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Empty Netter Assists - 09-16-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-"There are some little adjustments that I think definitely will help him and push him back into that elite status." - Goaltending coach Mike Bales on Marc-Andre Fleury (above).

-The Penguins lost to the Blue Jackets last night, 5-4, in overtime. Joe Vitale, Bobby Farnham and Brian Dumoulin are dinged up.

-Adam Payerl vs. Iilari Melart:

-The great Joe Vitale and James Wisniewski:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-“I know there’s an opportunity for me here in the bottom six, and ultimately I’m looking to take one of those spots.” - Harry Zolnierczyk.

-"This is my fifth year now. It's time that I step up my game and try to get up here for a game or two." - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Zach Sill on his desire to reach the NHL.

-The NHL has new rule prohibiting tucking jerseys into equipment.

-Evgeni Malkin hawks Head & Shoulders in Russia?

-Former Penguins defenseman Richard Lintner has joined HK Dukla Trencin of the Slovak Extraliga.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Rangers assigned forwards J.T. Barnett, Kyle Jean, Jason Wilson, defensemen Charlie Dodero, Samuel Noreau, goaltenders Jeff Malcolm, Jason Missiaen and Scott Stajcer to Hartford of the AHL and returned forwards Anthony Duclair (Quebec - QMJHL), Klarc Wilson (Prince George - WHL), defensemen Troy Donnay (Erie - OHL), Ben Fanelli (Kitchener - OHL), Ryan Graves (Charlottetown - QMJHL) and Jimmy Oligny (Rimouski - QMJHL) to their junior teams.

Atlantic Division

-Nazem Kadri and Mason Raymond each had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs in a 4-3 win against the Flyers.

-A shootout goal by Mikhail Grigorenko gave the Sabres a 5-4 win against the Canadiens.

-Buffalo's Cody McCormick had issues with Montreal's Davis Drewiske:

-Robin Lehner made 17 saves for the Senators in a 3-1 win against the Jets.

-The Red Wings returned forwards Tyler Bertuzzi (Guelph - OHL), Philippe Hudon (Victoriaville - QMJHL), Kevin Lynch (Michigan - CCHA), (Zach Nastasiuk (Owen Sound - OHL), goaltender Jake Paterson (Saginaw - OHL and defenseman Michal Plutnar (Tri-City - WHL) to their junior teams.

Central Division

-A shootout goal by Vladimir Tarasenko gave the Blues a 6-5 win against the Stars.

-If you're wondering what the Stars' new jerseys look like in action, Dallas' Kevin Connauton offers a gander:

-"They were a little shocked. But, I've been a guy that's averaged maybe 30, 40 points a year. That's hopefully my intentions to bring, if not higher. Unfortunately, it's been overshadowed by some of my other play. Over the last two years I haven't had any of that, so I've been able to focus a little more on the offense of the game." - Wild forward and former Penguin Matt Cooke on surprising his teammates with his skill.

Pacific Division

-In the first half of a split squad game, Brandon Yip had two goals and an assist for the Coyotes in a 5-1 road win against the Kings.

-The other game saw Mike Smith made 15 saves for the Coyotes in a 4-2 home win against the Kings.

-In the second game, Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla was injured on a hit by Kings forward Jordan Nolan. Klesla left the ice on a stretcher. Later in the contest, Coyotes forward and former Penguin Paul Bissonnette was given a game misconduct for leaving the bench during a scrum with Nolan.

-Klesla gave a thumbs up as he left the ice:

-Los Angeles' Ben Scrivens kept an eye on this puck:

-The Coyotes assigned forwards Kyle Hagel, Keven Veilleux, Brenden Walker and defenseman Greg Coburnfour to Portland of the AHL and returned forward Laurent Dauphin (Chicoutimi - QMJHL), Yan-Pavel Laplante (Charlottetown - QMJHL), defenseman Justin Hache (Cape Breton - QMJHL) and goaltender Brendan Burke (Portland - WHL) to their junior teams.

Patrick Division

-Former Capitals/Stars/Lightning/Kings/Canadiens/Rangers forward Jeff Halpern has joined TPS of Finland's SM-liiga.

 

-Happy 33rd birthday to the patron anti-saint of Empty Netters, Patrik Stefan. Why does the first overall pick in the 1999 draft have such a special place in our hearts you ask?

 

(Photos: Bales/Fleury-Keith Srakocic/Associated Press; Sabres/Canadiens-Graham Hughes/Canadian Press; Blues/Stars-LM Otero/Associated Press Kings/Coyotes-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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