Empty Netter Assists - 03-03-14

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-The Penguins placed Chuck Kobasew on waivers.

-“They’ve always given us the best chance to win. I’m sure this year will be no different.” - Craig Adams on how Penguins management will address the trade deadline.

-The Penguins haven't won a game in nearly a month.

-The development plans for the Civic Arena site aren't going smoothly.

-Eric Hartzell made 24 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 7-5 win against the Cincinnati Cyclones.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins forward Richard Zemlak. Acquired early in the 1988-89 offseason in a deal that sent the rights of Rob Gaudreau to the North Stars, Zemlak spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1988-89, Zemlak played in 31 games and failed to record a point but racked up 135 penalty minutes. He appeared in one postseason game that spring and once again failed to get on the score sheet. Zemlak followed that up in 1989-90 by playing in 19 games and scoring six points and recording 43 penalty minutes. He left the Penguins when he joined the Flames as a free agent early in 1990-91. In 50 regular season games with the Penguins, Zemlak scored six points and netted 173 penalty minutes.

-After the Jump: Another "outdoor" game in Vancouver and Washington's Dmitry Orlov is suspended.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-An overtime goal by Vincent Lecavalier gave the Flyers a 5-4 comeback win against the rival Capitals. Captain Claude Giroux had two goals and an assist for Philadelphia while teammate Jakub Voracek added a goal and an assist. Steve Mason made 25 saves. Dmitry Orlov scored two goals for Washington.

-Check out the power on this one-timer by Washington's Dmitry Orlov:

-Defensive Play of the Day: Philadelphia's Mark Streit bailed out Mason on this would-be goal:


-Save of the Day: Check out this toe save by Washington's Braden Holtby:


-Check out this blind, backhanded pass by Washington's Joel Ward to set up Jay Beagle for a goal:

-Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov was suspended two games by the NHL for boarding Flyers forward Brayden Schenn in the third period. The NHL's explanation:

-A goal by Giroux with 1:05 remaining in regulation forced overtime:

-Lecavalier's goal:

-Happy times for Lecavalier (left) and teammate Kimmo Timonen:

-Happy times for the Flyers. Not so much for the Capitals:


-Streit had a shot teed up:

-Holtby flung this puck out from his net:


-The Islanders activated forward Frans Nielsen (hand) from injured reserve and assigned forward Mike Halmo to Bridgeport of the AHL.

Atlantic Division

-Dougie Hamilton had a goal and two assists for the Bruins who defeated the Rangers, 6-3. Gregory Campbell scored two goals for Boston while teammates Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic each collected a goal and an assist. Fire Ray Shero. Tuukka Rask made 39 saves. Derek Stepan recorded two assists for New York.

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Rangers forward and East Palestine, Ohio native J.T. Miller jammed up Rask something fierce on this goal:


-Check out this feed by Boston's David Krejci to set up Iginla:


-Boston's Zdeno Chara focused on this puck:

-New York's Dan Girardi lost track of Boston's David Krejci for a moment:

-Shawn Matthias and Scottie Upshall each had a goal and an assist for the Panthers in a 5-3 defeat of the Islanders. Jonathan Huberdeau recorded two assists for Florida while teammate Tim Thomas made 35 saves. Thomas Vanek netted two goals and an assist for New York.

-New York's Lubomir Visnovsky and Florida's Scottie Upshall battled for this puck:

-A good look at Thomas' lid:

-Florida's Tomas Fleischmann put something on this shot:

-Happy times for New York's Calvin de Haan and Vanek:

-Florida's Marcel Goc fell backwards and saw his skate get a piece of the jersey of New York's Matt Carkner:

-Florida's Kris Barch and New York's Eric Boulton dropped the gloves... literally:

-Clarke MacArthur had a goal and an assist for the Senators in a 4-2 win against the Canucks at B.C. Place in Vancouver. Craig Anderson made 29 saves for Ottawa.

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage for the game:

-A good look at cavernous B.C. Place:

-MacArthur and Vancouver's Dan Hamhuis battled for this puck:

-Ottawa's Cody Ceci showed off the Senators' sharp throwback uniforms which were inspired by the original Senators franchise:

-Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa showed off the Canucks' jerseys which were inspired by the Vancouver Millionaires franchise from the early 20th century:

-Members of the 1993-94 Canucks were honored prior to the game:

-Due to rain, the roof on B.C. Place was closed.

-The Panthers acquired forward Brandon Pirri from the Blackhawks in exchange for a third-round pick in 2014 and a fifth-round pick in 2016. In the final year of an entry-level contract, Pirri, 22, has appeared in 28 games this season and scored 11 points (six goals, five assists).

-The Maple Leafs placed forward Fraser McLaren on waivers.

-The Lightning recalled goaltender Anders Lindback from a conditioning assignment from Syracuse of the AHL and assigned goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis to Syracuse.

-The Canadiens assigned defenseman Davis Drewiske to Hamilton of the AHL.

Central Division

-Two goals by Nick Holden led the Avalanche to a 6-3 rout of the Lightning. Ryan O'Reilly and Paul Stastny each had a goal and an assist for Colorado while teammate Matt Duchene recorded two assists. Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves in the win. Nate Thompson scored two goals for Tampa Bay.

-Check out the move by Colorado's Len Barrie to create this goal:

-Colorado's Erik Johnson and Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat battled for this puck:

-Bishop was all over this puck:

-Patrik Berglund scored two goals for the Blues in a 4-2 win against the Coyotes. Jaden Schwartz recorded two assists for St. Louis while teammate Ryan Miller made 23 saves in his debut with the team.

-Check out this pass by Phoenix's Keith Yandle to set up Jeff  Halpern for a goal:

-If you're wondering what Miller looks like in a Blues jersey, here you go:

-The Predators recalled goaltender Pekka Rinne from a conditioning assignment from Milwaukee of the AHL and announced he will start against the Penguins tomorrow. He has been sidelined since Oct. 22 due to a hip injury.

-Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa will be sidelined two to three weeks due to an "upper-body" injury.

-The Blackhawks signed forward Brandon Bollig to a three-year contract extension worth a total of $3.75 million. On the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $575,00, Bollig's new deal will have a salary cap hit of $1.25 million. In 62 games, Bollig has 12 points (six goals, six assists) and 69 penalty minutes.

-EN Says: Bollig has developed into a dependable energy player who isn't afraid to drop the gloves. This si a fair contract.

-Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival has come a long way since struggling with the Penguins in the early 2000s.

-After having special helmet for Saturday's outdoor game fail to show up, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had his pads and gloves stolen after the game.

-The Blues assigned forward Dmitrij Jaskin to Chicago of the AHL.

-Wild captain/forward Mikko Koivu will return to the lineup tonight after being sidelined since Jan. 4 due to a broken ankle.

-The Grandlunds - Calgary's Markus and Minnesota's Mikael - are brothers.

Pacific Division

-A goal and an assist by Patrick Marleau led the Sharks past the Devils, 4-2. Joe Paveslski recorded two assists for San Jose while teammate Alex Stalock made 21 saves. Adam Henrique made had a goal and an assist for New Jersey.

-Check out the passing between San Jose's Raffi Torres and Pavelski which led to a goal for Torres:

-Corey Perry had two goals and an assist for the Ducks in a 5-3 defeat of the Hurricanes. Dustin Penne rrecords two assists for Anaheim while teammate Frederik Andersen made 49 saves.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this display of puck possession which led to a goal by Carolina's Andrej Sekera:

-The Oilers signed goaltender Ben Scrivens to a two-year contract worth a total of $4.6 million. Currently in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $612,500, Scrivens' new deal will have a cap hit of $2.3 million. In 26, game this season, Scrivens, 27, has a 10-9-4 record with a 2.02 goals against average, a .934 save percentage and four shutouts.

-EN Says: Scrivens has provides a stable entity in the Oilers' net which has been missing for sometime. He might wear down behind Edmonton's poor defense but this is a fair contract.

-Oilers defenseman Anton Belov is dealing with a partially town oblique muscle.

-Canucks forward Daniel Sedin is dealing with a foot injury. He was injured on this hit behind the net by Ottawa's Marc Methot:

(Photos: Kobasew-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Flyers/Capitals-Rob Carr/Getty Images and Evan Vucci/Associated Press; Bruins/Rangers-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images and Seth Wenig/Associated Press; Panthers/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Kathy Willens/Associated Press; Senators/Canucks-Rich Lam/Getty Images and Derek Leung/Getty Images; Lightning/Avalanche-Chris Schneider/Associated Press; Blues/Coyotes-Ralph Freso/Associated Press)

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