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Empty Netter Assists - 10-29-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Not to beat a dead horse, but regarding the new Winter Classic jerseys, perhaps the biggest disappointment in our eyes is the apparent lack of imagination by the Penguins, Reebok and anyone else involved in this process. On the surface, the jersey isn't bad. But it's not great. It certainly doesn't defy ordinary if you want to invoke the team's marketing campaign from last year.

-More than a third of the league has some sort of blue third/alternate jersey (Penguins, Rangers, Maple Leafs, Sabres, Panthers, Thrashers, Lightning, Blues, Predators, Oilers and Avalanche).  And the Penguins just marched right in line with the rest of the pack. For an organization which does have a marvelous track record for being a trend-setter, this is a step back.

-Sidney Crosby, being the heartless, whiny jerk he is, apologized to blues defenseman Roman Polak for their collision in Saturday's game which led to a laceration on Polak's right arm (PG+).

-Is Evgeni Malkin's shooting accuracy off (PG+)?

-Dan Bylsma speaks, wear stripes:

-Brent Johnson sets the record straight on Marc-Andre Fleury:

-Tom Selleck Pascal Dupuis speaks:

-The Pensblog weighs in on the choices for the Penguins' second 10 greatest games DVD.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Brett Sterling practiced for the first time since injuring a leg Oct. 17.

-At 6-0-0, the AHL Penguins now realize they are targets.

-Patrick Killeen made 19 saves and led the Wheeling Nailers to a 3-2 defeat of the Reading Royals. The Nailers have won five consecutive games.

-Happy 66th birthday to former Penguins forward Stan Gilbertson (right). Acquired midway through the 1975-76 season in a deal which sent Harvey Bennett, Jr. to the Capitals, Gilbertson spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1975-76 by appearing in 48 games and scoring 21 points. In the 1976 postseason, he played in three games and scored two points. His final NHL season was 1976-77. He saw action in 67 games and contributed 15 points. In the 1977 offseason, he lost his leg in an automobile accident in Rostraver. In 115 regular season games with the Penguins, Gilbertson scored 36 points.

Atlantic Division

-The Islanders have opted to return forward Nino Niederreiter, their first-round pick in this summer's draft, to his junior team (Portland - WHL) for the remainder of the regular season.

-With defenseman Matt Corrente dealing with a broken hand, the Devils recalled defenseman Tyler Eckford and left winger Alexander Vasyunov from Albany of the AHL.

-Devils overlord Lou Lamoriello said it's "ridiculous" to suggest head coach John MacLean's job is in jeopardy.

-Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard is dealing with a hand infection.

-The Rangers recalled forward Evgeny Grachev from Hartford of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-The Tim Thomas's (above) resurrection continues. The Bruins goaltender made 20 saves in a 2-0 shutout of the Maple Leafs. Thomas is the first Boston goaltender since Tiny Thompson in 1937-38 to start a season with a 5-0-0 record.

-Boston's Nathan Horton had issues with Toronto's Dion Phaneuf:

-Boston fans began chanting "Thank You Kessel" for Maple Leafs forward and former Bruin Phil Kessel. The Bruins traded Kessel in the 2009 offseason to the Maple Leafs in a deal which allowed them to draft forward Tyler Seguin with the second overall pick this summer.

-Kessel has yet to score in seven games against his former team.

-Prior to the game, the Bruins retired the No. 15 of legendary player Milt Schmidt:

-Thinking Out Loud: Schmidt was the franchise player for this team from the 1930s into the 1950s. And it took them this long to get around retiring his number?

-The Senators got a goal and an assist each from Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Fisher and Milan Michalek in a 5-3 defeat of the Panthers. Brian Elliott made 28 saves in the victory. Marty Reasoner led Florida with two assists.

-Ottawa's Matt Carkner had issues with Florida's Darcy Hordichuk:

-Florida's Tomas Vokoun had issues with this puck:

Southeast Division

-The Thrashers recalled goaltender Ondrej Pavelec from Chicago of the AHL and demoted former Pittsburgh Forge goaltender Peter Mannino to Chicago.

-The Lightning placed defenseman defenseman Mike Vernace on waivers.

Central Division

-Jaroslav Halak recorded his second consecutive shutout by making 24 saves in a 3-0 win at Nashville. Halak earned a 1-0 victory against the Penguins Saturday. The Predators suffered their first regulation loss this season.

-Predators forward Jordin Tootoo was given a game misconduct late in the third period for a charge on Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo:

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-Halak and his backup, former Penguin Ty Conklin, having a moment:

-Shootout goals by Rick Nash and Nikita Filatov led the Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win against the Oilers. Kyle Wilson led Columbus with a goal and an assist in regulation while teammate Chris Clark contributed two assists. Steve Mason made 25 saves in the victory. Taylor Hall, the first overall pick in this summer's draft, led Edmonton with a goal and an assist.

-Hall's goal was the first of his NHL career:

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-Mason alone in the dark:

-An "upper-body" injury is expected to sideline Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa for several weeks.

-With goaltender Jimmy Howard dealing with back spasms, the Red Wings recalled goaltender Joey MacDonald from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-Defenseman Derek Peltier, who was in the Penguins' training camp on a tryout basis, earned a one-way AHL contract with the Peoria Rivermen, the Blues' AHL affiliate.

Northwest Division

-Niklas Backstrom (above) made 21 saves and led the Wild to a 2-1 win against the Capitals.

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

-We also had some Backstrom-on-Backstrom crime. Minnesota's Niklas robbing Washington's Nicklas:

-Check out this pass by Minnesota's Andrew Brunette to set up Chuck Kobasew for a goal:

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-A hat trick by Chris Stewart helped the Avalanche claim a wild 6-5 win at Calgary. Ryan O'Reilly added three assists for Colorado while teammates Kyle Cumiskey and Paul Stastny each recorded two assists. Peter Budaj made all of 14 saves in the victory. Niklas Hagman, Olli Jokinen and Matt Stajan each netted a goal and an assist for the Flames.

-Stewart's hat trick:

-Fight of the night goes to Calgary's Tim Jackman and Colorado's David Liffiton:

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-A good look at the fight:

-Prior to the game, Flames forward Craig Conroy was honored for appearing in his 1,000th career game:

-Budaj had issues with this puck:

-As did his counterpart, Calgary's Erik Karlsson:

-The Wild recalled forward Casey Wellman from Houston of the AHL.

-Former Capitals forward Quintin Laing has joined the Victoria Salmon Kings, the Canucks' ECHL affiliate.

Pacific Division

-Two goals by Lauri Korpikoski helped the Coyotes claim a 4-2 win at Detroit. Ilya Bryzgalov made 43 saves in the victory.

-We don't want to accuse Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom of invading Bryzgalov's personal space, but...:

-Phoenix's Petr Prucha > Detroit's Mike Modano:

-Intense times for Phoenix's Keith Yandle:

-Red Wings coach Mike Babcock attempted to count the approximately 84 people who usually show up for Red Wings regular season games:

-We think.

-Wayne Simmonds and Willie Mitchell each had a goal and an assist for the Kings in a 5-2 win at Dallas. Teammate Jack Johnson recorded three assists while Jonathan Quick made 30 saves in the victory.

-Stars forward Brad Richards > Glass:

-Cooling off times for Quick:

-Simmonds left the game in the third period due to a "lower-body" injury.

-"Teams that end up being playoff teams - which we're going to be - they don't beat themselves... and we beat ourselves tonight." - Stars coach Marc Crawford.

-Ducks forward Matt Beleskey was placed on injured reserve due to a concussion.

Patrick Division

-Today would've been the 92nd birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Hank Goldup.

-Today would've been the 90th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Bill Juzda.

-Today would've been the 98th birthday of former Pittsburgh Yellowjackets defenseman Pat Shea.

(Photos: Gilbertson-Penguins Hockey Cards; Maple Leafs/Bruins-Winslow Townson/Associated Press; Panthers/Senators-Canadian Press; Blues/Predators-Mark Humphrey/Associated Press; Oilers/Blue Jackets-John Grieshop/Getty Images; Capitals/Wild-im Mone/Associated Press; Avalanche/Flames-Canadian Press; Coyotes/Red Wings-Carlos Osorio/Associated Press and Dave Sandford/Getty Images; Kings/Stars-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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