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Empty Netter Assists - 09-29-10

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Penguins

-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. It was a rough night for Brent Seabrook.

-Deryk Engellend rebounded after a pretty ugly first period (PG+).

-Engelland versus Jake Dowell:

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-A good look at the fight:

-Chicago's Bryan Bickell kicked up some serious snow here:

-Nick Johnson couldn't beat Chicago's Hannu Toivonen down low:

-Brent Johnson looking behind his cage:

-Happy times for Maxime Talbot and Arron Asham:

-Toivonen kept his eyes on this puck:

-Ben Lovejoy defending Bickell:

-Glaring moustache times for Chicago coach Joel Quenneville:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Eric Tangradi speaks:

-Mark Letestu speaks:

-Mike Comrie is looking better and better every day.

-Goaltending is the one position on the Penguins where there isn't any competition.

-The Penguins are expected to cut their roster down within the next day or two (PG+).

-The Mon Valley YMCA will hold an auction Nov. 7. A scholarship from proceeds will be awarded in the name of former Penguins public address announcer John Barbero.

-In a preseason game, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins lost, 7-6, in a shootout to the Syracuse Crunch.

-Keven Veilleux had a big night.

-The Sports and Exhibition Authority has requested proposals to demolish the Civic Arena.

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins forward Jon Sim. Claimed off waivers from the Kings late in the 2003-04 season, Sim's Penguins career amounted to 15 games and five points that campaign. In the 2004 offseason, he joined the Coyotes as a free agent. Sim is currently a member of the Islanders.

Atlantic Division

-Two assists from David Clarkson  helped the Devils edge the Flyers, 3-2. Martin Brodeur (above) made 26 saves in the victory. Nikolai Zherdev led Philadelphia with a goal and an assist.

-Equivalent of Bleach in Your Eyes Photo of the Night: Former Penguin Bill Guerin in a road-worker's vest Flyers uniform:

-We don't want to say New Jersey's Dainius Zubrus invaded the personal space of Philadelphia's James van Riemsdyk, but...:

-New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk being popular:

-If you can imagine such a thing, a Flyers goaltender is injured. Michael Leighton will be sidelined a month due to a bulging disc in his lower back.

-In other bad news for the Flyers, forward Ian Laperriere will be sidelined indefinitely due to postconcussion syndrome.

-Things just keep getting worse for the Islanders. Forward Kyle Okposo will be sidelined two to three weeks due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

-With defenseman Mark Streit sidelined, the Islanders signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Mike Mottau, formerly of the Devils, to a two-way contract.

-Islanders captain Doug Weight is dealing with hip flexor and groin issues.

-The Devils demoted defensemen Olivier Magnan-Grenier, Tyler Eckford, forwards Patrick Davis, Stephen Gionta, David McIntyre, Brad Mills, Tim Sestito, Michael Swift, Chad Wiseman, Vladimir Zharkov and Alexander Vasyunov to Albany of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Goals by Rob Niedermayer and Jason Pominville helped the Sabres beat the Senators, 2-1.

-Buffalo's Ryan Miller had issues with this puck:

-Check out the hit Buffalo's Dennis McCauley stuck on Ottawa's Matt Carkner:

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-The Canadiens demoted forwards Gabriel Dumont, Andreas Enqvist, David Desharnais, goaltender Peter Delmas and defenseman Mathieu Carle to Hamilton of the AHL.

-Former Penguins forward Tim Brent has a chance at cracking the Maple Leafs' NHL roster.

-To say the least, Maple Leafs goaltender Jussi Rynnas knows who got him his paycheck. He has the image of his agent, Allain Roy, on the side of his mask:

Southeast Division

-Alex Ovechkin had two assists for the Capitals in a 3-2 win against the Bruins. Michal Neuvirth (above) made 20 saves in the victory. Pittsburgh native Matt Barkowski led Boston with two assists.

-Boston's Brad Marchand being popular:

-After washing out with the Panthers, forward Anthony Stewart is trying to fulfill his promise with the Thrashers.

-Tonight's Hurricanes at Panthers game was cancelled due to a tropical storm warning in Florida.

-The Panthers are mad at Canadiens forward Travis Moen for taking advantage of rookie defenseman Erik Gudbranson Monday. As an official held Gudbranson's arms, Moen took the opportunity to punch the defenseman in the face.

Central Division

-Shootout goals by Nikita Filatov and Kristian Huselius gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 win against the Wild. Anton Stralman (above) led Columbus with two assists while David LeNeveu made 14 saves to earn the victory.

-Anthem time in Columbus:

-The Blackhawks demoted forward Hugh Jessiman to Rockford  of the AHL and returned returned forward Ludvig Rensfeldt (Brynas IF - Sweden) to his junior team.

-Chicago opted to put the name of former general manager Dale Tallon on the Stanley Cup for last season's championship.

-The Predators demoted forwards Matt Halischuk, Linus Klasen, Nick Spaling, Andreas Thuresson, Kelsey Wilson, defensemen Teemu Laakso, Grant Lewis, Brett Palin and goaltender Chet Pickard to Milwaukee of the AHL and returned defenseman Ryan Ellis (Windsor - OHL) to his junior team.

-The Blues demoted forward T.J. Hensick to Peoria of the AHL.

-Red Wings forward Kris Draper is dealing with a slight groin tear.

-Former Penguins defenseman and Hopewell native Nate Guenin has had a strong training camp with the Blue Jackets. Fire Ray Shero.

Northwest Division

-Two goals by Paul Stastny led the Avalanche to a 2-1 defeat of the Stars. Brandon Yip added two assists for Colorado while Peter Budaj made 20 saves in the victory.

-Colorado's Patrick Bordeleau and Dallas' Brandon Segal had issues:

-A Stars equipment manager was appalled when coach Marc Crawford began exaggerating how wide his new grill was:

-Niklas Hagman had a goal and an assist for the Flames in a 3-1 defeat of the Coyotes. Henrik Karlsson made 19 saves in the victory.

-Calgary's Tim Jackman was mashed against the boards pretty good by Phoenix's Scottie Upshall:

-Karlsson had issues with this puck:

-Flames forward Olli Jokinen left the game due to an undisclosed injury.

-Cory Schneider made 23 saves and led the Canucks to a 3-1 win against the Sharks.

-Check out this sick pass by Vancouver's Henrik Sedin to set up Mikael Samuelsson for a goal:

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-Check out the really nice backhander Vancouver's Mason Raymond scored on:

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-Check out the nifty wrister Vancouver's Jeff Tambellini scored on:

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-Check out this hit Vancouver's Tanner Glass stuck on San Jose's Joe Pavelski and the subsequent fight with San Jose's Douglas Murray:

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-A good look at the fight:

-Check out the hip check Vancouver's Keith Ballard stuck on San Jose's Niclas Wallin:

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-A good look at the hit:

-Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky suffered a charleyhorse last night.

-The Avalanche signed forward Luke Walker, a fifth-round pick in this summer's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-So what exactly is Sheldon Souray's status with the Oilers?

Pacific Division

-Jack Johnson had two goals and an assist for the Kings in an 8-3 rout of the rival Ducks. Anze Kopitar added four assists for Los Angeles while teammates Wayne Simmonds (above), Dustin Brown, Michael Handzus, Andrei Loktionov and Ryan Smyth each netted a goal and an assist. Jonathan Quick made 24 saves in the victory. Todd Marchant led Anaheim with two goals.

-Quick and Kopitar having a moment:

-Johnson uncorking a shot into a crowd of Ducks:

-Quick and Anaheim's Matt Beleskey kept their eyes on this puck:

-We don't want to say Anaheim's Jason Blake invaded the personal space of Los Angeles' Thomas Hickey, front, or Davis Drewiske, but...:

Norris Division

-Happy 70th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman John Miszuk.

-Today would've been the 82nd birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Ray Timgren.

(Photos: Blackhawks/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images, Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press and Don Wright/Associated Press; Flyers/Devils-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Bill Kostroun/Associated Press; Sabres/Senators-Canadian Press; Rynnas-Globe and Mail; Bruins/Capitals-Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Wild/Blue Jackets-John Grieshop/Getty Images; Stars/Avalanche-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images; Coyotes/Flames-Mike Ridewood/Getty Images and Canadian Press; Sharks/Canucks-Canadian Press; Ducks/Kings-Jeff Gross/Getty Images and Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

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