Empty Netter Assists - 02-26-13

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-"I think he looks pretty confident. Even when he's playing the puck and things, he's challenging a lot. He looks big in there. I think when you see a goalie challenging the way he is, you know that he's pretty confident." - Sidney Crosby on Marc-Andre Fleury (above).

-Welcome back Mark Eaton.

-Where does Dustin Jeffrey fit in?

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Mike Wilson. A free agent signing in the 2001 offseason, Wilson's Penguins career amounted to 21 games and two points in 2001-02. Wilson spent most of 2001-02 and 2002-03 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and was traded to the Rangers along with Alex Kovalev, Janne Laukkanen and Dan LaCouture in exchange for Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner, Rico Fata and Mikael Samuelsson.

-Happy 56th birthday to former Penguins all-star forward and assistant coach Joe Mullen (right). "Slippery Rock Joe" was acquired in the 1990 offseason in a trade that sent a second-round pick to Calgary and spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins over two different stints as a player. His first season was 1990-91. He appeared in 47 games and scored 39 points. During that spring's postseason, he saw action in 22 games, scored 17 points and helped the franchise claim its first Stanley Cup championship. In 1991-92, Mullen saw action in 77 games and scored 42 goals and 87 points. Injuries limited him to nine games and seven points during the 1992 postseason but he won his second consecutive Stanley Cup ring. Mullen played in 72 games and scored 70 points in 1992-93. During that spring's postseason, he saw action in 12 games and scored six points. In 1993-94, played in all 84 games and netted 70 points, including a team-leading nine game-winning goals. He appeared in six postseason games that spring and scored one goal. During the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, Mullen played in 45 games and scored 37 points. The 1995 postseason saw him appear in 12 games and recorded three assists. In the 1995 offseason, he joined the Bruins as a free agent and returned to the Penguins as a free agent in the 1996 offseason. Mullen finished his playing career in 1996-97 by playing in 54 games and scoring 22 points. He saw action in one postseason game that spring and failed to record a point. Mullen returned to the Penguins as an assistant coach and served in that capacity from 2000-01 into the 2005-06 season. Midway through that season, he replaced Michel Therrien as the head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He is currently an assistant coach with the Flyers. The first United States-born player in NHL history score 500 career goals, Mullen was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000. In 379 regular season games with the Penguins, Mullen scored 325 points, 19th-most in franchise history. In 62 postseason games, he scored 31 points, 16th-most in franchise history.

-After the Jump: Former Penguin Marian Hossa leads the Blackhawks to yet another win.

Atlantic Division

-With goaltender Martin Brodeur dealing with an ailing back, the Devils recalled goaltender Keith Kinkaid from Albany of the AHL.

-The Devils assigned forward Jacob Josefson to Albany of the AHL.

-Is Rangers forward Rick Nash suffering from a concussion?

-The Rangers assigned forward Christian Thomas to Connecticut.

Northeast Division

-Shootout goals by Jakob Silfverberg and Peter Regin gave the Senators a 2-1 win against the rival Canadiens. Ben Bishop made 44 saves in the victory.

-Check out this fake by Montreal's David Desharnais on his shootout goal:

-Anderson kept his eyes on this puck:

-Montreal's Carey Price had a little less luck here:

-Montreal's Brian Gionta showed some ups here while screening Bishop:

-A goal and an assist by Nikolai Kulemin led the Maple Leafs to a 4-2 win against the Flyers. Carl Gunnarsson and Nazem Kadri each recorded two assists for Toronto while teammate Ben Scrivens made 23 saves. Jakub Voracek led Philadelphia with a goal an assist.

-Hit of the Night: Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell on Kulemin:

-Bloody times for Philadelphia's Tye McGinn:

Southeast Division

-The Capitals signed defenseman John Erskine and goaltender Braden Holtby to two-year contract extensions. Erskine's new contract is worth a total of $3.925 million. In 11 games this season, Erskine, 32, has scored two points (one goal, two assists). In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.5 million, Erskine's new contract will have a capt hit of $1,962,500. Holtby's new deal is worth a total of $3.7 million. In the final year of an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of 637,777 at the NHL level, Holtby's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.85 million. In 11 games this season, Holtby, 23, has a 5-6-0 record with at 3.37 goals against average, .896 save percentage and one shutout.

-EN Says: Erskine is a big (6-foot-4, 200), physical defenseman who isn't afraid to get nasty with opposing forwards. He'll hit or fight anyone. As a bottom paring defenseman, this contract might seem a little large, but he's one of the few players on Washington's roster who offers a physical presence. Holtby (right) is struggling this season after a stellar postseason run last season. He has the tools to be a No. 1 goaltender. He just needs to prove it. This contract affords him a chance to do that.

-The Capitals recalled forward Casey Wellman from Hershey of the AHL.

-Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin returns to Washington tonight for the first time since leaving as a free agent this past summer.

-“Some nights you didn’t even know if he was gonna come to the rink. It’s tough to play alongside guys like those because you don’t know what you’re gonna get out of ‘em.” - Capitals forward Troy Brouwer on Semin as a teammate.

-The Hurricanes recalled forward Zac Dalpe and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani from Charlotte of the AHL and assigned forward Andreas Nodl and defenseman Michal Jordan to Charlotte.

-The Panthers assigned goaltender Jacob Markstrom to San Antonio of the AHL.

Central Division

-An overtime goal by former Penguin Marian Hossa gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 win against the Oilers. Fire Ray Shero. Former Penguin Michal Rozsvial recorded two assists for Chicago while teammate Ray Emery made 17 saves. Fire Craig Patrick. The Blackhawks (16-0-3) extended their NHL record streak for most games without a regulation loss to start a season to 19 games.

-Hossa's goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Roman Josi had two goals, including one in overtime, and two assists for the Predators in a 5-4 win against the Stars. Patric Hornqvist added a goal and an assist for Nashville while teammate Sergei Kostitsyn recorded two assists. Pekka Rinne made 20 saves in the victory. Michael Ryder led Dallas with three assists.

-Josi's overtime goal:

-Check out this nifty backhanded goal by Hornqvist:

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Nashville's Craig Smith:

-Rinne was alone in the dark here:

-The Blue Jackets recalled defenseman Cody Goloubef from Springfield of the AHL and assigned forward Sean Collins to Springfield.

-The Red Wings signed defenseman Brian Lashoff to a three-year contract extension worth a total of $2.175 million. In the final year of his entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $523,888, Lashoff's new deal will have a cap hit of $725,000. In 15 games this season, Lashoff, 22, has three points (one goal, two assists).

-EN Says: Lashoff is bottom pairing defenseman who offers some size (6-foot-3, 212 pounds) which is somewhat rare on Detroit's blue line. This is a fair contract for his value.

Northwest Division

-Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog faces the Sharks for the first time since he was conussed by San Jose defenseman Brad Stuart last month.

Pacific Division

-Captain Dustin Brown and Slava Voynov each had a goal and an assist for the Kings in a 5-2 win against the Ducks. Anze Kopitar recorded three assists for Los Angeles while teammate Jonathan Quick made 24 saves. The Kings have won four consecutive games.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Brown:

-Quick stretched out for this save:

-Anaheim goaltender Viktor Fasth recorded his first career loss after winning his first eight games. He fell one game short of Emery's NHL record of winning his first nine games.

-The Coyotes signed defenseman David Schlemko to a two-year contract extension worth a total of $2.375 million. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $550,000, Schlemko's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.1875 million. In nine games this season, Schlemko, 25, has two assists.

-EN Says: Schlemko has been limited this season due to a shoulder injury this season. When healthy, he's a reliable puck-moving defenseman who mans the Coyotes' bottom pair on the blue line. While not all that physical or large (6-foot-1, 190 pounds), Schlemko has proven to be a safe option in coach Dave Tippett's demaning system.

-Sharlks forward Ryane Clowe was suspended two games after he left the bench on a legal line change but started an altercation with Chicago forward Andrew Shaw Friday. The NHL's explanation:

-San Jose defenseman Brent Burns is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.

-The Stars assigned former Penguins defenseman Carl Sneep to Texas of the AHL.

Patrick Division

-An overtime goal by Taylor Holstrom gave the Penn State men's team a 3-2 win against Wisconsin in its season finale. Penn State finished its inagural season with 13-14-0 record.

(Photos: Fleury-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Canadiens/Senators-Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images and Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press; Maple Leafs/Flyers-Michael Perez/Associated Press; Holtby-Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Stars/Predators-Mark Humphrey/Associated Press; Ducks/Kings-Chris Carlson/Associated Press)


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