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Empty Netter Assists - 03-04-13

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Penguins

-Evgeni Malkin (above) resumed contact in an optional practice at Southpointe yesterday.

-Paul Martin is expected to miss tonight's game against the Lightning.

-Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each hit double digits in goals ... again.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Malkin speaks:

-Max MacKay had two goals and an assists for the Wheeling Nailers in a 6-4 win against the Kalamazoo Wings. Chris Barton added a goal and two assists for Wheeling while teammate Paul Crowder recorded four assists. Peter Delmas made 18 saves in the victory.

-Today would've been the 82nd birthday of former Penguins coach "Badger" Bob Johnson. Hired June 12, 1990, Johnson coached the Penguins for one season in 1990-91. He led the team to a 41-33-6 record and the Patrick Division title, the first division title in franchise history. In the 1991 postseason, Johnson guided the franchise to its first Stanley Cup title. In the offseason, Johnson was diagnosed with brain cancer. He passed away Nov. 26, 1991 at the age of 60. Johnson was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.

-After the Jump: Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta hits the Rangers' Brad Richards from behind and the Blackhawks keep winning.

Atlantic Division

-Shootout goals by Rick Nash and captain Ryan Callahan led the Rangers to a 3-2 win against the Sabres. Nash added a regulation goal and an assist for New York while teammate Marian Gaborik recorded two assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in the victory.

-Callahan jammed up Buffalo's Ryan Miller something fierce here:

-The game was marred in the third period on a hit from behind into the boards by Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta against New York's Brad Richards:

-A good look at the hit:

-Kaleta recieved a major and a game misconduct for the hit. Richards was injured but finished the game.

-"If we're all going to look at each other's numbers, ram each other from behind headfirst into the boards, it's going to be a tough game to play. It's not hockey. He doesn't play hockey to begin with. It's the same guy all the time." - Richards on Kaleta.

-“I’m glad we made them pay. It’s disgusting. It’s a lack of respect.” - Rangers coach John Tortorella on scoring two goals on the ensuing power play after Kaleta's hit.

-EN Says: While the hit wasn't particularly devestating - it was more of a push than a hit - it was still dangerous given it's position on the ice. Additionally, Kaleta is a notoriously dirty player who has a considerable history when it comes to supplemental discipline. A suspension should be an easy decision for NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan. And don't give him a slap on the wrist. Suspend him for at least 10 games. The NHL dropped the hammer on nortoriously dangerous hitters such as Matt Cooke and Raffi Torres and those players have made significant changes to their games.

-Buffalo's Brian Flynn had some torque on this shot:

-Shootout goals by Frans Nielsen and John Tavares gave the Islanders a 3-2 win against the Senators. Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves in the victory.

-Shootout Goal of the Day: Tavares pulled a "Forsberg" here on Ottawa's Robin Lehner:

-Nabokov kept his eyes on ths puck:

-Ottawa's Patrick Wiercioch was ready to shoot this puck:

-Flyers forward Harry Zolnierczyk was suspended four games by the NHL for a hit which concussed Senators forward Mike Lundin Saturday. The NHL's explanation of the suspension:

-“He got Lundin in a bad position. It could have been a fair hit. It could have knocked him down, but he chose to leave his feet and basically hit him in the head and the kid has a concussion. I think this is what’s wrong sometimes with our game. We have people who play a particular role on a team and their sole purpose is to knock people down.” - Senators general manager Bryan Murray on the hit.

-The Islanders and SMG, the company which manages Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, owes Nassau County $3.8 million in unpaid rent, utilities and other expenses for the facility.

Northeast Division

-David Desharnais scored two goals for the Bruins in a 4-3 win against the rival Bruins. Max Pacioretty added a goal and an assist for Montreal while teammate Brendan Gallagher added two assists. Peter Budaj made 31 saves in the victory. Patrice Bergeron led Boston with a goal and two assists.

-Check out the passing which led to this power-play goal by Montreal's Tomas Plekanec:

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Boston's Tyler Seguin:

-Boston's Johnny Boychuk had a heart-to-heart with Desharnais here:

-Captains Zdeno Chara of Boston and Brian Gionta of Montreal checked out a "yard sale:"

-“Tonight, as everybody saw, there was a lot of embellishment. This is embarrassing for our game, the embellishing. Right now, they’ve got over 100 power plays so far. It’s pretty obvious why. We’re trying to clean that out of our game. It’s got to be done soon. Because it’s not about tonight. It’s about the game. The embellishment embarrasses our game. We’ve got to be better about that. It’s pretty obvious when P.K. [Subban] gets hit, he throws himself into the glass and holds his head. You know what? We start calling those things for embellishment, maybe teams stop doing it. Until we take charge that, it’s going to be an issue.” - Bruins coach Claude Julien.

-Thinking out Loud: Julien is pretty much just trying to buy his team some power plays in the short-term future. Every coach does it from time to time. That said, the idea of him calling out another opponent for diving is laughable when one considers he employs notorious diver Brad Marchand. If Julien can live by the sword, he can fall by it as well.

Southeast Division

-Cam Ward made 15 saves for the Hurricanes in a 3-2 win against the Panthers. Jonathan Huberdeau led Florida with two goals.

-It wasn't all bad for the Panthers. Check out this pass by Florida's Peter Mueller to set up Huberdeau:

-Ward left the game in teh second period due to a suspected leg injury and was replaced by Dan Ellis.

-The Panthers placed goaltender Jose Theodore (knee) and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (wrist) on injured reserve and recalled goaltender Jacob Markstrom and defenseman Nolan Yonkman from San Antonio of the AHL.

-Markstrom was prevented from playing against Carolina yesterday because his gear was not packed onto his flight from San Antonio. That forced the Panthers to sign goaltending coach Rob Tallas as an emergency backup.

-The Lightning recalled forward Ondrej Palat from Syracuse of the AHL.

-With six wins in their past nine games, the Capitals are starting to get comfortable with new coach Adam Oates' system.

Central Division

-A shootout goal by Patrick Kane gave the Blackhawks a thrilling 2-1 comeback win against the rival Red Wings. Corey Crawford made 32 saves in the victory. Chicago (19-0-3) extended its NHL season-opening record to 22 games without a regulation loss.

-Kane slowed things down on his shootout goal:

-Kane tied the game with a power-play goal with 2:02 remaining regulation:

-Happy times for the Blackhawks:

-An overtime goal by Artem Anisimov gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 win against the Avalanche. Sergei Bobrovsky made 18 saves in the victory.

-Anisimov's goal:

-Save of the Night: Colorado's Semyon Varlamov against Columbus' Nick Drazenovic:

-In his first game back with the Avalanche following a contract hold out, forward Ryan O'Reilly accidently deflected a goal into his own net and allowed the Blue Jackets to tie game in the third period. The play in question:

-Cool Photo of the Day: Stretchy times for the Blue Jackets:

Northwest Division

-Captain Mikko Koivu had a goal and two assists for the Wild in a 4-2 win against the Oilers. Charlie Coyle and Jared Spurgeon each added a goal and an assist for Minnesota while teammate Niklas Backstrom made 19 saves in the victory.

-Fluky Goal of the Night: Edmonton's Sam Gagner got credit for this goal which hit off his skates and then was tapped into the cage by Minnesota's Ryan Suter:

-Mike Cammalleri scored two goals for the Flames in a 4-2 win against the rival Canucks. Lee Stempniak added a goal and an assist for Calgary while teammate Jiri Hudler recorded two assists. Danny Taylor made 29 saves in the victory. Jannik Hansen led Vancouver with a goal and an assist.

-Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo biffed badly on this shot by Cammalleri:

-Vancouver's Dan Hamhuis kept his eyes on this puck:

-“Not one God [expletive] word. Nothing, I didn’t use the F word, didn’t say a word. I stood on the bench for .5 seconds and said ‘that’s an elbow.’ And that’s how I got two minutes and that’s how they scored their goal. I am done here.” - Canucks coach Alain Vigneault on receiving a bench minor for complaining about a non-call to officials. Calgary scored the eventual game-winning goal immedately after the penalty expired.

-Hansen scored hours after the births of his twins sons.

Pacific Division

-Derek Roy had a goal and two assists for the Stars in a 4-1 win against the Blues. Loui Eriksson added a goal and an assist for Dallas while teammate Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves in the victory.

-Some slick passing led to Erik Cole scoring his first goal with the Stars since being acquired in a trade last week:

-Defensive Play of the Day: Roy jumped on this steal which led directly to his goal:

-Pass of the Day: Dallas' Jordie Benn set up Eriksson for this goal:

-Roy set up former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr for this power-play goal in front of the cage:

-Happy times for the Stars. Not so much for St. Louis' Roman Polak:

-Sharks forward Martin Havlat is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.

-The Ducks signed undrafted forward Charlie Sarault of the Sarnia Sting (OHL) to a three-year entry-level contract.

(Photos: Malkin-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Sabres/Rangers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Seth Wenig/Associated Press; Senators/Islanders-Al Bello/Getty Images and Paul J. Bereswill/Associated Press; Canadiens/Bruins-Alex Trautwig/Getty Images; Blackhawks/Red Wings-Duane Burleson/Associated Press; Avalanche/Blue Jackets-Kirk Irwin/Getty Images; Canucks/Flames-Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images; Blues/Stars-Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press)

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