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Empty Netter Assists - 02-03-14

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Penguins

-How many teams still use the "bag skate?"

-The Penguins held a mom's trip.

-Zach Sill's (right) hometown newspaper is reporting his injury involves his wrist and includes some tendon damage. He is expected to take eight to 10 weeks to recover.

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Frantisek Kucera. Kucera came to the Penguins at the 2001 trade deadline in a deal that sent a sixth-round pick to the Blue Jackets. He appeared in seven games for the Penguins that season and recorded two assists. In the 2001 offseason, he was traded to the Capitals along with some other guy in exchange for Kris Beech, Michal Sivek, Ross Lupaschuk.

-After the Jump: An embarrassing display by referee Wes McAuley and Henrik Lundqvist's Olympic lid.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-An overtime goal by captain Alex Ovechkin gave the Capitals a 6-5 win against the Red Wings. Joel Ward had two goals and an assist for Washington while teammate Jason Chimera added a goal and two assists. Michal Neuvirth made 25 saves. Gustav Nyquist led Detroit with a hat trick and an assist.

-Nyquist's hat trick:

-Ovechkin's goal:

-Ward unleashed a shot here:

-Linesman Brad Kovachik had to clean some hats after Nyqusist's hat trick while Ovechkin looked disinterested:

-Nyquist being stretchy:

-Neuvirth snagged this puck:

-Detroit's Jimmy Howard had a moment in the dark:

-Washington's Eric Fehr had to dodge a stick check from Detroit's Danny DeKeyser:

-Ovechkin now has the third-most regular season overtime goals in NHL history with 15. Only current Devils forward Jaromir Jagr (18) and Patrik Elias (16) have more.

-The Hurricanes recalled goaltender Cam Ward from a conditioning assignment with Charlotte of the AHL.

-The Blue Jackets recalled defenseman Tim Erixon from Springfield of the AHL.

-Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.

-“We’re in a good spot. I believe we’re in a good spot and that’s not just lip service. We’ve played the most road games in the conference. We’ve got 16 at home and 10 on the road left. Our schedule-- from an opponent point of view-- is never easy because there are no easy teams, but it’s not as difficult as it could be. So the table is set for us to make a move here. We just have to do it.” - Devils coach Peter DeBoer on his team's playoff hopes.

Atlantic Division

-Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov vehemently demented a rumor he want to play for the KHL in his native Russia.

-Red Wings forward Cory Emmerton cleared waivers and was assigned to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Central Division

-Al Montoya made 31 saves for the Jets who beat the Canadiens, 2-1. Winnipeg has lost won two consecutive games.

-Check out the release on this goal by Montreal captain Brian Gionta:

-Awful Non-Call of the Day: Despite having a clear view of the play, referee Wes McAuley did not stop the game in the late stages of regulation when Canadiens forward Brenden Gallagher was held up near the net by Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian and Montoya. With Gallagher struggling to get onside, the Canadiens attempts to move the puck into the offensive zone were delayed:

-EN Says: This gives you an idea of where officiating is at in the NHL these days. The "Let-Them-Play" mentality has crept back into the game in a big way. Brooks Orpik did something similar to Washington's Mikhail Grabovski when the Penguins were protecting a one-goal lead late in what ended up being a 4-3 Penguins win. As long as certain elements still have positions of power in this league, this garbage will never disappear.

-Hockey Night in Canada had an NFL-themed pregame montage for this contest:

-Winnipeg's Bryan Little and Montreal's Lars Eller were ready for this faceoff:

-Montoya kept an eye on this puck:

-Canadiens defenseman and former Penguin Douglas Murray helped linesman Darren Gibbs back on the ice:

-The Predators assigned forwards Simon Moser and Colton Sissons to Milwaukee of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-With defenseman Jason Demers dealing with a "lower-body" injury, the Sharks recalled defenseman Matt Tennyson from Worcester of the AHL.

-Canucks coach John Tortorella completed a 15-day suspension yesterday.

-With defenseman Yannick Weber dealing with an undisclosed injury, the Canucks recalled defenseman Yann Sauve from Utica of the AHL.

Olympics

-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist tweeted out an image of his helmet he will wear for the Sweden in the Olympics:

-“Basically I’m going to have to make a decision: Am I ready to play at that level? Some guys are saying, ‘You look pretty good out there.’ (But) I don’t feel where I need to be in order to play in a game yet, but it’s getting there.’’ - Lightning forward Steven Stamkos on his status for Canada in the Olympics. He has been sidelined since Nov. 11 due to a broken leg.

(Photos: Sill-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Red Wings/Capitals-Alex Brandon/Associated Press and Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Jets/Canadiens-Peter McCabe/Canadian Press and Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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