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Empty Netter Assists - 03-03-12

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Penguins

-Do the Penguins have the best combined special teams?

-Dan Bylsma said Kris Letang's symptoms "are not dramatic at this point."

-Sports Illustrated's Michael Farber wrote a fantastic piece on Evgeni Malkin (above).

-"It might have made him refocus a little bit in terms of commitment to off-ice stuff. You watch him now, and he's so much bigger and stronger than before." - Brooks Orpik on Malkin.

-Penguins fans brought the daggers out on Stars forward Eric Nystrom via Twitter.

-Bylsma speaks:

-The Avalanche is expected to start goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere tonight.

-“You still look back and see yourself as a Korean and that what you’ve done makes other Koreans proud, especially in the Korean community in Toronto. We had a little Stanley Cup parade in Korean Town when we won.” - Former Penguins defenseman Jim Paek on being the first player of Korean heritage to win the Stanley Cup in 1991.

-Cool Video of the Day: A camera was mounted on Marc-Andre Fleury's lid at a recent practice:

-Cal O'Reilly is adjusting to life with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

-Peter Delmas made 22 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Toledo Walleye.

-Highlights:

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-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins forward Richard Zemlak. Acquired early in the 1988-89 offseason in a deal that sent the rights of Rob Gaudreau to the North Stars, Zemlak spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1988-89, Zemlak played in 31 games and failed to record a point but racked up 135 penalty minutes. He appeared in one postseason game that spring and once again failed to get on the score sheet. Zemlak followed that up in 1989-90 by playing in 19 games and scoring six points and recording 43 penalty minutes. He left the Penguins when he joined the Flames as a free agent early in 1990-91. In 50 regular season games with the Penguins, Zemlak scored six points and netteded 173 penalty minutes.

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Atlantic Division

-Former Penguin Johan Hedberg made 23 saves for the Devils in a 5-0 shutout of the Capitals. Fire Craig Patrick. Captain Zach Parise had a hat trick for New Jersey while teammates Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus each collected a goal and an assist.

-Parise's hat trick:

-Parise left the game in the second period after being hit in the jaw with the stick of Capitals forward Brooks Laich:

-"He apologized to me after. He said, 'Sorry, I would never do anything like that.'" - Parise on Laich.

-Devils forward and former Penguin Alexei Ponikarovsky missed the game due to a right leg injury.

-Another Devils forward and former Penguin Petr Sykora is expected to appear in his 1,000th career game tomorrow.

-Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk is expected to miss four to six weeks due to a broken foot.

Northeast Division

-The Maple Leafs fired Ron Wilson (right) as head coach and replaced him with former Ducks coach and former Penguins captain Randy Carlyle. In parts of four seasons with Toronto, Wilson had a record of 130-135-45 and never reached the postseason. In parts of seven seasons in Anaheim, Carlyle, a former Maple Leafs defenseman, went 273-182-61 and won the Stanley Cup in 2007.

-EN Says: This move reeks of desperation by Maple Leafs overlord Brian Burke who worked with Carlyle in Anaheim. The team hasn't reached the postseason since the 2004-05 lockout and it's mired in a pretty awful 1-9-1 heading into the stretch drive towards the postseason. Carlyle is a good coach and he might be able to turn this team around and get it into the postseason. But this looks like a classic move of just firing a coach to get the players' attention.

-Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference is day to day due to a "lower-body" injury.

-The Canadiens recalled forwards Andreas Engqvist and Louis Leblanc from Hamilton of the AHL.

-Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff returns to Vancouver for the first time since leaving as a free agent this past summer.

Southeast Division

-An overtime goal by former Penguin Ryan Malone gave the Lightning a 4-3 win against the Rangers. Fire Ray Shero. Teddy Purcell had a goal and two assists for Tampa Bay while teammate Steven Stamkos collected a goal and an assist. Former Penguin Mathieu Garon made all of 16 saves in the victory. Fire Ray Shero again. Marian Gaborik recorded a goal and an assist for New York.

-Malone's goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Check out this spin move and backhand saucer pass by Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis to set up Purcell:

-Goal of the Night: Check out this move by New York's Brandon Dubinsky to trip up St. Louis and score a goal:

-The Lightning signed forward Danick Gauthier to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Hurricanes activated goaltender Brian Boucher ("lower body") off injured reserve and demoted goaltender Justin Peters to Charlotte of the AHL.

Central Division

-Ray Emery made 25 saves and led the Blackhawks to a 2-1 win against the Senators. Patrick Sharp recorded two assists for Chicago which has won two consecutive games.

-Jimmy Howard made all of 19 saves for the Red Wings in a 6-0 shutout of the Wild. Valtteri Filppula had two goals and an assist for Detroit while teammate Henrik Zetterberg collected a goal and two assists.

-Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi left the game in the third period due to a groin injury.

-With defenseman Kyle Quincey recovered from a groin injury, the Red Wings demoted goaltender Doug Janik to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-With goaltender Niklas Backstrom dealing with a groin injury, the Wild recalled goaltender Matt Hackett from Houston of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-A goal with 46 seconds left in regulation and an assist by captain Ryan Getzlaf led the Ducks past the Flames, 3-2. Corey Perry added a goal and an assist for Anaheim while teammate Jonas Hiller made 27 saves.

-Getzlaf dropped the hammer on his goal:

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-Happy times in Anaheim:

-Getzlaf snapped off a sharp pass to set up Perry:

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-Perry was pretty excited about his goal:

-Defensive Play of the Night: This video is kind of fuzzy, but check out this "save" on a potential empty-net goal by Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano:

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-Fight of the Night: Calgary captain Jarome Iginla versus Anaheim's Francois Beauchemin:

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-Kari Lehtonen made 19 saves for the Stars in a 3-1 win against the Oilers. Dallas has earned points in its past six games (5-0-1). Edmonton has lost three out of its past four games.

-Pass of the Night: Edmonton's Ales Hemsky had a brilliant set-up for teammate Sam Gagner which ended Lehtonen's bid for a shutout late in regulation:

-Ducks goaltender Dan Ellis is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks due to a sports hernia.

-The Coyotes signed undrafted free agent forward Brendan Shinnimin to a three-year entry-level contract.

Adams Division

-A hat trick by Adam Brace led the Robert Morris men's team to a 5-3 comeback win against American International in Game 1 of an AHA playoff series. Robert Morris leads the best of three series, 1-0.

-Kelsey Thomas had a goal and an assist for the Robert Morris women's team which beat Niagara, 3-2, in a CHA semifinal game.

-Two goals by Kristine Grenier led the Mercyhurst women's team past Syracuse, 4-3, in the other CHA semifinal game. Robert Morris hosts Mercyhurst in the final today, 3 p.m.

(Photos: Malkin-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Wilson-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Flames/Ducks-Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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