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Empty Netter Assists - 12-06-13

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "It's good to know that we can put together a good 60 [minutes] against the best team in the league right now. That's satisfying. But it's one game. Don't read too much into it." -  Matt Niskanen.

-The San Jose Mercury News' recap. "You don't want to turn it over against these guys. They've got a lot of speed coming through the neutral zone, and their transition game is really, really good. Just little mistakes there, but it happens." - Sharks captain Joe Thornton.

-CSN Bay Area's recap. "They had their nose over the puck a lot more than we did. They fought for ice and they fought for loose pucks a lot stronger than we did.” - Sharks coach Todd McLellan.

-The Associated Press' recap. "I think what he does is underappreciated, especially in terms of how he does it at the net front. He plays in hard areas in hard minutes. He's not a big-body guy, but he's a force." Dan Byslma on Chris Kunitz.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-The Penguins paid tribute to Tyler Kennedy:

-Tyler Kennedy. San Jose Shark:

-Marc-Andre Fleury was all over this puck:

-Simon Despres fended off a stick check here from San Jose's James Sheppard:

-It was that kind of night for Thornton:

-Thirsty times for San Jose's Antti Niemi:

-Byslma:

-Kunitz speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Sharks forward Logan Couture speaks:

-“Stats aside, I don’t think that Fleury was that good. He gave up a lot of rebounds and on a lot of shots, he looked shaky on. We weren’t able to score on second chances.” - Couture.

-Evgeni Malkin sat out last night's game due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Will the Penguins loan Olli Maatta to Finland for the IIHF World Junior Championship?

-Is Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins captain/forward Tom Kotospoulos making a case to earn an NHL contract?

-Penguins forward prospect Oscar Sundqvist was selected for Sweden's roster for the IIHF World Championships. Erie Otters goaltender Oscar Dansk, a Blue Jackets prospect, was also selected.

-Happy 27th birthday to current Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen. Acquired prior to the 2011 trade deadling along with James Neal in a deal which sent Alex Goligoski to the Stars, Niskanen has spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2010-11 by appearing in 18 games and scoring four points. In seven postseason games, he contributed one assist. During 2011-12, Niskanen played in 75 games and scored 21 points. He played in four postseason games that spring and contributed three points. Niskanen played in 40 games last season and contributed 14 points. Last postseason, Niskanen appeared in 15 playoff games and recorded two assists. This season, he has played in 30 games and collected 11 points. In 163 regular season career games with the Penguins, Niskanen has scored 50 points. In 26 postseason games, he has scored six points.

-Today would have been the 81st birthday of former Penguins and Hornets goaltender Hank Bassen. Acquired from the Red Wings in exchange for Roy Edwards in the 1967 offseason, Bassen was literally the first goaltender in franchise history. He made 35 saves for the Penguins in the franchise's first game, a 2-1 loss to the Canadiens, Oct. 11, 1967. Bassen appeared in 25 games and went 7-10-3 that season with a 2.86 goals against average and one shutout. He retired following that season. Bassen passed away at the age of May 29, 2009 at the age of 76.

-After the Jump: Mt. Lebanon's Patrick Wey reaches the NHL.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Brad Richards and Mats Zuccarello each had a goal and an assist for the Rangers in a 3-1 defeat of the Sabres. Ryan McDonagh recorded two assists for New York while teammate Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves.

-Check out this goal by New York's Rick  Nash:

-Check out the placement on this shot by Richards:

-Jeff Skinner had a hat trick for the Panthers in a 5-2 defeat of the Predators. Justin Faulk added a goal and two assists for Carolina while teammate Just Peters made 20 saves.

-Skinner's hat trick:

-Everyone had issues here:

-"We need to have a lot more pride. You're playing in the NHL . . . We proved a lot last year, but that doesn't mean you're going to just keep climbing. We're not earning it." - Islanders captain John Tavares on his team's eight game losing streak.

-The Capitals recalled defenseman Patrick Wey, a native of Mt. Lebanon, from Hershey of the AHL and assigned defenseman Tyson Strachan to Hershey.

-The addition of forward Steve Downie has benefited Flyers forward Sean Couturier.

-Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore has been diagnosed with a concussion.

-The Blue Jackets activated forward Derek MacKenzie (back) from injured reserve.

Atlantic Division

-Carey Price made 32 saves for the Canadiens who edged the rival Bruins, 2-1.

-Check out this feed by Boston's Milan Lucic to set up Gregory Campbell for a goal:

-Hit of the Night: Montreal's Lars Eller on Boston's Campbell:

-Goal of the Night: Check out the placement on this shot by Montreal's Tomas Plekanec:

-Boston's Shawn Thornton and Montreal's Brandon Prust:

-Happy times in Montreal:

-Boston's David Krejci and Montreal's David Desharnais got down low for this puck:

-Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk was briefly hospitalized after suffering a back injury in the first period.

-Two goals by Martin St. Louis led the Lightning past the Senators, 3-1. Ondrej Palat recorded two assists for Tampa Bay while teammate Ben Bishop made 33 saves.

-Erik Gudbranson, Tomas Fleischmann and Dylan Olsen each had a goal and an assist for the Panthers in a 5-2 win against the Jets. Scottie Upshall recorded two assists for Florida while teammate Tim Thomas made 29 saves.

-Jets forward and former Penguin Chris Thorburn eyed up this pristine pile of pucks:

-We don't even know how to describe what's happening here in the Jets' crease:

-Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien > Florida's Tomas Kopecky:

-Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov left last night's game in the third period due to a "lower-body" injury.

-An overtime goal by former Penguin Trevor Smith gave the Maple Leafs a 3-2 win against the Stars. Fire Ray Shero. Nazem Kadri scored two goals for Toronto while teammate Phil Kessel recorded two assists. Jonathan Bernier made 48 saves.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Dallas' Erik Cole:

-Smith's goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-The Maple Leafs recalled forward Jerry D'Amigo from Toronto of the AHL and assigned forward Jarred Smithson to Toronto.

-Red Wings forward Darren Helm is dealing with a shoulder injury.

-“There’s a quiet time before the game and you’re getting yourself ready and there’s a guy in front of you while you’re tying your skates. That’s kind of different. You’re not kind of used to that during the course of a season." - Red Wings forward Stephen Weiss on being filmed by HBO for "24/7."

Central Division

-Derek Roy had a goal and an assist for the Blues who beat the Islanders, 5-1. T.J. Oshie and Kevin Shattenkirk each recorded two assists for St. Louis while teammate Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves.

-Ugly Shot Attempt of the Night: St. Louis' Patrik Berglund did ... this:

-Berglund  made amends with this set up for teammate Magnus Paajarvi:

-Check out this pass by Roy to set up former Penguin Brenden Morrow for a goal:

-Josh Harding made all of 16 saves for the Wild which edged the Blackhawks, 4-3. Jared Spurgeon recoded two assists for Minnesota.

-Minnesota's Marco Scandella scored the eventual game-winning goal with 1:49 remaining in regulation:

-Stretchy times for Chicago's Brandon Bollig:

-Stars defenseman Trevor Daley left last night's game due to a high ankle sprain.

-Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda is dealing with a right knee injury.

-The Predators assigned defenseman Joe Piskula to Milwaukee of the AHL.

Pacific Division

- A hat trick and an assist by Taylor Hall led the Oilers past the Avalanche, 8-2. Mark Arcobello, Jordan Eberle, Ales Hemsky and David Perron each had a goal and an assist for Edmonton while teammate Ryan Smyth recorded three assists. Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves in the victory.

-Hall's hat trick:

-Check out this nasty wrister by Perron:

-Check out this pass by Smyth to set up Eberle:

-Happy times in Edmonton:

-Edmonton's Ryan Jones being popular:

-Edmonton's Luke Gadzic and Colorado's Patrick Bordeleau had issues:

-Perron and Colorado's Tyson Barrie had an awkward moment:

-The Oilers assigned defenseman Anton Belov to Oklahoma City of the AHL.

-The Ducks recalled forwards Emerson Etem and David Steckel from Norfolk of the AHL.

-The Flames recalled forward Lane MacDermid from Abbotsford of the AHL and assigned Max Reinhart to Abbotsford.

-Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler will be sidelined indefinitely due to a knee injury.

-The Canucks are hoping their upcoming outdoor game will be in fact ... outdoors.

Norris Division

-A hat trick and an assist by Dane Fox led the Erie Otters to a 6-1 rout of the Peterborough Petes.

(Photos: Sharks/Penguins-Vincent Pugliese/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Hurricanes/Predators-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Bruins/Canadiens-Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press and Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Jets/Panthers-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images and J Pat Carter/Associated Press; Blackhawks/Wild-Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press; Avalanche/Oilers-Jason Franson/Canadian Press and Derek Leung/Getty Images)

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