Empty Netter Assists - 03-01-13

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We can't expect to show up in teams' buildings on the road and just put our gear on and expect to win." - Sidney Crosby (above, being defended by Carolina's Justin Faulk).

-The Raleigh News & Observer's recap. "When they're going, that's a tough line to stop." -  Hurricanes forward and former Penguin Jordan Staal on the play of his brother - captain Eric Staal - and his linemates, Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''You could throw a blanket over the area they scored four goals tonight." - Brooks Orpik.

-Highlights (so to speak):

-Robert Bortuzzo versus Carolina's Jay Harrison:

-A good look at the fight:

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Orpik speaks:

-Evgeni Malkin is still skating on his own.

-Malkin shared this little display of talent at Southpointe via Twitter:


-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins assigned defenseman Reid McNeill to Wheeling.

-Sacramento, Calif. mayor Kevin Johnson revealed Penguins owner Ron Burkle's intent to purchase the NBA's Sacramento Kings.

-Happy 50th birthday to the greatest two-way player in franchise history:

-Happy 61st birthday to former Penguins forward Pat Boutette. Acquired in the 1981 offseason along with Kevin McClelland as compensation for the Whalers' signing of goaltender Greg Millen, Boutette spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. In 1981-82, Boutette appeared in 80 games and scored 74 points. During that spring's postseason, Boutette played in five games and score four points. He followed that up in 1982-83 by playing in 80 games and scoring 56 points. Boutette was limited to 73 games and 40 points during the dreadful 1983-84 season. After 14 games and four points in 1984-85, Boutette was traded back to the Whalers in exchange for Ville Siren. In 247 regular season games, Boutette scored 174 points, 40th-most in franchise history.

-After the Jump: The Islanders' Rick DiPietro backpeddles from suicidal comments while the Flames lose Ryan O'Reilly and a game to the Avalanche.

Atlantic Division

-Rick Nash had a goal and an assist for the Rangers in a 4-1 victory against the Lightning. Ryan McDonagh recorded two assists for New York while teammate Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves.

-Check out this rocket of a slapper by New York's Carl Hagelin:

-Check out this move in tight space by Nash to score his goal:

-New York's Stu Bickel had issues with Tampa Bay's B.J. Crombeen:

-A good look at the lid of Lightning goaltender and former Penguin Mathieu Garon:

-Nash returned to the lineup after missing four games due to a suspected concussion.

-The Rangers assigned forwards Chris Kreider to Connecticut of the AHL.

-Lundqvist has a new ESPN Sportscenter commercial:

-After telling a local television news reporter he thought about driving his car off a bridge in reaction to his demotion to Bridgeport of the AHL, Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro downplayed any suggestion he has considered suicide.

-“Overall, with 16 teams on our side and 14 teams over there, I don’t think that’s how it should be. And then those wild cards and all that. I don’t think it makes too much sense. Hockey should stay hockey. It doesn’t have to be football.” - Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk criticizing the NHL's proposed realignment plan.

-Devils forward Ryan Carter officially revealed his injury as a concussion.

Northeast Division

-An overtime goal by Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins a 2-1 win against the Senators. Tuukka Rask made 30 saves whch was Boston's fifth consecutive.

-Bergeron's goal:

-Intense Photo of the Night: Bergeron was ready for this faceoff:

-An overtime goal by captain Dion Phaneuf gave the Maple Leafs a 5-4 win against the Islanders. Nazem Kadri recorded a hat trick for Toronto while teammate Mark Fraser recorded two assists. James Reimer made 23 saves in the victory. Kyle Okposo led New York with a goal and two assists.

-Phaneuf's goal:

-Kadri's hat trick (check out his third goal):

-Check out this laser of a slapper by New York's Lubomir Visnovsky:

-Cool Photo of the Night: New York's Evgeni Nabokov stretching out to make a save against Toronto's James van Riemsdyk under the banners of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum:

-Happy times for the Maple Leafs:

-Reimer did everything he could to keep this puck out:

-Happy times for the Maple Leafs. Not so much for Nabokov:

-Shootout goals by Thomas Vanek and captain Jason Pominville gave the Sabres a 4-3 win against the Panthers. Nathan Gerbe scored two regulation goals for Buffalo while teammate Tyler Ennis added a regulation goal and an assist. Ryan Miller made 40 save sin the victory. Brian Campbell and Marcel Goc each led Florida with a regulation goal and an assist.

-Fight of the Night: Florida's George Parros had a fierce tilt against Buffalo's John Scott:

-A good look at the fight:

Southeast Division

-Captain Andrew Ladd had two goals and an assist for the Jets in a 3-1 win against the Devils. Ondrej Pavelec made 22 saves in the victory.

-Ladd's first goal came all of eight seconds into the game.

-Ladd scored off this ... unexpected ... end-to-end rush by big Dustin Byfuglien:

-Panthers defenseman Mike Weaver left last night's game against the Sabres in the first period due to a "lower-body" injury.

Central Division

-A shootout goal by Damien Brunner gave the Red Wings a 2-1 win against the Sharks. Jonas Gustavsson made 25 saves in the victory.

-Check out the placement on this shot by San Jose's Logan Couture:

-Niemi kept his eyes on this puck:

-Corey Crawford (six saves) and Ray Emery (15) combined to to make 21 saves and lead the Blackhawks to a 3-0 shutout of the rival Blues. Captain Jonahtan Toews scored two goals for Chicago while teammate Marian Hossa, a former Penguin, recorded two assists. Fire Ray Shero. Chicago (17-0-3) extended its NHL record season-opening streak of games without a regulation loss to 20 games.

-Toews scored all of 12 seconds into the game off this pass from Gibsonia's Brandon Saad:

-A good look at the pass:

-Emery (wth a little help from Johnny Oduay) stopped Penguins athletic trainer St. Louis' Chris Stewart here:

-St. Louis' Halak (with a little help from Ian Cole) couldn't stop Toews here:

-Happy times for the Blackhawks. Not so much for Halak:

-Emery took over for Crawford in the second period after Crawford suffered an "upper-body" injury.

-Saad is helping the Blackhawks make history.

-Blue Jackets forward Artem Anisimov is expected to return to the lineup against the Blackhawks tonight after suffering a suspected head injury last Thursday.

-Predators defenseman and former Penguin Hall Gill is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.

Northwest Division

-A goal and two assists by Ales Hemsky led the Oilers to a 5-1 rout of the Stars. Jeff Petry and Justin Schultz each added a goal and an assist for Edmonton while teammates Jordan Eberle and Lennart Petrell each recorded two assists. Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves in the victory. 

-Dallas' Jamie Benn was penalized for this vicious cross check to Edmonton's Ryan Jones in the third period:

-EN Says: We're not sure if this merits a suspension, but a fine is certainly in order.

-High five times here for Dubnyk and Petrell:

-Dallas' Kari Lehtonen kept an eye on this puck:

-Dany Heatley scored two goals for the Wild which held off the Coyotes, 4-3. Matt Cullen and Devin Setoguchi each recorded two assists for Minnesota while teammate Niklas Backstrom made 25 saves in the victory. Mikkel Boedker led Phoenix wth two assists.

-Fluky Goal of the Night: Phoenix's Keith Yandle was credited with this goal off a goofy bounce from the boards:

-Former Penguins Paul Bissonnette of the Coyotes and Mike Rupp of the Wild went at it:

-A good look at the fight:

-And the aftermath:

-A good look at Backstrom's lid:

-Funny Photo of the Night: Phoenix's Oliver Ekman-Larsson entertained some Coyotes fans by socking Minnesota's Clayton Stoner in the face:

-Captain Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists to lead the Avalanche to a wild 5-4 comeback win against the Flames. David Jones and Paul Statsny each collected a goal and an assist for Colorado while teammate P.A. Parenteau recorded two assists. Semyon Varlamov made 19 saves in the victory. Captain Jarome Iginla led Calgary with two goals.

-A good look at Varlamov's lid:

-A good look at the lid of Cagary's Joey MacDonald who hasn't had a chacne to update his Red Wings-themed gear after being claimed off waivers last month:

-"Probably one of the best Avalanche wins I've ever been apart of." - Avalanche forward Matt Duchene on coming back from a 3-0 deficit.

-The saga of Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly finally came to an end. The Flames signed the restricted free agent to a two-year offer sheet yesterday worth a total of $10 million (prorated). In a matter of hours, the Avalanche matched the offer which will have a salary cap hit of $5 million.  In 81 games last season, O'Reilly, 22, led the Avalanche with 55 points (18 goals, 37 assists). He had been holding out since the end of the lockout.

-EN Says: What a sequence of events. First, the Flames were playing the Avalanche that day AND they signed O'Reilly to this offer sheet, something which is considered a no-no among general managers. Additionally, by many accounts, the Avalanche balked at similiar demands from O'Reilly's agent. O'Reilly is a fine, diverse player who could be a No. 1 center for a few teams in the league. But giving someone who is relatlively unpoven this much money is a risk.

-The Canucks recalled forward Andrew Ebbett from Chicago of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes assigned defenseman Chris Summers to Portland of the AHL.

-The Stars assigned forward Matt Fraser to Texas of the AHL.

(Photo: Penguins/Hurricanes-Gerry Broome/Associated Press; Lightning/Rangers-Al Bello/Getty Images; Senators/Bruins-Charles Krupa/Associated Press; Maple Leafs/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Sabres/Panthers-Alan Diaz/Associated Press; Red Wings/Sharks-Jeff Chiu/Associated Press; Blackhawks/Blues-Chris Lee/Edwardsville Intelligencer/Associated PressJeff Roberson/Associated Press; Oilers/Stars-Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press and Ronald Martinez/Getty Images; Wild/Coyotes-Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press and Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Flames/Avalanche-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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