Empty Netter Assists - 12-01-10

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-Pascal Dupuis (above) bring a little bit of everything to the table.

-When exactly is Jordan Staal coming back (PG+)?

-Maclean's magazine named Sidney Crosby its newsmaker of the year.

-The auction of assets from the Civic Arena is going well.

-Practice makes perfect for Eric Tangradi.

-Happy 31st birthday to former Penguins forward Ryan Malone (right). A fourth-round pick in 1999, Malone, the son of former Penguins forward and executive Greg Malone, spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2003-04, Malone saw action in 81 games and scored 43 points, including a team-leading 22 goals. After spending the 2004-05 lockout in Finland and Italy, Malone returned to the Penguins in 2005-06 and appeared in 77 games while scoring 44 points. Injuries limited Malone in 2006-07 to 64 games and 31 points. In the 2007 offseason, Malone played in five games but failed to record a point. Arguably Malone's best NHL season was in 2007-08. While playing primarily on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora, Malone appeared in 77 games and set career highs in goals (27) and points (51). In that spring's playoffs, Malone played in 20 games and contributed 16 points while helping the franchise reach its third Stanley Cup final. During the 2008 offseason, Malone and Gary Roberts were traded to the Lightning in exchange for a draft pick. In 299 regular season games with the Penguins, Malone scored 169 points, 41st-most in franchise history. In 25 postseason games, he scored 16 points. He is currently a member of the Lightning.

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-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Steve Dykstra. Claimed prior to the 1988-89 season in a waiver draft from the Oilers, Dykstra's Penguins career amounted to 65 games and seven points that campaign. In the 1989 playoffs, Dykstra saw action in one game and failed to record a point. In the 1989 offseason, Dykstra joined the Hartford Whalers as a free agent.

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-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins forward Roger Belanger. Along with Doug Bodger and some other guy, Belanger was one of three first-round picks for the Penguins in 1984. His Penguins career amounted to 44 games and eight points in 1984-85. After spending most of the next four seasons with the club's minor league affiliates in Baltimore and Muskegon, Belanger retired in the 1988 offseason due to injuries.

Atlantic Division

-"I’m minus-11 right now. I definitely have to be better."- Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk (right) on his disappointing season.

-The Flyers demoted goaltender Michael Leighton to Adirondack of the AHL for conditioning purposes.

-The Islanders re-signed forward Jeremy Colliton to a one-year two-way contract.

Northeast Division

-Pennsylvania billionaire Terrence Pegula has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Sabres. Pegula recently funded $88 million for his alma mater, Penn State, to build a new hockey rink.

-The Maple Leafs recalled forward Joey Crabb from their AHL affiliate, also in Toronto.

-The Senators placed defenseman Brian Lee on waivers.

Southeast Division

-An overtime goal and an assist by Simon Gagne gave the Lightning a 4-3 win at Toronto. Martin St. Louis added two goals for Tampa Bay while Dan Ellis made 23 saves in the victory. Nikolai Kulemin scored two of the Maple Leafs' goals.

-St. Louis sent the game to overtime with a goal with nine seconds left in regulation:

-Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos' staring down Toronto's Luke Schenn:

-Malone trying to fend off Toronto's Mike Brown:

-Gagne returned to the lineup after missing 18 games due to a neck injury.

-Anthony Stewart's overtime goal gave the Thrashers a 3-2 win at Colorado. Dustin Byfuglien led Atlanta with a goal and an assist while Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves in the victory.


-The Stewarts - Atlanta's Anthony and Colorado's Chris - just missed out on being brothers in the same game.

-The Thrashers re-signed former forward Tim Stapleton to a two-year, two-way contract. Also, Atlanta activated forward Patrice Cormier (foot) from injured reserve and demoted him to Chicago of the AHL.

-"I think it completes our defense." - Capitals general manager George McPhee   on acquiring defenseman Scott Hannan (right) from the Avalanche.

Central Division

-Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each had two goals and an assist for the Blackhawks in a 7-5 defeat of the rival Blues. Tomas Kopecky added a goal and three assists for Chicago while teammate Patrick Sharp recorded a goal and an assist. Corey Crawford made 21 saves in the victory. David Backes led St. Louis with a goal and three assists.

-Henrik Zetterberg and two assists for the Red Wings in a 5-3 win at San Jose. Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and two assists for Detroit while teammate Danny Clearly contributed a goal and an assist.

-Check out Datsyuk's goal:

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-Detroit Tomas Holmstrom got all tangled up with San Jose's Derek Joslin here:

-The Sharks making that walk to the rink:

-Sad times for San Jose's Antero Niittymaki:

-Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi sure likes his bubblegum:

-Pekka Rinne made 33 saves for the Predators in a 3-0 shutout of the Coyotes. Steve Sullivan recorded two assists for Nashville.

-Rinne kept his eyes on this puck:

-Happy times for Nashville's Jordin Tootoo:

-Coyotes captain Shane Doan didn't appear to appreciate the Tongan Death Grip-style of defense employed by Nashville's Ryan Suter:

-With former Penguins forward Marian Hossa sidelined two to three weeks due to a "lower-body" injury, the Blackhawks recalled forward Jeremy Morin from Rockford of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard (right) is scheduled to play his first game tonight against the Coyotes after being sidelined 14 months due to a concussion.

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

-The Flames demoted forward Stefan Meyer to Abbotsford of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-The Stars demoted defenseman Severin Blindenbacher to Texas of the AHL.

Norris Division

-Line Gignac, the widow of former Canadiens/Maple Leafs/Bruins/Devils coach Pat Burns had her car broken into the night after his funeral. Several of Burns' personal effects were stolen.

-Happy 68th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Bob Wall.

-Happy 79th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Willie Marshall.

-Today would've been the 105th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets goaltender Alfie Moore.

-Former Buffalo News hockey columnist Jim Kelley, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, passed away. he was 61.

(Photos: Dupuis-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Malone/Penguins and Bouchard-Getty Images; Kovalchuk-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images; Lightning/Maple Leafs-Abelimages/Getty Images; Red Wings/Sharks-Ezra Shaw/Getty Images; Hannan-Rich Lam/Getty Images;Coyotes/Predators-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)

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