Empty Netter Assists - 10-11-11

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-Marc-Andre Fleury declined an offer to pose nude in ESPN The Magazine. (PG+)

-Five out of six points in Western Canada ain't bad.

-The NHL has not made a ruling on Oilers forward Ryan Smyth's elbow to the face of Chris Kunitz.

-Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis like soccer:

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-Happy 80th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jim Morrison. Acquired from Baltimore of the AHL in exchange for cash and future consideration early in the 1969-70 season, Morrison, an all-star with the Maple Leafs in the mid 1950s, spent the final two seasons of his 12-year NHL career with the Penguins. In 1969-70, he appeared in 58 games and contributed 20 points. In that spring's postseason, Morrison saw action in eight games and recorded three points. He followed that up in 1970-71 by playing in 70 games and recording 10 assists. He retired in the 1971 offseason. The first player in franchise history to wear No. 27, Morrison appeared in 128 regular season games for the Penguins and scored 30 points. Break on through to the other side.

Atlantic Division

-Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists for the Devils in a 4-2 defeat of the Hurricanes. Captain Zach Parise added two goals for New Jersey while teammate Nick Palmieri recorded two assists. Former Penguin Johan Hedberg made 24 saves in the victory. Bryan Allen netted two assists for Carolina. Fire Craig Patrick.

-Parise's first goal came off a nifty re-direction from a shot by Patrik Elias:

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-Kovalchuk almost put a puck into his own net:

-Hedberg had issues with this puck:

-Hurricanes forward and former Penguin Alexei Ponikarovsky was popular after scoring:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-New Jersey's Brad Mills and linesman Derek Amell had issues:

-Mills and Carolina's Justin Falk had issues:

-Parise scored his first goal in 50 weeks.

-Former Penguins forward Petr Sykora recorded an assist for New Jersey. It was his first point for the Devils since 2002. Fire Ray Shero.

-Al Montoya made 20 saves for the Islanders in a 2-1 win against the Wild. P.A. Parenteau recorded two assists for New York.

-Goal of the Day: New York's Frans Nielsen off a re-direction pass from captain Mark Streit:

-Minnesota's Guillaume Latendresse was hungry:

-Contemplative Photo of the Day: Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom:

-Getting up close and personal with the top of the head of New York's Mike Mottau:

-Guilty Photo of the Day: New York's Steve Staios with Minnesota's Colton Gillies:

-Happy times for the Wild:

-New York's Andrew MacDonald and Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck had issues:

-New York's Rick DiPietro appears to be growing a playoff beard. Which is weird because it's October and he's a member of the Islanders:

-The Islanders have started Montoya in each of their first two games of the season over normal starter DiPietro.

-Rangers defenseman Marc Staal continues to slowly recover from a concussion.

Northeast Division

-The Canadiens recalled forward Aaron Palushaj from Hamilton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Shootout goals by Matt Hendricks and Alexander Semin gave the Capitals a 6-5 win against the Lightning. Jason Chimera had two goals for Washington while teammate Marcus Johansson added a goal and an assist. Tomas Vokoun made 23 saves in the victory. Brett Clark, Bruno Gervais, former Penguin Dominic Moore and Teddy Purcell each had a goal and an assist for the Lightning. Fire Ray Shero.

-Weird Face of the Day: Hendricks:

-Happy times for Washington's Troy Brouwer:

-Happy times in Washington:

-The Panthers signed forward JonathanĀ  Huberdeau, their first round pick this summer, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-Lightning defeseman Mattias Ohlund is expected to be sidelined one to two months due to injuries in both knees.

-Tampa Bay signed forward Ondrej Palat, a seventh-round pick this summer, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Central Division

-Jason Arnott and Alex Pietrangelo each had a goal and an assist for the Blues in a 5-2 win against the Flames. Andy McDonald recorded two assists for St. Louis while Jaroslav Halak made all of 15 saves in the victory.

-St. Louis' Chris Stewart and Calgary's Matt Stajan were ready for this faceoff:

-Pink times in St. Louis:

-Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo has completed a two-game suspension related to an incident with an official during last season' playoffs while he was a member of the Flyers.

Northwest Division

-Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves for the Avalanche in a 1-0 shutout of the Bruins. Tuukka Rask made 35 saves in the victory.

-Save of the Day: Varlamov on Boston's Brad Marchand:

-Varlamov and back up Jean-Sebastien Giguere had a moment:

-Rask kept his eyes on these pucks:

-Cory Schneider made 23 saves for the Canucks in a 3-2 win at Columbus. The Blue Jackets have opened the season with three consecutive losses.

-Columbus' Marc Methot slammed Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin into the boards with this dangerous hit from behind:

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-Intense Photo of the Day: Vancouver's Cody Hodgson and Columbus' Antoine Vermette ready for a faceoff:

Pacific Division

-Shootout goals by Loui Eriksson and Mike Ribeiro led the Stars to a 2-1 win against the Coyotes. Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves in the victory.

-Shootout Goal of the Day: Ribeiro on Phoenix's Mike Smith:

-For some reason, actor Cuba Gooding Jr. was one of the few people who took the game in:

-The Coyotes recalled defenseman Chris Summers from Portland of the AHL.

-The Kings demoted goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to Manchester of the AHL.

-The Ducks placed goaltender Jeff Deslauriers and forward Brian McGrattan on waivers.

Patrick Division

-Former Canadiens/Sabres/Blue Jackets defenseman Craig Rivet has joined the Elmira Jackals, the ECHL affiliate of the Senators and Ducks.

(Photos: Fleury-Marissa Baecker/Getty Images; Hurricanes/Devils-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images and Rich Schultz/Associated Press; Wild/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Lightning/Capitals-Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Flames/Blues-Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Avalanche/Bruins-Elise Amendola/Associated Press and Elsa/Getty Images; Canucks/Blue Jackets-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Coyotes/Stars-LM Otero/Associated Press)

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