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Empty Netter Assists - 12-01-12

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Penguins

-Sidney Crosby. Still not in Europe ... yet.

-"The owners are incredibly smart businessmen who have made decisions like this and have been in meetings like this before. We are hockey players. Some of us are reasonably bright. But I can’t see it being a smart move for a bunch of NHL players to go head-to-head without our legal representation." - Ben Lovejoy (right) on a proposed players/owners "only" meeting in negotiations. (PG+)

-Two goals by Trevor Smith led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 5-3 win against the Syracuse Crunch. Riley Holzapfel added a goal and two assists for the Penguins while teammate Beau Bennett collected a goal and an assist. Jeff Zatkoff made 23 saves in the victory.

-After starting off 0-4-0, the Penguins are 12-3-0 in their past 15 games.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins demoted forwards Dominik Uher and Keven Veilleux to the Wheeling Nailers.

-Scott Darling made 37 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-2 win against Elimral Jackals. Matt Germain recorded two assists for Wheeling.

-Evgeni Malkin was held without a point and was a minus-1 for Metallurg Magnitogorsk which lost to Dinamo Minsk, 4-3, in Russia's KHL.

-Dustin Jeffrey scored the only goal today for Medvescak Zagreb which lost to the Graz 99ers, 4-1, in Austria's EBEL.

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins forward Ryan Malone (right). A fourth-round pick in 1999, Malone, the son of former Penguins forward and executive Greg Malone, spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2003-04, Malone saw action in 81 games and scored 43 points, including a team-leading 22 goals. After spending the 2004-05 lockout in Finland and Italy, Malone returned to the Penguins in 2005-06 and appeared in 77 games while scoring 44 points. Injuries limited Malone in 2006-07 to 64 games and 31 points. In the 2007 offseason, Malone played in five games but failed to record a point. Arguably Malone's best NHL season was in 2007-08. While playing primarily on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora, Malone appeared in 77 games and set career highs in goals (27) and points (51). In that spring's playoffs, Malone played in 20 games and contributed 16 points while helping the franchise reach its third Stanley Cup final. During the 2008 offseason, Malone and Gary Roberts were traded to the Lightning in exchange for a draft pick. In 299 regular season games with the Penguins, Malone scored 169 points, 45th-most in franchise history. In 25 postseason games, he scored 16 points. He is currently a member of the Lightning.

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-Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Steve Dykstra. Claimed prior to the 1988-89 season in a waiver draft from the Oilers, Dykstra's Penguins career amounted to 65 games and seven points that campaign. In the 1989 playoffs, Dykstra saw action in one game and failed to record a point. During the 1989 offseason, Dykstra joined the Hartford Whalers as a free agent.

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-Today would have been the 47th birthday of former Penguins forward Roger Belanger. Along with Doug Bodger and some other guy, Belanger was one of three first-round picks for the Penguins in 1984. His Penguins career amounted to 44 games and eight points in 1984-85. After spending most of the next four seasons with the club's minor league affiliates in Baltimore and Muskegon, Belanger retired in the 1988 offseason due to injuries. He passed away September 16, 2011 at the age of 45.

Atlantic Division

-“Whenever people talk about the possibility of a lockout, trust me, there’s a lockout happening. I’ve heard ‘lockout’ three times in my career and three times we’ve been locked out." - Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur.

Northeast Division

-Sabres captain/forward Jason Pominville (right) has joined Adler Mannheim of Germany's DEL.

-“I’m not going to be there. I don’t want any part of it.” - Sabres defenseman and former Penguin Jordan Leopold on the NHL's proposed players/owners "only" meeting.

Southeast Division

-"There always seems to be a catch with every idea the owners have. But if it's something where we could get all 30 owners in the same room with representatives from each team and talk, just so they know where we're sitting and where everybody stands then, yeah, it could be positive. But only if it's done in the right way. If it's still the same guys from their end talking ... if it's (Boston Bruins' owner) Jeremy Jacobs in there spewing his stuff, I don't think it's going to move this process forward." - Jets captain/forward Andrew Ladd on the NHL's proposed players/owners "only" meeting.

Northwest Division

-Avalanche defenseman Ryan O'Bryne has joined the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. The Everblades are the ECHL affiliate for the Hurricanes and Lightning.

Adams Division

-Oscar Dansk made 48 saves for the Erie Otters in a 6-4 loss to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

-Scott Jacklin had a goal and an assist for the Robert Morris men's team in a 4-3 win against Holy Cross.

-Chris Bodo and Kyle Just each had a goal and two assists for the Mercyhurst men's team which beat Air Force, 5-4.

-A hat trick by David Glen helped the Penn State men's team defeat Arizona State in an exhibition game, 8-3.

-A goal and an assist by Rebecca Vint helped the Robert Morris women's team edge Syracuse, 2-1.

-Amanda Makela made 10 saves for the Mercyhurst women's team which shut out Penn State, 5-0.

-An overtime goal by Mike Sandor gave the Johnstown Tomahawks a 4-3 win against Wenatchee Wild.

(Photos: Lovejoy-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Malone-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Pominville-Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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