Empty Netter Assists - 02-11-12

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-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. "We need to play better defense. because five goals is too [many]." - Evgeni Malkin.

-The Winnipeg Free Press' recap. "That's not the game we wanted to have and it's obviously embarrassing. And to leave your goaltender out to dry like that is embarrassing." - Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian.

-The Associated Press' recap. Richard Park recorded his 100th career goal.'s recap. "There was more offense created by his presence in the middle of the ice." - Dan Bylsma on Jordan Staal's return.


-A good look at Malkin's goal:

-A good look at Kris Letang's goal:

-Happy times for Bylsma:

-Happy times for Paul Martin and Marc-Andre Fleury:

-Malkin and Chris Kunitz having a chat:

-Malkin was ready for this faceoff:

-Staal took on Winnipeg's Mark Stuart here:

-Fleury having a moment:

-Steely glaring times for Letang:

-Happy times for the Jets. Not so much for Staal:

-Stuart and Matt Cooke had issues:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Malkin speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-Staal's first game back was a success.

-"I'm not going to sit here and blame the goaltender. Eight goals, yeah, but he should be the most livid guy in the room, teammates doing that to you. It's awful." - Jets coach Claude Noel on goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.

-Arron Asham continues to progress in his recovery from a concussion. (PG+)

-There won't be another lockout... right?

-“Every time I’ve been called up it was the day of the game. You drive four hours to get there or fly, and you try to get there right at game time and play. It’s just something you have to deal with as a professional. When you’re name’s called you hit the road and perform at your best when you get there.” - Colin McDonald (right) on being a frequent recall from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this season.

-An overtime goal by Alexandre Picard gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 4-3 win against the Binghamton Senators. Paul Thompson had a goal and two assists for the Penguins while teammate Brian Gibbons added a goal and an assist. Brad Thiessen made 20 saves in the victory.

-Picard returned to the lineup after missing 14 games due to an "upper-body" injury.

-Cody Chupp had a goal and two assists for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-2 win against the Trenton Titans. Andrew Hotham recorded two assists for the Nailers while teammate Peter Delmas made 35 saves in the victory.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Russ Anderson (right). A second-round pick in 1975, Anderson spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1976-77, Anderson appeared in 66 games, scored 13 points and recorded 81 penalty minutes. He played in three postseason games that spring and recorded one assist. He followed that up in 1977-78 by appearing in 74 games, scoring 18 points and collecting 150 penalty minutes. In 1978-79, Anderson saw action in 72 games, scored 16 points and compiled 93 penalty minutes. He played in two games that postseason and failed to record a point. During 1979-80, Anderson played in 76 games and set a career high with 27 points and netted 150 penalty minutes. The 1980 postseason saw him appear in five games and record two assists. Anderson was limited to 34 games and 17 assists and 112 penalty minutes in 1980-81. After 31 games and one assist in 1981-82, Anderson was traded to the Hartford Whalers along with a draft pick in exchange for Rick MacLeish. In 353 regular season games with the Penguins, Anderson scored 92 points (89th-most in franchise history) and recorded 684 penalty minutes (10th-most). Anderson also holds the franchise's single-game record for penalties (nine) and penalty minutes (51).

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-Happy 32nd birthday to former Penguins forward Rico Fata. Acquired prior to the 2003 trade deadline along with Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner and Mikael Samuelsson in a trade that sent Mike Wilson, Alex Kovalev, Janne Laukkanen and Dan LaCouture to the Rangers, Fata spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2002-03 by playing in 27 games for the Penguins and scoring 13 points. His only full season in Pittsburgh was 2003-04. He played in 73 games, scored 34 points and compiled a staggering minus -46. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Fata played in 20 games for the 2005-06 Penguins and failed to record a point. Midway through that season, he was claimed off waivers by the Thrashers. In 120 games for the Penguins, he scored 47 points. He currently plays for Genève-Servette of the NLA in Switerzland.

-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Brad Werenka (right). A free agent signing in the 1997 offseason, Werenka spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. Debuting in 1997-98, he appeared in 71 games and scored 18 points. In six postseason games that season, he scored one goal. Werenka set career-highs during 1998-99 with games (81) and points (24) and led the team with 93 penalty minutes. During that postseason, he saw action in 13 games and scored two points. After 61 games and 11 points in 1999-2000, Werenka was dealt at the trade deadline to the Flames in exchange for Rene Corbet and Tyler Moss. In 213 regular season games with the Penguins, Werenka scored 53 points. In 19 postseason games, he collected three points.

Atlantic Division

-A hat trick by captain Ryan Callahan led the Rangers to a 5-2 win against the rival Flyers. Marian Gaborik added a goal and three assists for New York while teammate Brad Richards recorded three assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves for New York. Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assists for Philadelphia.

-Callahan's hat trick:

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-It wasn't all bad for the Flyers. Check out this save by Philadelphia's Sergei Bobrovsky on Gaborik:

-Philadelphia's Kimmo Timmonen didn't seem to appreciate the handful of Rangers fans on hand to celebrate Callahan's hat trick:

-Richards was flashing some dagger eyes here:

-Simmonds and New York's Brian Boyle had issues:

-Bobrovsky was all over this puck:

-Less than happy times for Flyers forward and former Penguin Maxime Talbot:

-Ditto former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr:

-The Flyers have lost their last seven games against the Rangers.

-Mark Streit's overtime goal gave the Islanders a 2-1 win against the Kings. Evgeni Nabokov made 34 saves for New York.

-Streit's goal:

-Islanders defenseman and former Penguin Mark Eaton battled with Los Angeles' Justin Williams for this puck:

-Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick and his shadow stopped this shot:

-Prior to the game, the Islanders inducted former captain Kenny Jonsson into their hall of fame:

(He should go into a life hall of fame for that tuxedo.)

Northeast Division

-Carey Price made 32 saves for the Canadiens in a 5-0 shutout of the rival Maple Leafs. Mathieu Darche had a goal and an assist for Montreal while teammates David Desharnais and Tomas Plekanec each recorded two assists.

-Goal of the Night: Montreal's Lars Eller abusing Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf en route to a score:

-Rotten Luck of the Night: Toronto's Nikolai Kulemin hitting both posts:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Kulemin battling for position with Montreal defenseman Tomas Kaberle and Price:

-Toronto's Jonas Gustavsson was ready for this shot:

-Prior to the game, the Maple Leafs honored honoured the No. 13 of former captain Mats Sundin:

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-Shootout goals by Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins a comeback 4-3 win against the Predators. Tim Thomas made 19 saves in the victory. Patrick Hornqvist had a regulation goal and an assist for Nashville.

-Boston's Milan Lucic forced overtime with a strong effort on this goal with 1:07 left in regulation:

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-Check out this snipe of goal by Bergeron:

-Defensive Play of the Day: Check out this "save" by Predators captain Shea Weber on Boston's Brad Marchand:

-The Bruins demoted defenseman Steven Kampfer to Providence of the AHL.

-The Sabres recalled forward Zack Kassian from Rochester of the AHL and demoted forward Luke Adam to Rochester.

Southeast Division

-Scott Clemmensen made 27 saves for the Panthers in a 3-1 defeat of the Devils. Marcel Goc recorded two assists for Florida.

-Funny Face of the Night: New Jersey's Martin Brodeur was all bug-eyed:

-With defenseman Jay Garrison suffering a "lower-body" injury in the third period, the Panthers recalled defenseman Colby Robak from San Antonio of the AHL.

-A goal and two assists by Steven Stamkos led the Lightning to a 2-1 win against the Sabres. Former Penguin Mathieu Garon made 26 saves in the victory.

-The Jets activated forward Tim Stapleton ("lower body") from injured reserve and demoted forward Aaron Gagnon to St. John's of the AHL.

-“I’m not 100 percent to skate right now.” - Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom on his recovery from a concussion suffered Jan. 6.

Central Division

-Two goals by Plum native (No really!) R.J. Umberger led the Blue Jackets to a 3-1 win against the Wild. James Wisniewski added a goal and an assist for Columbus while captain Rick Nash recorded two assists. Steve Mason made 34 saves in the victory.

-Save of the Night: Mason on Minnesota's Kyle Brodziak:

-Wisniewski was activated from injured reserve and returned to the lineup for the first time since breaking an ankle Dec. 29.

-An overtime goal by Carlo Colaiacovo gave the Blues a 3-2 win against the Avalanche. David Perron led St. Louis with two goals and an assist while teammate T.J. Oshie recorded two assists. Brian Elliott made all of 17 saves in the victory.

-Happy times in St. Louis:

-Everyone had issues here:

-Colorado's Paul Stastny was ready for this faceoff:

-Colorado's Kyle Quincey got a little grabby with St. Louis' Ryan Reaves:

-With defenseman Kris Russell dealing with an illness, the Blues recalled defenseman Ian Cole from Peoria of the AHL.

-Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstom's teammates gave him a snowmobile in honor of his 1,000th career game.

Northwest Division

-An overtime goal by Taylor Hall gave the Oilers a 4-3 win against the Senators. Captain Shawn Horcoff had a goal and two assists for Edmonton while teammate Magnus Paajarvi added a goal and an assist. Nikolai Khabibulin made 39 saves in the victory. Erik Karlsson led Ottawa with a goal and an assist.

-Hall's goal:

-It wasn't all bad for the Senators. Check out this glove save by Ottawa's Craig Anderson on Edmonton's Jordan Eberle:

-Horcoff being popular:

-Prior to the game, the Senators paid tribute to defenseman Chris Phillips for recently appearing in his 1,000th career game:

-Shootout goals by Olli Jokinen and Jarome Iginla gave the Flames a 3-2 win against the Canucks. Miikka Kiprusoff made 29 saves in the victory.

-Shootout Goal of the Night: Calgary's Jarome Iginla on Vancouver's Roberto Luongo:

-Vancouver's Andrew Alberts and Calgary's Tim Jackman had a solid tilt:

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-Calgary's Chris Butler > Vancouver's Maxim Lapierre:

-Flames forward Blair Jones is expected to be sidelined four weeks due to a broken ankle.

-Wild forward Brad Staubitz cleared waivers and was demoted to Houston of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Mike Smith made 38 saves for the Coyotes in a 3-0 shutout of the Blackhawks. Gilbert Brule recorded two assists for Phoenix which has won five consecutive games. Chicago has lost eight consecutive games.

-Smith used his lid to make a save on Chicago's Patrick Sharp:

-Happy times in Phoenix:

-Phoenix's Adrian Aucoin had issues with Chicago captain Jonathan Toews:

-Chicago's Patrick Sharp had an apprehensive look on his face:

-Prior to the game, the Coyotes inducted former forward Jeremy Roenick into the team's ring of honor:

-Roenick was digging his old school Pablo Picasso-esque Coyotes jersey:

-The Ducks demoted former Penguins defenseman and Hopewell native Nate Guenin to Syracuse of the AHL.

-Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray is day to day due to a foot ailment.

Adams Division

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage had a mellow feel to it:

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-HNIC also had a solid montage for Hockey Day in Canada:

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-Nick Chiavetta collected a goal and an assist for the Robert Morris men's team in a 4-2 win against Mercyhurst.

-Christine Bestland had a goal and an assist for the Mercyhurst women's team which defeated Syracuse, 3-1.

(Photos: Jets/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; McDonald and Canadiens/Maple Leafs-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Anderson-Penguins Hockey Cards; Werenka-Ian Tomlinson/Allsport/Getty Images; Rangers/Flyers-Matt Slocum/Associated Press; Kings/Islanders-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Panthers/Devils-Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images; Avalanche/Blues-Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Oilers/Senators-Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images; Canucks/Flames-Mike Ridewood/Getty Images; Blackhawks/Coyotes-Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press and Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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