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Empty Netter Assists - 03-13-13

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Penguins

-What's up with the Penguins' penalty kill?

-Chris Kunitz has one of the highest increases in points-per-game averages this season.

-Sidney Crosby (above) was named the NHL's second star of the week.

-Today would've been the 76th birthday of former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets goaltender Roy Edwards. Edwards was originally claimed by the Penguins from the Blackhawks in the 1967 expansion draft but was traded to the Red Wings in exchange for Hank Bassen prior to the start of their inaugural season. In the 1971 offseason, the Penguins re-claimed him off waivers from the Red Wings. During the 1971-72 season, he would go 2-8-4 with a 2.55 goals against average in 15 games before retiring in December due to stress. Having recovered, he was traded back to Detroit prior to 1972-73 in exchange for cash. He passed away at the age of 62 in 1999.

-Happy 61st birthday to former Penguins forward Ed Gilbert (right). Acquired from the Kansas City Scouts midway through the 1975-76 season along with Simon Nolet and a and a draft pick in exchange for Steve Durbano, Chuck Arnason and a draft pick, Gilbert spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. In 1975-76, he appeared in 38 games and scored two points. During 1976-77, he was limited to seven games and no points. In the 1978 offseason, he signed with the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA. In 45 career game with the Penguins, he had two points.

-Happy 36th birthday to current Peguins goaltender Brent Johnson. A free agent signing in the 2009 offseason, Johnson spent three seasons with the Penguins. In 2009-10, Johnson went 10-6-1 with a 2.76 goals against average and .906 save percentage. He appeared in one playoff game last season. He had no record, a 1.94 goals against average and .857 save percentage. During the 2010-11 campaign, Johnson had a 13-5-3 record with a 2.17 goals against average, .922 save percentage and one shutout (and two fights). In that postseason, he saw action in one game, didn't record a result and had a 7.06 goals against average as well as a .636 save percentage. Last season, injuries limited Johnson to 16 games, a 6-7-2 record with a 3.11 goals against average, and .883 save percentage. He appeared in two games in the 2012 playoffs and had a 6.00 goals against average with a .667 save percentage. After the season, the Penguins did not re-sign Johnson. In 62 career regular season games with the Penguins, Johnson had a 29-18-6 record, a 2.61 goals against average, .907 save percentage and one shutout. In three postseason games, he had no record, a 4.94 goals against average and .708 save percentage.

-After the Jump: Ottawa's Kaspar Daugavin has a ... unique ... shootout attempt and Boston's Chris Kelly suffers an injury.

Atlantic Division

-The Islanders assigned forward David Ullstrom to Bridgeport of the AHL.

-The Flyers assigned forward Tye McGinn to Adirondack of the AHL.

-What lockout? The Rangers are raising ticket prices by four percent next season.

Northeast Division

-Shootout goals by Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci gave the Bruins a 3-2 win against the Senators. Tuukka Rask made 30 saves in the victory. Chris Phillips led Ottawa with two assists.

-Check out this smooth backhanded goal by Ottawa's Guillaume Latendresse:

-Check out the release by Ottawa's Kyle Turris on this goal:

-During the shootout, Ottawa's Kaspar Daugavins unsuccessfully attempted one of the most bizarre shootout moves you'll ever see:

-A good look at the attempt:

-“It has worked every time, against the goalies who have never seen it, so (fellow Senators players) told me to do it.” - Daugavins.

-“This is what shootouts are all about. Guys can attempt anything. I have no issues with that. He almost scored. Our goaltender stuck his pad out. There was nothing illegal about it. Those are things that fans are probably excited about. They’re going to talk about it for a long time. I see no issue with that.” - Bruins coach Claude Julien on Daugavin's shootout attempt.

-Daugavins attempted the move successfully in an AHL game in 2010:

-Bruins forward Chris Kelly suffered an apparent knee injury when he was hit knee-on-knee by Senators forward Chris Kelly in the second period. Kelly traveled to Pittsburgh with the Bruins. The play in question:

-Painful times for Kelly:

-EN Says: Given their friendship as former teammates in Ottawa, it's hard to imagine Neil doing anything malicious here. The play is probably more reckless than anything. That said, given Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk's recent tirade on Matt Cooke and his place in the NHL, it would be interesting to get Melnyk's thought's on Neil.

-Earlier in the game, Neil left momentarily in the first period after being hit from behind by Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid:

-Painful times for Neil:

-Senators forward Guillaume Latendresse returned to the lineup after missing 18 games due to whiplash-related ailments.

-Sabres forward Tyler Ennis is day to day due to an undisclosed injury.

-"There’s not much time left at all. We have to make a serious push here if we want to put ourselves in a spot to battle for a playoff position. We’re not out of it by any means, but we have to start now and we have to be consistent. Consistency’s been one of our biggest downfalls, and we’re going to have to throw it together here." - Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers on his team's dwindling playoff hopes.

Southeast Division

-Panthers forward Scott Timmins, currently assigned to San Antonio of the AHL, was arrested on charges of criminal tresspass. Timmins is accused of breaking into a house while intoxicated and sitting on a couch.

-The Lightning acquired minor league forward Dan Sexton from the Ducks in exchange for minor league forward Kyle Wilson, recalled defenseman Radko Gudas from Syracuse of the AHL and assigned defenseman Brendan Mikkelson to Syracuse once he cleared waivers.

-Last week, Lightning forward Martin St. Louis (right) surpassed captain Vincent Lecavalier as the leading scoring in franchise history.

Central Division

-The Predators activated forward Brandon Yip ("upper-body") from injured reserve, placed forwards Patric Hornqvist ("upper-body") and Colin Wilson ("upper-body") on injured reserve and recalled forward Matt Halischuk from Milwaukee of the AHL.

-The Blue Jackets assigned defenseman Cody Goloubef to Springfield of the AHL.

-The Blackhawks placed defenseman Steve Montador on waivers.

Northwest Division

-The Canucks recalled forward Andrew Ebbett from Chicago of the AHL and assigned forward Jordan Schroeder to Chicago of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Captain Dustin Brown scored two goals for the Kings in a 3-1 win against the Flames. Former Penguins prospect Jake Muzzin recorded two assists for Los Angeles while teammate Jonathan Quick made 23 saves. Fire Ray Shero.

-It wasn't all bad for the Flames. Check out this move to the outside Mikael Backlund scored on:

-“Believe me, I would rather be on the scoring sheet and scoring goals than blocking shots. I have to earn my role on the team some other way. For me it’s playing good defense, blocking shots being hard to play against. I think everybody can take part in that. We rely on everybody to score goals and chip in offensively, and the same thing goes for defense and blocking shots.” - Coyotes defenseman and former Penguin Zbynek Michalek on leading his current team with 68 blocked shots.

-The Coyotes signed forward Henrik Samuelsson, a first-round pick in 2012, to a three-year entry-level contract. He is the son of former Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson.

-The Ducks recalled forwards Patrick Maroon and Devante Smith-Pelly from Norfolk of the AHL.

-The Stars recalled forward Tomas Vincour from Texas of the AHL and assigned forward Matt Fraser to Texas.

-The Sharks assigned forward Matt Pelech to Worcester of the AHL.

Norris Division

-Long-time Boston University coach Jack Parker announced he will retire at the conclusion of this season. In 40 seasons, Parker has a record of 894-471-115 and won national titles in 1978, 1995 and 2009.

(Photos: Crosby-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Gilbert-Penguins Hockey Cards; Bruins/Senators-Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press and Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images; St. Louis-Al Bello/Getty Images)

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