Empty Netter Assists - 03-11-14

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "Everybody needs points, especially at this time of year. You could tell they were playing desperate. We're going to expect much the same [tonight]." - Sidney Crosby on facing the Capitals once again tonight.

-The Washington Post's recap. “Every time when we don’t win the game it’s [a] putback in the standings. We now in desperate position and we going to fight through it.” - Capitals captain/forward Alex Ovechkin.

-The Associated Press' recap. "Their big dogs scored." - Capitals coach Adam Oates on the Penguins.


-Ovechkin slammed Brandon Sutter into the Penguins' bench:

-Washington's Brooks Laich chased down Olli Maatta:

-Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov made his NHL debut:

-Stretchy times for the Capitals:

-Washington's Joel Ward took a tumble near Craig Adams:

-Crosby speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-As is tradition for Penguins fans in Washington, D.C., a postgame rally was held across the street at Smithsonian American Art Museum:

-“We were spending too much time playing in our end. We were defending hard, but we don’t want to play down there all game. We want to get in, retrieve pucks, break up their cycle and get out of there as fast as we can. We’re struggling with that right now.” - Craig Adams.

-“That’s the kind of thing that builds rivalries. I’d imagine that kind of thing doesn’t happen on the schedule by accident. I think it’s fun.” - Tanner Glass on facing the Capitals on back-to-back nights.

-The Flyers will unveil a statue of former head coach Fred Shero near the site of The Spectrum prior to Saturday's game against the Penguins. Shero, who passed away in 1990, was the father of Penguins general manager Ray Shero.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled goaltender Eric Hartzell, forward Tom Kuhnhackl and defenseman Harrison Ruopp from the Wheeling Nailers.

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins forward Nils Ekman. Acquired in the 2006 offseason in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Sharks, Ekman, appeared in 34 games for the 2006-07 Penguins and recorded 15 points. In an 4-3 home loss to the Lightning, Nov. 8, 2006, he did set the franchise record for fastest hat trick when he scored three goals in a span of 4:10 (below). He played in one postseason game that spring and failed to record a point. The following offseason, he signed with Khimik Mytischi in Russia.

-Happy 29th birthday to former Penguins forward Paul Bissonnette. A fourth-round pick in 2003, Bissonnette's only season with the Penguins saw him play in 15 games while recording one assist and 22 penalty minutes in 2008-09. During the 2009 offseason, he was claimed off waivers from the Coyotes. He is still a member of the Coyotes.

-Happy 74th birthday to former Penguins forward Bill LeCaine. A free agent signing in the 1967 offseason, Lecaine's NHL career amounted to four games with the 1968-69 Penguins. The following season, he joined the Port Huron Flags of the IHL.

-After the Jump: A scary night in Dallas.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Josh Bailey, Anders Lee and Frans Nielsen each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders in a 7-4 comeback win against the Canucks. Kyle Okposo recorded three assists for New York while teammate Travis Hamonic netted two assists. Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves in the victory. Chris Higgins led Vancouver with a goal and an assist.

-New York's Matt Donovan got an up close and personal with the glass:

-It was that kind of night for Canucks fans:

-The Islanders tied a franchise record by scoring all seven of their goals in the third period.

-“Seven goals in the third period, two points that we need, giving up a 3-0 lead. . .It’s the National Hockey League. It can’t happen.” - Canucks forward Ryan Kesler.

Atlantic Division

-Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel each had a goal and two assists for the Maple Leafs in a 3-1 win against the Ducks. Jonathan Bernier made 43 saves for Toronto.

-Ducks defenseman and former Penguin Ben Lovejoy bloodied Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson in a fight:

-A good look at the bout:

-Check out this feed by Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf to set up Bozak for a goal:

-Anaheim's Patrick Maroon and Toronto's Tim Gleason also had issues:

-“It’s always satisfaction when you beat your former hockey club. I’m not going to hide that fact. I feel good about it.” - Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle. He coached his first game in Anaheim since being fired by the Ducks in December of 2011.

-Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges will be sidelined four weeks due to a broken left hand.

-With forward Joakim Andersson expected to be sidelined three weeks due to a broken foot, the Red Wings recalled forward Cory Emmerton from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-Andersson joined Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm and Stephen Weiss as Red Wings centers who are dealing with injuries.

-Will the Sabres remove the "interim" tag from head coach Ted Nolan's title?

-Power forward Jimmy Hayes has found a home with the Florida Panthers.

-The Lightning will unveil a statue of former captain/forward Dave Andreychuk outside the Tampa Times Forum April 5.

Central Division

-Monday's Blues Jackets-Stars game in Dallas was postponed indefinitely after Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed in the bench during the first period. Peverley was hospitalized after being treated for a "cardiac event" according to Dr. Gil Salazar, one of the doctors who treated Peverley. He was in stable condition according to the NHL.

-TSN had a good round up of the event and postgame press conferences:

-Peverley, 31, missed the entire preseason and a regular season last week due to an irregular heartbeat.

-According to Stars head coach Lindy Ruff, the first thing Peverley asked him once he regained consciousness was how much time was left in the period.

-A scary scene at the Dallas bench:

-A message to fans on the situation was relayed on the video board at American Airlines Center:

-Matt Duchene's overtime goal gave the Avalanche a 3-2 win against the Jets. John Mitchell had a goal and an assist for Colorado while teammate Tyson Barrie recorded two assists. Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves in the victory. Dustin Byfuglien scored both of Winnipeg's goals.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Winnipeg's Tobias Enstrom dove to clear a puck from his crease and prevent a goal:


-Hit of the Night: Winnipeg's Jim Slater on Duchene:


-Duchene's goal:

-Jubilant times in Denver:

-Varlamov snagged this puck:

-Winnipeg's Evander Kane chased down Barrie:

-Colorado's Andre Benoit had a nice follow-through on this shot:

-Avalanche forward Paul Stastny missed the game due to a back injury.

-An overtime goal and an assist by Seth Jones gave the Predators a 4-3 win against the Senators. Pekka Rinne made 34 saves for Nashville. Captain Jason Spezza led Ottawa with a goal and two assists.

-Save of the Night: Rinne robbed Ottawa's Erik Karlsson here:

-Spezza's goal with 1:07 remaining in regulation forced overtime:

-Jones' goal:

-The Predators recalled forward Colton Sissons from Milwaukee of the AHL.

-Wild forward and former Penguin Matt Cooke is expected to appear in his 1,000th career game tonight against the Oilers.

-The Blackhawks signed defenseman Dillon Fournier, a second-round pick in 2012, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Pacific Division

-A shootout goal by Radim Vrbata gave the Coyotes a 4-3 win against the Lightning. Mike Smith made 28 saves for Phoenix. Ondrej Palat led Tampa Bay with two regulation goals and an assist.

-Goal of the Night: Check out the effort by Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson on this short-handed score:

-Palat's goal with 37.2 seconds remaining in regulation forced overtime:

-A good look at Vrbata beating Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop in the shootout:

-Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist for the Kings who defeated the Flames, 3-2. Martin Jones made 24 saves for Los Angeles.

-“What happened to them . . . 99 per cent of us will never be able to relate to that. But we can be here as great teammates, great friends, and be there for support. We have a tight-knit group of guys here. We all have each other’s back. We’re there for him. He’s a big part of this team. He’s a big part of everybody’s life in here. Whatever they need, we’re there for them.” - Flames forward Brian McGrattan on teammate Matt Stajan who recently lost his newborn son.

-Kings forward Jordan Nolan was suspended one game by the NHL for punching Oilers forward Jesse Josensuu Sunday. The NHL's video explanation:

-The Oilers assigned forward Anton Lander to Oklahoma City of the AHL.

(Photos: Rob Carr/Getty Images, Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press, Sharon Ellman/Associated Press, Jae C. Hong/Associated Press, Harry How/Getty Images, Chris O'Meara/Associated Press, Doug Pensinger/Getty Images and Nick Wass/Associated Press)

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