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Empty Netter Assists - 02-03-13

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. "We just kept playing the same way and waited for our chances." - Sidney Crosby (above, with Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz).

-The Newark Star-Ledger's recap. "Their speed gave us a lot of issues. They pressured us with their speed a lot. They made us make mistakes. Not a fun game to play when you have a lot of breakdowns like that, but it doesn’t happen too much." - Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur.

-The Bergen Record's recap. “Definitely we had way too many mistakes, the defense as a group. That’s just unacceptable." - Devils captain/defenseman Bryce Salvador.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''I like that we scored a lot of goals today and came out in the third and got three goals. But the way we got them is more indicative of how we played the game.'' - Dan Bylsma.

-Highlights:

-Save of the Day: It wasn't all bad for the Devils. Brodeur robbed Brandon Sutter here:

-Happy times for the Penguins. Not so much for Brodeur:

-Robert Bortuzzo > New Jersey's David Clarkson:

-Bortuzzo being popular:

-Marc-Andre Fleury taking the ice:

-Bylsma hanging out with his third line, Matt Cooke, Tyler Kennedy and Brandon Sutter:

-Bylsma speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-"That's something no one will be able to take away from me for the rest of my life." - Bortuzzo on scoring his first career goal against Brodeur.

-“I didn’t disagree with the penalty. I didn’t like the way he went down. I know I’m not that strong to throw him down. It made it look like I knocked his feet out.” - Devils forward Patrik Elias accusing Sidney Crosby of diving and drawing a penalty against Elias in the first period.

-"No. No. No. No." - Daniel Bryan Ray Shero on if he has ever considered firing Dan Bylsma.

-The Penguins have hired former forward Warren Young (right) as a scout.

-Brad Thiessen made 22 saves and led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 3-0 shutout of the Adirodack Phantoms. It was Thiessen's fourth shutout in his past eight games and allowed the Penguins to claim their eighth win out of their past nine contests. Warren Peters scored two goals for the Penguins while teammate Brian Gibbons recorded two assists.

-The end of the NHL lockout has led to an increase in playing time for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Alex Grant.

-The Wheeling Nailers had their road game against the Kalamazoo Wings postponed due to weather. A make-up date has not been determine.

-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Frantisek Kucera. Kucera came to the Penguins at the 2001 trade deadline in a deal that sent a sixth-round pick to the Blue Jackets. He appeared in seven games for the Penguins that season and recorded two assists. In the 2001 offseason, he was traded to the Capitals along with some other guy in exchange for Kris Beech, Michal Sivek, Ross Lupaschuk.

-After the jump: Washington's John Erskine is suspended and the Ducks rout the Kings.

Atlantic Division

-A goal and an assist by Carl Hagelin led the Rangers to a 3-2 win against the Lightning. Taylor Pyatt recorded two assists for New York while teammate Martin Biron made 30 saves. Steven Stamkos scored both of Tampa Bay's goals.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this effort off the right wing by New York's Rick Nash:

-Rangers forward Derek Stepan and Hagelin snapped goal-scoring slumps of 22 and 36 games respectively.

-Daniel Briere and captain Claude Giroux each had a goal and an assist for the Flyers in a 5-2 win against the Hurricanes. Matt Read and Kimmo Timonen each recorded two assists for Philadelphia while teammate Ilya Bryzgalov made 39 saves in the victory. Captain Eric Staal led Carolina with a goal and an assist.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this forecheck by Carolina's Jiri Tlusty which caused a turnover leading to Staal's goal:

-Philadelphia's Tom Sestito got the drop here on Carolina's Jay Harrison:

-Bryzgalov and former Penguin Ruslan Fedotenko had a moment:

-Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds missed the game due to head and neck injuries sustained on a hit by Capitals defenseman John Erskine Friday. (More on that below.)

-The Islanders have one of the NHL's best penalty kills at 96.0 percent (25 of 26).

-The Devils recalled forward Bobby Butler from Albany of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Tuukka Rask made 21 saves and led the Bruins past the Maple Leafs, 1-0. It was Rask's 12th career shutout.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

-Bruins forward Brad Marchand did not finish the game after crashing into the end boards during the second period.

-"There might have been a couple fist pumps. It might have been over-excessive, but I think I just blacked out when it happened. I was excited." - Bruins forward and former Penguin Chris Bourque on scoring the game-winning goal and mimicking the signature celebration of his father, former Bruins captain/defenseman Ray Bourque.

-Bourque's goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Rene Bourque and David Desharnais each scored two goals for the Canadiens in a 7-1 rout of the Sabres. Lars Eller added a goal and two assists for Montreal while teammates Alex Galchenyuk and Tomas Plekanec each recorded two assists. Carey Price made 30 saves in the victory.

-Happy times for Desharnais and teammate Alexei Emelin:

-Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban made his season debut and recorded an assist.

-Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera left the game due to an undisclosed injury after blocking a shot in the first period.

-Former Sharks/Rangers/Thrashers/Panthers forward Patrick Rissmiller has joined the Rochester Americans, the Sabres' AHL affiliate.

Southeast Division

-Capitals defenseman John Erskine was suspended three games by the NHL for elbowing Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds Friday. The NHL's explanation video:

-EN Says: The league got this one right. There is absolutely no defense of a play like this. Erskine clean history - this the first suspension of his career - probably lessened the suspension.

-“Pittsburgh — you can’t help but get up for that game. It seems like the whole city gets excited when you play Pittsburgh. If you don’t get up for these games there’s something wrong.” - Capitals forward Jason Chimera on playing the Penguins today.

-Lightning captain/forward Vincent Lecavalier left last night's game against the Rangers in the third period due to an undisclosed injury suffered after being hit by a shot.

-"We're a team, a family. We don't look at anybody different like that. Everybody is different. Some guys like cars; some like trucks. You don't really care. As long as he's a good team guy and helps us win, we'll take anybody." - Lightning forward Teddy Purcell on potentially having a homosexual teammate.

Central Division

-Artem Anisimov scored two goals for the Blue Jackets in a 4-2 defeat of the Red Wings. Fedor Tyutin recorded two assists for Columbus while teammate Steve Mason made 32 saves.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Anisimov:

-Anisimov's second goal wasn't too shabby either:

-According to head coach Todd Richards, Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski likely suffered a concussion as a result of this crash into the end boards during the second period:

-Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith left the game due to an "upper-body" injury.

-A shootout goal by Patrick Kane gave the Blackhawks in a 3-2 win against the Flames. Kane added a regulation goal and an assist for Chicago while teammate Ray Emery made a whopping 45 saves in the victory.

-A goal by former Penguins forward Marian Hossa with 2.1 seconds left in regulation tied the game for Chicago:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Chicago's Brandon Bollig and Calgary's Tim Jackman had issues:

-"We have to call the cops after that performance. We stole two points, he was spectacular. I've never been out-chanced and out-played like that in my life. It was a special performance." - Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on Emery's effort.

-Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland is day to day due to a "lower-body" injury.

-A shootout goal by Craig Smith gave the Predators a 2-1 win against the Sharks. Pekka Rinne made 26 saves in the victory. San Jose (7-0-1) lost for the first time all season.

-San Jose's Antti Niemi got a stop here against Nashville's David Legwand:

-Predators forward Martin Erat missed the game due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Blues coach compared rookie forward Vladimir Tarasenko to former Selke Trophy winner Jere Lehtinen who Hitchcock coached in Dallas.

Northwest Division

-A goal and an assist by Jamie McGinn led the Avalanche past the Oilers, 3-1. Matt Duchene recorded two assists for Colorado while teammate Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves in the victory.

-Cool Photo of the Day: Edmonton's Taylor Hall and Colorado's Matt Duchene colliding at center ice:

-Oilers forward Eric Belanger suffered a foot injury after blocking a shot in the first period.

-The Wild recalled rookie forward Charlie Coyle from Houston of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Nick Bonino had a hat trick and an assist for the Ducks in a 7-4 rout of the rival Kings. Emerson Etem, Bobby Ryan and Luca Sbisa each recorded two assists for Anaheim while teammate Jonas Hiller made 30 saves in the victory. Los Angeles got two goals from captain Dustin Brown.

-Bonino's hat trick:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this dish from Anaheim's Corey Perry to set up captain Ryan Getzlaf for a goal:

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Anaheim's Kyle Palmieri:

-As a fight broke out between Anaheim's Bryan Allen and Los Angeles' Jordan Nolan, Anaheim's Cam Fowler was injured on a hit from behind by Los Angeles' Jarret Stoll:

-There was no penalty on the play.

-EN Says: We can kind of understand why this wasn't penalized. There as a fight going on just as the hit occurred an the referee got caught up in the hit on Fowler and took a tumble himself. That said, this should be a suspension for Stoll.

-Buddy-buddy times for Palmieri and Ryan:

-Mike Smith made 17 saves for the Coyotes in a 2-0 shutout of the Stars. It was his 20th career shutout.

-Coyotes forward Raffi Torres returned to the lineup for the first time after serving a 21-game suspension for a hit which injured Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa in last season's playoffs.

-Stars forward Ray Whitney is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks due to a broken foot.

-With Whitney being placed on injured reserve, the Stars recalled forward Reilly Smith from Texas of the AHL.

-Stars coach Glen Gulutzan says he plans on playing goaltender Kari Lehtonen "almost every game" in February.

Smythe Division

-Former Kings/Thrashers/Ducks/Islanders forward Kip Brennan has joined the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League.

-Devin Williams made 29 saves for the Erie Otters in a 7-2 loss to the Sudbury Wolves.

-A goal and three assists by Adam Brace led the Robert Morris men's team to a 7-4 rout of Sacred Heart.

-Ryan Misiak had a hat trick and an assist for the Mercyhurst men's team which routed Army, 8-1.

-Delayne Brian made 26 saves for the Robert Morris women's team in a 2-1 loss to Syracuse.

-Two goals by Christine Bestland led the Mercyhurst women's team past Penn State, 4-1.

-Cody Gylling scored two goals for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 5-4 loss to the Soo Eagles.

(Photos: Devils/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Keith Srakocic/Associated Press; Young-Penguins Hockey Cards; Rangers/Lightning-Chris O'Meara/Associated Press; Hurricanes/Flyers-Tom Mihalek/Associated Press and Elsa/Getty Images; Sabres/Canadiens-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Blackhawks/Flames-Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press; Predators/Sharks-Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images; Oilers/Avalanche-Dustin Bradford/Getty Images; Kings/Ducks-Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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