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Empty Netter Assists - 02-11-11

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Penguins

-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. "If anything, I just buried my head and fired as hard as I could." - Jordan Staal (above, with Los Angeles's Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick) on his game-winning overtime goal.

-The Los Angeles' time recap. "At least we got a point but I think ultimately this was a game we should have had." - Kings defenseman and former Penguin Rob Scuderi.

-The Associated Press' recap. Dan Byslma recorded his 100th career win.

-NHL.com's recap. "It could have easily been a 1-0 lead for them. It was a big momentum changer and it's the kind of play I have to make." - Zbynek Michalek on his first period "save" against Los Angeles' Justin Williams.

-The Kings' Web site's story. "We got one, but at the end of the day, we need two." - Kings captain Dustin Brown on only getting one point.

-Highlights:

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-Deryk Engelland versus Los Angeles' Kevin Westgarth:

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-A good look at the fight:

-Ryan Craig versus Los Angeles' Wayne Simmonds:

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-Staal ripping his game-winner on Quick:

-Happy times for Staal and Pascal Dupuis:

-Happy times for the Penguins:

-Fleury was squared up to this shot:

-Nick Johnson crashing over Quick:

-Bloody times for Los Angeles' Ryan Smyth:

-It wasn't an easy night for Byslma:

-The Scarecrow from "The Wizard of Oz" Jordan Staal speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-Zbynek Michalek speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-"But that's the thing with these things -- you don't know. There's no time frame." - Sidney Crosby on his concussion.

-"It's how we want to play the game as a team, and he's a big part of that. He's a guy who's added to us being a successful team. He's going to continue to be a physical part of our team when he does get back in the lineup." - Dan Bylsma on Matt Cooke.

-The NHL Penguins' injuries have ravaged the AHL Penguins' roster.

-The Wheeling Nailers traded forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel to the Cincinnati Cyclones in exchange for forwards Christiaan Minella and Sam D’Agostino.

-The Penguins still retain his NHL and AHL rights.

-Happy 27th birthday to current Penguins forward Maxime Talbot (right). An eighth-round pick in 2003, Talbot has spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2005-06, Talbot appeared in 48 games and scored eight points. He broke through as a full-time NHLer in 2006-07 by playing in 75 games and netting 24 points. During the 2007 postseason he saw action in five games and recorded one assist. In 2007-08, Talbot played in 63 games and set a career-high with 26 points. In that spring's postseason, he appeared in 17 games and scored nine points while helping the franchise advance to its third Stanley Cup final. He followed that up in 2008-09 by appearing in 75 games and scoring 22 points. During the 2009 playoffs, "Superstar" lived up to his nickname by playing in 24 games and scoring 13 points, including both of the team's goals in a Stanley Cup-clinching 2-1 win in Game 7 of the Cup final in Detroit (below). Injuries limited Talbot to 45 games and seven assists in 2009-10. In that season's playoffs, Talbot played in 13 games and scored six points. This season, Talbot has appeared in 56 games and scored 13 points. In 362 career regular season games, Talbot has scored 100 points, 81st-most in franchise history. In 59 postseason games, he has 29 points, 13th-most in franchise history.

-Happy 74rd birthday to former Penguins forward Eddie Shack. An all-star with the Maple Leafs, Shack came to the Penguins late in 1971-72 season in a deal which sent Rene Robert to the Sabres, Shack spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. "The Entertainer" finished 1971-72 by playing in 18 games for the Penguins and scoring 14 points. In that spring's postseason, Shack played in four games and recorded one assist. His only full seasons in Pittsburgh was 1972-73. Skating on the eloquently-named Shack-Schock-Schinkel line (with Ron Schock and Ken Schinkle) he played in 74 games and scored 45 points In the 1973 offseason, Shack was trade to the Maple Leafs in exchange for cash. In 92 regular season games for the Penguins, he scored 59 points.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins all-star goaltender Michel Dion (right). A free agent signing in the 1981 offseason, Dion spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. He paid immediate dividends for the Penguins in 1981-82 by playing in 62 games, going 25-24-12 with a 3.79 goals against average. In addition to that, he became first Penguins goaltender to be selected to an all-star game that season. In the 1983 postseason, Dion saw action in all five of the team's postseason games and went 2-3 with 4.34 goals against average. He followed that up in 1982-83 by playing in 49 games, going 12-30-4 with a 4.26 goals against average. In 1983-84, Dion was limited to 30 games and had a 2-19-4 record with a 5.33 goals against average. His final NHL season was 1984-85. He only played in 10 games, went 3-6-0 and had a goals against average of 4.67. He retired following the season. In 151 regular season games with the Penguins, Dion played in 151 games, had a record of 42-79-20 and a 4.28 goals against average. Prior to Marc-Andre Fleury's selection this season, Dion was the only goaltender in franchise history to be selected to an all-star game.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ville Siren. Acquired early in the 1984-85 season in a deal which sent Pat Boutette to the Whalers, Siren spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1985-86, Siren played in 60 games and scored 12 points. He followed that up in 1986-87 by setting a career high in games (69) and points (22). In 1987-88, Siren saw action in 58 games and scored 21 points. After 12 games and one goal in 1988-89, Siren was traded to the Minnesota North Stars along with Steve Gotaas in exchange for Gord Dineen and Scott Bjugstad. In 199 games with the Penguins, Siren scored 56 points. He is currently a scout with the Blues.

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-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jamie Pushor. Acquired at the 2002 trade deadline in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Blue Jackets, Pushor spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. he finished 2001-02 by playing in 15 games and recorded two assists. His only full season in Pittsburgh was 2002-03. He saw action in 76 games and scored four points. He left the Penguins in the 2003 offseason when he re-joined the Blue Jackets as a free agent. In 91 games with the Penguins, he scored six points.

-Happy 63rd birthday to former Penguins forward Lew Morrison (right). Acquired midway through the 1974-75 season in a deal which sent Ron Lalonde to the Capitals, Morrison spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1974-75 by playing in 52 games for the Penguins and scoring 12 points. In nine postseason games that spring, he failed to record a point. During 1975-76, Morrison matched a career-high with 78 games and scored nine points. He appeared in three postseason games that season and failed to net a point. In 1976-77, he saw action in 76 games and recorded three points. In one postseason game that spring, he did not record a point. Morrison's final NHL season was 1977-78. He was limited to eight games and two points. Midway through the season, he was loaned to Binghamton of the AHL. In 214 regular season games with the Penguins, he scored 26 points. In 13 postseason games, he failed to score a point.

-Happy 56th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Paul Harrison. Acquired by the Penguins in the 1981 offseason in a trade for future considerations with the Maple Leafs, Harrison appeared in 13 games that season for the team going 3-7-0 with a 5.49 goals against average. He would be claimed off waivers by the Sabres in February of that season.

Atlantic Division

-Brian Boucher made 31 saves for the Flyers in a 2-1 defeat of the Hurricanes. Philadelphia has won three consecutive games. Carolina has lost four out of its last five.

-The Flyers are 15-0-3 in their last 18 games against the Hurricanes.

-A shootout goal by Kyle Okposo gave the Islanders a 4-3 win at Montreal. Michael Grabner had two goals in regulation for New York while teamamte Jack Hillen and Frans Nielsen each recorded two assists. Mikko Koskinen made 37 saves in the victory.

-Check out this save by Koskinen on Montreal's James Wisniewski:

-An overtime goal by Ilya Kovalchuk gave the Devils a 2-1 win at Toronto. Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire earned his 600th career win. Former Penguin Johan Hedberg made 31 saves in the victory.

-Kovalchuk's goal:

-Check out this effort by Toronto's Phil Kessel to set up Nikolai Kulemin for a goal:

-Lemaire downplayed his acheivement.

-"I think he’s the best coach I’ve ever played for.” - Kovalchuk on Lemaire.

Northeast Division

-An overtime goal and an assist by Tyler Myers gave the Sabres to a 3-2 win at Florida. Jason Pominville added two assists for Buffalo while Ryan Miller made 24 saves in the victory. Dennis Wideman recorded two assists for the Panthers.

-Myers' goal:

-The fire sale officially begins in Ottawa. The Senators dealt forward Mike Fisher to the Predators in exchange for a first-round pick in 2011 and a conditional draft pick in 2012.

-Thinking Out Loud: What a wonderful trade for the Predators for the franchise as a whole. They make a significant committment towards being a playoff team and show their fan base they are serious. Fisher is a leader who bring a two-way game which is second to none. He's a tenacious defensive forward, a beast on the forechek and a force offensively, guaranteed to produce 20 goals a season. Fisher has a managable $4.2 million salary cap hit and being the husband of singer Carrie Underwood doesn't hurt things in regards to ticket sales with casual fans. For the Senators, it's clearly time to move on and re-build the franchise. This is the first big step.

-The Maple Leafs recalled forward recalled defenceman Keith Aulie from Toronto of the AHL and demoted forward John Mitchell.

-The Canadiens recalled forward Ryan White from Hamilton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-With Lightning forward and former Penguin Ryan Malone dealing with a stomach injury, the Lightning recalled Johan Harju from Norfolk of the AHL.

Central Division

-The Predators didn't trade for Mike Fisher apparently:

-Blackhawks goaltender and former Star Marty Turco returns to Dallas for the first time since leaving as a free agent this past summer.

Northwest Division

-The Canucks recalled forward Victor Oreskovich from Manitoba of the AHL and demoted forward Aaron Volpatti to Manitoba.

-Avalanche forward T.J. Galiardi (wrist) and defenseman Kyle Cumiskey (concussion) are out indefinitely due to injuries.

-With  those injuries and goaltender Craig Anderson (right) taking a leave of absence for personal reasons, the Avalanche recalled goaltender John Grahame and defenseman Jonas Holos from Lake Erie of the AHL.

-Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney (ankle) is hoping to return before the end of the season in order to compete in the IIHF World Championships.

-Prep work for the Heritage Classic at McMahon Stadium in Calgary has begun.

Pacific Division

-"It felt like I never left." - Anaheim defenseman Francois Beauchemin on rejoining the Ducks following a trade with the Maple Leafs.

(Photos: Kings/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Talbot and Anderson-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Dion and Morrison-Penguins Hockey Cards)

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