Empty Netter Assists - 01-27-13

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-Matt Niskanen (above) has found a home on the left side of Kris Letang.

-"We're friends outside the rink, but on the ice we're not friends. If I have a chance, I'll try to beat him and score two goals." - Evgeni Malkin on former teammate and Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar.

-"It's not going to be one of those seasons where you can say, after 20 games, 'OK, let's kick it into gear now.' It's going to be too tough." - Tomas Vokoun on the shortened season.

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Jeff Zatkoff made 27 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-1 win against the Toronto Marlies.

-Warren Peters returned to the lineup after missing three games to an "upper-body" injury he suffered earlier this month during the NHL Penguins' scrimmage.

-Brian Dumoulin has had a role in the Penguins' hot streak this month.

-Two goals by Matt Germain led the Wheeling Nailers to a 3-1 win against the Trenton Titans. Peter Delmas made 42 saves in the victory.

-After the jump: The Rangers sign Jason Arnott and Patrick Marleau ties a very, very old NHL record.

Atlantic Division

-Matt Read's first career hat trick led the Flyers to a 7-1 rout of the Panthers. Former Penguin Ruslan Fedotenko, Tye McGinn and Luke Schenn each added a goal and an assist for Philadelphia while teammates Claude Giroux and Braydon Coburn each recorded two assists. Fire Ray Shero. Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves in the win.

-Read's hat trick:

-McGinn scored his first career NHL goal on this nifty re-direction:

-Former Penguin Maxime Talbot set up Fedotenko for his goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Read scored his hat trick on exactly three shots.

-Flyers forward Daniel Briere returned to the lineup after missing the first four games of the season due to a wrist injury.

-Two goals and two assists by Marian Gaborik led the Rangers to a 5-2 comeback win against the Maple Leafs. Brad Richards and Marc Staal each added a goal and an assist for New York while teammates Michael Del Zotto and Rick Nash each recorded two assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 15 saves in the victory. John-Michael Liles had two assists for Toronto.

-Check out this nifty backhander by Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski:

-Check out this quick adjustment in tight by Toronto's James van Riemsdyk for a goal:

-Check out the passing which led to the goal by Staal:

-Check out this re-direction by Gaborik:

-Hit of the Night: Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf on Nash:

-Rangers forward and former Penguin Arron Asham dropped the gloves again, this time with Toronto's Mike Brown:

-Another former Penguins forward, Mike Rupp, dropped the gloves with Toronto's Colton Orr:

-Happy times for the Rangers. Not so much for the Maple Leafs:

-The Rangers signed unrestricted free agent forward Jason Arnott, formerly of the Blues, to a one-year contract worth $1.65 million (prorated). In 72 games last season, Arnott, 38, scored 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists).

-EN Says: Like many of the Rangers, Arnott offers some impressive size at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds. Unlike most of the Rangers, he could potentially offer a boost to their struggling power play. One of Arnott's calling cards from his 20-year career is his accumen on the power play. That said, at this stage of his career, injuries have become a concern. Will the Rangers expect him to be a full-time No. 2 center? Especially in the grueling defense-first system of head coach John Tortorella.

-Former Penguins defenseman Brian Strait is among a group of waiver acquisitions the Islanders have gotten a boost from.

Northeast Division

-Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (right) will be sidelined three to four weeks following an emergency appendectomy.

-The Canadiens recalled forward Mike Blunden from Hamilton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-“You have to panic right now. We have to bring everything we have. It’s a short season. We have to panic right now.” - Panthers forward Tomas Fleischmann on his team's 1-4-0 start to the season.

Central Division

-Corey Crawford made 24 saves for the Blackhawks in a 3-2 win against the Blue Jackets. Patrick Kane recorded two assists for Chicago which set a franchise record with a 5-0-0 mark to start the season.

-Ex-Penguin Mark Letestu got dirty on this goal for Columbus:

-Check out this re-direction by Chicago's Bryan Bickell:

-Goal of the Night: Check out these moves by Chicago captain Jonathan Toews to undress Columbus' Steve Mason for a goal:

-Bad Call of the Night: The Blue Jackets had a goal waved off by officials after they called Columbus' Nick Foligno for incidental contact:

-Two goals and an assist by David Perron led the Blues past the Stars, 4-3. Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves for St. Louis.

-Redden's goal was a rocket:

-Check out this pass by Dallas captain Brenden Morrow to set up Ryan Garbutt for a goal:

-Blues defenseman Wade Redden scored his first goal since 2010.

-Predators forward Patric Hornqvist will be sidelined indefinitely due to a potential leg injury.

Northwest Division

-Lee Stempniak had a goal and two assists for the Flames who defeated the rival Oilers, 4-3. Jay Bouwmeester collected a goal and an assist for Calgary while teammate Miikka Kiprusoff made 17 saves in the victory. Jared Schultz led Edmonton with a goal and two assists.

-Pass of the Night: Bouwmeester setting up Stempniak for a goal:

-Not to be outdone, check out this pass by Calgary captain Jarome Iginla to set up Curtis Glencross for a goal:

-Happy times for Glencross:

-As modeled here by Calgary's Jay Bouwmeester and Edmonton's Taylor Hall, the Flames and Oilers went back to the 1980s with their throwback jerseys:

Pacific Division

-Thomas Greiss made 24 saves for the Sharks in a 4-0 shutout of the Avalanche. Patrick Marleau had two goals and an assist for San Jose while teammate/captain Joe Thornton netted a goal and an assist.

-Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog got rocked on this first period hit by San Jose's Brad Stuart:

-Landeskog, who returned to the game following the hits, said the hit was clean.

-"I fully expected him to pick his head up, but he didn't. At that point, he was pretty vulnerable, but I just tried to make a good, solid hit. I'm not trying to hurt anyone or anything, but when a guy doesn't see you coming, it's going to look pretty bad." - Stuart on the hit.

-EN Says: This is a tough one. Was the head the principal point of contact? It appears so to us. If so, Stuart should be disciplined. That said, given Landeskog's lack of injury on the play, don't expect the NHL to take action.

-San Jose's Matt Irwin scored his first career NHL goal on a rocket of a point shot:

-Marleau became the second player in NHL history to open a season with four consecutive mult-goal games. Having scored two goals in each of the Sharks' first four contests, he joined forward Cy Denneny of the original Senators franchise who orginally set the mark in the NHL’s inaugural 1917-18 season.

-Forward Scott Gomez made his debut with the Sharks.

-If you're wondering what Gomez looks like in a Sharks jersey, here you go:

-Two goals by Anze Kopitar led the Kings to a 4-2 win against the Coyotes. Former Penguins prospect Jake Muzzin added a goal and an assist for Los Angeles while teammate Jonathan Quick made 31 saves to help the defending Stanley Cup champions win their first game of the season.

-A shootout goal by Corey Perry gave the Ducks a 3-2 win against the Predators. Viktor Fasth made 19 saves in the victory.

-Fasth won the game after making this flamboyant glove save against Nashville's David Legwand:

-A good look at Fasth's lid:

Smythe Division

-Former Sharks forward Ryan Vesce has joined Blues of Finland's SM-liiga.

-Devin Williams made 47 saves for the Erie Otters who lost to Kitchener Rangers, 4-1.

-Eric Levine made 41 saves for the Robert Morris' men's team in a 4-1 loss to Air Force.

-Three assists by Max Gardiner helped Penn State defeat Michigan State, 3-2.

-Ryan Misiak had a goal and an assist for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 4-2 loss to Canisius.

-Kristen DiCiocco made 32 saves for the Robert Morris women's team in a 2-2 tie with RIT.

-Celine Whitlinger made 51 saves for the Penn State women's team which lost to Syracuse, 4-1.

-Shootout goals by Mitch Hall, Cody Gylling, Jordan Watt and Andrew McDonald gave the Johnstown Tomahawks a 5-4 win against the Soo Eagles.

(Photos: Niskanen-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Maple Leafs/Rangers-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Pacioretty-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Oilers/Flames-Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press and Mike Ridewood/Getty Images; Avalanche/Sharks-Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images; Predators/Ducks-Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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