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Empty Netter Assists - 12-01-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. Is anyone still scratching their head about that Mike Rupp (above) signing?

-The New York Daily News recap. The Rangers need someone to help Marian Gaborik.

-The Record's recap. Apparently when Mike Rupp records hat tricks on your team, you respond with "Fire Sather" chants.

-The Associated Press' recap. "He was a presence all night." - Sidney Crosby on Rupp.

-NHL.com's recap. Crosby  now has 44 career points in 31 games against the Rangers.

-Mike Lange's calls.

-Highlights:

-Rupp's hat trick deserves its own post:

-There's a zen to this photo of Marc-Andre Fleury and the puck:

-Happy times for the Tyler Kennedy-Jordan Staal-Rupp line:

-Happy times for Rupp, Staal and Kris Letang:

 

-Happy times for Rupp and Sidney Crosby:

-Fleury had some company in the crease:

-Rupp wasn't just scoring goals. He was tossing Rangers like Bobby Sanguinetti around like rag dolls:

-We guess Crosby must really be a jerk. No one wanted to celebrate with him:

-We think.

-Sean Avery grew into a 50-foot giant and squashed Marc-Andre Fleury with his fist:

-We think.

-Here's a shocking image. Sean Avery falling on a goaltender:

-Happy times for Avery and Gaborik:

-Henrik Lundqvist, not stopping a shot:

-Lundqvist, taking a break:

-Lundqvist, stretching out:

-"I guess it’s something to be proud of." - Brooks Orpik on appearing in his 400th career game. (PG+)

-Bill Guerin must be really happy about his biggest fan scoring a hat trick:

-"Everybody has to be held to that standard." - Sidney Crosby on discipline for head shots.

-"Brashear had dropped his stick and gloves, but Cooke still had his, so there was only one willing combatant." - NHL spokesperson Gary Meagher on why officials prevented a fight between Rangers forward Donald Brashear and Penguins forward Matt Cooke Saturday.

-Should you invest in a Jay McKee jersey?

-Dan Bylsma and Ray Shero unveiled the Penguins' Stanley Cup plaque at the NHL's offices in New York.

-Bylsma and Shero were on NHL Live yesterday:

-Maxime Talbot blogged about his banned A&L Motors commercial.

-Former Penguins goaltender Tom Barrasso will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame tonight.

-Former Penguins forward John LeClair will also be inducted.

-Duquesne's mens basketball team could play some games at Consol Energy Center.

-Happy 30th birthday to former Penguins forward Ryan Malone (right). The son of former Penguins forward and scout Greg Malone, Ryan Malone reached the 20-goal mark in three of his four seasons with the Penguins and formed part of the "Steel City Line" (along with Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora) that carried the Penguins much of the 2007-08 season. Malone led that season's Atlantic Division champions with six game-winning goals.

-Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins forward Roger Belanger. Along with Doug Bodger and some other guy, Belanger was one of four first-round pick for the Penguins the 1984 draft. He spent part of the 1984-85 season with the Penguins and retired by 1988 due to injuries after bouncing around the minor leagues.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Steve Dykstra. Dykstra appeared in 65 games for the 1988-89 Penguins recorded seven points (one goal, seven assists).

Atlantic Division

-The Islanders are expected to demote injured goaltender Rick DiPietro to Bridgeport of the AHL for conditioning purposes.

-We can't find a useable link, but Islanders forward Frans Nielsen is day-to-day due to an "upper-body" injury.

-Devils forward Jay Pandolfo resumed skating for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury during a game in Pittsburgh, Oct. 24.

-Flyers forward Simon Gagne (groin) has resumed skating for the first time in nearly a month. Additionally, the Flyers demoted forward Jared Ross to Adirondack of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Ryan Miller (above) made 38 saves and led the Sabres to a 3-0 shutout of the rival Maple Leafs. Jason Pominville led Buffalo withe two assists.The Sabres have won three consecutive games.

-Check out one of Miller's saves:

-Toronto's Jamal Mayers and Buffalo's Steve Montador having issues:

-What the heck is up with the face of Toronto's Mike Komisarek?

-Toronto's Jason Blake left Buffalo's Tyler Myers in the dust:

-According to the Boston Glove, Bruins forward Marc Savard is on the verge of signing a seven-year contract extension that will have a salary cap hit between $4.5 and $4.8 million a season. Savard is expected to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

-Canadiens forwards Matt D'Agostini (head) and Scott Gomez ("lower body") are expected to return to the lineup tonight.

-The Dany Heatley trade really appears to have  hurt the game of Senators forward Jason Spezza.

-Speaking of the trade, Senators forwards Jonathan Cheechoo and Milan Michalek made their returns to San Jose tonight.

Southeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Nicklas Backstrom had two goals and an assist for the Capitals in a 3-2 win at Carolina. Teammate Eric Fehr contributed a goal and an assist while Jose Theodore made 38 saves in the win. Eric Staal led the Hurricanes with two assists. The Capitals are in first place in the Eastern Conference with 38 points, just as many as the Penguins who are in second place on account of having played more games.

-Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (above) injured himself and Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason with a knee-on-knee hit in the first period:

-Ovechkin, who was ejected from the game, did not discuss the hit or his injury following game. Additionally, Ovechkin was seen walking with a limp under his own power after the contest.

-We hope Ovechkin is healthy. He is amazing to watch. But regardless of his health, he must be suspended. This wasn't anything borderline. This wasn't anything that resulted in a player trying to avoid a hit. Ovechkin took a run at Gleason from at least 20 feet and led with his knee. This is black and white. Ovechkin tried to hit Gleason with his knee. And he did. If Colin Campbell doesn't suspend him, we have to openly question if he's really in charge of his department. If Ovechkin isn't suspended, how can one not wonder if Campbell is being not to dole out discipline by NHL executives who are desperate to gain better television ratings and attention from mainstream media?

-Essentially, we're wondering if Gary Bettman, or other NHL higher ups are telling Campbell to look the other way on purpose when a star like Ovechkin is involved. This is afterall the same league that allowed NBC, which treats the sport like a toilet, to dictate when the Stanley Cup final would be played and forced injured players to attend All-Star Game events under the threat of suspension. Imagine that, you can be suspended for not going to a meet-and-greet with some boozy Bud Light executive, but intentionally injuring an opponent is not a problem assuming you score enough goals.

-Again the NHL must suspend Ovechkin. It has looked the other way in his other transgressions. That is one of the reasons he does things like this. He feels he has the freedom to be wreckless. He might change now that he was injured but Campbell must make an example out of this situation.

-Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau, who complained Ovechkin was being targeted physically by the Columbus Blue Jackets a few weeks ago, defended Ovechkin.

-Gleason actually returned to the game in the third period. Carolina saw another defenseman, Joe Corvo, go to the hospital with a laceration to his right calf.

-Bad times for Corvo:

-Former Hurricanes defenseman Bret Hedican called Ovechkin a joke via Twitter.

-Theodore robbed Carolina's Jussi Jokinen here:

-Nik Antropov and Eric Boulton each had two assists for the Thrashers who edged the Panthers, 4-3. Former Penguins goaltender Johan Hedberg made 25 saves in the win. Fire Craig Patrick. Michael Frolik and Stephen Weiss each had a goal and an assist for Florida.

-There was a simply unbelievable incident in this game. After Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk scored, Panthers defenseman Keith Ballard attempted to smack his stick off the goal post in frustration. He connected with the head of his goaltender Tomas Vokoun by accident:

-Vokoun "only" suffered a sliced ear. He was taken to a hospital for medical attention was did not suffer anything that was considered to be a serious injury.

-Ballard, who did not speak to the media following the game, had to be consoled by teammate Bryan Allen, captain Bryan McCabe, coach Pete DeBoer and general manager Randy Sexton.

-Scary times for Vokoun:

-Ken Campbell of The Hockey News actually bothered to contact Colin Campbell to see if Ballard would face discipline for hitting Vokoun. Campbell's answer: "It will be on every sports highlight show for the next week. If that’s not enough of a punishment…"

-The Hurricanes demoted defenseman Bryan Rodney to Albany of the AHL.

-With defenseman Mattias Ohlund back after missing seven gamed due to a back injury, the Lightning demoted defenseman Mike Lundin to Norfolk of the AHL.

Central Division

-R.J. Umberger, a native of a certain geographic point on the map where two rivers converge to form a third, had a hat trick and an assist for the Blue Jackets who beat the Blues, 5-2. Teammates Kris Russell and Antoine Vermette each had a goal and an assist while goaltender Steve Mason made 27 saves in the win which ended a five-game losing streak.

-The Blue Jackets lost defenseman Rostislav Klesla to a significant "lower-body" injury last night.

-He suffered the injury when he was hit from behind near the board on a check by Blues defenseman Barrett Jackman. The only video we can find is on RDS' Web site. It's the third video down and has "Jackman" in the title which is in French. It's pretty chilling. Especially when you can hear Klesla screaming. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Klesla was in so much pain, he couldn't even talk to medical personnel to describe his injury.

-To replace Klesla, the Blue Jackets are expected to recall defenseman Mathieu Roy from Syracuse of the AHL.

-For what it's worth, it didn't looke like a dirty hit by Jackman. He was approaching Klesla who had the puck and turned around at the last second. It looked to be unfortunate more than anything.

-Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings in a 4-1 defeat of the Stars. Kris Draper added two assists while Jimmy Howard made 29 saves in the win.

-Dallas' Marty Turco robbed Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk:

-With defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo dealing with a foot injury, the Blues recalled defenseman Jonas Junland from Peoria of the AHL.

-The Blackhawks bumped forward Patrick Kane off the team's top line.

-Former Canucks goaltender Dan Cloutier signed a professional tryout agreement with the Rockford IceHogs, the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate.

Northwest Division

-Craig Anderson (above) made 33 saves and led the Avalanche to a 3-0 shutout win at Tampa Bay. Rookie forward Matt Duchene, the third overall pick in this year's draft, scored two goals while teammate Chris Stewart recorded two assists.

-Check out this crazy check by Colorado's Kyle Quincey on Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos:

-Cool photo of the hit:

-Miikka Kiprusoff made 22 saves for the Flames in a 5-0 win at Nashville. The win helped Calgary set a franchise record by recording points in ten consecutive games. Kiprusoff recorded his second consecutive shutout. Curtis Glenncross led the Flames with a goal and two assists while teammate Jarome Iginla added a goal and an assist.

-Is it us, or does Kiprusoff always look like he has to start filing his taxes?

-Check out this cool sequence off a shot by Calgary's Adam Pardy:

-Calgary's Mark Giordano dropped Nashville's Jordin Tootoo here:

-The Canucks demoted forward Alexandre Bolduc and defenseman Aaron Rome to Manitoba of the AHL.

-Wild forwards Martin Havlat (hamstring) and Antti Miettinen (flu) have resumed skating.

-Miettinen was the latest NHLer to combat the swine flu.

-Sad times for Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr (right). His Saskatchewan Roughriders lost the Grey Cup.

Pacific Division

-The Ducks aren't used to trailing the rival Kings in the standings.

Norris Division

-Happy 67th birthday to aptly-named former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Bob Wall.

(Photos: Rupp, Avery and Gaborik and Fleury/second, Lundqvist second and third-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Fleury first, Kennedy, Sanguinetti, Crosby and Lundqvist first-Frank Franklin II/Associated Press; Malone-Associated Press; Miller, Mayers, Komisarek and Blake-Abelimages/Getty Images; Ovechkin, Corvo, Theodore-Gerry Broome/Associated Press; Vokoun first, second and third-Curtis Compton/Associated Press/Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Vokoun fourth-John Bazemore/Associated Press; Umberger-Jay LaPrete/Associated Press; Datsyuk-Paul Sancya/Associated Press; Anderson and Stamkos-Chris O'Meara/Associated Press; Kiprusoff, Pardy and Giordano-Mark Humphrey/Associated Press; Regehr-Getty Images)

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