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Empty Netter Assists - 02-27-13

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We just got outworked. It's pretty clear." - Sidney Crosby.

-The Miami Herald's recap. “He’s my neighbor, I’ve gotten to know he his family pretty good. But he didn’t hold back. I’m not going to either.” - Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky on his scrum with Tomas Vokoun (above) in the second period.

-The Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. "You got nothing to lose, you go out there, it's 4-4, just have fun with it." - Panthers goaltender Scott Clemmensen on entering the game in the third period.

-The Associated Press' recap. Florida's Tomas Fleischmann recorded his 100th career goal and the first hat trick of his career.

-Highlights:

-Deryk Engelland's hit on Florida's Jack Skille deserves its own clip:

-Kopecky's hat trick:

"You got nothing to lose, you go out there, it's 4-4, just have fun with it,'' - See more at: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/florida-panthers/fl-florida-panthers-pittsburgh-penguins-0227-20130226,0,1101799.story#sthash.49UejdX5.dpuf

-Crosby speaks:

-Craig Adams speaks:

-Tom Selleck Matt Niskanen speaks:

-Don't expect to see Mark Eaton in the lineup anytime soon.

-"It's going to be fun. Obviously I was there for a long time and I have a lot of fond memories with that organization. We'll be playing against a good team and there will be a lot of new challenges and it will be a good challenge for myself. It's going to be weird. I've seen it a lot, being in Pittsburgh and seeing other guys go. Now to be on the other side is a little different. It's just going to be fun to play against those guys and just try to beat them." - Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal on facing the Penguins tomorrow for the first time since being traded this past offseason.

-"It didn’t make sense for me to wait. I didn’t want him going to the end of the contract. There were smoke signals about Carolina. I have no problem with what happened, Jordan handled it with class and I have nothing but good things to say about him. He had six great years here." - Ray Shero on trading Staal (right).

-Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman offers more on the NHL's realignment plans.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins named defenseman Joey Mormina as the 18th captain in franchise history.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Christiaan Minella has taken the long way to the AHL.

-Happy 29th birthday to former Penguins goaltender John Curry. A free agent signing in 2007, Curry spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 2008-09, he appeared in three games and had a 2-1-0 record with a 2.40 goals against average and .913 save percentage. During 2009-10, he appeared in one game, had a 0-1-0 record along with a 12.50 goals against average and .643 save percentage. He ws released from the organization after the 2010-11 season. In four games with the Penguins, Curry had a 2-2-0 record with a 3.79 goal against average and .867 save percentage. He currently plays the Orlando Solar Bear, the ECHL affiliate of the Wild.

-Happy 64th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ab DeMarco (right). Acquired midway through 1973-74 along with Steve Durbano and Bob Kelly in deal which sent for Bryan Watson, Greg Polis and a draft pick to the Blues, DeMarco spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. he finished 1973-74 by appearing in 34 games for the Penguins and scoring 19 points. After eight games and three pointsin 1974-75, DeMarco was traded to the Canucks in exchange for Barry Wilkins. In 42 games with the Penguins, DeMarco, one of six natives of Ohio to play for the Penguins (Brian Holzinger, Moe Mantha, Ian Moran, Mike Rupp and Bryan Smolinski were the others), scored 22 points.

-Happy 25th birthday to current Penguins forward Dustin Jeffrey. A sixth-round pick in 2007, Jeffrey has spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2008-09, Jeffrey appeared in 14 games and scored three points. In 2009-10, he was limited to one game and failed to record a point. In 2010-11, a knee injury limited Jeffrey to 25 games and 12 points. Last season, Jeffrey saw action in 26 games and six points. This season, Jeffrey has played in seven games and two goals. In 73 career games with the Penguins, Jeffrey has 23 points.

-After the Jump: Simon Gagne returns to Philadelphia while the Canadiens shed some salary.

Atlantic Division

-The Flyers re-acquired forward Simon Gagne from the Kings in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in this summer's draft. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.5 million, Gagner has recorded five assists in 11 games this season.

-Gagne simply didn't fit in the plans of Kings coach Darryl Sutter and returns to Philadelphia having spent the first 10 years of his caree year. While he's no longer the 30-goal threat he once was, Gagne still offers a solid scoring touch and if he's teamed with the right center and can stay healthy, he can still offer a 20-goal scoring presence. More importantly, he offers a respected veteran presence off the ice which the team lost when it didn't re-sign Jaromir Jagr. Health is an issue with Gagne as he's suffered multiple concussions in recent seasons.

-Flyer goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov got a new Star Wars-themed lid:

-The Devils recalled forward Tim Sestito from Albany of the AHL.

-Rangers forward Rick Nash sidesteped questions about him suffering a potential concussion.

Northeast Division

-Tuukka Rask made 36 saves and led the Bruins past the Islanders, 4-1. Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin each recorded two assists.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Boston's David Krejci:

-Rask was all over this puck:

-Rask was all over the place when drinking water:

-New York's Evgeni Nabokov stretched out for this save:

-Cody Hodgson had a goal and an assist for the Sabres in a 2-1 win against the Lightning. Thomas Vanek added two assists for Buffalo while teammate Ryan Miller made 30 saves. The Sabres recorded their first win under interim head coach Ron Rolston.

-Canadiens forward Rene Bourque is sidelined due to a concussion.

-The Canadiens re-acquired forward Michael Ryder and a third-round pick in this year's draft from the Stars in exchange for forward Erik Cole. Ryder, 32, is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.5 million. In 19 games this season, Ryder, 32, has 14 points (six goals, eight assists). Including this season, Cole has three years remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $4.5 million. In 19 games this season, Cole, 34, has six points (three goals, three assists).

-EN Says: This is a salary dump for Montreal. With the salary cap expected to go down to around $60 million this offseason, Cole's big deal and lack of production made him an easy target for a trade. For the Stars, they add a big salary to a payroll which has floated just above the salary cap floor the last few seasons. On the ice, the Canadiens appear to make out as they acquire a younger player with better production. While he is familiar with the Canadiens having spent the first four years of his NHL career in Montreal, he has never played for new head coach Michel Therrien. It will be interesting to see how his offensive game fits in Therrien's demanding defensive system. Cole (right) never seemed to fit in with Therrien. After scoring a career-best 35 goals last season, Cole's production has taken a hit this season. Perhaps joining the more offensive-minded Stars will kick start his game.

-“He’s a big body, a good skater, a strong net presence, and he’s under contract, so he’s an asset that we control. He’s a player who helps us right now.” - Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk on the trade.

-A season-ending injury to defenseman Erik Karlsson has provided an opportunity for Senators defenseman Eric Gryba.

-“I think regardless of what league you’re playing in, you’ve got to have that swagger and walk around like you can be the best player. If you don’t, really what’s the point?" - Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri on finally breaking through as a full-time NHLer.

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Southeast Divison

-Evander Kane had two goals and an assist for the Rangers in a 4-3 win against the Rangers. Olli Jokinen added two goals for Winnipeg while teammates Ron Hainsey and Anthony Peluso each recorded two assists. Ondjre Pavelec made 30 saves in the victory. Anton Stralman led New York with a goal and an assist.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Kane:

-Happy times for the Jets. Not so much for New York's Henrik Lundqvist:

-Cool Photo of the Night: A faceoff in Madison Square Garden:

-Shift of the Night: New York captain Ryan Callahan managed to block two shots against the Jets while playing without a stick:

-Braden Holtby made 33 saves and led the Capitals to a 3-0 shutout of the Hurricanes. Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson each had a goal and an assist for Washington.

-Save of the Night: Carolina's Cam Ward reached back here to rob Washington's Joel Ward:

-Staal was ready for this faceoff:

-With goaltender Michal Neuvirth dealing with an illness, the Capitals recalled Philipp Grubauer from Hershey of the AHL.

-With forward Stephen Weiss attending to his grandmother's funeral, the Panthers recalled forward Scott Timmins from San Antonio of the AHL.

-Has the Lightning gotten enough out of goaltender Anders Lindback?

-The Jets recalled defenseman Derek Meech from St. John's of the AHL and assigned defenseman Julian Melchiori and goaltender Eddie Pasquale to St. John's.

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Central Divison

-With forwards Andy McDonald and Alexander Steen suffering undisclosed injuries during practice, the Blues recalled forward Andrew Murray from Peoria of the AHL.

-While forward Johan Franzen (right) is expected to return to the lineup tonight after missing seven games due to a hip flexor injury, forward Valtteri Filppula will be sidelined due to a shoulder injury.

-Predators forward/enforcer Brian McGrattan cleared waivers and was assigned to Milwaukee of the AHL.

Northwest Division

- An overtime goal by Zach Parise gave the Wild a 2-1 win against the Flames. Ryan Suter recorded two assists for Minnesota while teammate Niklas Backstrom made 20 saves.

-Parise's goal:

-Happy times for the Wild. Not so much for the Flames:

-Minnesota's Jason Zucker tied the game with 4:19 remaining in regulation with this nifty re-direction goal:

-Calgary's Joey MacDonald preserved the tie late in regulation with this tough save on Minnesota's Jared Spurgeon:

-A good look at the save:

-Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester appeared in his 735 career game and set an NHL record for most regular season games without making a playoff appearance.

-The Wild placed forward Cal Clutterbuck (thigh) on injured reserve.

-Avalanche forward Matt Duchene is sidelined due to a groin ailment.

-The Oilers placed goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin on injured reserve due to a "lower-body" injury and recalled goaltender Yann Danis from Oklahoma City of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-An overtime goal by Loui Eriksson gave the Stars a 5-4 win against the Blue Jackets. Cody Eakin, Antoine Roussel and Derek Roy each had a goal and an assist for Dallas while teammates Brenden Dillon and Stephane Robidas each recorded two assists. Richard Bachman made 16 saves in the victory. Nick Foligno and former Penguin Mark Letestu led Columbus with two assists each. Fire Ray Shero.

-Eriksson gave a full-out effort on his overtime goal:

-Jagr decided to make this face at Letestu:

-Happy times for Foligno (front) and Cam Atkinson:

-Kyle Chipchura scored two goals for the Coyotes in a 4-2 win against the Canucks. Mikkel Boedker and Antoine Vermette each had a goal and an assist for Phoenix while teammate Mike Smith made 29 saves in the victory.

-Check out this pass by Boedker to set up Vermette for his goal:

-Vancouver's Cory Schneider flashed the glove here against Boedker:

-Chipchura and Vancouver's Dale Weise had issues:

-Weise ended up getting poked in the eye:

-Shootout goals by Michal Handzus and Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks a 3-2 win against the Avalanche. Antti Niemi made 25 saves in the victory. Jan Hejda led Colorado with two assists.

-Check out his pass by San Jose's Joe Thornton to set up Logan Couture for a goal:

-Colorado's Semyon Varlamov snagged this shot from Thornton:

-The Ducks recalled forward Emerson Etem from Norfolk of the AHL and assigned forward Peter Holland to Norfolk.

-"I feel like my game is getting better. I've been playing more minutes than I've ever played before. I feel like it's really helped me to become comfortable out there. I feel like I'm contributing positively now." - Former Penguins Ben Lovejoy on his play since joining the Ducks earlier this month.

-The Sharks recalled defenseman Matt Irwin from Worcester of the AHL.

(Photos: Penguins/Panthers-Luis M. Alvarez/Associated Press; Staal-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; DeMarco-Penguins Hockey Cards; Bruins/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Kathy Willens/Associated Press; Cole-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Jets/Rangers-Al Bello/Getty Images and Frank Franklin II/Associated Press; Hurricanes/Capitals-Rob Carr/Getty Images; Franzen-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; Flames/Wild-Jim Mone/Associated Press; Stars/Blue Jackets-Kirk Irwin/Getty Images; Coyotes/Canucks-Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press and Rich Lam/Getty Images)

"I feel like my game is getting better," he said. "I've been playing more minutes than I've ever played before. I feel like it's really helped me to become comfortable out there. I feel like I'm contributing positively now." - See more at: http://www.ocregister.com/sports/ducks-497408-lovejoy-games.html#sthash.fzpzkGul.dpuf

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