Empty Netter Assists - 11-19-13

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "To find a way to win and get some goals and not panic, not make mistakes, that's a good win for us." - Brandon Sutter.

-The Orange County Register's recap. The Ducks finished a road trip by going 0-3-1.

-The Associated Press' recap. "We wanted to be in that tight game and stayed the course and came through with a couple of big goals.'' - Dan Bylsma.


-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-A good look at Marc-Andre Fleury's third period save against Anaheim's Andrew Cogliano:

-Funny Face of the Night: What was Coliano doing here against Sidney Crosby?

-Anaheim's Devante Smith-Pelly > Brooks Orpik:

-Evgeni Malkin looking up ice:

-Anaheim's Viktor Fasth alone in the dark:

-Bylsma speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-Brian Gibbons speaks:

-The Brian Gibbons era begins.

-"It's really nice. Anytime you get to tell a player to go up it's exciting, but particularly when it's their first time. We've spent a lot of time together, and I think it was a really nice moment for him and for me as a coach." - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach John Hynes on Zach Will being recalled by the NHL Penguins last week.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled forwards Denver Manderson, Cody Sylvester, goaltender Eric Hartzell and defenseman Dustin Stevenson from Wheeling and assigned goaltender Peter Mannino to Wheeling.

-Former Penguins goaltender Brad Thiessen had his contract cancelled with HIFK of Finland's Liiga.

-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins forward Petr Sykora (right). A free agent signing in the 2007 offseason, Sykora spent two seasons with the Penguins. In 2007-08, while playing primarily on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Ryan Malone, Sykora appeared in 81 games and scored 63 points. During the 2008 postseason which saw the franchise return to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 16 years, he played in 20 games and scored nine points, including a dramatic goal in the third overtime of a 4-3 win in Game 5 of the Cup final (below). Sykora would see action in 63 games for the Penguins in 2008-09, scored 46 points and led the team with 10 game-winning goals. Injuries limited him to seven games and one assist during the 2009 playoffs, but he did get his name on the Cup for the second time in his career as the club captured its third championship. During the 2009 offseason, Sykora joined the Wild as a free agent. In 157 regular season games with the Penguins, Sykora scored 109 points, 78th-most in franchise history. In 27 postseason games, he scored 10 points.

-After the Jump: Cam Ward returns to the lineup while Tim Thomas wants to return to the Olympics.


Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward returned to the lineup last night against the Bruins after being sidelined 10 games due to a groin tear while forward Alexander Semin was sidelined due to an "upper body" injury.

-The Devils placed defenseman Anton Volchenkov (leg) on injured reserve and assigned defenseman Jon Merrill to Albany of the AHL.

-The Rangers assigned forward Brandon Mashinter to Hartford of the AHL.

-The Islanders placed Evgeni Nabokov (groin) on injured reserve and recalled goaltender Anders Nilsson from Bridgeport of the AHL.

-"There was one instance this year, he made three blocks in a row and I told him afterward, 'I might as well get off the ice, because you don't need me out here.'" - Flyers goaltender Steve Mason on shot-blocking defenseman Nicklas Grossman (right).

Atlantic Division

-Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg each had a goal and assist for the Bruins in a 4-1 win against the Hurricanes. Tuukka Rask made 23 saves in the victory.

-"I put myself in his shoes. We were struggling at the end of the year, and Pittsburgh was playing really well. He went with the odds and he thought he had a better chance with Pittsburgh. How can you a blame a guy for doing that? I would have done the same thing." - Boston coach Claude Julien on forward Jarome Iginla turning down a trade to the Bruins last season in order to join the Penguins.

-Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas still wants to play in the Olympics for Team USA.

-Has Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman finally lived up to the expectations of being the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft?

-The Sabres returned forward Mikhail Grigorenko to his junior team (Quebec - QMJHL).

Central Division

-The Stars recalled defenseman Aaron Rome from Texas of the AHL and assigned forward Travis Morin to Texas.

-The Blackhawks signed forward Ryan Hartman, a first-round pick in this year's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Koivus - Minnesota's Mikko and Anaheim's Saku (right) - are brothers.

-The Wild recalled goaltender Darcy Kuemper from the Iowa of the AHL and assigned goaltender Johan Gustafsson to Iowa.

-The Avalanche recalled defenseman Tyson Barrie and forward Brad Malone from Lake Erie of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Shootout goals by Joe Colborne, Lee Stempniak and Sean Monahan gave the Flames a 5-4 win against the Jets. T.J. Brodie and Mike Cammalleri each had a regulation goal and an assist for Calgary while teammate Reto Berra made 43 saves. Dustin Byfuglien and Bryan Little each collected a regulation goal and an assist for Winnipeg.

-Check out the passing which led to this short-handed goal by Calgary's Lance Bouma:

-Little scored with 5.6 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime:

-Everyone, particularly Jets goaltender Al Montoya, had issues here:

-Jets forward and former Penguin Chris Thorburn choke-slammed Calgary's T.J. Galiardi here:

-Stempniak had to navigate this sea of sticks and gloves:

-Winnipeg's Michael Frolik > Berra:

-Byfuglien and Calgay's Mikael Backlund got tangled up here:

-"Doesn't matter what sport it is - hockey, football, baseball - you want to prove you're good enough. If you don't want to do that or you are tired, then you should retire and let the young guys play." - New Oilers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

-The Ducks assigned forward Rickard Rackell to Norfolk of the AHL.

(Photos: Ducks/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Sykora-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Grossman-Elsa/Getty Images; Koivus-Harry How/Getty Images; Flames/Jets-Trevor Hagan/Canadian Press and Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

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