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Empty Netter Assists - 03-04-12

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Penguins

-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. "These guys work hard every night, so it's nice to see them get some goals." - Marc-Andre Fleury on the Penguins getting secondary scoring.

-The Denver Post's recap. "Tonight, it seemed like everything they touched went in and nothing we touched went in." - Avalanche forward Matt Duchene.

-The Associated Press' recap. “We’ve got guys on every line who can score. That’s how you win in the playoffs.” - Arron Asham.

-NHL.com's recap. "We had to play catch-up hockey and that's a good team. It's tough." - Avalanche captain Milan Hejduk.

-Highlights:

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-Deryk Engelland's re-direction goal deserves its own clip:

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-Arron Asham versus Colorado's Cody  McLeod:

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-A few good looks at the fight:

-Steve Sullivan snapping one off:

-Evgeni Malkin being popular:

-Colorado's Jean-Sebastien Giguere had issues with Matt Cooke:

-Everyone had issues here:

-Cooke got down low for this puck:

-Colorado's Steve Downie got busy in front of the Penguins' net with Brooks Orpik and Fleury:

-Fleury speaks:

-Arron Asham speaks:

-Dan Bylsma and Fleury will be honored as Dapper Dan sportsmen of the year March 12.

-Could there be a "bounty system" in the NHL?

-Zach Hansen and Christiaan Minella each had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 7-5 loss to the Cincinnati Cyclones. Peter Lenes, Matt Schepke and Chase Watson each recorded two assists for Wheeling.

-Today would've been the 81st birthday of former Penguins coach "Badger" Bob Johnson (right). Hired June 12, 1990, Johnson coached the Penguins for one season in 1990-91. He led the team to a 41-33-6 record and the Patrick Division title, the first division title in franchise history. In the 1991 postseason, Johnson guided the franchise to its first Stanley Cup title. In the offseason, Johnson was diagnosed with brain cancer. He passed away Nov. 26, 1991 at the age of 60. Johnson was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.

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Atlantic Division

-Former Penguins forward prospect Matt Moulston and John Tavares each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders in a 3-2 win against the Bruins. Fire Ray Shero. Frans Nielsen added two assists for New York while teammates Evgeni Nabokov made 32 saves.

-Goal of the Day: Boston's Tyler Seguin with a brilliant effort on the backhand:

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-Boston's Milan Lucic ripped off the chin strap of New York's Andrew MacDonald and threw it into the crowd:

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-Devils forward and former Penguin Petr Sykora is expected to appear in his 1,000th career game today against the Islanders.

-Sykora got his first carere goal in his first career game against Tom Barrasso and the Penguins, Oct. 28, 1995.

-The Flyers recalled forward Eric Wellwood from Adirondack of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Mikhail Grabovski had two goals and an assist for the Maple Leafs in a 3-1 defeat of the rival Maple Leafs. Matt Frattin added a goal and an assist for Toronto while teammate Jonas Gustavsson made 21 saves. The Maple Leafs won in the debut of head coach and former Penguins captain Randy Carlyle.

-Fight of the Night: Toronto's Mike Brown versus Montreal's Brad Staubitz:

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-Gustavsson sprawled out for this save:

-Two goals by Ville Leino led the Sabres to a 5-3 win against the Canucks. Brad Boyes added a goal and an assist for Buffalo while teammate Patrick Kaleta recorded two assists. Ryan Miller made 32 saves in the win. David Booth scored two goals for Vancouver.

-With defenseman Robyn Regehr dealing with a hip injury, defenseman Alexander Sulzer made his debut with the Sabres.

-Out of no where, the Sabres are now out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference by two points.

-The Sabres recalled forward Marcus Foligno from Rochester of the AHL.

-With goaltender Tuukka Rask dealing with an apparent left leg injury, the Bruins recalled goaltender Michael Hutchinson from Providence of the AHL.

-Rask was injured on this play yesterday:

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-Additionally, with forward Daniel Paille dealing with an apparent left arm injury, the Bruins recalled forward Lane MacDermid from Providence.

Southeast Division

-Two goals by Steven Stamkos, including on in overtime, gave the Lightning a 4-3 win. Teddy Purcell added a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay while former Penguin Mathieu Garon made 25 saves in the victory. Fire Ray Shero. Anthony Stewart scored two goals for Carolina.

-Purcell had a nice pass to set up Stamkos in overtime:

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-Happy times for Purcell and Stamkos:

-Lightning forward and former Penguin Tim Wallace scored his first career goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Check out this slick backhanded goal by Stewart:

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-Cool Photo of the Night: Carolina's Brandon Sutter going up over Garon:

-The Lightning is another team within two points of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

-The Hurricanes demote forward Zach Boychuk to Charlotte of the AHL.

-Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian is dealing with an undisclosed injury.

-The Capitals recalled goaltender Braden Holtby from  Hershey of the AHL.

-“Our power play is killing us. Absolutely killing us." - Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman on his team's power play which is 2 for 34 in its past 10 games.

Central Division

-A goal and an assist by Andrei Kostitsyn led the Predators to a 3-1 win against the Panthers. Pekka Rinne made 39 saves for the Predators who have won three out of their past four games.

-Kostitsyn's goal was a real snipe to the far side:

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-Pass of the Night: Florida's Wojtek Wolski setting up Marcel Goc on the back door:

-Florida's Erik Gudbranson > Nashville's Paul Gaustad:

-Florida's Jay Garrison > Nashville's Martin Erat:

-Florida's Sean Bergenheim put a little too much on this shot:

-T.J. Oshie and Kevin Shattenkirk each had a goal and an assist for the Blues who defeated the Sharks, 3-1. Alex Pietrangelo recorded two assists for St. Louis while teammate Jaroslav Halak made all of 18 saves in the win.

-Fluky Goal of the Night: St. Louis' Andy McDonald benefitted from a lucky bounce off the end boards:

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-Two goals and an assist by captain Rick Nash helped the Blue Jackets defeat the Coyotes 5-2. Derrick Brassard added a goal and an assist for Columbus while teammate Steve Mason made 30 saves. Captain Shane Doan recorded two assists for Phoenix.

-Nash's first goal came on a strong shorthanded effort:

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-The Red Wings recalled forward Chris Conner from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-The Wild recalled defenseman Steven Kampfer and forward Chad Rau from Houston of the AHL.

-The Flames demoted goaltender Leland Irving to Abbotsford of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Two goals by Jeff Carter led the Kings to a 4-2 win against the rival Ducks. Mike Richards recorded three assists for Los Angeles while teammate Dwight King added two assists. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves in the victory.

-Quick lost his lid on this shot:

-“Some of the worst calls I’ve seen in a friggin’ long time. A game of this importance, we can’t have officiating making calls like that. I mean, there’s three penalties that weren’t penalties.” - Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.

-The Coyotes recalled defenseman David Rundblad from Portland of the AHL.

Patrick Division

-Adam Brace had a goal and an assist for the Robert Morris men's team which lost to American International, 5-7, in Game 2 of an AHA first round series. With the best of three series tied, 1-1, Game 3 is scheduled for tonight at 3 p.m. at the Robert Morris Island Sports Center.

-Kristen DiCiocco made 45 saves for the Robert Morris women's team which defeated Mercyhurst, 3-2, in the CHA championship final. It's Robert Morris first championship in program history.

(Photos: Penguins/Avalanche-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images and David Zalubowski/Associated Press; Maple Leafs/Hurricanes-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Lightning/Hurricanes-Grant Halverson/Getty Images; Predators/Panthers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Ducks/Kings-Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

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