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Empty Netter Assists - 01-28-13

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Penguins

-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. "I think we needed a good 60-minute game. We got a good 65-minute game." - Marc-Andre Fleury.

-The Ottawa Citizen's recap. “I’m glad we got a point, but I let my guys down in the shootout." - Senators goaltender Craig Anderson.

-The Associated Press' recap. “Goals against is something we’ve struggled with in the first four games this year, and against the Senators last year. It was a good win. We did give up some chances, but (Fleury) was great for us.” - Brooks Orpik.

-Highlights:

-Happy times for Fleury and Tanner Glass:

-Anderson was all over this puck:

-Not so much with this puck:

-A good look at Anderson stopping Cooke on a breakaway:

-The great Joe Vitale kept an eye on this puck:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-Matt Niskanen left the game in the first period due to a "lower-body" injury.

-The AHL All-Star Classic will be held tonight, 7 p.m. Beau Bennett and Chad Kolarik were the only Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins selected but Bennett will not participate due to an undisclosed injury. Root Sports will televise the game.

-A native of Abington, Pa., Kolarik is happy to be "home" with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

-Zack Torquato had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-2 loss to the Cincinnati Cyclones.

-Happy 60th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Colin Campbell (right). A second-round pick in 1973, Campbell spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. After spending 1973-74 with the Vancouver Blazers of the WHA, Campbell made his NHL debut in 1974-75 with the Penguins. He played in 59 games and scored 19 points. During that spring's postseason, he appeared in nine games and recorded four points. He followed that up in 1975-76 by seeing action in 64 games and netting 17 points. In the 1976 postseaseon, he played in three games and failed to record a point. During the 1976 postseason, he was transfered to the Colorado Rockies as compensation for the Penguins signing Denis Herron. He returned to the Penguins in the 1977 offseason. The 1977-78 season saw him appear in 55 games and net 10 points. His final season in Pittsburgh was 1978-79. He played in 65 games and set a career-high with 20 points. During that spring's postseason, he appeared in seven games and recorded five points. In the 1979 offseason, he was claimed by the Oilers in an expansion draft. In 243 regular season games for the Penguins, Campbell scored 66 points. In 19 postseason games, he scored nine points. Campbell is currently an executive with the NHL.

-After the jump: The Capitals finall get a win and the Blackhawks as well as the Sharks stay undefeated.

Atlantic Division

-The Stars rescinded their contract offer to unrestricted free agent forward Jason Arnott after he failed a physical.

-The Devils are still trying to decide if they want to return forward Stefan Matteau to his junior team.

-Devils forward Patrik Elias recorded his 900th career point.

-Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic is dealing with an ankle injury.

-The Flyers returned rookie forward Scott Laughton to Oshawa of the OHL.

Northeast Division

-An overtime goal by Andrei Markov gave the Canadiens a 4-3 win against the Devils. Rookie Alex Galchenyuk recorded two assists for Montreal while teammate Carey Price made 22 saves. David Clarkson and Patrik Elias each had a goal and two assists for New Jersey.

-Markov's goal:

-Check out this deflection goal by Elias:

-“I grew up watching him play, he was my favourite goalie ... for me it’s a little story I can tell when I’m done playing hockey." - Canadiens rookie forward Brendan Gallagher on scoring his first career goal against New Jersey's Martin Brodeur.

-Check out the pass by Galchenyuk to set up Gallagher for his goal:

-Happy times in Montreal:

-Patriotic times in Montreal:

-The Maple Leafs recalled defenseman Jake Gardiner from Toronto of the AHL.

-Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is sidelined due to personal reasons.

-Sabres forward Thomas Vanek is sidelined due to an undisclosed injury.

Southeast Division

-A goal and an assist by Capitals forward Joel Ward led the Capitals past the Sabres, 3-2. Jason Chimera and Mike Ribeiro each recorded two assists for Washington while teammate Michal Neuvirth made 20 saves.

-Check out this rocket of a goal by Washington captain Alex Ovechkin:

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Buffalo's Tyler Ennis:

-Washington's John Erskine put everything into this shot:

-“I think to get that first win this year, it kind of got the monkey off our back. I think guys will be a little bit at ease. It’s not so much pressure now. And I think we got a good thing going here and we just got to keep rolling.” - Capitals defenseman John Erskine on his team getting its first win of the season.

-Teddy Purcell had a goal and two assists for the Lightning in a 5-1 rout of the Flyers. Martin St. Louis recorded four assists for Tampa Bay while teammate Steven Stamkos added a goal and an assist. Anders Lindback made 24 saves in the victory.

-Goal of the Night: Tampa Bay captain Vincent Lecavalier popped the water bottle of Philadephia's Michael Leighton on this goal:

-Check out this pass by Stamkos to set up Purcell for a goal:

-Philadelphia's Sean Couturier does a mean impression of former Flyers captain Bobby Clarke:

-An overtime goal and an assist by Evander Kane gave the Jets a 5-4 win against the Islanders. Al Montoya made 21 saves against his former team. John Tavares led New York with a goal and an assist.

-Kane's goal:

-Pass of the Night: Winnipeg's Nik Antropov setting up Bryan Little for a goal:

-Check out the placement on this goal by Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien:

-Islanders defenseman and former Penguin Brian Strait got the drop on Jets forward and former Penguin Chris Thorburn:

-“He just makes us a better team. He’s a presence when he’s on the ice, whether it’s defensively or offensively. Controlling pucks, winning faceoffs, he’s just a very solid, all-around player, and he’s only going to get better. It takes a little bit to get it going.” - Hurricanes captain/forward Eric Staal on his teammate and brother, Jordan Staal.

-The Panthers assigned forwards Quinton Howden and Drew Shore to San Antonio of the AHL.

Central Division

-An overtime goal by Vladimir Sobotka gave the Blues a 5-4 win against the Wild. David Perron, Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk each recorded two assists for St. Louis while teammate Brian Elliott made all of 12 saves. Zach Parise led Minnesota with two goals and an assist.

-Sobotka's goal:

-A few good looks at Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom and Sobotka's goal:

-Check out the pass by Perron to set up Patrik Berglund for a goal:

-Prior to the game during warm-ups, the Blues wore No. 6 jerseys in honor of St. Louis Cardinals hall-of-famer and Donora, Pa. native Stan Musial who passed away last week:

-Nick Leddy's overtime goal gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 win against the rival Red Wings. Corey Crawford made 29 saves in the victory. Chicago improved to a franchise record 6-0-0 to start the season.

-Leddy's goal:

-A good look at Detroit's Jimmy Howard and Leddy's goal:

-Check out the placement on this goal by Chicago's Duncan Keith:

-Red Wings forward Darren Helm is dealing with a back injury.

Northwest Division

-The Wild returned rookie defenseman Matt Dumba, a first-round pick in last year's draft, to Red Deer of the WHL.

-"To be honest, I love to fight." - Avalanche rookie forward/enforcer Patrick Bordeleau on his role with the team.

Pacific Division

-Two goals by Joe Pavelski helped the Sharks beat the Canucks, 4-1. Patrick Marleau and captain Joe Thornton each added a goal and an assist for San Jose while teammate Antti Niemi made 23 saves. San Jose improved to 5-0-0, its best start in franchise history.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal by Pavelski which led immediatey to his first goal:

-Hit of the Night: San Jose's Ryane Clowe on Vancouver's Chris Tanev:

-Not to be outdone, Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa dropped San Jose's Scott Gomez:

-This game was chippy even before the opening faceoff and started as a four-on-four situation:

-Save of the Night: Niemi on Vancouver's Alex Burrows:

-Clowe had issues with Vancouver's Zack Kassian:

-So did San Jose's Douglas Murray and Vancouver's Aaron Volpatti:

-Marleau had a four-game streak of scoring multiple goals snapped.

-Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart will not be disciplined for hitting Avalanche captain/forward Gabriel Landeskog in the head Saturday.

-The Ducks recalled forward Emerson Etem and defenseman Sami Vatanen from Norfolk of the AHL and assigned forward Peter Holland and defenseman Jordan Hendry to Norfolk.

-The Stars placed goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp (groin) on injured reserve and recalled goaltender Richard Bachman from Texas of the AHL.

-Even after getting his new five-year contract squared away, Stars forward Jamie Benn (right), a Canadian, is still trying to get his work visa in order.

Adams Division

-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Danny Richmond has joined EC Salzburg of Austria's EBEL.

-Former Senators forward Jesse Winchester has joined Jokerit of Finland's SM-liiga.

-How trustworthy are in-house team media outlets in the NHL?

-Kristen DiCiocco  made 24 saves for the Robert Morris women's team in a 2-0 loss to RIT.

(Photos: Penguins/Senators-Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images and Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press; Campbell-Penguins Hockey Cards; Devils/Canadiens-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Sabres/Capitals-Nick Wass/Associated Press; Flyers/Lightning-Chris O'Meara/Associated Press; Islanders/Jets-Trevor Hagan/Canadian Press; Wild/Blues-Jeff Roberson/Associated Press and Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Red Wings/Blackhawks-John Smierciak/Associated Press; Canucks/Sharks-Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images; Benn-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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