Empty Netter Assists - 02-24-13

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-Evgeni Malkin (above) will miss tonight's game due to an undisclosed injury.

-If you like offensive skill, tonight's game against the Lightning is up your alley.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-"It's going to be weird, for sure. I was with Pittsburgh for quite a long time, especially with a lot of those guys. It's going to be weird, facing off against them. It seems kind of obvious, but it's going to be a fun challenge." - Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal on facing his former team, the Penguins Thursday.

-Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman reported on a proposed change in conference realignment last night:

-An overtime goal by Joe Morrow gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 2-1 win against the Connecticut Whale. Trevor Smith recorded two assists for the Penguins while teammate Jeff Zatkoff made 26 saves.

-Morrow's goal:

-"When I scored there, I didn't really know what to do. I just stood there and smiled." - Morrow.

-Scott Darling made 25 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-1 loss to the Cincinnati Cyclones.

-After the Jump: The Rangers lose two defensemen and Alex Ovechkin gets a hat trick.

Atlantic Division

-Two goals and an assist by Bradyen Schenn led the Flyers to a 5-3 comeback win against the Jets. Captain Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds each collected a goal and an assist for Philadelphia while teammate Jakub Voracek recorded three assists. Ilya Bryzgalov made 34 saves in the victory. Nik Antropov led Winnipeg with a goal and an assist.

-Check out this crazy re-direction by Winnipeg's Alexander Burmistrov:

-Bryzgalov had issues with this puck:

-Evgeni Nabokov made 35 saves for the Islanders in a 4-0 shutout of the Sabres. It was his 53rd career shutout. Captain Mark Streit had a goal and an assist for New York while teammate Matt Moulson, a former Penguins prospect, recorded two assists. Fire Ray Shero.

-Happy times for the Islanders. Not so much for Buffalo's Ryan Miller:

-Check out this nifty little five-hole shot by New York's Michael Grabner to score a shorthanded goal:

-Where do the Islanders go with goaltender Rick DiPietro after placing him on waivers?

-Rangers forward and former Penguin Arron Asham is dealing with back spasms.

Northeast Division

-Carey Price made 17 saves for the Canadiens in a 3-0 shutout of the Rangers. Erik Cole, Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk each had a goal and an assist for Montreal.

-The Rangers lost defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi to injuries during the game. First, McDonagh was injured on this hit into the boards by Montreal's Max Pacioretty:

-Then Girardi was injured when he took this shot off the foot from Montrea's P.K. Subban:

-Thinking out Loud: Insert "Subban injured someone's foot" joke here.

-"How high did Pacioretty jump on his hit? Can anybody give me an answer? I'm asking you guys. Can anybody give me an answer? Over-under?" - Rangers coach John Tortorella on the hit.

-A good look at Price's lid with "inverted" colors as he has a moment with teammate Ryan White:

-Colin Greening had a goal and two assists for the Senators who edged the rival Maple Leafs, 3-2. Erik Condra and Mika Zibanejad each collected a goal and an assist for Ottawa while teammate Ben Bishop made 28 saves.

-Greening scored with 24 seconds remaining in regulation to win the game:

-Check out this re-direction by Zibanejad:

Southeast Division

-A hat trick and an assist by captain Alex Ovechkin led the Capitals to a 5-1 pounding of the Devils. Mike Ribeiro recorded two assists for Washington while teammate Braden Holtby made 21 saves in the victory.

-Ovechkin's hat trick:


-Defensive Play of the Day: Washington's Eric Fehr stole this puck off New Jersey's Johan Hedberg and punched in a wraparound goal:

-Happy times for Fehr. Not so much for Hedberg or teammate Andy Greene:

-Happy times in Washington:

-Spitty times for Holtby:

-Hedberg was ready for this shot by Ovechkin:

-Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist for the Lightning in a 5-2 win against the Hurricanes. Former Penguin Mathieu Garon made 32 saves in the victory. Fire Ray Shero. Chad LaRose led Carolina with a goal and an assist.

-Save of the Night: Garon stopping Carolina captain Eric Staal on a tap-in:

-Check out this pass in tight by Tampa Bay captain Vincent Lecavalier to set up Benoit Pouliot for a goal:

-Tampa Bay's Richard Panik was determined to get his first NHL goal:

-Check out this pass by Tampa Bay rookie Alex Killorn to set up Tom Pyatt:

-Check out this pass from Tampa Bay rookie Cory Conacher to set up Stamkos:

-With goaltenders Scott Clemmensen, Jacob Markstrom and Jose Theodore, the Panthers have a crowded net.

-The Panthers recalled defenseman Colby Robak from San Antonio of the AHL.

Central Division

-Jimmy Howard made 33 saves for the Red Wings in a 4-0 shutout of the Predators. Niklas Kronwall had a goal and two assists for Detroit while teammate Pavel Datsyuk recorded two assists.

-Happy times here for Howard and teammate Ian White:

-Jaroslav Halak made 19 saves for the Blues in a 2-1 defeat of the Blue Jackets. Columbus has lost four out of its past five games.

-Hit of the Night: St. Louis' Ryan Reaves dropped Columbus' Nikita Nikitin:

-Check out the placement on this shot by Penguins athletic trainer St. Louis' Chris Stewart:

-Halak made a snazzy save on a "pop-fly" while falling back:

-Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky had issues with this puck:

-Halak had some help here from Ian Cole with this shot:

-The Blue Jackets recalled forward Nick Drazenovic from Springfield of the AHL.

-“We call him man-child in here. He looks older than he is and he’s a big, strong guy.” - Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane on rookie teammate Brandon Saad, a native of Gibsonia.

Northwest Division

-Two goal by Matt Stajan led the Flames past the Wild, 3-1. Joey MacDonald made 30 saves in the victory.

-Smooth Goal of the Night: Calgary's Alex Tanguay beat Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom on a breakaway:

-Shootout goals by Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle gave the Oilers a 3-2 win against the Coyotes. Nikolai Khabibulin made 34 saves in the victory.

-Eberle battled for this puck with Coyotes forward and former Penguin Steve Sullivan:

-Banner times in Edmonton:

-Oilers forward Ryan Jones returned to the lineup after being sidelined all season due to an eye injury suffered during the lockout.

Pacific Division

-Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist for the Kings who defeated the Avalanche, 4-1. Jonathan Quick made 23 saves in the victory.

-Trevor Lewis and the Kings wore their sharp purple uniforms for the game:

-Happy times for Quick and teammate Jake Muzzin:

-Jamie Benn and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr each had a goal and an assist for the Stars in a 3-1 win against Sharks. Fire Craig Patrick. Former Penguin Alex Goligoski recorded two assists for Dallas while teammate Christopher Nilstorp made 31 saves in the victory. Fire Ray Shero.

-Check out this pass by Benn to set up Jagr for his goal:

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-Benn recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick by having a tilt with San Jose captain Joe Thornton:

-A couple of good looks at the fight:

Sharks forward Ryane Clowe has been suspended pending a disciplinary hearing with the NHL after he left the bench to start an altercation with Blackhawks foward Andrew Shaw Friday.

-Ducks defenseman Cam Folwer is expected to return to the lineup today after missing eight games due to a suspected head injury.

Smythe Division

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage from last night:

-Two goals and an assist by Cody Wydo led the Robert Morris men's team to a 6-3 win against Canisius. The Colonials tied a program record with their 18th win of the season.

-Marc Zanette had a goal and an assist for the Mercyhurst men's team which lost to Niagara, 4-2.

-Kristen DiCiocco made 10 saves and led teh Robert Morris women's team past Penn State, 4-2.

-Kesley Welch had a goal and two assists for the Mercyhurst women's team in a 5-2 win against RIT.

-Chris Truehl made 18 saves for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Fresno Monsters.

(Photos: Malkin-Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Jets/Flyers-Tom Mihalek/Associated Press; Islanders/Sabres-Gary Wiepert/Associated Press; Rangers/Canadiens-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Devils/Capitals-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Alex Brandon/Associated Press; Red Wings/Predators-Carlos Osorio/Associated Press; Blue Jackets/Blues-Jeff Roberson/Associated Press; Coyotes/Oilers-Derek Leung/Getty Images; Avalanche/Kings-Harry How/Getty Images and Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press; Sharks/Stars-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images and LM Otero/Associated Press)

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