Empty Netter Assists - 12-28-09

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "Bad." - Marc-Andre Fleury (above) describing the goal he gave up to Toronto's Jason Blake in the second period.

-The Toronto Star's recap. "I don't know. I guess I'll be kind of sad when (Mellon Arena) shuts down. I've had some good games here." - Blake being understated about his success against the Penguins.

-The Toronto Sun's recap. "We didn’t sit back and wait for overtime." - Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson on his team's attack after Mike Rupp's goal.

-The Associated Press' recap. "I think our execution wasn’t there, and that’s pretty typical when you come back from a break." - Sidney Crosby.'s recap. The Penguins missed an opportunity to take over first place in the Atlantic Division.

-Highlights courtesy of EN contributor GhostWalker40:

-Sidney Crosby and Mike Rupp speak:

-Matt Cooke beating Toronto's Vesa Toskala:

-Happy times for Cooke, Jordan Staal and Mike Rupp:

-Mark Eaton could return to the lineup Tuesday in Buffalo.

-How much time should Brent Johnson get in relief of Marc-Andre Fleury (PG+)?

-Don't preorder that Ilya Kovalchuk Penguins jersey anytime soon.

-Will Sidney Crosby be named the captain of Canada's Olympic team?

-Inside Penguins Hockey with Santa Fleury:

-Mark Letestu had two goals and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 win against the Albany River Rats. Nick Johnson added a goal and an assist for the Penguins while teammate Dustin Jeffrey recorded two assists. Adam Berkhoel made 24 saves in the victory.

-The first line of Johnson, Jeffrey and Letestu dominated things.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Deryk Engelland went at it with Carolina's Tim Conboy:

-Andrew Lord and Ryan Hillier each had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-2 defeat of the Elmira Jackals. Michael-Lee Teslak made 26 saves in the win.

Atlantic Division

-And out of nowhere, the Flyers have a three-game winning streak. Jeff Carter (above) and Daniel Briere each had a goal and an assist and led Philadelphia to a 2-1 defeat of the Islanders. Teammate Scott Hartnell recorded two assists while Michael Leighton made 28 saves in the win.

-Check out this freaky "non-goal" by Briere:

-The Islanders wore their spiffy throwback uniforms:

-Islanders goaltender Martin Biron having a moment:

-The Flyers have won 13 consecutive games against the Islanders.

-With defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen dealing with a "lower-body" injury, the Flyers recalled defenseman Danny Syvret from Adirondack of the AHL on an emergency basis.

-Devils foward David Clarkson is expected to return to the lineup tonight after missing 13 games due to a broken leg.

-"We got some of the turkey out." - Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the hard-skating practice he ran his team through yesterday.

Northeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Tim Connolly and Mike Grier each had two goals and an assist for the Sabres in a 5-2 win at St. Louis. Chris Butler, Tim Kennedy and Jason Pominville each had two assists for Buffalo while former Penguins goaltender Patrick Lalime (above) made 33 saves in the win. FIre Craig Patrick. Alexander Steen scored both of the Blues' goals. The Sabres are in third place in the Eastern Conference with 50 points, three fewer than the fourth-place Penguins. The Sabre are ahead of the Penguins on account of being in first place in the Northeast Division.

-Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta returned to the lineup after missing three games due to a head injury only to suffer a leg injury.

-Tim Thomas made 25 saves and led the Bruins to a 2-1 win at Florida. Boston has won three consecutive games. Scott Clemmensen made 26 saves for the Panthers who have lost three out of four games.

-Check out this save Thomas made at the end of game to essentially win the contest:

-Another night of lame blue jerseys for the Panthers. Another mismatched set of goaltending pads. Last night's victim was Scott Clemmensen:

-Happy overhead times for Florida's Steven Reinprecht:

-Clemmensen got run into his own net:

-Florida's Nathan Horton didn't seem to appreciate this hit by former Penguin Mark Recchi:

-Bruins defenseman Derek Morris returned to the lineup after missing three games due to an undisclosed injury.

-Canadiens forward Brian Gionta is expected to return to the lineup tonight. He has been sidelined since Nov. 14 due to a broken foot.

-Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said he won't play for Sweden in the Olympics unless his injured shoulder is 100 percent healed. Alfredsson was injured on a check by Penguins forward Craig Adams last week.

Southeast Division

-The Chicago Wolves, the AHL affiliate of the Thrashers, re-signed defenseman Chris Chelios to a second professional tryout contract.

Central Division

-Patrick Kane (above) had two goals and an assist for the Blackhawks in a wild 5-4 win against the Predators. Kane scored the game-winning goal with 43.4 seconds left in regulation. John Madden scored two goals for Chicago while teammate Brian Campbell added a goal and an assist. Antti Niemi made 16 saves in the win which was Chicago's third in a row. Cody Franson led Nashville with a goal and an assist.

-The Blue Jackets put defenseman Marc Methot on injured reserve.

-Columbus forward R.J. Umberger, a native of a certain part of the world renown for making steel, is dealing with an undisclosed injury.

-The Red Wings recalled forward Mattias Ritola from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Mason Raymond's first career hat trick led the Canucks to a 5-1 rout of the rival Flames. Roberto Luongo (above, with Calgary's David Moss) made 29 saves in the victory which was the third in a row for Vancouver. Calgary has lost three consecutive games.

-Raymond's first goal was nifty:

-Raymond's second goal was a total fluke:

-Check out the pass to set up Raymond's third goal:

-Check out this effort by Henrik Sedin to score Vancouver's first goal:

-Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa and Calgary's Eric Nystrom had a nice bout:

-Calgary's Brandon Prust put on a good show with Vancouver's Tanner Glass for at least one Calgary fan:

-"I pretty much have one comment and maybe I'll regret it. But they can go (expletive) themselves. That's what I really think." - Canucks forward and former Penguins Mikael Samuelsson the management of Sweden's Olympic team which snubbed him.

-Avalanche forward Chris Durno took the road less traveled to the NHL.

-Wild forward Chuck Kobasew is dealing with a knee injury.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes recalled forwards Kevin Porter and Jeff Hoggan from San Antonio and placed foward Daniel Winnick on injured reserve.

Adams Division

-Sweden released its Olympic roster:

-Happy 82nd birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Phil Samis.

IIHF World Junior Championships

-Coyotes prospect Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Canucks prospect Anton Rodin each had two goals and an assist for Sweden in a 7-3 defeat of Austria.

-Undrafted goaltender Jack Campbell made 22 saves for the United States in a 3-0 shutout of Switzerland.

-Ducks prospect Sami Vatanen had two goals for Finland in a 4-3 defeat of the Czech Republic.

-Lightning prospect Richard Panik had two goals and two assists for Slovakia in an 8-3 win against Latvia.

(Photos: Cooke-John Heller/Associated Press; Carter and Islanders-Chris McGrath/Getty Images; Lalime-Tom Gannam/Associated Press; Clemmensen, Reinprecht, and Recchi-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Kane-Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press; Luongo and Prust-Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

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