Empty Netter Assists - 12-02-11

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. The Penguins got their first regulation win against the Capitals in 13 regular season games.

-The Washington Post's recap. The Capitals are stuck in a 3-9-1 slump.

-The Associated Press' recap. "Our `D’ did a great job. We’ve got some guys who are new, and they did a great job of going in there and taking some hits to make plays. That’s what you’ve got to do.” - Sidney Crosby on his team's defensemen.'s recap. This was Dan Bylsma's first regulation regular season win against the Capitals.


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-Arron Asham versus Washington's John Erskine:

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-A good look at the fight:

-Happy times for Richard Park and Chris Kunitz:

-Down times for Washington captain Alex Ovechkin:

-Ovechkin and Matt Cooke went at it here:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Craig Adams speaks:

-Simon Despres speaks:

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-Welcome to the NHL Simon Despres.

-“I think it’s a situation to give him an opportunity to see what he looks like in the National Hockey League after being here for a while. It was no more than trying to see where he’s at and where the growth of his game has gone. In Pic’s situation, they know what he can do. They feel confident in what he can do. That’s why the decision was made.” - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach John Hynes on the organization's decision to promote Despres and demote defenseman Alexandre Picard.

-“I wasn’t too happy about what I did. To be honest, I had a couple of sleepless nights. I was very embarrassed for myself and my team. I don’t do that stuff. I know it’s never going to happen again.” - Arron Asham on mocking Capitals forward Jay Beagle after a fight in October.

-The Wheeling Nailers acquired defenseman Adam Ross from the Bakersfield Condors in exchange for forward Chris Kushneriuk.

-Happy 78th birthday to former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets forward Val Fonteyne (right). Claimed in the 1967 expansion draft from the Red Wings, Fonteyne, the first No. 8 in franchise history, spent parts of five seasons with the Penguins. A member of the franchise's innagural team in 1967-68, Fonteyne played in 69 games and scored 34 points. In 1968-69, Fonteyne saw action in 76 games and accumulated 29 points. He followed that up in 1969-70 by appearing in 68 games, scoring 26 points and helping the franchise reach the postseason for the first time. He appeared in all 10 of the team's playoff games that spring and recorded two assists. The 1970-71 season saw Fonteyne play in 70 games and record 13 points. Fonteyne's final season in Pittsburgh was 1971-72. He saw action in 68 games and accumulated 19 points. In the 1972 postseason, he played in four games and failed to record a point. During the offseason, he joined the Alberta Oilers of the WHA as a free agent. In 349 regular season games with the Penguins, Fonteyne, primarily renown for his penalty killing abilities, scored 121 points, 66th-most in franchise history, and accumulated only four penalty minutes.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Mario Faubert (right). A fourth-round pick in 1974, Faubert spent parts of seven seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1974-75, Faubert appeared in 10 games and scored one goal. He followed that up in 1975-76 by playing in 21 games and scored nine points. Faubert saw an increase in action in 1976-77 by appearing in 77 contests and scored 13 points. He played in three postseason games that spring and scored one goal. He was limited to 18 games and six assists in 1977-78. After spending all of 1978-79 with Binghamton of the AHL, Faubert rebounded in 1979-80 by playing in 49 games and scoring 18 points. He appeared in two postseason games that spring and recorded one assist. His finest NHL season was 1981-82. He set career highs in games (72), points (52) and penalty minutes (188). The 1981 postseason saw him appear in five games and score two points. Faubert's final NHL season was 1981-82. He was limited to 14 games and 12 points after suffering a career-ending leg injury against the Blues, Nov. 18, 1981. In 231 regular season games with the Penguins, Faubert score 111 points, 72nd-most in franchise history. In 10 postseason games, he scored four points.

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-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins forward Kelly Buchberger. A free agent signing in the 2003 offseason, Buchberger's Penguins career amounted to 71 points, four points and 109 penalty minutes in 2003-04. Following the season, he retired. Buchberger is currently an assistant coach with the Oilers.

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-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins forward Rich Sutter. A first-round pick in 1982, Sutter spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1982-83, he appeared in four games and failed to record a point. After five games and no points in 1983-84, Sutter was traded to Flyers along with two draft pick in exchange for Andy Brickley, Mark Taylor, Ron Flockhart and two draft picks. In nine games with the Penguins, Sutter, a member of the famed Sutter family, failed to record a point.

Atlantic Division

-A goal and an assist by Marian Gaborik helped the Rangers beat the Hurricanes, 5-3. Martin Biron made 28 saves for New York.

-Hit of the Night: New York's Brian Boyle on Carolina's Jeff Skinner:

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-New York's Michael Del Zotto and Carolina's Chad LaRose each kept an eye on this puck:

-Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (concussion) resumed skating.

-The Islanders recalled defenseman and Upper St. Clair native Dylan Reese from Bridgeport of the AHL.

-In addition to his ailing knee, Flyers captain Chris Pronger is still deaing with a virus.

-The Flyers recalled defenseman Matt Walker from Adirondack of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-The Bruins signed forward David Krejci (right) to a three-year contract extension worth a total of $15.75 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $5.25 million. He is in the final year of a contract with salary cap hit of $3.75 million.

-Boston demoted forward Jordan Caron and defenseman Steven Kampfer to Providence of the AHL.

-Senators defenseman Filip Kuba is day to day due to an "upper-body" injury.

-Ottawa defenseman Matt Carkner was demoted to Binghamton of the AHL for a conditioning assignment.

-With Canadiens rookie forward Louis Leblanc making his NHL debut across the continent in Anaheim Wednesday, Canadiens forward Erik Cole paid for Leblanc's parents to fly across the continent to see their son.

-Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty had rougly 35 members of his extended family in the San Francisco area attend the game even though he was suspended for his hit on Kris Letang Saturday.

Southeast Division

-Ondrej Pavelec made 33 saves for the Jets in a 1-0 shutout of the old... uh... Jets... the Coyotes. It was his eighth career shutout.

-Pavelec kicked out this puck:

-Keith Yandle and the Coyotes aren't very popular in Winnipeg:

-Jets fans booed Coyotes captain Shane Doan, the only player on Phoenix's roster who played for the original Jets, every time he touched the puck.

-The Hurricanes hired former Devils head coach John MacLean as an assistant coach.

-With forward Kris Versteeg dealing with a broken nose, The Panthers recalled forward Bracken Kearns from San Antonio of the AHL.

Central Division

-A shootout goal by captain Rick Nash gave the Blue Jackets a 4-3 win against the Flames. Nikita Nikitin had a regulation goal and two assists for Columbus while Curtis Sanford made 32 saves in the victory. Blake Comeau collected a goal and an assist for Calgary.

-Nash tied the game late in regulation with a deflection goal:

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-Save of the Night: Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff on Blue Jackets forward and former Penguin Mark Letestu:

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-Nash > Kiprusoff:

-Nash being popular:

-Columbus' Vaclav Prospal > Calgary's T.J. Brodie:

-Kiprusoff kept an eye on this puck:

-Funny Face of the Night: Calgary's Tim Jackman duking it out with Columbus' Jared Boll:

-Happy times for Sanford and James Wisniewski:

-A goal and two assists by Colin Wilson led the Predators to a wild 6-5 win against the Canucks. Mike Fisher scored two goals for Nashville while Craig Smith recorded three assists. Anders Lindback made 19 saves in the victory. Daniel Sedin collected a goal and an assist for Vancouver.

-Goal of the Night: Wilson against Vancouver's Roberto Luongo:

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-Pass of the Night: Nashville's Martin Erat setting up Fisher:

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-Check out this rocket of a one-timer by Nashville captain Shea Weber:

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-Vancouver's Ryan Kesler decided to do this last night:

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-The Predators placed defenseman Teemu Laakso on waviers.

-Agent Allan Walsh issued a statement ripping Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel over how he uses forward and client Derick Brassard.

Northwest Division

-Red tape has delayed the return of Canucks forward Mason Raymond to the lineup. He has been sidelined since suffering a broken vertabrae in Game 6 of last season's Stanley Cup final.

-The Flames recalled defenseman Joe Piskula from Abbotsford of the AHL and demoted forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond to Abbotsford.

-The Wild recalled defenseman Cody Almond from Houston of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-A goal and an assist by Radek Dvorak helped the Stars beat the Senators, 3-2. Andrew Raycroft made 33 saves in the victory.

-Ottawa's Milan Michalek and Dallas' Jamie Benn each kept their eyes on this puck:

-Raycroft taking the ice:

-Jonathan Quick made 41 saves for the Kings who beat the Panthers, 2-1. Los Angeles has beaten Florida seven consecutive times.

-Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell ("lower body") and forward Mike Richards ("upper body") each left the game due to injuries.

-Richards might have been injured on this hit by Florida's Sean Bergenheim:

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-Florida's Jose Theodore had issues with this puck:

-Kings defenseman and former Penguin Rob Scuderi fended off Florida's Mark Cullen:

-Shootout goals by Martin Havlat, Michal Handzus and Joe Pavelski gave the Sharks a 4-3 win against the Canadiens. Ryane Clowe and Logan Couture each had a regulation goal and assist for San Jose while Antti Niemi made 29 saves in the victory. David Desharnais collected a regulation goal and two assists for Montreal.

-It wasn't all bad for Montreal. Check out this save by Carey Price on San Jose captain Joe Thornton:

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-Pavelski > Price:

-Montreal's Alexei Emelin > Pavelski:

-Thornton hung on to this puck:

-Montreal's Erik Cole took a tumble here:

-"If I didn't believe that this was a team that had the possibilities and the makings of something special, I think I would have sat at home and waited. But I don't think opportunities like this come around every day, with the talent that we have here." - Coach Bruce Boudreau on taking over the Ducks.

-If you're wondering what Boudreau looked like in a Ducks track suit, here you go:

-The Ducks hired former Capitals assistant and former Penguins forward Brad Lauer as assistant coaches.

Patrick Division

-Former Sabres/Capitals/Oilers/Sharks forwards Mike Grier officially retired. In 1,060 regular season games, Grier had 383 points.

-Former Devils/Panthers/Thrashers/Predators forward Niclas Bergfors has joined Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL.

-Former Blues Jackets/Coyotes/Avalanche forward Joakim Lindström has joined Skellefteå of the Elitserien in Sweden.

-The IIHF will induct Raimo Helminen, Pavel Bure, Phil Housley, Milan Novy, and Andy Murray into its Hall of Fame for 2012.

(Photos: Penguins/Capitals-Rob Carr/Getty Images and Nick Wass/Associated Press; Fonteyne and Fauber-Penguins Hockey Cards; Rangers/Hurricanes-Grant Halverson/Getty Images; Krejci and Blue Jackets/Flames-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Coyotes/Jets-Marianne Helm/Getty Images; Senators/Stars-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images; Panthers/Kings-Jeff Gross/Getty Images; Canadiens/Sharks-Ezra Shaw/Getty Images; Boudreau-Leonard Ortiz/The Orange County Register/Associated Press)

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