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Empty Netter Assists - 02-21-13

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We got too emotional in the game, too involved with the extracurriculars down the line. It took away from the game." - Dan Bylsma.

-The Philadelphia Inquirer's recap. "I was just trying to throw it at the net so someone could get a rebound. But it took a lucky bounce, and I'll take it." - Flyers forward Jakub Voracek on his game-winning goal.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''We had a good start and didn't find a way to hold the lead.'' - Sidney Crosby.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Nicklas Grossman's crazy goal deserves its own clip:

-Tanner Glass versus Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds:

-A good look at the fight:

-Philadelphia's Ilya Bryzgalov was all over this puck:

-Dan Bylsma's face pretty much says it all about this game:

-The dreaded Peter Laviolette timeout in action:

-Happy times for the Penguins:

-Bryzgalov and Grossman defend a shot by Evgeni Malkin:

-Pumped times for Brandon Sutter:

-A good look at Malkin's power-play goal in the first period:

-Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby:

-Brooks Orpik speaks:

-Flyers forward Matt Read left the game in the first period after suffering an "upper-body" injury from a hit by Chris Kunitz.

-"For being a guy who is known as a skill guy, an offensive player, if you look back at some of his clips, his play in the past ... there's some dirty plays. He'll give you a stick in the ..." - Tanner Glass on Flyers forward Daniel Briere.

-Note: The lack of objectivity in this article is staggering. It's Bleacher Report bad. The only reason we linked to it is that it's a good subject. Unfortunately, the writer chose not to be professional in composing what could have been a good story.

-"I've expressed some interest, and there's some interest on the other side as well." - Former Penguins defenseman Mark Eaton on potentially returning to the club.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled defenseman Reid McNeill from Wheeling.

-After the Jump: The Lindy Ruff era comes to an end in Buffalo.

Atlantic Division

-Devils forward Ryan Carter will be sidelined with a suspected concussion.

Northeast Division

-The Sabres fired long-time head coach Lindy Ruff (right). Ruff, who was the longest tenured coach in the NHL, had been Buffalo's head coach since July 21, 1997. In 1,165 regular season games, Ruff had a record of 571-432-162, led the club to a Stanley Cup Final in 1999 and won the Jack Adams Award as the league's top coach in 2006.

-The Sabres named Ron Rolston, formerly the head coach of their AHL affiliate in Rochester, as interim head coach at the NHL level.

-EN Says: Put this in persective. During Ruff's time as the Sabres' head coach, there were 170 coaching changes elsewhere in the NHL. The Penguins themselves had seven different coaches with Kevin Constantine, Herb Brooks, Ivan Hlinka, Rick Kehoe, Ed Olczyk, Michel Therrien and Dan Bylsma. Hockey, like no other sport, chews through head coaches. Ruff's time as the Sabres' coach was truly something to behold.

Regarding the Sabres, something had to be done. This team was sinking like a stone and this was really the only option general manager Darcy Regier had in order to salvage this season. Ruff is a good coach and he'll find work elsewhere. In fact, he's probably the top candidate for the next job opening in the NHL. But this was a classic case of his message going stale on a team going no where.

-"The hockey world knows how I and the entire Buffalo Sabres organization feel about Lindy Ruff not only as a coach but also as a person. His long tenure with the Sabres has ended. His qualities have made this decision very difficult. I personally want Lindy to know that he can consider me a friend always." - Sabres owner Terry Pegula in a statement.

-“He’s not going to be out of a job long. He’s a tremendous coach and a great communicator. I don’t know any of the situation in Buffalo — probably expectations were extremely high the last couple years with new ownership. But he’s a good hockey guy.” - Predators coach Barry Trotz on Ruff. With Ruff's firing, Trotz becomes the NHL's longest tenured head coach.

-Ruff's firing dominated the front page of The Buffalo News:

-The Sabres placed forward Cody McCormick on waivers.

Southeast Division

-Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner will be sidelined indefinitely due to a concussion. This is the second consecutive season he has been concussed.

-Carolina placed former Penguins forward Tim Brent ("lower-body") on injured reserve and recalled defenseman Ryan Murphy from Kitchner of the OHL on an emergency basis.

Central Division

-The Blue Jackets activated forward Cam Atkinson (ankle) from injured reserve, placed forward Brandon Dubinsky (knee) on injured reserve and assigned forward Nick Drazenovic to Springfield of the AHL.

-Predators forward Rich Clune was fined $1,452.70 for boarding Avalanche forward Aaron Palushaj Monday.

-The hit in question:

-Red Wings forward and former Penguin Mikael Samuelsson will be sidelined a mininum of two weeks due to a fractured finger.

Northwest Division

-An overtime goal by David Jones gave the Avalanche a 1-0 win against the Blues. Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves to earn his 10th career shutout.

-Jones' goal:

-Happy times in Colorado:

-Happy times for the Avalanche. Not so much for the Blues:

-Blues rookie forward Vladimir Tarasenko was briefly hospitalized after this high hit from Avalanche forward David Olver:

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-EN Says: This appears to be a clean hit by the NHL's definition. Olver was simply trying to play an opponent who had just released a puck. As Olver arrives, Tarasenko unwittingly turns into the hit and get's injured. That's unfortunate but not dirty or even reckless.

-A good look at Varlamov's lid:

-And his St. Louis counterpart, Jaroslav Halak:

-Funny Photo of the Night: The Blues players needed a ladder to recover their soccer ball after it got lost in the ducts during their pregame routine:

-"I'm still the same player. Going to approach the game exactly the same way, still be just as physical as I ever was." - Avalanche captain/forward Gabriel Landeskog on his recovery from a concussion.

-The NHL suspended Canucks forward Jannik Hansen for one game as a result of his hit to the head of Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa Tuesday. The NHL's explanation:

-EN Says: On the surface, this appeared to be a "hockey play" which had a bad ending. That said, Hansen was pretty reckless and clearly caused an injury to Hossa. Personally, we would have suspended him upwards of three games but his clean history seemingly played a role in the suspension being on the light side.

-Note: The severity of Hossa's injury has not been revealed.

-The Oilers recalled defenseman Theo Peckham from Oklahoma City of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Jonathan Quick made 26 saves for the Kings in a 3-1 win against the Flames. Former Penguin Rob Scuderi recorded two assists for Los Angeles.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this dish by Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar to set up captain Dustin Brown for a goal:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Happy times for Los Angeles' Jeff Carter. Not so much for Calgary's Chris Butler or Joey MacDonald:

-Calgary goaltender Danny Taylor and his Los Angeles counterpart, Jonathan Quick, had a chat before the game:

-The Ducks signed first-year goaltender Viktor Fasth to a two-year contract extension worth a total of $5.8 million. The deal will have a salary cap hit of $2.9 million. Fasth, 30, is in the final year of a contract with a $1 million cap hit. In eight games this season, he has a 8-0-0 record with 1.78 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.

-EN Says: Fasth is really a veteran goaltender who finally made the jump to the NHL. After years of strong play in Europe, Fasth came to this continent and has been off to a fast start. His play has been vital to the Ducks' strong start with all-star goaltender Jonas Hiller dealing with some ailments. That said, this is a fairly large chunk of money to sink into someone who is mostly an unproven commodity in the NHL.

-Former Blues/Capitals forward/enforcer D.J. King has joined the Ontario Reign, the Kings' ECHL affiliate.

(Photos: Flyers/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Ruff-Martti Kainulainen/AFP/Getty Images; Blues/Avalanche-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images; Kings/Flames-Derek Leung/Getty Images)

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