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Empty Netter Assists - 03-25-12

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We made some big mistakes and didn't give him a chance." - Sidney Crosby on Brad Thiessen.

-The Ottawa Citizen's recap.  "Everybody played really hard, everybody skated and when you do that, everything kind of falls into place." - Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.

-The Associated Press' recap. The Penguins had a 14-game streak with at least a point snapped.

-NHL.com's recap. "It's always nice to score, but we play to win. It doesn't change a thing." - Crosby on getting his first goal since Nov. 21.

-Highlights:

-Last night's... interesting...  renditions of the national anthems as sung by Measha Brueggergosman:

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-Dan Bylsma is pretty happy with this Crosby guy his team just added.

-Is getting the top seed in a conference all its really cracked up to be?

-"I think Letang deserve much more attention than he paid. I think he - MVP of our team." - Evgeni Malkin (very) roughtly translated.

-"They pushed us around pretty good last time. They came in here and we didn't give them much of a game. I think we'd like to respond a little better." - Devils captain Zach Parise on playing the Penguins tonight.

-Scott Munroe made 19 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-0 loss to the St. John's IceCaps.

-The Penguins were shutout in back to back games for the first time since March 16-17, 2003.

-Cody Chupp had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-3 loss to the Cincinnati Cyclones.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins forward Pat Hughes (right). Acquired in the 1979 offseason along with Rob Holland in a deal which sent Denis Herron and a draft pick to Montreal, Hughes spent parts of two season with the Penguins. In 1979-80, he appeared in 76 games and scored 32 points. He appeared in five postseason games that spring and failed to score a point. After 58 games and 19 points in 1980-81, Hughes was traded to the Oilers in exchange for Pat Price. In 134 regular season games with the Penguins, he recorded 51 points.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins forward Ted Bulley. A free agent signing in the 1983 offseason, Bulley appeared in 26 games for the 1983-84 team and recorded five points. He was released in the 1985 offseason.

-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins forward Bruce Crowder. Claimed off waivers from the Bruins in the 1984 offseason, Crowder appeared in 26 games for the 1984-85 Penguins and recorded 11 points. He retired in February of that season.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Ken Wregget (right). Acquired prior to the 1992 trade deadline in a three-way deal which also brought Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson and a draft pick from the Flyers and Jeff Chychrun from the Kings while sending Paul Coffey to the Kings and Mark Recchi to the Flyers, Wregget spent parts of seven seasons as a part-time backup/starter in Pittsburgh. He finished 1991-92 by playing in nine games and going 5-3-0 with a 4.15 goals against average and .847 save percentage. He appeared in one playoff game that spring, had no record and sported a 6.00 goals against average and .750 save percentage while helping the franchise win its second consecutive Stanley Cup title. He followed that up in 1992-93 by playing in 25 games, compiling a record of 13-7-3 with a 3.42 goals against average and .887 save percentage. During 1993-94, Wregget saw action in 42 games, went 21-12-7 with a 3.37 goals against average, .893 save percentage and one shutout. With starter Tom Barrasso sidelined in the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, Wregget took over as the starter. He went 25-9-2, with a 3.21 goals against average and .902 save percentage. His 25 wins led the league. In 11 postseason games that spring, he went 5-6 in 11 games with a 3.00 goals against average, .905 save percentage and one shutout. During 1996-97, Wregget played in 46 games, went 17-17-6 with a 3.24 goals against average, .905 save percentage and two shutouts. During that season's playoffs, he played in nine games, went 7-2 with a 2.30 goals against average and .930 save percentage. His final season in Pittsburgh was 1997-98. Hes saw action in 15 games with a 3-6-2 record, 2.75 goals against average, and .904 save percentage. Wregget appeared in all five of the team's postseason games in 1998 and went 1-4 with a 3.64 goals against average and .915 save percentage. In the 1998 offseason, Wregget and Dave Roche were traded to the Flames in exchange for German Titov and Todd Hlushko. In 212 regular games with the Penguins, Wregget had a record of 104-67-21 with a 3.29 goals against average, .898 save percentage and six shutouts. His win total is third-best in franchise history. In 26 postseason games, Wregget was 13-12 with a 2.93 goals against average, .914 save percentage and one shutout.

-Happy 56th birthday to former Penguins forward Dwight Schofield. Acquired in the 1986 offseason from the Capitals in exchange for cash, Schofield appeared in 26 games for the 1986-87 Penguins and recorded seven points. The following offseason, he signed with the Winnipeg Jets.

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-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins forward Shawn Antoski. A free agent signing in the 1996 offseason, Antoski's Penguins' career amounted to 13 games and no points in 1996-97. Early int he season, Antoski and Dmitri Mironov were dealt to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in exchange for Alex Hicks and Fredrik Olausson. Antoski is one of seven former first-round picks from the 1990 draft who played for the Penguins. The others were Petr Nedved, Jaromir Jagr, Darryl Sydor, John Slaney, Drake Berehowsky and Bryan Smolinski.

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Atlantic Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Shootout goals by Brad Richards and captain Ryan Callahan gave the Rangers a 4-3 win against the Maple Leafs. Marian Gaborik scored two regulation goals for New York while Richards recorded two assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves in the victory. The Rangers lead the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division with 101 points, three more than the Penguins who are in fourth and second place respectively. Joey Crabb had a regulation goal and an assist for Toronto.

-Check out this pass from Richards to set up Gaborik:

-Hit of the Night: Toronto's Ryan Hamilton on New York's Brandon Prust:

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Daniel Briere scored two goals for the Flyers who beat the Canadiens, 4-1. Matt Read added a goal and an assist for Philadelphia while teammate Matt Carle recorded two assists. Ilya Bryzgalov made 23 saves in the victory which clinched a playoff berth. The Flyers are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and third place of the Atlantic Division with 96 points, two fewer than the Penguins.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this pass from Philadelphia's Sean Couturier to set up Read on the back door:

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-Montreal's Tomas Plekanec paralyzed Bryzgalov on this goal:

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-Happy times for Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen:

-Devils forward Travis Zajac is expected to return to the Devils lineup tonight. He has been sidelined since Jan. 2 due to an Achilles tendon injury.

Northeast Division

-A goal and an assist by Brad Marchand led the Bruins to a 4-2 win against the Kings. Tim Thomas made 40 saves in the victory. Boston has won three out of its past four games.

-Save of the Night: Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick simply robbed Boston's David Krejci on this two-on-one:

-Bruins captain Zdeno Chara appeared in his 1,000th career game.

-Cody Hodgson and Thomas Vanek each had a goal and an assist for the Sabres who beat the Wild, 3-1. Ryan Miller made 24 saves for Buffalo.

-“At the beginning of the year, you put a stick on a guy, you were in the box. Now when I watch games, they’re letting a lot more go. It’s almost as though they told the referees, ‘Start letting it go again to slow down the game.’ It’s not a good thing for us.” - Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul on the state of officiating.

-The Canadiens recalled defenseman Frederic St-Denis from Hamilton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Two goals and an assist by Steven Stamkos led the Lightning to a 4-3 win against the Islanders. Teddy Purcell and Martin St. Louis each recorded two assists for Tampa Bay. Dwayne Roloson made 34 saves in the victory. Former Penguins prospect Matt Moulson and Frans Nielsen each collected a goal and an assist for New York. Fire Ray Shero.

-With 52 goals, Stamkos know has a seven-goal lead over Evgeni Malkin in the goal-scoring race.

-The Panthers will wear their blue alternate jerseys for the final time today.

-Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) resumed full contact in practice for the first time since Jan. 6.

Central Division

-Pekka Rinne made 24 saves for the Predators in a 3-1 win against the Jets. Winnipeg has lost three out of its past four games.

-With the Jets in town, someone in Nashville threw Atlanta Thrashers jerseys on the ice:

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-Nashville's Kevin Klein has a fan:

-Predators fan welcomed forward Alexander Radulov back in his first home game since 2008:

-Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals for the Red Wings who edged the Hurricanes, 5-4. Jiri Hudler added a goal and two assists for Detroit while teammate Valtteri Filppula recorded three assists. Former Penguin Ty Conklin made 20 saves in the victory. Jiri Tlusty had two goals for Carolina.

-Check out the hand-eye coordination by Detroit's Todd Bertuzzi on this goal:

-Shouty times for Detroit coach Mike Babcock:

-"I liked the ending. Not the start." - Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom on his team having to erase a 4-1 deficit to win.

-Lidstrom (deep ankle bruise) and Jakub Kindl (oblique muscle) each returned to the lineup after missing 11 and eight games due to injuries.

-The Red Wings demoted defenseman Brendan Smith to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-The Blues demoted defenseman Danny Syvret to Peoria of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Two goals by Chris Higgins, including one in overtime, gave the Canucks a 3-2 win against the Avalanche. Kevin Bieksa recorded two assists for Vancouver while teammate Roberto Luongo made 38 saves.

-Check out the play by Vancouver's Jannik Hansen to set up Higgins' overtime goal:

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-Check out the placement on Higgins' first goal:

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-The Canucks clinched their fourth consecutive Northwest Division title.

-The Oilers recalled forward Chris VandeVelde from Oklahoma City of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Two goals by Jamie Benn led the Stars to a 4-1 win against the Flames. Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves in the victory. Calgary has lost five consecutive games.

-Check out this centering pass by Dallas' Steve Ott to set up Benn:

-Check out this cross-ice pass by Calgary's Anton Babchuk to set up Mike Cammalleri for a one-timer:

-Prior to the game, the Stars paid tribute to former defenseman Karlis Skrastins who died last summer in the plane crash involving the KHL's Yaroslavl Lokomotiv team:

-Shootout goals by Ryane Clowe and Michal Hanzus gave the Sharks a 4-3 win against the Coyotes. Captain Joe Thornton recorded two assists for San Jose while teammate Antti Niemi made 24 saves. Daymond Langkow netted a regulation goal and an assist for Phoenix.

-Check out this kick save by Phoenix's Mike Smith on San Jose's Brent Burns:

-Phoenix's Derek Morris juuuust barely scored before the end of the first period:

-Smith appeared to get handcuffed by this shot:

-Niemi had issues with this puck:

-The Coyotes recalled forward Alexandre Bolduc from Portland of the AHL.

NCAA Tournament

-A goal and an assist by Kyle Bodie led Union to a 3-2 win against Massachusetts-Lowell. Union advanced to the Frozen Four fo the first time in school history.

-Jordie Johnston had a goal and an assist for Ferris State which beat Cornell, 2-1. The wins advanced Ferris State to the Frozen Four.

-Blue Jackets forward prospect Jake Hansen scored two goals for Minnesota which routed Boston University, 7-3.

-North Dakota got a goal and an assist from Islanders forward prospect Brock Nelson and defeated Western Michigan, 3-1.

-Former Pittsburgh Hornets goaltender Parker Milner made 20 saves for Boston College in a 2-0 shutout of Air Force.

-Two goals by Jake Hendrickson led Minnesota-Duluth to a 5-2 win against Maine.

(Photos: Penguins/Senators-Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press; Wregget-Glenn Cratty/Allsport/Getty Images; Hughes-Penguins Hockey Cards; Canadiens/Flyers-Alex Brandon/Associated Press; Jets/Predators-Mike Strasinger/Associated Press; Hurricanes/Red Wings-Carlos Osorio/Associated Press; Flames/Stars-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images; Coyotes/Sharks-Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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