Empty Netter Assists - 01-23-13

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-"Obviously, we owe a lot to the fans, and, unfortunately, in this league we treat our fans like we take them for granted." - Craig Adams on the lockout.

-"I've been going to [penalty-kill] meetings for a long time now, trying to learn. You want to put yourself in position to get that responsibility of possibly being out there. It's more or less doing it in games and getting comfortable." - Sidney Crosby on killing penalties.

-The Art Ross Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, all won by Evgeni Malkin (above) last season, will be on display at Consol Energy Center for tonight's home opener.

-"I think he learned it at BC, he's well-coached." - Rangers forward Chris Kreider joking about the hit he received Sunday from Brooks Orpik. Kreider, like Orpik, is a Boston College product. Kreider resumed practicing after a taking off Monday's practice, a day after Orpik hit him.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins defenseman and picnic jug enthusiast (below) Randy Boyd. A third-round pick in 1980, Boyd spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1981-82, Boyd appeared in 23 games and recorded two assists. He played in three playoff games that spring and failed to record a point. In 1982-83, Boyd saw action in 56 games and scored 18 points. After five ganes and one assist in 1983-84, Boyd was traded to the Blackhawks in exchange for Greg Fox. In 84 regular season games, Randy Boyd scored 21 points.

-Happy 35th birthday to former Penguins forward Martin Sonnenberg. A free agent signing prior to 1998-99, Sonnenberg spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1998-99, he appeared in 44 games and scored two points. He followed that up in 1999-2000 by playing in 14 games and netting three points. After spending the next two seasons with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, he joined the Flames as a free agent in the 2002 offseason. In 58 games with the Penguins, he scored five points.

-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Joel Bouchard. Acquired midway through the 2002-03 season along with Richard Lintner, Rico Fata and Mikael Samuelsson in a deal which sent Mike Wilson, Alex Kovalev, Janne Laukkanen and Dan LaCouture to the Rangers, Bouchard's Penguins' career amounted to seven games and one assist that campaign. During the 2003 offseason, he joined the Sabres as a free agent.

After the jump: The Flyers remain winless and Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom hangs them up.

Atlantic Division

-Martin Brodeur made 24 saves for the Devils in a 3-0 shutout of the rival Flyers. It was his 120th career shutout. Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and an assist for New Jersey.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this filfthy move by Kovalchuk on this penalty shot:

-Flyers forward Brayden Schenn is expected to take part in a supplemental discipline hearing with NHL executive Brendan Shanahan as a result of this hit against Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov:

-EN Says: it should be noted that the hit was not penalized and Volchenkov did finish the game. That said, it will be intresting to see where the NHL's standard is with regards to supplemental discipline this season after it slipped gradually last season.

-New Jersey's David Clarkson and Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds had issues:

-Clarkson got the drop on Philadelphia's Kimmo Timonen here:

-New Jersey's Martin Brodeur taking the ice:

-Brodeur had a moment here with Jacob Josefson:

-"I wouldn't say it's a crisis. But I think it's fair to say the next game is a must win." - Simmonds on his team starting the season 0-3-0.

-In order to spark his team, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette changed up all four of his lines.

-Rangers forward and former Penguin Arron Asham is dealing with a groin ailment.

-Islanders forward prospect Nino Niederreiter has requested a trade.

Northeast Division

-Two goals by Andrei Markov led the Canadiens past the Panthers, 4-1. Rafael Diaz and Max Pacioretty each recorded two assists for Montreal while teammate Carey Price made 27 saves.

-Gutless Play of the Night: Montreal's Ryan White jumped Florida's Tomas Fleischmann after a fairly innocent hit against Montreal's Josh Gorges:

-It wasn't all bad for the Panthers. Check out the passing which led to this goal by Tomas Kopecky:

-The Senators assigned goaltender Robin Lehner to Binghamton of the AHL.

-Sabres forward Jochen Hecht took the long way back from a concussion.

Southeast Division

-Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler each had a goal and an assist for the Jets in a 4-2 defeat of the Capitals. Tobias Enstrom recorded three assists for Winnipeg while teammate Dustin Byfuglien had two assists. Ondrej Pavelec made 32 saves in the victory. Nicklas Backstrom led Washington with two assists.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this fed from Kane to set up Wheeler:

-Check out this slick re-direction goal by Winnipeg's Jim Slater:

-Winnipeg's Chris Thorburn and Washington's Matt Henricks had issues:

-Before the game, Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd and Washington's Troy Brouwer, teammates in Chicago, caught up on old times:

-Capitals forward Mike Ribeiro, who received an unsportsmanlike conduct minor as well as 10-minute misconduct for jawing at an official, had some choice words for the zebras after the game.

-Former Penguin Mathieu Garon made 32 saves for the Lightning in a 4-1 defeat of the Hurricanes. Fire Ray Shero. Captain Vincent Lecavalier recorded two assists for Tampa Bay. Former Penguin Jordan Staal recorded his point - an assist - since joining the Hurricanes.

-Check out the hand/eye coordination here on this goal by Tampa Bay's Tom Pyatt:

-Staal took the ice for his first home game in Carolina:

-If you're wondering what Alexander Semin looks like in his new Hurricane's jersey, here you go:

-We're not sure why, but Carolina coach Kirk Muller seemed to use a game of "Duck, Duck, Goose" as a motivational tactic:

Central Division

-Corey Crawford made 32 saves for the Blackhawks in a 3-2 victory against the rival Blues.

-Easy Goal of the Night: Chicago's Patrick Kane scoring on a three-on-none:

-Check out this fake shot by St. Louis' Alexander Steen which set up Andy McDonald for a goal:

-Fight of the Night: St. Louis' Chris Stewart and Chicago's Brandon Bollig:

-A couple of good looks at the fight:

-Crawford punched away this puck:

-We don't want to question the skating ability of St. Louis' Jaden Schwartz, but...:

-Chicago's mascot Tommy Hawk was just hanging out waiting for the elevator:

-Nick Spaling had a goal and an assist for the Predators in a 3-1 defeat of the Wild. Chris Mason made 29 saves in the victory.

-Cool Photo of the Night: This fight between Minnesota's Zenon Konopka and Nashville's Richard Clune had a captive audience:

-"He’s a great guy. But when you’re on the ice, you’re enemies, and you have to play against him.” - Predators forward Martin Erat on facing former teammate Ryan Suter for the first time since he joined the Wild as a free agent in the summer.

-Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom officially retired. A member of four Stanley Cup-winning teams in Detroit, Holmstrom appeared in 1,026 regular season games and scored 530 points.

-Prior to last night's game between the Stars and Red Wings, Holmstrom dropped the puck for a ceremonial faceoff between Stars captain Brenden Morrow and Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg:

-With their defense ravaged by injuries, the Red Wings signed former Blues defenseman Kent Huskins to a one-year contract worth $750,000 (prorated). Huskins, 33, appeared in 25 games last season and scored seven points (two goals, five assists).

-EN Says: With Nicklas Lidstrom now retired and injuries to the likes of Jonathan Ericsson and Carlo Colaiacovo, the Red Wings just need some warm NHL-caliber bodies for their blue line. Huskins is a safe No. 5 or 6 defenseman who offers some size (6-foot-4, 208 pounds) but little in terms of offense.

-With former Penguins forward Mikael Samuelsson dealing with a groin injury, the Red Wings recalled forward Gustav Nyquist from Grand Rapids of the AHL. After last night's game against the Stars, Nyquist was assigned to Grand Rapids of the AHL along with goaltender Thomas McCollum.

-Red Wings defenseman Ian White left last night's game due to a cut on his leg which required some hospitalization.

-The Predators recalled forward Gabriel Bourque from Milwaukee of the AHL.

-Former Sharks forward Brad Winchester has signed a professional tryout contract with the Milwaukee Admirals, the Predators' AHL affiliate.

Northwest Division

-Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves for the Avalanche in a 3-1 defeat of the Kings.

-Avalanche forward Steve Downie left the game due to a right knee injury.

-The Canucks recalled forward Jordan Schroeder from from Chicago of the AHL and assigned defenseman Jim Vandermeer to Chicago.

-Flames forward Roman Cervenka was given medical clearance to resume practicing after recovering from a blood clot.

Pacific Division

-Two goals by Michael Ryder led the Stars past the Red Wings, 2-1. Cody Eakin recorded two assists for Dallas while teammate Kari Lehtonen made 39 saves.

-Hit of the Night: Detroit's Jordin Tootoo ran over Dallas' Philip Larsen:

-Save of the Night: Detroit's Jimmy Howard stopping Dallas' xxx:

-Stars forward Ray Whitney is dealing with a foot injury.

-Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau each had two goals and an assist for the Sharks who pounded the Oilers, 6-3. Captain Joe Thornton recorded three assists for San Jose while teammates T.J. Galiardi and Joe Pavelski each collected two assists. Antti Niemi made 26 saves in the victory. Jordan Eberle had two assists for Edmonton.

-Celebration of the Night: Oilers forward Nail Yakupov, the first overall pick in last year's draft, was really happy after scoring his first career goal:

-The Sharks set a franchise record for most goals in a period on the road by scoring six times in the first period.

-"I won’t be looking at my stats for about 10 games." - Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk on allowing six goals on 17 shots before being pulled at the start of the second period.

-The Kings activated forward Anze Kopitar from the non-roster list after he recovered from a knee injury suffered during the lockout and assigned forward Anthony Stewart to Manchester of the AHL.

-Ducks forward Daniel Winnik is on a roll by scoring two goals in each of his first two games of the season.

(Photos: Malkin-Harry How/Getty Images; Flyers/Devils-Julio Cortez/Associated Press and Elsa/Getty Images; Jets/Capitals-Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Lightning/Hurricanes-Grant Halverson/Getty Images; Blues/Blackhawks-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Predators/Wild-Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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