Empty Netter Assists - 11-12-10

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-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Brent Johnson speaks:

-Ryan Craig was named the 16th captain in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins history. The previous captains:

1999-2000    Tyler Wright, Steve Leach, John Slaney
2000-2001    John Slaney, Sven Butenschon
2001-2002    Jason MacDonald
2002-2003    Tom Kostopoulos
2003-2004    Tom Kostopoulos, Kris Beech, Patrick Boileau
2004-2005    Alain Nasreddine, Rob Scuderi
2005-2006    Alain Nasreddine
2006-2007    Micki DuPont
2007-2008    Nathan Smith
2008-2009    David Gove, Connor James
2009-2010    Wyatt Smith

-Patrick Killeen made 23 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 2-1 loss to the Reading Royals.

-Former Penguins forward Bill Guerin (right) is digging the unemployed life.

-Happy 62nd birthday to former Penguings goaltender Bob Johnson. Acquired prior to the 1973-74 season in a trade which sent Nick Harbaruk to the Blues, Johnson's Penguins career amounted to 12 games, a 3-4-1 record and a 5.04 goals against average that campaign. After spending all of 1974-75 with Hershey of the AHL, Johnson signed with the WHA's Denver Spurs in the 1975 offseason as a free agent. His son, Brent Johnson, is currently a goaltender with the Penguins.

-Happy 61st birthday to former Penguins goaltender Paul Hoganson. A sixth-round pick in the 1969 draft, Hoganson's Penguins career amounted to two games, a 0-1-0 record and a 7.37 goals against average in 1970-71. After two more seasons with Penguins minor league affiliates, Hoganson signed with the WHA's Los Angeles Sharks as a free agent in the 1973 offseason.

-Happy 35th birthday to former Penguins forward Chris Wells (right). A first-round pick in 1994, Wells' Penguins career amounted to 54 games and four points in 1995-96. Early in the 1996-97 season, Well was traded to the Panthers in exchange for Stu Barnes. Wells is currently a real estate agent for Nestler Poletto Sotheby's International Realty in Florida.

Atlantic Division

-Two goals by Artem Anisimov, including one in overtime, led the Rangers to a 3-2 win against the Sabres. Former Penguin Ruslan Fedotenko added a goal and an assist for New York while Martin Biron made 29 saves in the victory. Fire Ray Shero. 

-"I could have shot it probably, but I saw Roysie was wide-open, figured if I could slide it over we've got an empty net, game's over, but maybe I've just got to be more selfish and be more of a goal scorer." - Sabres forward Thomas Vanek who passed up a chance to shoot the puck in overtime on a two-on-on. Instead, he forced a pass to teammate Derek Roy who failed to get a shot on net.

-Cool Photo of the Night: Madison Square Garden:

-Suffice it to say, Buffalo's Jhonas Enroth doesn't challenge shooters a great deal:

-David Letterman is a Rangers fan:

-A natural hat trick by Jeff Carter led the Flyers to an 8-1 rout of the Hurricanes. Daniel Briere added two goals and an assist for Philadelphia while teammate Scott Hartnell had a goal and an assist. Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 saves in the victory.

-Carter's hat trick:

-Flyers captain Mike Richards managed to score a shorthanded goal even after being stopped on a breakaway:

-Bobrovsky kept his eyes on this puck, almost literally:

-The Flyers are 14-0-3 in their last 17 games against Carolina.

-Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton (back) and defenseman Matt Walker (hip) resumed practicing. Leighton underwent back surgery Oct. 11while Walker has surgery Oct. 20.

-Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of former Flyers' goaltender Pelle Lindbergh's death.

-The Rangers will unveil their new third jersey today.

Northeast Division

-Two assists from Tomas Plekanec helped the Canadiens beat the rival Bruins, 3-1. Carey Price made 34 saves in the victory.

-Bruins coach Claude Julien either attempted to cast a spell or place a clawhold to the head of an official:

-We think.

-Canadiens Mike Cammalleri and Andrei Markov had issues with Boston's Gregory Campbell:

-Boston's Tuukka Rask kept his eyes on this puck:

-Ottawa goaltender Pascal Leclaire returned to the lineup for the first time since injuring a groin Oct. 14.

-The Canadiens traded defenseman Ryan O'Byrne to the Avalanche in exchange for forward Michael Bournival.

-The Bruins demoted forward Jamie Arniel to Providence of the AHL.

-Officials from TD Garden in Boston are trying to identify a woman who vandalized a bathroom in the stadium last Saturday after a game against the Blues. The woman is seen on surveillance video kicking a hole into a pillar then falling down.

Southeast Division

-A hat trick and two goals by Alexander Semin led the Capitals to a 6-3 win against the Lightning. Nicklas Backstrom recorded four assists for Washington while teammate Alex Ovechkin added a goal and two assists. Michael Neuvirth made 38 saves in the victory. Steven Stamkos added a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay.

-Semin's hat trick:

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-Washington's Mike Knuble score a goal from a pretty tough angle:

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-Ovechkin scored a goal in a more conventional fashion:

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-A good look at the goal:

-Fredrik Modin and Andrew Ladd each had a goal and an assist for the Thrashers in a 5-1 defeat of the Wild. Teammates Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom each recorded two assists while Ondrej Pavelec made 32 saves in the victory.

-Funny Face of the Night: Minnesota's Nick Schultz getting slammed into the boards by Ladd:

Central Division

-Dan Cleary and Tomas Holmstrom each had two goals for the Red Wings in a 6-2 rout of the Oilers. Valtteri Filppula added a goal and an assist for Detroit while teammates Todd Bertuzzi and Henrik Zetterberg each recorded two assists. Jimmy Howard made 23 saves in the victory.

-Howard and Edmonton's Dustin Penner battling for a puck:

-Shootout goals by Cal O'Reilly and Marcel Goc gave the Predators a 3-2 win at St. Louis. Pekke Rinne made 21 saves in the victory.

-Rinne kept his eyes on this puck:

-The Blue Jackets made a few moves. First, they place forward Kristian Huselius (high ankle sprain) on injured reserve. Then they recalled forward Mike Blunden from Springfield of the AHL. Finally, they traded forward Chad Kolarik to the Rangers in exchange for forward Dane Byers. Byers was then assigned to Springfield.

-With forward T.J. Oshie expected to be sidelined three months due to a broken ankle, the Blues recalled forwards Nick Drazenovic and Chris Porter from Peoria of the AHL.

-With Rangers goon Derek Boogaard breaking his 234-game non-goal streak earlier this week, Predators forward Wade Belak is your new non-goal streak leader at 121 games.

Northwest Division

-Ryan Kesler had two goals for the Canucks in a 6-2 rout of the Senators. Alex Burrows and Tanner Glass each added a goal and an assist for Vancouver while teammate Henrik Sedin added two assists. Roberto Luongo (above) made 33 saves in the victory. Peter Regin led Ottawa with a goal and an assist.

-Check out this bass by Vancouver's Daniel Sedin to set up his brother, Henrik, for a goal:

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-Check out Kesler's first goal:

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-Check out Daniel Sedin's feed to set up Burrows for his first goal of the season:

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-Canucks coach Alain Vigneault recorded his 300th career victory.

-The Canucks cancelled their morning skate to and took a tour of the War Memorial in Ottawa in recognition of Remembrance Day, Canada's equivalent of the United States' Veterans Day.

-Flames forward Brett Sutter was arrested Thursday morning in Scottsdale, Ariz. and charged with assault.

-The Wild's players are big Call of Duty's fans.

Pacific Division

-Shootout goals by Logan Couture and Dan Boyle (above, beating New York's Dwayne Roloson) gave the Sharks a 2-1 win against the Islanders. Antero Niittymaki made 24 saves in the win. New York broke an eight-game pointless streak.

-Happy times for New York's P.A. Parenteau:

-Roloson had issues with this puck:

-Sharks captain Joe Thornton returned to the lineup after serving a two-game suspension.

-A goal and an assist by Jack Johnson helped the Kings beat the Stars, 3-1. Anze Kopitar added two assists while Jonathan Quick made 27 saves in the victory.

-We don't want to say the Kings rubbed their success in the face of Dallas' Trevor Daley, but...:

-Stretchy times for Quick:

-Los Angeles' Kyle Clifford had issues with Dallas' Brandon Segal:

-Intense times for Los Angele's Matt Greene:

-Quick and teammate Drew Doughty having a moment:

-Cuba Gooding Jr. Kings fan:

-With a 7-0-0 record at home, the Kings tied the 1975-76 and 1980-81 teams for the best start on home ice in franchise history.

-The Coyotes recalled defenseman Garrett Stafford from San Antonio (AHL).

Smythe Division

-Former Kings/North Stars/Oilers/Sharks/Blues/Bruins forward Todd Elik has joined ATSE Graz of the Nationalliga in Austria.

-Former Lightning/Sharks defenseman Timo Helbling has joined Kärpät of the SM-liiga in Finland.

(Photos: Guerin-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Wells-Penguins Hockey Cards; Sabres/Rangers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Frank Franklin II/Associated Press; Flyers/Hurricanes-Gerry Broome/Associated Press; Canadiens/Bruins-Charles Krupa/Associated Press; Lightning/Capitals-Nick Wass/Associated Press; Wild/Thrashers-Gregory Smith/Associated Press; Oilers/Red Wings-Carlos Osorio/Associated Press; Dave Sandford/Getty Images; Predators/Blues-Jeff Roberson/Associated Press; Canucks/Senators-Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images; Islanders/Sharks-Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press and Ezra Shaw/Getty Images; Stars/Kings-Harry How/Getty Images and Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

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