Empty Netter Assists - 03-12-11

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-We know this isn't a Penguins link, but it probably deserves a little bit more play than usual. If you read only one link today, make it this one. Hall of Fame Canadiens goaltender Ken Dryden (above), arguably the smartest person in the history of this sport, examines the culture of head injuries for the Globe and Mail.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Maxime Talbot meets some other penguins. And a tiger:

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-Speaking of which, Talbot has a new Web site (

-Marc-Andre Fleury does not enunciate very well:

-Catching up with former Penguins equipment manager Steve Latin, now with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers:

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-Brad Thiessen made 26 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-0 shutout of the Abbotsford Heat. Zach Sill had a goal and an assist for the Penguins.

-The AHL Penguins played in their first ever game in the Pacific Time Zone.

-Peter Delmas made 37 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-1 loss to the Kalamazoo Wings.

-Happy 59th birthday to former Penguins forward Ed Gilbert (right). Acquired from the Kansas City Scouts midway through the 1975-76 season along with Simon Nolet and a and a draft pick in exchange for Steve Durbano, Chuck Arnason and a draft pick, Gilbert spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. In 1975-76, he appeared in 38 games and scored two points. During 1976-77, he was limited to seven games and no points. In the 1978 offseason, he signed with the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA.

-Happy 34rd birthday to current Peguins goaltender Brent Johnson. A free agent signing in the 2009 offseason, Johnson has spent the past two seasons with the Penguins. In 2009-10, Johnson went 10-6-1 with a 2.76 goals against average and .906 save percentage. He appeared in one playoff game last season. He had no record, a 1.94 goals against average and .857 save percentage. This season, Johnson has a 9-5-3 record with a 2.24 goals against average, .918 save percentage and one shutout (and two fights). In 41 regular season games with the Penguins, Johnson is 19-11-4 with a 2.51 goals against average, .911 save percentage and one shutout. His 19 wins are the 22nd-best total in franchise history.

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-Today would've been the 74rd birthday of former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets goaltender Roy Edwards. Edwards was originally claimed by the Penguins from the Blackhawks in the 1967 expansion draft but was traded to the Red Wings in exchange for Hank Bassen prior to the start of their inaugural season. In the 1971 offseason, the Penguins re-claimed him off waivers from the Red Wings. In 1971-72, he would go 2-8-4 with a 2.55 goals against average in 15 games before retiring in December due to stress. Having recovered, he was traded back to Detroit prior to 1972-73 in exchange for cash. He passed away at the age of 62 in 1999.

Atlantic Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Former Penguins prospect Matt Moulson and P.A. Parenteau each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders in a 4-2 defeat of the Bruins. Fire Ray Shero. Kyle Okposo added two assists for New York while Al Montoya made 26 saves in the victory. David Krejci recorded two assists for Boston. The Bruins are in third place in the Eastern Conference with 85 points, one less than the fourth-place Penguins.

-Happy times on Long Island:

-But not for Boston's Tim Thomas:

-Islanders fans booed Chara most of the night.

-The Devils get back on track. Two goals by Travis Zajac, including one in overtime, gave the Devils a 3-2 win at Atlanta. Teammate Ilya Kovalchuk added a goal and an assist while Martin Brodeur made 24 saves in the victory. Bryan Little recorded two assist for the Thrashers.

-Cool Photo of the Night: Brodeur knocking a puck out of midair:

-“In almost every city, they boo me. It’s nothing.” - Kovalchuk on the boos he received from his former fans.

-The Rangers are raising their season ticket prices by an average of 23 percent.

Northeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Curtis McElhinney made 34 saves for the Senators in a 2-1 win at Tampa Bay. The Lightning is in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 84 points, two less than the Penguins.

-The Sabres recalled forward Mark Parrish (right) from Portland of the AHL.

-The Senators signed defenseman Mark Borowiecki, a fifth-round pick in 2008, to a two-year entry-level contract.

-“I tried to demonstrate to him, in the hallway, how he needed to keep his elbows tucked in. He was very polite, receptive to it.” - Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser on a meeting with Zdeno Chara during his rookie season of 1997-98, then with the Islanders.

Southeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Braden Holtby made 24 saves for the Capitals in a 2-1 win against the Hurricanes. Washinton has won seven consecutive games. The Capitals are in second place in the Eastern Conference with 88 points, two more than the Penguins.

-Panthers coach Peter DeBoer ripped Senators forward Francis Lessard for a hit to the head of Panthers forward Scott Timmins Thursday:

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-Timmins suffered a concussion on the play.

-The Thrashers demoted defenseman Paul Postma to Chicago of the AHL.

Central Division

-An overtime goal and an assist by Pavel Datsyuk gave the Red Wings a thrilling 2-1 win against the Oilers. Johan Franzen recorded two assists for Detroit.

-Goal of the Night: Datsyk scoring in overtime:

-Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom did battle with Edmonton's Andrew Cogliano in front of goaltender Devan Dubnyk:

-Funny Face of the Night: Edmonton's Alexandre Giroux checking Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom into the corner:

-The Blackhawks paid a visit to President Barack Obama at the White House yesterday:

-"I get jealous when the Cup is there and you can't touch it or pick it up (because of superstition). I want to take it home and show my family and have my name on it. Everywhere I turn, it's Cup here, Cup there. It's frustrating sometimes. I need one, definitely." - Blackhawks forward John Scott on being around members of last season's Stanley Cup-winning team. Scott joined Chicago as a free agent this past summer.

-"Things you think are a big problem all of a sudden aren't so important anymore. You learn to really appreciate the little things you have." - Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews following a visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center:

-The Blue Jackets demoted forward Kyle Wilson to Springfield of the AHL.

-The Red Wings demoted defenseman Doug Janik to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-The Predators demoted defenseman Teemu Laakso to Milwaukee of the AHL.

-The Blues demoted forward Dave Scatchard to Peoria of the AHL.

-St. Louis decreased some season ticket prices by as much as nine percent for next season.

Northwest Division

-Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk left last night's game against the Ducks due to a shoulder injury.

-Oilers defenseman and former Penguin Ryan Whitney (right) is now on Twitter (@ryanwhitney6).

-The Wild signed goaltender Dennis Endras to a two-way contract for next season.

-The Flames recalled forward forward Lance Bouma from Abbotsford of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Kari Lehtonen made all of 14 saves in a 4-0 shutout of the Wild. Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist for the Stars while teammate Jamie Langenbrunner recorded two assists.

-Lehtonen recorded his first shutout since joining the Stars.

-Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman returned to the lineup after missing 11 games due to a hip injury.

-The Wild is 0-10-4 in its past 14 games in Dallas.

-A hat trick by Anze Kopitar led the Kings to a 4-2 win at Columbus. Justin Williams added a goal and two assists for Los Angeles while teammate Drew Doughty recorded two assists. Jonathan Bernier made 32 saves in the victory.

-There was a nother incident involving a turnbuckle near the benches in this game. Columbus' R.J. Umberger drove Doughty into the turnbuckle:

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-Doughty returned to the game and said he was "fine" afterwards.

-Kopitar's hat trick:

-Check out the passing here with Williams and teammate Dustin Penner on Williams' goal:

-Los Angeles' Kevin Westgarth and Columbus' Jared Boll had issues:

-Captain Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists for the Ducks in a 6-2 rout of the Avalanche. Saku Koivu and Corey Perry each had a goal and an assist for Anaheim while teammates Luca Sbisa and Teemu Selanne each recorded two assists. Dan Ellis made 24 saves in the victory.

-Selanne has some serious bed head:

-Avalanche coach Joe Sacco called a time out to have a heart to heart with his players and tell them how truly ugly their third jerseys are:

-We think.

-Colorado's Milan Hejduk attempted a flying body press slam on Anaheim's Francois Beauchemin:

-We think.

-Happy times for the Ducks. Not so much for the Avalanche:

-Ellis is now 5-1-1 with the Ducks.

-The Coyotes demoted defenseman Chris Summers to San Antonio of the AHL.

-The Sharks signed forward James Livingston to an entry-level contract.

(Photos: Dryden and Bruins/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Gilbert-Penguins Hockey Cards; Devils/Thrashers-Gregory Smith/Associated Press; Parrish-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Oilers/Red Wings-Dave Sandford/Getty Images; Whitney-Dale MacMillan/Getty Images; Kings/Blue Jackets-Terry Gilliam/Associated Press; Ducks/Avalanche-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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