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Empty Netter Assists - 02-04-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. "We're trying to build a new identity, and that's being able to play 60-minute games, trying to do the same things from the first shift to the fifth shift and into the third period. I think we've done a great job of building on that." - Chris Kunitz (above).

-Note: A scoring change awarded the Penguins' first goal to Chris Kunitz. He finished with four goals and became the first Penguins player to get four goals in a game since Jaromir Jagr in an 8-6 home win against the Rangers, Oct. 14, 2001.

-The Washington Post's recap. “I think if we play that kind of game like we play in the third period all game, I think we win the game." - Capitals captain/forward Alex Ovechkin.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''We made a couple mistakes, but other than that, I thought we played a good, solid hockey game." - Capitals coach Adam Oates.

-Highlights:

-Happy times for the Penguins:

-Sidney Crosby displaying some hand/eye coordination:

-Crosby challenging Washington's Tomas Kundratek:

-Tyler Kennedy got the best of Washington's Jeff Schultz on this hit:

-Evgeni Malkin being stretchy:

-Washington's Braden Holtby had issue with this puck:

-Linesman Matt MacPherson had to do a little housekeeping after Kunitz's hat trick:

-Tomas Vokoun speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-"Now, looking back, it's easy to say maybe I should wait until you can see where it's going to hit on the glass," he said. "It's a tough bounce. You freeze, and there's nothing you can do." - Vokoun on Capitals defenseman John Carlson's fluky goal.

-Carlson's goal:

-As per tradition, Penguins fans celebrated the win by gathering on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery across the street from the Verizon Center:

-An overtime goal by Chad Kolarik gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 2-1 win against the rival Hershey Bears. Jeff Zatkoff made 20 saves in the victory which was the Penguins' fourth consecutive.

-Kolarik's goal:

-Happy 27th birthday to former Penguins forward Mark Letestu. A free agent signing late in the 2006-07 season, Letestu spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2009-10, he appeared in 10 games and scored one goal. He saw action in four playoff games in 2010 and recorded on assist. Last season, Letestu set career highs in games (64), goals (14), assists (13) and points (27). In seven postseason games last spring, he recorded one assist. After 11 games and one assist this season, Letestu was traded to the Blue Jackets for a draft pick. In 85 regular season games with the Penguins, Letestu scored 29 points. In 11 postseason games, he recorded two assists. He is still a member of the Bue Jackets.

-After the Jump: The Moose gets a shutout and Milan Hejduk approaches his 1000th career game.

Atlantic Division

-Former Penguin Johan Hedberg made 22 saves for the Devils in a 3-0 shutout of the rival Islanders. It was his 22nd career shutout. Fire Craig Patrick. Steve Bernier scored two goals for New Jersey while teammate Andy Greene recorded two assists.

-Save of the Day: Hedberg denying New York's Michael Grabner on a breakaway:

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is expected to report to the Islanders this week. Since being acquired from the Ducks this past offseason, Visnovsky has declined to report.

Northeast Division

-Carey Price made 31 saves for the Canadiens in a 2-1 win against the rival Senators. Montreal has won six out of its past seven games.

-Cool Photo of the Day: Price stretching out to make a save:

-Intense Photo of the Day: Ottawa's Chris Neil (25) and Colin Greening (14) battle in the crease with Montreal's Raphael Diaz (61) and Josh Gorges (26):

-So far so good for Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask as Tim Thomas' replacement.

-The Senators recalled forward Stephane Da Costa from Binghamton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Jose Theodore made 17 saves for the Panthers in a 4-3 win against the Sabres. Tomas Kopecky recorded two assists for Florida. Cody Hodgson and Thomas Vanek each recorded a goal and two assists for Buffalo.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this little dish by Vanek to set up Hodgson:

-Washington, Pa. native George Parros scored his first goal with the Panthers:

-Check out the placement on this one-timer by Florida's Shawn Matthias off a faceoff:

-“When they boo you, it means they miss you." - Panthers defenseman and former Sabre Brian Campbell on being booed in Buffalo.

-The Hurricanes recalled former Penguins forward Tim Wallace from Charlotte of the AHL and assigned F Zac Dalpe to Charlotte.

Central Division

-The Blues placed goaltender Jaroslav Halak (groin) on injured reserve and recalled goaltender Jake Allen from Peoria of the AHL.

-The NHL rescinded a match penalty given to Blues captain/forward David Backes during Friday's 5-3 loss to the Red Wings. Backes was penalized for an "illegal hit to the head" against Red Wings defenseman Kent Huskins. Replays showed Backes striking Huskins in the chest:

-The Blue Jackets placed defenseman Nikita Nikitin ("lower body") on injured reserve and recalled defenseman Nick Holden from Springfield of the AHL.

-The Red Wings recalled forward Tomas Tatar and goaltender Petr Mrazek from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk is expected to play in his 1,000th career NHL game tonight against the Stars.

-Canucks forward Ryan Kesler (right) resumed practicing for the first time since offseason shoulder and wrist surgeries.

-With Eric Belanger (foot) being placed on injured reserve, the Oilers recalled forward Magnus Paajarvi from Oklahoma City of the AHL.

-Former Flyers/Kings/Lightning/Jets defenseman Randy Jones has signed a professional tryout contract with Oklahoma City.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes recalled defenseman David Rundblad from Portland of the AHL and assigned Andy Miele to Portland.

-The Sharks assigned defenseman Nick Petrecki to Worcester of the AHL.

Adams Division

-Adam Pelech scored two goals for the Erie Otters in an 11-4 loss to the Kitchener Rangers.

(Photos: Penguins/Capitals-Greg Fiume/Getty Images and Nick Wass/Associated Press; Senators/Canadiens-Graham Hughes/Canadian Press and Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Kesler-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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