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Empty Netter Assists - 03-15-12

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Penguins

-Welcome back Kris Letang... tonight?

-“With or without (Sidney Crosby) it was going to be a big game." - Rangers forward Carl Hagelin on tonight's game against the Penguins.

-“They’re obviously, I think, the best team in the league.” - Rangers general manager and former Penguins forward Glen Sather on the Penguins.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Letang speaks:

-The Penguins' game April 1 against the Flyers has been moved to a 12:30 p.m. start for the worst network on earth NBC.

-The Penguins are good people:

-NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is being tight-lipped about the collective bargaining agreement expiring this summer.

-Scott Munroe made 29 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-1 loss to the Norfolk Admirals.

-Norfolk has won 16 consecutive games.

-Peter Delmas made 23 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Express.

-(Note: We ran this one day early by accident.) Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Tom Cassidy. A free agent signing prior to the 1977-78 season, Cassidy's entire NHL career consisted of 26 games for the Penguins that campain in which he scored seven points. He spent the rest of his professional career in the minors before retiring in 1979.

Atlantic Division

-A key to the recent hot streak of Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov appears to be him clamming up with the media.

-The Flyers demoted forward Harry Zolnierczyk and defenseman Brandon Manning to Adirondack of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-A shootout goal by David Desharnais gave the Canadiens a 3-2 win against the Senators. Carey Price made 35 saves in the victory. Jason Spezza recorded two assists for Ottawa.

-Goal Celebration of the Night: Montreal's Erik Cole high fived referee Greg Kimmerly after a goal:

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-Save of the Night: Price with a toe save on a wraparound attempt by Ottawa's Kyle Turris:

-Scary times for Montreal's Andrei Markov as he took a puck to the face:

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-He eventually returned to the game.

-Intense Photo of the Night: Ottawa's Colin Greening and Montreal's PK Subban battling for position:

-Ottawa's Erik Karlsson scored his 19th goal of the season and tied a single-season franchise record for goals by a defenseman set by Steve Duchene in 1996-97.

-Canadiens forward Scott Gomez is sidelined due to a concussion suffered when he was boarded by Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers Monday.

-The Senators signed college free agent forward Cole Schneider, formerly of the University of Connecticut, to a two-year two-way contract.

-The Sabres recalled defenseman Brayden McNabb from Rochester of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Two goals by captain Andrew Ladd led the Jets to a 5-2 defeat of the Stars. Blake Wheeler recorded two assists for Winnipeg while teammate Ondrej Pavelec made 28 saves. Loui Eriksson scored both of Dallas' goals.

-Stars forward Adam Burish threw one of Jets forward Tanner Glass' gloves into the crowd:

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-Capitals forward prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov, a first-round pick in 2010, has decided to spend another season in the KHL.

-“I’m not going to change the way that I play. I didn’t feel like I did anything vicious or anything like that.” - Capitals defenseman Mike Green on finishing a three-game suspension for striking Lightning forward Brett Connolly in the head March 8.

-The Lightning signed forward Vladislav Namestnikov, a first-round pick in 2011, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Central Division

-Chicago captain Jonathan Toews is still struggling to recover from a concussion suffered Feb. 19.

-Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom is still dealing with an ankle injury which has sidelined him since Feb. 25.

-The Red Wings demoted forward Gustav Nyquist to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-The Blue Jackets demoted goaltender Allen York to Springfield of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Peter Mueller's shootout goal gave the Avalanche a wild 5-4 win against the Sabres. Jamie McGinn scored two regulation goals, including one with two seconds left in the third period to tie the game, while teammate Gabriel Landeskog netted a goal and an assist. Semyon Varlamov made 20 saves in the victory. Drew Stafford led Buffalo with a goal and two assists.

-McGinn's second goal to tie the game:

-Happy times for the Avalanche. Not so much for Buffalo's Tyler Ennis:

-Icy Dagger Glaring Photo of the Night: Varlamov:

-Buffalos' Marcus Foligno being popular:

-Buffalo's Christian Ehrhoff apparently tried to put a DDT on Colorado's Mark Olver:

-Devan Dubnyk made 22 saves for the Oilers in a 3-0 shutout of the Blue Jackets. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins collected a goal and an assist for Edmonton.

-Flames forward Curtis Glencross will not be disciplined for a hit from behind against Sharks defenseman Jason Demers Tuesday.

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

-Avalanche forward Matt Duchene is expected to return to the lineup after missing four games due to a high ankle sprain.

-The Oilers recalled forward Teemu Hartikainen from Oklahoma City of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-A goal and two assists by Antoine Vermette led the Canucks to a 5-4 win against the Canucks. Captain Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson each collected a goal and an assist for Phoenix while teammate Ray Whitney recorded three assists. Mike Smith made 39 saves in the victory. Alex Burrows netted a goal and an assist for Vancouver.

-Jonas Hiller made 23 saves for the Ducks in a 4-0 shutout of the Red Wings. Kyle Palmieri scored two goals for Anaheim while captain Ryan Getzlaf recorded two assists.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Palmieri stripping the puck off Detroit's Brendan Smith and lifting a backhander for his first goal:

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-Palmieri busted out a slick backhanded move for his second goal:

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-Ducks forward Teemu Selanne recorded his 1,400th career point.

-NHL hall of famer and fellow Finn Jari Kurri wants Selanne to keep playing. Selanne recently passed his idol for most points by a Finnish-born player in NHL history.

-Anaheim demoted forward Ryan O'Marra to Syracuse of the AHL.

-The Coyotes demoted defenseman David Rundblad to Portland of the AHL.

-Forward Colin Fraser was named the Kings' nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

Adams Division

-The NHL offiically cancelled its season-opening games in Europe next season.

-Former Maple Leafs/Wild forward Robbie Earl has joined Rapperswil of the NLA in Switzerland.

(Photos: Letang-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Senators/Canadiens-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Avalanche/Sabres-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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