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Empty Netter Assists - 03-10-13

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Penguins

-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. Evgeni Malkin left the game in the third period due to an "upper-body" injury.

-The Toronto Star's recap. “I tried to stay patient, but he picked the corner.” - Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer on being beaten in the shootout by Sidney Crosby.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''It's a fun building, a fun atmosphere. We didn't want to let them get back into the game ... but they pushed hard and kept coming.'' - Crosby.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Crosby getting some air time after jumping over Toronto's Cody Franson:

-A good look at Crosby's landing (Check out the reaction of the referee):

-Marc-Andre Fleury > Toronto's Tyler Bozak:

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage in tribute to the late Stompin' Tom Connors;

-Like any informed hockey person, Chris Kunitz knows plus/minus is a bogus stat.

-What will Malkin be worth when he's eligible to sign a contract extension this summer?

-An overtime goal and an assist by Chad Kolarik gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 4-3 win against the Portland Pirates. Alex Grant recorded two assists for the Penguins while teammate Brad Thiessen made 21 saves.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Philip Samuelsson isn't quite as physical as his father, former Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson.

-Cam Fergus scored two goals for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-1 win against the Reading Royals. Forward Scott Zurevinski added a goal and two assists for Wheeling while teammate Peter Lenes recorded two assists. Peter Delmas made 33 saves in the victory.

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins all-star forward and captain Mike Bullard (right). A first round pick in 1980 (No. 9 overall), Bullard spent parts of seven seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1980-81, Bullard appeared in 15 games and netted three points. In four postseason games that spring, he contributed six points. Bullard's first full season in the NHL was 1981-82. He saw action in 75 games and scored 63 points including a team-leading 36 goals. During the 1982 postseason, he played in five games and scored two points. In 1982-83, Bullard was limited to 55 games and 44 points. He rebounded in 1983-84 by playing in 76 games and setting career highs in goals (51) and points (92). He was also selected to the only all-star game in his career. In 1984-85, Bullard appeared in 68 games and scored 63 points. During 1985-86, Bullard saw action in 77 games and contributed 83 points. After 14 games and 12 points in 1986-87, Bullard was traded to the Flames in exchange for Dan Quinn. In 382 regular season games with the Penguins, Bullard scored 185 goals (eighth-most in franchise history) and 360 points (15th-most). In nine postseason games, he had eight points.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Martin Brochu. A free agent signing in the 2003 offseason, Brochu's Penguins' career amounted to 33 minutes of mop-up duty in 2003-04. Overall, he had a 0-0-0 record with a 1.82 goals against average and .947 save percentage. Following the season, Brochu joined the Verdun Dragon of the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey, a semi-pro league in Quebec.

-Happy 29th birthday to former Penguins forward Tim Brent (right). Acquired in a 2007 offseason trade which sent prospect Stephen Dixon to the Ducks, Brent's Penguins career amounted to one game in the 2007-08 season. The following offseason, he was dealt to the Blackhawks for Danny Richmond. He currently plays with the Hurricanes.

-Happy 55th birthday to former Penguins forward Doug Lecuyer. Claimed off waivers from the Jets prior to the 1982-83 season, Lecuyer appeared in 12 games for the Penguins that season and recorded five points. After spending the bulk of the season with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Baltimore, Lecuyer retired.

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins defeneman Stefan Bergkvist. A first round pick in 1993, Bergkvist spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1995-96, he appeared in two games and failed to record a point. He followed that up in 1996-97, by playing in five games and failing to score a point one again. After spending the entire 1997-98 season in the Penguins' IHL affiliate in Cleveland, Begkvist returned to his native Sweden and signed with Leksands IF of the Elitserien.

-After the Jump: The Flyers get thumped by the Bruins and Columbus' Vaclav Prospal goes "scoreboard."

Atlantic Division

-Two goals by John Tavares led the Islanders to a 5-2 win against the Capitals. Frans Nielsen added a goal and an assist for New York while teammate Brad Boyes recorded two assists. Evgeni Nabokov made 22 saves in the victory.

-Check out this pass by Nielsen to set up Josh Bailey for a goal:

-Tavares scored his 100th career goal:

-Cool Photo of the Day: Just about everyone was looking for a rebound here in the Washington crease:

-A good look at the lid of Washington rookie Philipp Grubauer:

-Devils captain/defenseman Bryce Salvador is sidelined due to an "upper-body" injury.

-Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros returned to the lineup after being sidelined since Jan. 24 due to a shoulder injury.

-The Flyers recalled goaltender Michael Leighton from Adirondack of the AHL and assigned goaltender Brian Boucher to Adirondack.

Northeast Division

-Tuukka Rask made 23 saves for the Bruins in a 3-0 shutout of the Flyers. It was the 13th shutout of his career. Philadelphia has lost three consecutive games.

-Check out this smooth backhanded goal by Boston's Daniel Paille:

-Boston's Shawn Thornton performed a public service by fighting Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo:

-A good look at the fight:

-It was that kind of game for Philadelphia's Ilya Bryzgalov:

-A goal and an assist from captain Brian Gionta helped lead the Canadiens to a 4-3 comeback win against the Lightning. Michael Ryder recorded two assists for Montreal while teammate Carey Price made 20 saves. Steven Stamkos led Tampa Bay with a goal and an assist.

-Tampa Bay's Anders Lindback kept an eye on this puck:

-The Canadiens recalled defenseman Greg Pateryn from Hamilton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Jiri Tlusty had two goals and an assist for the Hurricanes in a 6-3 win against the Devils. Alexander Semin added a goal and two assists for Carolina while teammate Jeff Skinner collected a goal and an assist. Dan Ellis made 31 saves in the victory. Ilya Kovalchuk led New Jersey with two goals.

-Check out this pass by Carolina's Joe Corvo to set up Semin for a power-play goal:


-Check out this pass by Semin to set up Tlusty for a goal:


-Goal of the Night: It wasn't all bad for the Devils. Check out this re-direction by New Jersey's Patrik Elias:

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-Ellis robbed New Jersey forward and former Penguin Tom Kostopoulos on his loose puck:


-The Panthers are still trying to figure out what to do with former Penguins forward Alex Kovalev.

-Capitals defenseman John Erskine is dealing with a suspected left hand or wrist injury.

-The Jets are trying to host an outdoor game in 2014.

Central Division

-Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves and led the Blue Jackets to a 3-0 shutout of the Red Wings. Bobrovsky earned his first career shutout while Columbus won its fourth consecutive game.

-Blue Jackets forward Vaclav Prospal received a 10-minute misconduct for going "scoreboard" on Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader:


-Columbus' Ryan Johansen and Detroit's Brendan Smith went at it hard for this puck:

-Happy times for Columbus' Matt Calvert and Cam Atkinson. Not so much for Detroit's Jonas Gustavsson:

-An overtime goal by Patrik Berglund gave the Blues a 4-3 win against the Sharks. Vladimir Sobotka recorded a hat trick for St. Louis while teammate Kevin Shattenkirk recorded two assists. Jake Allen made 22 saves in the victory. Scott Gomez and Matt Irwin each collected a goal and an assist for San Jose.

-Berglund's goal:


-Sobotka's first career hat trick:


-Allen was all over this puck:

-Sobotka went at it here for this puck with San Jose's Joe Pavelski:

-Gomez being popular, not tall:

-Predators forward Colin Wilson is dealing with an "upper-body" injury.

Northwest Division

-Shootout goals by captain Mikko Koivu and Matt Cullen gave the Wild a 2-1 win against the Predators. Niklas Backstrom made 25 saves for Minnesota.

-Nashville's Pekka Rinne was all business:

-Reflective times for this young Predators fan:

-A big stack of pucks just begging to be knocked over for warm-ups:

-“I was just trying to get through it, trying to block it out. It’s not fun being booed. It went the whole game, too. That kind of surprised me. They’ll probably have some sore throats [Sunday].” - Wild defenseman Ryan Suter on being booed by Predators fan in his first game in Nashville since leaving as a free agent this past summer.

-The Flames activated forward Mikael Backlund (knee) from injured reserve and assigned forward Sven Baertschi to Abbotsford of the AHL.

-Oilers captain/forward Shawn Horcoff is expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Blackhawks after missing 17 games due to a broken knuckle.

Pacific Division

-Justin Williams had a goal and two assists for the Kings in a 6-2 rout of the Flames. Anze Kopitar added a goal and an assist for Los Angeles while teammate Slava Voynov recorded three assists. Jonathan Quick made all of 17 saves in the victory.

-Check out this pass in tight by Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown to set up teammate Jeff Carter for a goal:


-It wasn't all bad for Calgary. Check out the passing which led to a goal for Alex Tanguay:


-Check out the placement on this shot by Kopitar:


-The Kings wore their sharp purple throwbacks:

-Quick kept his eyes on this puck:

-Prior to the game, the Kings honored former goaltender Kelly Hrudey:


-Mike Smith made 21 saves for the Coyotes in a 2-1 win against the Stars. Phoenix snapped a two-game losing streak.

-Check out this pass by Phoenix's Boyd Gordon to set up Rob Klinkhammer for his first career goal:

-Smith was pretty down after allowing this goal:

-Stars forward Jamie Benn left the game in the third period after being hit high by Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal. The hit in question:

-The Sharks placed forward Martin Havlat ("lower body") on injured reserve, activated forward Tommy Wingels ("upper body") from injured reserve, recalled goaltender Alex Stalock and forward Matt Pelech from Worcester of the AHL and assigned goaltender Thomas Heemskerk to San Francisco of the ECHL.

Patrick Division

-Dane Fox scored two goals for the Erie Otters in a 6-4 loss to the Owen Sound Attack.

-Cody Wydo sccored two goals for the Robert Morris men's team in a series-clinching 6-1 win against Sacred Heart in Game 2 of an American Hockey Association first-round series. Robert Morris won the best-of-three series, 2-0 and will face Connecticut in the quarterfinal round.

-Grant Blakey and Daniel O'Donoghue each scored two goals for the Mercyhurst men's team in a series-clinching 5-2 win against Army in Game 2 of an AHA first-round series. Mercyhurst won the best-of-three series, 2-0 and will face Holy Cross in the quarterfinal round.

-Christine Bestland had a goal and an assist for the Mercyhurst women's team which defeated Syracuse, 4-1, in the College Hockey America championship game.

-Chris Truehl made 21 saves for the Johnstown Tomahawks in a 3-2 loss to the Jamestown Ironmen.

(Photos: Penguins/Maple Leafs-Claus Andesen/Getty Images and Canadian Press; Bullard-Penguins Hockey Cards; Brent-Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images; Capitals/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Flyers/Bruins-Michael Dwyer/Associated Press and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; Canadiens/Lightning-Brian Blanco/Associated Press; Blue Jackets/Red Wings-Kirk Irwin/Getty Images; Blues/Sharks-Jeff Chiu/Associated Press; Wild/Predators-Mark Humphrey/Associated Press; Flames/Kings-Harry How/Getty Images and Reed Saxon/Associated Press; Stars/Coyotes-Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)

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