Empty Netter Assists - 04-01-14

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-Marc-Andre Fleury officially announced his retirement. He plans on taking up professional cannonballing.

-Welcome back Paul Martin ... to practice.

-Beau Bennett is dealing with an illness.

-Martin speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled goaltender Eric Hartzell from the Wheeling Nailers and assigned forward Denver Manderson to Wheeling.

-Happy 31st birday to current Penguins forward Jussi Jokinen. Acquired at the 2013 trade deadline, Jokinen has spent parts of the past two seasons with the Penguins. In 2012-13, Jokinen appeared in 10 games with the Penguins and recorded 11 points. He saw action in eight postseason contests that spring and netted three assists. This season, Jokinen has played in 75 games and scored 52 points. In 85 career games with the Penguins, Jokinen has 63 points.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins forward Lee Giffin. A second-round pick of the club in 1985, Giffin spent parts of two seasons wth the Penguins. As a rookie in 1986-87, he appeared in eight games and scored two points. He followed that up in 1987-88 by playing in 19 games and recorded two assists. After spending all of 1988-89 with the Penguins' IHL affiliate in Muskegon, Giffin was traded to the Rangers for future considerations in the 1989 offseason. In 27 games with the Penguins, Giffin scored four points.

-After the Jump: A historic comeback by the Ducks.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-A hat trick and an assist by Travis Zajac led the Devils to a 6-3 win against the Panthers. Former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr added a goal and three assists for New Jersey while teammate Ryane Clowe added a goal and two assists. Fire Craig Patrick. Martin Brodeur was credited with the win after making six saves. Nick Bjugstad recorded two assists for Florida.

-Zajac's hat trick:

-Check out this nasty wrister by Jagr:

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-It wasn't just goals for Zajac. Check out this feed he made to set up Clowe for a goal:

-Happy times for the Devils. Not so much for Florida's Dan Ellis:

-Brodeur was pulled after allowing three goals on nine shots.

-Jagr was named as the Devils' nominee for the Masterton Trophy. Fire Craig Patrick.

-The Devils recalled defenseman Adam Larsson from Albany of the AHL.

-Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen is dealing with an "upper body" injury.

-The Rangers signed undrafted free agent forward Chris McCarthy, formerly of Vermont, to a two-year entry-level contract.

-Former Penguins forward Colin McDonald was named the Islanders nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

-Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.

Atlantic Division

-A shootout goal by Ales Hemsky gave the Senators a 2-1 win against the Hurricanes. Craig Anderson made 30 saves in the victory.

-Senators defenseman Jared Cowen and captain/forward Jason Spezza each missed last night's game due to undisclosed injuries.

-The Senators recalled forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau from Binghamton of the AHL.

-Forward Daniel Alfredsson (right) was named the Red Wings' nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

-Expect the Bruins to give their top players a lot of rest before the start of the postseason.

Central Division

-Captain Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise each had a goal and an assist for the Wild in a 3-2 comeback win against the Kings. Ilya Bryzgalov made all of 18 saves for Minnesota. Justin Williams led Los Angeles with a goal and an assist.

-Check out this subtle pass by Los Angeles' Marian Gaborik to set up Williams for a goal:

-Wild forward and former Penguin Matt Cooke gave chase to Los Angeles' Drew Doughty:

-After goaltender Darcy Kuemper suffered an "upper-body" injury during the morning skate, the Wild signed former minor league goaltender Rob Laurie to a professional one-day contract to serve as Bryzgalov's backup.

-The Wild signed undrafted free agent defenseman Christian Folin, formerly of Massachusetts-Lowell, to a two-year entry-level contract.

-Avalanche forward Matt Duchene is expected to be sidelined up to four weeks due to a left knee injury.

-Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has struggled since returning to the lineup from a hip injury.

-The Predators assigned forward Mark Van Guilder to Milwaukee of the AHL.

-Stars forward Rich Peverley was named the Stars' nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

-The Stars recalled defenseman Patrick Nemeth from Texas of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-An overtime goal by Stephane Robidas gave the Ducks a 5-4 comeback win against the Jets. Captain Ryan Getzlaf led Anaheim with a goal and an assist while teammate Patrick Maroon recorded two assists. Frederik Andersen made 33 saves in the victory.

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

-Winnipeg's Wheeler moved in uncontested off the left wing to score a pretty goal:

-From the bench, Wheeler grabbed and held onto the stick of Ducks defenseman Sam Vatanen. That allowed Jets defenseman Zach Redmond to set up former Penguins forward Eric Tangradi for a goal:

-A goal by Anaheim's Corey Perry with 22.7 seconds remaining in regulation forced overtime. That led to Robidas' goal:

-The Ducks staged the largest comeback in franchise history by overcoming a four-goal deficit.

-The Oilers signed forward Mark Arcobello to a one-year contract extension. Financial terms were not reported. He is currently on a one-year two-way contract. Arcobello, 25, has appeared in 41 games this season and has 18 points (four goals, 14 assists).

-Oilers forward Luke Gazdic is expected to miss the rest of the season following shoulder surgery.

-The Oilers recalled forward Will Acton from Oklahoma City of the AHL and assigned goaltender Laurent Brossoit to Bakersfield of the ECHL.

-The Oilers signed undrafted defenseman Jordan Oesterle, formerly of Western Michigan, to a two-year entry-level contract.

Norris Division

-As he turns 86, Red Wings/Whalers legend Gordie Howe fights the good fight against dementia.

(Photos: Pete Diana/Post-Gazette, Bill Kostroun/Associated Press, Gus Ruelas/Associated Press and Photobucket)

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