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Empty Netter Assists - 02-14-13

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "He went down screaming, and I didn't even know what happened. Obviously, I feel terrible about it. I'm not trying to do that, obviously." On his hit which injured Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson in the second period. Karlsson (above) suffered a lacerated Achilles tendon.

-The Ottawa Citizen's recap. “I don’t know it it’s intent to injure, but I don’t know why you would hit somebody like that in that situation.” - Senators captain/forward Daniel Alfredsson on the hit.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''We all know who's involved in it." - Senators coach Paul MacLean on the hit.

-Highlights:

-Cooke's hit on Karlsson:

-Ottawa's Chris Neil going after Cooke:

-Happy times for Crosby. Not so much for the Senators:

-Simon Despres got down low here to block Ottawa's Zack Smith:

-Marc-Andre Fleury kicked out this puck:

-Kris Letang had a faceful of Ottawa's Kaspar Daugavins while controlling the puck here:

-Possessive times for Crosby and his water bottle:

-A good look at Karlsson's injured leg:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Paul Martin speaks:

-James Neal speaks:

-Ray Shero speaks:

-Eric Tangradi heads to Winnipeg.

-"I'm pumped. I'm just really excited. I don't know what opportunity awaits me and what not, but I think it was time for a change of scenery for me. I do believe I'm an NHL player but wasn't getting that opportunity in Pittsburgh." -Tangradi.

-Why didn't Tangradi's success in the AHL translate to the NHL?

-Welcome back Dylan Reese ... to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-Happy 24th birthday to current Penguins forward Brandon Sutter. Acquired in a trade during the 2012 offseason whch sent Jordan Staal Staal to the Hurricanes, Sutter has appeared in 14 games in his first season with the Penguins has scored six points.

-After the jump: Another former Penguins power forward returns to the Atlantic Division.

Atlantic Division

-The Devils re-acquired former Penguins forward Alexei Ponikarovsky from the Jets in exchange for a seventh round pick in this summer's draft and a fourth-round pick in 2014. Ponikarovsky, 32, appeared in 12 games this season and scored two goals. In 33 regular season games with the Devils last season, he scored 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists). Helping the club reach the Stanley Cup final last season, he played in 23 postseason games and scored nine points (one goal, eight assists). Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, he has a salary cap hit of $1.8 million.

-EN Says: With Dainius Zubrus sidelined long term due to a wrist injury, the Devils needed someone capable of filling a top-six role for them and they turned to a familiar option. Despite considerable skill, Ponikarovsky (right) has been mostly disappointing in his NHL career, he found some success with the Devils last season, primarily as a third-line winger. Don't expect Ponikarovsky to re-write any record books, but at the same time, he has show he can be a good fit for the Devils' system. For the Jets, after acquiring Tangradi, they had too many forwards on teh roster and needed to clear some space. They get some assets back for a player they had no long-term plans for.

-With Zubrus being placed on injured reserve, the Devils recalled forward Andrei Loktionov from Albany of the AHL.

-"He's helped us in all areas. You know how I feel about him. He's been one of our better players offensively, he's hit . . . he's everything we wanted, and I think he's going to get better." - Rangers coach John Tortorella on the impact of forward Rick Nash.

-The Rangers assigned defenseman Steve Eminger to Connecticut of the AHL for conditioning purposes.

-The Rangers have to make a decision on whether not to keep rookie forward J.T. Miller (right), a native of East Palestine, Ohio, on the NHL roster before his sixth NHL game when the first year of his entry-level contract kicks in.

Northeast Division

-Maple Leafs forward Matt Frattin is dealing with a knee ailment.

-The Maple Leafs recalled goaltender Jussi Rynnas from Toronto of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-The Jets recalled goaltender Eddie Pasquale from St. John's of the AHL.

Central Division

-An overtime goal by Alex Steen gave the Blues a 4-3 win against the rival Red Wings. Penguins athletic trainer Chris Stewart added a goal and an assist for St. Louis while rookie Jake Allen made 15 saves in the victory.

-Steen's goal:

-Goal of the Night: Stewart jammed up Detroit's Jimmy Howard ont his goal:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this pass by St. Louis' T.J. Oshie to set up Patrik Berglund for a short-handed goal:

-Check out this move in tight by Detroit's Tomas Tatar to score a goal:

-Red Wings forward Johan Franzen missed the game due to a hip flexor.

-“I’m proud, of course. But it’s up to my ability, not my nationality, to get the job done. It’s not about the front page of your passport; it’s about your ability to do the job.“I’m absolutely thrilled, I’m honored. It’s a big challenge, but I’m an awfully confident guy, and we’ve got good people working in this organization to build a winner.” - Columbus' Jarmo Kekalainen, a native of Finland, on being named the first European general manager in NHL history yesterday.

-What does Kekalainen's hiring mean for the future of Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards?

-The Blue Jackets recalled forward Nick Drazenovic from Springfield of the AHL.

-“It’s a gut blow to sit out." - Predators defenseman and former Penguin Hal Gill on being a healthy scratch Tuesday against the Sharks.

Northwest Division

-A hat trick and an assist by Mike Cammalleri led the Flames to a 7-4 win against the Stars. Roman Cervenka added a goal and an assist for Calgary while teammate Lee Stempniak and Alex Tanguay each recorded two assists. Leland Irving made 30 saves in the victory. Captain Brendan Morrow scored two goals for Dallas.

-Cammalleri's hat trick:

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Calgary's Jiri Hudler:

-Check out this pass by Calgary captain Jarome Iginla to set up Curtis Glencross for a goal:

-Iginla had a spirited bout with Dallas' Antoine Roussel:

-A good look at the fight:

-A group of fans dressed as Jagr in his various  jerseys throughout his career:

-Morrow > Irving:

-According to the Denver Post, the Avalanche has placed unsigned restricted free agent forward Ryan O'Reilly on the trading blocks.

-Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson will be sidelined indefinitely due to a head injury.

-The Wild hired former forward Andrew Brunette as a hockey operations advisor.

Pacific Division

-The Ducks returned forward Rickard Rakell (right) to Plymouth of the OHL.

-Anahem recalled forwards Patrick Maroon and Peter Holland from Norfolk of the AHL and assigned forward Emerson Etem to Norfolk.

-The Coyotes recalled defenseman David Rundblad from Portland of the AHL and assigned defenseman Michael Stone to Portland.

-The Sharks assigned forward Matt Pelech to Worcester of the AHL.

(Photos: Senators/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Ponikarovsky-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Miller-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images; Stars/Flames-Derek Leung/Getty Images and Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press; Rackell-Rich Lam/Getty Images)

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