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Empty Netter Assists - 03-27-12

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Penguins

-The Penguins recalled Simon Despres (above) and Brian Strait from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.

-"I'm not going to change too much. I get in trouble if I try and change." - Craig Adams on playing an elevated role.

-Evgeni Malkin was named the NHL's first star of the week. (PG+)

-"I've never seen the Predators pushed around like that. The Penguins physically dominated them." - An anonymous scout on last Thursday's Predators-Penguins game.

-A news conference will be held today at 4 p.m. to announce the sale of the Wheeling Nailers. The purchase is expected to keep the franchise in town.

Atlantic Division

-Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was seen limping after last night's loss to the Lightning.

-The Flyers signed forward Nick Cousin, a third-round pick in 2011, to an entry-level contract. Terms were not revealed.

-With defenseman Anton Volchenkov dealing with a "lower-body" injury, the Devils recalled defenseman Peter Harrold (right) from Albany of the AHL.

-The Devils signed forward David Wohlberg, a sixth-round pick in 2008, to an amateur tryout concert with their AHL affiliate in Albany.

-The Rangers signed forward Andrew Yogan, a fourth-round pick in 2010, to an entry-level contract. Terms were not revealed.

Northeast Division

-Captain Daniel Alfredsson scored two goals for the Senators who beat the Jets, 6-4. Kyle Turris added a goal and an assist for Ottawa while teammate Jason Spezza recorded three assists. Craig Anderson made 44 saves in the win. Kyle Wellwood added a goal and two assists for Winnipeg.

-Check out the patience by Ottawa's Kaspar Daugavins on this goal:

-Ottawa's Nick Folingo got the drop on Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien here:

-Stretchy Times for Winnipeg's Jim Slater:

-Steely glaring times from Winnipeg's Chris Mason:

-Bad hair cut times for Winnipeg's Evander Kane:

-Senators goaltender Ben Bishop will be sidelined two weeks due to a "lower-body" injury suffered against the Penguins Saturday.

-The Sabres face the Capitals in Washington tonight in a showdown for eighth place of the Eastern Conference.

-Boston demoted forward Trent Whitfield to Providence of the AHL.

-The Bruins have pulled their Bear mascot out of hibernation and put together this cheesy 80s-style sitcom commercial:

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Southeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist for the Lightning which defeated the Flyers, 5-3. Eric Brewer recorded two assists for Tampa Bay while teammate Dwayne Roloson made 35 saves in the victory. Jakub Voracek netted two assists for Philadelphia. The Flyers are in fifth place of the Eastern Conference and third place of the Atlantic Division with 96 points, four fewer than the Penguins.

-Last Second Goal of the Night: Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos ripped this wrister for a score with less than a second left in the first period:

-Puck Whack of the Night: Roloson didn't seem to care for Philadelphia's dump-ins:

-Brewer went stick on puck against this shot by Philadelphia's Claude Giroux:

-If you're wondering what former Penguin Sebastien Caron looks like in a Lightning jersey, here you go:

-Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has nine goals in his past seven games.

-Defenseman Jay Harrison was named the Hurricanes' nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

Central Division

-Tomas Holmstrom scored two goals for the Red Wings who routed the Blue Jackets, 7-2. Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and an assist for Detroit while teammates Todd Bertuzzi and Henrik Zetterberg each recorded four assists. Former Penguin Ty Conklin made 24 saves in the victory which clinched a playoff berth. Captain Rick Nash netted a goal and an assist for Columbus.

-Pass of the Night: Datsyuk with a blind, spinning pass to set up teammate Gustav Nyquist for a goal:

-Not to be outdone, Zetterberg had a similar set-up for Holmstrom:

-Linesman Derek Nansen waiting for a faceoff:

-Detroit has secured a playoff appearance for the 21st consecutive season.

-“It had nothing to do with the goaltender. We could have had Patrick Roy in there, Ken Dryden. It wouldn’t have mattered.” - Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards refusing to blame goaltender Steve Mason for the loss.

-The Blackhawks recalled goaltender Carter Hutton from Rockford of the AHL.

-Nashville's Barry Trotz is on the verge of becoming the fifth coach in NHL history to record 500 wins with one franchise.

-Which goaltender should the Blues use in the postseason: Brian Elliott or Jaroslav Halak?

Northwest Division

-A goal and two assists by Mike Cammalleri led the Flames to a 5-4 win against the Stars. Mark Giordano collected a goal and an assist for Calgary while captain Jarome Iginla recorded two assists. Miikka Kiprusoff made 35 saves in the victory. Jamie Benn scored two goals for Dallas.

-Roberto Luongo made 38 saves for the Canucks in a 1-0 shutout of the Kings. It was his fourth shutout of the season and 58th of his career. Vancouver has won three consecutive games.

-Check out this snipe of a goal by Vancouver's Manny Malhotra:

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-Check out this save by Luongo off a re-direction by Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar:

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-The Canucks officially confirmed forward Daniel Sedin is suffering from a concussion as a result of being hit in he head by Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith last Wednesday.

-"I'm proud of what I've done in the shootout, but it's always stunk that's sort of what I'm known for. I don't want to be a one-trick pony. I wish I was known as a goal scorer on the ice or a point guy on the ice. I've tried desperately to be that guy." - Wild forward and former Penguin Erik Christensen.

Pacific Division

-Two goals by Joe Pavelski led the the Sharks to a 5-1 rout of the Avalanche. Dan Boyle recorded two assists for San Jose while teammate Antti Niemi made 31 saves in the victory.

-The Sharks reclaimed first place of the Pacific Division exactly 30 days after relinquishing it.

-The Ducks demoted forward Kyle Palmieri to Syracuse of the AHL.

-Stars forward Radek Dvorak (right) is dealing with a wonky ankle.

-The Stars signed forward Alex Chiasson, a second-round pick in 2009, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Adams Division

-Trent Campbell, a forward with the ECHL's South Carolina's Stingrays, and that league's leading scorer, was arrested after allegedly stole a taxi cab.

(Photos: Despres-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Harrold-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images; Senators/Jets-Marianne Helm/Getty Images; Lightning/Flyers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Blue Jackets/Red Wings-Carlos Osorio/Associated Press; Dvorak-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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