Empty Netter Assists - 11-27-10

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(Note: The Penguins have canceled practice at Southpointe today.)


-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. Sidney Crosby (above) came close to matching Mario Lemieux's five goals/five different ways feat. Kind of.

-The Calgary Herald's recap. "Miikka gave us a chance to win a game, we really had no business being in." - Flames defenseman Mark Giordano on goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

-The Associated Press' recap. "I’ve seen him for three years and I’m still like, `Oh, my gosh.”’ - Alex Goligoski on Crosby.'s recap. "Oh, geez, don't tell me that." - Crosby when told he missed on matching the feat.


-Crosby's hat trick:

-Deryk Engelland versus Calgary's Tim Jackman:

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-A good look at the fight:

-Happy times for Crosby:

-Kiprusoff stoning Crosby on a penalty shot:

-Calgary's Anton Babchuk got a little too grabby here with Chris Conner:

-Mark Giordano manning up and trying to block a shot by Evgeni Malkin:

-Fish-Eye View of the Game: Evgeni Malkin with the puck on his hip:

-Happy times for Brook Orpik, Arron Asham and Kris Letang:

-Crosby and Malkin having a moment:

-Crosby and Zbynek Michalek bumping fists:

-Calgary's Rene Bourque beating Brent Johnson:

-Angry times for Calgary coach Brent Sutter:

-Moustache times for Kiprusoff:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Brent Johnson speaks:

-Crosby and Calgary's Jarome Iginla were on the same sheet of ice for the first time since, "Iggy!":

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-"He's the best player in the game for a reason." - Giordano on Crosby.

-The ice at Consol Energy Center is still a work in progress.

-Dustin Jeffrey and Geoff Walker each had a goal and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-3 win against the Rochester Americans. Tim Wallace added two assists for the Penguins while John Curry made 19 saves in the victory.

-Highlights courtesy of The Pensblog's Eric Politowski:

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-Jeffrey has 10 points in his last seven games.

-Andrew Lord had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-1 defeat of the Kalamazoo Wings. Jason DeSantis recorded two assists for the Nailers while Patrick Killeen made 21 saves in the victory.

-Happy 26th birthday to current Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. The first overall pick of the 2003 draft, Fleury has spent part of the past seven seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2003-04,  Fleury appeared in 21 games, went 4-14-2 with a 3.64 goals against average, .896 save percentage and one shutout. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Fleury became the team's full-time starter midway through 2005-06. That season, he saw action in 50 games, compiled a 13-27-6 record with a 3.25 goals against average, .898 save percentage and one shutout. Arguably his best regular season was 2006-07. With a 40-16-9 record, he set career highs in wins, games (67) and shutouts (5) while sporting a 2.83 goals against average and .906 save percentage. Helping lead the franchise to its first postseason appearance in five seasons, Fleury went 1-4 with a 3.76 goals against average and .880 save percentage. Injuries limited "Flower" to 35 games in 2007-08. He went 19-10-2 with a 2.33 goals against average, .921 save percentage and four shutouts. In that spring's postseason, Fleury saw action in 20 games, went 16-8, had a 1.97 goals against average, .933 save percentage, three shutouts and helped the franchise return to its first Stanley Cup final in 16 years. In 2008-08, Fleury rebounded by playing in 62 games, and compiling a 35-28-7 record with 2.67 goals against average, .912 save percentage and four shutouts. In that spring's playoffs, Fleury saw action 24 games, went 16-8 with a 2.61 goals against average, a .908 save percentage and led the franchise towards its third Stanley Cup title. Fleury followed that up by playing in 67 games in 2009-10. He had a record of 37-21-6 with a 2.65 goals against average, .905 save percentage and one shutout. The 2010 postseason saw Fleury play in 13 games and go 7-6 with a 2.78 goals against average, .891 save percentage and one shutout. Through 13 games this season, Fleury is 8-6-1 with a 2.57 goals against average, .905 save percentage and one shutout. In 318 career regular season games with the Penguins, Fleury is 156-112-33 with a 2.81 goals against average, .906 save percentage and 17 shutouts. His games played, wins and shutout totals are the second-best marks in franchise history. In 62 postseason games, Fleury is 38-24 with a 2.52 goals against average, .911 save percentage and four shutouts. Once again, his postseason numbers in games, wins and shutous are the second-best in franchise history.

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-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins forward Brian Bonin. A ninth-round pick in 1992, Bonin's Penguins' career amounted to five games and no points in 1998-99. In the 1999 offseason, he joined the Canucks as a free agent. Bonin (1995) is one of four former Hobey Baker Award winners to play for the Penguins. Kip Miller (1990), Brian Holzinger (1995) and Jordan Leopold (2002) are the others.

Atlantic Division

-Shootout goals by Jason Arnott and Travis Zajac gave the Devils a 2-1 win against the Flyers. Former Penguin Johan Hedberg made 40 saves in the victory. Fire Craig Patrick.

-Arnott taking off on his shootout attempt:

-Faceoff time at the Prudential Center:

-Happy times for New Jersey's Adam Mair:

-Hedberg kept his eyes on this puck:

-We don't want to question the skating ability of Philadelphia's Claude Giroux, but...:

-Philadelphia's Chris Pronger chose an odd time to do an impromptu TSA-level inspection on New Jersey's Mark Fayne:

-The Devils have captured six out of a possible eight games in the last four games Hedberg has played. Fire Craig Patrick.

-A shootout goal by former Penguin Erik Christensen gave the Rangers a 2-1 win at Nashville. Fire Ray Shero. Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves in the victory.

-Christensen's goal:

-Here's a match made in heaven. New York's Sean Avery and Nashville's Jordin Tootoo:

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-Tootoo celebrating by literally forming his last name with his fingers:

-Painful, but supportive time for Nashville's Cody Franson:

-Franson was taken to a hospital after taking a stick to the eye. He was released afterwards.

-"That's great. I will hopefully make the team, and I'll be the first player ever to get an instigator penalty at an NHL All-Star Game. That'll be amazing, right?" - Rangers forward Sean Avery on an Internet campaign to have him elected to the All-Star Lame Game.

Northeast Division

-Two goals and an assist by captain Brian Gionta led the Canadiens to a 3-1 win against the Sabres. Andrei Kostitsyn added a goal and an assist for Montreal while teammate Tomas Plekanec recorded two assists. Carey Price made 35 saves in the victory.

-Cool Photo of the Night: Price making a save in a haze of ice spray:

-Brian Elliott made 29 saves for the Senators in a 3-0 shutout of the rival Maple Leafs. Mike Fisher had two goals and and an assist for Ottawa while teammate and former Penguin Alex Kovalev contributed a goal and two assists. Fire Craig Patrick.

-Toronto's Luke Schenn > Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson:

-Toronto's mayor was the game apparently:

-The Bruins recalled forward Jamie Arniel from Providence of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-A shootout goal by Stephen Weiss gave the Panthers a 4-3 win against the rival Lightning. Tomas Vokoun made 34 save in the victory. Teddy Purcell had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay.

-"We gave them three goals." - Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher.

-The Lightning played a little street hockey in front of the White House Friday:

-The Capitals demoted defenseman Brian Fahey to Hershey of the AHL.

Central Division

-Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks in a 2-1 win at Los Angeles. Corey Crawford made 21 saves in the victory.

-It wasn't all bad for Los Angeles. Check out this fantastic play by Kings defenseman and former Penguin Rob Scuderi to nullify a potential breakaway by another former Penguin, Marian Hossa:

-Chicago's John Scott and Los Angeles' Kevin Westgarth got into a fight. Kevin Westgarth didn't win:

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-A good look at the fight and the aftermath:

-Chicago's Dave Bolland kept his eyes on this puck:

-Los Angeles' Drew Doughty dumped Chicago's Jack Skille here:

-Satisfied times for Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar:

-Red Wings forward Mike Modano will be sidelined indefinitely following surgery to repair a severed tendon in his wrist.

Northwest Division

-Two goals and two assists by Greg Mauldin led the Avalanche to a 7-4 defeat of the Wild. Kevin Shattenkirk added a goal and two assists for Colorado while teammates Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny each netted a goal and an assist. Peter Buday made 28 saves in the victory. Kyle Brodziak scored two goals for Minnesota.

-Avalanche forward Chris Stewart suffered a broken hand during a fight with Brodziak:

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-Oilers forward Ales Hemsky is dealing with a groin ailment.

Pacific Division

-Two teams heading in different directions made complete u-turns here. A hat trick by Bobby Ryan helped the Ducks win at Phoenix, 6-4. Ryan Getzlaf recorded four assists for Anaheim while teammate Corey Perry added a goal and two assists. Jonas Hiller made 30 saves in the victory which snapped an six-game losing streak. Captain Shane Doan had three assists for Phoenix which had a seven-game winning streak snapped.

-Ryan's hat trick:

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-Check out this pass by Getzlaf to set up teammate Brandon McMillan for his first NHL goal:

-Determined times for Ryan:

-The Ducks had some "support" in Phoenix Glendale, Ariz.:

-Two goals and an assist by Dany Heatley helped the Sharks win at Edmonton, 4-3. Teammates Justin Braun and Joe Thornton each recorded two assists while Antero Niittymaki made 23 saves in the victory. Sam Gagner collected a goal and an assist for the Oilers.

-Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves and led the Stars to a 2-1 defeat of the Blues. St. Louis suffered its first regulation loss of the season.

-Lehtonen had issues with this puck:

-The Ducks demoted Joffrey Lupul to Syracuse of the AHL for conditioning purposes. Various ailments have kept him sidelined since Dec. 8, 2009.

Smythe Division

-Ryan Zapolski made 12 saves for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 3-0 loss to American International.

-Kristen DiCiocco made 18 saves for the Robert Morris women's team in a 1-1 tie with Maine.

-Hillary Pattenden made 15 saves for the Mercyhurst women's team in a 4-2 win against Colgate.

-Happy 69th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Norm Beaudin.

-Today would've been the 96th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Modere "Mud" Bruneteau.

(Photos: Flames/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Keith Srakocic/Associated Press; Flyers/Devils-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Bill Kostroun/Associated Press; Rangers/Predators-Mark Humphrey; Sabres/Canadiens-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Maple Leafs/Senators-Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images; Blackhawks/Kings-Harry How/Getty Images and Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press; Ducks/Coyotes-Christian Petersen/Getty Images and Matt York/Associated Press; Stars/Blues-Sid Hastings/Associated Press)

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