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Empty Netter Assists - 03-12-14

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. Chris Kunitz escaped injury after crashing legs-first into the net.

-The Washington Post's recap. “I’m there to stop the puck and tonight I let in two. It’s tough to win when we don’t score any goals, especially on the road, but I know everybody was trying hard, everybody played hard, tonight just didn’t go our way.” - Capitals goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

-The Associated Press' recap. "Every time we play them, it's pretty intense." - Marc-Andre Fleury on the Capitals.

-Highlights:

-The play in which Kunitz was shaken up:

-Brandon Sutter and Washington's Casey Wellman battled for this puck:

-Washington's Marcus Johansson couldn't beat Fleury (or Rob Scuderi, Brooks Orpik or Sutter) here:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Lee Stempniak speaks:

-“There has not been a day when thoughts about the Olympics didn’t enter my head, when I wouldn’t remember it. I don’t think anyone is taking it harder than the players. Yes, we didn’t win. And there was a lot of negativity after the Olympics that Ovechkin and I had a rift, that we had one with the coach. This was not the case. It doesn’t feel good to read that. Everyone is upset.” - Evgeni Malkin on Russia teammate Alex Ovechkin and the Olympics.

-NHL general manager voted to recommend teams switch ends of the ice in overtime.

-Happy 62nd birthday to former Penguins forward Ed Gilbert. Acquired from the Kansas City Scouts midway through the 1975-76 season along with Simon Nolet and a and a draft pick in exchange for Steve Durbano, Chuck Arnason and a draft pick, Gilbert spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. In 1975-76, he appeared in 38 games and scored two points. During 1976-77, he was limited to seven games and no points. In the 1978 offseason, he signed with the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA.

-Today would've been the 77th birthday of former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets goaltender Roy Edwards. Edwards was originally claimed by the Penguins from the Blackhawks in the 1967 expansion draft but was traded to the Red Wings in exchange for Hank Bassen prior to the start of their inaugural season. In the 1971 offseason, the Penguins re-claimed him off waivers from the Red Wings. In 1971-72, he would go 2-8-4 with a 2.55 goals against average in 15 games before retiring in December due to stress. Having recovered, he was traded back to Detroit prior to 1972-73 in exchange for cash. He passed away at the age of 62 in 1999.

-Happy 37rd birthday to current Peguins goaltender Brent Johnson (right). A free agent signing in the 2009 offseason, Johnson spent three seasons with the Penguins. In 2009-10, Johnson went 10-6-1 with a 2.76 goals against average and .906 save percentage. He appeared in one playoff game last season. He had no record, a 1.94 goals against average and .857 save percentage. During the 2010-11 campaign, Johnson had a 13-5-3  record with a 2.17 goals against average, .922 save percentage and one shutout (and two fights). That postseason, he saw action in one game, didn't record a result and had a 7.06 goals against average as well as a .636 save percentage. In 2011-12, Johnson appeared in 16 games and had a 6-7-2 record with a 3.11 goals against average and .883 save percentage. He saw action in one postseason game that spring and had a 6.00 goals against average and a .667 save percentage. He was not re-signed following that season In 62 regular season games with the Penguins, Johnson is 29-18-6  with a 2.61 goals against average, .907 save percentage and one shutout. In two postseason games, he has no record, a 4.94 goals against average and .708 save percentage.

-Happy 34th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Douglas Murray.  Acquired near the 2013 trade deadline in a deal which sent draft picks to the Sharks, "Crankshaft" spent the latter stages of the 2012-13 season with the Penguins. In 14 regular season games, he recorded three points. Murray saw action in 15 postseason games and recorded three points. This past offseason, he joined the Canadiens as a free agent.

-After the jump: Matt Cooke (legally) hits a milestone.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-A goal and an assist by former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr led the Devils past the rival Flyers, 2-1. Fire Craig Patrick. Tuomo Ruutu recorded two assists for New Jersey while teammate Martin Brodeur made 30 saves.

-Check out the patience by New Jersey's Travis Zajac to score off this give-and-go with Jagr:

-The Flyers had a potential game-tying goal with 40 seconds remaining in regulation waved off after officials ruled Flyers forward Scott Hartnell made contact with Brodeur.

-“That puck was under him. The playoffs are on the line and you make a call like that? It’s [expletive] incredible. Sorry for the language. But it’s a joke!” - Flyers forward Jakub Voracek on the goal reversal.

-"But I’m 42. It’s not that easy anymore. No matter how good you play and how good of a season you have, there’s a lot of guys who still look at your age. It doesn’t matter what you can do before. It’s a lot easier when you’re young. You don’t even have to be good.” - Jagr on getting a contract at his age. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason.

-With forward Zac Rinaldo dealing with an "upper-body" injury, the Flyers recalled forward Chris VandeVelde from Adirondack of the AHL.

-Former Penguin Jordan Staal and Jiri Tlusty each had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes who beat the Rangers, 3-1. Fire Craig Patrick. Cam Ward made 24 saves for Carolina.

-Check out the passing with Carolina's Jiri Tlusty which led to Staal's goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Rangers forward and former Penguin Dominic Moore got down low for this puck:

-New York's Anton Stralman and Carolina's Andrei Loktionov battled for this puck:

-The Hurricanes assigned defenseman Michal Jordan to Charlotte of the AHL.

-Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves for the Blue Jackets who beat the Red Wings, 4-1. Nathan Horton recorded two assists for Columbus.

-Check out the determination by Columbus' Nick Foligno on this goal:

-Columbus' Boone Jenner was excited:

-As was teammate Brandon Dubinsky:

-Capitals defenseman Patrick Wey got to to the NHL from Mt. Lebanon by way of Waterloo, Iowa.

-Capitals forward Brooks Laich is seeing a specialist in St. Louis to treat a recurring groin ailment.

-The Capitals assigned forward Ryan Stoa to Hershey of the AHL.

-The Islanders signed undrafted defenseman Kevin Czuczman to a two-year entry-level contract.

Atlantic Division

-A right ankle injury is expected to sideline Sabres forward Chris Stewart for the rest of the regular season.

-With forwards Jesse Winchester ("lower body"), Sean Bergenheim (undisclosed) and defenseman Erik Gudbrandon (knee) dealing with injuries, Panthers recalled forward Joey Crabb and defenseman Mike Mottau from San Antonio of the AHL.

Central Division

-Stars forward Rich Peverley remained hospitalized a day after collapsing on his team's bench during a home game against the Blue Jackets. He was undergoing testing to determine the cause of what was described as a "cardiac event."

-“It’s an emotional roller coaster. But we know Pevs would want to be out here, and he’s not going to want us to sit back and watch. He’s going to want us to go after them.” - Stars forward Vernon Fiddler on playing the Blues a day after Peverley collapsed.

-Former Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer reached out to Peverly. Fischer, then 25, had his career cut short in 2005 when he suffered cardiac arrest on the bench during a game.

-With Peverley sidelined and forward Alex Chiasson hospitalized after being shaken up by Peverley's collapse, the Stars recalled forwards Colton Sceviour and Chris Mueller from Texas of the AHL.

-An overtime goal and an assist by captain Jamie Benn gave the Stars a 3-2 win against the Blues. Tim Thomas made 28 saves for Dallas.

-Hit of the Night: St. Louis' Barrett Jackman on Dallas' Valeri Nichushkin:

-Check out the pass by Dallas' Trevor Daley to set up Benn for his overtime goal:

-A good look at the goal:

-And Miller's reaction:

-Mueller and St. Louis' Steve Ott were ready for this faceoff:

-Craig Smith, Nick Spaling and captain Shea Weber each had a goal and an assist for the Predators in a 4-1 win against the Sabres. Colin Wilson recorded two assists for Nashville while teammate Carter Hutton made 24 saves.

-Nashville's Paul Gaustad and Buffalo's Zenon Konopka had issues (as well as a captive audience):

-With forwards P.A. Parenteau (knee) and Paul Stastny (back) dealing with injuries, the Avalanche recalled forwards Brad Malone and Paul Carey from Lake Erie of the AHL.

-Prior to last night's game against the Oilers, Wild forward and former Penguin Matt Cooke was honored for appearing in his 1,000th career game:

Pacific Division

-Radim Vrbata had a goal and two assists for the Coyotes who beat the Panthers, 3-1. Mike Smith made 31 saves for Phoenix.

-Check out the pass by Phoenix's Antoine Vermette to set up Vrabata for a goal:

-Florida's Roberto Luongo and Phoenix's Lauri Korpikoski each kept an eye on this puck:

-Coyotes forward Martin Erat left the game in the first period due to an "upper-body" injury.

-Joe Pavelski netted two goals and an assist for the Sharks who routed the Maple Leafs, 6-2. Captain Joe Thornton recorded three assists for San Jose while teammate Tommy Wingels added a goal and an assist. Antti Niemi made all of 19 saves in the win. Jake Gardiner scored both of Toronto's goals.

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

-San Jose's Mike Brown and Toronto's Troy Bodie got into a pretty furious fight:

-Brown is big on mustaches:

-Shootout goals by Jordan Eberle, David Perron and Taylor Hall gave the Oilers a 4-3 win against the Wild. Eberle also had a regulation goal and an assist for Edmonton while teammate and former Penguin Andrew Ference recorded two assists. Viktor Fasth made 28 saves in the victory. Zach Parise and Jason Pominville each had a regulation goal and an assist for Minnesota.

-Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu fended off Hall:

-Canucks captain/forward Henrik Sedin is scheduled to play in his 1,000th career game tonight against the Jets.

Smythe Division

-Michigan State Police found the body of missing Saginaw Spirit forward Terry Trafford. Trafford was missing for more than week when his body was discovered inside his vehicle in the parking lot of a Walmart in Saginaw Township, Michigan. He was 20.

(Photos: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images, Joel Auerbach/Getty Images, Paul Bereswill/Getty Images, Karl B DeBlaker/Associated Press, Hannah Foslien/Getty Images, Grant Halverson/Getty Images, Kirk Irwin/Getty Images, Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associaed Press, Keith Srakocic/Associated Press, Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images and Penguins Hockey Cards)

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