Empty Netter Assists - 03-09-13

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-"We need to be a little better around the net, as far as giving up rebounds and goals like that." - Paul Martin on one of the Penguins' bigge issues halfway though the season.

-What does Simon Despres need to do in order to secure a regular spot in the lineup?

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Robert Bortuzzo can dunk?

-NBC Sports Network has added the March 24 Penguins-Flyers game to its schedule. The game will remain on Root Sports in Pittsburgh but the rest of the United States will see it on NBC Sports Network.

-Jeff Zatkoff made 23 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scanton Penguins in a 2-0 loss to the Providence Bruins.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Bobby Farnham tied a franchise record with his 17th fighting major of the season.

-Peter Delmas made 20 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-2 win against the Trenton Titans. Cam Fergus recorded two assists for the Nailers.

-After the Jump: The Blackhawks finally loose and Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf gets paid.

Atlantic Division

-Islanders coach Brent Thompson was suspended two games by the NHL for making inappropriate and abusive comments towards officials following Thursday's 3-2 win against the Rangers. Thompson will miss Sunday's game against the Penguins.

-Rangers forward Brad Richards returned to the lineup after missing two games due to an undisclosed injury.

-"It's not the end of the world. You can't be frustrated. You've got to forget and continue to move forward. What can I do? Just stay positive and prepare yourself for the better day. The sun's going to come up. Everybody's healthy. Everything is good." - Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov (right) a day afte his team blew a three-goal lead to the Penguins in a 5-4 loss Thursday.

-The Flyers assigned forward Harry Zolnierczyk to Adirondack of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Robin Lehner made 33 saves for the Senators in a 3-2 win against the Rangers. Former Penguin Sergei Gonchar had two assists for Ottawa. Fire Ray Shero.

-Check out this wicked one-time by New York's Brad Richards:

-Check out this save by Lehner on New York's Derek Stepan:

-Lehner had issues with this puck:

-After former Penguins forward Chris Bourque cleared waivers and was assigned to Providence of the AHL, the Bruins recalled forward Jordan Caron from Providence.

Southeast Division

-An overtime goal by Dustin Byfuglien gave the Jets a 3-2 win against the Panthers. Captain Andrew Ladd added a goal and an assist for Winnipeg while teammate Ondrej Pavelec made 38 saves.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Winnipeg's Blake Wheeler:

-Check out this pass by Florida's Tomas KOpecky to set up Shawn Matthias for a goal:

-Byfuglien's goal:

-It wasn't all bad for the Panthers. Check out this glove save by Jacob Markstom to deny Winnipeg's James Wright on a two-on-one:

-Jets forward and former Penguin Eric Tangradi sort of got into a fight with Florida's Nolan Yonkman:

-Markstrom was all over this puck:

-Television pitchman Anthony Sullivan is pitching... the Lightning?

-The Hurricanes activated former Penguins forward Tim Brent ("upper body") off injured reserve, assigned forwards Brett Sutter and Jeremy Welsh to Charlotte of the AHL and recalled forward Chris Terry from Charlotte.

-Carolina has experienced a 12 percent increase in home attendance this season.

Central Division

-Pekka Rinne made 24 saves for the Predators in a 6-0 shutout of the Oilers. Colin Wilson had two goals and two assists for Nashville while teammate Shea Weber recorded three assists. In his debut with the Pedators, former Penguins foward Zach Boychuk had one goal on four shots and 15:54 of ice time. Fire Ray Shero.

-Ugly Goal of the Night: Nashville's David Legwand chipped the puck from center ice past Edmonton's Devan Dubnyk:

-Boychuk's goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-If you're wondeing what Boychuk looks like in a Predators jersey, here he is being defended by Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins:

-Nashville's Rich Clune had issues with Edmonton's Mike Brown:

-Bloody times for Clune:

-Predators forward Patric Hornqvist left the game in the second period due to an "upper-body" injury.

-Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp will be sidelined three to four weeks due to a shoulder injury.

-The Blue Jackets placed forward Derek Dorsett (collarbone) on injured reserve and recalled forward Nick Drazenovic from Springfield of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-A goal and three assists by Matt Duchene led the Avalanche to a 6-2 win against the Blackhawks. P.A. Parenteau and Paul Stastny each had a goal and two assists for Colorado while teammate Ryan O'Reilly collected a goal and an assist. Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves in the victory. Chicago had its NHL-record season-opening steak of games with a point snapped at 24 games and had its franchise record winning streak halted at 11.

-Check out this re-direction goal by Stastny:

-It wasn't all bad fo the Blackhawks. Check out the passing which led to this goal by captain Jonathan Toews:

-Check out the placement of this backhanded goal by Duchene:

-Check out this rocket of a one-time by O'Reilly:

-Check out this pass by Duchene to set up Jamie McGinn for a goal:

-Check out the placement on this shot by Parenteau:

-Avalanche fans gave their team a standing ovation for ending the Blackhawks's streak for the final minute-plus of regulation:

-Happy times in Colorado:

-Varlamov looked this puck in all the way:

-"It's special. To do it in front of our fans and be the team that stops them — it's special and we want to ride this feeling as long as possible." - Duchene on breaking the Blackhawks' streak.

-"Everyone knows you can't win them all." - Toews on his team's first regulation loss of the season.

-Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson returned to the lineup after missing 11 games due to a concussion.

-The Wild placed goaltender Darcy Kuemper (groin) on injured reserve, recalled goaltender Matt Hackett from Houston of the AHL and activated forward Cal Clutterbuck (thigh) from injured reserve.

-The Oilers assigned forward Chris VandeVelde to Oklahoma City of the AHL.

-Canucks forward Tom Sestito is dealing with a hip flexor injury.

Pacific Division

-Viktor Fasth made 29 saves for the Ducks in a 4-0 shutout of the Flames. It was the first shutout of Fasth's career. Captain Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan each had a goal and an assist for Anaheim.

-Check out this pass from Anaheim's Andrew Cogliano to set up Daniel Winnik for a goal:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Fasth fending off Calgay's Matt Stajan:

-The Ducks signed Ryan Getzlaf to an eight-year contract extension worth a total of $66 million. In the final season of a contract with a salary cap hit of $5.325 million, Getzlaf's new contract will have a salary cap hit of $8.25 million. In 23 games this season, Getzlaf, 27, has 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists).

-EN Says: Getzlaf is an fine player who has become a face of this franchise, but this is a big cap hit for a player who has never produced more than 25 goals. His new salary cap hit will be the fifth-largest in the NHL going into next season. As much as Getzlaf offers on and off the ice, is he really one of the five best players in the NHL? Or even 20 best? Going forward, if Getzlaf is worth this much, what is a former Hart Trophy-winner like Evgeni Malkin worth when he's eligible to sign a contract extension this summer? Despite the overpayment, this contract does bring some stability to the franchise and gives incentive to Getzlaf's teammate, Corey Perry, to sign a similar long-term deal before he hits the free agent market this summer.

-The Stars are trying to sign forward Derek Roy (right), scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, to a contract extension.

-Dallas recalled forward Matt Fraser from Texas of the AHL.

-With forward Tommy Wingels recovered from an "upper-body" injury and goaltender Thomas Greiss dealing with a neck ailment, the Sharks assigned forward Bracken Kearns to Worcester of the AHL and recalled goaltender Thomas Heemskerk from San Francisco of the AHL.

-The Coyotes recalled forward Rob Klinkhammer from Portland of the AHL and assigned defenseman David Rundblad to Portland.

-Phoenix signed forward Darian Dziurzynski, a fifth-round pick in 2011, to a two-year entry-level contract.

Adams Division

-Devin Williams made 20 saves for the Erie Otters in a 9-1 loss to the Owen Sound Attack.

-Eric Levine made 26 saves for the Robert Morris men's team in a 4-1 win against Sacred Heart in Game 1 of their American Hockey Association first round series. The win gave Robert Morris 19 wins on the season, most in program history, and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.

-Jordan Tibbett made 20 saves for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 3-1 win against Army in Game 1 of their AHA first round series. Mercyhurst leads the best-of-three series, 1-0.

-Stephanie Ciampa made 25 saves for the Mercyhurst women's team in a 2-1 win against Robert Morris in the semifinal round of the College Hockey America tournament. Mercyhust will face Syracuse in the tournament's championship game at home today, 3 p.m.

-With the Frozen Four being held in Pittsburgh next month, the Post-Gazette has launched the Road to the Frozen Four blog.

-Chris Truehl made 25 saves for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 3-1 win against the Jamestown Ironmen.

(Photos: Martin-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Bryzgalov-Elsa/Getty Images; Senators/Rangers-Frank Franklin II/Associated Press; Jets/Panthers-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Oilers/Predators-Frederick Breedon/Getty Images; Blackhawks/Avalanche-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images; Flames/Ducks-Jeff Gross/Getty Images; Roy-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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