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Empty Netter Assists - 01-22-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-"They're similar players, to tell you the truth. [Sutter] is a strong skater, great on draws. He's a good player. There's not really that much adjustment." - Tyler Kennedy comparing Brandon Sutter (above) to Jordan Staal.

-Sutter and the Penguins got a refresher on the NHL's new faceoff violation rule.

-Ben Lovejoy lost his wedding ring in Philadelphia. (PG+)

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-The Penguins almost became the "Pens?"

-Peter Delmas made 21 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Orlando SolarBears.

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins forward Shean Donovan. Claimed off waivers from the Thrashers late in the 2001-02 season, Donovan spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2001-02 by appearing in 13 games and scoring three points. After 52 games and nine points in 2002-03, Donovan was traded to the Flames in exchange for Micki Dupont and Mathias Johansson. In 65 games with the Penguins, Donovan scored 12 points.

-After the jump: Ottawa coach Paul MacLean meets someone familiar and Detroit's Damien Brunner pulls off the shootout move of the young season.

Atlantic Division

-Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for the Islanders in a 4-3 win against the Lightning. John Tavares recorded two assists for New York. Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos each had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay.

-Off the opening faceoff, there were two fights. Tampa Bay's Pierre-Cedric Labrie took on New York's Joe Finley while Tampa Bay's B.J. Crombeen went at it with New York's Matt Martin:

-We don't want to question Lindback's hand/eye coordination, but...:

Northeast Division

-Shootout goals by Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins a 2-1 win against the Jets. Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for Boston.

-Winnipeg's Alexander Burmistrov was ready for this faceoff:

-Winnipeg's Blake Wheeler had some issues with the net:

-Winnipeg's Evander Kane had some words for an official:

-Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg missed the game due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Craig Anderson made 31 saves for the Senators in a 4-0 shutout of the Panthers. Kyle Turris scored two goals for Ottawa.

-Pass of the Night: Ottawa's Patrick Wiercoch setting up Turris for a goal:

-Senators coach Paul MacLean had a "twin" behind the bench:

-A goal and an assist by captain Jason Pominville led the Sabres past the rival Maple Leafs, 2-1. Ryan Miller made 34 saves in the win.

-For last night's ceremonial faceoff, the Maple Leafs had the puck "dropped" from outerspace:

-Buffalo's John Scott and Toronto's Colton Orr had issues:

-So did Buffalo's Marcus Foligno and Toronto's Mark Fraser:

-Everyone had issues here:

-“He is a coach that had a lot to learn. He achieved a lot (in junior), but he has a lot to learn.” - Panthers forward and former Senator Alex Kovalev on former Ottawa coach Corey Clouston.

Southeast Division

-The Panthers placed forward Kris Versteeg (groin) on injured reserve and recalled forward Drew Shore from San Antonio of the AHL.

Central Division

-Shootout goals by Alexander Steen and T.J. Oshie gave the Blues a 4-3 win against the Predators. Vladimir Tarasenko had a regulation goal and two assists for St. Louis while teammate Andy McDonald netted a regulation goal and an assist. Brian Elliott made 13 saves to record the victory. Patric Hornqvist led Nashville with a regulation goal and two assists.

-Save of the Night: Nashville's Pekka Rinne denying St. Louis' T.J. Oshie:

-A shootout goal by rookie Damien Brunner gave the Red Wings a 4-3 win against the Blue Jackets. Pavel Datsyuk had a regulation goal and an assist for Detroit while teammate Niklas Kronwall recorded two assists. Jimmy Howard made 30 saves in the victory.

-Shootout Goal of the Night: Check out this disgusting move by Brenner:

-Goal of the Night: Columbus' Cam Atkinson pulled off a beauty of a move against  Howard on this goal:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Columbus' Nikita Nikitin taking the ice:

-Happy times for Columbus' James Wisniewski:

-The Blue Jackets wore jerseys which said "Thank you fans" on the name plate during warm ups.

-Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom will officially announce his retirement today.

-With defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder) and Jakub Kindl (groin) dinged up, the Red Wings recalled defenseman Brian Lashoff from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-The Blackhawks acquired goaltender Henrik Karlsson from the Flames in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2013.

Northwest Division

-Oilers defenseman and former Penguin Ryan Whitney (right) sees a lot of the 2006-07 Penguins in the 2012-13 Oilers.

-The Avalanche is still trying to re-sign restricted free agent forward Ryan O'Reilly.

Pacific Division

-Two goals and an assist by Daniel Winnik led the Ducks to a 5-4 win against the Flames. Captain Ryan Getzlaf scored two goals for Anaheim while teammate Saku Koivu collected a goal and two assists. Jonas Hiller made 21 saves in the victory. Calgary got two goals and an assist from Curtis Glencross.

-"The recovery time is so much longer. It was hard when you were young, but as you get older it’s even more difficult. You have to do all the things right and be very disciplined about the right stuff off the ice.” - Teemu Selanne on the challenges of playing at age 42.

-With defenseman Matt Greene dealing with a potentially season-ending back injury, the Kings recalled Andrew Bodnarchuk from Manchester of the AHL.

-The Coyotes recalled defenseman Michael Stone from Portland of the AHL and assigned defenseman David Rundblad to Portland.

(Photos: Sutter and Lightning/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Jets/Bruins-Michael Dwyer/Associated Press and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; Sabres/Maple Leafs-Nathan Denette/Canadian Press and Abelimages/Getty Images; Red Wings/Blue Jackets-Kirk Irwin/Getty Images; Whitney-Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)

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