-game losing streak and win in Montreal, 3-1. Tampa Bay dusted off Olaf Kolzig who made 31 saves in the win.

-Craig Anderson made 41 saves and led the Panthers to a 2-0 shutout win in Edmonton.

-With forward Todd White dealing with a neck injury, the Thrashers recalled forward Colin Stuart from Chicago of the AHL.

-The Hurricanes put defenseman Frantisek Kaberle on injured reserve and recalled defenseman Bryan Rodney from Albany of the AHL.

-Lightning forward Zenon Konopka was recently recalled from Norfolk of the AHL. There was a slight problem with his transportation from Norfolk. The airline lost his gear. That meant he had to borrow equipment from several injured teammates in order to play in Buffalo Wednesday. He wore the shoulder pads of Ryan Malone, the shin guards of Gary Roberts and the skates of Jeff Halpern.

-Tampa Bay recalled former Penguins prospect Jamie Heward from Norfolk.

-The Lightning is examining the possibility that it could legally withhold the remainder of former coach Barry Melrose's contract due to his recent critism of the team.

-Is Brent Johnson really the Capitals' top goaltender?

(Photo: Stempniak-Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

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