Empty Netter Assists - 02-16-13

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "When we were under pressure, he stood tall for us." - Craig Adams on Marc-Andre Fleury.

-The Winnipeg Free Press' recap. - "I’m not sure how much of a call that was on Redmond." - Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian on a third period penalty against teammate Zach Redmond which eventually led to James Neal's game-winning power-play goal.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''If I had more nights like this I would make a better living.'' - Adams on his rare two-goal game.


-Deryk Engelland verus Winnipeg's Chris Thorburn:

-Adams versus Winnipeg's James Wright:

-Intense Photo of hte Night: The great Joe Vitale trying to fend off a stick on puck by Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien:

-Sidney Crosby and Winnipeg's Eric Wellwood were ready for this faceoff:

-Ex-Penguin Eric Tangradi > Simon Despres:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Adams speaks:

-Beau Bennett speaks:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage was fairly intense:

-"It's kind of like seeing your ex-girlfriend at the bar the next night." - Jets forward Eric Tangradi on facing his former team.

-"I think if you're a bad guy or a bad teammate, you're not going to play on the same team for your whole career." - Brooks Orpik on playing in 600th career games, all with the Penguins. (PG+)

-“I’m just shocked that that organization employs that type of individual." - Senators owner Eugene Melynk on Matt Cooke.

-“I’ll be bluntly honest. I looked at the play. If you look at in slow motion, sure it’s going to look deliberate. But in normal speed I don’t believe it was deliberate. But I can understand why Bryan Murray is upset. If I lost a player like that I’d be upset too, but sometimes when you’re upset you’re not being realistic." - Bruins coach Claude Julien on Cooke's hit which injured Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson Wednesday.

-"If you ask anyone that understands the game at all, they’ll tell you that it’s pretty hard to try to intentionally do what he did. Unfortunately, his past creeps in and people probably give him a hard time. He’s really tried to clean up the way he plays and I think he’s done a pretty good job with that." - Crosby on Cooke (right).

-Jeff Zatkoff made 11 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 1-0 loss to the Norfolk Admirals.

-Chris Barton scored two goals for the Wheeling Nailers who lost to the Gwinnett Gladiators, 6-5. Paul Crowder and Cam Fergus each added a goal and an assist for Wheeling while teammates Peter Merth and Zack Torquato each recorded three assists.

-Happy 36th birthday to former Penguins forward Aleksey Morozov (right). A first-round pick in 1995, Morozov, the only player to wear No. 95 in franchise history, spent his entire seven-year NHL career in Pittsburgh. As a rookie in 1997-98, Morozov played in 76 game and scored 26 points. He appeared in six postseason games that spring and recorded one assist. He followed that up in 1998-99 by appearing in 67 games and collecting 19 points. During that spring's postseason, Morozov played in 10 games and scored two points. In 1999-2000, Morozov saw action in 68 games and netted 31 points. He was limited to five postseason games that spring and failed to record a point. During 2000-01, he played in 66 games and scored 19 points. In 18 postseason games that season, he scored six points. Spending most of 2001-02 on a wing with Mario Lemieux, Morozov appeared in 72 games and scored 49 points. Morozov was limited to 27 games and 25 points in 2001-02. His finest NHL season was his last. In 2003-04, Morozov played in 75 games and scored a career-best 50 points. During the 2004 offseason, he joined Ak Bars Kazan of the Russian Super League. He is still a member of Ak Bars Kazan now of the KHL. In 451 games with the Penguins, Morozov scored 219 points, 34th-most in franchise history. In 39 postseason games, he scored nine points.

-Happy 71st birthday to former Penguins forward George Swarbrick. Acquired midway through the 1968-69 season along with Bryan Watson and Tracy Pratt in a trade that sent Earl Ingarfield, Gene Ubriaco and Dick Mattiussi to the Oakland Seals, Swarbrick spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished 1968-69 by playing in 19 games and scoring seven points for the Penguins. In 1969-70, he saw action in 12 game and recorded one assist. During the 1970 offseason, he was traded to the Flyers in exchange for Terry Ball. In 31 games with the Penguins, he recorded seven points.

-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins forward Ladislav Karabin. A ninth-round pick in 1990, Karabin's entire NHL career amounted to nine games and no points in 1993-94. After spending all of 1994-95 with the Penguins' IHL affiliate in Cleveland, Karabin joined the Sabres as a free agent in the 1995 offseason.

Happy 60th birthday to former Penguins forward Andre St. Laurent (right). Claimed off waivers midway through the 1981-82 season from the Kings, St. Laurent spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1981-82 by playing in 18 games for the Penguins and scoring 13 points. During that postseason, St. Laurent, the first player in franchise history to wear No. 34, scored three points in five games. His only full season in Pittsburgh was 1982-83. He played in 70 games and scored 22 points. After eight games and two assists in 1983-84, St. Laurent was dealt to the Red Wings in exchange for future considerations. In 96 regular season games with the Penguins, he scored 37 points.

-After the Jump: Henrik Sedin becomes the Canucks' all-time leading scorer.

Atlantic Division

-A goal and two assists by Patrik Elias led the Devils past the rival Flyers, 5-3. Travis Zajac added a goal and an assist for New Jersey while teammate Ilya Kovalchuk recorded three assists. Martin Brodeur made 35 saves in the victory. Claude Giroux led Philadelphia with two assists.

-In his first game in his second stint with the Devils, former Penguin Alexei Ponikarovsky sniped this puck for a goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this deflection goal by New Jersey's David Clarkson:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Zajac being challenged by Philadelphia's Luke Schenn as goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov fights off the rush:

-Devils forward and former Penguin Alexei Ponikarovsky was sporting a nice hockey smile:

-Philadelphia's Ilya Bryzgalov kicked out this puck:

-Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen left the game in the third period due to a "lower-body" injury.

-"I don't know why it's even a discussion why we shouldn't go to the Olympics. I could see if it was every year, but it's only every 4 years. I don't know why they couldn't work out the schedule right now. For most of us players, it's a dream come true to be an Olympian for your home country. I would be pretty sad if we couldn't." - Flyers forward Jakub Voracek, a native of the Czech Republic, on the NHL potentially sending players to the 2014 Winter Olympics.

-Devils forward prospect Mattias Tedenby underwent facial plastic surgery after suffering skate cut while playing for the franchise's AHL affiliate in Albany Friday. He "appears to be OK" according to his agent.

-The Rangers assigned rookie forward Chris Kreider (right) to Connecticut of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Christian Ehrhoff, Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford each had a goal and an assist for the Sabres in a 4-2 win against the rival Bruins. Tyler Ennis recorded two assists for Buffalo while teammate Ryan Miller made 30 saves. Dougie Hamilton led Boston with a goal and an assist.

-Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera left the game in the third period due to a charley horse.

-“I wear them now. I think because of that a lot of guys are wearing them. It’s something that’s pretty easy to get used to. Why take the chance and not have them on?” - Sabres captain/forward Jason Pominville on wearing Kevlar socks. Pominville suffered a lacerated Achilles tendon during the 2011 postseason.

-The Senators recalled forwards David Dziurzynski, Derek Grant and defenseman Eric Gryba from Binghamton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-"It's pretty tough. Your calf, I don't think, fully recovers, certain muscles. I think you end up compensating with other muscles. It takes a long time to get the strength back -- six to eight months. It's possibly a year to get as close back to normal as possible." - Hurricanes defenseman Joe Corvo on recovering from a cut Achilles tendon.

-"He's been a great teammate for everyone in this room and the type of guy who competes in practice and in games and that's all you can ask for." - Hurricanes captain Eric Staal on new teammate Alexander Semin (right). In 13 games this season, Semin has 10 points.

-“That’s our rivalry. You get across the Everglades, and we want to pound them every time we play them.” - Panthers coach Kevin Dineen on playing the Lightning tonight.

Central Division

-Two goals by David Perron led the Blues past the Flames, 5-2. Alex Steen added a goal and two assists for St. Louis while teammate Jaden Schwartz collected a goal and an assist. Rookie Jake Allen made 30 saves in the victory.

-Check out this pass by Steen to set up Schwartz:

-Check out this cannon of a goal by Calgary's Dennis Wideman:

-Pass of the Night: It wasn't all bad for Calgary. Check out this pass from captain Jarome Iginla to set up Curtis Glencross for a goal:

-Save of the Night: Allen on Calgary's T.J. Brodie:

-“I saw the whole net. I was just trying to put it in, and he got his stick on it. I had lots of room. I should have put it in.” - Brodie on the save.

-Steen > Calgary's Joey MacDonald:

-A nice big pile of warm-up pucks just waiting to get spilled onto the ice in Calgary:


-Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marcus Kruger each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks in a 4-1 defeat of the Sharks. Duncan Keith and Jamal Mayers each recorded two assists for Chicago while teammate Ray Emery made 27 saves.

-Fluky Goal of the Night: Kruger scored off this freak bounce off the left post:

-Captain on captain violence. Chicago's Jonathan Toews took on San Jose's Joe Thornton:

-"I felt that it was something I needed to do to stand up for myself. I'm glad I did it. I think it helped our team and we got the win so that's the important thing. If it gives your team energy, that's great. That's the effect … you're really trying to impose on your team." - Toews on the fight.

-With goaltender Corey Crawford day to day due to an "upper-body" injury, the Blackhawks recalled goaltender Henrik Karlsson from the Rockford of the AHL.

-The Blue Jackets activated defenseman Adrian Aucoin ("lower body") from injured reserve.

-New Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen has yet to enter the United States from Finland on account of a work visa hang-up.

-The Red Wings placed forward Todd Bertuzzi (back) on injured reserve and recalled forward Gustav Nyquist from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk is day to day due to an "upper-body" injury.

-The Predators assigned forward/enforcer Brian McGrattan to Milwaukee of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Canucks captain Henrik Sedin recorded his 757th career point last night against the Stars and broke the franchise's career scoring record formerly held by former captain Markus Naslund.

-Sedin set the record by assisting on the goal by Alex Burrows:

-Following the goal, Canucks fans offered an extended standing ovation for Sedin:

-The following video offering congratulations from former captain Trevor Linden and Naslund was played after the goal:

-Vancouver forward Ryan Kesler made his season debut after recovering from offseason shoulder and wrist surgeries.

-Avalanche captain/forward Gabriel Landeskog resumed skating for the first time since suffering a concussion Jan. 26.

-Oilers rookie defenseman Justin Schultz is dealing with a back ailment.

Pacific Division

-Cody Eakin had a goal and an assist for the Stars in a 4-3 comeback win against the Canucks. Michael Ryder recorded two assists for Dallas while teammate Richard Bachman made 18 saves. Daniel Sedin led Vancouver with a goal and an assist.

-Hit of the Night: Dallas' Ryan Garbutt on Vancouver's Alex Burrows:

-Late in the second period, this game saw three fights in the span of five seconds. First Vancouver's Aaron Volpatti versus Garbutt, then Vancouver's Maxime Lapierre versus Dallas' Vernon Fiddler and finally, Vancouver's Dale Weise versus Dallas' Eric Nystrom:

-Bachman kept an eye on this puck:

-Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen left the game in the first period due to a groin injury.

-Jonathan Bernier made all of 12 saves and led the Kings to a 2-1 win against the Blue Jackets. Columbus has lost four out its past five games.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal by Los Angeles's Kyle Clifford which led to a goal:

-"I think I had two shots in the second, or whatever. When you give up 13 shots, you'd better find a way to win." - Bernier on limiting Columbus' offense.

-Andrew Cogliano scored two goals for the Ducks in a 5-2 win against the Ducks. Matt Beleskey and Corey Perry each had a goal and an assist for Anaheim while captain Ryan Getzlaf recorded two assists. Viktor Fasth made 26 saves in the victory. Joakim Andersson and Tomas Tatar each collected a goal and an assist for Detroit.

-Check out this hit by Anaheim's Bobby Ryan on Detroit's Valterri Filppula:

-Check out this smooth pass by Detroit's Jakub Kindl to set up Andersson for his first career goal:

-Note: Fasth has started his career with a 7-0-0 record. The NHL's record for longest unbeaten streak was set by the Penguins' Patrick Lalime who went 14-0-2 in 1996-97.

-Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller is sidelined due to a "lower-body" injury.

-“I don’t ever think about it. I just don’t.” - Stars forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr on the prospect of retiring.

-After starting the season 7-0-0 in January, the Sharks have gone 0-4-3 in February.

Adams Division

-Dane Fox scored two goals for the Erie Otters in a 4-3 win against the London Knights.

-Eric Levine made 30 saves for the Robert Morris men's team in a 4-3 loss to Niagara.

-Max Strang made 29 saves for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 3-2 overtime loss to RIT.

-Maddie Collias had a goal and an assist for the Robert Morris women's team which lost to Lindenwood, 3-2, in overtime.

-Nicole Paniccia made 43 saves for the Penn State women's team in a 3-1 loss to RIT.

-Two goals and an assist by Lauren Jones led the Mercyhurst women's team to a 5-3 win against Syracuse.

-Chris Truehl made 19 saves for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 3-1 loss to Wenatchee Wild.

(Photos: Penguins/Jets-John Woods/Canadian Press; Cooke-Harry How/Getty Images; Morozov-Rick Stewart/Getty Images; St. Laurent-Penguins Hockey Cards; Flyers/Devils-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Bill Kostroun/Associated Press; Kreider-Patrick McDermott/Getty Images; Semin-Grant Halverson/Getty Images; Blues/Flames-Derek Leung/Getty Images; Stars/Canucks-Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

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