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Empty Netter Assists - 11-11-11

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Penguins

-The NHL released the ballot for the All-Star Lame Game. Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang (both right), James Neal, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal are included on it.

-Sidney Crosby will not play in the next two games.

-Welcome back Eric Tangradi. (PG+)

-Zbynek Michalek (broken finger) resumed skating. (PG+)

-Dustin Jeffrey and Steve MacIntyre are scheduled to play in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' games this weekend. The AHL Penguins are on the road tonight against the rival Hershey Bears and host the Norfolk Admirals tomorrow.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Fleury speaks:

-Pascal Dupuis wore a microphone in practice yesterday. Evgeni Malkin asks him he's wearing a "microwave:"

Atlantic Division

-Could the NHL implement a rule change to prevent a repeat of the Flyers' "delay" tactic used to combat the Lightning's 1-3-1 trap?

-"If they want to just stand there, why would I want to skate into it? It's asinine to think so." - Flyers captain Chris Pronger on the Lightning's trap.

-During a team bonding trip in Florida, Flyers assistant coach Mike Berube caught this:

Northeast Divison

-Phil Kessel's shootout goal gave the Maple Leafs a 3-2 win against the Blues. Tyler Bozak recorded two assists for Toronto while Ben Scriven made 38 saves in the victory.

-Save of the Night: Scrivens on St. Louis' Alex Steen:

-Scrivens and teammate Joey Crabb each kept their eyes on this puck:

-Two goals by Brad Marchand led the Bruins to a 6-3 defeat of the Oilers. Joe Corvo recorded three assists for Boston while teammate Tyler Seguin netted a goal and an assist. Tuukka Rask made 27 saves in the victory. Ryan Smyth scored two goals for Edmonton.

-Screen of the Night: Boston's Zach Hamill on Edmonton's Devan Dubnyk to aid Tyler Seguin's goal:

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-Concentrated Picture of the Night: Marchand:

-Boston's Gregory Campbell, with Edmonton's Jeff Petry, kept his eyes on this puck:

-Smyth and Boston's Johnny Boychuk each kicked up snow here:

-A good look at Dubnyk's lid:

-An overtime goal by Josh Gorges led the Canadiens to a 3-2 win against the Coyotes. Captain Brian Gionta added a goal and an assist for Montreal. Carey Price made 32 saves in the victory.

-Gorges' goal:

The events that are unfolding at Penn State University are deeply troubling and a matter of great concern to me and my wife Kim.  As many have expressed, our primary concern is for the individuals and families who may have been victimized.
Penn State's reputation has been severely tarnished. We are encouraged to see the University trustees have begun the process of restoring integrity and trust in the institution. This process will take a period of time, and trust will need to be re-earned as a result of these recent disclosures.
Penn State is supported by millions of students, alumni, faculty, staff and administrators. Our own support for Penn State and its hockey program is well known and will continue. We expect the University will carry out its educational mission with high standards and integrity
.” - Sabres owner and Penn State alumni Terry Pegula. Pegula donated $88 million to the school last year to help it begin Division I hockey programs.

-Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson is expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Sabres. He has been sidelined since Oct. 29 due to a concussion.

Southeast Division

-A hat trick and an assist by Kris Versteeg led the Panthers to a 5-2 defeat of the Jets. Brian Campbell recorded three assists for Florida while teammates Tomas Fleischmann and Dmitry Kulikov each recorded two assists. Jose Theodore made 25 saves in the victory.

-Versteeg's hat trick:

-Jets goaltender and former Pittsburgh Forge Ben Mannino stoned Florida's Tomas Kopecky on a breakaway:

-Versteeg took a spill here behind Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec:

-Theodore had issues with this puck:

-Pavelec, teammate Dustin Byfuglien and Florida's Marcel Goc all kept their eyes on this puck:

-The Panthers top line of Fleischmann, Versteeg and Steven Weiss have produced at least one goal in 13 of the team's 15 games this season.

-Canada's postal service unveiled stamps honoring honouring the return of the Jets.

Central Division

-Two goals and an assist by captain Jonathan Toews led the Blackhawks to a 6-3 defeat of the Blue Jackets. Steve Montador added a goal and an assist for Chicago while teammate Nick Leddy and Brent Seabook each recorded two assists. Corey Crawford made 27 saves in the victory. Grant Clitsome scored two goals for Columbus. Former Penguin Mark Letestu scored a goal in his Blue Jackets debut. Fire Ray Shero.

-Chicago's Steve Montador had a Gordie Howe Hat Trick:

-If you're wondering what Letestu looks like in a Blue Jackets' jersey, here you go:

-Columbus's Steve Mason got the paddle down for this save:

-Like every human on earth, this linesman is deathly afraid of Chicago's Viktor Stalberg:

-The Blue Jackets acquired defenseman Nikita Nikitin from the Blues in exchage for defenseman Kris Russell. In 12 games this season, Russell has three points (two goals, one assist). In seven games this season. Including this season, he has two years left on a contract with a $1.3 million salary cap hit. Nikitin has no points. He is scheduled to become a restricted free agent after this season and has a salary cap hit of $600,000.

-Columbus activated forward Jared Boll (thumb) off injured reserve.

-"I think it’s a waste of talent. If you have a good team like that then they should play a little more fan-friendly.” - Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg criticizing the Lightning's trap.

Northwest Division

-An overtime goal and an assist by Kyle Quincey gave the Avalanche a 4-3 comeback win against the Islanders. Milan Hejduk and Peter Stastny each had a goal and an assist for Colorado while Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 30 saves in the victory. Captain Mark Streit recorded two assists for New York.

-Quincey's goal:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Colorado's Daniel Winnik taking the ice:

-Giguere kept his eyes on this puck:

-Roberto Luongo made 28 saves for the Canucks in a 3-2 win against the Kings. Daniel Sedin recorded two assists for Vancouver. Drew Doughtly led Los Angeles with a goal and an assist.

-Check out this rocket of a slapper by Vancouver's Sami Salo:

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-The Flames placed forward Niklas Hagman on waivers.

-Calgary recalled forward Paul Byron from Abbotsford of the AHL.

-The Oilers claimed defenseman Taylor Chorney, the son of former Penguins defenseman Marc Chorney, off waivers from the Blues and demoted defenseman Colten Teubert to Oklahoma City of the AHL.

-Wild forward Guillaume Latendresse left last night's game due to an undisclosed injury.

Pacific Division

-Patrick Marleau scored two goals for the Sharks in a 3-1 defeat of the Wild. Antti Niemi made 21 saves in the victory. The Wild had a five-game winning streak snapped.

-Marleau and Niemi had a moment:

-Minnesota's Dany Heatley > San Jose's Dan Boyle:

-Minnesota forward and former Penguin Nick Johnson gunned this puck:

-Niemi did not keep his eyes on this puck:

-In honor of veterans day, the Coyotes gave out bobblhead dolls of Arizona senator and Vietnam veteran John McCain:

-The Kings activated forward Colin Fraser from the non-roster list.

-The Ducks claimed forward Ben Maxwell off waivers from the Jets.

(Photos: Letang and Fleury-Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images; Flyers-; Maple Leafs/Blues-Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Oilers/Bruins-Jim Rogash/Getty Images; Panthers/Jets-Marianne Helm/Getty Images; Blackhawks/Blue Jackets-John Grieshop/Getty Images; Islanders/Avalanche-Barry Gutierrez/Associated Press; Wild/Shark-Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images; McCain-)

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