Empty Netter Assists - 02-03-11

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-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. -"Oh, no, the shutout doesn't really matter." - Brent Johnson on getting kick out of the game for fighing New York's Rick DiPietro. That cost Johnson an individual shutout.'s recap. "That was awesome. He was so calm, so relaxed. It was just boom!" - Marc-Andre Fleury on Johnson.

-The Associated Press' recap. - “He’s got long arms.” - DiPietro on Johnson.


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-By way of The Pensblog, a really good view of the fight as shot by a fan:

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-A few good looks at the fight:

-And the aftermath:

-On the undercard, we had Mike Rupp versus Zenon Konopka:

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-A good look at this fight:

-Funny Face of the Night: Eric Tangradi knocking over DiPietro:

-Fleury and Chris Kunitz having a moment:

-Alex Goligoski teeing one up:

-Craig Adams getting down to block a shot by New York's Andy MacDonald:

-Kris Letang getting down to block a pass from New York's Jeremy Colliton:

-New York's Kyle Okposo taking a shot:

-"Disco" Dan Bylsma showed off some of his moves:

-We think.

-Maxime Talbot > New York's Jack Hillen:

-Reflective times for New Yorks PA Parenteau:

-A fish-eye view of Tangradi:

-If there's a way to sum up DiPietro's night, this is it:

-New York's Robbie Schremp wasn't feeling it either:

-Ditto for coach Jack Capuano:

-Johnson speaks:

-Maxime Talbot speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks, is impressed by whoever asked the first four questions:

-Jordan Staal's suspension lasted all of 12 hours.

-Fleury met up with the only other all-star goaltender in Penguins history, Michel Dion:

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-The debate on the future of the Civic Arena rages on.

-Patrick Killeen made 26 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-1 loss to the Reading Royals.

-Happy 43nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Frantisek Kucera. Kucera came to the Penguins at the 2001 trade deadline in a deal that sent a sixth-round pick to the Blue Jackets. He appeared in seven games for the Penguins that season and recorded two assists. In the 2001 offseason, he was traded to the Capitals along with some other guy in exchange for Kris Beech, Michal Sivek, Ross Lupaschuk.

Atlantic Division

-Rangers forward and former Penguin Ruslan Fedotenko will be sidelined three weeks following an appendectomy.

-Rangers forward Vaclav Prospal is expected to make his season debut tonight. He has missed the entire preseason and regular season due to a knee injury.

Northeast Division

-Alex Auld made 33 saves for the Canadiens in a 3-2 defeat of the Panthers. Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban each recorded two assists for Montreal.

-Check out this re-direction goal by Montreal's Jeff Halpern:

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-A good look at the goal:

-It wasn't all bad for the Panthers. Check out this hit by Keaton Ellerby on Montreals Andrei Kostitsyn:

-Happy times in Montreal:

-Happy times for the Panthers.  Not so much for Montreal's Hal Gill:

-Florida's Steve Bernier and Montreal's Yannick Weber had issues:

-The Maple Leafs signed forward Mike Brown to a three-year contract extension worth a total of $2.21 million. He will have a salary capt hit of $740,000.

-The Senators demoted forward Colin Greening to Binghamton of the AHL.

-The Sabres recalled forward Paul Byron from Portland of the AHL.

-Canadiens forward prospect Danny Kristo has been hospitalized due to frostbite.

Southeast Division

-The Lightning placed goaltender Mike Smith on waivers.

-With forward Jussi Jokinen dealing with an "lower-body" injury, the Hurricanes recalled forward Zach Boychuk from Charlotte of the AHL.

-Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau is a Packers fan for one weekend at least.

Central Division

-Five goals from Johan Franze led the Red Wings to a 7-5 win against the Senators. Henrik Zetterberg recorded three assists for Detroit while teammates Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski each netted two assists. Jimmy Howard made 29 saves in the victory. Milan Michalek had two goals for Ottawa.

-Franzen's hat trick (plus two):

-Check out this brutal non-goal call which went against the Senators:

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-Ottawa's Alex Kovalev being popular:

-Attentive times for Ottawa's Robin Lehner:

-The Blues activated forward Andy McDonald (concussion) from injured reserve and demoted forward Philip McRae to Peoria of the AHL.

-Tuesdays' Avalanche-Blues game postponed due to poor weather in St. Louis was re-scheduled for Feb. 22.

Northwest Division

-Vancouver's Roberto Luongo made 23 saves in a 6-0 shutout of the Coyotes. Ryan Kesler scored two goals for the Canucks while teammate Mason Raymond netted a goal and an assist.

-Check out this re-direction goal by Vancouver's Alex Burrows:

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-Vancouver's Cody Hodgson scored his first career goal:

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-Check out Kesler's first goal:

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-Check out this re-direction goal by Raymond:

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-Cool Photo of the Night: Vancouver's Jannik Hansen standing during the national anthems:

-This was a road game for the Canucks:

-Vancouver's Tanner Glass kept his eyes on this puck:

-As did Phoenix's Ilya Bryzgalov:

-Reflective times for the Canucks:

-Concentrating times for Luongo:

-Oilers forward Zach Stortini cleared waviers and was demoted to Oklahoma City of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Ryane Clowe had a goal and an assist for the Sharks who held off the rival Ducks, 4-3. Teammates Dan Boyle and Devin Setoguchi each recorded two assists while Antti Niemi made 27 saves in the victory. Corey Perry netted two assists for Anaheim.

-Ryan Smyth scored two goals for the Kings in a 3-1 win at Edmonton. Jack Johnson netted a goal and two assists for Los Angeles while teammate Drew Doughty recorded two assists. Jonathan Quick made 32 saves in the victory.

-The Stars placed forward Tom Wandell (shoulder) on injured reserve and recalled forward Raymond Sawada from Texas of the AHL.

(Photos: Islanders/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Panthers/Canadiens-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Red Wings/Senators-Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images; Canucks/Coyotes-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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