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Empty Netter Assists - 01-16-14

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. The Penguins and Jussi Jokinen (above) set a franchise record with their 13th consecutive home win.

-The Washington Post's recap. “We played a pretty good game, but we figured out a way to lose it tonight.” - Capitals coach Adam Oates.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''I've been working on [the shot fake]. It makes me more unpredictable.'' - Olli Maatta.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Evgeni Malkin went one-on-one with Washington's Mike Green:

-Washington's Brooks Laich > Marc-Andre Fleury:

-Happy times for Maatta:

-Jokinen had to fend off a stick check from Washington's Mikhail Grabovski:

-Washington's Michal Neuvirth didn't have a lot of support here:

-A good look at Kris Letang's goal:

-Washington captain Alex Ovechkin put something on this shot:

-Two former Hart Trophy winners:

-Pumped times for Washington's Jason Chimera:

-That five hours must have seemed longer on the way back:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Taylor Pyatt speaks:

-Olli Maatta speaks:

-Welcome to Pittsburgh Nick Drazenovic and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond.

-UPDATE: Not so fast. The Penguins assigned Drazenovic, Letourneau-Leblond and Simon Despres to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-Happy 76th birthday to former Penguins forward, coach and scout Lou Angotti (right). Acquired in the 1968 offseason in a deal which sent Ab McDonald to the Blues, Angotti's playing career with the Penguins amounted to 71 games and 37 points in 1968-69. During the 1969 offseason, Angotti was traded back to the Blues along with a draft pick in exchange for Ron Schock, Craig Cameron and a draft pick. After serving as head coach of the Baltimore Skipjacks, the Penguins' AHL affiliate, Angotti became the Penguins' head coach in 1983-84. In his only season as the Penguins' coach, the team had a dreadful 16-58-6 record for 38 points, a mark which remains a franchise low. He was replaced following the season and served as a scout until 1986. Angotti is one of five men who have played for and coached the franchise. The others are Ken Schinkel, Gene Ubriaco, Rick Kehoe, and Ed Olczyk.

-Happy 35th birthday to former Penguins forward Brenden Morrow. Acquired in a trade last season which sent Joe Morrow to the Stars, Brenden Morrow appeared in 15 regular season games for the Penguins in 2012-13 and scored 14 points. He saw action in 14 postseason games and scored four points. This past offseason, Brenden Morrow joined the Blues as a free agent.

-After the Jump: Edmonton makes some changes in net.

Nepolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Islanders assigned forward Ryan Strome to Bridgeport of the AHL.

Atlantic Division

-Shootout goals by James van Riemsdyk, Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak gave the Maple Leafs a 4-3 win against the rival Sabres. James Reimer made 27 saves for Toronto.

Buffalo's Ryan Miller had issues with this puck:

-Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers returned to the lineup after being suspended three games.

-With forward Chris Neil recovered from an undisclosed injury, the Senators assigned forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau to Binghamton of the AHL.

Central Division

-Wild forward Zach Parise resumed skating for the first time since suffering a broken foot Dec. 22.

Pacific Division

-Corey Perry had two goals and two assists for the Ducks in a 9-1 rout of the Canucks. Teemu Selanne netted two goals and an assist for Anaheim while teammate Sami Vatanen added a goal and two assists. Frederik Andersen made 31 saves in the victory.

-Vancouver's Joacim Eriksson had issues with this puck:

-The Ducks set a franchise record for goals in a game and tied an NHL record set by the 1967-68 Canadiens with their 18th win in 19 games.

-With goaltender Jonas Hiller dealing with an illness, the Ducks recalled Andersen from Norfolk of the AHL.

-The Canucks assigned forward Darren Archibald to Utica of the AHL.

-The Oilers acquired forward Matt Hendricks from the Predators in exchange for goaltender Devan Dubnyk. After making that trade, the Oilers acquired goaltender Ben Scrivens from the Kings in exchange for a third-round pick in this year's draft. Hendricks 32, is in the first year of a four-year contract with a salary cap hit of $1.85 million contract. In 44 games this season, Henricks has four points (two goals, two assists). Dubnyk, 27, is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.5 million. In 32 games this season, Dubnyk has an 11-17-2 record with 3.36 goals against average, .894 save percentage and two shutouts. Scrivens, 27, is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $612,500. In 19 games this season, Scrivens has a 7-5-4 record, a 1.97 goals against average, a .931 save percentage and three shutouts.

-EN Says: The Oilers clearly have some issues in net. Scrivens provides an immediate upgrade at the position and does so at a much cheaper rate. At one point, Dubnyk was expected to be the Oilers' goaltender of the future. Several seasons of playing behind poor defenses have left him shell-shocked. He will get a fresh start in Nashville, a team with a much stronger defense. In order make this move, the Predators had to shed some salary cap space and did so by moving the underachieving Hendricks. Hendricks can bring some energy as a bottom-six forward. For the Predators, they also have issues in net with franchise player Pekka Rinne sidelined indefinitely due to a hip ailment. Dubnyk is a better option on paper than the likes of Carter Hutton or Marek Mazanec. For the Kings, Scrivens (right) became a luxury. His departure opens up a chance for rookie Martin Jones who was really sharp earlier this season while starter Jonathan Quick was sidelined due to a groin injury.

Olympics

-"You can’t say who the best team is out there because you can see our roster. You can see the United States’ roster, Canada’s roster. All the rosters have the best players out there. You can’t say this team is going to win easily. Even teams you think you are going to beat easily, it’s going to be a battle. Olympics, it’s a short tournament and you have to be ready 100 percent every game." - Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.

-Red Wings captain Pave Datsyuk was named captain of Team Russia.

-United States women's goaltender Jessie Vetter was forced to remove a portion of the Declaration of Independence from her mask on account of rules from the International Olympic Committee.

Patrick Division

-Former Stars/Devils/Blues forward Jamie Langenbrunner (right) announced his retirement. In 16 NHL season, Langenbrunner, appeared in 1,109 and scored 663 points. He was a member of two Stanley Cup championship teams in Dallas (1999) and New Jersey (2003).

-Former Coyotes/Oilers/Wild/Flames/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Krys Kolanos has joined Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of Russia's KHL.

-Former Lightning/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins/Wheeling Nailers forward Mario Larocque has joined the Braehead Clan of the United Kingdom's EIHL.

-Former Jets/Coyotes/Devils/Blue Jackets/Blackhawks/Islanders defenseman Deron Quint has joined CSKA Moskva of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Capitals/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Angotti-eBay; Sabres/Maple Leafs-Nathan Denette/Canadian Press; Canucks/Ducks-Jae C. Hong/Associated Press; Scrivens-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images; Langenbrunner-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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