Empty Netter Assists - 03-05-13

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "That's the kind of players they are. They're game-changers." -  Matt Niskanen on Sidney Crosby (above) and Evgeni Malkin.

-The Tampa Times' recap. "An unbelievable play. But we gave it to him. We put the gun to our heads. It's unacceptable." - Lightning coach Guy Boucher on a turnover which led to Malkin's goal.

-The Tampa Tribune's recap. Lightning goaltender and former Penguin Matheiu Garon left the game in the second period due to a "lower-body" injury.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''We were a lot more responsible in the defensive zone.'' - Brooks Orpik.


-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Goal of the Night: Malkin's goal deserves its own clip:

-Deryk Engelland versus Tampa Bay's Pierre-Cedric Labrie:

-Happy times for the Penguins:

-Crosby and Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos were ready for this faceoff:

-It was that kind of night for Tampa Bay's Anders Lindback:

-Stretchy times for Malkin:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury:

-Prior to the game, Bylsma dished out pizza for the student rush line:

-As did Fleury:

-With Malkin coming off injured reserve and Zach Boychuk on waivers, the Penguins had to assign forward Beau Bennett to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins forward Paul Gardner. Acquired before the 1980-81 season along with Dave Burrows in a deal which sent for Kim Davis and Paul Marshall, Gardner spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. In 1980-81, Gardner appeared in 62 games and scored 74 points. He also became the first player in franchise history to score four goals in a game in a 6-5 loss to the Flyers Dec. 13, 1980. During the 1981 postseason, Gardner played in five games and scored one goal. He followed that up in 1981-82 by playing in 59 games and netting netting 69 points including a team-leading 36 goals. Gardner also scored a then-franchise record 21 power-play goals. Gardner led the team in postseason scoring that spring by recording six points in five games. In 1982-83, Gardner saw action in 70 games and scored 55 points. Gardner was limited to 16 games and five points in 1983-84. In the 1984 offseason, Gardner joined the Capitals as a free agent. In 207 regular season games, Gardner scored 203 points, 36th-most in franchise history. In 10 postseason games, he scored seven points.

-Happy 32nd birthday to current Penguins defenseman Paul Martin. A free agent signing in the 2010 offseason, Martin has spent the past three seasons with the Penguins. In 2010-11, he appeared in 77 games and scored 24 points. During that spring's postseason, Martin saw action in seven games and recorded two assists. last season, Martin saw action in 73 games and collected 27 points. In three postseason games, he had one goal. This season, Martin has played in 21 game and scored 15 points. In 171 games with the Penguins, Martin has 66 points.

-Happy 31st birthday to former Penguins forward Michel Ouellet. A fourth-round pick in 2000, Ouellet spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2005-06, Ouellet appeared in 50 games and scored 32 points. While playing primarily on a line with rookies Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal in 2006-07, Ouellet set career highs in games played (73), goals (19) and points (48). In five postseason games that spring, he recorded two assists. In the 2007 offseason, Ouellet joined the Lightning as a free agent. In 123 regular season games with the Penguins, Ouellet scored 80 points, 101st-most in franchise history. He currently plays for the Thetford Mines Isothermic of the LNAH in Quebec.

-After the Jump: Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta is suspended and Los Angeles' Jeff Carter gets a hat trick on hat night.

Atlantic Division

-“I respect the league’s decision. I don’t like it, but ultimately, I respect it. My job is to go out there and deliver a hard hit. That’s what I tried to do. Obviously, I had no intent of trying to get the guy’s head. That was the case. I apologized to him and that’s it.” - Flyers forward Harry Zolnierczyk on being suspended four games for a hit which injured Senators defenseman Mike Lundin Saturday.

Northeast Division

-Nazem Kadri and Clarke MacArthur added a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs in a 4-2 win against the Devils. James Reimer made 28 saves in the victory. Marek Zidlicky scored both goals for New Jersey.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this aggressive forecheck by Toronto's Jay McClement to steal the puck and walk in for a goal:

-Check out this sneaky little pass by Toronto's James van Riemsdyk to set up Phil Kessel for a goal:

-Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta was suspended five games by the NHL for cross checking Rangers forward Brad Richards from behind into the boards Sunday. The NHL's explanation of the suspension:

-EN Says: We would have prefered to see a meatier suspension for Kaleta, but given his history of supplemental discipline, the lack of significant injury to Richards and the going rate these days for suspensions, this seems like a fair punishment.

-The Senators assigned forward Derek Grant to Binghamton of the AHL.

-The Maple Leafs signed forward Josh Leivo, a third-round pick in 2011, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Southeast Division

-Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward (right) will be sidelined six to eight weeks due to a knee injury. With him being placed on injured reserve, the Hurricanes recalled goaltender Justin Peters from Charlotte of the AHL.

-With Ward injured and Peters being recalled, the Charlotte Checkers recalled goaltender Rob Madore, a native of Peters' Township, from Florida of the AHL.

-It's a bad time for Southeast Division goaltenders. Panthers goaltender Jose Theodore will be sidelined five to six weeks due to a groin tear.

-The Capitals signed defenseman Steven Oleksy to a three-year two-way contract and recalled him from Hershey of the AHL.

Central Division

-The Blue Jackets placed defenseman John Moore (shoulder) on injured reserve.

Northwest Division

-The Oilers acquired forward Mike Brown (right) from the Maple Leafs in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2014. In 12 games this season, Brown, 27, Brown has one assist and 70 penalty minutes.

-EN Says: The Oilers needed some physicality and the Maple Leafs had a glut of it on their roster. So this was an easy trade for each team to make. While not overly big, Brown (5-foot-11, 205 pounds) will hit and fight just about anyone on the other team. He makes the Oilers a tougher team.

-“He beat me up. Thank God I don’t have to fight him anymore.” - Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid on Brown.

-The Avalanche assigned goaltender Calvin Pickard to Lake Erie of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Jeff Carter recorded a natural hat trick for the Kings in a 5-1 thumping of the Predators. Slava Voynov recorded three assists for Los Angeles while teammate Jarret Stoll added two assists. Jonathan Bernier made 18 saves in the victory.

-Carter's hat trick:

-And of course, Carter's hat trick would come on hat night:

-Shootout goals by former Penguin Steve Sullivan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson gave the Coyotes a 5-4 win against the Ducks. Ekman-Larsson and Kyle Chipchura each recorded two assists for Phoenix while teammate Mike Smith made 27 saves in the victory. Captain Ryan Geltzlaf led Anaheim with a regulation goal and two assists.

-Cool Photo of the Night: Smith taking the ice:

-Happy times for the Coyotes:

-Ekman-Larsson > Anaheim's Jonas Hiller:

-With forward Kyle Palmieri dealing with an "upper-body" injury, the Ducks recalled forward Brandon McMillan from Norfolk of the AHL.

-The Coyotes assigned forward Rob Klinkhammer to Portland of the AHL.

-With forward Martin Havlat dealing with a "lower-body" injury and forward Tommy Wingels (undisclosed) being placed on injured reserve, the Sharks recalled forward Brackens Kearns from Worcester of the AHL.

-The Stars signed undrafted forward Taylor Peters of the WHL's Portland Winterhawks to a three-year entry level contract.

Patrick Division

-The NHL confirmed it will hold all seven rounds of the draft June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

(Photos: Lightning/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Ward-Al Bello/Getty Images; Brown-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Predators/Kings-Harry How/Getty Images; Ducks/Coyotes-Christian Petersen/Getty Images and Matt York/Associated Press)


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