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Empty Netter Assists - 12-02-10

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Penguins

-Sidney Crosby (above) was named the NHL's top star of November.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Pascal Dupuis speaks, has serious bed head:

-The NHL released a month-long schedule of events leading up to the Winter Classic (PG+).

-Forbes released it's annual list of sports franchise values. The Penguins are the NHL's ninth-most valuable team at $235 million.

-Seats from the Civic Arena officially went on sale.

-Sean Leahy of Yahoo! lists his favorite items from the online auction for Penguins memorabilia from the Civic Arena.

-Speaking of which, it could take up to nine months to figure out the ultimate fate of the building.

-Dustin Jeffrey had two goals and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 5-1 defeat of the Albany Devils. Brett Sterling added a goal and an assist for the Penguins while teammates Corey Potter and Steve Wagner each recorded two assists. John Curry made 21 saves in the win.

-Highlights courtesy The Pensblog's Eric Politowski:

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-Jeffrey has seven points in his last three games.

-Happy 77th birthday to former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets forward Val Fonteyne. Claimed in the 1967 expansion draft from the Red Wings, Fonteyne (right), the first No. 8 in franchise history, spent parts of five seasons with the Penguins. A member of the franchise's innagural team in 1967-68, Fonteyne played in 69 games and scored 34 points. In 1968-69, Fonteyne saw action in 76 games and accumulated 29 points. He followed that up in 1969-70 by appearing in 68 games, scoring 26 points and helping the franchise reach the postseason for the first time. He appeared in all 10 of the team's playoff games that spring and recorded two assists. The 1970-71 season saw Fonteyne play in 70 games and record 13 points. Fonteyne's final season in Pittsburgh was 1971-72. He saw action in 68 games and accumulated 19 points. In the 1972 postseason, he played in four games and failed to record a point. During the offseason, he joined the Alberta Oilers of the WHA as a free agent. In 349 regular season games with the Penguins, Fonteyne, primarily renown for his penalty killing abilities, scored 121 points, 63rd-most in franchise history, and accumulated only four penalty minutes.

-Happy 56th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Mario Faubert (right). A fourth-round pick in 1974, Faubert spent parts of seven seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1974-75, Faubert appeared in 10 games and scored one goal. He followed that up in 1975-76 by playing in 21 games and scored nine points. Faubert saw an increase in action in 1976-77 by appearing in 77 contests and scored 13 points. He played in three postseason games that spring and scored one goal. He was limited to 18 games and six assists in 1977-78. After spending all of 1978-79 with Binghamton of the AHL, Faubert rebounded in 1979-80 by playing in 49 games and scoring 18 points. He appeared in two postseason games that spring and recorded one assist. His finest NHL season was 1981-82. He set career highs in games (72), points (52) and penalty minutes (188). The 1981 postseason saw him appear in five games and score two points. Faubert's final NHL season was 1981-82. He was limited to 14 games and 12 points after suffering a career-ending leg injury against the Blues, Nov. 18, 1981. In 231 regular season games with the Penguins, Faubert score 111 points, 68th-most in franchise history. In 10 postseason games, he scored four points.

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-Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins forward Kelly Buchberger. A free agent signing in the 2003 offseason, Buchberger's Penguins career amounted to 71 points, four points and 109 penalty minutes in 2003-04. Following the season, he retired. Buchberger is currently an assistant coach with the Oilers.

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-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins forward Rich Sutter. A first-round pick in 1982, Sutter spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1982-83, he appeared in four games and failed to record a point. After five games and no points in 1983-84, Sutter was traded to Flyers along with two draft pick in exchange for Andy Brickley, Mark Taylor, Ron Flockhart and two draft picks. In nine games with the Penguins, Sutter, a member of the famed Sutter family, failed to record a point.

Atlantic Division

-Ken Belson and Dave Caldwell of the New York Times examine the carcass of the New York Islanders.

Northeast Division

-Tim Thomas made 41 saves and led the Bruins to a 3-0 shutout of the Flyers. It was Thomas' fifth shutout of the season.

-Check out this hit by Boston's Johnny Boychuk on Philadelphia's James van Riemsdyk:

-Leave it to Flyers forward Scott Hartnell to do a faceplant into the boards on a penalty shot:

-Fight of the Night: Philadelphia's Jody Shelley and Boston's Shawn Thornton:

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-Bruins captain Zdeno Chara reminded Thomas he was tall:

-We think.

-Philadelphia's Sergei Bobrovsky having a moment:

-Sharks forward Dany Heatley makes his return to Ottawa tonight for the first time since he forced the Senators to trade him to San Jose late in the 2009 offseason.

-"One boo, or however many boos, it's all the same to me." - Heatley.

-Senators defenseman Brian Lee cleared waivers.

-Maple Leafs forward Mike Brown is expected to be sidelined six weeks due to a broken finger.

-Toronto goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere (groin) was given medical clearance to resume practicing.

-Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek appeared in his 800th career game tonight.

Southeast Division

-Nicklas Backstrom had two goals and an assist for the Capitals in a 4-1 win at St. Louis. Semyon Varlamov made 37 saves in the victory. The Capitals won in St. Louis for the first time since 1996.

-Happy times for Washington captain Alex Ovechkin:

-St. Louis' Erik Johnson put a little too much torque on this shot:

-Everyone had issues here:

-Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak alone in the dark:

-The Lightning demoted forward Blair Jones to Norfolk of the AHL.

-In honor of Hanukkah, the Panthers are giving away yarmulkes:

Central Division

-Steve Sullivan's shootout goal gave the Predators a 4-3 win against the rival Blue Jackets. Martin Erat recorded two assists for Nashville while Pekka Rinne made 28 saves in the victory. Antoine Vermette had two goals and an assist for Columbus.

-Sullivan being popular:

-Happy times for Columbus' Kris Russell:

-The Blue Jackets activated forward Ethan Moreau (hand) from injured reserve.

-With goaltender Chris Osgood recovered from groin injuries, the Red Wings demoted goaltender Joey MacDonald to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-The Blues placed forward David Perron (concussion) on injured reserve, recalled forwards Stefan Della Rovere and Dave Scatchard from Peoria of the AHL and demoted forwards T.J. Hensick and Chris Porter to Peoria.

Northwest Division

-An overtime goal by Dustin Penner gave the Oilers a 4-3 comeback win at Montreal. Ales Hemsky had a goal and two assists for Edmonton while teammate Sam Gagner added a goal and an assist. Devan Dubnyk made 36 saves in the victory. Mathieu Darche and Roman Hamrlik each recorded a goal and an assist for Montreal.

-Penner's goal:

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-Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban took blame for the turnover which led to Penner's goal.

-A good look at Gagner's goal:

-The Oilers have won back to back games for the first time in nearly a calendar year.

-Canadians fans booed Oilers forward Taylor Hall, the first-overall pick in this year's draft, every time he touched the puck.

-A hat trick and an assist by Mason Raymond helped the Canucks rout the rival Flames, 7-2. Jeff Tambellini added a goal and an assist for Vancouver while teammates Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin each recorded two assists. Roberto Luongo made 18 saves in the victory.

-Raymond's hat trick:

-Vancouver's Tanner Glass had a solid tilt with Calgary's Tim Jackman:

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-A good look at the scrap:

-Edmonton demoted goaltender Martin Gerber to Oklahoma City of the AHL.

-The Oilers shot down reports they were considering relocating to Quebec City.

Pacific Division

-Washington, Pa. native George Parros scored two goals for the Ducks in a 5-3 defeat of the Panthers. Captain Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each had a goal and an assist for Anaheim while teammate Kyle Chipchura recorded two assists. Jonas Hiller made 29 saves in the victory. Steve Bernier had two goals and an assist for Florida.

-Check out this pass by Getzlaf to set up Perry for a goal:

-Cool Photo of the Night: This puck just floating in the middle of everything:

-Happy times for Parros:

-Parros had issues with Florida's Darcy Hordichuk:

-Scottie Upshall had two goals and an assist for the Coyotes in a 4-2 win at Minnesota. Adrian Aucoin recorded two assists for Phoenix while Jason LaBarbera made 33 saves in the victory.

-The Kings demoted forward Dwight King to Manchester of the AHL.

Smythe Division

-Do yourself a favor and check out this story by the Ottawa Citizen's Don Butler on the impact knock-off jersey Web sites have on retailers who sell the legit items.

-Thinking Out Loud: We can't help but wonder if the fact that the NHL charges 114.99 for a jersey could have something to do with all these illegal knock-off jersey sites becoming so popular.

-Happy 68th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets goaltender Bob Champoux.

(Photos: Crosby-Don Heupel/Associated Press; Fonteyne and Faubert-Penguins Hockey Cards; Bruins/Flyers-Nick Laham/Getty Images; Capitals/Blues-Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; yarmulke-Florida Panthers; Predators/Blue Jackets-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Oilers/Canadiens-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Canucks/Flames-Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press; Panthers/Ducks-Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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