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Empty Netter Assists - 12-04-10

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Penguins

-Courtesy of the Port Authority's Twitter page, the Mon Incline is ready for the Winter Classic:

(We're assuming the car on the right was seven minutes late waiting for Norwegian women's curling to finish.)

-A temporary public skating rink will be constructed outside Heinz Field as part of the festivities leading up to the Winter Classic.

-AOL's Chris Botta examines the Winter Classic's hype.

-The Penguins are staging a "tournament" of Mario Lemieux's greatest goals.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Chris Collins scored two goals for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-2 defeat of the Binghamton Senators. Joe Vitale added a goal and an assist for the Penguins while Brad Thiessen made 12 saves in the win.

-Highlights courtesy of The Pensblog's Eric Politowski:

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-Shootout goals by Nick Petersen and Ben Street gave the Wheeling Nailers a 6-5 win against the Kalamazoo Wings. Street had a goal and two assists in regulation while Patrick Killeen made 23 saves in the victory.

Atlantic Division

-Henrik Lundqvist made 17 saves for the Rangers in a 2-0 shutout of the rival Islanders. Brandon Dubinsky recorded two assists for the Rangers.

-Check out this questionable hit by Rangers forward Ryan Callahan on Islanders forward Frans Nielsen and the ensuing fight between Callahan and Islanders forward Jesse Joensuu:

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-During warm ups, Islanders forward and former Penguin Jon Sim kind of, sort of shot a puck near the head of Rangers forward Sean Avery.

-"It feels like 10 years." - Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette on having spent on calendar year in Philadelphia.

Northeast Division

-Ryan Miller made 19 saves for the Sabres in a 5-0 shutout of the Blue Jackets. Tyler Ennis and Thomas Vanek each had a goal and two assists for Buffalo while teammate Drew Stafford added a goal and an assist.

-Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta > Columbus' Derek Dorsett:

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-Steely glaring time for Miller:

-Columbus goaltender and former Penguin Mathieu Garon had issues with this puck:

-Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov will undergo right knee surgery and is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the season.

-The Senators demoted defenseman David Hale to Binghamton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Brandon Sutter's overtime goal gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 win against the Avalanche. Cam Ward made 34 saves in the victory.

-Check out the effort by Carolina's Jeff Skinner on this short-handed goal:

-The Lightning demoted defenseman Matt Roy to Norfolk of the AHL and recalled forward Johan Harju from Norfolk.

-Lightning forward Steve Downie is expected to be out indefinitely due to an ankle sprain.

-The Panthers demoted forward Michal Repik to Rochester of the AHL recalled defenseman Kenndal McArdle from Rochester.

-The Thrashers placed forward Tim Stapleton on waivers.

Central Division

-Jimmy Howard made 41 saves and led the Red Wings to a 4-0 shutout of the Ducks. Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen each recorded a goal and an assist for Detroit.

-Red Wings forward Kris Draper is expected to make his season debut today against the Kings. He has been sidelined due to a groin ailment. No word yet if the Kings are expected to shake his hand for the accomplishment.

-With goaltender Pekke Rinne (right) expected to be sidelined two to four weeks due to a "lower-body" injury, the Predators recalled goaltender Mark Dekanich from Milwaukee of the AHL.

-The Blues recalled defenseman Ian Cole from Peoria of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Roberto Luongo made 32 saves for the Canucks in a 3-0 shutout of the Blackhawks. Daniel Sedin recorded two assists for Vancouver.

-Luongo is as popular as ever in Chicago:

-Chicago's Marty Turco didn't exactly play the right angle here:

-Vancouver's Keith Ballard, no stranger being rough on the heads of his goaltenders, went for Luongo's eyes this time:

-We think.

-TSN had a cute "poetry" pregame presentation with Luongo:

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-Shootout goals by Alex Tanguay and Rene Bourque gave the Flames a 3-2 win against the Wild. Henrik Karlsson made 20 saves for Calgary. Martin Havlat had a goal and an assist in regulation for Minnesota.

-Check out Havlat's goal:

-Minnesota's Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored his first goal since March 10, 2009.

-Flames forward Curtis Glencross was fined for a cross check to the face of Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard Wednesday.

-Colorado captain Adam Foote returned to the lineup after missing three games due to a leg injury.

Pacific Division

-With forwards Krys Barch (ankle) and Toby Petersen (hand) dinged up, the Stars recalled forward Aaron Gagnon from Texas of the AHL.

-The Ducks placed forward Aaron Voros (illness) on injured reserve and recalled forward Matt Beleskey (right) from Syracuse of the AHL.

-Former Sharks/Senators forward Jonathan Cheechoo is having fun with the AHL's Worcester Sharks, San Jose's AHL affiliate.

Patrick Division

-The NHL reported the amount of reported concussions through Dec. 1 is exactly the same as last season.

-Nathan Longpre had a goal and an assist for the Robert Morris mens' team in a 2-2 tie with Bentley.

-Ryan Raven had a goal and an assist for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 6-2 defeat of Sacred Heart.

-Brianna Delaney had a goal and an assist for the Robert Morris women's team in a 2-1 win against Minnesota State.

-Christine Bestland had two goals and an assist for the Mercyhurst women's team in a 6-1 rout of Niagara.

-Today would've been the 73rd birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Irv Spencer.

(Photos: Blue Jackets/Sabres-Rick Stewart/Getty Images; Rinne-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Canucks/Blackhawks-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images and Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press; Beleskey-Harry How/Getty Images)

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