Empty Netter Assists - 02-07-13

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-The Penguins trade Ben Lovejoy (above) to the Ducks in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2014 and recalled defenseman Dylan Reese from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-“We’ve liked Ben for a number of years and are happy to have him. With the schedule in the West this season, we think we may need 10 or 11 defensemen when it’s all said and done.” - Ducks general manager Bob Murray on Lovejoy.

-"To play hockey for a living is the best thing in the world." - Simon Despres.

-Robert Bortuzzo (right) joined Ian Moran, Greg Andrusak, Billy Tibbetts, Tomas Surovy and Evgeni Malkin in some 'exclusive' company.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Beau Bennett resumed practicing after missing five games due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Note: We jumped a day with the birthdays. Our apologies.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins defenseman John Slaney. A free agent signing in the 1999 offseason, Slaney's Penguins career amounted to 29 games and five points in 1999-2000. Midway through 2000-01, Slaney, the only player in franchise history from Newfoundland and Labrador, was traded to the Flyers in exchange for Kevin Stevens.

-Happy 66th birthday to former Penguins forward Ross Lonsberry. Acquired in the 1978 offseason along with Tom Bladon and Orest Kindrachuk in a trade which sent a draft pick to the Flyers, Lonsberry spent three seasons with the Penguins. In 1978-79, Lonsberry appeared in all 80 games and 46 points. He saw action in seven postseason games that spring and contributed two assists. He followed that up in 1979-80 by playing in 76 games and recording 33 points. In the 1980 postseason, he appeared in five games and scored three points. His final NHL season was 1980-81. He played in 80 games and netted 50 points. During that spring's playoffs, Lonsberry appeared in five games and failed to record a point. He retired following the season. In 236 regular season games with the Penguins, he scored 129 points, 66th-most in franchise history. In 17 postseason games, he scored five points.

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins forward Alexandre Daigle. The first-overall pick by the Senators in the 1993 draft, Daigle came to the Penguins as a free agent in the 2002 offseason and spent one season with the team. In 2002-03, he played in 33 games and scored seven points. In the 2003 offseason, he joined the Wild as a free agent.

-After the Jump: Jaromir Jagr makes some history and it's a rough night for former Penguins defensemen in the Pacific Division

Atlantic Division

-The Devils acquired forward Andrei Loktionov from the Kings in exchange for a draft pick in 2013 and assigned him to Albany of the AHL.

-Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds practiced for the first time since suffering a concussion Friday.

-“I hit him until he was down. I’m not going to hit nobody (late) no matter who they are or what they’ve done. I’ll never hit someone when they’re down; I hit him until he was down and made sure he was down and that was it.” - Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo suggestions he hit Lightning forward B.J. Crombeen late during their fight Tuesday.

-The fight in question:

Northeast Division

-David Krejci and Tyler Seguin each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins in a 3-2 win against the rival Canadiens. Tuukka Rask made 20 saves in the victory.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this dish from Krejci to set up Seguin:

-Ugly Play of the Night: Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec biffed on this breakaway badly:

-A good look at the play:

-Painful Play of the Night: Montreal goaltender Carey Price took a shot in a sensitive spot of the body during warm-ups:

-Boston's Milan Lucic and Montreal's Raphael Diaz battle for position:

-Bruins forward Brad Marchand did not play due to an undisclosed injury.

-The NHLPA is investigating the Sabres for staging a practice on a day originally scheduled to be a day off. Per the new collective bargaining agreement between the league and players' association, teams must have have two days off a month at home and two on the road and they must be planned in advance. They cannot be changed other than for "compelling circumstances."

-"It won't be the coach." - Sabres coach Darcy Regier on if there will be changes if the team doesn't improve on its 3-6-1 record. Regier was referring to head coach Lindy Ruff.

-Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (right) - listed at 6-foot-0 and 175 pounds - is averaging 28:17 of ice time per game this season, second only to Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson at 28:38.

Southeast Division

-The Jets returned forward Mark Scheifele to Barrie of the OHL.

-“I don’t know if we have to sacrifice a cow or something. I don’t know what we have to do.” - Capitals forward Jay Beagle on his team's 2-7-1start.

Central Division

-The NHL fined Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky $10,000 for a hit from behind against Kings defenseman and former Penguin Rob Scuderi Tuesday.

-The hit in question:

-"People who know me understand that I'm not that kind of player and I hope he knows that. I apologize for hurting him or hitting him that way. It was never my intention for it to happen that way." - Dubinsky on the hit.

-EN Says: Dubinsky's clean history in terms of discipline probably played a role in him receiving only a fine. Ditto Scuderi's lack of injury on the play. Either way, we feel this isn't a strict enought punishment.

-The Blue Jackets assigned forward Ryan Johansen to Springfield of the AHL.

-The Blackhawks face the Coyotes with Raffi Torres tonight for first time since Torres injured Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa during last season's playoffs.

Northwest Division

-With Miikka Kiprusoff (right) day to day due to a "lower-body" injury, Leland Irving takes over as the Flames' top goaltender.

-The Flames signed goaltender Danny Taylor to a one-year two-way contract.

Pacific Division

-An overtime goal and an assist by former Penguin Jaromir Jagr gave the Stars a 3-2 win against the Oilers. Jamie Benn also collected a goal an an assist for Dallas while teammate Kari Lehtonen made 24 saves. Ales Hemsky led Edmonton with a goal and an assist while teammate Sam Gagner extended a scoring streak to 10 games with an assist.

-Jagr abused former Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney en route to his goal and followed it up with a "shush" celebration:

-Check out the release on Benn's goal:

-The Stars made former Penguins defenseman Alex Goligoski a healthy scratch.

-Viktor Fasth made 31 saves for the Ducks in a 3-0 shutout of the Avalanche. It was his first career shutout. Saku Koivu and Sheldon Souray each collected a goal and an assist for Anaheim which remains undefeated and unscored on in the Ben Lovejoy era.

-Save of the Night: It wasn't all bad for Colorado. Semyon Varlamov stole a goal from Anaheim's Teemu Selanne here:

-Colorado's Patrick Bordeleau and Anaheim's Brad Staubitz had issues:

-A good look at Fasth in the butterfly:

-Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau tries to explain to a skeptical Ryan Getzlaf that it wasn't barbecue sauce:

-We think.

-Jagr moved past fellow former Penguins forward Luc Robitaille as the 10th leading goal scorer in NHL history with his 668th carer goal.

-The Ducks recalled defenseman Jordan Hendry from Norfolk of the AHL.

-Stars forward Ray Whitney sort of accused the NHL of ordering the Coyotes, his former team, to not meet his contract demands as an unrestricted free agent this past offseason.

-The Coyotes assigned forward Alexandre Bolduc to Portland of the AHL.

-The Kings recalled defenseman Andrew Campbell from Manchester of the AHL and assigned defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk to Manchester.

Norris Division

-According to ESPN, the NHL will not hold its award show in Las Vegas this season.

-NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan offered three pretty thorough explanations on three instances of dangerous hits which did not lead to supplemental discipline. San Jose's Brad Stuart against Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog:

 -Los Angeles' Jarret Stoll against Anaheim's Cam Fowler:

-Toronto's Mike Brown against Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta:

(Photos: Lovejoy-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Bortuzzo-Harry How/Getty Images; Bruins/Canadiens-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Karlsson-Marianne Helm/Getty Images; Kiprusoff-Dale MacMillan/Getty Images; Ducks/Avalanche-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images and David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

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