Empty Netter Assists - 12-08-13

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "It's hard to think about hockey when you see someone get hurt like that, especially a teammate and a friend." - Sidney Crosby on Brooks Orpik's injury.

-The Boston Globe's recap. “I feel awful. It wasn’t my intention for that outcome. I know Brooksie. I’ve gotten to know him over the last seven years here. I skate with him in the summer and through the lockout. I’ve texted him a couple times. I feel awful. It’s not what I wanted to see or what anybody wanted to see.” - Bruins forward shawn Thornton on attacking Orpik.

-The Boston Herald's recap. “I don’t think anyone’s proud of what happened in the first period — both sides, I would hope." - Bruins coach Claude Julien.

-The Associated Press' recap. Orpik traveled home with the Penguins.


-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Deryk Engelland vs. Boston' Milan Lucic:

-Thornton's attack on Orpik:

-Scary times for Orpik:

-Boston's Brad Marchand crashed into the boards here with Matt Niskanen:

-Marchand and Zach Sill went after this puck:

-Painful times for Marchand:

-Engelland adjusted his lid:

-Pumped times for Boston captain Zdeno Chara:

-Crosby had to fend off Chara here:

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-James Neal speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Brandon Sutter speaks:

-Thornton speaks:

-“I need to be more careful and I guess get my knee out of the way, but I’m not trying to hit him in the head or injure him or anything like that.” - Neal on striking Marchand in the head.

-Bruins forward Loui Eriksson suffered a concussion on the play where he was hit by Orpik.

-According to TSN, Bruins forward Chris Kelly suffered a broken ankle on a slash by Pascal Dupuis.

-Thornton and Neal will each have disciplinary hearings.

-Dan Bylsma doesn't sound too eager about sending Olli Maatta to the World Junior Championships.

-NBC Sports sure likes the Penguins.

-Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers made 30 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-0 shutout of the St. John's IceCaps. Bobby Farnham netted a goal and and an assist for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while teammate Brenden Mikkelson recorded two assists.


-Shootout goals by Sahir Gill and Max MacKay gave the Wheeling Nailers a 2-1 win against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Mike Condon made 28 saves for Wheeling.

-After the Jump: A whole load of NHL highlights which were needlessly overshadowed by the circus in Boston.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-A goal and an assist by Eric Fehr led the Capitals past the Predators, 5-2. Nicklas Backstrom and Mikhail Grabovski each recorded two assists for Washington. Braden Holtby made 34 saves in the victory. Roman Josi netted a goal and an assist for Nashville.

-Check out the power on this goal by Washington captain Alex Ovechkin:

-Hit of the Night: Washington's Troy Brouwer on Nashville's Patric Hornqvist:

-Cool Photos of the Night: Ovechkin taking the ice:

-And Ovechkin warming up:

-Pumped times for Ovechkin:

-Bright times for Washington's Nate Schmidt:

-Squirty times for Hotlby:

-Happy times in Washington:

-Washington's Jay Beagle and Nashville's Paul Gaustad got down low for this faceoff:

-An overtime goal by Eric Gelinas gave the Devils a 4-3 comeback win against the rival Rangers. Tom Sestito and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr recorded two assists for New Jersey while teammate Martin Brodeur made 21 saves. Mats Zuccarello led New York with a goal and an assist.

-Rangers defenseman Marc Staal left last night's game in the third period after being struck in the head by Devils forward Reid Boucher.

-The hit in question:

-A goal by New York's Chris Kreider with 21.3 seconds remaining in regulation forced overtime:

-Gelinas' goal:

-Happy times for the Devils. Not so much for New York's Henrik Lundqvist:

-Why isn't Devils defenseman Andy Greene on Team USA's radar for the Olympics?

-Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski is dealing with an "upper-body" injury.

-The Hurricanes assigned former Penguins forward Zach Boychuk to Charlotte of the AHL.

Atlantic Division

-Shootout goals by James van Riemsdyk and Mason Raymond gave the Maple Leafs a 4-3 win against the Senators. van Riemsyk added a regulation goal and two assists for Toronto while teammate Phil Kessel netted a regulation goal and an assist. James Reimer made 47 saves in the victory. Jason Spezza and Mika Zibanejad each recorded two assists for Ottawa.

-Check out this pass by van Riemsdyk to set up Kessel:

-Check out the passing which led to this power-play goal by Ottawa's Erik Karlsson:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage for the game was ... meh:

-Toronto's Mason Raymond celebrated a road win:

-Tomas Plekanec and Brandon Prust each had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens who edged the Sabres, 3-2. Travis Moen recorded two assists for Montreal while teammate Carey Price made 23 saves.

-Check out the effort by Buffalo's Zemgus Girgensons on this goal:

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Montreal's Alex Galchenyuk:

-Tim Thomas made 22 saves for the Panthers in a 2-1 defeat of the Red Wings. Shawn Matthias recorded two assists for Florida.

-Check out this hit by Florida's Mike Weaver on Detroit's Gustav Nyquist:

Central Division

-A hat trick and an assist by Tyler Seguin led the Stars to a 5-1 rout of the Flyers. Valeri Nichushkin added a goal and three assists for Dallas while teammate and former Penguin Alex Goligoski recorded two assists. Fire Ray Shero. Dan Ellis made 27 saves in the victory.

-Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo decided to make the most out of his four seconds of ice time yesterday by jumping Dallas' Antoine Roussel:

-Seguin's natural hat trick:

-Dallas captain Jamie Benn assisted in the ice clean-up following Seguin's hat trick:

-An overtime goal by Mark Schiefle gave the Jets a 2-1 win against the Lightning. Blake Wheeler added a goal and an assist for Winnipeg while teammate Al Montoya made 28 saves.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this feed by Wheeler to set up Schiefle's goal:

-A good look at Montoya's lid:

-Winnipeg's Mark Stuart and Tampa Bay's B.J. Crombeen had issues:

-The Blackhawks assigned forward Joakim Nordstrom to Rockford of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Martin Jones made all of 16 saves for the Kings in a 3-0 shutout of the Islanders. It was Jones' first career shutout. New York has lost nine consecutive games.

-Check out the effort by Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar on this goal:

-Jones and the Kings wore their sharp purple throwback jerseys:

-Happy times in Los Angeles:

-Prior to the game, the Kings paid tribute to hall-of-fame Kings/Penguins defenseman Larry Murphy:

-Nick Bonino, Andrew Cogliano and captain Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist for the Ducks in a 5-2 win against the Blues. Frederik Andersen made 26 saves in the victory.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this steal which led to a score by Getzlaf:

-Check out this pass by Anaheim's Patrick Maroon to set up Bonino for a goal:

-A bad sight for the Blues: Goaltenders Brian Elliott coming and Jaroslav Halak going:

-Elliott lost track of this puck for a moment:

-An overtime goal by Jiri Hudler gave the Flames a 2-1 win against the rival Oilers. Reto Berra made 30 saves in the victory.

-Edmonton's Taylor Hall forced overtime by scoring a game-tying goal with 10.1 seconds remaining in regulation:

-Hudler's goal:

-Happy times for the Oilers. Not so much for Calgary captain Mark Giordano:

-Edmonton captain and former Penguin Andrew Ference kicked up some ice while battling for a puck here with Calgary's Lance Bouma:

-The Oilers recalled defenseman Anton Belov from Oklahoma City of the AHL.

-The Sharks recalled forwards Matt Nieto and Freddie Hamilton from Worcester of the AHL and assigned forward Matt Pelech to Worcester.

Adams Division

-“I know there are some ongoing effects from my career. I know there are. That’s blatantly obvious. I would rather find out more about me and what I’m going through before I just jump on and ride these guys’ coattails. They’ve done the testing. They’ve lived their life." - Former Sabres/Devils forward/enforcer Andrew Peters on the effects of concussions suffered in his career and his hesitation to join a lawsuit by ex-players against the NHL in regards to concussions.

-Dalton Izyk made 14 saves for the Robert Morris men's team in a 7-2 loss to Bentley.

-Zach Saar had a goal and an assist for the Penn State men's team in a 4-3 loss to Wisconsin.

-Daniel Bahntge had two goals and an assist for the Mercyhurst men's team which beat Sacred Heart, 4-1.

-Brittany Howard and Thea Imbrogno each had a goal and an assist for the Robert Morris women's team in a 2-1 win against RIT.

-Amanda Makela made 35 saves for the Mercyhurst women's team in a 7-0 shutout of Penn State.

-Shootout goals by Tyler Basham and Mitch Hall gave the Johnstown Tomahawks a 5-4 win against Wenatchee Wild.

(Photos: Penguins/Bruins-Michael Dwyer/Associated Press and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; Predators/Capitals-Alex Brandon/Associated Press and Patrick Smith/Getty Images; Devils/Rangers-Bill Kostroun/Associated Press; Maple Leafs/Senators-Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press; Flyers/Stars-Matt Strasen/Associated Press; Jets/Lightning-Chris O'Meara/Associated Press; Islanders/Kings-Harry How/Getty Images and Gus Ruelas/Associated Press; Ducks/Blues-Tom Gannam/Associated Press; Flames/Oilers-Derek Leung/Getty Images)

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