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Empty Netter Assists - 02-20-13

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Penguins/NHL

-Welcome back ... Mark Eaton (above)? The former Penguins defenseman was released from his professional tryout contract with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and worked out with the NHL club this morning.

-The Penguins welcome a struggling Flyers team to Consol Energy Center tonight.

-The Penguins are 10-3 when they score first this season.

-Matt Niskanen sees a lot of similarities in Kris Letang and his former Stars teammate, all-star Sergei Zubov.

-Despite not playing in a game after Jan. 6, Evgeni Malkin finished third in the KHL's scoring race with 65 points.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are on pace for the lowest scoring season in franchise history.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins forward Mark Kachowski. A free agent signing in the 1987 offseason, Kachowski spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1987-88, Kachowski appeared in 38 games, scored eight points and recorded 126 penalty minutes. He followed that up in 1988-89 by playing in 12 games, recording two points and 43 penalty minutes. His final NHL season was 1989-90. He saw action in 14 games and netted one assist as well as 40 penalty minutes. After spending each of the next two seasons with the Penguins' IHL affiliate in Muskegon, Kachowski was released in the 1992 offseason. In 64 games, Kachowski scored 11 points and recorded 203 penalty minutes.

-Happy 29th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy. A free agent signing in 2007, Lovejoy spent parts of fives seasons with the Penguins. He debuted in the NHL during the 2008-09 season by appearing in two games and failing to record a point. In 2009-10, Lovejoy saw action in three games and recorded three assists. During 2010-11, Lovejoy played in 47 games and scored 17 points. He saw action in seven postseason games last spring and recorded two assists. Last season, Lovejoy appeared in 34 games and scored fives points. He played in two postseason games last spring and did not score a point. After three games and no point this season, he was traded to the Ducks for a draft pick In 98 career games with the Penguins, Lovejoy, one of eight players in NHL history from New Hampshire, scored 25 points.

-Happy 70th birthday to former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets goaltender Joe Daley. Claimed from the Red Wings in the 1967 expansion draft, Daley spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He made his NHL debut in 1968-69 by appearing in 29 games while serving as Les Binkley's back up and going 10-13-2 with a 3.23 and two shutouts. In 1969-70, Daley was limited to nine games, a 1-5-3 record and 2.95 goals against average. In the 1970 offseason, Daley was claimed off waivers by the Sabres. Daley eventually became the starting goaltender for the WHA's Winnipeg Jets. When that league merged with the NHL, Daley was its career leader in goaltending wins with 167. He currently operates Joe Daley Sports Cards in Winnipeg. He can be found on Twitter: @JoeDaleySports. In 38 games with the Penguins, Daley had an 11-18-6 record with an 3.16 goals against average and two shutouts.

-After the Jump: The Blackhawks tie an NHL record but lose Marian Hossa to another potential head injury.

Atlantic Division

-Rangers forward Rick Nash is sidelined due to an undisclosed injury.

Northeast Division

-Carey Price made 24 saves for the Canadiens in a 3-1 defeat of the Rangers. Montreal has won five consecutive games.

-Check out this defensive play by Montreal's Tomas Plekanec to deny New York's Carl Hagelin of a goal:

-Price didn't need any help on this puck:

-“It’s probably one of the worst hockey games I’ve been a part of, both teams. It was two bad teams playing, and we were worse than they were.” - Rangers coach John Tortorella on the game.

-Craig Anderson made 37 saves and led the Senators past the Islanders, 3-1. Ottawa has won two consecutive games.

-Senators forwards Chris Neil and defenseman Dave Dziuzynski will not be disicplined for a hit which caused a head injury for Devils forward Ryan Carter Monday.

-The Sabres made former Penguins defenseman Jordan Leopold a healthy scratch last night.

-The Bruins recalled forward Lane MacDermid from Providence of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves and led the Jets past the Sabres, 2-1. Winnipeg snapped a three-game losing streak.

-Anders Lindback made 23 saves for the Lightning in a 4-2 win against the Maple Leafs. Benoit Pouliot recorded three assists for Tampa Bay.

-Frazier and Ali went at it again... wait... Toronto's Mark Fraser and Tampa Bay's Keith Aulie fought:

-Lightning forward Teddy Purcell has switched to Kevlar socks.

-The Panthers recalled goaltender Jacob Markstrom from San Antonio of the AHL.

Central Division

-Shootout goals by Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 win against the rival Canucks. Former Penguin Marian Hossa scored two regulation goals for Chicago while teammate Ray Emery made 29 saves. Fire Ray Shero. Daniel Sedin led Vancouver with a regulation goal and an assist.

-The Blackhawks (13-0-3) tied an NHL record for most games without a regulation loss to start a season.

-Hossa left the game in the third period after being struck in the head by Canucks forward Jannik Hansen:

-The hit in question:

-Hansen will face a disciplinary hearing for the hit.

-"It's a hockey play and we bumped together a little hard. Again, he goes down, I can't really do anything about that. We both [went] for the puck and we ran into each other." - Hansen.

-Canucks coach Alain Vigneault claimed, "It wasn't even a penalty."

-Check out this smooth backhanded goal by Hossa:

-Check out this rocket of a goal by Vancouver's Alexander Edler:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Emery stopping Vancouver's Jordan Schroeder:

-Emery had issues with this puck:

-Chicago's Brandon Bollig and Vancouver's Dale Weise had issues:

-Happy times for the Canucks:

-An overtime goal and an assist by captain Shea Weber gave the Predators a 4-3 win against the Red Wings. Colin Wilson recorded two assists for Nashville while teammate Pekka Rinne made 26 saves. Dan Cleary and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist for Detroit.

-Weber's goal:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal by Datsyuk behind the cage and his pass which set up Cleary for a short-handed goal:

-Goal of the Night: Datsyuk went one on four against the Predators' defense to score this pretty goal:

-Pass of the Night: Wilson setting up Craig Smith:

-Rinne had a chat with referee Brad Watson:

-Down times for Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg:

-Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard left the game in the first period due to an "upper-body" injury.

-Detroit forward and former Penguin Mikael Samuelsson is dealing with a left hand injury.

-According to the Toronto Star, the NHL is close to an agreement with the University of Michigan to host the next Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.

Northwest Division

-Flames defenseman Mark Giordano was fined $10,000 for slew footing Stars forward Antoine Roussel Sunday.

-The play in question:

-Wild forward Devin Setoguchi was fined $8,108.11 for a high stick against Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey Sunday.

-The play in question:

-Vancouver forward David Booth returned to the lineup after suffering a groin injury in training camp.

-Canucks forward Andrew Ebbett cleared waivers and was assigned to Chicago of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Antti Niemi made 25 saves for the Sharks in a 2-1 defeat of the Blues. San Jose snapped a seven-game losing streak.

-Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the Kings in a 3-1 defeat of the Oilers. Trevor Lewis recorded two assists for Los Angeles.

-Dr. Jerry Buss, longtime owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and one-time owner of the Kings, passed away. he was 80.

-The Ducks assigned defensemen Nate Guenin, a native of Hopewell, and Hampus Lindholm to Norfolk of the AHL.

Adams Division

-Via Twitter, former Blue Jackets/Predators/Sharks/Lightning/Canadiens forward Mathieu Darch announced his retirement:

(Photos: Eaton-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Canadiens/Rangers-Al Bello/Getty Images; Canucks/Blackhawks-Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press and Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Red Wings/Predators-Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)

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