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Empty Netter Assists - 03-21-12

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We don't want to get into those [type of games]. But we do have the talent to keep up with any team, if that's going to happen." - James Neal.

-The Winnipeg Free Press' recap. "It just seem like they scored every chance they got." - Jets captain Andrew Ladd.

-The Associated Press' recap. “You give them space and they eat you up.” - Jets coach Claude Noel.

-NHL.com's recap. Sidney Crosby has 21 points in 12 games this season.

-Highlights:

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-Winnipeg's Bryan Little > Brad Thiessen:

-Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec kept an eye on this puck:

-Stretchy times for Winnipeg's Steve Mason:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-James Neal speaks:

-Malkin speaks:

-"I’m so excited and happy they came back to Pittsburgh. I haven’t seen them in a long time. They’re staying here the rest of the season. (His father) loves hockey, and he’s always emotional." - Evgeni Malkin on his parents watching the game. (PG+)

-Breaking down Malkin's 201 career goals.

-Demolishing the Civic Arena has been a challenge.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jim Kyte. Acquired in the 1989 offseason along with Andrew McBain and Randy Gilhen in a deal which sent Randy Cunneyworth, Rick Tabaracci and Dave McLlwain to Winnipeg, Kyte, the first deaf player in NHL history, spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1989-90, he appeared in 56 games, scored four points and accumulted 125 penalty minutes. After appearing in just one game for the 1990-91 Penguins, he was dealt to the Flames in exchange for forward Jiri Hrdina in December. In 57 regular season games for the Penguins he had four points.

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Atlantic Division

-Former Penguin Johan Hedberg made 34 saves for the Devils who shut out the Senators, 1-0. It was Hedberg's fourth shutout of the season and 21st of his career. Fire Craig Patrick.

-Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk recorded his 400th career goal:

-Two goals by former Penguins forward prospect Matt Moulson led the Islanders to a 5-2 win against the Maple Leafs. Fire Ray Shero. P.A. Parenteau added a goal and two assists for New York while teammate John Tavares recorded three assists. Evgeni Nabokov made all of 12 saves in the victory.

-Check out his soft little feed from Tavares to set up New York's Josh Bailey for a goal:

-The Islanders acquired forward prosepect Yury Alexandrov from the Bruins in exchange for future considerations.

-Defensemen Pavel Kubina ("upper body"), Andreas Lilja (throat) and former Penguins forward Maxime Talbot (shoulder) each returnd to the Flyers' lineup. Kubina missed seven games while Lilja and Talbot were each sidelined one game.

Northeast Division

-The Bruins recalled forward Trent Whitfield from Providence of the AHL and demoted forward Max Sauve to Providence.

-The Sabres recalled forward Travis Turnbull from Rochester of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Scott Clemmensen made 35 saves for the Panthers who edged the Flyers, 2-1. Brian Campbell recorded two assists for Florida. The Flyers are in fifth place of the Atlantic Division and third place in the Atlantic Division with 92 points, four less than the Penguins.

-Unsanitary times for Clemmensen:

-The Jets recalled forward Ben Maxwell from St. John's of the AHL.

-A shoulder injury will sidelined Lightning forward Ryan Shannon the remainder of the season.

-The Lightning demoted goaltender Dustin Tokarski to Norfolk of the AHL.

Central Division

-Two goals by Patrick Sharp led the Blackhawks to a 5-1 rout of the Blue Jackets. Former Penguin Marian Hossa and Andrew Shaw each collected a goal and an assist for Chicago while teammate Duncan Keith recorded four assists. Fire Ray Shero. Corey Crawford made 24 saves in the victory.

-One of Hossa's goals was his 900th career point:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-The Blackhawks demoted forward Mark McNeill to Rockford of the AHL.

-With goaltender Jimmy Howard dealing with a groin injury, the Red Wings recalled former Penguin Ty Conklin from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-Nearly four years after he bolted for the KHL while still under contract, forward Alexander Radulov has officially re-joined the Predators.

Northwest Division

-An overtime goal and an assist by David Jones led the Avalanche to a 2-1 win against the Flames. Paul Stastny also had a goal and an assist for Colorado while teammate Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves.

-Jones' goal:

-Happy times in Colorado:

-A good look at the lid of Varlamov:

-A hat trick and an assist by Ales Hemsky led the Oilers to a 6-3 win against the Predators. Sam Gagner added a goal and an assist for Edmonton while teammates Teemu Hartikainen and Jeff Petry each recorded two assists. Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves in the victory. David Legwand scored two goals for Nashville.

-Hemsky's hat trick:

-Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson is dealing with a back injury.

-The Avalanche demoted forward Mike Connolly to Lake Erie of the AHL.

-The Flames demoted forward Greg Nemisz to Abbotsford of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Mike Riberio's shootout goal gave the Stars a 4-3 win against the Coyotes. The win gave Dallas 85 points and a one-point lead in the Pacific Division over Phoenix and Los Angeles. Michael Ryder collected two regulation goals and an assist for Dallas while teammate Loui Eriksson had a regulation goal and two assists. Kari Lehtonen mad 27 saves in the victory. Ray Whitney led Phoenix with a regulation goal and an assist.

-Coyotes captain Shane Doan will have a disciplinary hearing over an elbow to the head of Stars forward Jamie Benn:

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-EN Says: Doan's relatively clean history with regards to discipline will buy him some favors. As will Benn's apparently lack of a serious injury. But this is pretty ugly. Doan should get at least five games for this. That said, we full expect the NHL to disappoint with its discipline.

-Save of the Night: Lehtonen on Phoenix's Oliver Ekman-Larsson:

-Not to be outdone, check out this save by Phoenix's Mike Smith on Eriksson:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Doan stealing a puck off Dallas' Sheldon Souray and setting up Whitney for a goal:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Doan facing Lehtonen in the shootout:

-Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards each had a goal and two assists for the King who beat the rival Sharks, 5-2. Jonathan Quick made 20 saves in the victory. Martin Havlat led San Jose with a goal and an assist.

-Passes of the Night: Havlat to San Jose's Logan Couture to Dan Boyle for a goal:

-Did Havlat give a middle finger to Kings fans?

-Richards and San Jose's Mike Richards each kept an eye on this puck:

-Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier had to get rid of the image of the famous "Hollywood" sign on his lid on account of a trademark.

(Photos: Jets/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Panthers/Flyers-Matt Slocum/Associated Press; Flames/Avalanche-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images; Coyotes/Stars-Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press; Sharks/Kings-Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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