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Empty Netter Assists - 01-28-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-You should probably keep that Georges Laraque t-shirt jersey in mothballs.

-Got a spare $1,000 laying around? Want to own a "3 peice purlple leather couch owned by Darius Kasperitus?" Good news.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Joe Vitale agreed to a two-year contract extension.

-Pensburgh chats with Penguins prospect Andy Bathgate, the grandson of the Hockey Hall of Famer with the same name.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Colin Campbell (right). One of the best second-round picks in franchise history, Campbell spent four of the first five years of his NHL career in Pittsburgh. After spending the first season of his professional career with the Vancouver Blazers of the WHA, Campbell finally came to the Penguins where he played the 1974-75 and 1975-76 seasons. He was loaned to the Colorado Rockies for the 1976-77 season to complete a transaction that sent Simon Nolet and Michel Plasse to Colorado as compensation for the Penguins signing Dennis Herron. He came back to the Penguins for the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons before being claimed by the Oilers in the 1979 expasion draft. He appeared in 243 career games for the Penguins and recorded 66 points. Campbell is currently in charge of discipline for the NHL.

Atlantic Division

-Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger relies more on experience and intelligence these days than physical skills.

-Islanders defenseman Jack Hillen will miss at least six weeks due to a broken jaw.

-This is how Hillen broke his jaw:

-With Hillen down, the Islanders recalled defenseman Dustin Kohn from Bridgeport of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Shootout goals by Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville (above, beating New Jersey's Martin Brodeur) gave the Sabres a 2-1 win against the Devils. Ryan Miller made 29 saves in the win which broke a four-game losing streak. The Devils, who have lost three out of their past four games, are in second place in the Eastern Conference and first place in the Atlantic Division with 70 points, three more than the Penguins who are in fourth and second place respectively with 67 points. The Sabres are in third place in the Eastern Conference with 69 points.

-Sabres forward Tim Connolly had his 16-game scoring streak snapped.

-"We’re not in Vancouver, yet." - Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner on why he ran over Miller, his teammate on the United States'  Olympic team.

-Check out the lid Miller had made up for the U.S. Olympic team:

-The Bruins demoted forward Trent Whitfield to Providence of the AHL.

-Boston forward and former Penguin Mark Recchi will get to carry the Olympic Torch in his hometown of Kamloops, B.C. Fire Ray Shero.

-Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek is dealing with the flu.

-Maple Leafs defenseman Garnet Exelby and forward Jamal Mayers have requested trades.

Southeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists for the Capitals who beat the Ducks, 5-1. Alexander Semin (above, with Anaheim's Saku Koivu) added two goals for Washington while teammates Mike Knuble and Shaone Morrisonn each recorded a goal and an assist. Michal Neuvirth made 30 saves in the victory which was the Capitals' eighth in a row. The Capitals are in first place in the Eastern Conference with 76 points, nine more than the fourth-place Penguins.

-Finding traditional methods of defense futile, Ducks defenseman Steve Eminger attempted to make Ovechkin smell his glove:

-We think.

-During their eight-game winning streak, the Capitals have outscored their opponents, 41-18.

-Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere lost despite making 44 saves.

-Sergei Samsonov and Eric Staal each had two goals and led the Hurricanes to a 5-1 road win against the Rangers. Former Penguin Tom Kostopoulos and Joni Pitkanen each recorded two assists for Carolina while Cam Ward made 37 saves in the win which was the team's third out of it's past four games. Fire Craig Patrick. The Rangers have loss four consecutive games.

-Happy times for Staal:

-Antero Niittymaki made 33 saves and led the Lightning to a 3-0 shutout of the Canadiens. Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay while teammate Steve Downie added two assists. The Lightning has won three consecutive games for the first time this season.

-Check out Lecavalier's goal:

-Niittymaki reached back for this puck:

-Niittymaki making a save in a haze of ice:

-Lecavalier being popular:

-Happy spaced out times for Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis:

-Montreal's Ryan O'Byrne and Tampa Bay's Matt Smaby had issues:

-There were all sorts of issues here:

-Montreal's Carey Price had issues with this puck:

-Awkward Photo of the Night: Tampa Bay's Paul Szczechura and Montreal's Glen Metropolit:

-With goaltender Jose Theodore dealing with an undisclosed injury, the Capitals recalled goaltender Braden Holtby from Hershey of the AHL and demoted defenseman Karl Alzner.

-Capitals owner Ted Leonsis' pursuit of the NBA's Washington Wizards as well as the Verizon Center has hit a snag.

-The Thrashers are going to eventually get rid of one of their goaltenders, Johan Hedberg, Kari Lehtonen or Ondrej Pavelec.

Central Division

-The Predators signed forward Marcel Goc to a one-year contract extension worth $775,000.

-Blue Jackets forward Derek Dorsett is dealing with an undisclosed injury.

Northwest Division

-Antti Miettinen had two goals for the Wild in a 5-2 defeat of the Red Wings. Teammates Andrew Brunnette and Mikko Koivu each added two assists while Josh Harding made 26 saves in the win. Pavel Datsyuk scored both goals for Detroit which has lost three consecutive games.

-Minnesota's Eric Belanger tried to bulldog Detroit's Derek Meech:

-We think.

-Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart suffered a shoulder injury last night.

-Mason Raymond had two goals and an assist for the Canucks who edged the Blues, 3-2. Teammate Ryan Kesler added three assists while Roberto Luongo made 25 saves in the win which was the sixth in a row for Vancouver. This was the Canucks last home game until March 13. Due to the Olympics, they will be forced to play their next 14 games on the road.

-Check out the nifty re-direction Raymond scored for his first goal:

-The Blues and Canucks had all sorts of issues:

-Scary Photo of the Night: Vancouver's Ryan Kesler getting his skate up near B.J. Crombeen's face:

-Blues goaltender and former Penguin Ty Conklin kept his eyes on this puck:

-Canucks forward Alex Burrows had his 13-game scoring streak snapped.

-The Canucks and the CBC made nice.

-The Wild officially demoted former Penguins forward Petr Sykora to Houston of the AHL. Sykora, as was planned, officially rejected the demotion. That means the Wild was free to put him on unconditional waivers. Assuming he clears, he will become an unrestricted free agent at 11 a.m today. The Wild will be free of the $600,000 left on his contract and for the salary cap hit while he will be free to sign with anyone.

Pacific Division

-Loui Eriksson's (above, beating Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff) shootout goal gave the Stars a 4-3 win against the Flames. Stephane Robidas had two assists for Dallas while Alex Auld made 23 saves to earn the victory. Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist for Calgary which has eight consecutive games.

-Auld denied Iginla here:

-Kiprusoff came up with a big glove save here:

 

-Calgary's Brian McGrattan had issues with Dallas' Steve Ott:

-There's a Sean Avery-related joke in this photo somewhere:

-Calgary's Olli Jokinen is sporting a pretty mean fu-manchu these days:

-Dallas forward Mike Modano recorded his 1,348th career point and tied former Nordiques/Maple Leafs/Canucks forward Mats Sundin for 25th place on the NHL's all-time scoring list.

-Stars defenseman Mark Fistric was booted from the game when the got into a fight with Flames forward Eric Nystrom and used Nystrom's own helmet to hit him:

-There's a pretty big showdown tonight in San Jose between the two best teams in the league, the Blackhawks and Sharks.

Norris Division

-Gary Bettman says the NHL wants to develop a standard for rules regarding head shots.

-The Pensblog offers a guide to hockey fans.

-Today would've been the 105th birthday of Marty Burke, a former defenseman with the NHL's Pittsburgh Pirates.

(Photos: Campbell-eBay; Devils/Sabres-David Duprey/Associated Press; Miller's mask-Port Huron Herald; Ducks/Capitals-Nick Wass/Associated Press; Hurricanes/Rangers-Nick Laham/Getty Images; Canadiens/Lightning-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Chris O'Meara/Associated Press; Red Wings/Flames-Jim Mone/Associated Press; Blues/Canucks-Canadian Press; Flames/Stars-Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press and Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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