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Empty Netter Assists - 03-01-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. Kris Letang is considered day to day due to an "upper-body" injury.

-NHL.com's recap. Steve Sullivan left the game due to a "lower-body" injury.

-The Associated Press' recap. “I liked the response from our team. We came out hard and played well in the third period.” - Dan Bylsma.

-Highlights:

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-“I’m coming in on the forecheck, I am going in to play the man and he is reaching in for the puck. I didn’t even touch his head, I hit him shoulder-to-shoulder. I had four minor penalties coming into this game, I am not a headhunter. At the speed of the game, the ref just has to make a call there,” Nystrom said. “He saw the guy reach at the last second and I can’t stop there. I kept my arms down and I didn’t even make contact with his head. I never want to see a guy get hurt.” - Stars forward Eric Nystrom on his hit which injured Kris Letang.

-Nystrom's hit on Letang:

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-Deryk Engelland got a little revenge on Nystrom:

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-Pascal Dupuis > Kari Lehtonen:

-Marc-Andre Fleury busted out the poke check here:

-Happy times for the Stars. Not so much for Steve Sullivan:

-Bylsma speaks:

-Chris Kunitz speaks:

-Tyler Kennedy was given medical clearance to resume practicing.

-"I needed to get out when I did. That was a welcome change for me." - Matt Niskanen on last season's trade from the Stars.

-"I'm playing a little more minutes and [more] against top lines, getting more of a chance on power plays, penalty kills. It was a good trade for me personally." - Stars defenseman and former Penguin Alex Goligoski. (PG+)

-The Penguins organizational goaltending has been messy as of late.

-If you have a cool $11 million burning a hole in your pocket, you can buy Iceoplex at Southpointe.

-Peter Delmas made 23 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-2 win against the Elmira Jackals.

-Happy 49th birthday to the greatest two-way player in franchise history:

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-Happy 60th birthday to former Penguins forward Pat Boutette. Acquired in the 1981 offseason along with Kevin McClelland as compensation for the Whalers' signing of goaltender Greg Millen, Boutette spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. In 1981-82, Boutette appeared in 80 games and scored 74 points. During that spring's postseason, Boutette played in five games and score four points. He followed that up in 1982-83 by playing in 80 games and scoring 56 points. Boutette was limited to 73 games and 40 points during the dreadful 1983-84 season. After 14 games and four points in 1984-85, Boutette was traded back to the Whalers in exchange for Ville Siren. In 247 regular season games, Boutette scored 174 points, 40th-most in franchise history.

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Atlantic Division

-Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is day to day due to a bruised foot.

Northeast Division

-Ryan Miller made 43 saves for the Sabres in a 2-0 shutout of the Ducks. Christian Ehrhoff recorded two assists for Buffalo which has won four out of its past five games.

-Check out this right toe save Miller made against Anaheim's Corey Perry:

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-In his debut with the Sabres, Cody Hodgson centered the top line with Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford.

Southeast Division

-The Lightning recalled defenseman Keith Aulie from Norfolk of the AHL and demoted forward Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Trevor Smith and defenseman Evan Oberg to Norfolk.

Central Division

-Former Penguin Marian Hossa scored two goals for the Blackhawks who edged the Maple Leafs, 5-4. Fire Ray Shero. Patrick Kane added a goal and an assist for Chicago while teammate Nick Leddy recorded two assists. Ray Emery made 23 saves in the victory. Joffrey Lupul collected a goal and an assist for Toronto.

-Happy times for Emery and teammate Duncan Keith:

-If you're wondering what Johnny Oduya looks like as a Blackhawk, here you go:

-Toronto's Jonas Gustavsson was all over this puck:

-Andy McDonald scored two goals for the Blues who defeated the Oilers, 5-2. Kevin Shattenkirk collected a goal and an assist for St. Louis while teammate T.J. Oshie recorded two assists. Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves in the victory.

Northwest Division

-The Flames recalled goaltender Leland Irving from Abbotsford of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-The NHL will not discipline Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic for a hit from behind against Flyers forward Daniel Briere Tuesday. Briere was not injured on the hit.

-The hit in question:

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-EN Says: That looks more like a situation where Briere put himself into a bad position.

-The Coyotes went 11-0-1 in February.

-The Ducks recalled former Penguins defenseman Nate Guenin from Syracuse of the AHL.

(Photo: Penguins/Stars-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images and LM Otero/Associated Press; Maple Leafs/Blackhawks-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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