Empty Netter Assists - 11-27-10

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-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. "When he's playing the way he's playing, he's as good as anyone in the league." - Paul Martin on Marc-Andre Fleury (above, with Ottawa's Nick Foligno).

-The Ottawa Citizen's recap. “That’s why they have two refs out there, to see stuff like that." - Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson on officials not calling a potential interference penalty on Mark Letestu against Senators forward Mike Fisher in the third period.

-The Associated Press' recap. The Penguins have their first three-game winning streak at Consol Energy Center.

-Mike Lange's goal calls.


-Fleury's save on Chris Kelly deserves a second look:

-As does this save by Ottawa's Pascal Leclaire on Sidney Crosby:

-Fierce times for Ottawa's Chris Neil and Crosby:

-Angry times for Ottawa coach Cory Clouston:

-This Penguins fan was indifferent towards the strategies of Dan Bylsma:

-Bylsma speaks:

-Fleury speaks:

-Neil apparently likes Fleury's lid.

-Happy 78th birthday to former Penguins all-star forward, coach and executive Ken Schinkel. Claimed from the Rangers in the 1967 expansion draft, Schinkel spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins as a player. He appeared in 57 games for the Penguins during their inaugural season of 1967-68, scored 39 points and became the first player in franchise history to be  selected to an all-star game. In 1968-69, Schinkel appeared in 76 games, recorded a team-leading 52 points and one again played in the all-star game. During, 1969-70, Schinkel, the first player to wear No. 12 in franchise history, saw action in 72 games, scored 45 points and helped the team reach the postseason for the first time. He also scored the first postseason hat trick in Penguins history when he netted three goals against the Oakland Seals in Game 3 of a quarterfinal series that spring. Schinkel (right) was limited to 50 games and 34 points in 1970-71 but rebounded in 1971-72 when he played in 74 games and netted 45 points. After scoring 21 points in 42 games in 1972-73, Schinkel retired as a player Jan. 13 and replaced Red Kelly as head coach at age 40. Under Schinkel, the team had a 15-18-3 record and missed the postseason. The following season, Schinkel coached the team for 50 games and had a record of 14-31-5 before being replaced by Marc Boileau, Feb. 6, 1974. Schinkel assumed a front office position with the team and stayed in that position until he himself replaced Boileau, Jan. 17, 1976. Under Schinkel, the Penguins had a record of 20-10-7 and reached the postseason where they fell to the Maple Leafs in a preliminary round series, 2-1. Schinkel's only full season as the team's coach was 1976-77. The team went 34-33-13 and qualified for the postseason where it once again lost to the Maple Leafs in a preliminary round, 2-0. Schinkel was replaced by Johnny Wilson in the following offseason. Schinkel again took a front office position and remained with the team until 1989. In 371 games with the Penguins as a player, "Schink" scored 236 points, 31st-most in franchise history. As a coach, Schinkel compiled a record of 83-92-28.

-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins forward Garry Valk. Acquired midway through the 1996-97 season in a trade which sent J.J. Daigneault to the Mighty Ducks, Valk spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1996-97 by appearing in 17 games for the Penguins and scoring seven points. In 1997-98, he saw action in 39 games and recorded three points. During the 1998 offseason, he joined the Maple Leafs as a free agent. Valk would get some measure of revenge on the Penguins in the 1999 postseason by scoring the series-clinching goal in overtime of Game 6 of an Eastern Conference semifinal (see below). In 56 regular season games with the Penguins, Valk scored 10 points.

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Atlantic Division

-Rick DiPietro made 29 saves for the Islanders in a 2-0 defeat of the Devils. The win snapped a 14-game losing streak.

-Check out this goal New York's Rob Schremp scored from a tough angle:

-A good look at the goal:

-Sad times on Long Island:

-Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and led the Rangers to a 3-0 shutout of the Panthers. Marc Staal led New York with two assists.

-Florida's Darcy Hordichuk and New York's Brandon Prust slugged it out here:

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-Islanders forward Trent Hunter will be sidelined indefinitely due to a grade 3 MCL tear.

-Beginning tomorrow night, the artists formerly known as the Hartford Wolfpack, will become the Connecticut Whale thanks for former Penguins owner Howard Baldwin. Hartford/Connecticut is the Rangers' AHL affiliate.

Northeast Division

-Ryan Miller made 35 saves and directed the Sabres to a 3-1 win against the rival Maple Leafs.

-Check out this nice hit by Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta and the subsequent fight between Kaleta and Toronto's Luke Schenn:

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-Miller kept his eyes on this puck:

-Toronto's Jonas Gustavsson kept his eyes on this puck:

-Miller returned to the lineup after missing a handful of games due to a groin ailment.

Southeast Division

-Semyon Varlamov made 17 saves for the Capitals in a 6-0 shutout of the Lightning. Alexander Semin added a hat trick for Washington while teammates Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson each recoded two assists.

-Semin's hat trick:

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-Loose Equiptment Photo of the Day: Tampa Bay's Blair Jones:

-Tampa Bay's Mike Smith had issues with this puck:

-Semin has three hat tricks in the span of 35 days.

-"I don't think we could have beaten a bantam team tonight." - Lightning coach Guy Boucher.

-Ondrej Pavelec made 25 saves for the Thrashers in a 3-0 shutout of the Canadiens.  Rich Peverly had two goals for Atlanta while teammate Tobias Enstrom had one goal and one assist.

-Montreal's Josh Gorges > Atlanta's Ben Eager:

-"There is no question you can see an attitude about him. Just the way he looks, the way he walks. He’s feeling good about himself." - Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay on Pavelec who has stopped 114 of his last 116 shots.

-Cam Ward made 37 saves and led the Hurricanes to a 3-0 shutout of the Bruins. Tuomo Ruutu and Jeff Skinner each collected a goal and an assist.

-Check out this "butt" pass by Carolina captain Eric Staal to set up teammate Jussi Joknen for a goal:

-Carolina's Chad LaRose collecting a puck and looking for something to do with it:

-Ward's shutout came two days after the birth of his first son.

-With Mike Green sitting out another game due to an undisclosed injury, the Capitals recalled defenseman Brian Fahey from Hershey of the AHL

-The Panthers have been blanked on their last 33 power plays.

Central Division

-Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings in a 2-1 defeat of the Blue Jackets. Jimmy Howard made 34 saves in the victory which snapped Columbus' five-game winning streak.

-Check out this save by Howard on Columbus' Jakub Voracek:

-This is the best action show we could find of the Blue Jackets' new way to make money third jersey:

-Yea or nea?

-A goal and an assist by Patrick Sharp helped the Blackhawks beat the Ducks, 4-1. Corey Crawford made 26 saves in the win.

-If you can imagine such a thing, Ducks defenseman Andy Sutton appeared to target the Chicago's Jassen Cullimore with a high hit. Fortunately for Cullimore, Sutton missed badly:

-A good look at Sutton taking a spill:

-Happy times for Chicago's Niklas Hjalmarsson:

-Painful times for Chicago's Brent Seabrook:

-The Blackhawks signed former Thrashers/Maple Leafs defenseman Garnet Exelby and demoted him to Rockford of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Shootout goals by Niklas Hagman and Rene Bourque gave the Flames a 3-2 win at Calgary. Miikka Kiprusoff made 34 saves in the victory.

-The story of this game was the Flames catching a huge break yesterday when a goal by Flyers captain Mike Richards was waved off by officials after Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger waved his hand in front of Kiprusoff. Pronger was then given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty:

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-Essentially, Pronger was nabbed for the "Sean Avery Rule:"

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-"I'm not going to get into a he said/she said with the refs. And I'm the he." - Pronger on the officials.

-Angry times for Pronger:

-Check out this little bit of robbery by Kiprusoff on Philadelphia's Kimmo Timonen:

-Philadelphia's Sergei Bobrovsky kept his eyes on this puck:

-Funny Faces of the Day: Calgary's Mark Giordano and some Flyers fan:

-Martin Havlat had two goals and an assist for the Wild in a 5-2 defeat of the Predators. Marek Zidlicky added a goal and two assists for Minnesota while Jose Theodore made 32 saves in the victory. Patric Hornqvist led the Predators with two assists. 

-Theodore kept his eyes on this puck:

-We know it's "Movember," but what in the heck is up with the facial hair on Minnesota's Brent Burns?

-Nashville's Nick Spaling > Minnesota's Matt Cullen:

-Two goals by former Penguin Mikael Samuelsson helped the Canucks rout the Sharks, 6-1. Fire Craig Patrick. Roberto Luongo made 32 saves in the victory.

-Check out this hit by Canucks defenseman and would-be Penguin Dan Hamhuis on San Jose's Douglas Murray:

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-A good look at the hit:

-Check out this goal by Vancouver's Raffi Torres:

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-A good look at the goal:

-Check out this brutal turnover by San Jose's Dan Boyle which led to Samuelsson's second goal:

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-Luongo kept his eyes on this puck:

-The Canucks demoted defenseman Ryan Parent to Manitoba of the AHL.

-The Wild demoted forward Matt Kassian to Houston of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-A goal and an assist by Jamie Benn helped the Stars beat the Blues, 3-2. Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves in the victory. Andy McDonald scored both of St. Louis' goals.

-Dallas Steve Ott and St. Louis' Eric Brewer had a healthy scrap:

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-Dallas' Brian Sutherby and St. Louis' Brad Winchester also had a nice solid fight:

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-A good look at the fight:

-Lehtonen had issues with this puck:

-The Stars placed defenseman Mark Fistric ("lower body") on injured reserve.

-The Coyotes demoted forward Petr Prucha to San Antonio of the AHL.

-Sharks forward Scott Nichol is dealing with an injury near his left eye.

-The Ducks unveiled their train wreck of a new way to make money third jersey yesterday:

-They look like they should have a deer hunting licsence on the back.

Adams Division

-Ryan Zapolski made 34 saves for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 5-2 loss to American International.

-Sara O'Malley had a goal and an assist for the Robert Morris womens' team in a 4-2 loss to Maine.

(Photos: Senators/Penguins-Peter Diana/Post-Gazette and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Schinkel-Penguins Hockey Cards; Devils/Islanders-Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press; Maple Leafs/Buffalo-Don Heupel/Associated Press; Lightning/Capitals-Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Canadiens/Thrashers-Gregory Smith/Associated Press; Hurricanes/Bruins-Elsa/Getty Images; Red Wings/Blue Jackets-Jay LaPrete/Associated Press; Blackhawks/Ducks-Jeff Gross/Getty Images and Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press; Flames/Flyers-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images; Predators/Wild-Andy King/Associated Press; Sharks/Canucks-Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press; Blues/Stars-Brandon Wade/Associated Press)

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