Empty Netter Assists - 02-12-13

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-Brandon Sutter (right) is getting acclimated to Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy.

-Cooke's transformation into a cleaner player continues.

-Welcome back Joe Morrow ... to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-Zach Boychuk has no points in six games spent primarily on Evgeni Malkin's left wing. (PG+)

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled defenseman Reid McNeill from Wheeling, re-signed former forward Chris Collins to a professional tryout contract and assigned forward Chris Barton to Wheeling.

-"Since I left, I wished I stayed. I went to Europe. I enjoyed playing over there, but I immediately kind of regretted leaving here." - Collins on re-joining the Penguins.

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins forward Rico Fata. Acquired prior to the 2003 trade deadline along with Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner and Mikael Samuelsson in a trade that sent Mike Wilson, Alex Kovalev, Janne Laukkanen and Dan LaCouture to the Rangers, Fata spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2002-03 by playing in 27 games for the Penguins and scoring 13 points. His only full season in Pittsburgh was 2003-04. He played in 73 games, scored 34 points and compiled a staggering minus -46. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Fata played in 20 games for the 2005-06 Penguins and failed to record a point. Midway through that season, he was claimed off waivers by the Thrashers. In 120 games for the Penguins, he scored 47 points. He currently plays for Genève-Servette of the NLA in Switerzland.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Russ Anderson (right). A second-round pick in 1975, Anderson spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1976-77, Anderson appeared in 66 games, scored 13 points and recorded 81 penalty minutes. He played in three postseason games that spring and recorded one assist. He followed that up in 1977-78 by appearing in 74 games, scoring 18 points and collecting 150 penalty minutes. In 1978-79, Anderson saw action in 72 games, scored 16 points and compiled 93 penalty minutes. He played in two games that postseason and failed to record a point. During 1979-80, Anderson played in 76 games and set a career high with 27 points and netted 150 penalty minutes. The 1980 postseason saw him appear in five games and record two assists. Anderson was limited to 34 games and 17 assists and 112 penalty minutes in 1980-81. After 31 games and one assist in 1981-82, Anderson was traded to the Hartford Whalers along with a draft pick in exchange for Rick MacLeish. In 353 regular season games with the Penguins, Anderson scored 92 points (89th-most in franchise history) and recorded 684 penalty minutes (10th-most). Anderson also holds the franchise's single-game record for penalties (nine) and penalty minutes (51).

-Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Brad Werenka. A free agent signing in the 1997 offseason, Werenka spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. In 1997-98, he played in 71 games and scored 18 points. In six postseason games that season, he played in six games and scored one goal. Werenka set career-highs in 1998-99 with games (81) and points (24) and led the team with 93 penalty minutes. During that postseason, he saw action in 13 games and scored points. After 61 games and 11 points in 1999-2000, Werenka was dealt at the trade deadline to the Flames in exchange for Rene Corbet and Tyler Moss. In 213 regular season games with the Penguins, Werenka scored 53 points. In 19 postseason games, he had three points.

-After the Jump: Ex-Penguin Andrew Ference wants to stay in Boston.

Atlantic Division

-The Devils haven't suffered a regulation home loss in the regular season since losing to the Penguins, 5-2, March 17, 2012.

-In the midst of a five-game losing streak, the Islanders' power play has gone 0 for its last 22.

Northeast Division

-A goal and an assist by Matt Frattin led the Maple Leafs past the Flyers, 5-2. Cody Franson and Nazem Kadri each recorded two assists for Toronto while teammate Ben Scrivens made 32 saves.

-Toronto's Dion Phaneuf scored on this rocket from the point:

-Check out this nifty little pass by Kadri to set up Clarke MacArthur for a score:

-Save of the Night: Toronto's James Reimer stopped Philadelphia's Matt Read:

-Phaneuf had issues with Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo:

-Reimer left the game due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Citing a lack of conclusive evidence, the NHL has opted not to suspend Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski after he was accused of biting Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty Saturday.

-Pacioretty said he got a tetanus shot after being bitten.

-Canadiens coach Michel Therrien is a lot more composed and calm than during his time as Penguins coach.

-In the final season of his contract with the Bruins, former Penguins defenseman Andrew Ference (right) wants to stay in Boston.

-The Bruins assigned forwards Jamie Tardif and Lane MacDermid to Providence of the AHL.

-Sabres forward Matt Ellis cleared waivers and was assigned to Rochester of the AHL.

-The Senators are giving 19-year-old rookie center Mika Zibanejad a chance on the team's top line with all-star wingers Daniel Alfredsson and Milan Michalek.

Southeast Division

-Jiri Tlusty had two goals and two assists for the Hurricanes in a 6-4 defeat of the Islanders. Aleander Semin added a goal and two assists for Carolina while teammate Eric Staal netted a goal and an assist. Cam Ward made 24 saves in the victory. New York was led by former Penguins prospect Matt Moulson who had two goals an an assist. Fire Ray Shero.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this pass by New York's Brad Boyes to set up Moulson:

-The Lightning placed former Penguins forward Ryan Malone on injured reserve and recalled forward Richard Panik from Syracuse of the AHL.

Central Division

-A goal and an assist by Brandon Dubinsky led the Blue Jackets past the Sharks, 6-2. Matt Calvert and Nick Foligno each recorded two assists for Columbus while teammate Steve Mason made 52 saves.

-Columbus scored two goals in span of eight second during the third period. Vaclav Prospal's goal was followed up by a score by former Penguin Mark Letestu:

-Fire Ray Shero.

Northwest Division

-Shootout goals by Zach Parise and captain Mikko Koivu gave the Wild a 2-1 win against the Flames. Niklas Backstrom made 23 saves in the victory.

-Parise jammed up Calgary's Leland Irving something fierce on this shootout move:

-Shootout Goal of the Night: Check out this paralyzing move by Koivu against Calgary's Leland Irving:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Hot times in Calgary:

-Koivu appeared in his 500th career game.

-The Flames claimed goaltender Joey MacDonald off waivers from the Red Wings.

-The Oilers placed forward Darcy Hordichuk on waivers and assigned forward Chris VandeVelde to Oklahoma City of the AHL.

-Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson left last night's game against the Coyotes in the third period after suffering an undisclosed injury.

-Colorado forward Milan Hejduk has worn the same shin guards for at least 10 years.

Pacific Division

-Two goals by Jeff Carter led the Kings to a 4-1 defeat of the Blues. Slava Voynov recorded two assists for Los Angeles while teammate Jonathan Bernier made 21 saves. St. Louis has lost five consecutive games.

-Check out this slick backhanded goal by Carter against St. Louis' Brian Elliott:

-A good look at the goal:

-Check out this pass by Voynov to set up Jarret Stoll for a goal:

-Kings defenseman Alec Martinez left the game in the first period due to an "upper-body" injury.

Captain Shane Doan had two goals, including one in overtime, and an assist for the Coyotes who beat the Avalanche, 3-2. Kyle Chipchura recorded two assists for Phoenix while teammate Mike Smith made 41 saves.

-Fluky Goal of the Night: Doan's overtime goal came off a fluky bouce off a referee:

-Colorado's Matt Duchene used a leg kick to jam up Smith on this breakaway goal:

-Chipchura and Colorado's Cody McLeod had issues:

-The Ducks recalled former Penguins defenseman and Hopewell native Nate Guenin from Norfolk of the AHL.

-The Stars recalled forward Antoine Roussel from Texas of the AHL.

-The Sharks recalled defenseman Matt Pelech from Worcester of the AHL.

(Photos: Sutter-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Anderson-Penguins Hockey Cards; Flyers/Maple Leafs-Chris Young/Canadian Press; Ference-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Wild/Flames-Derek Leung/Getty Images; Kings/Blues-Jeff Roberson/Associated Press; Coyotes/Avalanche-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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