Empty Netter Assists - 01-20-13

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-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. Marc-Andre Fleury passes Tom Barrasso for most goaltending wins in franchise history.

-The Philadelphia Inqirer's recap. "It's been a long time since we've been in a game situation. But no better way to start the season off than with a big win in Philly." - James Neal.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''He had to stand up big in the net and hold his own finding that puck. He was real big in there, real strong. At times, I don't know it did stay out of there, but it was a big finish. It was fitting he gets that win in here.'' - Dan Bylsma on Marc-Andre Fleury.


-Happy times for Marc-Andre Fleury and Simon Despres:

-Sidney Crosby pressuring Philadelphia's Kimmo Timonen:

-Hydrating times for Fleury:

-Tanner Glass had to fend off a poke check from Philadelphia's Kurtis Foster here:

-Philadelphia's Luke Schenn is stretchy:

-A faceoff in Wells Fargo Center:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Brooks Orpik speaks, forgets his shirt:

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Tyler Kennedy got an early goal once again.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take on the Hershey Bears today in the AHL Outdoor Classic in Hersheypark Stadium.

-A good look at the stadium during warm-ups prior to yesterday's alumni game:

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins released forwards Chris Barton and Paul Crowder from their professional tryout agreements.

-Peter Lenes scored two goals for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Orlando Solar Bears.

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins defenseman the great Dick Tarnstrom. A free agent signing in the 2002 offseason, Tarnstrom spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. In 2002-03, he appeared in 61 games and scored 41 points. He made some history during 2003-04 by becoming the only defenseman in franchise history to lead the club after he scored 52 points in 80 games. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Tarnstrom appeared in 33 games and scored 10 points for the Penguins in 2005-06 before being traded to the Oilers in exchange for Corey Cross and Jani Rita. He announced his retirement last week. In 174 games with the Penguins, Tarnstrom scored 103 points, 82nd-most in franchise history and the most among any Swedish-born player in Penguins history.

--Happy 34th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Josef Melichar. A third-round pick in 1997, Melichar spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2000-01, he appeared in 18 games and recorded two assists. He followed that up in 2001-02 by seeing action in 60 games and recording three assists. Injuries limited him to eight games and no points in 2002-03. He rebounded in 2003-04 by playing in all 82 games and scoring eight points. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Melichar played in 72 games during 2005-06 and set a career-high with 15 points. In 2006-07, he saw action in 70 games and scored 12 points. He appeared in all five of the Penguins' postseason games that spring and failed to record a point. During the 2007 offseason, he joined the Lightning as a free agent. Melichar appeared in 310 regular season games for the Penguins, 49th-most in franchise history, and scored 40 points.

After the jump: Former Penguins Alex Kovalev and Jaromir Jagr each have a big nights.

Atlantic Division

-Martin Brodeur made 18 saves for the Devils in a 2-1 defeat of the rival Islanders. In his debut with the Islanders, ex-Penguin Brian Strait had no points, no shots, a minus-1 and 15:48 of ice time.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this feed from New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk to set up Travis Zajac:

-Check out this snipe through traffic by New Jersey's David Clarkson:

-A good look at New York's Travis Hamonic sniping one by Brodeur:

-Islanders coach Jack Capuano missed the game as he was hospitalized due to kidney stones. Assistant coach Doug Weight took over for the game.

-The Devils recalled forward Mattias Tedenby from Albany of the AHL and assigned forward Bobby Butler to Albany.

Northeast Division

-Tuukka Rask made 20 saves and led the Bruins to a 3-1 win against the Rangers.

-Save of the Night: Check out this bit of robbery by New York's Henrik Lundqvist against Boston's David Krejci:

-Rangers forward and former Penguin Mike Rupp got into a fight with Boston's Shawn Thornton:

-A good look at the bout:

-Boston's Johnny Boychuk > New York's Rick Nash:

-It was that kind of night for the Rangers:

-Rask zeroed in on this puck:

-Boston's Dennis Seidenberg boomed this shot:

-Defending Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson had a goal and two assists for the Senators in a 4-1 defeat of the Jets. Craig Anderson made 27 saves in the victory.

-Intense Photo of the Night: A faceoff between Winnipeg's Bryan Little and Ottawa's Jason Spezza:

-Winnipeg Ondrej Pavelec had issues with this puck:

-Before the game, Jets chairman/owner Mark Chipman greeted fans coming into the MTS Centre:

-Ben Scrivens made 21 saves for the Maple Leafs who defeated the rival Canadiens, 2-1. Phil Kessel recorded two assists for Toronto.

-Before the game, the Canadiens held a ceremony with several former captains including Henri Richard and Jean Beliveau:

-Current captain Brian Gionta:

-The Maple Leafs named forwards Joffrey Lupul, Clarke MacArthur and Jay McClement as alternate captains.

-Sabres forward Ville Leino is dealing with what is beleived to be a leg injury.

-The Sabres signed general manager Darcy Regier to a contract extension. Terms were not revealed. Regier has been the Sabres' general manager since 1997.

-“Nobody won. More importantly, nobody lost. If I won and they lost, then we both lost. If I won and they lost, we both lose. This is a game. We did hurt the game. We didn’t just hurt Boston. We hurt the game of hockey.” - Bruins owner and NHL board of governors chairman Jeremy Jacobs on the lockout.

Southeast Division

-Former Penguin Alex Kovalev and rookie Jonathan Huberdeau each collected a goal and two assists for the Panthers in a 5-1 rout of the Hurricanes. Fire Ray Shero and Craig Patrick. Brian Campbell added two goals for Florida while teammate Jose Theodore made 41 saves. In his debut with the Hurricanes, former Penguin Jordan Staal had no points, two shots, a minus-2, two blocked shots and 17:00 of ice time.

-Florida raised its Southeast Division championship banner:

-When you're getting trolled by Panthers fans, something's wrong:

-“That made me a little less nervous for the rest of the game.’’ - Huberdeau on scoring with his first career shot.

-Two goals and an assist by Martin St. Louis led the Lightning past the Capitals, 6-3. Eric Brewer scored two goals for Tampa Bay while teammate Teddy Purcell recorded three assists. Anders Lindback made 27 saves in the victory. Joel Ward netted two goals for Washington.

-Check out this play by Purcell to set up rookie teammate Cory Conacher for his first career goal:

-Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen left the game in the second period with an apparent shoulder ailment after he was hit by Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier.

-The Capitals named forwards Nicklas Backstrom, Brooks Laich and defenseman Mike Green as alternate captains.

Central Division

-Former Penguin Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist for the Blackhawks in a 5-2 thumping of the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings. Fire Ray Shero. Captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each contributed a goal and an assist for Chicago while Corey Crawford made 19 saves in the victory. Kyle Clifford recorded two assists for Los Angeles.

-"I tried to keep it simple, especially in the beginning. Nothing too fancy. Keep it to short shifts (and) try to get into it. I hadn't played in a long time … after the concussion. The timing isn't there yet but it's going to come with the games." - Hossa on his first game since suffering a season-ending concussion last postseason.

-Jaroslav Halak made all of 14 saves for the Blues in a 6-0 shutout of the rival Red Wings. Penguins athletic trainer Chris Stewart and rookie Vladimir Tarasenko each scored two goals for St. Louis while teammate T.J. Oshie collected a goal and two assists.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this dazzling effort by Tarasenko:

-Check out this suble shot/pass by St. Louis' Alex Pietrangelo to set up T.J. Oshie for a short-handed goal:

-Check out this smooth breakaway goal for Stewart:

-Photo of the Night: A mass of humanity in the St. Louis crease:

-Halak walking through the smoke:

-Ditto St. Louis' Alexander Steen:

-Tarasenko > Detroit's Jimmy Howard:

-Howard alone in the dark:

-The Red Wings were shutout for the first time since 1958.

-Shootout goals by Artem Anisimov and Derick Brassard gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 win against the rival Predators. Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves for Columbus while teammate Fedor Tyutin recorded two assists. Sergei Kostitsyn recorded two assists for Nashville.

-The Blues assigned forward Chris Porter to Peoria of the AHL.

-The Red Wings will be without forward Todd Bertuzzi for several weeks due to mononucleosis.

Northwest Division

-Two goals by Dany Heatley helped the Wild defeat the Avalanche, 4-2. Captain Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise each recorded two assists for Minnesota while teammate Niklas Backstrom made 27 saves.

-Happy times in Minnesota for Pierre-Marc Bouchard (left) and Cal Clutterbuck:

-"It'll be a tough year if I'm not going to get that." - Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff joking about only being three wins away from reaching 300 in his career with Calgary.

-The Avalanche recalled forward David van der Gulik from Lake Erie of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-In his debut with the Stars, former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr had two power-play goals and two assists to lead Dallas past the Coyotes, 4-3. Fire Craig Patrick. Loui Eriksson and Ray Whitney each added a goal and an assist for the Stars while teammate Stephane Robidas recorded two assists. Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves in the victory. Radim Vrbata led Phoenix with two goals and an assist. In his "re-debut" with the Coyotes, former Penguin Zbynek Michalek had no points, one shot, a plus-1, three blocked shots and 18:36 of ice time. Another former Penguin, Steve Sullivan, had no points, two shots, a minus-1 and 15:04 of ice time, in his debut with the Coyotes.

-Jagr's first goal:

-Celebratory tiimes for Jagr:

-Teemu Selanne collected two goals and two assists for the Ducks in a 7-3 rout of the Canucks. Daniel Winnik scored two goals for Anaheim while teammate Sheldon Souray added a goal and an assist. Jonas Hiller made 26 saves in the victory. Alexander Edler and Daniel Sedin each recorded a goal and an assist for Vancouver.

-Selanne's first score was a nifty re-direction:

-Check out the tic-tac-toe passing which led to Winnik's second goal:

-Selanne's second goal was a wicked snipe:

-"So him and Jagr are leading the league in scoring? What the hell is this world coming to? I think it's great." - Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on Selanne and Jagr.

-Before their game with the Blackhawks, the Kings raised their Stanley Cup banner:

-Bright times in Los Angeles:

-The Sharks are kicking the tires on unrestricted free agent forward Scott Gomez.

-The Ducks assigned forward Dan Sexton to Norfolk of the AHL.

-The Stars assigned forward Antoine Roussel to Texas of the AHL.

Adams Division

-Hockey Night in Canada's season-opening montage was pretty awesome:

-Former Bruins/Blues goaltender Hannu Toivonen has joined SaiPa of Finland's SM-liiga.

-Dane Fox had a goal and two assists for the Erie Otters who defeated the Saginaw Spirit, 4-2.

-Andrew Blazek scored two goals for the Robert Morris men's team in a 5-4 win against American International.

-Justin Kirchhevel and Taylor Holstrom each had a goal and an assist for the Penn State men's team which beat Vermont, 4-2.

-Max Strang made 50 saves for the Mercyhurst men's team which shut out Connecticut, 5-0.

-Kristen DiCiocco made 26 saves for the Robert Morris women's team in a 3-2 loss to Quinnipiac.

-A goal and two assists by Christine Bestland led the Mercyhurst women's team past Boston College, 3-2.

(Photos: Penguins/Flyers-Mel Evans/Associated Press and Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images; Devils/Islanders-Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press; Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins/Hershey Bears-Glen Gray/Lebanon Daily News/Associated Press; Rangers/Bruins-Michael Dwyer/Associated Press and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; Senators/Jets-Marianne Helm/Getty Images; Maple Leafs/Canadiens-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Hurricanes/Panthers-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images and Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press; Red Wings/Blues-Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Associated Press, Jeff Roberson/Associated Press and Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Avalanche/Wild-Hannah Foslien/Getty Images; Coyotes/Stars-LM Otero/Associated Press; Blackhawks/Kings-Jae C. Hong/Associated Press and Harry How/Getty Images)

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