Empty Netter Assists - 03-02-13

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-The Penguins face former head coach Michel Therrien (above) tonight in Montreal.

-“It’s going to be special, I’m not going to hide it. But I’ve got some great memories of my time in Pittsburgh." - Therrien.

“It’s going to be special, I’m not going to hide it,” the 49-year-old coach said. “But I’ve got some great memories of my time in Pittsburgh. - See more at:

-The Penguins tend to play better when Simon Despres is in the lineup.

-Is it time to play Mark Eaton? (PG+)

-Sidney Crosby was named the NHL's second star for February.

-Twenty years ago today, Mario Lemieux (right) staged his greatest comeback ... from cancer.

-James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail talkes a look at Pittsburgh's growth as a hockey town tahn.

-ESPN's Pierre LeBrun takes a look at the NHL's Player Saftey Room.

-Jeff Zatkoff made eight saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 loss to the rival Hershey Bears.

-Tom Kostopoulos scored his 100th career goal with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

-Paul Crowder and Keven Veilleux each had a regulation goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Trenton Titans.

-After the Jump: The Blackhawks keep winning and the Flames almost got burnt (sorry) by signing Ryan O'Reilly to an offer sheet.

Atlantic Division

-Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro was pulled in his first start this season for Bridgeport of the AHL after allowing five goals on 12 shots.

-Devils forward Ryan Carter is expected to return to the lineup today against the Sabres after missing four games due to a concussion.

-The Flyers assigned goaltender Michael Leighton to Adirondack of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-The Canadiens recalled forward Gabriel Dumont from Hamilton of the AHL.

forward Gabriel Dumont

-The Sabres placed former Penguins defenseman Jordan Leopold ("upper body") on injured reserve and recalled forward Brian Flynn from Rochester of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim (right) won a medical greivance against the club and will be paid his full salary retroactive to the lockout. Bergenheim had been suspened by the Panthers as they determined he was injured while playing in Europe during the lockout. Bergenheim's greivance claimed he suffered the injury before the lockout officially began.

-The Lightning assigned foward Richard Panik to Syracuse of the AHL.

-Capitals defenseman Mike Green aggravated a groin injury.

-The Hurricanes assigned forward Zac Dalpe to Charlotte of the AHL and returned defenseman Ryan Murphy to Kitchener of the AHL.

-Hurricanes fan Joyce Johnston, known to Carolina fans as "Dancing Granny," has passed away. She was 84.

Central Division

-An overtime goal by Brent Seabrook gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 win against the Blue Jackets. Victor Stalberg had a goal and an assist for Chicago while teammate Ray Emery made 19 saves. The Blackhawks (18-0-3) extended its NHL-record season-opening streak of games without a regulation loss to 21 games.

-Seabrook's goal:

-‘‘To be honest, I didn’t really expect [captain Jonathan Toews] to make that pass. ‘He didn’t look at me once. And I didn’t yell. . . . I don’t think I shot the puck. It was such a hard pass, it just hit my stick and bounced in.’’ - Seabrook on his goal.

-Save of the Night: Columbus' Steve Mason denied Stalberg in tight here:

-Check out this nifty backhanded goal by Columbus' Ryan Johansen:

-Happy times in Chicago:

-Chicago's Wade Brookbank and Columbus' Nick Foligno had issues:

-Captain David Backes, Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Sobotka each had a goal and an assist for the Blues in a 4-2 comeback win against the Oilers. T.J. Oshie recorded two assists for St. Louis while teammate Jaroslav Halak made all of 15 saves.

-Pass of the Night: Oshie flung this one-handed back-handed feed to set up Backes:

-A good look at the goal:

-Oilers defenseman and former Penguin Ryan Whitney scored his first goal of the season on this nice pass from Ryan Smyth:

-“It was definitely in the back of my mind." - Schwartz on his sister, Mandi, who passed away as a result of breast cancer in 2011. The Blues staged a breast cancer awareness program last night.

-St. Louis' Scott Nichol wore pink laces for the event:

-Cool Photo of the Night: All heck breaking loose in the Edmonton crease:

-With defenseman John Moore dealing with a "lower-body" injury, the Blue Jackets recalled defenseman Dalton Prout from Springfield of the AHL.

-“The guys who spend their whole career in the Eastern Conference really don’t understand. When I played with the Flyers, we were home and in bed from almost every road game by 12:30 a.m. You’re not always fighting the clock or fighting a time zone. You can get into a routine and stay in it.” - Blue Jackets forward and Plum native (No, really!) R.J. Umberger comparing the challenges of traveling in the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference.

-Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa is scheduled to appear in his 1,000th career game against the Red Wings today.

Northwest Division

-Had the Canucks declined to match the offer sheet forward Ryan O'Reilly signed with the Flames on Thursday, Calgary still ran the risk of losing O'Reilly through waivers.

-"I understand if guys would be bitter about that. But I think all I care about, and most of the guys in here care about, is this logo, and he's going to help our team. It doesn't matter, to me, how much he's making. He's going to help our team. That's the bottom line." - Avalanche captain/forward Gabriel Landeskog on welcoming O'Reilly back to the team after a lengthy hold out.

-The Flames recalled forward Brian McGrattan from Abbotsford of the AHL and assiged forward Akim Aliu to Abbotsford.

-To make money pay tribute to the former Vancouver Millionaires franchise, the Canucks will wear versions of the Millionaires' jerseys March 16:

-EN Says: All snark about capitalism aside, those are pretty sweet.

-The Canucks claimed forward Tom Sestito off waivers from the Flyers and assigned forward Andrew Ebbett to Chicago of the AHL.

“The guys who spend their whole career in the Eastern Conference really don’t understand,” Umberger said. “When I played with the Flyers, we were home and in bed from almost every road game by 12:30 a.m. You’re not always fighting the clock or fighting a time zone. You can get into a routine and stay in it.” - See more at:
Pacific Division

-Jonas Hiller made 31 saves for the Ducks in a 3-2 win against the Wild. Anaheim has won seven of its past eight games. At 15-3-1, the Ducks are off to the best start in franchise history.

-Check out this pass from Anaheim's Corey Perry to set up captain Ryan Getzlaf for a goal:

-Selanne passed former Penguins forward Luc Robitaille for 11th place on the all-time goal-scoring list (669 goals) with this backhander:


-Stars forward Jamie Benn will have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL over a cross check he delivered to Oilers forward Ryan Jones Thursday. The play in question:

-Stars forward Tom Wandell cleared waivers and was assigned to Texas of the AHL.

-The Coyotes recalled forwards Chris Brown and Rob Klinkhammer from Portland of the AHL.

Smythe Division

-Stephen Harper had a goal and an assist for the Erie Otters in a 7-2 loss to the Plymouth Whalers.

-Eric Levine made 36 saves for the Robert Morris men's team in a 3-3 tie with Mercyhurst. Jordan Tibbett made 33 saves for Mercyhurst.

-Nicole Paniccia made 34 saves for the Penn state women's team in a 1-0 loss to RIT in Game 1 of their CHA Tournament first round series. RIT leads the best of three series, 1-0.

-A goal and an assist by Jordan Watt led the Johnstown Tomahawks to a 4-2 win against the Springfield Blues.

(Photos: Therrien-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Lemieux-Jamie Squire/Allsport/Getty Images; Bergenheim-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Blue Jackets/Blackhawks-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images and Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press; Oilers/Blues-Chris Lee/Edwardsville Intelligencer/Associated Press and Jeff Roberson/Associated Press)

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