Empty Netter Assists - 02-10-13

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-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. "We just had too many penalties, undisciplined penalties."  - Brandon Sutter.

-The Bergen (N.J.) Record's recap. “It’s your first NHL goal. It only happens once. It’s kind of like your first NHL game. It’s your first NHL goal and not many people in the world are going to be able to say that they had an NHL goal, so I’m really fortunate." - Devils rookie forward Stefan Matteau on scoring his first career goal.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''Whenever you give a team repeated power plays, it gets harder as you go along, and when you get to the seven, eight, nine and 10 area, or three or four in a period, it gets harder to kill those." - Dan Bylsma on the Devils having 10 power plays.


-Deryk Engelland vs. New Jersey's Krys Barch:

-A good look at the bout:

-Several of the Devils said the fight ended up being a turning point.

-Martin Brodeur's "save" on this pseudo-almost goal by Evgeni Malkin:

-A good look at the aftermath:

-Marc-Andre Fleury kicked out this puck:

-Happy times for New Jersey's Bobby Butler. Not so much for Malkin:

-Malkin appears to have incorported some air guitar into his pre-game stretches:

-Sidney Crosby's is celebrating Movember a few months later (or many months early):

-Snow covered the Rich Pilon-free statue in front of the Prudential Center:

-Bylsma speaks:

-Fleury speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Expect Tomas Vokoun to start today.

-Breaking down the Ben Lovejoy trade.

-Riley Holzapfel and Trevor Smith each had a goal and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-1 defeat of the Norfolk Admirals. Chad Kolarik recorded two assists for the Penguins while teammate Jeff Zatkoff made 25 saves in the victory.

-"He could be an anchor of a defensive pairing. He's done a nice job with Joe Morrow the last few games. Phil's consistency, execution of the system, attention to detail have really helped Joe come along. That's where I see Phil continuing to progress." - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach John Hynes on defenseman Philip Samuelsson.

-Peter Delmas made 19 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-0 loss to the Reading Royals.

-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Peter Popovic. Acquired in the 1999 offseason in a deal that sent defenseman Kevin Hatcher to the Rangers, Popovic played one season with the Penguins. In 54 games in 1999-2000, he recorded six points. Popovic left the team in the 2000 offseason as a free agent.

-Happy 24th birthday to current Penguins forward Eric Tangradi. Acquired midway through the 2008-09 season along with Chris Kunitz in a deal which sent Ryan Whitney to the Ducks, Tangradi has spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. After appearing in one game and failing to score a point in 2009-10, Tangradi played in 15 games in 2010-11 and scored three points. In the 2011 postseason, he saw action in one game and failed to score. Last season, Tangradi appeared in 24 games and recorded two assists. Last spring, he played in two postseason games and recorded one assist. This season, Tangradi has played in five games and has no points. In 45 career regular season games with the Penguins, he has five points points. In three postseason games, he has one assist.

-After the Jump: The ageless Teemu Selanne lead the Ducks past the Blues in a wild game.

Atlantic Division

-An overtime goal by Daniel Briere gave the Flyers a 4-3 win against the Hurricanes. Brayden Schenn added a goal and two assists for Philadelphia while teammate Jakub Voracek added a goal and an assist. Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves in the victory. Joe Corvo led Carolina with a goal and an assist.

-Briere's goal:

-Goal of the Day: Check out this re-direction by Voracek off a pass by Schenn:

-Save of the Day: Check out this bit of robbery by Carolina's Cam Ward on Philadelphia's Matt Read as the third period expired:

-Painful times for Philadelphia's Tye McGinn:

-East Palestine, Ohio product J.T. Miller is living the dream with the Rangers.

Northeast Division

-A goal and an assist by Thomas Vanek led the Sabres past the Islanders, 3-2. Cody Hodgson recorded two assists for Buffalo while teammate Ryan Miller made 41 saves. Former Penguin Brian Strait led New York with two assists. Fire Ray Shero.

-New York's Evgeni Nabokov hugged the post here:

-Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers was made a healthy scratch.

-Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta returned to the lineup after missing five games due to a neck injury.

-James Reimer made 34 saves for the Maple Leafs in a 6-0 shutout of the rival Canadiens. Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists for Toronto while teammates Dion Phaneuf and James van Riemsdyk each collected a goal adn an assist.

-Check out this pass by Kessel to set up van Riemsdyk:

-Check out this steal by Toronto's Nikolai which eventually led to a goal by Leo Komarov:

-Hit of the Night: Toronto's Nazem Kadri on Montreal's Alexei Emelin:

-Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski was accused of biting Montreal's Max Pacioretty on the hand in the third period. The alleged bite happened during this scrum:

-Late in the game, Toronto enforcer Colton Orr tried to hit Montreal forward Tomas Plekanec low. That led to a meelee in the neutral zone:

-A good look at the mayhem:

-And the ensuing yard sale:

-“When you have Colton Orr pull his knee on Plekanec, what are you going to say? Pretty clear, we hope the league is going to review that.” - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien on the hit.

-EN Says: By trade, Orr is an enforcer who, if you follow the tired narrative of the meatheads who populate this sport, is there to "protect" his teammates. We can only assume Plekanec's knees posed an immediate threat to the well being of Toronto's Phil Kessel or Nazem Kadri.

In all seriousness, this was pretty gutless by Orr and fellow cementhead Frazer McLaren to go after Montreal's skill guys.

-Toronto's Mark Fraser and Montreal's Brandon Prust also had issues:

-Due to the winter storm slamming into the Northeast, yesterday's Lightning-Bruins game in Boston was postponed to a date to be determined.

-EN Says: If Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin were playing or NBC was covering this game, you better believe it would have been played.

Southeast Division

-Braden Holtby made 27 saves for the Capitals in a 5-0 shutout of the Panthers. It was his fourth career shutout. Troy Brouwer scored two goals for Washington while teammates Mathieu Perreault and Joel Ward each contributed a goal and an assist.

-Washington's Jay Beagle > Florida's Tomas Kopecky:

-Al Montoya made 33 saves for the Jets in a 1-0 shutout of the Senators. It was his third career shutout. Ottawa has dropped four out of its past five games.

-Ottawa's Kyle Turris and Winnipeg's Alexander Burmistrov were ready for this faceoff:

-After having its game in Boston postponed yesteday, the Lightning had to struggle through the winter storm slamming the Northeast in order to get to New York for today's game against the Rangers.

Central Division

-A goal and an assist by Pavel Datsyuk led the Red Wings past the Oilers, 2-1. Captain Henrik Zetterberg recorded two assists for Detroit while teammate Jimmy Howard made 23 saves.

-Blues forward Jamie Langenbrunner is expected to miss the rest of the season due to a hip injury.

-The Blue Jackets assigned defenseman David Savard to Springfield of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-A shootout goal by Devin Setoguchi gave the Wild a 2-1 win against the Predators. Ryan Suter recorded two assists for Nashville while teammate Niklas Backstrom made 25 saves in the victory.

-Setoguchi's goal:

-A controversial faceoff violation penalty in overtime by Nashville's Paul Gaustad led to Setoguchi's goal.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this poke check by Nashville's Ryan Ellis to deny Setoguchi a goal:

-Rookie Jordan Schroeder scored his first two career goals and led the Canucks past the rival Flames, 5-1. Ale Burrows collected a goal and an assist for Vancouver while teammates Daniel and Henrik Sedin each recorded two assists. Cory Schneider made 33 saves in the victory.

-Check out this re-direction by Schroeder for his first goal:

-Happy times for Schroeder:

-Henrik Sedin moved within a point of tying former captain Markus Naslund's franchise record of 756 career points.

-Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin played his first game in 11 months for the Oilers against the Red Wings.

Pacific Division

-Shootout goals by Mikkel Boedker and Radim Vrbata gave the Coyotes to a 1-0 win against the Sharks. Phoenix's Mike Smith made 33 saves in the shutout victory. San Jose's Antti Niemi made 21 saves and was also credited with a shutout.

-Boedker > Niemi:

-Phoenix's Raffi Torres had good form on this shot:

-Shootout goals by Saku Koivu, Corey Perry, captain Ryan Getzlaf and Nick Bonino gave the Ducks a wild 6-5 win against the Blues. Bobby Ryan had two regulations goals and two assists for Anaheim while Selanned added a regulation goal and three assists. Viktor Fasth made 26 saves in the victory. Alexander Steen and Penguins athletic trainer Chris Stewart each led St. Louis with a regulation goal and two assists.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this dish form Selanne to set up Ryan:

-Check out this pass by Ryan to set up Koivu for a goal:

-"I think that it was a coupleof years of first-round outs in the playoffs. They wanted to shake things up. What had not worked in the past, they wanted to change. I was a bit of a casulalty of that. I was a casualty of some talented rookie prospects coming up." - Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy on being traded by the Penguins last week.

-The Ducks recalled goaltender Jeff Deslauriers from Norfolk of the AHL and assigned defensemen Jordan Hendry and Sami Vatanen to Norfolk.

-The Stars assigned forward Antoine Roussel to Texas of the AHL.

-With defenseman Brent Burns ("lower body") activated from injured reserve, the Sharks assigned defenseman Matt Irwin to Worcester of the AHL.

Patrick Division

-The Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL had a bit of a scare Friday night when a real-life condor didn't exactly go along with the plans for a pregame ceremony:

-Devin Williams made 32 saves for the Erie Otters in a 4-1 loss to the Belleville Bulls.

-Colin South scored two goals for the Robert Morris men's team in a 4-3 loss to RIT.

-Casey Bailey and David Glen each had a goal and an assist for the Penn State men's team in a 4-3 loss to Alabama-Huntsville.

-Max Strang made 35 saves for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 2-2 tie with Air Force.

-A hat trick by Lauren Jones led the Mercyhurst women's team to a 9-1 rout of Robert Morris.

-Nicole Paniccia made 44 saves for the Penn State women's team whch tied Lindenwood, 3-3.

-Casey Nelson had a goal and an assist for the Johnstowns Tomahawks in a 3-1 defeat of the Janesville Jets.

(Photos: Penguins/Devils-Bill Kostroun/Associated Press and Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Hurricanes/Flyers-Drew Hallowell/Getty Images; Sabres/Islanders-Al Bello/Getty Images; Maple Leafs/Canadiens-Graham Hughes/Canadian Press and Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Panthers/Capitals-Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Jets/Senators-Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images; Sharks/Coyotes-Flames/Canucks-Rich Lam/Getty Images; Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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