Empty Netter Assists - 12-29-12

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-The NHL makes a new offer to the NHLPA.

-James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail has a point-by-point look at the NHL's latest offer.

-Sidney Crosby (right) took part in a charity game to benefity autism care in his hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

-Stop us if this sounds familiar. A team named the Penguins is struggling on the power play.

-An overtime goal and an assist by Luke Pither helped lead the Wheeling Nailers to a 5-4 win against the Greenville Road Warriors. Cody Wild added a goal and two assists for Wheeling while teammate Cris Barton contributed a goal and an assist. Scott Darling made 35 saves in the victory.

-Tanner Glass recorded an assist - his first of the season - for Banksa Bystrica in a 5-4 shootout loss to HC Košice in the Slovak Extraliga.

-Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in a 6-0 shutout of Metallurg Novokuznetsk in Russia's KHL.

-Highlights (Malkin's goal happens at the 0:55 mark):

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-Former Penguins forward Kent Manderville has found a second life as a major peewee coach in Ottawa.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins forward Tom O'Regan. A free agent signing in the 1983 offseason, O'Regan spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1983-84, O'Regan saw action in 51 games and scored 14 points. He followed that up in 1984-85 by playing in one game and failing to record a point. His final NHL season was 1985-86. He played in nine games and scored three points. He was released in the 1986 offseason.

-Happy 59th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Tom Bladon (right). Acquired in the 1978 offseason along with Ross Lonsberry and Orest Kindrachuk in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Flyers, the "Bomber"spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1978-79, Bladon appeared in 78 games and scored 27 points. During the 1979 postseason, he appeared in seven games and recorded four assists. He followed that up in 1979-80 by playing in 57 games and recording eight points. In that spring's postseason, Bladon played in one game and scored one goal. During the 1980 offseason, Bladon joined the Oilers as a free agent. In 135 regular season games, Bladon scored 35 points. In eight postseason games, he scored five points.

Northeast Division

-Canadiens goaltender Carey Price hates coyotes. Not the resource-draining, ownerless, burden on the NHL. The animal.

Adams Division

-Adam Levine made 48 saves for the Robert Morris men's team in a 6-0 shutout of budding rival Penn State at the Three Rivers Classic.

-Jay Williams made 29 saves for Miami, Ohio in a 1-0 shutout of Ohio State in the second game of the tournament.

-The tournament concludes today with Ohio State playing Penn State at 4:30 p.m. and Robert Morris scheduled to play Miami, Ohio at 7:30 p.m.

-Devin Williams made 37 saves for the Erie Otters in a 6-1 loss to the Owen Sound Attack.

World Junior Championships

-Penguins defensive prospect Scott Harrington was plus-1 for Canada in a 6-3 win against Slovakia.

-Canada forward JC Lipon was suspended one game in the tournament for a hit to the head of Slovakian forward Tomas Mikus.

-The hit in question:

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-Slovakia goaltender Adam Nagy kept his eyes on this puck:

-Penguins defensive prospect Olli Maatta had one shot and was minus-1 for Finland which lost to Czech Republic, 3-1.

-Ducks goaltending prospect John Gibson, a native of Whitehall made 28 saves for the United States which lost to Russia, 2-1. Rangers forward J.T. Miller, a native of East Palestine, Ohio, recorded three shots. Capitals forward prospect Riley Barber, a Washington, Pa. native had two shots and was minus-1. Upper St. Clair's Vince Trocheck, a Panthers forward prospect, recorded two shots and was minus-1.

-Cool Photo of the Day: The United States' John Gaudreau shooting wide on a stretched-out Russia goaltender Andrei Makarov:

-Happy times for Russia:

-A shootout goal by Hurricanes forward prospect Victor Rask gave Sweden a 3-2 win agianst Switzerland.

(Photos: Crosby-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images; Bladon-Penguins Hockey Cards; Slovakia/Canada and United States/Russia-Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

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