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Empty Netter Assists - 02-22-13

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Penguins

-“I knew exactly who it was. It could have been prevented. I don’t think he meant to cut me, but he meant to hit me hard, knock me out. Karlsson says he made a last-second move to try and avoid any damage along the boards, but, as events unfolded, he wasn’t able to completely escape the hit. His hands are high and he reached out his leg, which I don’t think he has any reason to do. He knows exactly what he’s doing out there that’s why I’m sitting here with my leg in a cast.” - Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson on a hit by Matt Cooke which lacerated Karlsson's left Achilles tendon last week (above).

-"At the end of the day, we can't hold each others' hands on the ice and stop someone from making a reaction or having a reaction that's going to affect us or [lead to] a retaliatory penalty. We're all well aware of the situation. We know we're playing Philadelphia. We know it's going to be intense. We've got to find a way individually to get over that and make sure we control our emotions. It's just up to us individually to make sure we're not letting it get to us. If it happens to one guy, then the next guy sees that. It's kind of contagious." - Sidney Crosby on his team's composure.

-"It seems to be pretty quiet in there most nights, so I think we have to do a better job of having good starts and getting the crowd into it early and then having them sustain that energy for us." - Tanner Glass on the Penguins' 3-4-0 home record.

-A breakdown of every regular season hat trick ever scored against the Penguins listed by team.

-A lot of people watched Penguins-Flyers on television.

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will face the rival Adirondack Phantoms at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia tonight.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Chris Collins is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Patrick Boileau. A free agent signing in the 2003 offseason, Boileau appeared in 16 games for the 2003-04 Penguins and recorded seven points. In the 2004 offseason, he joined Lausanne of the NLA in Switzerland.

-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins forward Mathias Johansson. Acquired along with Micki DuPont in a trade that sent Shean Donovan to the Flames at the 2003 trade deadline, Johansson appeared in 12 games and recorded six points for the 2002-03 Penguins. In the 2003 offseason, he joined Farjestad of the Elitserien in Sweden.

-After the Jump: The Panthers pound the Flyers and Edmonton's Taylor Hall takes out Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck with a dangerous hit.

Atlantic Division

-A goal and an assist by Patrick Elias led the Devils past the Capitals, 3-2. Martin Brodeur made all of 17 saves in the victory. Troy Brouwer led Washington with two assists.

-Check out this rocket of a one-timer on a five-on-three power play by New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk:

-Rookie Thomas Hickey scored his first career goal in overtime and gave the Islanders a 4-3 win against the Canadiens. Former Penguins prospect Matt Moulson scored two goals for New York while teammate John Tavares recorded two assists. Evgeni Nabokov made 30 saves in the victory. Max Pacioretty led Montreal with two goals.

-Hickey's goal:

-Check out the pass by Tavares to set up Moulson:

-Check out the passing on this power-play goal by Pacioretty:

-Happy times iN Montreal:

-Flyers forward Matt Read will be sidelined six weeks due to a muscle tear in his ribs he suffered against the Penguins Wednesday.

-Devils forward prospect Mattias Tedenby remains hospitalized with an infection related to a skate cut to the face he suffered in an AHL game last week.

Northeast Division

-Nathan Horton scored two goals for the Bruins in a 4-2 win against the Lightning. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist for Boston while teammate Dougie Hamilton recoreded two assists. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves in the victory. Steven Stamkos led Tampa Bay with a goal and an assist.

-This was a road game for the Bruins:

-Shootout goals by Jakob Silverberg and Kaspar Daugavins gave the Senators a 3-2 win against the Rangers. Ben Bishop made 11 saves in the victory.

-Senators goaltender Craig Anderson left the game after he suffered a sprained right ankle when Rangers forward Chris Kreider collided with him in the third period. The play in question:

-A goal and an assist by captain Dion Phaneuf led the Maple Leafs past the rival Sabres, 3-1. Cody Franson and Phil Kessel each recorded two assists for Toronto while teammate Ben Scrivens made 31 saves.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Buffalo's Tyler Ennis:

-Check out this smooth pass by Kessel to set up James van Riemsdyk for a goal:

-Phaneuf scored on a rocket of a one-timer:

-Happy times for the Maple Leafs. Not so much for Buffalo's Marcus Foligno:

-The Sabres lost in Ron Rolston's debut as interim head coach.

-Buffalo recalled forward Kevin Porter from Rochester of the AHL and assigned forward Cody McCormick to Rochester.

Southeast Division

-Rookie Jonathan Huberdeau had two goals and two assists for the Panthers in a 5-2 win against the Flyers. Peter Mueller scored two goals for Florida while teammates Drew Shore and Mike Weaver each recorded two assists. Scott Clemmensen made 32 saves in the victory which snapped a five-game losing streak.

-Philadelphia's Ilya Bryzgalov had to reach back for this puck:

-For some reason, Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann thought it would be a good idea to fight Panthers forward/enforcer George Parros. Parros, a native of Washington, Pa., quickly corrected him:

-A good look at the fight:

-Happy times for Huberdeau and Mueller:

-Captain Andrew Ladd had a goal and two assists for the Jets in a 4-3 win against the Hurricanes. Blake Wheeler scored two goals for Winnipeg while teammate Ondrej Pavelec made 27 saves. Jiri Tlusty led Carolina with two goals.

-Hurricanes forward and former Penguin Jordan Staal scored his third goal of the season:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this backhanded dish from Carolina's Alex Semin to set up Tlusty:

-Check out this little bit of nifty stick handling by Tlusty on his second goal:

-Jets defenseman Zach Redmond was hospitalized after suffering a severe cut on his right leg during the morning skate which lacerated his right femoral artery.

-With Redmond sidelined, the Jets recalled defenseman Julian Melchiori from St. John's of the AHL.

Central Division

-Derek Dorsett had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets in a 3-2 win against the Red Wings. Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves in the victory.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this spinning backhander by Columbus' Vaclav Prospal which proved to be the game winner:

-Columbus forward Artem Anisimov was taken off the ice on a stretcher in the second period after striking his head on the ice during a collision with Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey. The play in question:

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-Quincey suffered a left leg injury on the play.

-Dorsett was set to fight Detroit's Jonathan Ericsson but Ericsson's teammate, Jordin Tootoo stepped in before Ericsson could fight:

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-Dorsett was bloodied by the encounter:

-“Me and Ericsson were going to fight, we were backing up. Tootoo was being himself and came in swinging, being the cheap player that he is. In my mind, he should have gotten a suspension. Tootoo is a pretty irrelevant player.” - Dorsett.

-Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards, formerly the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' head coach, recorded his 100th career NHL win.

-The Blues assigned goaltender Jake Allen to Peoria of the AHL.

-The Springfield Falcons, the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate, recalled former Penguins forward prospect Nathan Moon from Evansville of the ECHL.

-Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa could return to the lineup tonight after being hit int he head by Canucks forward Jannik Hansen Wednesday.

Northwest Division

-Alex Burrows had a goal and an assist for the Canucks in a 4-3 win against the Stars. Ryan Kesler recorded two assists for Vancouver while teammate Cory Schneider made 22 saves. Captain Brenden Morrow led Dallas with a goal and an assist.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin:

-Check out the placement of this shot by Dallas' Jamie Benn:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal by Morrow which led to his goal:

-Stars defenseman Aaron Rome accidentally took aim at his own bench:

-Two goals and an assist by Matt Cullen led the Wild past the Oilers, 3-1. Nicklas Backstrom made 27 saves in the victory.

-Check out this backhanded pass by Cullen to set up Devin Setoguchi for a goal:

-Late in the game, Oilers forward Taylor Hall injured Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck with this dangerous low hit:

-“I made the decision to go and hit him, but I don’t feel like I led with my knee. I’ve been hit like that before and it’s not a good feeling. I felt I got him with my hip. For a second there, I didn’t even know if it was going to be a penalty. I just went through my check and he kind of ran into me at the same time as I was going at him. I didn’t change direction ... I felt I got a good chunk of him with my hip. It sucks to see him down, but I don’t really think it was that dirty. I could have hit him in the head, and that thought crossed my mind. I really didn’t want to bury him too bad.” - Hall on the hit.

-"What I saw was a player that didn't even look at the puck and looked like he was trying to hurt a guy." - Wild coach Mike Yeo on the hit.

-Hall will have a disciplininary hearing with the NHL today, 2:30 p.m.

-EN Says: This should be one of the easiest cases NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan has ever had to deal with. Hall should get hammered with a suspension.

-Avalanche forward Mark Olver will not be disciplined for a hit which injured Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko Wendesday. The hit in question:

-EN Says: This is absolutely the right call by the NHL. As Olver arrives to deliver a hit, Tarasenko unwittingly turns at the last second and runs into Olver. It's unfortunate. Not malicious.

-The Flames recalled forward Akim Aliu from Abbotsford of the AHL and assigned forwards Blair Jones and Roman Horak to Abbotsford.

-"Of course, you know that you are a repeat offender now if something happens again," he said after participating in Thursday's optional game-day skate at American Airlines Center. "You are trying to play an honest game and play the right way and not step too far over the line and it's unfortunate. But that's the way it is right now." - Canucks forward Jannik Hansen on his one-game suspension for hitting Hossa in the head.

Pacific Division

-The Ducks hired former general manager Brian Burke as a professional scout. Burke served as the franchise's general manager from 2005 until 2008 and led the franchise to its only Stanley Cup title in 2007.

-Stars defenseman Trevor Daley is dealing with a neck injury.

-The Sharks assigned forward Matt Pelech to Worcester of the AHL.

Patrick Division

-Former Deadspin editor Will Leitch examines the culture of being a hockey fan.

(Photos: Karlsson/Cooke-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Islanders/Canadiens-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Bruins/Lightning-Mike Carlson/Associated Press; Sabres/Maple Leafs-Abelimages/Getty Images; Panthers/Flyers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Blue Jackets/Red Wings-Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

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