Empty Netter Assists - 03-11-12

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-Sidney Crosby will not play today.

-The Penguins are getting some offense from their blue line.

-Where do the Penguins go with Crosby and his next contract?

-Crosby speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Deryk Engelland speaks:

-Shootout goals by Cal O'Reilly and Colin McDonald gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 5-4 win against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Ben Street scored two regulation goals for the Penguins while teammate Nick Petersen added a regulation goal and an assist. Scott Munroe made 33 saves in the victory.

-Peter Delmas made 39 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-2 loss to the Florida Everblades.

-Happy 36th birthday to former Penguins forward Nils Ekman. Acquired in the 2006 offseason in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Sharks, Ekman, appeared in 34 games for the 2006-07 Penguins and recorded 15 points. In an 4-3 home loss to the Lightning, Nov. 8, 2006, he did set the franchise record for fastest hat trick when he scored three goals in a span of 4:10 (below). He played in one postseason game that spring and failed to record a point. The following offseason, he signed with Khimik Mytischi in Russia.

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-Happy 26th birthday to former Penguins forward Paul Bissonnette. A fourth-round pick in 2003, Bissonnette's only season with the Penguins saw him play in 15 games while recording one assist and 22 penalty minutes in 2008-09. During the 2009 offseason, he was claimed off waivers from the Coyotes. He is still a member of the Coyotes.

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-Happy 71st birthday to former Penguins forward Bill LeCaine. A free agent signing in the 1967 offseason, Lecaine's NHL career amounted to four games with the 1968-69 Penguins. The following season, he joined the Port Huron Flags of the IHL.

Atlantic Division

-Claude Giroux's shootout goal gave the Flyers a 1-0 win against the Maple Leafs. Ilya Bryzgalov made 29 saves in the victory. The Flyers are 5-0-0 in March.

-Shootout Goal of the Night: Giroux's goal was just nasty:

-"He made the saves at the right time. He's been sharp and tonight was no different - and we needed him to be." - Flyers coach Peter Laviolette on Brzygalov recording his third shutout in four games.

-Former Penguins goaltender Johan Hedberg made 23 saves for the Devils in a comeback 2-1 win against the rival Islanders. New Jersey scored two goals in the final 1:39 of regulation to win.

-Late goal by David Clarkson and Marek Zidlicky, 15 seconds apart, gave New Jersey the win:

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-Cool Photo of the Night: Hedberg getting lost in front of teammates Andy Greene and Adam Henrique:

-In the second contest of back to back games against New Jersey, Islanders goaltender had a streak of 118 consecutive minutes of shutout hockey against the Devils snapped.

-Devils forward Martin Brodeur has a chance to claim his 650th career win against the rival Flyers today.

-With forwards Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas dealing with an illness, the Islanders recalled forward Micheal Haley from Bridgeport of the AHL.

-The Islanders signed undrafted forward Mike Halmo to an entry-level contract. Terms of the contract were not reported.

Northeast Division

-Shootout goals by captain Jason Pominville and Tyler Ennis gave the Sabres a 4-3 win against the Senators. Ryan Miller made 33 saves for Buffalo. Erik Karlsson scored two regulation goals for Ottawa.

-Ennis > Ottawa's Ben Bishop:

-Sabres forwards Matt Ellis (leg) and Patrick Kaleta (neck) each left the game due to injuries.

-"I was happy and (expletive) off at the same time. It was definitely a weird emotion, but as a brother I’m really happy for him." - Senators forward Nick Foligno on seeing his brother, Sabres forward Marcus Foligno, score his first career goal.

-With forward Thomas Vanek ("upper body") injured, Foligno was recalled from Rochester of the AHL.

-Erik Cole scored two goals for the Canadiens who defeated the Canucks, 4-1. Max Pacioretty recorded two assists for Montreal while teammate Carey Price made 32 saves.

-Check out the placement on this goal by Vancouver's Ryan Kesler:

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-Happy times for the Canadiens. Not so much for Vancouver's Chris Higgins:

-Price and teammate PK Subban had a moment:

-Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov returned to the lineup after being sidelined for 17 months due to a knee injury.

-Cole was fined $2,500 for a slew foot against Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry Thursday.

-The Bruins recalled forward Max Sauve from Providence of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Alexander Semin had a goal and an assist for the Capitals who held off the Bruins, 4-3. Dmitry Orlov recorded two assists for Washington while teammate Tomas Vokoun made 33 saves. Brad Marchand netted a goal and an assist for Boston.

-Save of the Day: Vokoun denying Boston's Tyler Seguin on the back door:

-Boston captain Zdeno Chara blew up a piece of glass after hitting Washington forward Marcus Johansson:

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-Washington's Tomas Vokoun had issues with this puck:

-Boston's Joe Corvo gunned this puck down ice:

-Jeff Skinner scored two goals for the Hurricanes in a 4-2 defeat of the Lightning. Chad LaRose added a goal and an assist for Carolina while teammate Jussi Jokinen recorded two assists. Cam Ward made 35 saves in the win.

-“I was just finishing my check, trying to separate him from the puck – pinch him off. It was just a hockey play, hockey read that I made instantly and it didn’t turn out well.” - Capitals defenseman Mike Green on his hit to the head of Lightning forward Brett Connolly Thursday which earned Green a three-game suspension.

Central Division

-Andrei Kostitsyn scored two goals for the Predators who edged the rival Red Wings, 3-2. David Legwand recorded three assists for Nashville while teammate Sergei Kostitsyn netted two assists. Pekka Rinne made 35 saves in the victory.

-The Kostitsyns hooked up for a goal:

-Predators defenseman and former Penguin Hal Gill surveyed the ice:

-Fiery times for Detroit coach Mike Babcock:

-The Red Wings are 16-18-1 on the road this season.

-Brian Elliott made 21 saves for the Blues in a 4-1 win against the Blue Jackets. Andy McDonald recorded two assists for St. Louis which has won four consecutive games.

-Check out the placement on this one-timer by St. Louis' T.J. Oshie:

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-Check out the placement of this backhand goal by St. Louis' Chris Stewart:

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-St. Louis' Chris Porter had issues with Columbus' Darryl Boyce:

-“They’re almost unbeatable in this building.” - Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash on the Blues who tied a franchise record with their 29th home win in the Scottrade Center.

-The Blue Jackets recalled forward Dane Byers from Springfield of the AHL.

-New York Jets coach Rex Ryan. A Blues fan?

Northwest Division

-Shootout goals by captain Milan Hejduk and Peter Mueller gave the Avalanche a 3-2 win against the Oilers. Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves for Colorado. Jordan Eberle recorded two assists for Edmonton.

-A good look at the lid of Edmonton's Nikolai Khabibulin:

-Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie is sidelined due to an "upper-body" injury.

-"I think there's only a handful of goalies that would really utilize it, so I don't know if it is going to make a difference in the long run." - Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider on potentially eliminating the "no-play" trapezoid area for goaltenders.

Pacific Division

-Mike Smith made 42 saves for the Coyotes who shut out the Sharks, 3-0. Michael Stone had a goal and an assist for Phoenix while teammate Marc-Andre Pouliot recorded two assists. The Coyotes snapped a five-game losing streak.

-Splashy times for Smith:

-San Jose captain Joe Thornton and Phoenix's Boyd Gordon were ready for this faceoff:

-Anthem times for the Sharks:

-Kari Lehtonen made 21 saves for the Stars in a 2-0 shutout of the Ducks. Dallas is now 9-0-1 in its past 10 games. Anaheim has lot three out of its past four.

-"The funny thing is if I say anything, it costs you $10,000 and if you don't say anything, nothing gets done. It's a really double-edged sword. I don't know if anything gets done." - Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on a second period hit by Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas which injured the right shoulder of Ducks forward Corey Perry. The play was not penalized.

Patrick Division

-Forward Nail Yakupov of the OHL's Sarnia Sting, considered the favorite to be the first overall pick in this summer's draft, was injured when he took a hit to the head from Owen Sound Attack forward Michael Halmo. The hit in question:

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-The Robert Morris men's team's season came to an end with a 2-1 loss to Niagara in Game 2 of an AHA quarterfinal series. Brooks Ostergard made 42 saves for Robert Morris. Niagara won the best of three series, 2-0.

-Max Strang made 41 saves for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 3-1 loss to Marist in Game 2 of its AHA quarterfinal series. The best of three series is tied, 1-1. Game 3 will be played tonight, 7:05 p.m. at Mercyhurst Ice Center in Erie.

-The Mercyhurst women's team's season came to an end with a 3-1 loss to Wisconsin in an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal game. Hillary Pattenden made 38 saves for Mercyhurst.

(Photos: Crosby-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Devils/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Sabres/Senators-Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press; Canadiens/Canucks-Rich Lam/Getty Images; Capitals/Bruins-Elsa/Getty Images; Red Wings/Predators-Frederick Breedon/Getty Images and Mark Humphrey/Associated Press; Blue Jackets/Blues-Bill Boyce/Associated Press; Oilers/Coyotes-Jack Dempsey/Associated Press; Sharks/Coyotes-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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