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Empty Netter Assists - 03-06-13

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Penguins

-Welcome back Beau Bennett.

-Welcome back Tom Kostopoulos.

-The Devils claimed Tom Kostopoulos off waivers from the Penguins.

-Fare thee well Zach Boychuk. (PG+)

-“He’s a very fast player and he was a big-time scorer in juniors. He’s scored really good in the minors. Can it translate to the NHL? We’ve had good success with (acquiring) younger players and developing them. So we’ll find out.” - Predators general manager David Poile on acquiring Boychuk (above).

-"It's one thing to know what they're going to do. To react the right way is something we have to do." - Pascal Dupuis on playing the Flyers Thursday.

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Do all-white pads give goaltenders an unfair advantage?

-After the Jump: The Rangers' Marc Staal suffers a scary facial injury and the Blackhawks just keep winning.

Atlantic Division

-Matt Martin, former Penguin Colin McDonald and John Tavares each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders who beat the Canadiens, 6-3. Fire Ray Shero. Brad Boyes and Thomas Hickey each recorded two assists for New York while teammate Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves. Michael Ryder led Montreal with three assists.

-Hit of the Night: New York's Casey Cizikas dropped Montreal's Alex Galchenyuk into the New York bench:

-Check out this pass by New York captain Mark Streit to set up former Penguins prospect Matt Moulson for a goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Check out this rocket of a goal by Montreal's P.K. Subban:

-Montreal captain Brian Gionta scored the 20,000th goal in franchise history:

-Tavares > Montreal's Carey Price:

-New York's Joe Finley put a little too much torque on this stick:

-Captain Ryan Callahan had two goals and an assist for New York in a 4-2 win against the rival Flyers. Rick Nash added two goals for New York while teammate Derek Stepan recorded two assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves in the victory. Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek each led Philadelphia with a goal and an assist.

-Check out this pass by Stepan to set up Callahan for his first goal:

-Check out this move by Callahan on his second goal:

-Rangers defenseman Marc Staal left the game in the xxx period after being stuck in the face with a puck. The play in question:

-Painful times for Staal:

-Lundqvist had issues with this puck:

-Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann left the game after the first period due to a "lower-body" injury.

-With Brad Richards dealing wth an undisclosed injury, the Rangers recalled forward Micheal Haley.

-The Devils recalled forward Cam Janssen from Albany of the AHL.

-Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky left the team to attend to the death of a family friend.

Northeast Division

-Senators forward Milan Michalek is expected to return to the lineup tonight against the rival Maple Leafs after being sidelined since Jan. 13 due to a knee ailment.

-The Senators recalled forward Mark Stone from Binghamton of the AHL.

-Sabres forward Thomas Vanek returned to the lineup against the Hurricanes last night after missing two games due to a "lower-body" injury.

-The Maple Leafs signed defenseman Korbinian Holzer (right) to a two-year contract extension believed to be worth a total of $1.575 million. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $575,000, Holzer, 25, will have a salary cap hit of $787,500 in his new deal. In 16 games this season, he has two goals.

-EN Says: Holzer is a bottom-pairing defenseman who has a little physicality to his game. Offering some size (6-foot-3, 205 pounds), Holzer is okay if he's your No. 6-7 defenseman.

Southeast Division

-An overtime goal and two assists by Eric Fehr led the Capitals to a 4-3 comeback win against the Bruins. Nicklas Backstrom recorded three assists for Washington while teammate Tomas Kundratek added a goal and an assist. Braden Holtby made 30 saves in the victory. David Krejci led Boston with two assists.

-Fehr split the defense on his goal:

-Happy times in Washington:

-Two goals and an assist by Nate Thompson led the Lightning past the Devils, 5-2. Alexander Killorn and Martin St. Louis each added a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay while teammates Cory Conacher and Vincent Lecavalier each recorded two assists. Anders Lindback made 25 saves in the victory. New Jersey has lost six consecutive games.

-It wasn't all bad for New Jersey. Rookie Keith Kincaid stopped Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos on a breakaway:

-Tampa Bay's Cedrick Desjardins and his shadow stopped this puck during warm-ups:

-Alexander Semin had a goal and two assists for the Hurricanes in a 4-3 win against the Sabres. Jussi Jokinen collected a goal and an assist for Carolina while teammate Eric Staal recorded three assists. Justin Peters made 37 saves in the victory. Cody Hodgson led Buffalo with two goals.

-Save of the Night: Peters robbed Buffalo's Thomas Vanek with his blocker here:

-Goal of the Night: It wasn't all bad for Buffalo. Check out this dazzling effort on this goal by Hodgson:

-Not to be outdone by Peters, Buffalo's Ryan Miller robbed Semin on a two-on-none:

-Cool Photo of the Night: The Hurricanes taking the ice:

-Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves for the Panthers in a 4-1 win against the Jets. Tomas Fleischmann recorded two assists for Florida.

-With forward Stephen Weiss expected to miss the rest of the season due to a wrist injury, the Panthers recalled forward Jon Rheault from San Antonio of the AHL.

-With former Penguins goaltender Mathieu Garon dealing with a "lower-body" injury, the Lightning recalled goaltender Cedrick Desjardins from Syracuse of the AHL.

-The Capitals placed defenseman Roman Hamrlik on waivers.

Central Division

-Bryan Bickell scored two goals for the Blackhawks in a 5-3 win against the Wild. Brandon Saad of Gibsonia added a goal and two assists for Chicago while teammate Jonathan Toews recorded two assists. Corey Crawford made 20 saves for the Blackhawks (20-0-3) who extended their NHL-record season-opening streak of games without a regulation loss to 20 games. Chicago also set a franchise record with its 10th consecutive win.

-Focused times for Crawford:

-Crawford had issues with this puck:

-“This is a great time right now. Everybody’s enjoying coming … to the games, everybody’s hungry, we have a strong lineup and everybody’s playing well.” - Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa on Chicago's success.

-“I’m running out of words to say here. I don’t know how many ways I can describe this.” - Toews.

-Shootout goals by Artem Anisinov and former Penguin Mark Letestu gave the Blue Jackets a 4-3 win against the Oilers. Fire Ray Shero. Vaclav Prospal had a regulation goal and an assist for Columbus while teammate Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves.

-Bobrovsky robbed Edmonton's Jordan Eberle on this chance in overtime:

-Jimmy Howard made 36 saves for the Red Wings in a 2-1 win against the Avalanche. Colorado has lost five out of its past six games.

-Howard robbed Colorado's John Mitchell all alone in front:

-Fifteen years after being the No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 draft, David Legwand is still going strong for the Predators.

Northwest Division

-Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieska is dealing with a groin ailment.

Pacific Division

-Shootout goals by Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski gave the Sharks a 3-2 win against the Canucks. Brad Stuart recorded two assists for San Jose while teammate Antti Niemi made 36 saves.

-San Jose's Adam Burish is less than popular in Vancouver:

-Two goals and an assist by former Penguins prospect Jake Muzzin helped the Kings beat the Blues, 6-4. Fire Ray Shero. Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards each added a goal and an assist for Los Angeles while teammate Justin Williams recorded three assists. Jonathan Quick made five saves in the victory. David Perron, Alex Pietrangelo and Penguins athletic trainer Chris Stewart each led St. Louis with a goal and an assist.

-St. Louis' Roman Polak left the game after being dropped in a fight with Los Angeles' Kyle Clifford:

The Ducks recalled forward Peter Holland from Norfolk of the AHL and assigned forward Patrick Maroon to Norfolk.

-Anaheim signed undrafted forward Charlie Sarault of the Sarnia Sting to a three-year, entry-level contract.

-The Coyotes assigned forward Chris Brown to Portland of the AHL.

(Photos: Boychuk-Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images; Canadiens/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Flyers/Rangers-Frank Franklin II/Associated Press and Elsa/Getty Images; Holzer-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Bruins/Capitals-Rob Carr/Getty Images; Lightning/Devils-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Wild/Blackhawks-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Sharks/Canucks-Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

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