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Empty Netter Assists - 12-31-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The NHL and NHLPA are scheduled to resume negotiations today.

-Evgeni Malkin had a goal and four assists for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in a 7-0 shutout of Amur Khabarovsk in Russia's KHL.

-Highlights (Malkin's goal is the first one shown):

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-Tanner Glass had no points and 39 minutes in penalties for Banska Bystrica in a 4-2 loss to Zvolen in the Slovak Extraliga.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins forward Terry Ruskowski. A free agent signing prior to the 1985-86 season, Ruskowski spent two seasons with the Penguins. In 1985-86, Ruskowski played in 73 games and scored 63 points. He followed that up in 1986-87 by appearing in 78 contests and contributing 51 points. During the 1987 offseason, he joined the Minnesota North Stars as a free agent. In 143 regular season games with the Penguns, Ruskowski scored 114 points, 71th-most in franchise history.

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-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins forward Gary McAdam. Acquired midway through the 1978-79 season in a trad which sent Dave Schultz to the Sabres, McAdam spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1978-79 by appearing in 28 games and scoring 14 points for the Penguins. In the 1979 postseason, he played in seven games and scored three points. He followed that up in 1979-80 by playing in 78 games and scoring 41 points. That spring's postseason saw him appear in five games and score three points. After 34 games and 12 points in 1980-81, McAdam was traded to the Red Wings in exchange for Errol Thompson. In 140 regular season games with the Penguins, McAdam scored 67 points. In 12 postseason games, he contributed six points.

-Happy 35th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Dan Focht. Acquired at the 2003 trade deadline along with Ramzi Abid and Guillaume Lefebvre in exchange for Jan Hrdina and Francois Leroux, Focht spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2002-03 by appearing in 12 games for the Penguins and recorded three assists. In 2003-04, Focht appeared in 52 games and scored five points. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Focht joined the Panthers as a free agent.

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-Happy 64th birthday to former Penguins forward Rene Robert. Claimed from the Sabres during the 1971 offseason in an intra-league draft, Robert's Penguins' career amounted to 49 games and 18 points in 1971-72. Late in the 1971-72 season, Robert was traded to the Sabres in exchange for Eddie Shack. Robert became an all-star with the Sabres as part of the famed "French Connection line with Rick Martin and Gilbert Perreault.

-Happy 65rd birthday to former Penguins forward Nelson Debenedet (right). Acquired in the 1974 offseason in a trade which sent Hank Nowak and a draft pick to the Red Wings, DeBenedet's Penguins' career amounted to 31 games and nine points during the 1974-75 season. He was released in the 1975 offseason. Debenedet is one of three native Italians who have played in the NHL.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Lex Hudson. A 12th-round pick in 1978-79, Hudson's entire Penguins and NHL career amounted to two games and no points in 1978-79. He was released in 1979.

World Junior Championships

-Penguins defensive prospect Scott Harrington had no points and was even for Canada in a 2-1 win against the United States. Four Pittsburgh-area natives played for the United States. Ducks goaltending prospect John Gibson (Whitehall) made 30 saves. Rangers forward prospect J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio) had three shots and was minus-2. Capitals forward prospect Riley Barber (Washington, Pa.) had three shots and was minus-2. Panthers forward prospect Vince Trocheck (Upper St. Clair) had two shots and was even.

-Cool Photo of the Day: Canada's Ryan Strome fighting off the United States' Seth Jones and beating Gibson for a goal:

-Penguins defensive prospect Olli Maatta did not play for Finland today in a 5-4 shootout win against Switzerland due to an illness.

Penguins forward prospect Teddy Blueger had one shot, two penalty minutes and was minus-1 for Latvia which lost to the Czech Republic, 4-2.

-An overtime goal by Rangers defensive prospect Peter Ceresnak gave Slovakia a 2-1 win against Germany.

Norris Division

-Former Kings forward Pavel Rosa has joined Lugano of Switzerland's NLA.

-Chris Truehl made 26 saves for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 2-1 win against the Kalamazoo Wings.

(Photos: Debenedet-Penguins Hockey Cards; United States/Canada-Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

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