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Empty Netter Assists - 10-22-10

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Penguins

-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. "It's one of the toughest games I think this year we've played." - Sidney Crosby (above, with Chris Kunitz and Alex Goligoski) on facing the Predators.

-The Tennessean's recap. The Predators lost their third consecutive home game in overtime.

-The Associated Press's recap. "It felt more like April or May." - Dan Bylsma.

-The Penguins' Web site's recap. The Penguins snapped a six-game losing streak in Nashville.

-Highlights.

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Marc-Andre Fleury owes Pascal Dupuis a beer:

-Mike Comrie owes Fleury a beer:

-Happy times for Tyler Kennedy and Kris Letang:

-Happy times for Paul Martin. Not so much for Nashville's Pekke Rinne:

-Check out the pink laces on Nashville's Joel Ward:

-Crosby challenging Nashville's Alexander Sulzer:

-The werent' quite as vulgar as fans in Philadelphia or Detroit, but Predators fans started a derisive chant towards Crosby. And as usual, it didn't turn out so well.

-Sarah Marince (AKA Jeff Jimerson's "Brent Johnson") sang the national anthem in Nashville (PG+). If you ask us, it's time to boycott Eat n' Park for her traitorous ways:

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-Sidney Crosby and Predators captain Shea Weber are BFF's.

-Crosby doesn't even mind Weber's snoring.

-Ray Shero returned to Nashville for one night.

-What will the presumably healthy returns of Arron Asham and Jordan Staal do the Penguins' lineup (PG+)?

-Dick's Sporting Goods plans on opening a temporary hockey-only store in the Strip district which will close Jan. 1, the day of the Winter Classic.

-According to the team's Facebook page, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will be sporting jerseys to honor police, firefighters and military members this season:

-Forward Chris Collins is your moustache boy in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-This is two days old, but Mario Lemieux and his corduroy jacket made their way up to New York to catch Wednesday's ALCS game between the Yankees and the Rangers, who are owned by his associate, Chuck Greenberg:

-Former Penguins defenseman Kevin Hatcher was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. Hatcher, who also played for the Capitals, Stars, Rangers and Hurricanes, was joined by his brother, former North Stars/Stars/Red Wings/Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher, former Blackhawks/Coyotes/Flyers/Kings/Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick, former U.S.A. Hockey executive Art Berglund and former U.S.A. Hockey physician Dr. George Nagobads.

-Former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr is scheduled to receive a high national decoration from Czech Republic president Vaclav Klaus Oct. 28.

-Happy 36th birthday to former Penguins forward Miroslav Satan. A free agent signing in the 2008 offseason, Satan's Penguins' regular season career amounted to 65 games and 36 points in 2008-09. During the 2009 postseason, he appeared in 17 games, scored six points and helped the franchise claim its third Stanley Cup title. Satan was not re-signed in the following offseason and joined the Bruins midway through 2009-10. Satan, the only player in franchise history to wear No. 81, currently plays for HC Slovan Bratislava of the Slovakian Extraliga.

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-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins goaltender Ron Tugnutt. Acquired at the 2000 trade deadline along with Janne Laukanen in a deal which sent Tom Barrasso to the Senators, Tugnutt's regular season Penguins career amounted to seven games, a 4-2-0 record, a 2.41 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. Tugnutt made his mark in the 2000 postseason by appearing in 11 games, going 6-5 with a 1.77 goals against average, .945 save percentage and two shutouts. Many observers of the team rate Tugnutt's franchise-record 70-save performance in a five-overtime playoff game against the Flyers in Game4 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series at Mellon Arena as the greatest single-game goaltending performance in franchise history. The Penguins lost the game, 2-1, in what still stands as the third-longest game in NHL history at 152:01. Tugnutt's goals against average is a playoff franchise record. Tugnutt is currently a goaltending coach with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL.

Atlantic Division

-Martin Brodeur (above, left, with former Penguin Johan Hedberg) made 29 saves and recorded his 112th career shutout in a 3-0 win at Montreal. Jason Arnott had a goal and an assist while teammate Dainius Zubrus recorded two assists.

-Check out this little bit of robbery by Montreal's Carey Price:

-New Jersey's David Clarkson and Montreal's Travis Moen had issues:

-Brodeur tends to do well in his hometown. He now has a 39-16-5 record in Montreal.

-"It's one game." - Devils coach John MacLean when asked if his team has broke out of its early-season slump.

-In his first career start for the Rangers, Martin Biron made 24 saves and led New York to a 2-1 win at Toronto. Former Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko scored his first career goal for the Rangers. Fire Ray Shero.

-New York's Derek Boogaard and Toronto's Colton Orr did what they're paid to do:

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-Check out this little cheap shot by New York's Ryan Callahan on Toronto's Kris Versteeg:

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-Another former Penguin, Colby Armstrong, scored his first goal with the Maple Leafs:

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-Fire Ray Shero.

-Biron kept his eyes on this puck:

-Happy times in Toronto:

-Anthem time in Toronto:

-A disputed goal by former Penguins prospect Matt Moulson gave the Islanders a 3-2 overtime win at Tampa Bay. Fire Ray Shero. Rick DiPietro made 28 saves in the victory.

-Moulson's goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-It took 10 minutes to review and confirm Moulson's goal.

-Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald left the game due to a hand ailment.

-Tampa Bay's Matt Smaby knocked the lid of Islanders forward Michael Grabner loose here:

-This fantastic story about Moulson being a decent human being will make you even madder that the Penguins never signed him. Fire Ray Shero.

-Islanders goaltender Dwayne Roloson has a new lid. It has the image of former Islanders goaltende Glenn "Chico" Resch and his "Long Island" mask on the left side:

-Speaking of masks, here's the lid Martin Biron plans on wearing whenever the Rangers wear their 85th anniversary uniforms:

-It's a tribute to the "lion" mask of former Rangers goaltneder Gilles Gratton:

-Despite its inconsistency, the Penguins' power play remains the best in Pennsylvania. The Flyers' are clicking at a frigid 7.4 percent this season.

Northeast Division

-Tim Thomas made 38 saves and led the Bruins to a 4-1 defeat of the Capitals in their home opener. Boston's Patrice Bergeron recorded two assists.

-Check out this little bit of robbery by Thomas on Washington's Mike Knuble:

-Check out this pass by Bergeron to set up Jordan Caron for a goal:

-Washington's Eric Fehr and Boston's Johnny Boychuk had issues:

-Purple haze times for Boston's Tyler Seguin:

-And Thomas:

-We're going to guess it's occasionally hazy in Steven Tyler's world. He sang the national anthem in his native Boston:

-Canadiens defenseman and former Penguin Hal Gill, scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, is already campaignin for a new contract to stay in Montreal.

-The Senators recalled defenseman David Hale from Binghamton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-The Thrashers placed forward Nigel Dawes on waivers.

-Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier returned to the lineup after missing three games due to a broken finger.

Central Division

-A goal and an assist each from Todd Bertuzzi and Henrik Zetterberg led the Red Wings to a 4-2 defeat of the Flames. Pavel Datsyuk added two assists for Detroit while Jimmy Howard (above) made 34 saves in the victory. Mikael Backlund scored both of Calgary's goals.

-Check out this pass by Datsyuk to set up Zetterberg:

-Detroit's Mike Modano and Calgary's Brendan Morrison battling for a loose puck:

-Blue Jackets forward Ethan Moreau is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks due to a broken hand.

-The Predators signed unrestricted free agent forward Steve Begin, formerly of the Bruins, to a one-year two-way contract and assigned him to Milwaukee of the AHL.

-Remember how the Blackhawks were supposed to fall apart this season after ripping apart the team this summer? No one told them about that apparently.

-Don't expect the Blues to send the NHL's schedule makers a Christmas card this year. They have to face the last two Stanley Cup champions on back to back nights.

Northwest Division

-Two goals by former Oiler Kyle Brodziak (above) led the Wild to a 4-2 win at Edmonton. Teammates Brent Burns and Guillame Latendressed each recorded a goal and an assist while Niklas Backstrom had 34 saves in the victory. Former Penguin Ryan Whitney led the Oilers with two assists. Fire Ray Shero.

-Wild captain Mikko Koivu carrying the puck through some kicked-up ice:

-Edmonton's Theo Peckham and Minnesota's Nick Schultz got some air here:

-Canucks forward Rick Rypien will have a disciplinary hearing today with the NHL over making contact with a Wild fan in Minnesota Tuesday.

-Colorado forward Brandon Yip returned to the lineup after missing two games due to a groin injury.

Pacific Division

-Ryan Getzlaf (above) had a goal and an assist for the Ducks in a 3-2 win at Philadelphia. Linemate Corey Perry added two assists while Curtis McElhinney made 40 saves in the victory.

-Check out the effort by Philadelphia's Claude Giroux on this goal:

-Anaheim's Todd Marchant stuck with

this puck:

-Anaheim's Danny Syvret unleashing hell:

-Referee Dean Morton appeared to have mistakenly viewed McElhinney's lid as a source of heat:

-Philadelphia's Kimmo Timonen > Anaheim's Bobby Ryan:

-Philadephia's Sergei Bobrovsky had issues with this puck:

-Happy times in Philadelphia:

-If there is such a thing, here's a good look at the Wells Fargo Center:

-Tom Wandell scored two goals and led the Stars to a 4-1 win at Florida. Teammate Jamie Benn added three assists while Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves in the victory.

-Pascal Dupuis wasn't the only one-timer Penguins forward to make a "save" last night. Dallas' Toby Petersen had one also:

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-Two goals from Joe Pavelski led the Sharks to a 4-2 win at Colorado. Teammates Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau each added two assists while Antero Niittymaki made 29 saves in the victory. Chris Stewart led Colorado with two assists.

-Colorado's Craig Anderson didn't exactly provide much resistance on this goal by Pavelski:

-Niittymaki and Logan Couture having a moment:

-The Sharks earned their first win in North America this season.

-Lee Stempniak's first career hat trick led the Coyotes to a 4-2 win against the Kings. Ed Jovanovski added three assists for Phoenix while teammate Eric Belanger recorded two assists. Ilya Bryzgalov made 28 saves in the victory. Wayne Simmonds scored both of Los Angeles' goals.

-Stempniak's hat trick:

-Check out these "chip" plays by Simmonds to set up his first goals:

-Bryzgalov and Stempniak having a moment:

-Stempniak having a moment by himself:

-Happy times for Simmonds. Not so much for that confused baby:

-Happy times for the Kings. Not so much for Phoenix's Scottie Upshall:

-A good look at Bernier's lid:

-Coyotes forward Ray Whitney returned to the lineup after missing two games due to an "upper-body" injury.

-The Sharks assigned goaltender Thomas Greiss to Brynas of the Elitserien in Sweden.

-Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (right) is expected to miss at least a week due to an "upper-body" injury.

Smythe Division

-Today would've been the 99th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Sammy McManus.

-Today would've been the 99th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Fred Robertson.

(Photos: Penguins/Predators-Frederick Breedon/Associated Press; Lemieux-Paul Sancya/Associated Press; Devils/Canadiens-Canadian Press; Rangers/Maple Leafs-Abelimages/Getty Images and Canadian Press; Islanders/Lightning-Steve Nesius/Associated Press; Roloson mask-New York Islanders; Biron mask-Andrew Gross/Record (Bergen, N.J.); Gratton-Photobucket; Capitals/Bruins-Mary Schwalm/Associated Press; Flames/Red Wings-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; Wild/Oilers-Dale MacMillan/Getty Images and Canadian Press; Ducks/Flyers-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images and Matt Slocum/Associated Press; Sharks/Avalanche-Jack Dempsey/Associated Press; Kings/Coyotes-Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press and Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Doughty-Harry How/Getty Images)

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