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Empty Netter Assists - 01-30-13

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We're not putting a very good product out there. They're coming to watch supposedly a good team that goes out and plays, and we're not doing that right now." - Chris Kunitz on Penguins fans booing.

-Newsday's recap. "I think we frustrated them a little bit." - Islanders forward Michael Grabner.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''As you see tonight, we get a couple bad bounces, ended up down early and seems like we let that frustration kind of get to us.'' - Sidney Crosby.

-Highlights (so to speak):

-A good look at the goal by New York's John Tavares against Marc-Andre Fleury:

-Bloody times for Craig Adams:

-Dan Bylsma monitors the status of his goatee:

-New York's Evgeni Nabokov alone in the dark:

-Bylsma speaks:

-James Neal speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-With Matt Niskanen sidelined, welcome back Simon Despres to the lineup.

-Police in Quebec raided the home of former Penguins forward/enforcer Georges Laraque as part of a fraud investigation.

-Consol Energy Center will host USA Hockey's All-American Prospects Game Sept. 26 which will feature the top American prospects for the 2014 draft.

-After the Jump: The Rangers beat the Flyers but loose captain Ryan Callahan and the Sharks remain undefeated.

Atlantic Division

-A goal and an assist by Michael Del Zotto led the Rangers to a 2-1 win against the rival Flyers. Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves in the victory.

-Check out this lethal wrister by Philadelphia's Kimmo Timonen:

-Rangers forward Benn Ferreiro recorded his first point with New York since being acquired from the Penguins in a trade last week. Fire Ray Shero.

-Rangers captain/forward Ryan Callahan left the game in the third period after suffering an unknown injury while fighting Flyers froward and former Penguin Maxme Talbot.

-The Devils recalled forward Matt Anderson from Albany of the AHL. The 30-year-old rookie made his NHL debut last night against the Bruins.

Northeast Division

-Shootout goals by Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand gave the Bruins a 2-1 win against the Devils. Tuukka Rask made 25 saves in the victory.

-Seguin had his first shootout attempt nullified when a fan threw debris on the ice:

-“I think it was half a hamburger or a big size hot dog. Some type of food. Something came flying. It was a little distraction." - Devils goaltender and former Penguin Johan Hedberg on the debris.

-Rask was all over this puck:

-Hedberg kept an eye on this puck:

-No so much here:

-Marchand being popular:

-Boston's Shawn Thornton and New Jersey's Krys Barch had issues:

-Two goals by Matt Frattin, including one in overtime, gave the Maple Leafs a 4-3 win against the rival Sabres. Cody Franson added a goal and an assist for Toronto while teammate James Reimer made 29 saves in the victory. Marcus Foligno recorded two assists for Buffalo.

-Frattin's overtime goal:

-Check out this dish from Buffalo's Drew Stafford to set up Andrej Sekera for a goal:

-Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta was briefly hospitalized after suffering a neck injury as a result of being boarded by Maple Leafs forward Mike Brown in the first period.

-The hit in question:

-Happy times for the Maple Leafs. Not so much for Sabres defenseman and former Penguin Jordan Leopold:

-A goal and an assist by rookie Brendan Gallagher led the Canadiens past the Jets, 4-3. Raphael Diaz, rookie Alex Galchenyuk and Andrei Markov each recorded two assists for Montreal while teammate 18 saves in the win. Olli Jokinen led Winnipeg with a goal and an assist.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this "save" by Montreal's Josh Gorges against Winnipeg's Kyle Wellwood:

-Craig Anderson made 31 saves for the Senators who defeated the Capitals, 3-2. Washington dropped to 1-4-1 on the season.

-If you can imagine such a thing, a one-time Penguins defenseman scored a power-play goal. Ottawa's Sergei Gonchar:

-Senators forward Jason Spezza is sidelined due to an "upper-body" injury.

-The Sabres have opted to keep rookie forward Mikhail Grigorenko on their roster instead of returning him to his junior team.

-Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek is dealing with an eye ailment.

Southeast Division

-Rookie Cory Conacher, captain Vincent Lecavalier and Dana Tyrell each had a goal and an assist for the Lightning in a 5-2 win against the rival Panthers. Benoit Pouliot recorded two assists for Tampa Bay while teammate Anders Lindback made 26 saves.

-Lindback was all smiles:

-Not so much for Panthers forward/enforcer and Washington, Pa. native George Parros:

-The Panthers have scored the fewest goals in the league (10) while alllowing the most (24).

-Florida recalled forward Drew Shore from San Antonio of the AHL.

-Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner denied accusations from Bruins forward Brad Marchand that he “slew-foots all the time.” The accusation came in the aftermath of this skirmish between Skinner and Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron Monday:

-EN Says: First off, Brad Marchand accusing anyone of being dirty is like Brad Marchand accusing Toucan Sam of having a big nose. Second, if Bergeron didn't attempt to interfere with Skinner, nothing happens. Instead, he gets in Skinner's way, they get tangled up and fall. Nothing here to see. Move on.

Central Division

-Two goals by Valtteri Filppula led the Red Wings past the Stars, 4-1. Captain Henrik Zetterberg added a goal and an assist for Detroit while teammate Pavel Datsyuk recorded two assists. Jimmy Howard made 25 saves in the victory.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this dish from Datsyuk to set up Filppula for a goal:

-Fight of the Night: Dallas' Brenden Dillon vs. Detroit's Jordin Tootoo:

-Blackhawks defenseman and former Penguin Michal Rozsival is day to day due to a knee injury.

-The Blackhawks are about to embark on a six-game road trip.

Northwest Division

-Captain Miiko Koivu collected a goal and an assist for the Wild which defeated the Blue Jackets, 3-2. Niklas Backstrom made 17 saves in the victory.

-Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard, whose career has been interrupted twice by head injuries, scored his 100th career goal.

-Bouchard's goal:

-A good look at the goal:

 

-Save of the Night: Columbus' Steve Mason on Minnesota's Zach Parise:

-Flames rookie forward Sven Baertschi is dealing with a suspected leg injury.

-The Avalanche recalled forward Michael Sgarbossa from Lake Erie of the AHL and assigned forward Brad Malone to Lake Erie.

-With goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin recovered from a hip ailment, the Oilers placed goaltender Yann Danis on waivers.

Pacific Division

-Antti Niemi made 28 saves for the Sharks in a 3-2 win against the rival Ducks. San Jose improved to 6-0-0 on the season.

-Check out this lethal wrister by San Jose's Joe Pavelski:

-Check out this forecheck by Anaheim's Daniel Winnik which led to a goal by Matt Beleskey:

-A good look at the Shark Tank, AKA, HP Pavilion in San Jose:

-Former Penguins goaltending prospect Chad Johnson has become popular with the Coyotes.

-“Faceoffs, faceoffs, faceoffs, faceoffs.” - Stars forward Jamie Benn on the biggest challenge in transitioning from left wing to center.

-The Stars assigned forward Colton Sceviour to Texas of the AHL.

Adams Division

-Former Maple Leafs/Coyotes/Hurricanes/Flyers/Predators/Red Wings defenseman Daniil Markov has joined CSKA Moskva of Russia's KHL.

-Former Maple Leafs/Blue Jackets forward Darryl Boyce has joined JYP of Finland's SM-liiga.

-Former Rangers forward Jeff Ulmer has joined Lausanne of Switzerland's NLA.

-Matthew Zay had a goal and three assists for the Mercyhurst men's team which defeated Canisius, 5-2.

(Photos: Islanders/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Flyers/Rangers-Elsa/Getty Images; Devils/Bruins-Charles Krupa/Associated Press and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; Maple Leafs/Sabres-Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images; Panthers/Lightning-Chris O'Meara/Associated Press; Blue Jackets/Wild-Jim Mone/Associated Press; Ducks/Sharks-Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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