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Empty Netter Assists - 03-07-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins/NHL

-"It's frustrating to see zeroes across the board and be a minus player. So far, I'm bringing some things to the team that I was brought here to do, but it is frustrating to see numbers like that." - Tanner Glass (right) on having no points and a minus-8 on the season.

-Mark Eaton joined a unique "club" which includes Shane Endicott, Phil Bourque and Lowell MacDonald among its members.

-“I’m excited. Getting back to the NHL was the point of coming here. One side of me is kind of a bit torn because I was excited to be part of the Pittsburgh organization and come back here to play in Wilkes-Barre, but I’m definitely excited to go to New Jersey.” - Devils forward Tom Kostopoulos on being claimed off waivers by the Devils.

-Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman takes a look at advanced statistics in hockey.

-Peter Delmas made 37 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Elmira Jackals.

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins forward Eric Godard. A free agent signing in the 2008 offseason, Godard spent three seasons with the Penguins. In 2008-09, he set career highs in games played (71), points (four), penalty minutes (171) and got his name on the Stanley Cup. He followed that up in 2009-10 by playing in 45 games, netting three points and 76 penalty minutes. In 2010-11, Godard saw action in 19 games, recorded three assists and accumuated 105 penalty minutes. In 135 career regular season games with the Penguins, Godard scored 10 points and recorded 352 penalty minutes.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Greg Hotham. Acquired from the Maple Leafs midway though the 1981-82 season in exchange for a draft pick, Hotham spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1981-82 by playing in 25 games for the Penguins and scoring 10 points. He appeared in five postseason games that spring and recorded three assists. In 1982-83, Hotham played in 58 games and scored a career-high 32 points. He followed that up in 1983-84 by playing in a career high 76 games and netting 30 points. Hotham's final NHL season was 1984-85. He was limited to 11 games and two assists. After spending all of 1985-86 with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Baltimore, Hotham was released in the 1986 offseason. In 170 regular season games, with the Penguins, Hotham scored 74 points.

-Happy 43rd birthday to Pirates broadcaster former Penguins defenseman Greg Brown. A free agent signing in the 1993 offseason, Brown appeared in 36 games for the Penguins in the 1993-94 season and recorded 11 points. He spent most of the 1994-95 season in the IHL before being traded to the Jets. He is currently an assistant coach with Boston College.

-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins forward Bryan Erickson. Acquired from the Kings midway through the 1987-88 season along with Chris Kontos in a deal that sent a draft pick to Los Angeles, Erickson played 11 games for the Penguins that season and recorded five points. He left the team in the following off season when he joined HC Merano in Italy.

-After the Jump: Ex-Penguins prospect Daniel Carcillo leads the Blackhawks to yet another win and rest in peace to Stompin' Tom Connors.

Atlantic Division

-While not getting into the specifics of his injury, the Rangers issued a statement on the health of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal who took a puck to the face Tuesday while playing the Flyers. The statement said Staal is expected to make a full recovery but will remain sidelined indefinitely.

-"I talked to him this morning and he seemed to be feeling a little better and was in a little better spirits. They have to wait for the swelling to go down, so there's not much more we will know about it until then. Maybe later today. Hopefully he dodged a bullet. All we can do for now is keep him in our prayers. He's staying positive about it, which is the kind of person he is." - Hurricanes captain/forward Eric Staal on his brother, Marc (right).

-“I still believe it should be the players’ choice. We step on the ice and you know what injuries are out there. Obviously it’s a freak accident, and guys are shooting the puck harder and there are more deflections now. Those things can happen.” - Former Islanders/Maple Leafs/Rangers/Bruins/Blackhawks/Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard on potentially making visors mandatory. Berard is legally blind as a result of being clipped in the eye by a stick in 2000.

-The Rangers claimed defenseman Roman Hamrlik off waivers from the Capitals.

-Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman is day to day due to an apparent hip injury.

-It’s gotten a little better. I can leave the house and go do stuff. If I do too much, I may get a headache. Occasionally, if I start to feel a bit better and I do a bit more, I get nauseous." - Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger on his recovery from a concussion which has all but ended his career.

Northeast Division

-Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists for the Maple Leafs in a 5-4 win against the rival Senators. Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk each collected a goal and an assist for Toronto while teammate Dion Phaneuf recorded two assists. James Reimer made 39 saves in the victory. Zack Smith led Ottawa with a goal and an assist.

-There was a scary moment in this game when Ottawa's Dave Dziurzynsky suffered a concussion as a result of a fight with Toronto's Frazer McLaren:

-Reimer and teammate Nazem Kadri had a moment:

-Happy times for the Maple Leafs. Not so much for Ottawa's Ben Bishop:

Southeast Division

-“As this season went on, it became evident I couldn’t play the way I need to be effective and help the team win games and be the player I need to be. I need to get this thing fixed once and for all and get a fresh start with a healthy wrist when I’m ready to go again.” - Panthers forward Stephen Weiss on his decision to have season-ending wrist surgery instead of playing through an injury.

-Capitals forward Aaron Volapatti survived second-degree and third-degree burns over 35 percent of his body suffered a teenager to become an NHL player.

Central Division

-Ray Emery made 20 saves for the Blackhawks in a thrilling 3-2 win against the Avalanche. With its season halfway complted, Chicago extended its NHL-record season-opening streak of games without a regulation loss to 24 games. The Blackhawks also extended their franchise record winning streak to 11 games.

-Check out this nifty move in tight on this backhanded goal by Colorado's John Mitchell:

-Goal of the Night: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews tied the game with this smooth short-handed goal early in the third period:

-A goal by former Penguins prospect Daniel Carcillo with 49.3 left in regulation gave Chicago the win:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Happy times for Carcillo and company:

-“We never go away, we never give up, we keep coming at them." - Toews.

-Chicago played the entire game without former Penguins forward Marian Hossa who was scratched due to an "upper-body" injury while forwards Patrick Sharp (possible shoulder) and Andrew Shaw (possible head) were injured during the contest.

-Shaw was injured on this elbow from Colorado's Paul Stastny:

-With defenseman Steve Montador (concussion) being activated from injured reserve, the Blackhawks assigned forward Brandon Bollig to Rockford of the AHL.

-The Predators' current three-game losing streak has coincided with former Penguins defenseman Hal Gill's four-game absence due to a "lower-body" injury.

-The Predators recalled defenseman Victor Bartley from Milwaukee of the AHL.

-The Blue Jackets assigned forward Nick Drazenovic to Springfield of the AHL.

-The Blues recalled goaltender Jake Allen from Peoria of the AHL.

-St. Louis signed defenseman Joel Edmundson and forward Yannick Veilleux to three-year entry level contracts. Edmundsson (second round) and Veileux (fouth round) were drafted in 2011.

Northwest Division

-Captain Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist for the Flames in a 4-1 victory against the Sharks. Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves in the victory.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this forecheck by San Jose's Patrick Marleau which led to a goal by captain Joe Thornton:

-With Kiprusoff coming off injured reserve after being sidelined 13 games due to a knee injury, the Flames assigned goaltender Danny Taylor to Abbotsford of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Jonas Hiller made 18 saves for the Ducks in a 2-0 shutout of the Coyotes. Captain Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist for Anahiem.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this dish from Anaheim's Bobby Ryan to set up Corey Perry:

-The Coyotes signed undrafted defenseman Mathieu Brisebois of the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies to a three-year entry-level contract.

-With forward Antoine Roussel, the Stars recalled forward Francis Wathier from Texas of the AHL.

-The Stars have seen the largest increase in attendance this season at 32 percent accordng to Sports Business Daily.

Norris Division

-Canadian music icon Stompin' Tom Connors passed away. He was 77. You might not be all that familiar with Connors, but if you're a hockey fan, surely you're familiar with his signature "The Hockey Song:"

(Photos: Glass-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Staal-Elsa/Getty Images; Senators/Maple Leafs-Abelimages/Getty Images; Avalanche/Blackhawks-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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