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Empty Netter Assists - 01-27-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Remember when Jussi Jokinen (above) was just a fill-in for Sidney Crosby?

-The Buffalo News has a fantastic story on a former hockey player who became a financial advisor and allegedly scammed several NHLers including former Penguins Sergei Gonchar, Jay McKee and Jason Woolley out of millions of dollars.

-Eric Hartzell made 15 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-0 shutout loss to the rival Hershey Bears.

-Highlights (so to speak):

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Zach Sill traveled to Pittsburgh to have a forearm injury evaluated.

-Jacob Lagace and Cody Sylvester each had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-1 home win against the Cincinnati Cyclones Sunday. Former Pittsburgh Forge goaltender Peter Mannino made 22 saves for Wheeling.

-After the Jump: The Rangers rout the Devils outdoors.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Two goals by Mats Zuccarello led the Rangers to a 7-3 rout of the rival Devils at Yankee Stadium. Former Penguin Dominic Moore and Derek Stepan each added a goal and an assist for New York while teammates Derick Brassard and Anton Stralman each recorded two assists. Henrik Lundqvist made all of 19 saves in the win. Patrik Elias scored two goals for New Jersey.

-The pregame festivities:

-Hit of the Day: Captain on captain violence. New York's Ryan Callahan slammed his counterpart from New Jersey, Bryce Salvador, to the ice:

-Check out this feed by New Jersey's Ryane Clowe to spring Elias loose for the game's first goal:

-Check out this feed by Brassard to set up Zuccarello for a goal:

-Stepan scored the game's final goal on a penalty shot:

-A good look at Stepan shooting on New Jersey's Cory Schneider:

-The handshake line:

-A couple of good looks at the game:

-New York's Ryan McDonagh gave New Jersey's Travis Zajac a ride into the bench:

-New York's Dan Carcillo gave New Jersey's Marek Zidlicky a good look at the glass:

-Happy times for the Devils:

-This was an all-too-common sight for New Jersey's Martin Brodeur:

-New York's Brian Boyle battled New Jersey's Adam Henrique for this puck:

-Devils forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr recorded two assists and moved past former Penguins teammate Mario Lemieux for 10th place on the NHL's all-time assist list.

-The game was delayed approximately 40 minutes due to glare from the sun on the ice.

-Brodeur said the playing surface was, "the ice was the worst ice I've ever played hockey on."

-“There were a bunch of holes. They were trying to patch them up. The ice was fast, but I think the holes were a little annoying. The puck was really hard so it was bouncing weird sometimes. It was hard to handle it.” - Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas on the ice.

-"The only thing that I found surprising was the quality of the ice. You'd think that a day like this where it's below zero Celsius, below 32 Fahrenheit, you're talking about ideal conditions. You should be able to get ice and they had issues with the ice." - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. 

-The Rangers have another game at Yankee Stadium Wednesday against the Islanders.

-The Blue Jackets activated forward Blake Comeau (knee) from injured reserve and recalled defenseman Tim Erixon from Springfield of the AHL.

Atlantic Division

-A shootout goal by Nick Bjugstad gave the Panthers a 5-4 win against the Red Wings. Tom Gilbert recorded two assists for Florida while teammate Tim Thomas made 26 saves. Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar each had a regulation goal and an assist for Detroit.

-Check out this move in tight by Sheahan which led to a goal:

-Check out the effort by Florida's Brad Boyles on this short-handed goal:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Gilbert robbed Detroit's Danny DeKeyer of a goal with this block:

-Happy times for Thomas. Not so much for Detroit's Patrick Eaves:

-While Red Wings forward Johan Franzen returned to the lineup after missing 15 games due to a concussion, captain/forward Henrik Zettererg missed the game due to a back ailment.

-After he cleared waivers, the Red Wings assigned former Penguins forward Mikael Samuelsson to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-The Panthers activated defenseman Dylan Olsen ("lower body") from injured reserve, placed forward Tomas Kopecky ("upper body") on injured reserve and assigned defenseman Alex Petrovic to San Antonio of the AHL.

Central Division

-Two goals by Blake Wheeler led the Jets to a 3-1 win against the Blackhawks. Al Montoya made 34 saves for Winnipeg.

-Happy times for Montoya and teammate Jacob Trouba:

-We're not sure Chicago's Corey Crawford played the right angle here:

Pacific Division

-Two goals by Kevin Bieksa, including one in overtime, gave the Canucks a 5-4 win against the Coyotes. Chris Higgins had a goal and two assists for Vancouver while teammate Zac Dalpe netted a goal and an assist. Roberto Luongo made 29 saves in the victory. Antoine Vermette recorded a hat trick for Phoenix.

-Vermette's hat trick:

-Bieksa's overtime goal:

-Coyotes defenseman and former Penguin Zbyenk Michalek kept an eye on this puck:

-Vancouver's Alex Burrows just chilled on the bench with his daughter:

-A good look at the lid of Phoenix's Mike Smith:

-Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Justin Schultz and Ryan Smyth each had a goal and an assist for the Oilers who pounded the Predators, 5-1. Taylor Hall recorded two assist for Edmonton while teammate Ben Scrivens made 34 saves. The Oilers snapped a six-game losing streak.

-Check out the passing which led to Schultz's goal:

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Eberle:

-You don't see this too often. After Oilers defenseman Nick Schultz broke his stick, forward Nail Yakupov tried to give him his stick by sliding it across the ice. That resulted in a minor penalty for throwing a stick:

-Nashville's Patric Hornqvist battled Oilers defenseman and former Penguin Corey Potter for this puck:

-Smyth being popular:

-Edmonton's Ilya Bryzgalov and Nashville's Devan Dubnyk, former teammates, caught up on old times:

-The Flames recalled defenseman Chris Breen from Abbotsford of the AHL and assigned defenseman Shane O'Brien to Abbotsford.

-The Sharks assigned defenseman Taylor Doherty to Worcester of the AHL.

Adams Division

-A hat trick and an assist by Connor Brown helped the Erie Otters beat the Oshawa Generals, 5-4.

(Photos: Jokinen-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Rangers/Devils-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Al Bello/Getty Images, Kathy Willens/Associated Press and LI-Aerial/Getty Images; Panthers/Red Wings-Carlos Osorio/Associated Press; Jets/Blackhawks-Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press and Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Coyotes/Canucks-Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press; Predators/Oilers-Derek Leung/Getty Images)

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