Empty Netter Assists - 10-14-12

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-Matt Cooke (right) is making the most of his free time from the lockout by spending it with his family.

-Jeff Zatkoff made 23 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who opened their season with a 2-1 loss to the Binghamton Senators. The Penguins' next game is on the road against the Springfield Falcons, Friday, 7 p.m.

-A potential game-tying goal for the Penguins was waved off late in the game after officials ruled Eric Tangradi was in the crease.

-Chris Barton and Paul Crowder each had a regulation goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers who opened their season with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Cincinnati Cyclones. The Nailers' next game is on the road against the Elmira Jackals, Friday, 7:05 p.m.

-Evgeni Malkin was held without a point for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in a 3-2 shootout win against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the KHL.

-Former Penguins forward/broadcaster/coach Ed Olczyk will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Monday.

-The NHL and NHLPA are scheduled to resume negotiations Monday.

-Happy 63rd birthday to former Penguins forward Dave Schultz (right). Far more renown for his time as an enforcer with the Broad Street Bully Flyers of the 1970s, "The Hammer" came to the Penguins early in the 1977-78 season along with Gene Carr and a draft pick in a deal which sent Hartland Monahan and Syl Apps Jr. to the Kings. He finished 1977-78 by appearing in 66 games, scoring 34 points and a team-leading 378 penalty minutes. Schultz actually led the league with 405 penalty minutes overall that season, but his 378 alone with the Penguins would've also led the league. After 47 games, 13 points and a team-leading 157 penalty minutes in 1978-77, Schultz was traded to the Sabres in exchange for Gary McAdam. In 113 games with the Penguins, Schultz scored 47 points and collected 535 penalty minutes.

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-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins forward Billy Tibbetts. A free agent signing late in the 1999-2000 season, Tibbetts didn't make his NHL debut until midway through 2000-01 when he appeared in 29 games and scored three points. After 33 games and six points in 2001-02, Tibbetts was traded to the rival Flyers in exchange for Kent Manderville. In 62 games with the Penguins, Tibbetts scored nine points.

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Northeast Division

-Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers has joined Klagenfurter AC of Austria's EBEL for the duration of the lockout.

-Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin has joined Ak Bars Kazan of Russia's KHL for the duration of the lockout.

Northwest Division

-Canucks defensemen Alexander Edler (back) and Jason Garrison (groin) are still on the team's payroll during the lockout as they recover from injuries.

Pacific Division

-Professional hockey returned to San Francisco as the Bulls, the ECHL's new expansion team, opened their season. The Bulls are an ECHL affiliate of the Sharks.

Norris Division

-Connor McDavid, potentially the "next" next Sidney Crosby, is playing two hours north for the Erie Otters.

-Connor Crisp had a goal and an assist for the Erie Otters who lost to the Mississauga Steelheads, 4-3.

-The birth of Penn State's hockey programs was over 40 years in the making.

-An overtime goal by David Glen gave the Penn State men's team a 4-3 win against American International. It was the first win in program history.

-Nicole Paniccia made 53 saves for the Penn State women's team which fell to Syracuse, 4-0.

-Eric Levine made 33 saves for the Robert Morris men's team in a season-opening 4-0 loss to Quinnipiac.

-Thea Imbrogno had two goals and an assist for the Robert Morris women's team in a 5-0 exhbition win against Cambridge.

-Max Strang made 37 saves for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 2-1 loss to Niagara.

-Christine Bestland scored two goals for the Mercyhurst women's team which shut out Providence, 5-0.

-Chris Truehl made 44 saves for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 4-1 loss to the Soo Eagles.

(Photos: Cooke-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Schultz-Penguins Hockey Cards)

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