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Empty Netter Assists - 12-10-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Spotted in a display window at PPG Place last night: A gingerbread Civic Arena:

-This 11-game winning streak isn't just Sidney Crosby's doing.

-"You get to him, and he stands up for himself." - Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson on trying to play Crosby physical.

-Kris Letang and Brooks Orpik skipped practice yesterday for "maintenance issues." (PG+)

-They don't award the Stanley Cup in December right (PG+)?

-"I don’t feel like I’m that much better in any area." - Crosby.

-Crosby is kind of popular.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Bylsma and Washington coach Bruce Boudreau talk admist deep, ominus lighting and with a piano in the backround:

-An old man in a black turtleneck and Tom Brady's hair Wayne Gretzky discussed Sidney Crosby last night:

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins re-signed former defenseman Joey Mormina.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins forward Chris Kontos. Acquired midway through the 1986-87 season in a deal which sent Ron Duguay to the Rangers, Kontos spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1986-87 by appearing in 31 games for the Penguins and scoring 17 points. After 36 games and eight points in 1987-88, Kontos was traded to the Kings along with a draft pick in exchange for Bryan Erickson. In 67 games with the Penguins, Kontos scored 25 points.

-Happy 28th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Nathan Guenin. A native of Hopewell, Guenin came to the Penguins as a free agent in the 2009 offseason. After two games and no points, Guenin was traded midway through the 2009-10 season in exchange for Steve Wagner. He is currently a member of the Springfield Falcons, the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate.

Atlantic Division

-Daniel Briere had two goals and an assist for the Flyers in a 4-1 win at Toronto. Andrej Meszaros recorded two assists for Philadelphia while Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves in the victory.

-Happy times for Philadelphia's Kimmo Timonen (left) and Ville Leino:

-Fist-pumping times for Philadelphia's Chris Pronger:

-Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for the Rangers in a 5-3 win against the Senators. Marian Gaborik and former Penguin Michal Rozsival each recorded two assists for New York. Fire Craig Patrick. Mike Fisher scored two goals for Ottawa.

-Following a fight with Rangers goon Derek Boogaard, Senators defenseman Matt Carkner appeared to flick blood at the direction of the Rangers' bench:

-Carkner was given a 10-minute misconduct for the gesture.

-Boogaard ended up with a broken nose after the altercation.

-Funny Face of the Night: This Senators fan reacting to Ottawa's Nick Foligno socking Rozsival:

-Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur is expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Senators. He has not played since Nov. 18 due to an elbow injury.

-"I'll take all the responsibility for that, that's why I'm here." - Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk on his team's struggles.

-The Devils demoted defenseman Anssi Salmela (knee) to Albany of the AHL for conditioning purposes and placed forward Stephen Gionta and defenseman Olivier Magnan on waivers.

-Former Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt claims a personal vendetta with former coach Scott Gordon ended his career with the Islanders.

-Approximately 1,100 Nordiques fans are expected to show up for a Thrashers-Islanders game on Long Island in order to show they can support an NHL franchise.

Northeast Division

-Milan Lucic scored two goals and led the Bruins to a 5-2 win against the Islanders. Captain Zdeno Chara recorded two assists for Boston while Tuukka Rask made 33 saves in the victory. New York has gone 1-15-3 in its last 19 games.

-It wasn't all bad for New York. Check out this penalty shot goal by New York's Frans Nielsen:

-Boston's Shawn Thornton and New York's Trevor Gillies had issues:

-Rask had issues with this puck:

-Boston's Brad Marchand being good people:

-Two goals and an assist by Paul Gaustad led the Sabres to a 6-3 win against the Sharks. Cody McCormick added a goal and two assists for Buffalo while teammate Thomas Vanek scored two goals. Ryan Miller made 26 saves in the victory. Logan Couture had a goal and an assist for San Jose.

-Gaustad was kind of in no-man's land here between Couture and Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi:

-After demoting him to Portland of the AHL Wednesday, the Sabres recalled forward Marc Mancari.

-Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering a leg injury Nov. 2.

-Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel has gone seven games without a goal.

Southeast Division

-Tomas Vokoun made 36 saves and led the Panthers to a 3-0 shutout of the Capitals. Stephen Weiss recorded two assists for Florida. Washington has lost four consecutive games.

-Check out this goal by Florida's Mike Santorelli:

-Washington's Semyon Varlamov reached out for this puck:

-Former Penguins goaltender Tom Barrasso discusses his role as the goaltending coach for the Hurricanes' organization:

-Lightning forward Mattias Ritola is dealing with an ear disease.

-The Lightning acquired minor league forward Levi Nelson from the Bruins in exchange for minor-league left wing Juraj Simek.

-The Panthers acquired minor league forwards Jeff LoVecchio and Jordan Knackstedt from the Bruins in exchange for minor league defenseman Sean Zimmerman and a seventh-round pick in 2011.

-You know how Capitals owner Ted Leonsis doesn't like or, in some cases, allow fans of a certain NHL team in to the Verizon Center? Well he doesn't seem to be taking the same approach with his struggling NBA team.

Central Division

-A goal and two assists by David Backes led the Blues to a 4-1 win against the Blue Jackets. Teammate Erik Johnson recorded two assists while Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves in the victory.

-Columbus' Jared Boll and St. Louis' Cam Janssen had a pretty solid scrap:

-Halak alone in the dark:

-Janssen is either chewing bubblegum or he threw up a blueberry slushie from 7/11:

-Linesman Paul Devorski had issues with St. Louis' Barrett Jackman and Columbus' Derek Dorsett:

-The Blackhawks demoted forwards Jeremy Morin and Rob Klinkhammer to Rockford of the AHL.

-With seven consecutive wins, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is closing in on the franchise marks for a rookie (eight) and overall (nine).

-Red Wings general manager Ken Holland would like to move his team to the Eastern Conference.

Northwest Division

-Two goals by Andrew Brunette led the Wild to a 3-2 win against the Coyotes. Mikko Koivu and Antti Miettinen each recorded two assists for Minnesota while Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves in the victory which snapped a five-game losing streak. Taylor Pyatt scored both of Phoenix's goals.

-On the eve of the Canucks retiring the No. 19 of former captain Markus Naslund, the Vancouver Sun re-examines the train wreck of a trade which brought Naslund to Vancouver from the Penguins. Fire Craig Patrick.

Pacific Division

-Jonathan Quick made 26 saves for the Kings in a 2-1 win against the Flames. Los Angeles has won three consecutive games.

-It wasn't all bad for the Flames. Check out this little bit of robbery by goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff:

-Fight of the Night: Calgary's Tim Jackman and Los Angeles' Kyle Clifford:

-A good look at the fight:

-Quick kept his eyes on this puck:

-Los Angeles' Drew Doughty reached low for this puck:

-Kings forward Brad Richardson left the game due to an "upper-body" injury.

-The Kings activated former Penguins forward Alexei Ponikarovsky (finger) from injured reserve.

-The Stars placed forward Toby Petersen (hand) on injured reserve, recalled defenseman Maxime Fortunus from Texas of the AHL and demoted defenseman Philip Larsen to Texas.

Smythe Division

-Michigan hosts rival Michigan State at Michigan Stadium tomorrow:

-If you haven't seen this yet, please check out this bench-clearing brawl between Coventry Blaze and the Nottingham Panthers in the EIHL in the United Kingdom:

-We need more British play-by-play announcers on this continent.

-Former Denver University coach Murray Armstrong, who turned the Pioneers into a five-time national champion in the 1950s and 60s, passed away. He was 94. Armstrong also played for the Maple Leafs, the New York/Brooklyn Americans and the Red Wings.

(Photos: Flyers/Maple Leafs-Abelimages/Getty Images; Islanders/Bruins-Charles Krupa/Associated Press; Sharks/Sabres-Rick Stewart/Getty Images; Panthers/Capitals-Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Blue Jackets/Blues-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Flames/Kings-Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

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