Empty Netter Assists - 11-26-09

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. Sidney Crosby (above, with Maxime Talbot) and the Penguins jumped on a wounded Canadiens team.

-The Montreal Gazette's recap. The Habs had eight players unavailable due to injuries.

-The Associated Press' recap. The Penguins (17-8-0), matched a franchise record for most win the first 25 games of a season.

-Highlights courtesty of EN contributor GhostWalker40:

-Sidney Crosby's pass to set up Sergei Gonchar's goal deserves its own post:

-Crosby, Bill Guerin and Mike Rupp speak:

-Marc-Andre Fleury getting beat by Max Pacioretty:

-Marc-Andre Fleury not getting beat by Ryan O'Byrne:

-Montreal's Carey Price getting beat by Bill Guerin:

-There was just a mass of humanity in Fleury's crease in this photo:

-Craig Adams getting run over by Montreal's Tomas Plekanec:

-The Pensblog spotted this video about the Penguins' first game in 1967 against the Canadiens:

-Trainer Chris Stewart will work his 1,000th career game tomorrow on Long Island.

-Is it time to take that Colby Armstrong jersey to Goodwill?

-Welcome back Maxime Talbot.

(Kudos to EN commenter Knight1949 for the heads up.)

-Why do we have a hard time seeing the Flyers in a video like this?

-That dog Ray Shero was looking at? He would win at least 58 percent of any faceoffs he would take.

-Two goals by Tim Wallace helped the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins beat the Norfolk Admirals, 3-1. The Penguins also got a goal and two assists from Wyatt Smity and two assists from Luca Caputi. John Curry made 20 saves in the win.

-A ton of injuries gave Wallace a chance to step up.

-The AHL Penguins suspended forward Dustin Jeffrey for a violation of team rules.

-Jordan Parise made 23 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-1 loss to the Florida Everblades.

-The Nailers dropped to 1-5-1-1 at home this season.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins forward Dave Hannan. A 10th round pick in 1981, Hannan carved out a good 841 NHL career, that included 355 contests with the Penguins. He spent most of his first eight seasons in the NHL as a Penguins. He is probably most notable for being part of the 1987 trade that brought Paul Coffey from Edmonton to Pittsburgh.

Atlantic Division

-Jamie Langenbrunner had a goal and an assist for the Devils in a 3-1 defeat of the Senators. Teammate Andy Greene added two assists while goaltender Martin Brodeur (above) made 24 saves to earn the victory.

-New Jersey's Niclas Bergfors being popular:

-Senators forward Peter Regin warming up with his shadow:

-Brian Boucher made 28 saves for the Flyers in a 2-1 road win against the Islanders. The win ended a three-game losing streak for Philadelphia. The Flyers have won 11 consecutive games against the Islanders. New York's Martin Biron's made 26 saves against his former team.

-Boucher had to take an odd stance to make this save:

-Boucher kept his eye on this puck:

-Cool Photo of the Night: The Flyers' and Islanders' benches:

-Islanders forward Frans Nielsen apparently thought it would be a good idea to blow on the official's hand before a faceoff:

-Islanders forward Kyle Okposo's sinuses chose a poor time to act up:

-Happy times for Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell. No so much for Biron:

-This fight between Philadelphia's Ian Laperriere and New York's Brendan Witt got a little hairy:

-P.A. Parenteau's shootout goal gave the Rangers a 2-1 win at Florida.  Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves in the victory. Tomas Vokoun made 27 saves for the Panthers who are 5-0-3 in their past eight games.

-Rangers tough guy Donald Brashear landed a shot in tight here on Florida's Steve MacIntyre:

-The Flyers demoted forward David Laliberte to Adirondack of the AHL.

-Devils radio color analyst Sherry Ross called the entire Senators-Devils game as the play-by-play man person last night. She is the first woman to call an entire NHL game in English.

Northeast Division

-Niklas Hagman (above) had two goal and led the Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win at Tampa Bay. Teammate Carl Gunnarsson added three assists while Jonas Gustavsson made 28 saves in the victory. Steven Stamkos led the Lightning with two assists.

-Check out the pass by Francois Beauchemin to set up Hagman's first goal:

-Shootout goals by Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci gave the Bruins a 2-1 win at Minnesota. Tuukka Rask made 28 saves in the win. The Bruins claimed their fourth consecutive victory and moved into first place in the Northeast Division with 28 points.

-With forward Mike Fisher dealing with an "upper-body" injury, the Senators recalled forward Ryan Keller from Binghamton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Semyon Varlamov (above) made 25 saves and recorded his first career regular season shutout as the Capitals beat the Sabres, 2-0. Buffalo has lost four consecutive games. The Capitals are in second place in the Eastern Conference with 34 points, just as many as the Penguins who are in first place on account of having more wins.

-Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was kicked out of the game for checking Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta from behind:

-Suspension worthy? Given Ovechkin's track records with hits on the likes of Daniel Briere, Jamie Heward and Sergei Gonchar, he does have the "prior history" which the NHL considers when doling out punishment.

-Ovechkin being popular:

-Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 40 saves to earn his second career shutout, a 2-0 win at Detroit. Slava Kozlov had a goal and an assist against his former team. Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for the Red Wings who have lost four out of their past five games.

-Check out one of Pavelec's saves:

-The Hurricanes activated forward Eric Staal from injured reserve. He had missed 10 games due to an "upper-body" injury.

-The Lightning recalled defenseman Mike Lundin from Norfolk of the AHL.

-The Capitals recalled defenseman Karl Alzner, a first-round pick in 2007, from Hershey of the AHL.

-The Panthers recalled forward Steve MacIntyre from Rochester of the AHL and put defenseman Ville Koistinen on waivers.

-Thrashers forward and former Colby Armstrong admitted he wouldn't mind landing a big hit on current Penguins forward Matt Cooke.

Central Division

-Fire. Ray. Shero. In his first game with the Blackhawks, former Penguins forward Marian Hossa (above) scored two goals and helped the Blackhawks claim a 7-2 win at San Jose. Troy Brouwer, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Sharp each had a goal and an assist for Chicago while teammate Duncan Keith added a goal and an assist. Christobal Huet made 22 saves in the win which extended the Blackhawks' winning streak to eight games.

-For old time's sake:

-Shootout goals by Andy McDonald and Brad Boyes gave the Blues a 4-3 win at Dallas. David Backes and T.J. Oshie each had a goal and an assist for St. Louis while former Penguin Ty Conklin made 34 saves in the victory. Fire Ray Shero. Mike Modano and Brad Richards each had two assists for Dallas.

-David Legwand's overtime goal gave the Predators a 4-3 win at Colorado. It was the Predators' seventh consecutive win. Shea Weber led Nashville with a goal and an assist while teammate Jason Arnott recorded two assists. Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche.

-Second Cool Photo of the Night: Colorado's Craig Anderson get wet and wild:

-Here's a good look at the left side of Rinne's mask:

-Here's a good look at the Avalanche's "Smurf" jerseys:

-Awkward Photo of the Night: Rinne and Colorado's Tom Preissing:

-Red Wings forward Kris Draper is holding Thanksgiving dinner at his house today. And you better dang well shake his hand after your done eating.

-If Draper's ugly mug wasn't down in the right hand corner, we'd have the perfect caption for this photo of Detroit's Mike Babcock talking ot his players:

Northwest Division

-Daymond Langkow (above, left, with teammate Eric Nystrom) had a goal and an assist for the Flames who edged the Coyotes, 2-1. Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves in the home victory.

-Flames tough guy Brandon Prust had issues with Coyotes forward and former Penguin Paul Bissonnette:

-The Avalanche put forward T.J. Hensick on waviers. Additionally, defenseman Kyle Cumiskey is dealing with an injured foot.

Pacific Division

-A goal and an assist by Teemu Selanne (above) helped the Ducks edge the Hurricanes, 3-2. Jean-Sebastien Giguere 28 saves for Anaheim which as won three out of its last four games.

-Happy times for the Ducks. Not so much for Carolina's Sergei Samsonov:

-Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist for the Kings who won at Edmonton, 3-1. Jonathan Quick made 22 saves for Los Angeles.

-The Coyotes activaged defenseman Ed Jovanovski and Zbynek Michalek from injured reserve and demoted defenseman Shaun Heshka from San Antonio of the AHL.

-The Sharks recalled forwards Benn Ferriero, Steven Zalewski and defenseman Joe Callahan from Worcester of the AHL.

-The Stars activated forward Fabian Brunnstrom (shoulder) from injured reserve and demoted him to Texas of the AHL for conditioning purposes. Additionally, forward Brian Sutherby was put on injured reserve due to a groin injury.

-Dallas honored former player Brett Hull prior to last night's game against the Blues:

-The Ducks demoted goaltender Justin Pogge to San Antonio of the AHL.

Patrick Division

-Former Kings, North Stars, Oilers, Sharks, Blues and Bruins forward Todd Elik has joined HK Jesenice in Austria.

-Former Thrashers and Devils defenseman Steve Guolla has joined Tappara in Finland.

-Eric Levine made 29 saves for the Robert Morris men's team in a 5-0 loss to Niagara.

(Photos: Talbot-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Fleury, Price and Adams-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Brodeur, Bergfors and Regin-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Boucher, Benches, Nielsen, Hartnell and Witt-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/Getty Images; Okposo-Seth Wenig/Associated Press; Brashear-J Pat Carter/Associated Press; Hagman-Chris O'Meara/Associated Press; Varlamov and Ovechkin-Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Hossa-Ezra Shaw/Getty Images; Anderson, Rinne and Avalanche-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images; Preissing-David Zalubowski/Associated Press; Babcock-Carlos Osorio/Associated Press; Langkow and Prust-Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press; Selanne-Harry How/Getty Images; Samsonov-Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press; Hull-Brandon Wade/Associated Press)

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