Empty Netter Assists - 02-17-13

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-"Mentally and physically, I feel a lot better than I did last year." - Paul Martin (above).

-Beau Bennett hasn't been hazed. Yet.

-Senators owner Eugene Melnyk can't change the facts on Matt Cooke.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Two goals and an assist by Trevor Smith led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 5-2 win against the Binghamton Senators. Chad Kolarik had a goal and three assists for the Penguins while teammate Riley Holzapfel recorded three assists. Brad Thiessen made 22 saves in the victory.

-Wheeling Nailers goaltender Peter Delmas was recalled to Hamilton of the AHL.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Vladimir Vujtek. A free agent signing in the 2002 offseason, Vujtek's Penguins career amounted to five games and one assist in 2002-03. He was released early in the season.

-Happy 64th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Jim Rutherford (right). Claimed from the Red Wings in an intra-league draft during the 1971 offseason, Rutherford spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. In 1971-72, Rutherford appeared in 40 games, went 17-15-5 with a 3.22 goals against average and one shutout. He appeared in four postseason games that spring and went 0-4 with a 3.50 goals against average. He followed that up in 1972-73 by playing in 49 games and posting a record of 20-22-5 with a 2.91 goals against average with three shutouts. After 26 games, a 7-12-4 record and a 3.44 goals against average, Rutherford was traded back to the Red Wings along with Jack Lynch in exchange for Ron Stackhouse. In 115 regular season games with the Penguins, Rutherford was 44-49-14 with a 3.14 goals against average and four shutouts. He is currently the general manager of the Hurricanes

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins forward Luc Robitaille (right). Acquired in the 1994 offseason, Robitaille's only season in Pittsburgh was the lockout-shortened 1994-95 campaign. In 46 games, Robitaille scored 42 points. In 12 postseason games that spring, he scored 11 points including a memorable overtime goal in Game 5 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal round against the Capitals (below). In the 1995 offseason, Robitaille was traded to the Rangers along with Ulf Samuelsson in exchange for Petr Nedved and Sergei Zubov. Featured in the movie "Sudden Death," Robitaille was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009. He is currently the president of business operation for the Kings.

-After the jump: Anaheim goaltender Viktor Fasth remains undefeated.

Atlantic Division

-John Tavares had a hat trick and an assist for the Islanders who pounded the rival Devils, 5-1. Former Penguins forward Matt Moulson collected a goal and three assists for New York while teammate Brad Boyes recorded two assists. Fire Ray Shero. Evgeni Nabokov made 30 saves in the victory.

-Tavares' hat trick:

-The Rangers recalled rookie forward Chris Kreider from Connecticut of the AHL.

-The Flyers recalled goaltender Erik Gustafsson from Adirondack of the AHL and assigned defensman Andreas Lilja to Adirondack.

Northeast Division

-Ben Scrivens made 34 saves for the Maple Leafs in a 3-0 shutout of the rival Senators. It was his first career shutout.

-A goal and an assist by Rene Bourque led the Canadiens past the Flyers, 4-1. Captain Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty each recorded two assists for Montreal while teammate Peter Budaj made 18 saves.

-Check out this nifty display of stick handling which led to a goal by Montreal rookie Brendan Gallagher:

-Save of the Night: Budaj on Philadelphia's Tye McGinn:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Montreal's P.K. Subban blocking a potential goal by McGinn:


-Philadelphia's Daniel Briere and Montreal's Brandon Prust went at it for this puck:

-Canadiens goaltender Carey Price missed the game due to a stomach ailment. Montreal recalled goaltender Robert Mayer from Hamilton of the AHL.

-Bruins forward Milan Lucic will not play in today's game against the Jets due to a personal matter.

-"I grew up in that town,” he said. “My sister got in touch with me and she told me what happened. That has never happened before in my lifetime so I was surprised. Thank God (they are) OK. Nobody that I know of [was injured.]" - Senators defenseman and former Penguin Sergei Gonchar on a meteorite which exploded in the skies over his hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia Friday.

Southeast Division

-Two goals by Benoit Pouliot, including one in overtime, gave the Lightning a 6-5 win against the rival Panthers. Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist for Tampa Bay while teammate Teddy Purcell added a goal and two assists. Anders Lindback made 25 saves in the victory. Shawn Matthias and Jack Skille each collected a goal and an assist for Florida.

-Pouliot's overtime goal:

-Purcell tied the game, 5-5, with 10.4 seconds left in regulation:

-Check out this pass by Matthias to set up Skille:

-Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom will be out "a little while" as a result of a shoulder injury he suffered against the Penguins Friday.

-Capitals goaltender Mike Green is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.

Central Division

-Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky left last night's game against the Coyotes due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Columbus forward Artem Anisimov missed the game due to a foot injury.

-With former Penguins Mikael Samuelsson set to return after missing 12 games due to a groin injury, the Red Wings placed forward Johan Franzen (hip flexor) on injured reserve and assigned goaltender Jonas Gustavsson and forward Gustav Nyquist to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-The Blackhawks took part in an outdoor skate with wounded military veterans at Soldier Field yesterday.

Northwest Division

-Two goals and an assist by Jordan Eberle led the Oilers to a 6-4 win against the Avalanche. Ales Hemsky scored two goals for Edmonton while teammate Taylor Hall recorded three assists. Nikolai Khabibulin made 16 saves in the victory. Matt Duchene and Jamie McGinn each had a goal and two assists for Colorado.

-Goal of the Night Season: After a strong defensive play by Edmonton's Ryan Smyth, Hemsky undressed the Avalanche's defense:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this one-handed dish by Smyth to set up Magnus Paajarvi for a goal:

-It wasn't all bad for the Avalanche. Check out this smooth scoring move by Duchene:

-Happy times in Edmonton:

-With goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere taking a personal leave of absence, the Avalanche recalled goaltender Calvin Pickardfrom Lake Erie of the AHL.

-The Wild recalled forwards Jason Zucker and Johan Larsson from Houston of the AHL.

-The Flames recalled goaltender Danny Taylor from Abbotsford of the AHL and assigned goaltender Leland Irving to Abbotsford.

Pacific Division

-Shootout goals by Nick Bonino and Corey Perry gave the Ducks a 3-2 win against the Predators. Viktor Fasth 32 saves for Anaheim.

-Fasth and Nashville's Paul Gaustad each kept an eye on this puck:

-Note: Fasth has started his career 8-0-0. He is now halfway towards tying former Penguins goaltender Patrick Lalime's NHL record for longest unbeaten streak to start a career. Lalime went 14-0-2 in 1995-96.

-Martin Hanzal had two goals and an assist to lead the Coyotes past the Blue Jackets, 5-3. Keith Yandle recorded three assists for Phoenix while former Penguin Steve Sullivan added two assists. Fire Ray Shero. Mike Smith made 17 saves in the victory.

-Cool Photo of the Night: Coyotes forward/enforcer and former Penguin Paul Bissonnette taking the ice:

-The Stars recalled goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp from Texas of the AHL.

Patrick Division

-"The Last Gladiators," a documentry film about the personal lives of former NHL enforcers, has several influences from Western Pennsylvania.

-Oscar Dansk made 44 saves for the Erie Otters in a 4-2 loss to the Kitchener Rangers.

-Two goals, including one in overtime, and an assist by Colin South gave the Robert Morris men's team a 6-5 win against Niagara.

-Matthew Zay had a goal and an assist for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 5-3 loss to RIT.

-The Hockey City Classic will take place at Soldier Field in Chicago today. Notre Dame plays Miami, Ohio in the first game while Minnesota and Wisconsin play in the second game.

-Kristen Richards had two assists for the Robert Morris women's team which lost to Lindenwood, 4-2.

-Two assists by Kesley Welch led the Mercyhurst women's team past Syracuse, 3-2.

-Nicole Paniccia made 41 saves for the Penn State women's team in a 4-0 loss to RIT.

-Jordan Watt had a goal and an assist for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 3-2 loss to the Wenatchee Wild.

(Photos: Martin-Nick Laham/Getty Images; Rutherford-Penguins Hockey Cards; Philadelphia/Montreal-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Avalanche/Oilers-Derek Leung/Getty Images; Ducks/Predators-Mark Humphrey/Associated Press; Blue Jackets/Coyotes-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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