Empty Netter Assists - 10-06-13

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. The Penguins won their first two games of a season for the first time since 2000.

-The Olean (N.Y) Times Herald's recap. “I definitely thought we controlled the game tonight." - Sidney Crosby.

-The Buffalo News' recap. The Sabres have lost three consecutive games in regulation to start a season for the first time in franchise history.

-The Associated Press' recap. "I like how our team has played as a group, and we can certainly credit Marc-Andre Fleury (above, stopping Buffalo's Cody Hodgson) with some great saves and great performances. We haven't given up a lot and that's been excellent to see out of our team.'' - Dan Bylsma.


-Andrew McCutchen and some of the Pirates took in the game:

-Rob Scuderi roaming the defensive zone:

-Chuck Kobasew got the drop here on Buffalo captain Steve Ott:

-Fleury stretched out for this save:

-Focused times for Fleury:

-Olli Maatta uncorked a heavy shot here:

-Happy times for Buffalo's Thomas Vanek. Not so much for Fleury:

-Fleury made this save despite having the world collapse around him:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-Welcome back Beau Bennett ... to the right wing.

-Which Penguins have chances at winning individual trophies?

-Chris Conner and Harry Zolnierczyk each scored two goals for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 5-2 road win against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Brian Gibbons recorded two assists for the Penguins while Jeff Drouin-Deslaurier made 22 saves in the victory.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Scott Harrington scored on his first career regular season AHL shot.

-Russell Goodman and Tyler Fernandez each had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-4 overtime preseason loss to the Elmira Jackals. Kyle Fletcher had two assists for the Nailers while teammate Joey Spagnoli made nine saves.

-After the Jump: The Maple Leafs with with a spin-o-rama in the shootout while Brenden Morrow gets his first goal in St. Louis.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Shootout goals by former Penguin Mark Letestu and Cam Atkinson gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 win against the Islanders. Fire Ray Shero. Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves in the victory. Lubomir Visnovsky collected a goal and an assist for New York.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this nasty backhanded pass by New York's John Tavares to set up former Penguins prospect Matt Moulson for a goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-The last home opener at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum:

-Happy times for the Blue Jackets:

-The Rangers assigned forward J.T. Miller a native of East Palestine, Ohio, to Hartford of the AHL.

-Rangers captain/forward Ryan Callahan (shoulder) is expected to return to the lineup Monday against the Kings.

-The Flyers returned forward Scott Laughton (Oshawa - OHL) to his junior team.

-Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen will be sidelined four to six months due to a fractured right tibial plateau.

-Washington forward Joel Ward got stuck in a hotel restroom in Dallas.

Atlantic Division

-Brenden Gallagher, Rene Bourque, captain Brian Gionta and Lars Eller each had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens in a 4-1 win against the Flyers. Alex Galchenyuk recorded two assists for Montreal while teammate Carey Price made 22 saves.

-Montreal's Josh Gorges broke the glass inside the Flyers' penalty box on a freak play:

-Torey Krug had a goal and an assist for the Bruins in a 4-1 win against the Red Wings. Milan Lucic recorded two assists for Boston while teammate Tuukka Rask made 25 saves.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Boston's Brad Marchand:

-Check out the moves down low here by Boston captain Zdeno Chara on this goal:

-A shootout goal by Valtteri Filppula gave the Lightning a 3-2 win against the Blackhawks. Captain Martin St. Louis had a regulation goal and an assist for Tampa Bay while teammate Steven Stamkos recorded two assists. Ben Bishop made 37 saves in the victory.

-Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad, a native of Gibsonia, got a little lucky on this goal:

-Shootout goals by Mason Raymond and Tyler Bozak gave the Maple Leafs a 5-4 win against the rival Senators. Raymond had a regulation goal and two assists for Toronto while teammates Joffrey Lupul and Nazem Kadri each had a regulation goal and an assist. Jonathan Bernier made 15 saves in the victory. Kyle Turris led Ottawa with a regulation goal and two assists.

-Check out this pass by Raymond to set up Kadri for a goal:

-Check out this pass by Toronto's Phil Kessel to set up James van Riemsdyk for a goal:

-The Senators protested a spin-o-rama move used by Raymond in the shootout.

-Raymond's goal:

-A few good looks at the goal:

-Bernier made this save:

-Ottawa's Bobby Ryan crashed the net on top of Bernier:

“Some guys are good with it. Some guys are good with the criticism, but they don’t want to hear it every single shift they come off the ice,” MacArthur says. “You’re old enough to know ‘I made a mistake,’ you don’t need to hear it every five seconds.”

“It weighs differently on different people, it was just — some long days.”

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Some guys are good with it. Some guys are good with the criticism, but they don’t want to hear it every single shift they come off the ice. You’re old enough to know ‘I made a mistake,’ you don’t need to hear it every five seconds.” - Senators forward Clarke MacArthur on his time with the Maple Leafs under head coach Randy Carlyle.

-Maple Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin will be sidelined two weeks due to a bone chip in his ankle.

Central Division

-Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves for the Stars in a 2-1 win against the Capitals.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this backhanded dish by Dallas' Tyler Seguin to set up Erik Cole for a score:

-Stars forward Rich Peverly returned to the lineup after being sidelined the entire preseason and the season opener due to an irregular heartbeat.

-Jaroslav Halak made 19 saves for the Blues in a 7-0 shutout of the Panthers. It was his 26th career shutout. Jaden Schwartz collected a goal and two assists for St. Louis while former Penguin Brenden Morrow, Derek Roy and Vladimir Tarasenko each netted a goal and an assist. Fire Ray Shero.

-Morrow's goal:

-St. Louis' Alexander Steen beat Florida's Tim Thomas on this penalty shot:

-St. Louis' T.J. Oshie was sandwiched here between Florida's Dmitry Kulikov and Thomas:

-Avalanche forward Steve Downie will not be disciplined for a high hit which injured Predators defenseman Roman Josi Friday.

-Wild forward Charlie Coyle left last night's game against the Ducks in the second period due to a "lower-body" injury.

Pacific Division

-An overtime goal and an assist by Mathieu Perreault gave the Ducks a 4-3 win against the Wild. Francois Beauchemin recorded two assists for Anaheim while teammate Jonas Hiller made 30 saves. Zach Parise scored two goals for Minnesota.

-Check out this re-direction goal by Anaheim's Saku Koivu:

-Check out this pass by Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu to set up Parise for a goal:

-Perreault's goal came with 4.9 seconds remaining in the overtime period:

-Minnesota's Josh Harding is sporting a red look with his pads:

-Two goals by rookie Tomas Hertl led the Sharks to a 4-1 win against the Coyotes. Joe Pavelski and Marc-Edouard Vlasic each recorded two assists for San Jose. Antti Niemi made 22 saves.

-Check out this effort by Hertl on his first goal:

-Daniel Sedin and Jason Garrison each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks who defeated the rival Oilers, 6-2. Captain Henrik Sedin recorded three assists while teammate Roberto Luongo made 21 saves in the victory.

-Check out this subtle little move Vancouver's Brad Richardson made on this short-handed goal:

-Check out the passing on this goal by Vancouver's Jannik Hansen:

-Check out this disgusting pass by Henrik Sedin to set up brother Daniel Sedin for a goal:

-Vancouver's Tom Sestito and Edmonton's Luke Gazdic had issues:

-Edmonton's Devan Dubnyk kept an eye on this puck:

-His backup, Jason LaBarbera, kept track of this puck despite the intrusion of a stick:

-Canucks forward Alex Burrows will be sidelined indefinitely due to what is believed to be a fractured foot suffered from blocking a shot.

-“You’re probably going to ask about 15 questions about shot blocking. Alex Burrows made the right play and if he doesn’t make that play, we probably never kill another five-on-three here. Don’t turn it into that. It was the right play to be made. Injuries happen in a lot of different ways. So we’ll continue to try to play defence – not just shot blocking, play defense – the way you’re supposed to.” - Canucks coach John Tortorella on his strategy relies heavily on players blocking shots. In addition to Burrows, forward Jordan Schroeder was also injured blocking a shot.

-Flames forward Matt Stajan is considered week-to-week due to a leg injury.

-Oilers forward Ryan-Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) is expected to return to the lineup against the Devils Monday.

Smythe Division

-Former Stars/Red Wings forward Fabian Brunnstrom has joined Leksand of Sweden's SHL.

-Former Blackhawks/Capitals forward Quintin Laing has joined Sparta Sarpsborg of Norway's GET League.

-Connor Brown and Dane Fox each had two goals and two assists for the Erie Otters in an 8-4 rout of North Bay Battalion.

-Omar Mullan had two goals for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 3-2 win against the Springfield Blues.

(Photos: Sabres/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Blue Jackets/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Senators/Maple Leafs-Mark Blinch/Canadian Press; Abelimages/Getty Images; Panthers/Blues-Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Ducks/Wild-Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press; Oilers/Canucks-Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press and Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

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