Empty Netter Assists - 10-16-13

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. Sidney Crosby (above) matched a personal best by scoring in his first six points of the season.

-The Edmonton Journal's recap. “It’s a fanned shot and it goes right to the most dangerous guy on the ice. The hockey guys aren’t lined up with us. We’ll do an exorcism and see if they’ll grant us a little more leeway.” - Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on Evgeni Malkin's game-winning goal.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''He's making all the right saves at the right time." - Chris Kunitz on Marc-Andre Fleury.


-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Malkin leading a rush up ice:

-Fleury got a piece of this puck:

-Crosby got a little dirty here:

-Edmonton's Jason LaBarbera had to fall back on this puck:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Welcome back to Pittsburgh Harry Zolnierczyk.

-What earned Zolnierczyk a call-up?

-The Penguins gave out pizza for the Student Rush line:

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins forward German Titov. Acquired in the 1998 offseason along with Todd Hlushko in a deal which sent Ken Wregget and Dave Roche to the Flames, Titov spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. In 1998-99, Titov appeared in 72 games, recorded 56 points and led the team with a plus-18. In that spring's playoffs, Titov saw action in 11 games and contributed eight points. After 63 games and 42 points in 1999-2000, Titov was traded to the Oilers in exchange for Josef Beranek. In 135 regular season games for the Penguins, Titov scored 98 points, 88th-most in franchise history.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Darius Kasparaitis (right). Acquired early in the 1996-97 season along with Andreas Johansson in a deal which sent Bryan Smolinski to the Islanders, "Kasper" spent parts of six seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished 1996-97, by appearing in 57 games and scored 18 points. He played in all five of the team's playoff games that spring and failed to record a point. In 1997-98, Kasparaitis saw action in a career-high 81 games and scored 12 points. The 1998 playoffs once again saw him play in five games and fail to net a point. He was limited to 48 games and five points in the 1998-99 season. Kasparaitis rebounded in 1999-2000 by appearing in 73 games and scoring 15 points. He would see action in 11 games and contribute two points in 2000 postseason. He came through with another solid effort in 2000-01 by playing in 77 contests and contributing 19 points. Perhaps his career highlight came in the 2001 postseason, while playing in 17 games, Kasparaitis compiled two points including the series-clinching overtime goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the Sabres (below). After 69 games and 14 points in 2001-02, Kasparaitis was dealt at the trade deadline to the Avalanche in exchange for Ville Niemenen and Rick Berry. One of the most popular players in franchise history, Kasparaitis appeared in 405 games for the Penguins (24th-most in franchise history), scored 83 points (99th-most) and recorded 661 penalty minutes (12th-most). In 38 postseason games, he scored four points.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins forward Wilf Paiement. A free agent signing in the 1987 offseason, Paiment's career with the Penguins amounted to 23 games and eight points in 1987-88. He was not re-signed in the 1988 offseason.

-After the Jump: The NHL hammers Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta with a suspension and an ugly night in St. Louis.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Rangers recalled forward J.T. Miller, a native of East Palestine, Ohio, and goaltender Cam Talbot from Hartford of the AHL and assigned former Penguins forward Arron Asham as well as goaltender Martin Biron to Hartford.

-Devils forward Ryane Clowe is dealing with an undisclosed ailment.

-Capitals forward Jason Chimera was fined $4,487.18 (half his daily salary) for boarding Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz Monday.

Atlantic Division

-Shootout goals by Thomas Vanek and Tyler Ennis gave the Sabres a 4-3 win against the Islanders. Christian Ehrhoff recorded two assists for Buffalo while teammate Ryan Miller made 41 saves.

-Check out this tricky goal by New York's Frans Nielsen:

-Check out this re-direction goal by Vanek:

-Buffalo's Marcus Foligno scored the game-tying goal with 2:01 remaining in regulation:

-New York's Thomas Hickey laid into Ennis on this hit:

-“We’re going to enjoy this one maybe a little bit longer than we should.” - Ennis on his team finally getting its first win.

-Jonas Gustavsson made 36 saves for the Red Wings in a 2-1 win against the Blue Jackets. Captain Henrik Zetterberg recorded two assists for Detroit.

-Daniel Alfredsson scored his first goal with the Red Wings:

-Check out the effort by Columbus' Cam Atkinson on this goal:

-Mason Raymond scored two goals for the Maple Leafs in a 4-1 win against the Wild. Cody Franson and Morgan Reilly each recorded two assists for Toronto while teammate James Reimer made 36 saves.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Toronto's Tyler Bozak:

-Reilly is still trying to figure out how to use his mouth guard apparently:

-Carey Price made 36 saves for the Canadiens in a 3-0 shutout of Jets. It was his 20th career shutout. Daniel Briere had a goal and an assist for Montreal.

-Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty left the game in the first period due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Painful times for Pacioretty:

-Winnipeg's Olli Jokinen (left) and Ondrej Pavelec each kept an eye on this puck:


-Two goals and an assist by captain Martin St. Louis led the Lightning to a 5-1 win against the Kings. Former Penguin Ryan Malone, Ondrej Palat and Teddy Purcell each had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay while teammate Steven Stamkos recorded two assists. Ben Bishop made 30 saves in the victory.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Purcell:

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by St. Louis:

-An overtime goal by Cory Conacher gave the Senators a 4-3 win against the Coyotes. Jason Spezza added a hat trick for Ottawa while teammates Colin Greening and Milan Michalek each recorded two assists. Craig Anderson made 34 saves. Antoine Vermette had two assists for Phoenix.

-Spezza's hat trick:

-A deflection goal by Phoenix's Mike Ribeiro with 3:30 remaining in regulation forced overtime:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this slap pass by Ottawa's Marc Methot which led to Conacher's goal:

-Anderson reached out for this puck:

-The NHL suspended Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta 10 games for a hit to the head of Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson Thursday. The NHL's explanation:

-EN Says: As illustrated in the video, there are a lot of factors such as the type of hit and Kaleta's history, this suspension is more than warranted. Kaleta is a rat and he struck another player in the head. We don't know if 10 games will truly teach him a lesson but the league as a whole is better off without him.

-With goaltender Jimmy Howard dealing with a left hand injury, the Red Wings recalled goaltender Petr Mrazek from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-The Red Wings assigned forward Darren Helm to Grand Rapids for a conditioning assignment.

-The Maple Leafs recalled former Penguins forward Trevor Smith from Toronto of the AHL.

Central Division

-A shootout goal by Patrick Sharp gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 win against the Hurricanes. Corey Crawford made 32 saves in the victory.

-This was a road game for Sharp and the Blackhawks:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Carolina captain Eric Staal taking the ice:

-Reflective times for Carolina's Radek Dvorak and Ron Hainsey:

-"It looks like we have to have some more kids." - Sharp joking about scoring a shootout goal two days after the birth of his daughter.

-Mike Fisher, Craig Smith and captain Shea Weber each had a goal and an assist for the Predators who edged the Panthers, 4-3. Pekka Rinne made 22 saves in the victory.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this move by Florida's Jonathan Huberdeau:

-Two goals by Matt Duchene led the Avalanche to a 3-2 win against the Stars. P.A. Parenteau recorded two assists for Colorado while teammate Semyon Varlamov made 39 saves.

-Save of the Night: Dallas' Dan Ellis on Colorado's Steve Downie:

-Colorado Rookie Nathan MacKinnon and Dallas' Cody Eakin went at it on this puck:

-At 6-0-0, Avalanche coach Patrick Roy tied an NHL record for the best start to a head coaching career. He matched the mark of his former head coach in Montreal, Mario Tremblay.

-The Stars made forward Valeri Nichushkin, their first-round pick in this year's draft, a healthy scratch last night.

Pacific Division

-Ryan Kesler scored two goals for the Canucks in a 3-2 win against the Flyers. Chris Higgins added a goal and an assist for Vancouver while teammate Henrik Sedin recorded two assists. Roberto Luongo made 20 saves in the victory. Tye McGinn scored both of Philadelphia's goals.

-Lucky Goal of the Night: Kesler took advantage of this fluky hops off the end boards:

-Kesler scored the game-winning goal with 2:25 remaining in regulation:

-Vancouver's Zack Kassian and Philadelphia's Brayden Schenn had issues:

-Canucks forward Jordan Schroeder returned to the lineup after being sidelined four weeks due to a foot injury.

-Captain Joe Thornton had a goal and three assists for the Sharks in a 6-2 win against the Blues. Patrick Marleau added a goal and an assist for San Jose while teammate Logan Couture collected a goal and an assist. Antti Niemi made 25 saves in the victory.

-Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle was hospitalized after being struck from behind into the boards by Blues fowrard Maxim Lapierre. The hit in question:

-EN Says: You certainly can't ignore the fact that Lapierre has a considerable history of dangerous hits nor that he put his hands on the back of Boyle. Additionally, the Sharks claimed Lapierre issued threats prior to this hit. At the same time, you can't ignore that Boyle was in a bad position when the hit was made. The NHL considers that aspect of a hit every single time when doling out discipline. This will be a tough one to figure out for NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

-A little bit later, Burns hit Blues forward and former Penguin Brenden Morrow with a dangerous check into the boards:

-"A player that probably shouldn’t even be in the league is taking out one of the best players in the world. That guy’s got a history. After the first shift, he’s yelling at us from their bench that he’s coming after us, and then he does that. I don’t even know. It’s pretty gutless. Then he turtles. Be a man if you make a hit like that. Don’t turtle and run behind the linesman." - Couture on Lapierre.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal by San Jose rookie Tomas Hertl which led to a goal by Thornton:

-The Sharks placed forward Adam Burish (undisclosed) on injured reserve and recalled forward Brackens Kearns from Worcester of the AHL.

(Photos: Oilers/Penguins-Vincent Pugliese/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Kasparaitis-Rick Stewart/Getty Images; Sabres/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Wild/Maple Leafs-Abelimages/Getty Images; Canadiens/Jets-Marianne Helm/Getty Images; Senators/Coyotes-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Blackhawks/Hurricanes-Grant Halverson/Getty Images; Stars/Avalanche-Joe Mahoney/Associated Press; Canucks/Flyers-Chris Szagola/Associated Press)

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