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Empty Netter Assists - 01-21-13

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "It's like riding a bike. You never really forget it, even if you don't play for a long time." -Tomas Vokoun on his first win with the Penguins.

-Newsday's recap. "We can't use the 'early in the season' thing. The only good thing is we're four points out of first in the division. We can't let it snowball." - Rangers forward Brad Richards.

-The (New York) Daily News' recap. “Maybe we need to get whacked around a little bit more to wake us up.” - Rangers coach John Tortorella.

-The Bergen (N.J.) Record's recap. “You’d like to think a guy that big could stay on his feet in the NHL. For the refs, they don’t know that.” - Richards on an interference penalty against Rangers forward Carl Hagelin against James Neal.

-The Associated Press' recap. "'It shows the depth we have and the way we play.'' - Sidney Crosby on the Penguins' 2-0-0 start despite no goals from himself or Evgeni Malkin.

-Highlights:

-Fight of the Night Season: Tanner Glass versus Arron Asham:

-A good look at the fight:

-Hit of the Night: Brooks Orpik on New York's Chris Kreider:

-A good look at the aftermath:

-Kreider checked his jaw out after the hit:

-Orpik also got the drop here on New York's Brian Boyle:

-Pascal Dupuis' goal deserves its own clip:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Paul Martin going into the corner with Marian Gaborik in Madison Square Garden:

-The captain and the MVP prowling the ice:

-New York's Stu Bickel introduced Brandon Sutter to his elbow:

-The great Joe Vitale gunned this one on New York's Henrik Lundqvist:

-New York's Rick Nash being popular:

-Boyle had a face to face with coach John Tortorella:

-The Rangers greeted their fans at center ice before the game:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Tomas Vokoun speaks:

-Welcome back the great Joe Vitale to the lineup.

-Tyler Kennedy loses his goal from Saturday's game against the Flyers to Paul Martin following a scoring change.

-Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin find a comfort level as the team's new shutdown defensive pairing.

-Saturday's season opener on NBC posted a 19.4 rating in Pittsburgh.

-An overtime goal by Paul Thompson gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 2-1 win against the Hershey Bears in the AHL Outdoor Classic at Hersheypark Stadium. Thompson added an assist while teammate Jeff Zatkoff made 24 saves.

-Hershey's Jon DiSalvatore got a little too grabby here with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Philip Samuelsson:

-A good look at the venue:

-Ex-Penguins forward Matt Murley has joined Timra of Sweden's Elitserien.

-Happy 32nd birthday to former Penguins forward Michal Sivek. Acquired along with Kris Beech and Ross Lupaschuk from the Capitals in exchange for Jaromir Jagr and Frantisek Kucera in the 2001 offseason, Sivek's NHL's career amounted to 38 games and six points with the Penguins in 2002-03. During the 2004 offseason, he joined HC Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Moe Mantha, Jr. Acquired in the 1984 offseason in a deal which sent Randy Carlyle to the Winnipeg Jets, Mantha spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. In 1984-85, Mantha appeared in 71 games and recorded 51 points. He followed that up in 1985-86 by setting career highs in games (78) and point (67). During 1986-87, Mantha appared in 62 games and netted 40 points. After 21 games and 10 points in 1987-88, Mantha was traded along with Craig Simpson, Dave Hannan and Chris Joseph in exchange for Paul Coffey, Dave Hunter and Wayne Van Dorp. In 232 regular season games with the Penguins, Mantha scored 168 points, 45th-most in franchise history.

After the jump: Joffrey Lupul get paid, Marian Hossa collects two more goals and Josh Harding's personal triumph.

Atlantic Division

-"He brings an element of toughness. I'm anxious to see him on that [fourth] line, and maybe elsewhere . . . I don't expect him to be a saint. The way he plays, you need to allow him to be himself." - Rangers coach John Tortorella on former forward Arron Asham.

-The Rangers assigned forward Brandon Segal to Connecticut of the AHL.

-After forward Zac Rinaldo suffered a laceration on his right thigh from a skate cut which required 20 stitches, the Flyers recalled forward Tye McGinn from Adirondack of the AHL.

-Islanders coach Jack Capuano was discharged from the hospital following surgery for kidney stones.

Northeast Division

-Two goals and three assists by Thomas Vanek led the Sabres past the Flyers, 5-2. Captain Jason Pominville recorded three assists for Buffalo while teammate Ryan Miller made 22 saves.

-Vanek absolutely undressed Philadelphia's Ilya Bryzgalov on this move:

-Buffalo's Steve Ott slammed home this one-timer from the slot:

-Philadelphia's Sean Couturier sent his own bench scrambling after missing on this hit against Buffalo's Drew Stafford:

-The Maple Leafs signed forward Joffrey Lupul to a five-year contract extension worth a total of $26.25 million. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $4.25 million, his new contract will have a cap hit of $5.25 million and a limited trade clause. In 66 games last season, Lupul, 29, had 67 points (25 goals, 42 assists).

-EN Says: This is a fair contract for a player who has been a consistent 20-goal threat when healthy. Despite limited skating ability, Lupul is still a fully capable playmaker. That said, his health has been a big issues the past few seasons. Is there a risk in investing in a player who had dealt with serious back issues?

-Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Kostka took the long way to the NHL.

-The Bruins recalled defenseman Aaron Johnson and demoted defenseman David Warsofsky to Providence.

-Hall-of-Fame Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret has been sidelined due to an illness.

Southeast Division

-“I can still stickhandle. I can still skate. I can still make plays. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be here. I’d be wasting my time and someone else’s time. I know I can match anybody in this locker room. I can still play this game. That’s why I’m here.” - Former Penguins forward Alex Kovalev on playing with the Panthers.

-The Capitals placed defenseman Jack Hillen (left shoulder) on injured reserve and recalled defenseman Tomas Kundratek from Hershey of the AHL.

-The Lightning acquired minor league forward Jean-Francois Jacques from the Panthers in exchange for future considerations.

Central Division

-Dave Bolland had two goals and an assist for the Blackhawks in a 6-4 win against the Coyotes. Ex-Penguin Marian Hossa scored two goals for Chicago while teammate Patrick Sharp added a goal and an assist. Fire Ray Shero. Ray Emery made 25 saves in the victory. Captain Shane Doan led Phoenix with a goal and an assist.

-Pass of the Day: Chicago's Patrick Kane setting up Bolland:

-Check out this snipe by Sharp for his goal:

-A good look at the goal:

-Phoenix's Mike Smith reduced the goaltending stick population by one after this little meltdown:

-Phoenix's Paul Bissonnette and Chicago's Brandon Bollig had a spirited bout:

-If you're wondering what former Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek looks like in his new/old Coyotes jersey, here you go:

-Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo will be sidelined at least a month due to a knee injury.

-Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is dealing with a shoulder injury.

-The Red Wings recalled goaltender Thomas McCollum from Grand Rapids of the AHL and placed forward Jan Mursak (collar bone) on injured reserve.

-The Predators assigned defenseman Victor Bartley to Milwaukee of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Shootout goals by Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky gave the Oilers a 3-2 win against the Canucks. Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves in the win.

-Goal of the Night: Edmonton's Jordan Eberle roofed this backhander in as tight of a spot as you could against Vancouver's Roberto Luongo:

-Edmonton's Ben Eager and Vancouver's Zack Kassian had issues:

-Celebratory times for Kassian:

-Luongo kept his eyes on this puck:

-Edmonton captain Shawn Horcoff did a little first-person dental work here:

-Oilers rookie forward Nail Yakupov, the first overall pick in last summer's draft, had no points, 16:20 of ice time and was minus-2 in his NHL debut.

-Josh Harding made 24 saves for the Wild in a 1-0 shutout of the Stars. It was Harding's seventh career shutout.

-Minnesota's Zach Parise fired a rocket of a one-timer for his first career goal with Minnesota:

-Happy times for Parise:

-Harding made his first start since revealing he had been diagnosed multiple sclerosis.

-Former Lightning/Canadiens/Thrashers/Avalanche defenseman Brett Clark and former Sharks/Senators forward Jonathan Cheechoo have joined the Oklahoma City Barons, the Oilers' AHL affiliate.

-The Canucks placed defenseman Jim Vandermeer on waivers.

Pacific Division

-Patrick Marleau scored two goals for the Sharks in a 4-1 defeat of the Flames. Dan Boyle collected a goal and an assist for San Jose while teammates Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton each recorded two assists. Antti Niemi made 31 saves in the victory.

-Check out this move in tight space by Marleau for his first goal:

-The Ducks recalled goaltender Viktor Fasth from Norfolk of the AHL and assigned goaltender Frederik Andersen to Norfolk.

-The Stars paid tribute to Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's "girlfriend" Saturday.

(Photos: Penguins/Rangers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Seth Wenig/Associated Press; Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins/Hershey Bears-Glen Gray/Lebanon Daily News/Associated Press; Flyers/Sabres-Rick Stewart/Getty Images; Blackhawks/Coyotes-Christian Petersen/Getty Images and Matt York/Associated Press; Oilers/Canucks-Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press and Rich Lam/Getty Images; Stars/Wild-Genevieve Ross/Associated Press)

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