Empty Netter Assists - 10-25-09

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. The Penguins couldn't get much by Martin Brodeur (above).

-The Newark Star-Ledger's recap. New Jersey won but lost defenseman Paul Martin (forearm) and forward Jay Pandolfo (shoulder) to serious injuries.

-The Associated Press' recap. Evgeni Malkin. No shots.'s recap. Brodeur was 10 minutes away from making history.

-Highlights courtesy of EN contributor GhostWalker 40:

-Sidney Crosby, Bill Guerin, Alex Goligoski and Marc-Andre Fleury speak:

-There ain't no sneer like a Jacques Lemaire sneer:

-Sergei Gonchar is allowed to practice despite his wrist injury.

-Sidney Crosby needs a new nickname.

-Mario Lemieux is good people.

-Mark Letestu scored the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss at Bridgeport.

-AHL Penguins forward Nick Johnson suffered a leg injury last night.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have a ton of right-handed defensemen.

-Thomas Beauregard scored the Wheeling Nailers' only goal in a 3-1 loss at Cincinnati.

-Happy 75th birthday to former Penguins forward Earl Ingarfield (right). One of the orginal Penguins during the 1967-68 season, he was the first player to wear No. 10 in team history.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward Josef Beranek. Beranek had two fairly unremarkable stints with the Penguins. He joined the 1996-97 team at the trade deadline for Mario Lemieux's first retirement and re-joined the team at the 2000 trade deadline.

Atlantic Division

-Daniel Briere had two goals and an assist for the Flyers in a 5-1 defeat of the Panthers. James van Riemsdyk added a goal and an assist while teammates Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and Chris Pronger each contributed two assists.

-Check out this cheap shot Flyers captain Mike Richard stuck on Panthers forward David Booth:

-That's leadership for you.

-In all seriousness, Richards deserves a suspension for that. He was handed a five-minute major and game misconduct.

-After Panthers general manager Randy Sexton called out Richards for the hit, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren was as diplomatic as you would imagine someone from that organization being. Said Holmgren: "Randy Sexton needs to watch more hockey games. It's a good hit. Mike Richards was just doing his job."

-Booth was thankfully alert and moving.

-A Pearl Jam concert on Saturday will be the final official event at The Spectrum.

-The Devils are beating some quality teams.

-This shot of John Tavares (No. 91) and Matt Moulson pretty much sums up the Islanders:

Northeast Division

-Mike Cammalleri's overtime goal gave the Canadiens a 5-4 win against the Rangers. Cammalleri finished with a hat trick and an assist while teammates Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez added two assists each. Marian Gaborik led New York with a goal and an assist.

-Cammalleri's overtime goal:

-Gaborik's goal:

-New York's Christopher HIggins and Montreal's Maxim Lapierre apparently never watched that scene in "Ghostbusters" about crossing the streams:

-Patrice Bergeron's shootout goal gave the Bruins a 4-3 win at Ottawa. Derek Morris led Boston with two assists. Mike Fisher had a goal and an assist for the Senators.

-Boston goaltender Tim Thomas has won eight consecutive games against the Senators.

-Insane saves like this are a big reason why:

-Check out this hit by Ottawa's Chris Neil on Boston's Dennis Wideman and the ensuing fight between Neil and Steve Begin:

-Ottawa's Milan Michalek attempted a new screening technique on Thomas:

-Bruins forward and former Penguin Mark Recchi appeared in in 1,500th career game.

-Tyler Myers' shootout goal gave the Sabres a 3-2 win at Tampa Bay. Drew Stafford tied the game for Buffalo with 16.2 seconds left in regulation.

-New Senators forward Jonathan Cheechoo has yet to score a goal this season.

Southeast Division

-Brooks Laich's overtime goal gave the Capitals a 3-2 win against the Islanders. Laich and teammate Mike Green each had a goal and an assist.

-Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu was suspended three games for a hit from behind on Colorado forward Darcy Tucker. With Ruutu suspended and forward Erik Cole placed on injured reserve, Carolina recalled forward Brandon Sutter, a first-round pick in 2007, from Albany of the AHL.

-The Capitals demoted forward Tomas Fleischmann (right) to Hershey of the AHL for conditioning purposes.

Central Division

-Rick Nash had two goals and an assist and led the Blue Jackets to a 6-4 win at Anaheim. Jakub Voracek added two goals for Columbus while teammate Antoine Vermette recorded a goal and an two assists. Joffrey Lupul led the Ducks two goals. Anaheim has lost three consecutive games.

-Cristobal Huet made 27 saves in a 2-0 shutout of the Predators.

-The Blackhawks recalled forward Jake Dowell from Rockford of the AHL.

-We're not the first to have this, but Chicago's Dustin Byfuglien hates your imagination:

-Blues forward T.J. Oshie will be sidelined approximately two weeks after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.

-The Predators' line of Martin Erat ($5.25 million this season), David Legwand ($5 million) and Steve Sullivan ($3.75 million) has produced all of four points this season.

Northwest Division

-Two goals from Mason Raymond helped the Canucks beat Toronto, 3-1. Michael Grabner and Christian Ehrhoff each had two assists while Roberto Luongo had 35 saves in the win. The loss dropped the Maple Leafs to 0-7-1. It is the worst start in franchise history.

-Raymond's second goal was on of the more interesting empty netters you'll ever see:

-Toronto's Luke Schenn got roughed up by Vancouver's Tanner Glass:

-Toronto's Jason Blake kneed Luongo in the head:

-The national anthem prior to the Toronto-Vancouver game:

-Cal Clutterbuck's overtime goal gave the Wild a 3-2 win against the Hurricanes. Brent Burns led the Wild with two assists. Joni Pitkanen led Carolina with a goal and an assist.

-Minnesota's John Scott apparently adopted the "They Can't Hit What They Can't See" defense while fighting Carolina's Tim Conboy:

-T.J. Galiardi and Chris Stewart each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche in a 3-1 defeat of the rival Red Wings. Craig Anderson made a whopping 48 saves in the win.

-Anderson making a save in traffic:

-$20 says that's Tomas Holmstrom right in front of Anderson.

-Awkward Shot of the Night: Colorado's Paul Stastny and Detroit's Ville Leino:

-A goal and two assists from Rene Bourque helped the Flames beat the rival Oilers, 5-2. Calgary also got two assists from Nigel Dawes and two assists from Daymond Langkow. Sam Gagne and Ales Hemsky each had two assists for Edmonton.

-Edmonton's Steve MacIntyre and Calgary's Brian McGratton punched the daylights out of each other:

-MacIntyre is looking rather ornery in this shot:

-The Avalanche recalled forward Brian Willsie from Lake Erie of the AHL.

-Colorado forward Darcy Tucker has officially been diagnosed with a concussion.

-An "upper-body" injury will sideline Wild defenseman Kim Johnsson a "couple weeks."

Pacific Division

-Two goals and an assist from Patrick Marleau helped the Sharks edge the Thrashers, 4-3. Teammate Dany Heatley added a goal and an assist against his former team.

-To say the least, Marleau probably won't ever be confused with Jay McKee when it comes to blocking shots:

-Cool shot of the night: Marleau, teammate Manny Malhotra and Atlanta Nik Antropov following the floating puck:

-The Stars got a goal and an assist from Loui Eriksson and beat the Blues, 4-1. Brad Richards added two assists.

-Dallas' Krys Barch got knocked around by St. Louis' D.J. King:

-B.J. Crombeen jumped Dallas' Steve Ott for a low cheap shot:

-Ott should be suspended for that. We don't care if Crombeen escaped injury. The intent was there.

-Dustin Brown and Jarret Stoll each scored two goals for the Kings in a 5-3 defeat of the Coyotes. Los Angeles also got three assists from Anze Kopitar. Shane Doan led Phoenix with two assists.

Norris Division

-Here's Hockey Night In Canada's pregame montage from last night:

-Don Cherry's suit was rather special last night:

-Former NHL referee Bill Chadwick, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, passed away. He was 94.

-Ferris State beat the Robert Morris men's team, 4-1.

-Robert Morris' women's teams won at Maine in overtime, 1-0.

-Happy 74th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward John MacMillan.

(Photos: Brodeur-Peter Diana/Post-Gazette; Lemaire-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Ingarfield-eBay; Tavares-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Higgins-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Michalek-Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press; Fleischmann-Luis M. Alvarez/Associated Press; Scott-Jim Mone/Associated Press; Anderson and Stastny-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images; MacIntyre-Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press; Marleau and Malhotra-Gregory Smith/Associated Press)

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