Empty Netter Assists - 09-26-10

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. The Penguins are now 3-0-0 in the preseason.

-"I was just trying to not get hit and [land some] hits." - Kris Letang on his two fights last night (PG+).

-Letang versus Matt Calvert:

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-Letang's famous "sexhair" was everywhere:

-Eric Godard versus Jared Boll:

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-Letang versus Jakub Voracek:

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-Tim Wallace versus Derek Dorsett:

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-Evgeni Malkin versus Rick Nash:

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-Happy times for the Blue Jackets. Not so much for Marc-Andre Fleury:

-Dan Bylsma offered some advice on how to properly reseal a driveway to Malkin:

-Eric Tangradi holding off Columbus' Derek MacKenzie:

-Simon Despres looking up ice:

-xxx Ratchuk being popular:

-Fleury getting low to make a save:

-Columbus' Steve Mason having a moment:

-Anthem time:

-We think.

-"Hopefully, I'll force my way onto this hockey club. That's kind of my plan." - Ryan Craig.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have brought back former Penguins draft pick Drew Fata to training camp. He is the brother of former Penguins forward Rico Fata.

-Happy 30th birthday to current Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (right). A first-round pick in 2000, Orpik has spent parts of seven seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2002-03, Orpik appeared in seven games and was held without a point. His first full season in the NHL was 2003-04. He played in 79 games, scored 10 points and led the team with 127 penalty minutes. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Orpik played in 64 games, netted nine points and once again led the team with 124 penalty minutes. The 2006-07 season saw Orpik appear in 70 games and record six assists. Oprik played in five postseason games that spring and failed to record a point. In 2007-08, Orpik dressed for 78 games and scored 11 points. In that spring's postseason, appeared in all 20 games and recorded two assists. After re-signing in the offseason, Orpik played in 79 games in 2008-09 and netteded 19 points. In the playoffs, Orpik played in 24 games, contributed four assists and helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup for the third time in franchise history. Last season, Orpik appeared in 73 games and scored a career-high 25 points. In the postseason, he recorded two assists in 13 games. Orpik has appeared in 449 regular season games with the Penguins, 16th-most in franchise history, has scored 80 points, 94th-most, and has 529 penalty minutes, 24th-most.

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-Happy 31st birthday to current Penguins forward Chris Kunitz. Acquired midway through the 2008-09 season along with Eric Tangradi in a deal which sent Ryan Whitney to the Ducks, Kunitz has spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished the 2008-09 campaign by appearing in 20 games and scoring 18 points. In that spring's postseason, Kunitz saw action in all 24 games, scored 14 points and helped the franchise win the Stanley Cup for the third time. Injuries limited Kunitz to 50 games and 32 points in 2009-10. In the playoffs, Kunitz played in 13 games and scored 11 points. In 70 regular season games with the Penguins, Kunitz has scored 50 points. In 37 postseason games, he has scored 25 points, 18th-most in franchise history.

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Atlantic Division

-Michael Del Zotto's overtime goal gave the Rangers a 5-4 win at New Jersey. Del Zotto added three assists. Former Penguin Ruslan Fedotenko and Ryan Callahan each added a goal and two assists for New York while teammate Matt Gilroy recorded a goal and an assist. Fire Ray Shero. Henrik Ludqvist earned the victory my making 25 saves. Zach Parise led the Devils with three assists.

-"I just told him to zip it. I didn't tell him I'd kill him, so don't suspend me." - Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk on a hand gesture he made to Rangers forward Sean Avery in last night's game.

-The gesture:

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-Funny Face of the Night: New York's Ryan Callahan trying to get by New Jersey's Patrik Elias:

-Callahan challenged New Jersey's Bradley Mills and his assertion that "Inception" wasn't the best movie of the summer:

-We think.

-Former Penguin Johan Hedberg had issues with this puck:

-New Jersey's David Clarkson and New York's Dane Byers had issues:

-By the looks of things, Clarkson settled said issues.

-The hopes of Tim Sestito to make the Devils' roster took a turn for the worse when he left head coach John MacLean hanging when he attempted to bump fists:

-We don't want to question the skating ability of Avery, but...:

-Nikolai Zherdev's shootout goal gave the Flyers a 3-2 win at Minnesota. Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves in the victory.

-Bobrovsky kept his eyes on this puck:

-Bobrovsky chose an poor time to take part in the Village People's "YMCA:"


-The Rangers put defenseman Wade Redden and his $6.5 million salary cap hit on waivers.

-Rangers forward Vaclav Prospal is dealing with an ailing right knee.

-Islanders defenseman Mark Streit (right) suffered a shoulder injury during a scrimmage.

-Devils defenseman Andy Greene and former teammate Paul Martin, now of the Penguins, are BFFs.

-The Devils demoted goaltender Dave Caruso, defensemen Mark Fayne, Dan Kelly, Tyler Miller, Chris Murray, Harry Young, forwards Henrique, Matt Anderson, Jean-Sebastien Berube, Trevor Kell, Kory Nagy, Nathan Perkovich, Louis Robitaille, Myles Stoesz, and Darcy Zajac to Albany of the AHL and returned goaltenders Maxime Clermont (Gatineau - QMJHL), Thomas Nesbitt (Ottawa - OHL), Shane Owen (Moncton - QMJHL), and Scott Wedgewood (Plymouth - OHL) to their junior teams.

Northeast Division

-Jason Spezza had two goals and an assist for the Senators in a 6-2 rout of the Canadiens. Nick Foligno added two goals for Ottawa while teammate Bobby Butler contributed a goal and an assist. Brian Elliott made 27 saves in the win.

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

-Two assists by Derek Roy helped the Sabres beat the rival Maple Leafs, 3-1.  Ryan Miller made nine saves to earn the win.

-Toronto's Jonas Gustavsson didn't keep his eyes on this puck:

-Former Penguins forward the great Mike Zigomanis flashed an evil glare while stretching before the game:

-"Oh, probably the depression part. That’s probably the toughest, so . . . that’s it." - Bruins forward Marc Savard the toughest part of dealing with post-concussion sydrome.

-Defenseman Matt Bartkowski, a Pittsburgh native, has impressed some folks in the Bruins' training camp.

-Sabres captain Craig Rivet is dealing with a bruised throat.

-Rob Niedermayer is the only member of the Sabres roster with a Stanley Cup ring.

-This is a few days old, but check out this hit Toronto's Luke Schenn stuck on Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell:

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Southeast Division

-Mike Green had a goal and an assist for the Capitals in a 2-1 win at Nashville. Former Penguin Dany Sabourin (above, with Keith Aucoin) made 11 saves in the victory. Fire Ray Shero.

-New Predators captain Shea Weber showing off that "C:"

-Nashville's Kelsey Wilson and Washingotn's Steve Pinizzotto had issues:

-Shootout goals by Mike Santorelli and Cory Stillman led the Panthers to a 3-2 defeat of the Bruins. Marty Reasoner had two assists for Florida while Scott Clemmensen made 23 saves in the win.

-Check out the nifty pass from Boston captain Zdeno Chara to set up a goal by Tyler Seguin:

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-Boston's Milan Lucic roughed up Florida's Triston Grant:

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-A good look at the fight:

-Second Funny Face of the Night: Florida's Michael Grabner trying to get by Zdeno Chara:

-Cam Ward made 32 saves for the Hurricanes in a 1-0 shutout of the Thrashers.

-Carolina's Eric Staal > Atlanta's Noah Welch:

-Ward caught up with former teammate Andrew Ladd before the game:

-Atlanta's Chris Mason being popular:

-Bloody times for linesman Jean Morin:

-Carolina coach Paul Maurice picked an odd time to offer some driving instructions:

-Maurice was all about making odd faces last night:

-Atlanta's xxx seemed like he was really into the national anthem:

-There's quite a bit wrong in this photo:

-Dustin Byfuglien looking big in his new Thrashers' jersey:

-Carolina's Jay Harrison had issues with Atlanta's Anthony Stewart:

-Hurricanes forward Seregi Samsonov was hospitalized after he crashed head first when he was tripped by Thrashers forward Dustin Byfuglien. He was treated, released and joined the team's flight back to Carolina.

-The Staals - Jordan and Jared - are brothers and they each played for Carolina last night.

-The Hurricanes demoted forwards Nick Dodge, Stefan Chaput, Nicholas Blanchard, Matt Kennedy, Mike McKenzie, Oskar Osala,  Chris Terry, defensemen Brett Bellemore, Casey Borer, Zack Fitgerald, Michal Jordan and Kyle Lawson and goaltender Mike Murphy to Charlotte of the AHL.

-The Capitals demoted defenseman Patrick Wellar and goaltender Braden Holtby to Hershey of the AHL.

-Thrashers forward Jim Slater (right) is dealing with a wrist injury.

-Atlanta demoted goaltenders Drew MacIntyre and Peter Mannino, forward Akim Aliu and defenseman Jaime Sifers to Chicago of the AHL. Mannino is a former member of the Pittsburgh Forge.

-The Panthers released forward Tyler Arnason and demoted defenseman Clay Wilson to Rochester of the AHL.

-Lightning defensemen Randy Jones (thumb) and Marc Pouliot ("upper body") are dinged up.

Central Division

-Former Penguin Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith and Jack Skille each had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings in a 4-2 defeat of the Blackhawks.  Fire Ray Shero. Fernando Pisani added two assists for Chicago while Marty Turco made 23 saves in the victory.

-Detroit's Chris Osgood denied Chicago's Fernando Pisani here:

-Turco scrambled to keep this puck away from Detroit's Jordan Owens:

-The Blackhawks demoted forwards Brandon Bollig, Rob Klinkhammer, Brandon Pirri, defensemen Jonathan Carlsson, Simon Danis-Pepin, Ryan Stanton and Ivan Vishnevskiy to Rockford of the AHL and released Rastislav Pavlikovsky, Nick Tarnasky and former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Wade Brookbank.

-The Predators demoted forwards Gabriel Bourque, Ryan Flynn, Mark Santorelli and Ryan Thang; defensemen Jonathon Blum and Roman Josi; and goaltender Jeremy Smith to Milwaukee of the AHL, returned Taylor Beck (Guelph - OHL) and released forwards Chris Mueller, Mark Van Guilder defensemen Scott Ford and Scott Lehman.

Northwest Division

-Ales Kotalik's shootout goal gve the Flames a 5-4 win against the Lightning. Kotalik also had a goal and two assists in regulation while teammate T.J. Brodie scored two goals. Vincent Lecavalier led Tampa Bay with two goals.

-Kotalik beating Tampa Bay's Cedrick Desjardins for the goal:

-We don't want to say Calgary's Curtis Glencross invaded the personal space of Tampa Bay's Desjardins, but..:

-Tampa Bay's Simon Gagne ripped a big shot here on Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff:

-Daniel and  Henrik Sedin each had a goal and an assist for Vancouver in a 4-1 defeat of the Ducks. Jonas Hiller made 21 saves in the victory.

-Check out the rocket Daniel Sedin scored on:

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-Anaheim's George Parros and Vancouver's Darcy Hordichuk had a solid bout:

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-If you can imagine such a thing, Anaheim's Andy Sutton injured Vancouver's Peter Schaefer on a questionable hit then got into a fight with Tanner Glass:

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-We don't want to sa Vancouver' Joel Perreault invaded the personal space of Anaheim's Luca Sbisa, but...:

-Hiller didn't exactly keep his eyes on this puck:

-Vancouver's Roberto Luongo had issues with this puck:

-Wild goaltender Josh Harding is expected to miss the entire season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee.

-Oilers forward J.F. Jacques is still recovering from offseason back surgery.

Pacific Division

-In split-squad play, Radim Vrbata scored two goals for the Coyotes in a 2-1 home win against the Sharks. Ilya Bryzgalov made 21 saves in the victory.

-In the other game, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley each had a goal and an assist for the Sharks in a 3-1 win against the Coyotes. Teammate Justin Braun added two assists while Alex Stalok earned the win by making five saves.

-Brenden Morrow had two goals for the Stars in a 5-2 win against the Blues. Mike Ribeiro added two assists for Dallas while Brent Kranhn made 19 saves in the victory.

-St. Louis' Jake Allen had issues with this puck:

-Kings goaltender Erik Ersberg (hand) and forward Scott Parse (foot) are dinged up.

-The Ducks demoted goaltender J.P. Levasseur to Syracuse of the AHL.

Smythe Division

-Today would've been the 95th birthday of former Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets Frank Brimsek. Anall-star with the Bruins in the 1940s, Brimsek was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966.

(Photos: Blue Jackets/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Keith Srakocic/Associated Press; Orpik-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Rangers/Devils-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images and Rich Schultz/Associated Press; Flyers/Wild-Andy King/Associated Press; Streit-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Senators-Canadiens-Canadian Press; Maple Leafs/Sabres-Rick Stewart/Getty Images; Capitals/Predators-Frederick Breedon/Associated Press; Bruins/Panthers-Winslow Townson/Associated Press; Hurricanes/Thrashers-John Amis/Associated Press and Scott Cunningham/Getty Images; Slater-Dave Sandford/Getty Images; Red Wings/Blackhawks-Charles Rex Arbogast; Lightning/Flames-Canadian Press; Blues/Stars-Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press)

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