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Empty Netter Assists - 03-18-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Note: On account of Internet access issues, this is a barebones version of Empty Netter Assists. Our apologies.

Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. "There's a lot of depth on that hockey club, and it's tough to defend." - Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur.

-The Newark Star-Ledger's recap. "They’re a good hockey team and Crosby isn’t playing at his best yet." - Brodeur.

-The Bergen Record' recap. “If it’s not for Marty Brodeur we give up 10.” - Devils coach Peter DeBoer.

-The Associated Press' recap. “We played a real fast game today. Everyone was creating chances. Everyone was on their toes, making plays.” - Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (above, with Fleury).

-NHL.com's recap. The Penguins have won 11 consecutive games.

-Highlights:

-Happy times for Pascal Dupuis and Jordan Staal:

-Fleury snagged this shot:

-Happy times for Cooke:

-Determined times for Crosby:

-Crosby had a chat with New Jersey's Patrik Elias:

-Malkin mixing it up with New Jersey's Anton Volchenkov:

-New Jersey's Andy Greene being popular:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Matt Cooke was named Pittsburgh nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

-A list of moments the Penguins probably won't commemorate with a statue.

-A hat trick by Alexandre Picard led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 4-1 win against the Worcester Sharks. Cal O'Reilly recorded three assists for the Penguins while teammate Scott Munroe made 27 saves.

-Nick Niedert made 22 saves for the Wheeling Nailers who lost to the Reading Royals, 4-3.

-Happy 60th birthday to former Penguins forward Bernie Lukowich. A second-round pickin 1972, Lukowich appeared in 53 games for the 1973-74 club and recorded 19 points. Midway through the 1974-75 season, he was dealt to the rival Blues in exchange for Bob Stumpf.

Atlantic Division

-Rangers captain Ryan Callahan returned to the lineup after missing three games due to a foot injury.

-The Rangers recalled defenseman Tim Erixon from Connecticut of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Shootout goals by David Krejci, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins a 3-2 win against the Flyers. Tim Thomas made 27 saves in the victory which snapped a four-game losing streak for Boston. Matt Read had a regulation goal and an assist for Philadelphia.

-Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs who beat the rival Senators, 3-1. Jake Gardiner recorded two assists for Toronto while teammate James Reimer made 33 saves.

-The Bruins signed forward Shawn Thornton to a two-year contract worth a total of $2.2 million. He will have a salary cap hit of $1.1 million. Thornton, 34, is in the final year of a contract with salary cap hit of $812,500. In 70 games this season, he has scored 12 points (four goals, eight assists) and has 145 penalty minutes.

-EN Says: Thornton is the perfect example of what an enforcer should be in the NHL. He'll fight anyone but he can also play and be relied on to record regular minutes. He helped the Bruins recover and comeback to win the Stanley Cup final by providing a physical element. Thornton is perfect for this team.

-The Bruins demoted forward Trent Whitfield from Providence of the AHL.

-The Canadiens demoted defenseman Frederic St-Denis to Hamilton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Shootout goals by Wojek Wolski and Dmitry Kulikov led the Panthers to a 3-2 win against the Sabres. Jose Theodore made 24 saves for Florida.

-The Lightning signed former Penguins goaltender Sebastien Caron. No terms of the deal were announced. Caron, 31, played for the Iserlohn Roosters of the DEL in Germany this season, going 25-23-0 with a 2.57 goals-against average, a .932 save percentage and five shutouts.

-Tampa Bay recalled forward Trevor Lewis from Norfolk of the AHL.

-Jets defenseman Mark Stuart was fined $2,500 for a high hit against Capitals foward Marcus Johansson Friday.

-The Hurricanes recalled defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti from Charlotte of the AHL.

Central Division

-Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves for the Blues who beat the Lightning, 3-1. T.J. Oshie recorded two assists for St. Louis which secured a playoff win.

-The Blackhawks demoted goaltender Carter Hutton to Rockford of the AHL.

-Former Robert Morris goaltender Brooks Ostergard has joined the Chicago Express, the ECHL affiliate for the Blue Jackets.

Northwest Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Semyon Varlamov made 42 saves for the Avalanche in a 3-1 win against the Rangers. Ryan Wilson recorded two assists for Colorado. The Rangers have a two point lead over the Penguins four first place in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division.

-Daniel Sedin scored two goals for the Canucks who beat the Blue Jackets, 4-3. Alexander Edler added a goal and an assist for Vancouver while captain Henrik Sdein recorded two assists. Corey Schneider made 33 saves for Vancouver. Jack Johnson led Columbus with a goal and an assist.

-The Flames returned forward Sven Baertschi from an emergency recall to Portland of the WHL.

-Calgary demoted goaltender Leland Irving to Abbotsford or the AHL.

Pacific Division

-A goal and an assist by Dustin Penner led the Kings to a 4-2 win against the Predators. Trevor Lewis recorded two assists for Los Angeles while teammate Jonathan Bernier made 19 saves.

-Two goals by Martin Havlat, including one in overtime, gave the Sharks a 3-2 win against the Red Wings. Antti Niemi made 26 saves for San Jose.

-Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano appeared in his 400th consecutive game Friday. In five seasons in the NHL, he has not missed a game.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Mel Evans/Associated Press)

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