Empty Netter Assists - 03-14-13

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-Welome back Mark Eaton ... as Kris Letang's defensive partner.

-As he did during the 2010 Olympics, Brooks Orpik (above) wore a visor in practice yesterday.

-"We've really only played one bad period in this streak -- against Philly in the first period. Other than that, I think we've been really good." - Orpik on this team's recent defense.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Letang speaks:

-Eaton speaks:

-Brandon Sutter speaks:

-Evgeni Malkin and Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk are in a Russian movie?

-Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff made 35 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 5-1 loss to the Worcester Sharks.

-Goaltender Peter Delmas made 14 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 7-1 loss to the Reading Royals.

-After the Jump: The Flyers fall to the Devils and Anaheim's Corey Perry is suspended.

Atlantic Division

-Adam Henrique had two goals and an assist for the Devils in a 5-2 defeat of the rival Flyers. Patrik Elias and Andrei Loktionov each added a goal and an assist for New Jersey while former Penguin Johan Hedberg made 23 saves in the victory. Fire Craig Patrick. Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek led Philadelphia with a goal and an assist each.

-Save of the Night: Hedberg on Philadelphia's Simon Gagne:

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this drag move by Loktionov to set up his goal:

-Check out the placement on this backhander by Henrique:

-Hit of the Night: Devils forward and former Penguin Tom Kostopoulos on Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell:

-New Jersey's Anton Volchenkov tried to drop Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds here but took the worse of the hit:

-New Jersey's Ryan Carter took out Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo with a dangerous low hit here:

-Simmonds > New Jersey's Adam Larsson:

-Hartnell got an elbow to the neck here from New Jersey captain Bryce Salvador:

-Happy times in New Jersey:

-Philadelphia's Ilya Bryzgalov had issues with this puck:

-Bryzgalov having a moment:

-"I’ve been hit harder with a fist." - Devils forward/enforcer Krys Barch on being hit from behind by Flyers forward Daniel Briere late in the game. Barch said Briere apologized for the hit.

-The Devils signed forward Reid Boucher, a fourth-round pick in 2011, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-With forward Michael Grabner placed on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury, Islanders recalled forward David Ullstrom from Bridgeport of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Shootout goals by Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller gave the Canadiens a 4-3 win against the rival Senators. P.K. Subban had a regulation goal and an assist for Montreal while teammate Carey Price made 29 saves.

-Eller > Ottawa's Robin Lehner:

-Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson beat the clock for this power-play goal before the end of the second period:

-Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion is considering at the age of 25. The 2010 winner of the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player, Geoffrion suffered a fractured skull in November while playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL during the lockout.

-The Canadiens assigned defenseman Greg Pateryn to Hamilton of the AHL.

-Bruins forward Chris Kelly will be sidelined indefinitely due to a broken left tibia.

-“I don’t really pay attention to what agents have to say. I don’t live in the Twitter world. Jake had an opportunity here. He played two games for our hockey club, and we felt he was nowhere near where he needed to be. We went forward as we’ve done with some other players. Jake needed seasoning in the AHL and when we feel it’s time for Jake to come back, we’re going to make that decision. And we’re not going to be influenced by anybody.” - Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on defenseman Jake Gardiner who is currently assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. Gardiner's agent, Ben Hankinson, posted a tweet recently which read, "#FreeJakeGardiner"

-Sabres forward Steve Ott suggested booing from Buffalo fans has cost his team some energy during games.

Southeast Division

-With forward Jim Slater dealing with a suspected hand injury, the Jets recalled forward Patrice Cormier from St. John's of the AHL.

-The Panthers recalled forward Jonathan Rheault from San Antonio of the AHL.

Central Division

-"Getting drafted by the Blackhawks, with the talent they have, it was a tough team to crack, and luckily I did. There were some injuries and … I got a chance to prove myself. It's all about getting the opportunity, and I was fortunate to get it." - Blackhawks rookie forward and Gibsonia native Brandon Saad (right).

-Blues forward T.J. Oshie is dealing with an "upper-body" injury.

-Predators forward Rich Clune has fought the good fight against alcoholism.

-The Predators are 5-0-2 in their past seven home games and 1-5-1 in their past seven road games.

-Nashville recalled forward Chris Mueller from Milwaukee of the AHL.

-The Blue Jackets recalled defenseman Cody Goloubef from Springfield of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Curtis Glencross and Lee Stempniak each had a goal and an assist for the Flames in a 5-2 win against the Red Wings. Matt Stajan recorded two assists for Calgary while teammate Miikka Kiprusoff made 36 saves.

-Check out this pass from Glencross to set up Stempniak:

-Check out this snipe of a goal by Calgary's Blake Comeau:

-This game featured another odd boarding call as Glencross was nabbed for this hit against Detroit's Brendan Smith:

-The Wild signed free agent defenseman Brett Clark to a one-year contract worth $900,000, prorated. In 82 games with the Lightning last season, Clark scored 15 points (two goals, 13 assists). Clark, 36, appeared in 18 games with the Oklahom City Barons of the AHL this season and scored 17 points (one goal, 16 assists).

-EN Says: A left-handed shot, Clark (6-foot-0, 194 pounds), is primarily a defensive, shot-blocking type of defenseman. He has some scoring touch and used to be able to rack up a fair amount of points but at this stage of his career, he's a defensive, positional player who is a bottom-pairing defenseman.

-Minnesota activated goaltender Darcy Kuemper (groin) from injured reserve and assigned him to Houston of the AHL.

-The Avalanche assigned defenseman Tyson Barrie to Lake Erie of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Ducks forward Corey Perry was suspended four games by the NHL for a hit to the head of Wild forward Jason Zucker Tuesday.

-The NHL's explanation of the hit:

-EN Says: This is the right move by the NHL. Intentional or not, this was a reckelss, dangerous hit which injured Zucker. Accounting for Perry's history, four games seems fair in comparison to other suspensions.

(Photos: Flyers/Devils-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Bill Kostroun/Associated Press; Senators/Canadiens-Graham Hughes/Canadian Press; Saad-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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