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Empty Netter Assists - 12-14-13

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Penguins

-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. "Our goaltender was the best player on the ice by far. He made huge saves for us. That's the only way we got a win." - Chris Kunitz on Marc-Andre Fleury (above).

-The Bergen (N.J.) Record's recap. “We were clearly the better team for the last 40 minutes and Fleury made some real big saves and was by far the better goalie tonight." - Devils goaltender Cory Schneider.

-The Newark Star-Ledger's recap. "We weren’t ready to play and that’s on me." - Devils coach Peter DeBoer.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''We took our foot off the pedal in terms of how we played and how we executed with the puck. We were a little careless in how we managed the puck.'' - Dan Bylsma.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Evgeni Malkin got really twisted up here:

-Jaromir Jagr was just chilling on the bench:

-His coach, Peter DeBoer, was a little less chill:

-Bylsma speaks:

-Jayson Megna speaks:

-The NHL is expected to announce the suspension of Bruins forward Shawn Thornton today in regards to his attack of Brooks Orpik last week.

-Orpik resumed some light skating yesterday.

-"If Orpik would have just stepped up – all he had to do was grab and hold on, hold on to him – then everything would have quieted down. You stuck up for yourself. You knocked [Bruins forward Loui Eriksson] out. You stuck up for yourself. All of sudden it’s over. You fought. Boom." - Devils forward Cam Janssen on Bruins forward Shawn Thornton's attack against Orpik last week.

-“I’m not planning to retire, yet. If I’m not good enough here I’m going to go play somewhere else until I’m not going to like that game. I still love the game, so I don’t want to be anywhere else right now than here (in the NHL) and play hockey. So, why finish it earlier than I should? And if I’m not good enough, then I’m going to go play in some different league.” - Devils forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr.

-Captain Tom Kostopoulos scored two goals for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 5-3 win against the rival Hershey Bears. Nick Drazenovic and Brian Gibbons each had a goal and an assist for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while teammate Scott Harrington recorded two assists. Eric Hartzell made 20 saves in the victory.

-Highlights:

-Kostopoulos scored the 500th point of his professional career.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Chris Dahlquist. A free agent signing the 1985 offseason, Dahlquist spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1985-86, Dahlquist saw action in five games and scored three points. He followed up in 1986-87 by playing in 19 games and recording one assist. In 1987-88, Dahlquist appeared in 44 contests and scored nine points. The 1988-89 campaign saw him play in 43 games and record six points. During that spring's postseason, Dahlquist played in two games and failed to record a point. In 1989-90, Dahlquist saw action in 62 games and scored a career-high 14 points. After 22 games and three points in 1990-91, Dahlquist and Jim Johnson were traded to the North Stars in exchange for Larry Murphy and Peter Taglianetti. In 195 regular season games with the Penguins, Dahlquist scored 36 points.

-After the Jump: Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson has a disciplinary hearing.

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-Flyers forward Brayden Schenn was fined $2,230.77 by the NHL for a cross check to Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg Wednesday.

-The Blue Jackets placed defenseman James Wisniewski ("upper body") on injured reserve and recalled goaltender Jeremy Smith from Springfield of the AHL.

Atlantic Division

-Shootout goals by Jonathan Huberdeau, Brad Boyes, Nick Bjugstad and Tomas Kopecky gave the Panthers a 3-2 win against the Capitals. Scott Clemmensen made 23 saves for Florida. Nicklas Backstrom had a regulation goal and an assist for Florida.

-Washington's Philipp Grubauer robbed Florida's Brian Campbell here:

 

-Check out the release on this goal by Florida's Aleksander Barkov:

 

-Huberdeau pulled out the "Forsberg move" on his shootout attempt:

-Florida's Krys Barch flashed some crazy eyes here:

-The Panthers recalled goaltender Jacob Markstrom from San Antonio of the AHL.

-Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson will undergo a disciplinary hearing in regards to a hit to the head of Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka Thursday. The hit in question:

-A sprained left knee will sideline Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard two to four weeks.

-The Red Wings recalled forwards Patrick Eaves and Luke Glendening from Grand Rapids of the AHL and assigned forward Cory Emmerton to Grand Rapids.

-The Sabres recalled forward Matt Ellis from Rochester of the AHL.

Central Division

-The Wild recalled forward Erik Haula from Iowa of the AHL and assigned forward Jason Zucker to Iowa.

-Tickets sales for the Jets in Winnipeg have slowed down a bit.

Pacific Division

-Roberto Luongo made all of 19 saves for the Canucks in a 4-0 shutout of the rival Oilers. It was his 65th career shutout. Jason Garrison recorded three assists for Vancouver while teammate Ryan Kesler had two assists.

-Hockey Night in Canada did a rare Friday night game and came through with this splendid pregame montage:

-Kesler couldn't beat Edmonton's Andrew Ference or Devan Dunyk here:

-Edmonton's Boyd Gordon and Vancvouer's Yannick Weber battled for this puck:

-Coyotes captain Shane Doan has been sidelined three games due to an illness.

-Sharks forward Freddie Hamilton has been assigned to Worcester of the AHL.

Norris Division

-Former Blues/Maple Leafs/Flames/Sharks/Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers announced his retirement.

-Trevor Recktenwald had a goal and an assist for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 5-3 loss to the Port Huron Fighting Falcons.

(Photos: Devils/Penguins-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Capitals/Panthers-J Pat Carter/Associated Press; Oilers/Canucks-Rich Lam/Getty Images)

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