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Empty Netter Assists - 02-06-13

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "I don't think you can say enough about the penalty-kill tonight." Dan Bylsma on killing seven power plays.

-Newsday's recap. "I thought we were desperate, we tried everything." - Islanders captain/defenseman Mark Streit on his team's power play.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''Am I gushing still? I can't tell." - Sidney Crosby on his nose which was still bleeding after the game.

-Highlights:

-Crosby taking a puck to the face:

-Painful times for Crosby:

-Tanner Glass vs. Matt Martin:

-Marc-Andre Fleury was square to ths puck:

-New York's Evgeni Nabokov kept his eyes on this puck:

-Happy times for New York's Brad Boyes:

-Sidney Crosby speaks, leaks:

-Byslma speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-Flu-like symptoms weren't going to keep Chris Kunitz from an optional skate.

-The Pensblog takes a very detailed look at the European population of the Penguins' roster since Ray Shero took over as general manager.

-Happy 32nd birthday to former Penguins forward Andy Hilbert. Claimed of waivers from the Blackhawks late in the 2005-06 season, Hilbert's Penguins career amounted to 19 games and 18 points that campaign. The following offseason, he joined the Islanders as a free agent.

-After the jump: Gibsonia's Brandon Saad gets his first career NHL goal for the Blackhawks in a showdown with the Sharks.

Atlantic Division

-Tom Sesito scored two goals for the Flyers in a 2-1 defeat of the Lightning. Ilya Bryzgalov made 21 saves in the victory.

-Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo rocked Tampa Bay's B.J. Crombeen in this fight:

-A good look at the bout:

-Strange Fight of the Night: Tampa Bay captain Vincent Lecavalier versus Flyers forward and former Penguin Maxime Talbot:

-Crombeen was held out the rest of the game as a precaution.

-"I've got one [move]. Hopefully no goalies catch on to that. I'm going to keep doing it until it stops working." - Sestito, normally a enforcer, joking about his limited scoring ability.

-Two goals and an assist by David Clarkson led the Devils to a 3-1 defeat of the rival Rangers. Patrik Elias recorded three assists for New Jersey while teammate Martin Brodeur made 24 saves in the victory.

-Check out this save by Brodeur against New York's Marc Staal:

-Brodeur had another big save on New York's Carl Hagelin:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Brodeur challenging New York's Rick Nash:

-Clarkson being popular:

-Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi missed the game due an undisclosed injury.

-Rangers rookie forward J.T. Miller, a native of East Palestine, Ohio, made his NHL debut.

-The Rangers assigned forward Brandon Mashinter to Connecticut of the AHL.

-The Islanders signed undrafted forward Brett Gallant to a one-year entry-level contract.

Northeast Division

-James van Riemsdayk had two goals and led the Maple Leafs past the Capitals, 3-2. Phil Kessel recorded two assists for Toronto while teammate Ben Scrivens made 24 saves.

-Ugly Goal of the Night: Washington goaltender Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Tom Poti had a miscue with the puck behind their own net which led to a goal for van Riemsdyk:

-Craig Anderson made 20 saves for the Senators in a 4-3 defeat of the Sabres. Peter Regin recorded two assists for Ottawa. Former Penguin Jordan Leopold recorde a goal and an assist for Buffalo. Fire Ray Shero.

-Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth is 0-10-3 in his past 13 games.

-Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff is dealing with an undisclosed muscle strain.

-Former Blue Jackets defenseman Brett Lebda has signed a professional tryout contract with the Binghamton Senators, Ottawa's AHL affiliate.

Southeast Division

-An overtime goal by Bryan Little gave the Jets a 3-2 win against the Panthers. Zach Redmond recorded two assists for Winnipeg while teammate Ondrej Pavelec made 17 saves.

-Little's goal came on a rocket of a wrister:

-Happy times for Little (left) and Redmond:

-Pavelec kept an eye on this puck:

-We don't want to question the skating ability of Winnipeg's Evander Kane, but...:

-Florida's Scott Clemmensen had issues with this puck:

Central Division

-In a showdown of the Western Conference's two best teams, Patrick Kane scored two goals and led the Blackhawks past the Sharks, 5-3. Marcus Kruger collected a goal and an assist for Chicago while teammates Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews each recorded two assists. Corey Crawford made 30 saves in the victory. Michael Handzus and Tommy Wingels each had a goal and an assist for San Jose.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Wingels:

-Chicago's Brandon Saad, a native of Gibsonia, scored his first career NHL goal:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this stick lift and steal by Toews against San Jose's Douglas Murray which led to a pass to set up Kane:

-Hit of the Night: Murray got the drop here on Chicago's Andrew Shaw:

-Awful Penalty of the Night: San Jose's Andrew Desjardins was given a match penalty for this "hit to the head" of Chicago's Jamal Mayers in the second period:

-Almost immediately, the league rescinded the match penalty following the game.

-"It was a terrible call. I don't know if we were going to be able to come back or not, but at that point we were still in the game and we had every opportunity to win and probably should have been on a four-minute power play. It was an awful call." - Sharks coach Todd McLellan.

-EN Says: This is almost like the bogus penalty St. Louis captain David Backes received for a hit to the chest of Detroit's Kent Huskins last week. The play happened so fast, the officials must have just caught the aftermath and assumed Mayers was hit in the head. Either way, this is an attorcious penalty.

-A goal and two assists by Martin Erat led the Predators to a 6-1 rout of the Blues. Colin Wilson recorded three assists for Nashville while teammate Ryan Ellis collected a goal and an assist. Pekka Rinne made 31 saves in the victory.

-Goal of the Night: It wasn't all bad for the Blues. Check out this sneaky backhanded goal by St. Louis' Alex Pietrangelo:

-The Blue Jackets activated forward Matt Calvert ("upper body") off injured reserve and assigned forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault to Springfield of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Dennis Wideman had a goal and an assist for the Flames who defeated the Red Wings, 4-1. Mike Cammalleri recorded two assists for Calgary while teammate Miikka Kiprusoff made 19 saves in the victory.

-Calgary's Steve Begin and Detroit's Jordin Tootoo had a spirited bout:

-Happy times for Calgary's Leland Irving (left) and teammate Chris Butler:

-Kiprusoff left the game in the second intermission due to a "lower-body" injury.

-"My years in Pittsburgh were two of my most enjoyable years playing hockey. They made it a place where everybody was accountable. It was fun coming to the rink. Playing under Dan Bylsma and Mike Yeo, you were just excited to come to practice every day. I know that's just how [Yeo] is and how he coaches, and I would expect it's the same thing here. I'm just looking forward to battling for Mike and my new teammates." - Former Penguins forward Mike Rupp on joiining the Wild. Former Penguins assistant Mike Yeo coaches Minnesota.

-Mike Liut, agent for Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider, publicly pleaded the team to trade its other goaltender, Roberto Luongo, so that his client could get more playing time.

-The Avalanche claimed forward Aaron Palushaj off waivers from the Canadiens.

-Colorado is still trying to re-sign restricted free agent forward Ryan O'Reilly.

-Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff is sidelined indefinitely due to a broken knuckle.

-The Oilers recalled forward Mark Arcobello from Oklahoma City of the AHL and assigned defenseman Theo Peckham to Oklahoma City.

Pacific Division

-A goal and an assist by Mike Richards led the Kings past the Blue Jackets, 4-2. Justin Williams recorded three assists for Los Angeles while teammate Jonathan Quick made 18 saves.

-Save of the Night: Quick on Columbus' Derek Dorsett:

-A good look at the save:

-Columbus' Brandon Dubinsky received a boarding major and a game misconduct for this dangerous hit from behind against Kings defenseman and former Penguin Rob Scuderi in the second periods (which preceeded a fight with Los Angeles' Mike Richards):

-EN Says: This is an ugly hit.  It merts a two- or three-game suspension.

-"I think the thing that frustrates me about the whole thing is as a defenseman, you're trying to play by the new rules. You know you can't interfere with guys. You can't even make them break their stride. I just turned around. Tried to get the loose puck, poke it behind the net to [Drew] Doughty and at that point ... I haven't seen the replay. I don't know if he leaned into me real hard or hit my numbers. But it's a play I do plenty of times and most forwards find a way to be physical but also fair. And I don't think that was the case this time. ... At times, it feels like it's kind of open season on some of the D." - Scuderi. He returned to the game in the second period.

-The Ducks assigned forward Devante Smith-Pelly to Norfolk of the AHL.

-Has Viktor Fasth replaced all-star Jonas Hiller as the Ducks' top goaltender?

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

Patrick Division

-A goal and two assists by Matthew Zay led the Mercyhurst men's team to an 8-1 rout of Robert Morris.

(Photos: Penguins/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Kathy Willens/Associated Press; Lightning/Flyers-Tom Mihalek/Associated Press; Rangers/Devils-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images and Julio Cortez/Associated Press; Panthers/Jets-Marianne Helm/Getty Images and Canadian Press; Flames/Red Wings-Paul Sancya/Associated Press; Kings/Blue Jackets-Mike Munden/Associated Press)

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