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Empty Netter Assists - 02-23-13

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Penguins

-Evgeni Malkin will not play tomorrow against the Lightning due to an undisclosed injury.

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. Malkin left the game in the third period due to an undisclosed injury.

-The Miami Herald's recap. “I just finished my check. You never want to see a guy go down, and he is in a vulnerable position. But you can’t pass up a hit like that. You never know, he could go around the net and he could get a back-door pass. It’s unfortunate he got hurt on the play, but it’s one I would take every time.” - Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson on the hit which injured Malkin.

-The (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Sun Sentinel's recap. Panthers coach Kevin Dineen was not happy with the officiating.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''I hope he's OK. It (stinks), obviously, seeing (Malkin) go down, but any time any player goes down you just need to adjust and grind out a win, and we did that.'' - James Neal.

-Highlights:

-Malkin hitting the boards:

-Matt Niskanen > Florida's Jonathan Huberdeau:

-Dustin Jeffrey couldn't beat Florida defenseman Mike Weaver or goaltender Jacob Markstrom here:

-But did here:

-Jeffrey's celebration with Tyler Kennedy was less than coordinated:

-Happy mustache-y times for Niskanen:

-Malkin tried to give Weaver a Vulcan neck pinch:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Markstrom stretching out for this save:

-Markstrom kept his eyes on this puck:

-Brooks Orpik and Marc-Andre Fleury had issues with Tomas Kopecky:

-We think.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Tom Selleck Matt Niskanen speaks:

-Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson did not respond to a text message from Matt Cooke following Cooke's hit which injured Karlsson last week.

-Brad Thiessen made 29 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-1 defeat of the Adirondack Phantoms.

-Peter Delmas made 38 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-2 loss to the Toledo Walleye.

-Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins forward Mike Meeker. A second-round pick by the Penguins in 1978, Meeker's entire NHL career consisted of four games and no points with the 1978-79 Penguins. He was released from the organization in the 1982 offseason.

-After the jump: The Rick DiPietro era appears to be ending for the Islanders and Gibsonia's Brandon Saad helps the Blackhawks make history.

Atlantic Division

-The Islanders placed goaltender Rick DiPietro (right) on waivers and assigned him to Bridgeport of the AHL after he cleared. New York then recalled goaltender Kevin Poulin from Bridgeport.

-The Rangers placed forward Rick Nash (undisclosed) on injured reserve and recalled forward Christian Thomas and defenseman Steve Eminger from Connecticut of the AHL.

-Flyers forward Scott Hartnell is expected to return to the lineup today after being sidelined since Jan. 22 due to a broken foot.

-The Flyers assigned forward Tom Sestito to Adirondack of the AHL.

-"We can’t protect ourselves from the space danger." - Flyers goaltender/space cadet Ilya Bryzgalov.

Northeast Division

-“It’s just awkward when you hear a different voice. Lindy’s been a leader of this organization for 16 years, so he’s been the guy that everyone’s been used to hearing, whether it’s on TV, in the media or in the locker room. It’s nothing against Ron. It’s just different. It’s going to take a little time for everyone.” - Sabres captain/forward Jason Pominville comparing interim coach Ron Rolston to former coach Lindy Ruff. Ruff was fired earlier this week.

-“I’d like to put my ‘Thank You’ right next to it because it’s a special group. It’s a place I call home, always will call home. I don’t feel like I have anything to be ashamed of or any regrets. Western New York is where I’m going to live. I love Western New York.” - Ruff (right, with the Jack Adams Award he won in 2006) on a sign outside First Niagara Center which said "Thank U Lindy."

-With Ruff's firing, Boston's Claude Julien now has the longest tenure of any Eastern Conference head coach.

-With goaltender Craig Anderson dealing with a sprained ankle, the Senators recalled goaltender Robin Lehner from Binghamton of the AHL and assigned forward Stephane Da Costa to Binghamton.

-Canadiens rookie forward Brendan Gallagher is expected to return to the lineup after missing three games due to a concussion.

Southeast Division

-Jets defenseman Zach Redmond is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a lacerated femoral artery yesterday. Redmond lost nearly two pints of blood due to the injury which was suffered by a skate cut during a morning skate.

Central Division

-Ray Emery made 26 saves and led the Blackhawks to a 2-1 win against the Sharks. The win gave the Blackhawks (14-0-3) the NHL record for most consecutive games witout a regulation loss to start a season.

-A short-handed goal by rookie forward Brandon Saad, a native of Gibsonia, proved to be the game-winner:

-We're not goaltending experts or anything, but were thinking Ray Emery was a bit off his angle here:

-‘‘It felt great. We’re celebrating the win now. I’m sure it’s going to sink in a little bit more tomorrow, but it’s awesome to be a part of history.’’ - Saad.

-Blackhawks forward and former Penguins prospect Daniel Carcillo returned to the lineup after missing 15 games due to a sprained knee.

-Blue Jackets forward Artem Anisimov was released from a Detroit hospital and returned to Columbus after hitting his head off the ice Thursday. Officially, he is day to day due to an "upper-body" injury.

-Red Wings forward Jan Mursak cleared waivers and was assigned to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-The Blues placed forward Vladimir Tarasenko (head) on injured reserve and recalled forward Chris Porter from Peoria of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Roberto Luongo made 23 saves for the Canucks in a 1-0 shutout of the Predators. It was the 62nd shutout of his career.

-A catfish hit the ice in Nashville:

-Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa left the game in the second period due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Oilers forward Taylor Hall was suspended two games by the NHL for his low hit against Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck Thursday. The NHL's explanation:

-EN Says: In our book, two games isn't nearly enough. But the combination Hall's clean history prior to this incident in regards to discipline and Clutterbuck's lack of a serious injury probably helped make this a light suspension.

-Clutterbuck was diagnosed with a thigh contusion as a result of the hit.

-The Wild recalled forward Charlie Coyle from Houston of the AHL and assigned forward Johan Larsson to Houston.

-Avalanche captain/forward Gabriel Landeskog is expected to return to the lineup today against the Kings after missing 11 games due to a concussion.

-The Avalanche assigned forward Mike Sgarbossa to Lake Erie of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes recalled defenseman Michael Stone from Portland of the AHL.

-The Stars unveiled their all-time team for their 20th anniversary since moving to Dallas. Former Penguins Stu Barnes, Bill Guerin (right), Darryl Sydor and Sergei Zubov were included.

Norris Divison

-Devin Williams made 19 saves for the Erie Otters in a 13-3 loss to the Sarnia Sting.

-Eric Levine made 41 saves and led the Robert Morris men's team to a 4-2 win against Canisius. Levine set a school record with his 16th win of the season.

-Max Strang made 12 saves for the Mercyhurst men's team which lost to Niagara, 4-2.

-Kristen DiCiocco made 13 saves for the Robert Morris women's team in a 4-1 win against Penn State. DiCiocco set a program record with her 32nd career victory.

-Christine Bestland scored two goals for the Mercyhurst women's team in a 4-1 defeat of RIT.

-Chris Truehl made 31 saves for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Fresno Monsters.

(Photos: Panthers/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; DiPietro-Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; Ruff-Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images; Sharks/Blackhawks-Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press; Guerin-Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

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