Empty Netter Assists - 12-07-10

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night' game. Remember how the Devils were 6-0-0 against the Penguins last season?

-The Newark Star-Ledger's recap. “It’s like he knows what’s going to happen. He hides away in the zone and we don’t even see him. All of a sudden he has the puck on his stick and it’s in the net.” - Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg on Sidney Crosby.

-The Bergen Record's recap. "I think we’re already 13 points behind eighth place and we have to wake up and start playing the way we can.” - Devils forwar dIlya Kovalchuk.

-The Associated Press' recap. The Penguins tied the record for their second longest winning treak in franchise history.'s recap. Sidney Crosby (above, with Bill Guerin) has a 16-game point scoring streak.

-Mike Lange's goal calls.


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-Deryk Engelland versus David Clarkson:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-So long Bill Guerin:

-Here's the video tribute to Guerin played prior to last night's game:

-Eric Godard > New Jersey's Anton Volchenkov:

-Happy times for Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz:

-Tyler Kennedy gunning one:

-Craig Adams and New Jersey's Brian Rolston had issues:

-Funny Face of the Night: New Jersey's Mark Fayne getting hit by Matt Cooke:

-Happy times for Bill Guerin and family:

-"These new blue jerseys will have stripes on them!"

-Consol Energy Center is kind of nice.

-Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin were sort of, kind of in some Vanity Fair article.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Andrew Hutchinson is expected to be sidelined until Christmas due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Happy 34th birthday to former Penguins forward Georges Laraque. Acquired at the 2007 trade deadline in a deal which sent Daniel Carcillo and a draft pick to the Coyotes, Laraque spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2006-07 by appearing in 17 games for the Penguins and recorded two assists and 18 penalty minutes. In that spring's postseason, Laraque appeared in two games and failed to record a point. Laraque followed that up in 2007-08 by l playing 71 games, scoring 13 points and leading the team with 141 penalty minutes. He appeared in 15 playoff games that spring and scored three points and recorded four penalty minutes. In the 2008 offseason, Laraque joined the Canadiens as a free agent. In 88 regular season games for the Penguins, Laraque scored 15 points and recorded 159 penalty minutes. In 17 postseason games, he scored three points.

Atlantic Division

-The Islanders demoted former Pittsburgh Forge defenseman Dylan Reese to Bridgeport of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Mikhail Grabovski's shootout goal gave the Maple Leafs a comeback 5-4 win against the Maple Leafs. Clarke MacArthur scored two goals in regulation for Toronto while Grabovski added a goal and an assist in regulation. Jonas Gustavsson made 32 saves in the victory. Mathieu Perreault scored two goals for Washington.

-Grabovski's shootout goal:

-MacArthur tied the game with 1:25 left in regulation:

-Check out this sick goal by Washington captain Alex Ovechkin:

-"We quit playing in our zone." - Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau.

-MacArthur scored for the first time in 16 games.

-The Bruins demoted forward Jordan Caron to Providence of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-An overtime goal by Zach Bogosian gave the Thrashers a 3-2 win against the Predators. Ondrej Pavelec made 27 saves in the victory. Colin Wilson had a goal and an assist for Nashville.

-"It’s only my second goal of the year, so I have to work on those things a little bit. I don’t score much so I’m a little rusty on that part." - Bogosian on his clumsy goal celebration:

-Happy but ungraceful times for Bogosian:

-Pavelec alone in the dark:

-Panthers forward Radek Dvorak is expected to be sidelined for a few weeks due to a shoulder injury.

-Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a thumb injury.

-The Capitals recalled forward Mathieu Perreault from Hershey of the AHL.

Central Division

-Shootout goals by Rick Nash and Kyle Wilson led the Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win against the Stars. Nash had a goal and an assist in regulation while former Penguin Mathieu Garon made 16 saves in the victory. Columbus broke a five-game losing streak. Dallas has a six-game winning streak snapped.

-Garon having a moment:

-The Blackhawks demoted forward Jeremy Morin to Rockford of the AHL.

-After Saturday's invasion by Penguins' fans, the Blue Jackets vowed to never again allow visiting fans to ride their Zamboni.

-Blues forward Andy McDonald is dealing with sounds like a head injury.

Northwest Division

-Canucks forward and former Penguin Mikael Samuelsson is expected to be sidelined a week due to a concussion.

-The Flames placed defenseman Steve Staios (undisclosed) on injured reserve.

-The Wild defemoted defenseman Justin Falk to Houston of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Two goals by Logan Couture led the Sharks to a 5-2 win at Detroit. Dany Heatley added a goal and an assist for San Jose while teammate Ryane Clowe recorded two assists. Antti Niemi made 25 saves in the victory. Tomas Holmstrom had a goal and assist for the Red Wings.

-Check out this pass by Holmstrom to set up Johan Franzen for a goal:

-The Stars recalled forward Francis Wathier from the Texas of the AHL.

Norris Division

-Former Rangers forward Jeff Ulmer joined Linköping of the Elitserien in Sweden.

(Photos: Devils/Penguins-Keith Srakocic/Associated Press; Predators/Thrashers-Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images; Stars/Blue Jackets-John Grieshop/Getty Images)

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