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Empty Netter Assists - 02-13-13

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-"We've got a lot of skilled guys who want the puck. The quicker I can get it out of my hands and into theirs, the better the team can do." - Deryk Engelland (above) on his role with the team.

-"It was almost a sleepless night not knowing." - Zach Boychuk on going through waivers.

-Welcome back Kris Letang and Matt Niskanen ... to practice.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Letang speaks, gets a free car:

-Brad Thiessen made 18 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 5-1 loss to the Binghamton Senators.

-Binghamton goaltender Robin Lehner has a 5-0-1 records with a 1.17 goals-against average and .967 save percentage against the Penguins this season.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Kim Clackson. A fifth-round pick of the Penguins in 1975, Clackson spent the first four seasons of his professional career in WHA. He finally played for the Penguins spending the 1979-80 season in Pittsburgh. In 45 games, he recorded three assists. He left the Penguins in the 1980 offseason when he was transferred to the Nordiques as compensation for signing Paul Baxter.

-After the Jump: The Blue Jackets break down a cultural barrier by making a change at general manager.

Atlantic Division

-Shootout goals by Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan gave the Rangers a wild 4-3 win against the Bruins. Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves in the victory. Milan Lucic and Gregory Campbell each recorded two assists for Boston.

-Shootout Goal of the Night: Nash juked Boston's Tuukka Rask out of his jock here:

-Pass of the Night: Nash was determined to set up teammate Carl Hagelin on this goal:

-The Bruins scored two goals in the final 1:31 of regulation with Rask pulled for an extra attacker to force overtime:

-Happy times in Boston:

-Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves for the Flyers in a 3-2 win against the Jets. Jakub Voracek recorded two assists for Philadelphia. Captain Andrew Ladd scored both of Winnipeg's goals.

-Check out this pass by Winnipeg's Blake Wheeler to set up Ladd for a goal:

-Philadelphia's Tye McGinn had issues with Winnipeg's Mark Stuart:

-The Flyers placed forward/enforcer Jody Shelley (hip) on injured reserve and recalled forward Harry Zolnierczyk from Adirondack of the AHL.

-"Every day I wake up in the morning with an opportunity to play this great game is a great day. I don't take anything for granted. I realize now I'm not invincible. I've always tried to do everything I can to stay healthy. It hasn't always worked, but I'm trying, trust me." - Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro on his career being derailed by injuries in recent seasons.

Northeast Division

-Craig Anderson made 42 saves for the Senators in a 2-0 shutout of the rival Sabres. It was his 21st career shutout.

-Ottawa's Erik Karlsson got away with a pretty bad dive here which led to a penalty by Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta:

-Sabres defenseman Tyer Myers returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch for two games.

-A shootout goal by David Desharnais gave the Canadiens a wild 4-3 win against the Lightning. P.K. Subban had a regulation goal and an assist for Montreal while teammate Lars Eller recorded two assists. Carey Price made 21 saves in the victory. Victor Hedman led Tampa Bay with two goals.

-Check out this pass by Montreal's Tomas Plekanec to set up captain Brian Gionta for a goal:

-Save of the Night: Tampa Bay's Anders Lindback reached back with this blocker to deny Montreal's Andre Markov here:

-Lindback had another tough save against Montreal's Erik Cole in overtime:

-"We were almost perfect for 54 minutes." - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien on winning despite giving up a 3-0 lead with roughly six minutes remainin gin regulation.

-The Bruins signed forward Jay Pandolfo to a one-year contract worth $600,000 (prorated). Per NHL protocol, Pandolfo was placed on waivers after starting the season on a professional tryout contract. In 62 games with the Islanders last season, Pandolfo scored three points (one goal, two assists).

-The Lightning-Bruins game in Boston which was postponed Saturday has been rescheduled for April 25, 7:30 p.m.

-Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer is expected to be sidelined a week due to a knee strain.

Southeast Division

-An overtime goal by Troy Brouwer gave the Capitals a 6-5 win against the Panthers. Mike Ribeiro added a goal and two assists for Washington while teammate Alex Ovechkin added a goal and an assist. Braden Holtby made 27 saves in the victory. Jonathan Huberdeau led Florida with two goals.

-Brouwer's goal:

-Ovechkin tied the game, 5-5, with 2:49 remaining in regulation with a laser of a wrist shot:

-Bizarre Fight of the Night: Ovechkin versus Florida's Kris Versteeg:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Holtby stopping Florida's Peter Mueller in tight:

-Two goals by Jiri Tlusty led the Hurricanes past the Devils, 4-2. Justin Faulk and captain Eric Staal each recorded two assists for Carolina while teammate Cam Ward made 26 saves. New Jersey had a five-game winning streak snapped.

-Check out this save by Ward despite a pretty heavy screen:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal by New Jersey's Steve Bernier against Faulk which led to a goal by Ryan Carter:

-Florida blew a two-goal lead with 5:07 remaining regulation.

-Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen left the game in the second period due to a "lower-body" injury.

Central Division

-An overtime goal by Colin Wilson gave the Predators a 1-0 victory against the Sharks. Pekka Rinne made 25 saves in the shutout. It was his 27th career shutout. San Jose has gone 0-3-3 in February after winning all of its seven games in January.

-Wilson's goal:

-Check out this save by Rinne on San Jose's Tim Kennedy:

-The Blue Jackets fired Scott Howson as general manager. In his sixth season as the team's general manager, Howson directed the club to a 178-190-59 record and one playoff appearance which saw the club swept by the Red Wings in 2009.

-Columbus named Jarmo Kekalainen as its next general manager. He is currently general manager of Jokerit in Finland's SM-ligga. A native of Finland, Kekalainen served as the Blues' director of amateur scouting from 2002 until 2010. During that time, the Blues drafted all-stars such as David Backes and Alex Pietrangelo. Kekalainen is the first European to ever be an NHL general manager.

-EN Says: Organizational change was needed badly by the Blue Jackets. Howson (right) brought the franchise its one and only postseason appearance but beyond that, his resume with Columbus was full of misses, none bigger than the lukewarm return he recieved this past summer in the trade which sent long-time captain Rick Nash to the Rangers. Columbus made little progress towards being a regular postseason contender during Howson's tenure. The writing was on the wall once John Davidson took over as team president prior to this season.

Regarding Kekalainen, he has a history with Davidson from their days in St. Louis. The Blues have one of the deepest and youngest rosters in the NHL thanks in part to Kekalainen's role in the team's drafting. Additionally, given his heritage, this is a refreshing outside-the-box hire for Columbus. If you're a Blue Jackets fan, today is a good day.

-A look at Howson's hits and mostly misses in Columbus.

-The Blue Jackets assigned defenseman Nick Holden to Springfield of the AHL.

-The Blues recalled goaltender Jake Allen from Peoria of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Roberto Luongo made 35 saves for the Canucks in a 2-1 defeat of the rival Wild. Vancouver extended a winning streak to six games. Vancouver has one 11 consecutive home gainst against Minnesota.

-Check out this pass by Vancouver's Keith Ballard to set up Jannik Hansen for a goal:

-Minnesota's Darcy Kuemper had issues with this puck:

-With goaltender Josh Harding going on hiatus to deal with his medication for multiple sclerosis, the Wild recalled Kuemper from Houston of the AHL and assigned goaltender Marco Scandella to Houston.

-The Oilers made former Penguins defenseman and former captain Ryan Smyth healthy scratches for last night's game against the Stars.

-Oilers forward/enforcer Darcy Hordichuk cleared waivers and was assigned to Oklahoma City of the AHL. Forward Chris Vandevelde was recalled from Oklahoma City.

-The Flames recalled forward Paul Byron from Abbotsford of the AHL and assigned former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Ben Street to Abbotsford.

-Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is expected to be sidelined two weeks due to a knee sprain.

Pacific Division

-Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves and led the Stars to a 4-1 win against the Oilers. Vernon Fiddler recorded two assists for Dallas.

-Bizarre Goal of the Night: Dallas' Brenden Dillon scored a fluky goal off the end boards and off the back of Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk:

-Dallas' Ryan Garbutt went low to beat Dubnyk here:

-Shootout goals by Nick Bonino and Corey Perry gave the Ducks a 3-2 win against the Blackhawks. Former Penguin Ben Lovejoy recorded two assists for Anaheim while teammate Viktor Fasth made 28 saves in the victory. Fire Ray Shero. Chicago (10-0-3) remains the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss.

-A wrister by Lovejoy was re-directed by Anaheim's Andrew Cogliano to tie the game with 2:40 remaining in regulation

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Anaheim's Sheldon Souray put some torque on this shot:

-Happy times for the Ducks:

-The Ducks assigned goaltender Frederik Andersen to Norfolk of the AHL.

-Anaheim hired former Flames/Sabres/Wild/Oilers/Islanders/Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson as a goaltending consultant.

-The Sharks placed forward Andrew Desjardins (undisclosed) on injured reserve and recalled forward Tim Kennedy from Worcester of the AHL.

Norris Division

-Realignment's a'coming.

-Former Lightning/Maple Leafs/Thrashers/Flyers defenseman Pavel Kubina has joined Genève-Servette of Switzerland's NLA.

(Photos: Engelland-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Rangers/Bruins-Elise Amendola/Associated Press; Flyers/Jets-Trevor Hagan/Canadian Press; Capitals/Panthers-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Howson-xxx; Wild/Canucks-Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press; Stars/Oilers-Jason Franson/Canadian Press; Ducks/Blackhawks-Charlie Arbogast/Associated Press and Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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