Empty Netter Assists - 02-27-12

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-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. "[Marc-Andre Fleury] came and talked to me and said to just relax and play hockey." - Brad Thiessen.

-The Columbus Dispatch's recap. “You can see why they’re one of the best teams in the league. They’re always on the attack, always pressuring you when you have the puck and always pushing it up the ice when they have it." - Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis Sanford.

-The Associated Press' recap. “We want to catch the Rangers." - Kris Letang.'s recap. "As the game went along you could see he was comfortable, dealing with traffic and shots." - Dan Bylsma on Brad Thiessen.


-Thiessen > Columbus captain Rick Nash:

-Pascal Dupuis offering the game puck to Thiessen:

-Matt Cooke tried to turn this puck on Sanford and his blue raspberry sherbet pads:

-Happy times for the Penguins. Not so much for Sanford:

-Thiessen and Fleury having a moment:

-Ditto Thiessen and Sullivan:

-Instructive times for Dan Bylsma between James Neal and Chris Kunitz:

-Blue Jackets forward Derek Dorsett's shoulder > Evgeni Malkin's nose:

-Two Blue Jackets - Jack Johnson and Nash - coming and potentially going:

-Some Blue Jackets fans made the trip east to declare their feelings on Nash's situation:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Thiessen speaks, shaves:

-Thiessen became the 488th former ECHL player to reach the NHL.

-"Right now there's no deal out there for me that makes any sense." - Ray Shero on the trade deadline.

-Arron Asham is dealing with an "upper-body" injury. (PG+)

-Patrick Killeen made 24 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 loss to the Norfolk Admirals.

-Happy 63nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ab DeMarco (right). Acquired midway through 1973-74 along with Steve Durbano and Bob Kelly in deal which sent for Bryan Watson, Greg Polis and a draft pick to the Blues, DeMarco spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. he finished 1973-74 by appearing in 34 games for the Penguins and scoring 19 points. After eight games and three pointsin 1974-75, DeMarco was traded to the Canucks in exchange for Barry Wilkins. In 42 games with the Penguins, DeMarco, one of six natives of Ohio to play for the Penguins (Brian Holzinger, Moe Mantha, Ian Moran, Mike Rupp and Bryan Smolinski were the others), scored 22 points.

-Happy 28th birthday to former Penguins goaltender John Curry. A free agent signing in 2007, Curry spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 2008-09, he appeared in three games and had a 2-1-0 record with a 2.40 goals against average and .913 save percentage. During 2009-10, he appeared in one game, had a 0-1-0 record along with a 12.50 goals against average and .643 save percentage. He ws released from the organization after the 2010-11 season. In four games with the Penguins, Curry had a 2-2-0 record with a 3.79 goal against average and .867 save percentage. He currently plays for the Hamburg Freezers of the DEL in Germany.

-Happy 24th birthday to current Penguins forward Dustin Jeffrey. A sixth-round pick in 2007, Jeffrey has spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2008-09, Jeffrey appeared in 14 games and scored three points. In 2009-10, he was limited to one game and failed to record a point. Last season, Jeffrey appeared in 25 games and scored 12 points. In 24 games this season, he has recorded seven points. In 64 career games with the Penguins, Jeffrey has 21 points.

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Atlantic Division

-Devils defenseman Adam Larsson returned to the lineup after missing 10 games due to a back injury.

Northeast Division

-Chris Neil and Kyle Turris each had a goal and an assist for the Senators in a 5-2 defeat of the Islanders. Nick Foligno and Erik Kalsson each recorded two assists for Ottawa while teammate Robin Lehner made 28 saves. PA Parenteau collected a goal and an assist for New York.

-The Senators acquired goaltender Ben Bishop (right) from the Blues in exchange for a second-round pick in 2013. In 38 AHL games this season, Bishop has a 24-14-6 record with a 2.26 goals against average, a .928 save percentage and six shutouts. Currently in the final year of a one-year, two-way contract, Bishop signed a one-year contract extension with the Senators worth $650,000.

-EN Says: With starter Craig Anderson on the  mend from a hand injury, the Senators needed to upgrade the position. Backup Alex Auld is inconsistent while prospect Robin Lehner probably isn't ready at this point of his career. Bishop creates some competition. Bishop, 25, was considered the Blues goaltender of the future at one point before the emergences of Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak this season. At 6-foot-7 and 215 pounds, he's one of the biggest goaltenders around.

-The NHL declined to discipline Turris for a hit which struck Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo in the head Saturday.

-The Bruins demoted defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk and forward Josh Hennessy to Providence of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-A hat trick and an assist by Martin St. Louis led the Lightning to a 4-3 win against the Devils. Teddy Purcell recorded three assists for Tampa Bay while teammate Steven Stamkos had two assists. Former Penguin Mathieu Garon made 19 saves in the victory.

-St. Louis' hat trick:

-St. Louis kept his focus on this puck:

-Spitty times for New Jersey's Martin Brodeur:

-Stephen Weiss had two goals and an assist for the Panthers who beat the Canadiens, 4-2. Sean Bergenheim added a goal and two assists for Florida while teammate and former Penguin Mikael Samuelsson recorded two assists. Scott Clemmensen made 18 saves in the victory. Fire Craig Patrick. David Desharnais led Montreal with a goal and an assist.

-"It’s a nice feeling, not saying goodbye to seven or eight guys who are your buddies." - Weiss on having his team not be sellers at the trade deadline for the first time in his career.

-"You don't want to pick up the phone that day." - Hurricanes defenseman Jaroslav Spacek on trade deadline day.

-The Hurricanes demoted goaltender Mike Murphy to Charlotte of the AHL.

-The Lightning recalled defenseman Evan Oberg from Norfolk of the AHL.

-The Capitals demoted forward Keith Aucoin to Hershey of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Niklas Backstrom made 25 saves for the Wild which defeated the Sharks, 4-3. Brent Burns and captain Joe Thornton each had a goal and an assist for San Jose.

-Happy times for Minnesota's Jed Ortmeyer:

-Is Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog the NHL's top rookie?

-Oilers goaltender and Nikolai Khabibulin returns to Winnipeg today for the first time since he played for the orginal Jets in 1996.

Pacific Division

-An overtime goal and an assist by Loui Eriksson led the Stars to a 3-2 win against the Canucks. Mike Ribeiro added a goal and ana ssist for Dallas while teammate Kari Lehtonen made 24 saves. Christopher Higgins recorded two assists for Vancouver.

-Ribeiro tied the game with 52.5 seconds left in regulation off a re-direction from a point shot from former Penguins defenseman Alex Goligoski:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-A goal and an assist by Teemu Selanne led the Ducks to a 3-1 win against the Blackhawks. Jonas Hiller made all of 18 saves for Anaheim which is 8-1-2 in its past 11 games.

-Happy times for the Ducks. Not so much for Chicago's Jimmy Hayes:

-Chicago's Ray Emery had issues with this puck:

-Sharks coach Todd McLellan suffered an injury during last night's game when he was struck in the head with a stick on the bench:

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-San Jose forward Logan Couture left the game in the first period due to a "lower-body" injury.

-The Coyotes have almost gone undefeated in February with a 10-0-1 record.

-Phoenix demoted forward Alexandre Bolduc and defenseman David Rundblad to Portland of the AHL.

(Photos: Blue Jackets/Penguins-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press and Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; DeMarco-Penguins Hockey Cards; Bishop and Lightning/Devils-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Sharks/Wild-Jim Mone/Associated Press; Blackhawks/Ducks-Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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