Empty Netter Assists - 10-04-13

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "I have a Stanley Cup ring, probably, because of that guy. He'll always be a great goalie to me." - Penguins forward Craig Adams on goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

-The Bergen (N.J.) Record's recap. I thought we were the better team in the second and third and just couldn’t finish.” - Devils coach Peter DeBoer.

-The Associated Press' recap. "We believe in (Fleury). I don't think there's any doubt in here. He made some great saves. We probably made him work harder than he needed to at the end, but there were some beauties." - Penguins captain/forward Sidney Crosby on Fleury.


-Tanner Glass versus New Jersey's Ryane Clowe:

-Fleury's behind-the-back save deserves its own clip:

-Fleury denying New Jersey's Adam Henrique on a penalty shot:

-The pregame ceremonies:

-Tomas Vokoun greeted the fans beforehand:

-Crosby taking the ice:

-A salute at center ice:

-A hockey night in Pittsburgh:

-A good look at Fleury stopping Henriqe on a penalty shot:

-Evgeni Malkin and James Neal had a chat on the bench:

-Chuck Kobasew leading a rush through the neutral zone:

-Jaromir Jagr. New Jersey Devil:

-Thirsty times for New Jersey's Cory Schneider:

-Spitty times for Schneider:

-Schneider couldn't stop this puck:

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Adams appeared in his 800th career game.

-"It’s not up to me. I’m not thinking about it. My hands are tied. It’s up to the organization, how they feel. Lately the fans doesn’t really appreciate me here. I don’t know if it would be a good idea or not." - Devils forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr on potentially having his number retired by the Penguins.

-"He'll get back on track." - Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur on Fleury.

-"He deserves an opportunity." - General manager Ray Shero on goaltender Jeff Zatkoff.

-Forward Tom Kostopoulos was named the captain of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Forward Zach Sill and defenseman Brenden Mikkelson were named alternate captains.

-"You want to have someone that's respected and has a presence in the room and has quality experiences and Tom has all those things." - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach John Hynes on Kostopoulos.

-Happy 73rd birthday to former Penguins forward Vic Hadfield (right). Acquired from the Rangers in the 1974 offseason in a deal with sent Nick Beverly to New York, Hadfield spent parts of three seasons in Pittsburgh. In 1974-75, Hadfield played in 78 games and was third on the team in goals (31) and fourth in points (78). In that spring's postseason, he saw action in nine games and contributed six goals. Hadfield appeared in 76 games in 1975-76 and scored 31 goals and 65 assists. In the 1976 postseason, he scored one goal in three games. Hadfield's final NHL season was 1976-77. He was limited to nine games and two assists. He retired in the 1977 offseason. In 163 regular season games with the Penguins, Hadfield, one of three former Penguins who captained the Rangers (Andy Bathgate and Jaromir Jagr are the others), scored 140 points, 59th-most in franchise history. In 12 postseason game, he scored seven points. He currently owns a golfing center which bears his name in Oakville, Ont.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Rusty Fitzgerald. A second-round pick in 1991, Fitzgerald spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1994-95, Fitzgerald appeared in four games and scored one goal. He played in five playoff games that spring and failed to record a point. His only other NHL season was 1995-96. He saw action in 21 games and scored three points. After missing all of 1996-97 and much of 1997-98 due to a knee injury, Fitzgerald joined the Quad City Mallards of the UHL in the 1998 offseason. In 25 regular season games with the Penguins, Fitzgerald scored four points.

-Happy 24th birthday to former Penguins forward Zach Boychuk. Claimed off waivers from the Hurricanes early in the 2012-13 season, Boychuk's Penguins' career amounted to seven games and no points that campaign. Midway through the season, he was claimed off waivers by the Predators. He is currently a member of the Charlotte Checkers, the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate.

-After the Jump: Ex-Penguin Jarome Iginla introduces himself to Boston while Phoenix's Radim Vrbata makes a little history.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Shootout goals by Mikhail Grabovski and Alex Ovechkin gave the Capitals a 5-4 win against the Flames. Ovechkin had two regulation goals and an assist for Washington while teammate Marcus Johansson recorded three assists. Michal Neuvirth made 27 saves in the victory. Captain Mark Giordano recorded two assists for Calgary.

-Check out this little move here by Washington rookie Connor Carrick on his first career goal:

-Check out this nasty little wrister by Ovechkin:

-Happy times in Washington:

-Happy times for Ovechkin:

-A good look at Grabovski beating Calgary's Karri Ramo for a goal:


-Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen left the game in the first period due to an apparent right leg injury.

-The Capitals assigned forward Michael Latta to Hershey of the AHL.

-The Flyers recalled forward Kris Newburry from Adirondack of the AHL and returned forward Scott Laughton (Oshawa - OHL) to his junior team.

-“He looks very confident, looks very strong. Regardless of offensively of what he does, he’s the kind of player you win games with, just the way he plays the game and how he demands better out of the people he plays with. They have to play strong on both sides of the puck.” - Hurricanes captain/forward Eric Staal on his teammate and brother Jordan Staal.

-Former Rangers/Stars/Blue Jackets/Sharks/Canucks forward Manny Malhotra has joined the Charlotte Checkers, the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate, on a tryout basis.

Atlantic Division
“I didn’t think it was a dirty hit at all,” said Iginla. “It just felt like it was a good time. You want to respond. With Bruins hockey for a long time, guys stick up for each other. But you also want to stick up for yourself. Just part of the energy, part of the emotions, part of the battle.” - See more at:

-Two goals by Marcel Goc led the Panthers to a 4-2 win against the Stars. Brian Campbell recorded two assists for Florida while teammate Tim Thomas made 25 saves in the victory. Brenden Dillon collected a goal and an assist for Dallas.

-Check out this little pass by Florida's Tomas Fleischmann to set up Goc for a goal:

-Happy times in Dallas:

-“He makes the saves, catches the puck. He’s the backbone of this team.” - Panthers forward Scotty Upshall on Thomas.

-Panthers rookie forward Aleksander Barkov became the youngest player in modern NHL history to score a goal at 18 years and 31 days. He broke a record previous shared by former Penguins forward Jordan Staal and Blackhawks forward Grant Mulvey at 18 years and 32 days.

-Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for the Bruins in a 3-1 win against the Lightning.

-Check out this nasty little backhander on a penalty shot by Boston's Chris Kelly:

-In his first game with the Bruins, former Penguin Jarome Iginla had a spirited fight with Tampa Bay's Radko Gudas:

-Check out this pass by Tampa Bay's Eric Brewer to set up Valtteri Filppula for his first career goal:

-Check out this feed for Boston's David Krejci to set up Milan Lucic for a goal:

-“I didn’t think it was a dirty hit at all. It just felt like it was a good time. You want to respond. With Bruins hockey for a long time, guys stick up for each other. But you also want to stick up for yourself. Just part of the energy, part of the emotions, part of the battle.” - Iginla on the fight.

-Jarome Iginla. Boston Bruin:

-Lucic waiting to take the ice:

-Happy times for the Bruins. Not so much for the Lightning:

-Down times for Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis:

-The Bruins signed defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a four-year contract extension worth a total of $16 million. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.25 million, Seidenberg's new deal will have a cap hit of $4 million. Seidenberg, 32, appeared 46 games last season and scored 17 points (four goals, 13 assists).

-EN Says: Seidenberg is one of the best shutdown defensive defensemen in the NHL. He's tough, smart and even has a surprising offensive portion to his game. That said, he's 32 and plays a style of game in which he absorbs a lot of abuse. But like Rob Scuderi who was given a large four-year contract at the age of 34, this is simply the price of business for a high-end defensive blue liner.

-Panthers goaltender Scott Clemmensen was assigned to San Antonio of the AHL.

-Sabres forward Ville Leino will be sidelined indefinitely due to a broken rib.

-How does Ottawa's current top line of Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan compare to its vaunted "Pizza Line" of Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley from the mid-2000s?

-The Canadiens held practice in the town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec to raise funds for families of victims from a train crash which killed 47 people in the city during July.

-The Maple Leafs placed defenseman Mark Fraser (knee) on injured reserve.

-“I think fighting has a place in hockey. Can you do something with the rules? Game misconduct or something like that? That might be an option.'' - Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall on fighting.

Central Division

-Captain David Backes and Alexander Steen each had a goal and an assist for the Blues who defeated the Predators, 4-2. Alex Pietrangelo recorded two assists for St. Louis while teammate Jaroslav Halak made 28 saves in the victory.

-Check out the patience on this goal by St. Louis' Vladimir Sobotka:

-Check out the passing on this goal by St. Louis' T.J. Oshie:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this forecheck by Nashville's Nick Spaling to set up Mike Fisher for a goal:

-Check out this pass by Nashville's Patric Hornqvist to set up David Legwand for a goal:

-The Wild signed forward Jason Pominville to a five-year contract extension worth a total of $5.8 million. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $5.3 million, Pominville's new deal will have a cap hit of $5.6 million. Pominville, 30, appeared in 47 games last season and scored 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists).

-EN Says: Pominville has been a consistent goal scorer throughout his career. Additionally, he's a pretty responsible player in his own zone and has been pretty durable. This is a fair contract for a versatile player.

-The Jets signed defenseman Josh Morrissey, a first-round pick in this year's draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

-Avalanche coach Patrick Roy was fined $10,000 by the NHL for getting into a shouting match with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau after a game Wednesday.

-"It's been a part of it forever. You have to be careful taking out rules, then you see all these things you never thought about. There's always been deterrents to eliminate fighting to a different level every season. But at the same time, just keep it the way it is." - Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on fighting.

Pacific Division

-A hat trick by Radim Vrbata led the Coyotes to a 4-1 win against the Rangers. Martin Hanzal recorded two assists for Phoenix while teammate Mike Smith made 23 saves.

-Check out this pass by Phoenix's Rob Klinkhammer to set up Kyle Chipchura for a goal:

-Vrbata's hat trick:

-New York's Rick Nash and Phoenix's Martin Hanzal had issues:

-Vrbata, who scored a hat trick in last season's finale, became the first player to record hat tricks in a season finale and the ensuing season's opener since the Kings' Luc Robitaille in 1988.

-Shootout goals by Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter gave the Kings a 3-2 win against the Wild. Jonathan Quick made 27 saves in the victory.

-Check out this rocket of a one-timer by Los Angeles' Drew Doughty:

-Los Angeles' Matt Greene gave a good thump here to Minnesota's Mikael Granlund:

-Bloody times for Minnesota's Keith Ballard:

-We're not quite sure Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom played the right angle here:

-Antti Niemi made 21 saves for the Sharks in a 4-1 win against the Canucks. Logan Couture recorded two assists for San Jose.

-Check out this rocket of a one-timer by Vancouver's Jason Garrison:

-Photo of the Night: Vancouver's Roberto Luongo really lost track of this puck:

Patrick Division

-Former Ducks/Coyotes/Flyers goaltender will attend training camp on a tryout basis with the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers.

-Former Jets/Thrashers defenseman Arturs Kudlas has joined Salavat Yulaev Ufa of Russia's KHL.

-Former Panthers/Thrashers/Hurricanes forward Anthony Stewart has joined Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Devils/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Hadfield-Penguins Hockey Cards; Flames/Capitals-Alex Brandon/Associated Press; Panthers/Stars-Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press; Lightning/Bruins-/Michael Dwyer/Associated Press and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; Kings/Wild-Hannah Foslien/Getty Images; Rangers/Coyotes-Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press; Canucks/Sharks-Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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