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Empty Netter Assists - 03-21-11

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Penguins

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-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. "I don't think you can talk about eliminating head shots from the game, as we have as an organization, and not expect that to be examined, as what looks to be contact right to the head, on the play." - Dan Bylsma on Matt Cooke's elbow to the head of Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.

-The New York Daily News recap. The Rangers have won four consecutive games.

-The (Bergen, N.J.) Record's recap. "He’s done it before." - Rangers forward Brandon Prust on Cooke.

-The Associated Press' recap. “Hank played with some (guts), didn’t he?” - Rangers coach John Tortorella on goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

-NHL.com's recap. "I would hope it wasn't his intent. It's a tight game and I'm sure he's not trying to give his team a five-minute penalty. He's probably just trying to finish his check. He just caught me wrong." - McDonagh on the hit.

-Highlights:

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-A good look at Chris Kunitz's shorthanded goal on Lundqvist:

-Happy times for Alex Kovalev and Jordan Staal:

-Happy times for the Rangers. Not so much for Marc-Andre Fleury:

-Staal and his one-time landlord Erik Christensen battling for a puck:

-New York's Brandon Dubinsky attempted a double choke slam on Tyler Kennedy and Kunitz:

-We think.

-Happy times for New York's Ryan Callahan and Matz Zuccarello:

-Bylsma speaks:

-McDonagh passed an in-game examination from a doctor following the hit.

-To say the least, you don't get too many shorthanded goals from Kunitz.

-How realistic is it for the Penguins to just cut Cooke (PG+)?

-Sidney Crosby did some more skating yesterday:

-A goal and an assist by Zach Sill led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 2-1 win against the Charlotte Checkers. Teammate Geoff Walker recorded two assists while Brad Thiessen made 25 saves in the victory.

-The Penguins reached the 50-win mark for the third time in franchise history.

-Peter Delmas made 22 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-2 loss to the Kalamzoo Wings.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jim Kyte. Acquired in the 1989 offseason along with Andrew McBain and Randy Gilhen in a deal which sent Randy Cunneyworth, Rick Tabaracci and Dave McLlwain to Winnipeg, Kyte, the first deaf player in NHL history, spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1989-90, he appeared in 56 games, scored four points and accumulted 125 penalty minutes. After appearing in just one game for the 1990-91 Penguins, he was dealt to the Flames in exchange for forward Jiri Hrdina in December. In 57 regular season games for the Penguins he had four points.

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Atlantic Division

-Martin Brodeur made all of 13 saves and led the Devils to a 3-0 shutout of the Blue Jackets. David Clarkson had two goals for New Jersey while teammate Mattias Tedenby recorded two assists.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this steal and steal by New Jersey's Nick Palmieri:

Northeast Division

-A hat trick and an assist by P.K. Subban led the Canadiens to an 8-1 rout of the Wild. James Wisniewski and Ryan White each added a goal and an assist for Montreal while teammates David Desharnais and Benoit Pouliot each recorded three assists. Alex Auld made 30 saves in the victory.

-Subban's hat trick:

-Check out this pass by Michael Cammalleri to set up Wisniewski for a goal:

-White actually had a Gordie Howe Hat Trick:

-Minnesota's Clayton Stoner rocked White with a nice clean hit:

-Stoner and White had issues afterwards:

-Funny Face of the Night: This lady in red reacting to a hit by Stoner on Montreal's Aaron Palushaj:

-Canadiens defenseman and former Penguin Hal Gill returned to the lineup after missing two games due to the flu.

-The defeat was the most lopsided in franchise history for the Wild.

-Sabres forward Tomas Vanek, he of the team-high salary cap hit of $7.14 million, has only three goals in his past 17 games.

Southeast Division

-Hurricanes defenseman Andrew McBain resumed practicing after missing 11 games due to a shoulder injury.

-The Panthers demoted defenseman Clay Wilson to Rochester of the AHL.

Central Division

-Martin Erat's overtime goal gave the Predators a thrilling 4-3 overtime win at Buffalo. Blake Geoffrion had his first career hat trick for Nashville while Anders Lindback made 35 saves in the victory.

-Geoffrion's hat trick:

-The Predators managed to score three goals in a span of 2:54 to win the game.

-Corey Crawford made 22 saves for the Blackhawks in a 2-1 win at Phoenix. The Coyotes had a five-game winning streak snapped.

-Phoenix's Ilya Bryzgalov had issues with this puck:

-Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp left the game in the first period due to a left knee injury.

-The Blackhawks demoted forward Ben Smith to Rockford of the AHL.

-The Blues demoted forward T.J. Hensick and defenseman Tyson Strachan to Peoria of the AHL.

Northwest Divison

-It's still not known if Canucks forward Manny Malhotra (right) will regain vision in a surgically repaired eye.

Pacific Division

-Two goals from Corey Perry, including one in overtime, and an assist gave the Ducks a wild 5-4 win against the Flames. Captain Ryan Getzlaf added a goal and three assists for Anaheim while teammate Teemu Selanne netted a goal and two assists. Dan Ellis made 37 saves in the victory. Former Penguin Tom Kostopoulos had two goals and an assist for Calgary. Fire Craig Patrick.

-Perry scored an overtime goal for the second consecutive game.

-Selanne moved into third place on the NHL's all-time scoring list.

-The Flames have lost 13 consecutive games in Anaheim.

-Stars defenseman Karlis Skrastins (right) is dealing with thigh laceration.

-Former Robert Morris forward Nathan Longpre signed an amateur tryout contract with the Worcester Sharks, San Jose's AHL affiliate.

Norris Division

-Former Blackhawks/Sabres/Red Wings/Senators goaltender Dominik Hasek, 46, says he wants to play one more year in the KHL.

(Photos: Rangers/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Keith Srakocic/Associated Press; Canadiens/Wild-Genevieve Ross/Associated Press; Blackhawks/Coyotes-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Malhotra-Andy Marlin/Getty Images; Skrastins-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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