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Empty Netter Assists - 12-30-13

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Penguins

-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. "It's funny. When a guy like [Malkin] goes down, I get to play with Sid. It's pretty special." - James Neal (above, with former teammate Mark Letestu) on Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.

-The Columbus Dispatch's recap. “We absolutely outplayed them in the second [period]. We were the better team, by far. They didn’t have an answer for us in the second period. We were starting to take over the game. But good teams capitalize on stuff like that. We have to learn from this.” - Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno.

-The Associated Press' recap. With the injuries we've had, the guys have come in, and the job they've done is a big reason why we've had a decent first half. We were at a point where we started to lose guys and it could have gone either way. But we've found a way to survive." - Crosby.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Chuck Kobasew and Columbus' Boone Jenner battled for this puck:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Neal speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Malkin interrupted another postgame interview by Neal:

-Welcome back Rob Scuderi ... finally.

-Happy 35th birthday to current Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi. A fifth-round draft pick in 1998, Scuderi has spent parts of sixh seasons with the Penguins in two different stints. As a rookie in 2003-04, Scuderi saw action in 13 games and scored three points. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Scuderi broke through as an NHL regular in 2005-06 by appearing in 57 games and recording four assists. He followed that up in 2006-07 by playing in 78 games and scoring 11 points. That spring's playoffs saw him appear in in five games and fail to record a point. In 2007-08, Scuderi saw action in 71 games while recording fives assists. He helped the franchise return to its third Stanley Cup final appearance that spring by playing in 20 games and recording three assists. During 2008-09, Scuderi established career highs in games (81) and points (16). In the 2009 postseason, he stepped up in a defensive role while playing in 24 games and contributing five points. His biggest contribution during the postseason came in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final when he came through with a series of blocked shots which preserved a 2-1 victory (below). The team would advance to Game 7 where it won the third Stanley Cup title in franchise history. During the 2009 offseason, Scuderi joined the Kings as a free agent. This past offseason, Scuderi rejoined the Penguinas as a free agent. This season, Scuderi has appeared in 12 games and has one assist. In 312 regular season games with the Penguins, Scuderi scored 40 points. In 49 playoff games, he collected eight points.

-After the Jump: Brenden Morrow returns to Dallas and another scary hit.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Mats Zuccarello had a goal and two assists for the Rangers who edged the Lightning, 4-3. Derrick Brassard and Ryan McDonagh each recorded two assists for New York while teammate Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves. Valtteri Filppula led Tampa Bay with a goal and an assist.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this feed by New York's Derek Stepan to set up Rich Nash for a goal:

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson:

-Check out this move in tight by New York's Chris Kreider:

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by New York's Benoit Pouliot:

-Check out this re-direction goal by Filppula:

-Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov and New York's Dan Girardi battled for this puck:

-Two goals and an assist by Kyle Okposo led the Islanders past the Wild, 5-4. Thomas Hickey added a goal and two assists for New York while teammate Thomas Vanek recorded two assists. Kevin Poulin made 33 saves. Nino Niederreiter collected a goal and an assist for Minnesota.

-Check out this deflection goal by Hickey:

-Minnesota's Dany Heatley got up and personal with an official:

-Minnesota's Josh Harding had issues with this puck:

-New York's Calvin de Haan fended off Minnesota's Jason Pominville:

-Pumped times for New York's Cal Clutterbuck:

Atlantic Division

-Phil Kessel scored two goals for the Maple Leafs in a 5-2 defeat of the Hurricanes. Tyler Bozak recorded three assists for Toronto while teammate Jonathan Bernier made 41 saves.

-A shootout goal by captain Steve Ott gave the Sabres a 2-1 win against the Capitals. Ryan Miller made 49 saves for Buffalo.

-Miller kept an eye on this puck:

-Less so here for Washington's Philipp Grubauer:

-Brian Campbell had a goal and an assist for the Panthers who beat the Canadiens, 4-1. Brad Boyes and Tom Gilbert each had two assists for Florida while teammate Scott Clemmensen made 21 saves.

-Canadiens coach and former Penguins coach Michel Therrien wanted to prove to linesman Derek Amell that he was indeed metal:

-Temperatures for Wednesday's Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Mich. are supposed to range from 15 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

-With forward Darren Helm expected to return to the lineup from a sprained shoulder, the Red Wings assigned forward Luke Glendening to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-The Maple Leafs assigned forward Jarred Smithson to Toronto of the AHL.

-The Bruins assigned defensemen Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky, and former Penguins forward Nick Johnson to Providence of the AHL.

-The Lightning assigned defenseman Dmitry Korobov to Syracuse of the AHL.

Central Division

-An overtime goal by Kevin Shattenkirk gave the Blues a 3-2 win against the Stars. T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist for St. Louis while teammate Vladimir Sobotka recorded two assists. Brian Elliott made 28 saves in the victory.

-Check out this save by Elliott against Dallas' Tyler Seguin:

-Blues forward Brenden Morrow played his first game in Dallas since the Stars traded him to the Penguins last season. During the first television timeout, a video tribute was played in honor of Morrow:

-Shattenkirk's goal:

-“I was trying not to tear up; there’s a lot of good memories here. I grew up with these fans, so it was a nice little tribute. I just wanted to make sure I got through it, didn’t tear up and acknowledged everyone.” - Morrow.

-Blake Wheeler had an overtime goal and an assist for the Jets in a 3-2 win against the Avalanche. Al Montoya made 33 saves for Winnipeg.

-Check out this feed by Wheeler to set up captain Andrew Ladd for a goal:

-Wheeler scored his goal with barely a second remaining in overtime:

-Montoya and Colorado's Matt Duchene kept an eye on this puck:

-Colorado's Andre Benoit tried to hold up Wheeler here:

Pacific Division

-Brent Burns had a goal and an assist for the Sharks who beat the rival Ducks, 3-1. Antti Niemi made 30 saves for San Jose. Anaheim had a 10-game winning streak snapped.

-Goal of the Night: Check out the effort by San Jose's Logan Couture on this score:

-Sharks forward Brackens Kearns scored his first career NHL goal at the age of 32:

-Niemi punched out this puck:

-Sharks forward Tommy Wingels left the game in the first period after suffering an "upper-body" injury.

-Eddie Lack made all of 18 saves for the Canucks in a 2-0 shutout of the rival Flames. It was Lack's second career shutout.

-Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts left the game in the first period after being struck in the head by Flames forward Brian McGrattan. The play in question:

-EN Says: More often than not, we're told players like McGrattan, an enforcer, police the game and prevent dangerous hits like this. How often are players like McGrattan, Boston's Shawn Thornton or Buffalo's John Scott the perpetrators of hits like this?

-Scary times for Alberts:

-Check out this pass by Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin to spring Jannik Hansen loose for a goal:

-Check out this feed by Vancouver's Ryan Kesler to set up Mike Santorelli for a goal

-The Coyotes assigned forwards Gilbert Brule and Jordan Szwarz to Portland of the AHL.

-How close is Kings goatlender Jonathan Quick to returning from a groin injury which has sidelined him since Nov. 12?

IIHF World Junior Championships

-In the preliminary round, Capitals forward prospect Riley Barber, a native of Washington, Pa., had a goal and an assist for the United States which beat Germany, 8-0.

-Capitals forward prospect André Burakovsky had a hat trick for Sweden in a 10-0 rout of Norway. Penguins forward prospect Oskar Sundqvist was held without a point for Sweden.

Olympics

-According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Detroit Jimmy Howard, Buffalo's Ryan Miller and Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick will be selected as the goaltenders for Team USA.

(Photos: Penguins/Blue Jackets-Jay LaPrete/Associated Press; Rangers/Lightning-Steve Nesius/Associated Press; Islanders/Wild-Andy Clayton-King/Associated Press and Hannah Foslien/Getty Images; Capitals/Sabres-Rick Stewart/Getty Images and Gary Wiepert/Associated Press; Canadiens/Panthers-Terry Renna/Associated Press; Jets/Avalanche-Joe Mahoney/Associated Press; Ducks/Sharks-George Nikitin/Associated Press; Canucks/Flames-Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

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