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Empty Netter Assists - 02-15-13

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Penguins

-Welcome Beau Bennett ... to the lineup?

-Ray Shero took in last night's Avalanche-Wild game in St. Paul, Minn.

-Is Bennett ready for the NHL?

-The NHL will not discipine Matt Cooke (above) for his hit which cut the Achilles tendon of Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson.

-“Erik (right) was upset, he thought he got directed. He got cut with a skate that shouldn’t be where it was, it was a nothing play at the time, it should have been blown down because the puck went into the net(ting). There’s lots of things that could have happened that didn’t happen.” - Senators general manager Bryan Murray on the play.

-"This guy should be kicked ... He doesn't belong in the league. He belongs somewhere where the goons play." - Senators owner Eugene Melnyk on Cooke.

-“I had trouble watching it to be honest with you. I got cut above the knee in the first game of last season and ever since, I’ve been completely paranoid." - Flames forward Mike Cammalleri comparing Karlsson's injury to his own skate cut injury from last season.

-“For me, it was about six months. I felt soon after that I could play my normal game again. It’s a tough injury, because it’s bad luck, but he can come back from this.” - Ducks forward Teemu Selanne on his recovery from a cut Achilles tendon in 1994.

-"Guys are moving so fast and plays are happening so spontaneously, I think the more Kevlar we can get on these guys the better. You can see it’s something that doesn’t need to happen if you’re wearing something like that.” - Devils coach Peter DeBoer on wearing cut-proof gear with Kevlar.

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Bennett speaks:

-Peter Delmas made 34 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-1 loss to the Greenville Road Warriors.

-Happy 41st birthday to the second-best player in franchise history (so far):

-Happy 69th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Andy Brown. Acquired midway through 1972-73 in a deal which sent draft picks to the Red Wings, Brown, the last goaltender in the NHL who didn't wear a mask, spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1972-73 by playing in nine games, going 3-4-2 with a 4.73 save percentage. In 1973-74, Brown played in 36 games, went 13-16-4, had a 3.53 goals against average, one shutout and set an NHL goaltending record with 60 penalty minutes. In 45 games, he had a 16-20-5 record with a 3.78 goals against average and one shutout. During the 1974 offseason, Brown joined the Indianapolis Races of the WHA as a free agent.

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins forward Craig Simpson. A first-round pick in 1985, Simpson spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1985-86, Simpson appeared in 76 games and scored 28 points. He followed that up in 1986-87 by playing in 72 games and scoring 51 points. After 21 games and 26 points in 1987-88, Simpson was traded to the Oilers along with Dave Hannan, Moe Mantha and Chris Joseph in exchange for Paul Coffey, Dave Hunter and Wayne Van Dorp. In 169 games with the Penguins, Simpson scored 105 points, 79th-most in franchise history. He is currently a broadcaster with CBC.

-After the Jump: The Islanders come back on the Rangers and welcome back Vancouver's Ryan Kesler.

Atlantic Division

-Shootout goals by Frans Nielsen and John Tavares led the Islanders to a 4-3 comeback win against the rival Rangers. Evgeni Nabokov made 36 saves in the victory which snapped a five-game losing streak. Carl Hagelin and Marian Gaborik each had a regulation goal and an assist for the Rangers.

-Check out this leathal wrister for a regulation goal by Tavares:

-Rangers forward and former Penguin Arron Asham had a tilt with Islanders forward Eric Boulton:

-A good look at the fight:

-The Islanders' Lubomir Visnovsky put too much on this shot:

-The Rangers benched forward Brad Richards in the third period.

-The Devils assigned forward Andrei Loktionov to Albany of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-An overtime goal by Rene Bourque gave the Canadiens a 1-0 win against the Panthers. Carey Price made 24 saves in the shutout. It was his 17th career shutout.

-Bourque's goal:

-A good look at the goal:

-Florida's Mike Weaver thumped Montreal's Max Pacioretty to the ice here:

-Price kept his eyes on things down the ice:

-"It's all on me to clean this mess up. I'm not done trying." - Sabres coach Lindy Ruff on his team's 5-8-1 record.

-Dating back to last season, Sabres forward Drew Stafford has gone 17 games without a goal.

Southeast Division

-Eric Fehr scored two goals to lead the Capitals past the Lightning, 4-3. Mathieu Perrault recorded three assists for Carolina while teammate Braden Holtby made 27 saves. Martin St. Louis collected a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay.

-Disappointed times for St. Louis:

-A goal and an assist by Joe Corvo led the Hurricanes to a 3-1 win against the Maple Leafs. Jeff Skinner recorded two assists for Carolina while teammate Dan Ellis made 22 saves.

-Hit of the Night: Toronto's Mark Fraser on Carolina's Joe Corvo:

-Carolina's Kevin Westgarth had a spirited bout with Toronto's Colton Orr:

-A good look at the fight:

-Painful times for Carolina's Jay Harrison after this hit by Toronto's Tyler Bozak:

-Carolina captain Eric Staal kept his eyes on this puck:

-With defenseman Joni Pitkanen and Tim Gleason each sidelined due to "lower-body" injuries, the Hurricanes recalled former Chicago Bulls guard defenseman Michal Jordan from Charlotte of the AHL.

-"It's the biggest stage in the world to market our players. The Olympics is one time the world is watching, and I believe we want our players there because they are the best in the world." - Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman on sending NHL players to the Olympics. Yzerman served as Team Canada's general manager in 2010.

-Lightning forward and former Penguin Ryan Malone is expected to be sidelined three to four weeks due to a "lower-body" injury he suffered while playing soccer during warm-ups.

-The Lightning assigned forward Pierre-Cedric Labrie and defenseman Brendan Mikkelson to Syracuse of the AHL.

-Tampa Bay acquired minor league goaltender Cedrick Desjardins in exchange for minor league goaltender Dustin Tokarski Dustin Tokarski.

-Panthers forward Kris Versteeg is dealing with an "upper-body" ailment.

Central Division

-Pekka Rinne made 19 saves for the Predators in a 3-0 shutout of the Coyotes. It was Rinne's second consecutive shutout and 28th of his career. Martin Erat recorded two assists for Nashville.

-It wasn't all bad for the Coyotes. Phoenix' Mike Smith made two tough saves late in the second period against Nashville's Mike Fisher and Gabriel Bourque:

-Blackhawks forward and former Penguins prospect Daniel Carcillo resumed practicing for the first time since suffering a knee injury Jan. 19.

-Blue Jackets defensemen Adrian Aucoin and John Moore are expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Kings after dealing with "lower-body" injuries.

Northwest Division

-Shootout goals by Milan Hejduk and Matt Duchene gave the Avalanche a 4-3 win against the Wild. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 26 saves in the victory. Captain Miko Koivu led Minnesota with a regulation goal and an assist.

-Check out this save by Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom against Colorado's P.A. Parenteau:

-Koivu had some crazy eyes going here:

-Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck left the game in the first period after taking a stick to the face. There was no update on his statues.

-The Wild assigned forwards Charlie Coyle and Matt Kassian to Houston of the AHL.

-The Canucks placed forward Manny Malhotra on injured reserve for the rest of the season due to lagging issues from a serious eye injury he suffered in 2011.

-Canucks forward Ryan Kesler is expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Stars. He has been sidelined all season while recovering from offseason hip and shoulder surgeries.

-“If you’re not angry or upset or mad, there’s a problem." - Oilers forward Ryan Smyth on being a healthy scratch.

Pacific Division

-The Stars assigned defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to Texas of the AHL.

Smythe Division

-Arena Traktor, home of the KHL's Traktor Chelyabinsk franchise, suffered some damage as a result of a meteor shower which struck Russia yesterday.

-Speaking of which, here are some videos of the shower:

(Photos: Cooke-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Karlsson-Marianne Helm/Getty Images; Islanders/Rangers-Henny Ray Abrams/Associated Press; Canadiens/Panthers-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Capitals/Lightning-Mike Carlson/Associated Press; Maple Leafs/Hurricanes-Grant Halverson/Getty Images; Avalanche/Wild-Jim Mone/Associated Press)

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