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Empty Netter Assists - 01-25-13

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Penguins

-The Penguins re-tool their lines. Tyler Kennedy (above) moves to the left wing on the second line, Tanner Glass on the third line and Eric Tangardi is relegated to left wing on the fourth line.

-EN Says: Tangradi just wasn't showing a lot on the second line in three games thus far this season. He wasn't expected to become the next Kevin Stevens by anymeans, but he wasn't even showing flashes of being the next Mike Rupp. That said, it's early. These lines are hardly concrete. Kennedy has had a strong showing so far this young season and has earned the promotion. Like Chris Kunitz, who was productive as this line's left winger last season, Kennedy hustles and goes to the high traffic areas. As far as Glass is concerned, he seems to be a natural fit for third-line duties.

-Evgeni Malkin apologized for getting a game misconduct after Monday's game.

-Are the Penguins being forced to play their top four defensemen too much?

-"Life's too short to worry about that stuff. I made some great friends in this organization, players, management and everything, so no hard feelings at all and I'm happy to be back and playing here." - Tanner Glass on returning to Winnipeg tonight.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Evgeni Malkin speaks:

-Tyler Kennedy speaks, for sure:

-The Penguins made two minor-league trades yesterday. First, they acquired forward Chad Kolarik from the Rangers in exchange for Benn Ferriero. In 40 games with Connecticut of the AHL this season, Kolarik, 26, scored 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists). Ferriero, 25, played in 33 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this season and scored 18 points (four goals, 14 assists). He was a free agent signing this past summer.

Second, they dealt defenseman Carl Sneep (right) to the Stars in exchange for a conditional draft pick. In 28 games this season with the Wheeling Nailers, Sneep, 25, had 14 points (two goals, 12 assists). A second round pick in 2006, Sneep appeared in one NHL game last season and recorded one assist.

-EN Says: There's been a fair amount of movement at the minor-league level within the Penguins these past two days with these moves as well as the tryout signings at the AHL level for NHLer Mark Eaton and Tom Kostopoulos. We wouldn't be shocked if these minor moves could lead to a larger move at the NHL level.

Sneep is another in a long line of second rounders who just haven't worked out in Pittsburgh. Caught up in the log jam of defensemen in the team's system, Sneep was relgated to Wheeling in the ECHL most of this season. He'll get a better chance with the defense-hungry Stars.

-After the jump: Scott Hartnell goes down, literally, with a foot injury, Mike Knuble finds work, the Oilers win a thriller and the Stars re-sign Jamie Benn.

Atlantic Division

-Michael Grabner had two goals and an assist for the Islanders in a 7-4 rout of the Maple Leafs. Brad Boyes added a goal and two assists for New York while teammate and former Penguins prospect Matt Moulson scored two goals. Fire Ray Shero. Evgeni Nabokov made 39 saves in the win. Carl Gunnarsson and Matt Frattin each collected a goal and two assists for Toronto.

-Gunnarsson put so much on this shot it knocked himself off his skates:

-Check out the placement on this shot by Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski:

-Check out this defensive play by New York's Keith Aucoin:

-A goal and an assist by Wayne Simmonds led the Flyers past the rival Rangers, 2-1. Ilya Bryzgalov made 18 saves in the victory, the first for the Flyers this season.

-Simmonds couldn't beat New York's Henrik Lundqvist here:

-Hit of the Night: Philadelphia's Tom Sestito on New York's Jeff Halpern:

-Philadelphia's Tye McGinn and New York's Kris Newbury had issues:

-The Flyers snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Rangers.

-With forward Scott Hartnell expected to be sidelined four to eight weeks due to a broken bone in his left foot, the Flyers re-signed former forward Mike Knuble to a one-year contract worth $750,000 (prorated). Knuble, 40, appeared in 72 game for the Capitals last season and scored 18 points (six goals, 12 assists).

-EN Says: Knuble is hardly the 20-goal threat he used to be, but he can help the Flyers' ailing power play and provide a veteran presence the team seems to miss with the absence of Jaromir Jagr.

-Neal Auricchio Jr., a Woodbridge, N.J. police officer and Rangers fan who was beaten by a Flyers fan following last season's Winter Classic, is filing a civil suit against that Flyers fan and a Philadelphia bar.

Northeast Division

-Andrei Markov had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens who defeated the Capitals, 4-1. Raphael Diaz and Max Pacioretty each recorded two assists for Montreal while teammate Carey Price made 30 saves in the victory.

-Check out this nifty little pass by Markov to set up Tomas Plekanec for a goal:

-Check out this pass by Montreal's Rene Bourque to set up captain Brian Gionta for a goal:

-Washington's Matt Hendricks and Montreal's Brandon Prust had issues:

-Craig Anderson made 25 saves and led the Senators to a 3-1 win against his former team, the Panthers. Marc Methot recorded two assists for Ottawa.

-Goal of the Night: Check out the placement on this shot by Ottawa's Erik Karlsson:

-Save of the Night: Florida's Jose Theodore denying Ottawa's Colin Greening:

-With forward Joffrey Lupul expected to be sidelined six weeks due to a fractured forearm, the Maple Leafs recalled Matt Frattin from Toronto of the AHL.

-The Maple Leafs assgned defenseman Korbinian Holzer to Toronto of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-A hat trick by captain Eric Staal led the Hurricanes to a 6-3 pounding of the Sabres. Jeff Skinner added two goals for Carolina while teammates Zac Dalpe, Joni Pitkanen and former Penguin Jordan Staal each recorded two assists. Fire Ray Shero. Cam Ward made 30 saves in the victory. Buffalo got two goals from captain Jason Pominville.

-Staal's hat trick:

-Check out this pass by Buffalo's Thomas Vanek to set up Pominville for a goal:

-Carolina's Kevin Westgarth being stretchy:

-Ward kept an eye on this puck:

-Staal being popular:

-“Embarrassing is almost the right term right now. Pathetic is probably a better one. You know, I feel bad for the fans. I’d like to finish a game with at least 50 per cent of the fans still in the stands. Their reaction is completely warranted — booing us. We haven’t earned any respect. We haven’t earned any of their passion, their ambition." - Troy Brouwer on his team's 0-3-0 start.

-Capitals forward Mathieu Perreault shot down rumors he has requested a trade.

-Panthers forward Stephen Weiss is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.

Central Division

-An overtime goal by former Penguin Marian Hossa gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 win against the Stars. Patrick Sharp added a goal and two assists for Chicago while teammate Patrick Kane recorded two assists. Corey Crawford made 21 saves in the victory.

-Pass of the Night: Check out the dish by Kane to set up Hossa's goal:

-Happy times for Kane and Hossa:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this "save" by Chicago's Duncan Keith:

-Crawford reached out to snag this puck:

-Jaroslav Halak made all of 13 saves for the Blues in a 3-0 shutout of the Predators. It was his 24th career shutout. Patrik Berglund had a goal and an assist for St. Louis.

-Intense Photo of the Night: Nashville's Mike Fisher and St. Louis' Andy McDonald getting ready for a faceoff:

-Halak didn't seem too thrilled about being screened by the butt of Nashville's Patric Hornqvist:

-Defenseman Wade Redden made his debut with St. Louis.

-The Red Wings recalled goaltender Thomas McCollum from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-An overtime goal by Sam Gagner gave the Oilers a thrilling 2-1 win against the Kings. Justin Schultz recorded two assists for Edmonton while teammate Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves.

-Gagner's goal:

-Celebration of the Night: Edmonton's Nail Yakupov went for a slide after trying the game with 4.7 seconds left in regulation:

-Happy times for Yakupov:

-"He’s watched a lot of soccer games." - Oilers coach Ralph Krueger on Yakupov's celebration.

-There was an ugly scene shortly before that when a potential game-tying goal by Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was waved off for goaltending interference. Fans showered the ice with litter:

-“I got some nacho cheese on my shoulder.” - King defenseman Drew Doughty on fans throwing garbage on the ice.

-Check out this lethal backhander on a breakaway by Los Angeles' Jeff Carter:

-Semyon Varlamov 33 saves for the Avalanche in a 4-0 shutout of the Blue Jackets. Matt Duchene had two goals and an assist for Colorado while teammate P.A. Parenteau added a goal and an assist.

-Check out this effort on this goal by Duchene:

-Happy times for Varlamov and captain Gabriel Landeskog:

-Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly, currently a restricted free agent, is dealing with what is believed to be a foot injury.

-The Wild recalled defenseman Jonas Brodin from Houston of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-A goal and three assists by captain Joe Thornton gave the Sharks a comeback 5-3 win against the Coyotes. Patrick Marleau added two goals and an assist for San Jose while teammate Joe Pavelski recorded three assists. Antti Niemi made 32 saves in the victory. Former Penguin Steve Sullivan led Phoenix with a goal and an assist. Fire Ray Shero.

-Cool Photo of the Night: Niemi stretching out to stop a shot by Phoenix's Mikkel Boedker:

-Sullivan being popular:

-Second Cool Photo of the Night: The Sharks taking the ice:

-The Coyotes recalled former Penguins goaltending prospect Chad Johnson and defenseman David Rundblad from Portland of the AHL.

-The Stars re-signed restricted free agent Jamie Benn to a five-year contract worth a total of $26.25 million (prorated). The contract will have a salary cap hit of $5.25 million. Benn, 23, appeared in 71 games last season and scored 63 points (26 goals, 37 assists).

-EN Says: You might look at the cap hit and suspect it to be a little high but Benn is a vastly underrated player who is more than worth this type of money. Possessing decent size (6-foot-2, 205 pounds), Benn has a nice scoring touch and isn't afrait to get physical. Capable of playing all three forward positions, he should fill in at center and give the Stars two strong top-two lines.

Patrick Division

-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Adam Henrich has joined Coventry Blaze of the United Kingdom's EIHL.

(Photos: Kennedy-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Sneep-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Rangers/Flyers-Matt Slocum/Associated Press; Canadiens/Capitals-Rob Carr/Getty Images; Sabres/Hurricanes-Karl B DeBlaker/Associated Press and Grant Halverson/Getty Images; Blackhawks/Stars-Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press; Predators/Blues-Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Kings/Oilers-Jason Franson/Canadian Press; Blue Jackets/Avalanche-Jack Dempsey/Associated Press; Coyotes/Sharks-Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press and Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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