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Empty Netter Assists - 11-22-11

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "He's going to get even better. That's the scary thing." - Zbynek Michalek on Sidney Crosby.

-Newsday's recap. The Islanders were shutout for the second consecutive game.

-The Associated Press' recap. “I don’t really have good words for it. That was a special in a lot of ways.” - Dan Bylsma on Crosby.

-NHL.com's recap. "As the game went on, I felt better and better." - Crosby.

-Highlights:

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-Crosby's first goal deserves its own clip:

-A couple of good looks at the goal:

-And the celebration:

-Crosby takes the ice:

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-Arron Asham used New York's Travis Hamonic to remove a piece of the glass:

-Dan Bylsma's pregame speech:

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-Crosby being popular:

-Happy times for Crosby and Pascal Dupuis:

-As well as for Fleury and Crosby:

-Crosby speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-Zbynek Michalek... you know... speaks:

-Uhhhhh... Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-Crosby got one of those famous Hockey Night in Canada towels during a second intermission interview with the CBC's Elliotte Friedman:

-Those "Welcome Back Sid" signs were Mario Lemieux's idea.

-"I grew up watching Mario Lemieux come in and out of the lineup (and produce), and he’s got that kind of talent. I wouldn’t be surprised if he catches the scoring leader by the end of the year.” - Blue Jackets forward and Pittsburgh native (No really!!!!) R.J. Umberger on Crosby.

-Flyers forward and former Penguin Maxime Talbot talks Crosby:

-Welcome back Zbynek Michalek too.

-Islanders defenseman and former Penguin Mark Eaton left the game in the second period when he suffered a sprained left MCL following a collision with Matt Cooke.

-Painful times for Eaton:

Atlantic Division

-Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov needed 10 to 12 stitches to close a cut on his lip after a hit to the head from Panthers forward Shawn Matthias. Volchenkov did not display signs of a concussion according to a team spokesperson.

-Foggy times for Volchenkov:

-With defensemen Chris Pronger (illness) and Braydon Coburn ("upper-body") dinged up, the Flyers recalled defensemen Marc-Andre Bourdon and Kevin Marshall from Adirondack of the AHL.

-The Flyers demoted forward forward Harry Zolnierczyk to Trenton of the ECHL.

-Philadelphia officially unveiled its newest way to make money Winter Classic Jersey:

-EN Says: This is a rare miss for Winter Classi jersey. This looks like one of those weird Starter "polo shirt/jerseys" you'll occasionally see as some remnant from the 1990s. On top of that, the dominance of the orange and black makes the Flyers look like some sort of pumpkin. Just a bad jersey period.

-HBO began filming for "24/7" with the Rangers.

Northeast Division

-Tim Thomas made 30 saves for the Bruins in a 1-0 shutout of the rival Canadiens. Boston has won nine consecutives games. It was Thomas' second consecutive shutout and the 29th of his career.

-Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a broken wrist.

-Buffalo forward Patrick Kaleta was fined $2,500 for a high stick against Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris Saturday.

Southeast Division

-Two goals and an assist from former Penguin Alexei Ponikarovsky led the Hurricanes to a 4-2 win against the Flyers. Fire Ray Shero. Chad LaRose added a goal and two assists for Carolian while teammate Jussi Jokinen recorded two assists. Cam Ward made 30 saves in the victory. James van Riemsdyk recorded two assists for Philadelphia.

-Non-Sidney Crosby Goal of the Night: Carolina's Jeff Skinner with this dazzling spin move against Philadelphia's Kimmo Timonen which led to a goal:

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-Pass of the Night: Check out this feed from van Riemsdyk to set up teammate Matt Read for a goal:

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-Bright times for Ward stretching out:

-Talbot was not welcome in the Hurricane's crease:

-Happy times for LaRose:

-Philadelphia's mayor was on hand:

-We think.

-Two goals and an assist by Kris Versteeg led the Panthers to a comeback 4-3 win against the Devils. Stephen Weiss added a goal and two assists for Florida while teammate Jason Garrison recorded two assists. Jose Theodore recorded 22 assists in the victory. Andy Greene recorded two assists for New Jersey.

-Theodore kept an eye on this puck:

-The Panthers won a game for the second time in franchise history after trailing 3-0.

-A goal and an assist by Nicklas Backstrom led the Capitals to a 4-3 win against the Coyotes. Tomas Vokoun made 20 saves in the win which was the 200th in head coach Bruce Boudreau's career. Washington snapped a four-game losing streak. Lauri Korpikoski scored two goals for the Coyotes.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Phoenix's Radim Vrbata abusing Washington's John Carlson for a shorthanded goal:

-Capitals forward Alexander Semin was a healthy scratch.

-A bizarre display took place when this red balloon just quietly hovered above the slot of the Coyotes' zone in the second period:

-Phoenix's Jason LaBarbera took a swipe at the balloon:

-The Hurricanes recalled forward Brett Sutter from the Charlotte of the AHL and demoted forwards Zach Boychuk and Zac Dalpe to Charlotte.

Central Division

-Two goals by Jeff Carter led the Blue Jackets to a 4-1 win against the Flames. Vaclav Prospal recorded three assists for Columbus while Curtis Sanford made 27 saves in the victory.

-Check out this tough goal by Columbus' Antoine Vermette:

-The Blue Jackets recalled goaltender Allen York from Springfield of the AHL and demoted forward Matt Calvert to Springfield.

Northwest Division

-Canucks forward Mason Raymond is close to returning to the lineup for the first time since suffering a broken vertebrae in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

-The Canucks demoted goaltender Matt Climie to Chicago of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Kari Lehtonen made all of 17 saves for the Stars in a 4-1 win against the Oilers. Dallas snapped a five-game losing streak.

-Happy times for the Stars. Not so much for Edmonton's Nikolai Khabibulin:

-Sharks forward Ryane Clowe was fined $2,500 for a slash against Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas:

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-The Ducks placed forward Matt Beleskey on waivers.

-The Coyotes recalled defenseman Maxim Goncharov from Portland of the AHL.

Norris Division

-Former Canucks/Islanders/Blackhawks/Rangers/Oilers defenseman Jason Strudwick has joined Södertälje of the second-tier Allsvenskan league in Sweden.

(Photos: Islanders/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images, Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; Hurricanes/Flyer-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Devils/Panthers-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Coyotes/Capitals-Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Oilers/Stars-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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