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Empty Netter Assists - 12-21-13

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Penguins

-Welcome back Brooks Orpik (right) ... to practice.

-"He’s always been a pretty good friend of mine." - Orpik on Bruins forward Shawn Thornton.

-Welcome back Tanner Glass ... soon?

-"In 2008, I want to say we had seven or eight guys. I remember [Marc-Andre Fleury] was out and Ty Conklin played a chunk of games. Since then, I don’t remember seeing it like this." - Sidney Crosby on the team's recent run of injuries.

-“He’s playing like he played with us last year. It’s like he hasn’t missed a beat.” - London Knights assistant coach Dylan Hunter on Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta.

-Orpik speaks:

-Chris Kunitz speaks:

-The Penguins made their annual trip to Children's Hospital:

-Eric Hartzell made 16 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-1 loss to the Worcester Sharks.

-Highlights:

-Mathieu Corbeil made 13 saves for the Wheeling Nailers who lost to the Evansville IceMen, 6-3.

-Happy 32nd birthday to former Penguins forward Shane Endicott. A second round pick in 2000, "Endo" spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2001-02, Endicott appeared in four games and recorded one assist. After spending the next three seasons with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Endicott appeared in 41 games at the NHL level in 2005-06 and recorded two points. In the 2006 offseason, he joined the Predators as a free agent. In 45 games with the Penguins, Endicott scored three points. He currently runs his own hockey skills training service in Saskatchewan.

-After the Jump: More new jerseys.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Troy Brouwer and captain Alex Ovechkin each had a goal and an assist for the Capitals in a 4-2 win against the Hurricanes. Nicklas Backstrom recorded four assists for Washington while teammate Philipp Grubauer made 39 saves.

-Check out the release by Hurricanes forward and former Penguin Jordan Staal on this goal:

-Ovechkin scored his 400th career goal with an empty-net score.

-Washington's Aaron Volpatti displayed a nice shiner:

-Carolina's Justin Faulk > Washington's Marcus Johansson:

-Michael Grabner scored two goals for the Islanders who beat the rival Rangers, 5-3. Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves in the victory.

-Check out this deflection goal by Islanders forward Thomas Vanek:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this strip by Grabner which led to a short-handed goal:

-Grabner being popular:

-Awkward Photo of the Night: Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello got trapped under linesman Tim Nowak:

-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist got lost in the snow here:

-The Rangers unveiled their outdoor game jerseys with an entertaining video featuring Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi and Yankees manager Joe Girardi (no relation):

-EN Says: Cute video aside, these jerseys look like the Penguins' and the Islanders' outdoor jerseys. In other words, they bland, generic and antiseptic.

-Devils forward Damien Brunner left last night's game against the Ducks in the first period due to an apparent right knee injury.

-Flyers captain Claude Giroux has 10 points in his past five games.

-The Hurricanes signed goaltender Daniel Altshuller, a third-round pick in 2012, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

-The Blue Jackets activated forward Marian Gaborik (knee) and James Wisniewski (defenseman) from injured reserve.

Atlantic Division

-Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier is dealing with a "lower-body" injury related to his collision with Jayson Megna Monday.

-Lightning defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote, recently recalled from Norfolk of the AHL, went 2,875 days between his two most recent NHL games.

Central Division

-Michael Frolik, Evander Kane and Jacob Trouba each had a goal and an assist for the Jets in a 5-2 defeat of the Panthers. Dustin Byfuglien and Mark Schiefele each recorded two assists for Winnipeg while teammate Ondrej Pavelec made 21 saves in the victory.

-Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov had domestic violence charges related to an arrest Oct. 29 dropped.

-The Blackhawks unveiled their outdoor game jersey with forwards Patrick Sharp (left) and Andrew Shaw modeling them:

-EN Says: These are basically a jazzed-up version of the black third jerseys they have worn over the past two decades. Not that the bar has been set all that high, but these are the best of the bunch for this year's outdoor games.

-Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne's recovery from a hip infection has been delayed two weeks.

-The Stars placed defenseman Aaron Rome ("lower body") on injured reserve.

-A day after losing decidedly to the Penguins, head coach Mike Yeo put the Wild through the grinder in practice.

-The Wild assigned forward Brett Bulmer to Iowa of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-An overtime goal and an assist by Kyle Palmieri gave the Ducks a 3-2 win against the Devils. Cam Fower and Mathieu Perreault each had a goal and an assist for Anaheim while teammate Teemu Selanne recorded two assists. Jonas Hiller made all of 19 saves in the victory.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this backhanded feed by Jagr to set up Andy Greene for a power-play goal:

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-Goal of the Night: Palmieri busted out a wraparound for his overtime score:

-Excited times for Perreault:

-Painful times for Brunner:

-Shootout goals by Mike Santorelli and Ryan Kesler gave the Canucks a 3-2 win against the Blackhawks. Eddie Lack made 24 saves in the victory. Patrick Kane had a regulation goal and an assist for Chicago.

-Lack stretched out here to deny Chicago's Ben Smith:

-Vancouver's Roberto Luongo made a snazzy glove save on the bench:

-Kesler > Chicago's Antti Raanta:

-Vancouver's Tom Sestito got the drop here on Blackhawks defenseman and former Penguin Michal Rozsival:

-Coyotes captain/forward Shane Doan has been diagnosed with a form of Rocky Mountain fever, a disease which affects the cells in the lining of blood vessels.

-Phoenix defenseman Zbynek Michalek's "lower-body" injury has been identified as a hip ailment.

-Sharks forward Tomas Hertl is expected to sidelined a month due to a suspected knee injury.

-The Sharks recalled forward Matt Nieto from San Francisco of the ECHL.

Adams Division

-Former Lightning/Maple Leafs/Thrashers/Flyers defenseman Pavel Kubina announced his retirement. A member of Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup team, Kubina, 35, appeared in 970 career games and scored 386 points.

-Alex Okicki made 16 saves for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 4-1 loss to Michigan Warriors.

(Photos: Orpik-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Hurricanes/Capitals-Gerry Broome/Associated Press; Islanders/Rangers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press; Ducks/Devils-Al Bello/Getty Images; Canucks/Blackhawks-Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)

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