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Empty Netter Assists - 12-12-10

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "Everybody seemed to be at everybody's throats." - Ben Lovejoy on the physical nature of the game.

-The Buffalo News' recap. "We weren't good enough in the little areas, which they were. It just proves they're a team that's going really well right now." - Sabres forward Jason Pominville on the Penguins.

-The Associated Press' recap. Marc-Andre Fleury extended his winning streak to 11 games.

-NHL.com's recap. Sidney Crosby's (right, with Fleury) 18-game scoring streak is one short of his career best.

-Mike Lange's goal call.

-Highlights.

-Marc-Andre Fleury's toe save on Buffalo's Mike Grier deserves a second look:

-Matt Cooke versus Jason Pominville:

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-A good look at the fight:

-Happy times for Craig Adams, Ben Lovejoy and Dustin Jeffrey. Not so much for Buffalo's Jordan Leopold:

-Happy times for Maxime Talbot, Arron Asham and Kris Letang:

-Crosby and Buffalo's Mike Weber getting rough:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Evgeni Malkin is hoping to return to the lineup Tuesday in Philadelphia.

-Tuesday's showdown with the Flyers has turned into quite a match-up. The Penguins have won 12 consecutive games while the Flyers 7-1-3 in their past 11 games.

-So far so good for Dustin Jeffrey.

-Mike Rupp's kid could be the star of "24/7."

-Could "24/7" help the NHL in negotiations for the league's next television deal?

-Eric Tangradi scored two goals for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 7-4 loss to the Norfolk Admirals. Corey Potter recorded three assists for the Penguins while teammate Steve Wagner netted two assists.

-This game was pretty much one big fight. There were 235 minutes in penalties combined:

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-Tangradi's offense is starting to pick up.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled forward Joey Haddad from Wheeling.

-Ryan Schnell scored two goals for the Wheeling Nailers in a 8-3 defeat of the Gwinnett Gladiators. Kris Vernarsky had a goal and two assists for Wheeling while teammate Jason DeSantis recorded three assists. Mattais Modig made 32 saves in the victory.

-Former Penguins defenseman Martin Skoula was hospitalized after being involved in a line brawl in the KHL. Skoula's Avangard Omsk went at it with Vityaz. Skoula in in black wearing No. 41:

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-Today would've been the 59th birthday of former Penguins defenseman Steve Durbano. Acquired midway through the 1973-74 season along with Ab DeMarco Jr. and Bob Kelly in a deal which sent Bryan Watson, Greg Polis and a draft pick to the Blues,"Mental Case" spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1973-74 by appearing in 33 games for the Penguins and scoring 18 points while accumulating 138 penalty minutes. In 1974-75, Durbano was limited to one game, one assist and 10 penalty minutes due to a wrist injury. After 32 games, eight assists and a team-leading 161 penalty minutes, Durbano was traded to the Kansas City Scouts along with Chuck Arnason and a draft pick for for Simon Nolet, Ed Gilbert and a draft pick. In 66 regular season game with the Penguins, Durbano scored recorded 27 points and recorded 309 penalty minutes. Durbano passed away Nov. 16, 2002.

Atlantic Division

-Mike Richards' goal with three seconds remaining in overtime gave the Flyers a 2-1 win at Boston. Brian Boucher made 35 saves in the victory.

-Philadelphia's Jody Shelley was given a boarding major and a game misconduct for a hit from behind on Boston's Adam McQuaid:

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-Happy times for Boucher and teammate Claude Giroux:

-Happy times for the Flyers:

-Funny Face of the Night: This female Bruins fan behind Boston's Tim Thomas:

-Boston's Shawn Thornton had issues with an official:

-Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger is dealing with wonky back.

-"I’ve never experienced this." - Devils forward Patrik Elias on his team's struggles.

-Approximately 1,100 Nordiques fans invaded Long Island last night:

-"I feel like I want to throw up right now." - Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro on his team's struggles.

-"We’re here through 2015 were going to honor the lease. I know we’re not going to play one day longer than we have to in this arena." - Islanders general manager and former Penguin Garth Snow on Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Northeast Division

-A goal and an assist by Tomas Kaberle helped the Maple Leafs beat the rival Canadiens, 3-1. Kaberle's goal was his first of the season. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 22 saves in the victory.

-Hockey Night in Toronto Canada paid tribute to John Lennon with its pregame montage:

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-Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek left the game in the first period due to an "upper-body" injury.

-Spacek appeared to be injured after he was clocked pretty good by Toronto's Clarke MacArthur:

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-Check out this hip check by Montreal's Tomas Plekanec on Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski:

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-Check out the laster Montreal's Michael Cammalleri scored on:

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-Spacek gunned a shot on Giguere:

-The Canadiens recalled forward David Desharnais from Hamilton of the AHL.

-The Bruins traded forward Marco Sturm to the Kings (again) in exchange for future consideration pending a physical. The move clears Sturm's $3.5 million salary cap hit off Boston's books.

-Ottawa demoted forward Bobby Butler to Binghamton of the AHL.

-The Senators are raffling off a lifesized bobblehead of captain Daniel Alfredsson.

Southeast Division

-Two goals by Johnny Oduya led the Thrashers to a 5-4 win against the Islanders. Teammate Brent Sopel recorded two assists while Chris Mason made 25 saves in the victory. Blake Comeau and Rob Schremp each had a goal and two assists for the Islanders who have lost 19 of their past 20 games.

-Atlanta's Bryan Little went all Mario Lemieux and scored on a faceoff:

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-Spitting times for Mason:

-We're not goaltending experts or anything, but we're thinking Mason played the wrong angle here:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Atlanta's Jim Slater warming up:

-Mason earned his first win since Nov. 3.

-Steve Stamkos had two goals, including one in overtime, and an assist and gave the Lightning a 5-4 win at Vancouver. Teammate Teddy Purcell added a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay while former Penguin Ryan Malone and Martin St. Louis each recorded two assists. Fire Ray Shero. Dan Ellis made 23 saves in the victory. Daniel and Henrik Sedin each had a goal and an assist for Vancouver.

-Stamko's unleashed a rocket for his overtime goal:

-Check out this pass by Henrik Sedin to set up Daniel Sedin for a goal:

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-Henrik Sedin's goal wasn't too shabby either:

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-Stamkos snapped a six-game goal-scoring slump.

-Jussi Jokinen's shootout goal gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 win at St. Louis. Cam Ward made 38 saves in the victory.

-Check out this sick goal by Carolina's Brandon Sutter:

-St. Louis' Brad Boyes blew up Ward's mask with a slapper:

-Check out this bit of robbery by Ward on St. Louis' David Backes:

-Carolina's Jay Harrison and St. Louis' B.J. Crombeen had issues:

-The Lightning's players are still grumpy over the spectacular shootout move Edmonton's Linus Omark beat them on in Friday's game.

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Central Division

-Captain Rick Nash had two goals and an assist for the Blue Jackets in a 3-1 win against the Rangers. Steve Mason made 32 saves in the victory.

-Check out this goal by Nash:

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-Happy times for Nash:

-Happy times for Columbus forward and Plum native R.J. Umberger:

-Happy times in Columbus:

-Nash became the franchise's all-time career leader in games played by appearing in his 544th contest.

-Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and two assists for the Red Wings in a 4-1 win at New Jersey. Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg each had a goal and an assist for Detroit while Chris Osgood made 33 saves in the victory. The Devils have lost five consecutive games in regulation for the first time since 2000.

-Holmstrom's goal pretty much sums up New Jersey's season:

-So does this picture of the bench:

-Detroit's Jonathan Ericsson and New Jersey's David Clarkson had issues:

-Osgood kept his eyes on this puck:

-Not so much with this one:

-New Jersey's Martin Brodeur had issues with this puck:

-Reflective times for Brodeur:

-Well... there's one way to look at it:

-Anders Lindback made 22 saves for the Predators in a 3-0 shutout of the Panthers. It was his first career shutout. Ryan Suter had a goal and an assist for Nashville which has won five of its past six games.

-Check out this devastating hit by Nashville's Jordin Tootoo on Florida's Michael Frolik:

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-Is that shoulder on shoulder?

-A good look at the hit:

-Lindback made one save with his lid:

-Florida's Mike Santorelli and Nashville's Francis Bouillon kept their eyes on this puck:

-The Panthers have not won in Nashville since 2000.

-The Blackhawks recalled forward Jeremy Morin from Rockford of the AHL.

-Former Blues/Canucks forward Ryan Johnson joined the Rockford IceHogs, the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate.

Northwest Division

-A goal and two assists by Paul Stastny helped the Avalanche win at Washington, 3-2. Kevin Shattenkirk added a goal and an assist for Colorado while Craig Anderson made 40 saves in the victory. Mike Knuble had a goal and an assist for the Capitals who have lost five consecutive games, the longest such streak since Bruce Boudreau took over as coach in November of 2007.

-Check out this sick pass by Shattenkirk to set up Stastny for a goal:

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-Brent Burns' overtime goal gave the Wild a 3-2 win at Los Angeles. Jose Theodore made 24 saves in the victory. Captain Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles.

-If you can imagine such a thing, Kings forward and former Penguin Alexei Ponikarovsky actually checked someone. Pretty hard too. Minnesota's Greg Zanon was the victim:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Happy times for Burns and teammate Pierre-Marc Bouchard:

-Los Angeles's Wayne Simmonds and Minnesota's Eric Nystrom had issues:

-Prior to last night's game, the Canucks retired the No. 19 of former captain Markus Naslund:

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-Canucks players wore replicas of Naslund's jersey:

-Prior to the game, Naslund discussed his time in Pittsburgh and Vancouver:

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Pacific Division

-Ryane Clowe had two goals, including one in overtime, and gave the Sharks a 2-1 win against the Blackhawks. Teammate Marc-Edouard Vlassic recorded two assists while Antti Niemi made 28 saves in the victory against his former team.

-Chicago's Corey Crawford had a seven-game winning streak snapped.

-Two goals by captain Shane Doan led the Coyotes to a 5-2 win against the Stars. Keith Yandle added a goal and two assists for Phoenix while teammate Ray Whitney netted a goal and an assist. Ilya Bryzgalov made 33 saves in the victory.

-Bryzgalov taking the ice:

-Anthem time for the Stars:

-This Coyotes fan is about 18-pounds of cute:

-After 15 seasons, Doan nearly recorded his first career hat trick when he hit a post in the third period.

-If you can imagine such a thing, Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen (back) is dinged up.

Smythe Division

-A world record was set yesterday as 113,411 souls watched Michigan beat Michigan State, 5-0, outside at Michigan Stadium:

-Some cool photos from the game:

-Nathan Longpre recorded two assists for the Robert Morris men's team in a 2-1 win against Alabama Huntsville.

-Ryan Zapolski made 26 saves for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 4-2 loss to RIT.

-Kristen DiCiocco made 18 saves for the Robert Morris women's team in a 1-1 tie with Niagara.

-Meghan Agosta scored two goals for Mercyhurst in a 7-3 defeat of St. Lawrence.

(Photos: Penguins/Sabres-Rick Stewart/Getty Images; Flyers/Bruins-Elsa/Getty Images; Canadiens/Maple Leafs-Dave Sandford/Getty Images; Thrashers/Islanders-Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press and im McIsaac/Getty Images; Hurricanes/Blues-Jeff Roberson/Associated Press; Rangers/Blue Jackets-John Grieshop/Getty Images and Jay LaPrete/Associated Press; Red Wings/Devils-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Panthers/Predators-Frederick Breedon/Getty Images; Wild/Kings-Harry How/Getty Images and Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press; Stars/Coyotes-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Michigan State/Michigan-Scott R. Galvin/University of Michigan/Associated Press, Leon Halip/Getty Images and Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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