Empty Netter Assists - 03-03-13

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We have to find a way to keep the puck out of our net," Crosby said. "There were some tonight that were some unfortunate bounces, but we still can't expect to win games letting in that many goals." - Sidney Crosby.

-The Montreal Gazette's recap. "This was a great game for the fans but this is the reason why coaches get gray hair."  - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.

-The Associated Press' recap. "It's not a game you like to play." - Kris Letang.

"This was a great game for the fans but this is the reason why coaches get gray hair." - See more at:


-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Brandon Sutter's goal deserves its own clip:

-A good look at the goal:

-James Neal went at it here with Montreal's Josh Gorges:

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Hockey Night in Canada's montage for the game:

-Evgeni Malkin resumed workouts off the ice.

-The trade deadline is exactly one month from today.

-Shootout goals by Jayson Megna, Tom Kostopoulos and Adam Payerl gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 2-1 win against the Albany Devils. Jeff Zatkoff made 26 saves in the victory.

-Kostopoulos recorded the first shootout goal of his professional career.

-Peter Delmas made 20 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-0 shutout of the Trenton Titans. Paul Crowder had a goal and two assists for Wheeling while teammate Chris Barton added a goal and an assist.

-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins forward Richard Zemlak. Acquired early in the 1988-89 offseason in a deal that sent the rights of Rob Gaudreau to the North Stars, Zemlak spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1988-89, Zemlak played in 31 games and failed to record a point but racked up 135 penalty minutes. He appeared in one postseason game that spring and once again failed to get on the score sheet. Zemlak followed that up in 1989-90 by playing in 19 games and scoring six points and recording 43 penalty minutes. He left the Penguins when he joined the Flames as a free agent early in 1990-91. In 50 regular season games with the Penguins, Zemlak scored six points and netteded 173 penalty minutes.

-After the Jump: Philadelphia's Harry Zolnierczyk is facing discipline for a dangerous hit.

Atlantic Division

-Ilya Bryzgalov made 33 saves for the Flyers in a 2-1 win against the Senators. Philadelphia has won three out of its past four games.

-Check out this nifty backhanded move Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds scored on:

-This game was marred by a dangerous hit by Flyers forward Harry Zolnierczyk against Senators defenseman Mike Lundin:

-Ignoring the homerish cheerleading by the Philadelphia broadcasters, this is a pretty easy case for NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan. Zolnierczyk left his feet and struck Lundin in the head. Additionally, Lundin was diagnosed with a concussion according to Senators coach Paul MacLean. A suspension is merited.

-Zolnierczyk will have a disciplinary hearing today.

-Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson received the second major of his lenghty career after he cross checked Philadephia's Zac Rinaldo in the neck during the third period:

-“I think it was pretty cool that Danny Alfredsson came after me. I always watched him growing up, so I think it was pretty cool.” - Rinaldo.

-Ottawa's Mika Zibanejad was ready for this faceoff:

-Ottawa's Ben Bishop > Philadelphia's Maxme Talbot:

-The Devils placed forward Bobby Butler on waivers.

-Forward J.T. Miller of East Palestine, Ohio is fighting to keep his job on the Rangers' roster.

“I think it was pretty cool that Danny Alfredsson came after me. I always watched him growing up, so I think it was pretty cool.” - See more at:
Northeast Division

-Anton Khudobin made 20 saves for the Bruins in a 3-2 defeat of the Lightning. Teddy Purcell led Tampa Bay with two assists.

-It wasn't all bad for Tampa Bay. Steven Stamkos scored from an very tough angle on this power play:

-Tampa Bay rookie Alexander Killorn scored on a nifty backhanded move as well:

-Intense Photo of the Day: Boston's Adam McQuaid had issues with Tampa Bay's Pierre-Cedric Labrie:

-Boston's Patrice Bergeron and Stamkos were ready for this faceoff:

-Shootout goals by captain Jason Pominville and Tyler Ennis gave the Sabres a 4-3 win against the Devils. Pominville scored two regulation goals while temmate Cody Hodgson recorded two assists. Ryan Miller made 28 saves in the victory.

-Pass of the Day: Check out this backhanded feed by New Jersey rookie Stefan Matteau to set up Andrei Loktionov for a score:

-New Jersey's Adam Henrique > Miller:

-Sabres forward Thomas Vanek missed the game due to an "upper-body" injury.

Southeast Division

-Braden Holtby made 35 saves for the Capitals in a 3-0 shutout of the Jets. Mike Riberio recorded a goal and an assist for Washington.

-Save of the Day: Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec on Washington's Jason Chimera

-Winnipeg's Anthony Peluso suffered a suspected broken hand in a fight with Washington's Aaron Volpatti. The fight in question:

-Everyone had issues here:

-Jussi Jokinen had two goals and an assist for the Hurricanes who defeated Panthers, 6-2. Riley Nash added a goal and two assists for Carolina while captain Eric Staal scored two goals. Cam Ward made 22 saves in the victory.

-Goal of the Night: Staal scored on this brilliant move in front of the net and followed it up with a wink:

-Panthers goaltender Jose Theodore (suspected knee) and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov left the game due to injuries.

-Theodore was injured after stopping this shot by Carolina's Jussi Jokinen:

-Funny Photo of the Night: Linesman Michel Cormier had a perplexed look while chatting with Carolina's Chad LaRose:

-With LaRose dealing with concussion-like symptoms, the Hurricanes recalled forward Brett Sutter from Charlotte of the AHL.

Central Division

-"When I started as an 18-year-old in Ottawa I never thought about maybe one day I could reach 1,000 games." - Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa on appearing in his 1,000th career game.

-The Blues placed forward Alexander Steen on injured reserve due to a suspected shoulder injury.

-Columbus mayor Michael B. Coleman sent a letter to the NHL as a "reminder" about potentially hosting the next All-Star game at Nationwide Arena. The 2013 game, which was wiped out by the lockout, was scheduled to be held in Columbus.

"When I started as an 18-year-old in Ottawa I never thought about maybe one day I could reach 1,000 games," - See more at:,0,5477189.story#sthash.mAbWZpzC.dpuf
Northwest Division

-Dan Hamhuis, Jannik Hansen and Mason Raymond each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks in a 5-2 win against the Kings. Alex Burros and captain Henrik Sedin each recorded two assists for Vancouver while teammate Corey Schneider made 28 saves in the victory.

-Check out this backhanded pass in tight by Vancouver's Alex Burrows to set up Hamhuis:

-Check out the placement on this shot by Raymond:

-Check out the placement on this shot by Vancouver's Daniel Sedin:

-A good look at Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick giving up the goal:

-The Avalanche recalled goaltender Calvin Pickard from Lake Erie of the AHL.

-Oilers forward Taylor Hall is sidelined due to a hamstring injury.

Pacific Division

-A shootout goal by former Penguin Steve Sullivan gave the Coyotes a 5-4 win against the Ducks. Lauri Korpikoski added two regulation goals for Phoenix while teammate Mike Smith made 31 saves. Andrew Cogliano recorded a hat trick for Anaheim.

-Cogliano's hat trick:

-Check out this desparation save by Smith against Anaheim's Bobby Ryan:

-Antti Niemi made 18 saves for the Sharks in a 2-1 win against the Predators. Logan Couture and captain Joe Thornton each recorded two assists for San Jose.

-Stars forward Jamie Benn was fined $10,000 for a cross check to the back of Oilers forward Ryan Jones Thursday.

-The Kings activated defenseman Alec Martinez ("upper body") from injured reserve and assigned defenseman Andrew Campbell to Manchester of the AHL.

-The Ducks signed forward Joseph Cramarossa, a third-round pick in 2011, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Adams Division

-Spencer Abraham and Dane Fox each had two goals and an assist for the Erie Otters in a 5-4 win against the Windsor Spitfires.

-Eric Levine made 27 saves for the Robert Morris men's team in a 1-1 tie with Mercyhurst. Max Strang made 31 saves for Mercyhurst.

-Nicole Paniccia made 54 saves for the Penn State women's team in a season-ending 3-2 overtime loss to RIT in Game 2 of a CHA tournament first round series. RIT won the best of three series, 2-0. Penn State finished its inagural season with 7-26-2 record.

-Casey Nelson recorded two assists for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 3-2 loss to the Springfield Blues.

(Photos: Penguins/Canadiens-Graham Hughes/Canadian Press and Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Senators/Flyers-Drew Hallowell/Getty Images; Lightning/Bruins-Michael Dwyer/Associated Press; Devils/Sabres-Gary Wiepert/Associated Press; Capitals/Jets-John Woods/Canadian Press; Panthers/Hurricanes-Grant Halverson/Getty Images; Kings/Canucks-Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

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