Empty Netter Assists - 02-11-13

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We have to find ways ... to try to come from behind. We haven't really had that comeback win yet." - Brandon Sutter.

-The Newark Star-Ledger's recap. Devils forward David Clarkson is on pace to score 36 goals in the shortened 48-game season.

-The Bergen (N.J.) Record's recap. New Jersey has won five consecutive games.

-The Associated Press' recap. "They did a good job of taking away opportunities for us to get things going by playing in the offensive zone, and we spent a lot of our energy playing defense.'' - Dan Bylsma.


-Robert Bortuzzo versus New Jersey's Ryan Carter:

-“I think we probably had a few words in the previous game. He did a couple things out there that maybe needed some attention. It carried over.” - Carter on the fight.

-New Jersey's goaltenders Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg had a moment:

-New Jersey's Mark Fayne went stick on puck here against Chris Kunitz:

-Bylsma speaks:

-Tomas Vokoun speaks:

-Matt Niskanen speaks:

-"That's the challenging but good thing about having a lot of depth on your team, in your organization. Guys can step in and play. Guys who are regulars have got to stay on their toes and stay sharp all the time because people are pushing to make the team. They want to be a part of this as much as we do. That's a healthy thing for a team. It pushes everyone." - Niskanen on the team's depth on the blue line.

-A day after being recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Joe Morrow was re-assigned to the AHL club.

-Via Twitter, hockey phenom Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters caught up with two other guys who have scored a goal or two after last night's game:

-Ray Shero offered Paul Martin a chance to be traded after last season. Martin declined.

-Speaking of the (ex-)devil, Martin and Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard kept busy during the lockout at their alma mater, the University of Minnesota:

-Scott Darling made 39 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-0 loss to the Elmira Jackals. Wheeling has lost four consecutive games.

-Happy 29th birthday to former Penguins forward Maxime Talbot. An eighth-round pick in 2003, Talbot spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2005-06, Talbot appeared in 48 games and scored eight points. He broke through as a full-time NHLer in 2006-07 by playing in 75 games and netting 24 points. During the 2007 postseason he saw action in five games and recorded one assist. In 2007-08, Talbot played in 63 games and set a career-high with 26 points. During that spring's postseason, he appeared in 17 games and scored nine points while helping the franchise advance to its third Stanley Cup final. He followed that up in 2008-09 by appearing in 75 games and scoring 22 points. During the 2009 playoffs, "Superstar" lived up to his nickname by playing in 24 games and scoring 13 points, including both of the team's goals in a Stanley Cup-clinching 2-1 win in Game 7 of the Cup final in Detroit (below). Injuries limited Talbot to 45 games and seven assists in 2009-10. In that season's playoffs, Talbot played in 13 games and scored six points. Last season, Talbot appeared in all 82 games and scored 21 points. He played in seven postseason games last spring and contributed four points. This past offseason, he joined the Flyers as a free agent. In 388 career regular season games with the Penguins, Talbot scored 108 points, 78th-most in franchise history. In 66 postseason games, he had 33 points, 13th-most in franchise history.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Paul Harrison. Acquired by the Penguins in the 1981 offseason in a trade for future considerations with the Maple Leafs, Harrison appeared in 13 games that season for the team going 3-7-0 with a 5.49 goals against average. He would be claimed off waivers by the Sabres in February of that season.

-Happy 59th birthday to former Penguins all-star goaltender Michel Dion (right). A free agent signing in the 1981 offseason, Dion spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. He paid immediate dividends for the Penguins in 1981-82 by playing in 62 games, going 25-24-12 with a 3.79 goals against average. In addition to that, he became first Penguins goaltender to be selected to an all-star game that season. In the 1983 postseason, Dion saw action in all five of the team's postseason games and went 2-3 with 4.34 goals against average. He followed that up in 1982-83 by playing in 49 games, going 12-30-4 with a 4.26 goals against average. In 1983-84, Dion was limited to 30 games and had a 2-19-4 record with a 5.33 goals against average. His final NHL season was 1984-85. He only played in 10 games, went 3-6-0 and had a goals against average of 4.67. He retired following the season. In 151 regular season games with the Penguins, Dion had a record of 42-79-20 and a 4.28 goals against average. Prior to Marc-Andre Fleury's selection in 2010-11, Dion was the only goaltender in franchise history to be selected to an all-star game.

-Happy 76rd birthday to former Penguins forward Eddie Shack (right). An all-star with the Maple Leafs, Shack came to the Penguins late in 1971-72 season in a deal which sent Rene Robert to the Sabres, Shack spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. "The Entertainer" finished 1971-72 by playing in 18 games for the Penguins and scoring 14 points. In that spring's postseason, Shack played in four games and recorded one assist. His only full seasons in Pittsburgh was 1972-73. Skating on the eloquently-named Shack-Schock-Schinkel line (with Ron Schock and Ken Schinkel) he played in 74 games and scored 45 points In the 1973 offseason, Shack was trade to the Maple Leafs in exchange for cash. In 92 regular season games for the Penguins, he scored 59 points.

-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ville Siren. Acquired early in the 1984-85 season in a deal which sent Pat Boutette to the Whalers, Siren spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1985-86, Siren played in 60 games and scored 12 points. He followed that up in 1986-87 by setting a career high in games (69) and points (22). In 1987-88, Siren saw action in 58 games and scored 21 points. After 12 games and one goal in 1988-89, Siren was traded to the Minnesota North Stars along with Steve Gotaas in exchange for Gord Dineen and Scott Bjugstad. In 199 games with the Penguins, Siren scored 56 points. He is currently a scout with the Blues.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jamie Pushor. Acquired at the 2002 trade deadline in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Blue Jackets, Pushor spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2001-02 by playing in 15 games and recorded two assists. His only full season in Pittsburgh was 2002-03. He saw action in 76 games and scored four points. He left the Penguins in the 2003 offseason when he re-joined the Blue Jackets as a free agent. In 91 games with the Penguins, he scored six points. He is currently a professional scout for the Lightning.

-Happy 65th birthday to former Penguins forward Lew Morrison. Acquired midway through the 1974-75 season in a deal which sent Ron Lalonde to the Capitals, Morrison spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1974-75 by playing in 52 games for the Penguins and scoring 12 points. In nine postseason games that spring, he failed to record a point. During 1975-76, Morrison matched a career-high with 78 games and scored nine points. He appeared in three postseason games that season and failed to net a point. In 1976-77, he saw action in 76 games and recorded three points. In one postseason game that spring, he did not record a point. Morrison's final NHL season was 1977-78. He was limited to eight games and two points. Midway through the season, he was loaned to Binghamton of the AHL. In 214 regular season games with the Penguins, he scored 26 points. In 13 postseason games, he failed to score a point.

-After the Jump: The Red Wings win a thriller against the Kings.

Atlantic Division

-Two goals and an assist by Carl Hagelin led the Rangers past the Lightning, 5-1. Rick Nash added a goal and an assist for New York while teammate Dan Girardi each recorded two assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves in the victory.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal which led to a nifty goal by New York captain Ryan Callahan:

-Former Penguin Arron Asham picked the corner to score his first career goal with the Rangers:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Asham being popular:

-Tampa Bay's Brian Lee (left) and Anders Lindback were "popular" in New York:

-Tampa Bay captain Vincent Lecavalier tried to go wide here on Lundqvist:

-Girardi returned to the lineup after missing two games due to a groin injury.

-Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn and Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk play their former teams for the first time since they were traded for one another this past offseason.

-With goaltender Michael Leighton dealing with an "upper-body" inury, the Flyers recalled goaltender Brian Boucher from Adirondack of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Anton Khudobin made 25 saves and led the Bruins to a 3-1 win against the rival Sabres. Boston has won three consecutive games.

-Save of the Night: Buffalo's Ryan Miller bailed out teammate Andrej Sekera after this brutal turnover which led toa  scoring chance for Boston's Patrice Bergeron:

-The Sabres activated defenseman Robyn Regehr ("lower body") from injured reserve and waived forward Matt Ellis.

-Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski will have a disciplinary hearing for allegedly biting Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty Saturday.

-How important has goaltender James Reimer been to the Maple Leafs' 7-5-0 start?

Southeast Division

-After missing five games due to a "lower-body" injury, Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Flyers.

-The Lightning recalled forward Alex Killorn from Syracuse of the AHL and assigned forward Dana Tyrell to Syracuse.

Central Division

-Corey Crawford made all of 17 saves for the Blackhawks in a 3-0 shuout of the Predators. It was his sixth career shutout.

-The Blackhawks recorded their first regular season shutout since March 23, 2011.

-A goal by Jonathan Ericsson with five second remaining in regulation gave the Red Wings a wild 3-2 win against the Kings. Captain Henrik Zetterberg recorded two assists for Detroit while teammate Jimmy Howard made 45 saves.

-Ericsson's goal:

-That goal followed a score by Los Angeles' Alec Martinez which tied the game with 52.8 seconds left in regulation:

-A good look at Martinez's goal:

-And the celebration:


-Hit of the Day: Los Angeles' Drew Doughty on Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk:

-It wasn't all bad for Datsyuk. Check out this nifty goal against Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick:

-"The funniest part, actually, was one of the linesmen was thanking me after I scored. He said, 'Thank you so much because I really have to go pee. I wouldn't have lasted the overtime.' That was kind of funny." - Ericsson on the goal.

-The Red Wings placed goaltender Joey MacDonald on waivers.

-With goaltender Jaroslav Halak (groin) activated from injured reserve, the Blues assigned goaltender Jake Allen to Peoria of the AHL.

-Former Penguins forward Mark Letestu is filling a whole variety of roles for the Blue Jackets.

Northwest Division

-Sam Gagner had a goal and an assist for the Oilers in a 3-1 defeat of the Blue Jackets. Devan Dubnyk made 39 saves for Edmonton.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this dish by Gagner to set up Magnus Paajarvi for a short-handed goal:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky looking down on this save against Edmonton's Taylor Hall:

-It wasn't all bad for the Blue Jackets. Check out this hit by Columbus' Jack Johnson against Edmonton's Jordan Eberle:

-Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick is dealng with a torso injury.

Pacific Division

-Is this the Jaromir Jagr effect? The Stars' local television ratings have doubled this season.

Norris Division

-Austria, Latvia and Slovenia each qualified for next year's Olympic games in Sochi.

(Photos: Devils/Penguins-Vincent Pugliese/Getty Images and Keith Srakocic/Associated Press; Talbot-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Dion, Shack and Morrison-Penguins Hockey Cards; Lightning/Rangers-Frank Franklin II/Associated Press and Elsa/Getty Images; Kings/Red Wings-Carlos Osorio/Associated Press; Oilers/Blue Jackets-Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

"We have to find ways ... to try to come from behind," center Brandon Sutter said. "We haven't really had that comeback win yet."

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