Empty Netter Assists - 01-29-13

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-Tomas Vokoun (right) discusses his salad days in Wheeling.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Chad Kolarik scored two goals for the Eastern Conference in a 7-6 loss to the Western Conference in the AHL All-Star Classic.

-Kolarik joined Matt Murley, Jeff Taffe and Robert Bortuzzo as the only Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to score twice in an all-star game.

-Former Penguins defenseman Jim Morrison was inducted into the AHL's hall of fame.

-Former Penguins forward Petr Sykora has joined Bern of Switzerland's NLA.

-Happy 34th birthday to former Penguins forward Robert Dome. A first-round pick in 1997, Dome, one of the bigger busts in franchise history, spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1997-98, he appeared in 30 games and recorded seven points. After spending all of 1998-99 in the AHL and IHL, Dome played in 22 games for the Penguins in 1999-2000 and scored seven points. After spending 2000-01 in the Czech Republic and the AHL and missing most of 2001-02 due to an injury, Dome joined the Flames as a free agent in the 2002 offseason. In 52 games for the Penguins, he scored 14 points.

-Happy 27th birthday to former Penguins forward Chris Bourque. Claimed off waivers from the Capitals just prior to the 2009-10 season, Bourque's Penguins career amounted to 20 games and three assists. Midway through the season, Bourque, the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, was re-claimed off waivers by the Capitals. He currently plays for the Bruins.

-After the jump: Montreal's P.K. Subban gets paid and Dallas' Kari Lehtonen offers the save of the season.

Atlantic Division

-John Tavares (right) means quite a bit to the Islanders.

-Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic is dealing with a sprained ankle.

-The Devils assigned forward Mattias Tedenby to Albany of the AHL.

-The Rangers top line of Marian Gaborik, Rick Nash and Brad Richards is accounting for most of the team's offense.

Northeast Division

-A goal and two assists by captain Zdeno Chara helped lead the Bruins past the Hurricanes, 5-3. Nathan Horton, David Krejci and Tyler Seguin each added a goal and an assist for Boston while teammate Anton Khudobin made 29 saves. Captain Eric Staal led Carolina with a goal and an assist.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this pass by Boston rookie Dougie Hamilton to set up Krejci for the winning goal with 1:50 remaining in regulation:

-A good look at the goal:

-Penalty Kill of the Night: Check out this display of puck possession in the offensive zone by the Bruins' penalty kill which led to a goal by Boston's Patrice Bergeron:

-Check out this lethal wrister by Horton:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal by Carolina's Alexander Semin and his subsequent pass setting up Eric Staal for a goal:

-Thinking out Loud: What was Carolina's Jordan Staal doing there defensively?

-Boston's Milan Lucic and Carolina's Tim Gleason had issues:

-The Bruins will keep Hamilton on the roster instead of returning him to his junior team.

-The Canadiens re-signed restricted free agent defenseman P.K. Subban to a two-year contract worth a total of $5.75 million (prorated). He will have a salary cap hit of $2.875 million. In 81 games last season, Subban scored 36 points (seven goals, 29 assists).

-EN Says: This strikes us as a "bridge" contract. In other words, this gets Subban in the Canadiens' camp, allows him to play and gives him a chance to earn big money on his next contract. For the short term, this is a bargain. Subban is a legit top four defender with a large skill set. He's reliable in virtually every situation on the ice and still has a ways to go before hitting his ceiling.

-The Canadiens have opted to keep rookie forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher instead of returning them to their junior teams.

-The Senators recalled forward Mika Zibanejad from Binghamton of the AHL.

-Maple Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur is dealing with a finger injury.

Southeast Division

-ā€œI actually thought that they provided a lot of speed for him and could maybe back the ā€˜Dā€™ off." - Capitals coach Adam Oates on why he is teaming captain/forward Alex Ovechkin (right) on a line with role players Jay Beagle and Joey Crabb.

-The Capitals will wear their white retro jerseys for seven games this season including March 28 in Pittsburgh.

-Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk is dealing with an "upper-body" injury.

-"As much as it hurts, you feel good." - Lightning defenseman Matt Carle on blocking shots. Prior to Monday's games, the Lightning was tied for second in the NHL with 86 blocked shots.

Central Division

-Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves for the Blue Jackets in a 2-1 defeat of the Stars. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Columbus. Dallas has lost three consecutive games.

-Save of the Night Season: Check out this behind-the-back save by Dallas' Kari Lehtonen:

-Bobrovsky had a moment alone here:

-Happy times for Bobrovsky and teammate Adrian Aucoin:

-Intense Photo of the Night: Columbus' Brandon Dubinsky battling Dallas' Cody Eakin on a draw:

-Columbus' Steve Mason is good people:

-A knee injury is expected to keep Predators forward Patric Hornqvist sidelined three to four weeks.

-The Red Wings are the only team in the NHL which hasn't scored in the first period yet this season.

Northwest Division

-Devan Dubnyk made 37 saves for the Oilers in a 4-1 defeat of the Avalanche. Sam Gagner and Taylor Hall each recorded two assists for Edmonton.

-Avalanche captain/forward Gabriel Landeskog is sidelined due to head and leg injuries suffered as a result of a high hit by Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart Saturday. The hit in question:

-EN Says: Landeskog eventually returned to the game. That factor probably played a role in the NHL's decision not to discipline Stuart. But as we've seen before, especially with Sidney Crosby's issues, head injuries don't always fully show the full brunt of symptoms until some time after the initial collision. Yet the NHL still weighs a players' health when trying to determined discipline. This instance shows why actions and not results should be punished, especially with a compacted season which features more games on back to back nights as was the case with the Sharks who played the next day. Any discipline to Stuart would have need to be doled out almost immediately. But in that limited time frame, Landeskog was "healthy" for the purposes of NHL discipline.

-Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere is the last active player in the NHL who played for the Hartford Whalers.

-Prior to Sunday's game against the Sharks, Canucks forward Jannik Hansen got involved in a scrum and appeared to give referee Dave Jackson a crosscheck.

-According to CBS Sports, there will be no discipline for Hansen.

-EN Says: How can the NHL be expected to properly protect players on ice when it won't protect its officials?

Pacific Division

-Former Penguins prospect Chad Johnson made 21 saves for the Coyoes and recorded his first career NHL shutout, a 4-0 win against the Predators. Fire Ray Shero. Keith Yandle led Phoenix with a goal and two assists while another former Penguins prospect, Nick Johnson, added a goal and an assist. Fire Ray Shero again.

-Nick Johnson's goal:

-Happy times for Chad Johnson and teammate Oliver Ekman-Larsson:

-Happy times in Phoenix Glendale:

-A shootout goal by Jeff Carter gave the Kings a 3-2 win against the Canucks. Jonathan Quick made 21 saves in the victory.

-A re-direction goal by Los Angeles' Justin Williams tied the game, 2-2, with 43.2 seconds left in regulation:

-Bizarre Shootout Attempt of the Night: Vancouver's Alex Burrows tried... whatever this was supposed to be:

-Happy times for Carter:

-Happy times in Los Angeles:

-Vancouver's Roberto Luongo kept an eye on this puck:

-The Stars placed forward Derek Roy on injured reserve due to a groin injury.

(Photos: Vokoun-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Tavares-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Bruins/Hurricanes-Gerry Broome/Associated Press and Grant Halverson/Getty Images; Ovechkin-Rob Carr/Getty Images; Stars/Blue Jackets-Kirk Irwin/Getty Images and Mike Munden/Associated Press; Predators/Coyotes-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Canucks/Kings-Chris Carlson/Associated Press and Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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