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Empty Netter Assists - 10-13-13

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "It wasn't our best. We had to battle through some sloppy play. ... But we did a good job of battling back all night." - Matt Niskanen.

-The Tampa Tribune's recap. “It pretty much went straight in. I sort of lost the pass and the shot from the start. But it’s my job, and I should be there.’’ - Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback on Niskanen's game-winning goal.

-The Tampa Bay Times' recap. "I don't think anybody can watch the game and say they outplayed us." - Lightning coach Jon Cooper.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''It's not an easy place to go, and you're going to have to force yourself to go there as much as you can. Luckily there was some pucks around there, and I was able to get some good quality chances from there.'' - Sidney Crosby on scoring chances around the net.

-Highlights:

-Craig Adams vs. Tampa Bay's Ryan Malone:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Referee Kevin Pollock wasn't taking any grief from Malone:

-Chuck Kobasew leaned in on poke check here against Tampa Bay's Valtteri Filppula:

-Deryk Engelland cleared out Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat from Marc-Andre Fleury's crease here:

-Crosby being popular:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Crosby speaks, listens to Fallout Boy:

-Niskanen speaks:

-Tanner Glass is producing more this season already.

-The impact of the Penguins' student rush program in the 1990s is still being felt today.

-In an excerpt for a book which was published in the Globe and Mail, hockey legend Bobby Orr made the case for fighting to remain in professional hockey. Part of Orr's arguement is that if Crosby had a "true enforcer," then "perhaps some of the physical punishment he’s gone through might never have taken place."

-EN Says: All due respect to someone was important to the sport of hockey as Bobby Orr, but this is rubbish. The Penguins have had physical players such as Georges Laraque, Eric Godard, Steve MacIntyre, Deryk Engelland and Arron Asham on the roster at the same time as Crosby over the years and despite that, Crosby has been injured quite often. When Crosby suffered a concussion during the 2011 Winter Classic, the Penguins were in the midst of a 2010-11 season which saw time finish with 71 fighting majors, second-most in the NHL.

Frankly, the speed of the modern NHL - post-red line - probably has had more to do with Crosby's injuries in recent seasons than anything. The game is much faster than it was in the 1970s during Orr's prime. Crosby (right) has had three "major" injuries during his career. In 2007-08, he missed 21 games due to an ankle sprain after he crashed into the end boards. In 2010-11 and 2011-12, he was sidelined for 88 games due to the hit he suffered in the Winter Classic, an accidental collision. And last season, he missed 13 games due to a broken jaw which was caused by a deflected shot from a teammate. We fail to see how a "true enforcer" could have prevented any of those injuries.

The idea that a "true enforcer" protected star players was at one time valid. Jean Beliveau had John Ferguson and Wayne Gretzky had Dave Semenko. But it's 2013. That notion is as antiquated as a wooden stick, waffleboard blockers or sadly, Bobby Orr.

-Brian Gibbons had a short-handed goal and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who defeated the rival Hershey Bears, 3-1, in their home opener Saturday. Jeff Droin-Deslauriers made 18 saves in the victory.

-Highlights:

-"Those two guys have worked well together. They're both real fast players but they have similar sense and instincts. They seem to have a little bit of a connection." - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach John Hynes on Gibbons and linemate Chris Conner.

-Prior to the game, this video was played to commemorate the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' 15th anniversary:

-Mike Condon made 25 saves for the Wheeling Nailers who finished their preseason with a 6-2 road loss to the Fort Wayne Komets.

-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins forward Darren Lowe. The first black player in franchise history, Lowe joined the team as a free agent midway through the 1983-84 season. In that campain, he appeared in eight games and scored five points. He was released in the 1984 offseason. He is currently the head coach of the University of Toronto's men's team.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins forward Rod Schutt (right). Acquired early in the 1978-79 season in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Canadiens, Schutt spent parts of six seasons in Pittsburgh. In 1978-79, while primarily playing on a line with Peter Lee and Greg Malone, Schutt played in 74 games and scored 24 goals and 45 points. In that spring's playoffs, he saw action in seven games and netted two goals. He followed that up in 1979-80 by collecting 39 points in 73 games. The 1980 playoffs saw him play in five games and score three points. Schutt's best season was 1980-81. He set a career-highs in games (80), goals, (25), assists (35) and points (60). In that spring's playoffs, Schutt appeared in five games and netted six points. In 1981-82, Schutt was limited to 35 games and 21 points. He would appear in five playoff games that spring and score three points. Schutt only appeared in five games in 1982-83 and failed to score a point. Schutt's final season in Pittsburgh was 1983-84. Once again, he was limited to 11 games and four points. After spending the entire 1984-85 season with Muskegon of the IHL, Schutt joined the Maple Leafs as a free agent in the 1985 offseason. In 278 regular season games with the Penguins, Schutt scored 169 points, 47th-most in franchise history. In 22 postseason games, Schutt netted 14 points.

-After the Jump: The Canucks allow a brutal self-goal.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-With forwards Scott Hartnell ("upper body" - two to four weeks) and Vincent Lecavalier ("lower body" - one week) sidelined, the Flyers recalled forward Michael Raffl and Tye McGinn from Adirondack of the AHL.

-"Our talent level’s there, our effort’s not." - Capitals forward Troy Brouwer on his team's 1-4-0 start.

-“I waited for a long time. It just came down to, at the end, for my family, I wanted a place where my kids could be outside. That’s kind of what it came down to. I heard a little bit about Columbus. It’s not the Columbus that everyone knows. Columbus is up-and-coming. They’ve got a great team and great people in charge. It’s kind of what I was looking for.” - Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton on why he opted to leave with the Bruins and sign with Columbus this past offseason.

-“I tried to avoid that as much as I could,” he said. “But at the second intermission I did watch him walk across the ice to their room. It was too weird seeing him crossing like that. It was pretty strange. But it was cool.” - Hurricanes forward Brett Sutter on facing the Kings and his father, head coach Darryl Sutter, Friday.

Atlantic Division

-Captain Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and an assist for the Red Wings in a 5-2 win against the Flyers. Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall each added a goal and two assists for Detroit while teammate Daniel Alfredsson recorded three assists. Jimmy Howard made 32 saves in the victory.

-Howard was all over this puck with his pink gear:

-Painful times for Detroit's Jordin Tootoo:

-Check out the velocity on this backhander by Datsyuk:

-Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for the Bruins in a 3-1 win against the Blue Jackets.

-Rask flashed the glove here against Blue Jackets forward and former Penguin Mark Letestu:

-Check out this backhanded pass by Boston's Patrice Bergeron to set up Loui Eriksson for a goal:

-Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky was alone in the dark:

-An overtime goal by Dave Bolland gave the Maple Leafs a wild 6-5 victory against the Oilers. Joffrey Lupul and James van Riemsdyk each scored two goals for Toronto while teammate Nazem Kadri added a goal and an assist. Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in the victory. Ryan Smyth scored two goals for Edmonton.

-Check out this deflection goal by van Riemsdyk:

-Check out this nasty little wrister by Edmonton's Jordan Eberle:

-Check out the passing which led to Smyth's second goal:

-A good look at the goal:

-Save of the Night: Bernier on Edmonton's Mark Arcobello:

-A goal by Lupul with 30.8 seconds remaining in regulation forced overtime:

-Bolland's overtime goal:

-There are so many things happening in this photo of a goal celebration by Lupul:

-Carey Price made 39 saves for the Canadiens in a 4-1 win against the Canucks. Raphael Diaz recorded two assists for Montreal.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this backhanded dish by Vancouver's Daniel Sedin to set up captain Henrik Sedin for a goal:

-Ugly Goal of the Night: Montreal's Lars Eller was credited with a goal here after Vancouver's Dan Hamhuis accidentally played a puck into his own net:

-A good look at the "goal:"

-Hit of the Night: Vancouver's Jason Garrison on Eller:

-This was a home game for Roberto Luongo and the Canucks:

-Montreal's Ryan White fended off a stick-on-puck from Vancouver's Ryan Stanton:

-The Red Wings signed forward Anthony Mantha, a first-round pick (No. 20 overall) in this year's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Lightning assigned goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to Syracuse of the AHL.

Central Division

-Two goals by Alex Tanguay led the Avalanche to a 5-1 win against the Capitals. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon added a goal and an assist for Colorado while teammates Andre Benoit, Gabriel Landeskog and Paul Stastny each recorded two assists. Semyon Varlamov made 40 saves in the victory.

-MacKinnon, the first overall pick in this year's draft, scored his first career goal:

-Varlamov had a moment alone prior to the game:

-Happy times for Colorado's Jamie McGinn:

-Avalanche forward Cody McLeod left the game in the second period due to right knee injury.

-McLeod needed help off the ice:

-Captain David Backes had two goals and an assist for the Blues who beat the Rangers, 5-3. Alexander Steen added a goal and three assists for St. Louis while teammate Derek Roy collected a goal and an assist. Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves in the victory. Captain Ryan Callahan scored two goals for New York.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this deflection by Backes:

-The Blues have started a season 4-0-0 for the first time in franchise history.

-A goal and an assist by Ryan Ellis led the Predators to a 3-2 win against the Islanders. Pekka Rinne made all of 14 saves in the victory. Kyle Okposo recorded two assists for New York.

-Nashville rookie Seth Jones scored his first career goal with a big slapper:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Nashville captain Shea Weber and HOLYCRAPLOOKOUTAPUCK!!!

-Predators forward Viktor Stalberg returned to the lineup after suffering a right shoulder injury in the preseason.

-Former Penguin Matt Cooke had a goal and an assist for the Wild which defeated the Stars, 5-1. Fire Ray Shero. Jared Spurgeon recorded two assists for Minnesota while teammate Josh Harding made all of 18 saves.

-Check out the passing which led to this power-play goal by Minnesota rookie Mathew Dumba:

-Cooke scored his goal off a strong forecheck:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Cooke being popular:

-Corey Crawford made 28 saves for the Blackhawks in a 2-1 win against the Sabres.

-With goaltender Kari Lehtonen ("lower body") injured, the Stars recalled goaltender Jack Campbell from Texas of the AHL.

-With defenseman Ryan Wilson returning to the lineup after recovering from a knee injury, the Avalanche assigned defenseman Matt Hunwick to Lake Erie of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Brent Burns had a goal and an assist for the Sharks in a 3-2 win against the Senators. Antti Niemi made 21 saves in the victory.

-San Jose rookie Tomas Hertl scored his NHL-leading seventh goal of the season:

-Check out this pass by Ottawa's Jason Spezza to set up Bobby Ryan for a goal:

-Hertl being popular:

-Ottawa's Chris Neil and San Jose's Matt Pelech had issues:

-Happy times in San Jose:

-Hertl left the game in the second period due to an undisclosed injury.

-“I guess I’ll be giving him the puck tonight.” - Sharks forward Logan Couture joking about teammate Tyler Kennedy's strong history against the Senators while playing with the Penguins. Kennedy has 16 points in 21 career games against Ottawa.

-Oilers forward Nail Yakupov, the top overall pick in the 2012 draft, was a healthy scratch last night against the Maple Leafs.

-The Coyotes signed unrestricted free agent forward Jeff Halpern to a one-year two-way contract.

-"We could hear the people in the crowd saying, 'These guys look a lot older than they did in the movie.'" - Former Mighty Ducks goaltender Guy Hebert on a parade the team participated in at Disneyland two days before its inaugural game in 1993.

Adams Division

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage for the early games:

-And for the late games:

-Shootout goal by Connor Brown, Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome gave the Erie Otters a 6-5 win against the Saginaw Spirit.

-Terry Shafer made 10 saves for the Robert Morris men's team in a 3-1 loss to Lake Superior.

-Anthony Mastrodicasa scored two goals for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 5-2 loss to Clarkson.

-Jessica Dodds made 22 saves for the Robert Morris women's team in a 3-0 shutout of Bemidji State.

-Celine Whitlinger made 55 saves for the Penn State women's team in a 5-0 loss to Quinnipiac.

-Amanda Makela made 31 saves for the Mercyhurst women's team in a 5-0 shutout of Providence.

-Shootout goals by Omar Mullan, Shane Bednard and Zach Wallace gave the Johnstown Tomahawks a 4-3 win against the Michigan Warriors.

(Photos: Penguins/Lightning-Iskowitz/Getty Images and Chris O'Meara/Associated Press; Orr-Jamie Squire/Getty Images; Schutt-Penguins Hockey Cards; Flyers/Red Wings-Carlos Osorio/Associated Press; Bruins/Blue Jackets-Kirk Irwin/Getty Images; Oilers/Maple Leafs-Frank Gunn/Canadian Press and Abelimages/Getty Images; Canadiens/Canucks-Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press and Rich Lam/Getty Images; Avalanche/Capitals-Patrick Smith/Getty Images and Nick Wass/Associated Press; Islanders/Predators-Frederick Breedon/Getty Images; Stars/Wild-Hannah Foslien/Getty Images; Senators/Sharks-Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press and Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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