Empty Netter Assists - 03-08-13

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "The first and second periods were completely different games." - Chris Kunitz with a major understatement.

-The Philadelphia Inquirer's recap. "We just went to sleep. We talked about the second period, that Pittsburgh's game would elevate and ours would need to stay elevated. It didn't. You could sense it on the bench." - Flyers coach Peter Laviolette.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''It's embarrassing to the fans, embarrassing to one another. It's a big letdown. I don't know why we stopped playing.'' - Flyers forward Scott Hartnell.


-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-After an injury to Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, Brooks Orpik is considering wearing a visor.

-The NHLPA approved the NHL's realignment plan. The plan must still be formally approved by the league's board of governors and can be re-evaluated after the 2014-15 season.

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins all-star defenseman Larry Murphy (right). Acquired midway through the 1990-91 season along with Peter Taglianetti in a trade that sent Chris Dahlquist and Jim Johnson to the North Stars, Murphy spent parts of five seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1990-81 by appearing in 44 games and scoring 28 points. Murphy recorded 23 points in 23 playoff games in 1991 and helped the Penguins claim their first Stanley Cup title. In 1991-92, Murphy recorded 77 points in 77 games. During the 1992-93 campaign, Murphy appeared in 21 games and netted 16 points while helping the franchise claim its second consecutive Stanley Cup title. The 1992-93 season saw Murphy set a career high for points when he netted 85 in 73 games and helped the Penguins claim the President's Trophy. In 12 postseason game that spring, Murphy recorded 13 points. During 1993-94, Murphy had 73 points in 84 games. Murphy played in six postseason games that spring and recorded five assists. His final season in Pittsburgh saw him net 38 points in 48 games in the lockout-shortened 1994-95 campaign. During the 1995 postseason, Murphy saw action in 12 games and scored 13 points. In the 1995 offseason, the Penguins traded Murphy to the Maple Leafs in exchange for Dimitri Mironov and a draft pick. Murphy retired as a player following the 2000-01 season and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004. A three-time all-star, Murphy is fifth all-time among defensemen with 1,216 career points. In 336 games with the Penguins, he recorded 301 points, 22nd-most in frachise history. In 74 postseason games, he had 72 points, seventh-most in franchise history. Murphy is currently a broadcaster with the Red Wings and NHL Network.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Mike Rowe. A third-round pick in 1983, Rowe spent parts of three seasons with the Pengins. As a rookie in 1984-85, he appeared in six games and failed to record a point. In 1985-86, Rowe played in three games and did not score a point. His final NHL season was 1986-87. He saw action in two games and failed to record a point. After spending all of 1987-88 with the Penguin's IHL affiliate in Muskegon, Rowe joined the Whitley Warriors in Britain during the 1988 offseason. In 11 games with the Penguins, Rowe failed to record a point.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins forward and scout Greg Malone (right). A second-round pick in 1976, Malone spent seven seasons with the Penguins as a player. As a rookie in 1976-77, Malone appeared in 66 games and scored 37 points. In three postseason games that spring, he recoreded two points. He followed that up in 1977-78, Malone saw action in 78 games and scored 61 points. In 1978-79, Malone appeared in a career high 80 games in led the team with 35 goals and 65 points. During that season's playoffs, he played in seven games and recorded one assists. Malone was limited to 51 games and 51 points in 1979-80. In 1980-81, he played in 62 games and netted 50 points. During the 1981 postseason, he played in five games and scored five points. Malone appeared in 78 games in 1981-82 and recorded 39 points. In three postseason games that spring, he failed to record a point. Malone's final season with the Penguin as a player was 1982-83. He appeared in all 80 games and scored 61 points. Prior to the 1983-84 season, he was traded to the Whalers in exchange for a draft pick. In 495 games with the Penguins, Malone recorded 364 points, 14th-most in franchise history. In 18 postseason games, he scored eight points. Following his retirement as a player, Malone, the father of former Penguins forward Ryan Malone, became a scout with the Penguins and eventually became the franchise's head scout, a position he held through 2006. He currently serves as a scout for the Lightning.

-Happy 70th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Tracy Pratt. Acquired midway through the 1968-69 season along with George Swarbrick and Bryan Watson in a trade that sent Earl Ingarfield, Gene Ubriaco and Dick Mattiussi to the Oakland Seals, Pratt spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1968-69 by playing in 18 games for the Penguins and recording five assists. In 1969-70, Pratt played in 65 games and scored 12 points. In 10 potseason games that spring, he recorded one assist and 51 penalty minutes. During that postseason, Pratt set a single-game record which still stands for penalty minutes in a postseason game with 32. In the 1970 offseason, he was claimed by the Sabres in the expansion draft. In 83 games with the Penguins Pratt had 17 points and 158 penalty minutes.

-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Bob Boughner (right). Acquired from the Predators at the 2000 trade deadline in a deal which sent Pavel Skrbek to Nashville, Boughner spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1999-2000 by playing in 11 games and scoring one goal along with recording 69 penalty minutes. He appeared in 11 postseason games that spring and recorded two assists. His most notable moment as a Penguin occured during those playoffs when he injured Flyers forward Keith Primeau with a check to the head in an Eastern Conference semifinal series. He followed that up in 2000-01 by playing in 58 games, scoring four points and recording 147 penalty minutes. In 18 postseason games that spring, he recorded one assist. During the 2001 postseason games he joined the Flames as a free agent. In 69 regular season games with the Penguins, he recorded five points and 216 penalty minutes. In 29 postseason games, he recorded three assists. Boughner is currently the president and head coach of the OHL's Windsor Spitfires.

-After the Jump: The Devils break out of a nasty slump and Eric Tangradi scores his first goal with the Jets.

Atantic Division

-An overtime goal by Marian Gaborik gave the Rangers a 2-1 win against the rival Islanders. Rick Nash had a goal and an assist for the Rangers while teammate Derek Stepan recorded two assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in the victory.

-Happy times for the Rangers. Not so much for New York's Michael Grabner:

-Gaborik's goal:

-Happy times for the Islanders' Travis Hamonic and Grabner:

-The Rangers Micheal Haley caught up with former teammate Matt Martin of the Islanders:

-A shootout goal by Patrik Elias gave the Devils a 3-2 comeback win against the Sabres. Former Penguin Johan Hedberg made 23 saves in the victory which snapped a six-game losing streak. Fire Craig Patrick.

-Elias scored with 1:06 remaining regulation to force overtime:

-Devis defenseman Henrik Tallinder missed the game after suffering a "lower-body" injury during pre-game warm-ups.

-“I knew I had more hockey in me. I wanted to get back to the NHL. The original goal was to get back to Pittsburgh. The way things worked out I’m very happy and excited. At first I was surprised, but once it sank in I was very excited.” - Former Penguins forward Tom Kostopoulos on being claimed off waivers by the Devils.

-"I think we need to give [media] what they need -- they have a job to do -- but they don't need to know everything that's going on with your hockey club and players -- including the public and the paying customers. They pay a lot of money, and we're trying to put on a good show for them, but they do not need to know everything about what's going on with our club." - Rangers coach John Tortorella why he rarely reveals injury information.

-"Things happen for a reason. You sit there and you're depressed and you can wallow and do the why-me routine, and I'm sure I did for a few months when I didn't really do anything. But eventually you have to kind of turn the page and start trying to get better and start working out and doing the right thing to make sure you're there for your kids and your wife and your family." - Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger on his recovery from a concussion and depression which has all but ended his career.

Northeast Division

-Lars Eller and Brandon Prust each had a goal and two assists for the Canadiens who defeated the Hurricanes, 4-2. Josh Gorges and P.K. Subban each added a goal and an assist for Montreal while teammate Carey Price made 41 saves.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this dish from Prust to set up Gorges:

-Happy times for the Canadiens:

-Carolina captain Eric Staal had issues with referee Frederick L'Ecuyer:

-Pumped times for Hurricanes forward and former Penguin Jordan Staal:

-Tyler Seguin had two goals and an assist for the Bruins in a 4-2 win against the Maple Leafs. Patrice Bergeron added a goal and two assists for Boston while teammate Brad Marchand recorded two assists. Anton Khudobin made 25 saves in the victory. Carl Gunnarsson led Toronto with two assists.

-Check out this smooth pass by Toronto's Clarke MacArthur to set up Nazem Kadri for a goal:

-Toronto's Korbinian Holzer dropped Boston's David Krejci here:

-Boston's Johnny Boychuk had his own big hit on Toronto's James van Riemsdyk:

 -Fight of the Night: Toronto's Mark Fraser versus Boston's Adam McQuaid:

-A good look at the fight:

-Prior to the game, the Bruins honored former captain Milt Schmidt on his 95th birthday:


-The Bruins placed former Penguins forward Chris Bourque on waivers.

Southeast Division

-Al Montoya made 28 saves for the Jets in a 2-1 win against the Lightning. Tampa Bay has lost six out of its past seven games.

-Former Penguins forward Eric Tangardi scored his first goal with the Jets:


-Fire Ray Shero.

-Check out this pass from Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis to set up Steven Stamkos for a goal:

-Captain Alex Ovechkin, Mike Ribeiro and Wojtek Wolski each had a goal and two assists for the Capitals in a 7-1 rout of the Panthers. John Carlson and Mathieu Perreault each added a goal and an assist for Washington while teammates Troy Brouwer and Steve Olesky each recorded two assists. Braden Hotby made 29 saves in the victory.

-Check out this deke Perreault made on Florida's Colby Robak to score this goal:

-Florida's Tyson Strachan could face discipline for this dangerous hit against Washington's Jason Chimera:

-The Capitals recalled goaltender Philipp Grubauer from Hershey of the AHL.

-With former Penguins forward Tim Brent being placed on injured reserve, the Hurricanes recalled Jeremy Welsh from Charlotte of the AHL.

Central Division

-Jimmy Howard made 33 saves for the Red Wings in a 3-0 shutout of the Oilers. It was the 13th shutout of his career.

-Happy times for Detroit's Cory Emmerton:

-Edmonton's Devan Dubnyk had issues with this puck:

-A goal and three assists by Chris Stewart led the Blues to a 6-3 win against the Coyotes. Patric Berglund scored two goals for St. Louis while teammate Alex Pietrangelo added agoal and an assist. Jake Allen made 23 saves in the victory.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this forecheck by St. Louis' Jaden Schwatz which led to a goal by Scott Nichol:

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by St. Louis' Vladimir Sobotka:

-Check out this fancy display of skill on this backhanded boal by Berglund:

-An overtime goal by Matt Calvert gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 win against the Canucks. Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves in the victory.

-Check out the effort by Calvert on his goal:

-Blue Jackets forward Derek Dorsett is expected to miss the rest of the season due to a fractured clavicle.

-With forward Patrick Sharp dealing with a shoulder injury, the Blackhawks recalled forward Brandon Bollig from Rockford of the AHL.

-The Predators assigned forward Matt Halischuk to Milwaukee of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Wild defenseman and former Predator Ryan Suter returns to Nashville tomorrow for the first time since leaving as a free agent this past summer.

Pacific Division

-Two goals by former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr helped the Stars beat the Kings, 5-2. Fire Craig Patrick Cody Eakin added a goal and an assist for Dallas while teammates Jodie Benn and Alex Goligoski, a former Penguin, each recorded two assists. Fire Ray Shero. Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves in the victory.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Los Angees' Trevor Lewis:

-Check out this pass by Benn to set up Jagr on the power play:

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-Hit of the Night: Los Angeles' Drew Doughty dropping Goligoski:

-"The more I play, the fresher I get and the stronger I get. I think it would be better if I played one more game right now.” - Jagr.

-The Ducks signed undrafted defenseman Kevin Gagne of the QMJHL's junior hockey league, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Smythe Division

-The Robert Morris men's team prepares for Sacred Heart this weekend in the first round of the Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs tonight.

-Former Capitals forward Stefan Ustorf announced his retirement.

-Swiss hockey player Ronny Keller was left paralyzed after a violent hit into the boards during a playoff game in Switzerland's NLB league Tuesday. Playing for Olten, Keller, 33, was hit by Stefan Schnyder into the boards in a race for the puck.

-This video may be disturbing but here is the play in question:

(Photos: Penguins/Flyers-Drew Hallowell/Getty Images; Murphy, Malone and Boughner-Getty Images; Rangers/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press; Canadiens/Hurricanes-Grant Halverson/Getty Images; Maple Leafs/Bruins-Charles Krupa/Associated Press; Oilers/Red Wings-Duane Burleson/Associated Press)

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