(No, that's not our pumpkin. But we would pay someone's rent/mortgage/alimony to have that.)
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Jordan Staal (right) called out his teammates and himself. He apparently wasn't cool with the lack of Abraham Lincoln beards on the team.
-Audio of Staal venting his frustrations.
-Audio of Sidney Crosby talking about his injury.
-Shelly Anderson' recap from last night.
-Catching up with former Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson.
-Does Tyler Kennedy deserve a shot on the top line?
-Why did the Penguins recall Chris Minard from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton instead of Janne Pesonen?
-Crosby thinks the Coyotes are on the verge of being a playoff team.
-Nikolai Zherdev had a goal and an assist for the Rangers who edged the Thrashers, 3-2.
-Check out this brilliant defensive play Zherdev also had last night:
-Atlanta's Eric Boulton and New York's Colton Orr had a whale of a fight last night:
-Jeff Carter had two goals, including one in overtime, to lead the Flyers to a 3-2 win against the Islanders.
-The Rangers dealt 2003 first-round pick Hugh Jessiman to the Predators for future considerations. Jessiman, a forward, is the only first rounder of the 2003 draft class who has not played a single game in the NHL.
-The Devils are trying to weasel out of their rent for the Prudential Center.
-Forward David Clarkson (right) does a little bit of everything for the Devils.
-The Flyers acquired goon Josh Gratton from the Predators in exchange for defenseman Tim Ramholt. Apparently the Flyers felt they just didn't have enough untalented goons on the roster.
-As if that move wasn't enough, the Flyers recalled forward Steve Downie from their AHL affiliate.
-The Islanders officially put goaltender Rick DiPietro on injured reserve.
-Could the Islanders adopt their classic throwback third jerseys as their primary uniform by next season?
-Two assists from Alex Tanguay lifted the Canadiens to a 2-1 win at Minnesota.
-Former Penguins enforcer Georges Laraque was a healthy scratch for the Canadiens again last night.
-Alex Auld made 26 saves for the Senators in a 2-1 at Florida.
-The Senators signed captain Daniel Alfredsson (right) to a four-year contract extension.
-Despite being under contract with the Canadiens, prospect Pavel Valentenko signed with a KHL team.
-Despite scoring fewer goals, the Maple Leafs are winning games.
-Steven Stamkos scored the first two goals of his NHL career and had an assist for the Lighting in a 5-2 win at Buffalo. Ryan Malone scored his second goal as a member of the Lightning. Fire Ray Shero.
-Cam Ward made a whopping 19 saves for the Hurricanes in a 1-0 shutout win at St. Louis.
-Thrashers defenseman Zach Bogosian will miss six weeks due to a broken leg.
-The Panthers recalled forward Shawn Matthias from Rochester of the AHL.
-The Predators got a goal and an assist from Shea Weber in a 3-1 defeat of the Oilers.
-Derrick Brassard and Jason Chimera each had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets in a 4-2 win at Colorado.
-Check out Chimera's goal:
-The Blues signed former Rangers goaltender Chris Holt.
-Today's "Marian Hossa is ripping things up in Detroit" article is brought to you by Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. Hossa is now the NHL's third-leading scorer with 15 points. Fire Ray Shero.
-The Blues contacted the agent for free agent forward Brendan Shanahan.
-Roberto Luongo (right) made 28 saves for Vancouver and recorded his 40th career shutout in a 4-0 win at Los Angeles.
-Mike Cammalleri and Dion Phaneuf each had a goal and an assist for the Flames in a 3-2 defeat of the Bruins.
-Oilers forward Erik Cole makes his return to Carolina tomorrow.
-A lot of people want to see the Koivu brothers play together with the Wild.
-Minnesota is having troubles on the power play.
-A showdown between the two best teams in the Western Conference, and perhaps the NHL, saw the Sharks beat the Red Wings, 4-2. Jamie McGinn and Joe Pavelski each had a goal and an assist for San Jose.
-Two games off really benefited Coyotes goaltenders Ilya Bryzgalov in last night's win against the Penguins.
-Ducks forward Brad May is dealing with a sprained knee.
-Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne moved past Bruins great John Bucyk for 21st on the NHL's all-time scoring list. Selanne now has 558 career goals.
-Check out this sneaky elbow Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger put into the head of Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk Wednesday night:
(Kudos to Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! for the find.)
-CHA, the division Robert Morris plays in, might fold.
(Photos: Staal-Paul Sancya/Associated Press; Clarkson-Rich Schultz/Associated Press; Alfredsson-Lynne Sladky/Associated Press; Luongo-Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)