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Empty Netter Assists - 03-15-13

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We have, in this locker room, the feeling that we can come back on any team. But it won't happen every night. We can't make it a habit." - Pascal Dupuis (above).

-The Globe and Mail's recap. “It’s even more disheartening when you lose because of errors late in the game.” - Maple Leafs goaltender Ben Scrivens.

-The National Post's recap. “For 53 minutes of the game, we did a lot of things well and then made some mistakes that cost us at a critical point in the game." - Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''We didn't make it easy on ourselves. We didn't execute, especially in the first two periods. But we kept it simple in the third and just tried to give us a chance to get back into the game. We were fortunate to do that.'' - Sidney Crosby.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Toronto's Tyler Bozak challenged Crosby here:

-Scrivens was focused here:

-"Everyone has their own opinion, so I try to not get caught up in who thinks what." - Crosby on being identified as the best player in the NHL.

-"I had just signed a four-year extension the summer before. And then the next February I get traded. You don't really realize the business side of the game until you first get traded. It was tough, a lot of time talking to my wife and figuring things out." - Chris Kunitz on being traded to the Penguins from the Ducks in 2009.

-The NHL's board of governors officially approved the league's realignment for 2013-14.

-Ian Altebaugh of Hockey's Future takes a look at the Penguins' pool of prospects.

-Mike Colligan of the Hockey Writers compares Kris Letang to Kobe Bryant and explains "POP."

Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins forward Tom Cassidy. A free agent signing prior to the 1977-78 season, Cassidy's entire NHL career consisted of 26 games for the Penguins that campaign in which he scored seven points. He spent the rest of his professional career in the minors before retiring in 1979.

-After the Jump: Florida's Shawn Matthias goes all-out on a goal and the Rangers lose again.

Atlantic Division

-Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves for the Islanders in a 2-0 shutout of the Lightning. It was the 54th shutout of his career. Brad Boyes had a goal and an assist for New York.

-Flyers coach Peter Laviolette received the dreaded vote of confidence from general manager Paul Holmgren.

Northeast Division

-Two goals by Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins to a 4-1 win against  the Panthers. Brad Marchand recorded two assists for Boston while teammate Tuukka Rask made 29 saves.

-Effort of the Night: It wasn't all bad for Florida. Check out the hustle on this short-handed goal by Shawn Matthias:

-Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid missed the game due to a suspected arm injury.

-Sabres defenseman Alexander Sulzer will miss the rest of the season following surgery on his right knee.

-The Canadiens recalled defenseman Jarred Tinordi from Hamilton of the AHL.

-The Senators signed defenseman Troy Rutkowski, originally drafted by the Avalanche in the fifth round of the 2010 draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-Ottawa assigned forward Mark Stone to Binghamton of the AHL.

-“I’m not here to play pattycakes. This isn’t soccer or basketball. I know my role. It’s not like I am going to step out of my game and try and do something ludicrous. When you talk at this stage of your career, you know what is expected of you and you have to play your role in the present." - Senators forward/enforcer Matt Kassian on his role. The Senators acquired him in a trade from the Wild earlier this week.

Southeast Division

-Ondrej Pavelec made 28 saves for the Jets in a 3-1 victory against the Rangers. Dustin Byfuglien recorded two assists for Winnipeg.

-Jets fans taunted Rangers coach John Tortorella with "“Tor-to-rella!” chants.

-Captain Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist for the Capitals in a 3-2 comeback win against the Hurricanes. Michal Neuvirth made 28 saves in the victory.

-Cool Photo of the Night: Ovechkin shooting on Carolina's Dan Ellis:

-Washington's Matt Hendricks > Carolina's Jay Harrison:

-Capitals defenseman Tomas Kundratek left the game in the first period due to an apparent right leg injury.

-The Capitals acquired minor league defenseman Chad Genoway from the Wild in exchange for conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2014.

-Washington acquired minor league forward Nicolas Deschamps from the Maple Leafs in exchange for minor league defenseman Kevin Marshall.

-The Hurricanes signed defenseman Keegan Lowe, a third-round pick, in 2011, to a three-year entry-level contract. He is the son of Oilers executive Kevin Lowe.

-Carolina signed defenseman Danny Biega, a third-round pick in 2011, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Jets recalled goaltender Eddie Pasquale from St. John's of the AHL.

-With captain/forward Vincent Lecavalier ("lower-body") being placed on injured reserve, the Lightning recalled forward Tyler Johnson from Syracuse of the AHL. Lecavalier will be sidelined indefinitely.

-Things keep getting worse for the Panthers as they will lose forward Kris Versteeg for the rest of the season due to knee surgery.

Central Division

-Jared Allen made 28 saves for the Blues in a 3-0 shutout of the Coyotes. Penguins athletic trainer Chris Stewart scored two goals for St. Louis while teammate David Backes recorded two assists.

-Check out the placement of this shot by Stewart:

-Shootout goals by captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 win against the Blue Jackets. Corey Crawford made 29 saves in the victory. Columbus set a franchise record with points in nine consecutive games (6-0-3).

-Pass of the Night: Check out this dish from Kane to set up Johnny Oduya for a goal:

-Save of the Night: It wasn't all bad for the Blue Jackets. Check out this save by Sergei Bobrovsky against Chicago's Dave Bolland:

-Check out this shootout goal by Kane:

-Happy kicking times for Crawford:

-Blackhawks forward Rostislav Olesz cleared waivers and was assigned to Rockford of the AHL.

-The Blue Jackets assigned forward Nick Drazenovic to Springfield of the AHL.

-“When you get out the ledger sheet and you go through pros and cons, I don’t think there is anything on the negative side. This is all positive.” - Blue Jackets president John Davidson on realignment. His team will move to a division with the Penguins, Hurricanes, Capitals, Rangers, Islanders, Devils and Flyers.

-“It would be great for our fans, too, not having to stay up until all hours of the night to watch us.” - Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard on his team moving from the Central Division to a division with the Sabres, Panthers, Lightning, Bruins, Canadiens, Maple Leafs and Senators.

-The Blues activated forward Alex Steen (shoulder) from injured reserve and assigned forward Andrew Murray to Peoria of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Jannik Hansen and Andrew Ebbett each had a goal and two assists for the Canucks in a 7-4 rout of the Predators. Alexander Edler, Maxime Lapierre, Mason Raymond and captain Henrik Sedin each collected a goal and an assist for Vancouver while teammate Dale Wiese recorded two assists. Roberto Luongo made 22 saves in the victory. Matt Halischuk led Nashville with a goal and an assist.

-Check out this forecheck and steal by Hansen to set up Ebbett for a goal:

-Check out this rocket of a one-timer by Edler:

-Check out this rocket of a one-timer by Raymond:

-Penalty Shot Goal of the Night: Check out this lethal move Sedin pulled out on Nashville's Chris Mason:

-Vancouver's Dale Weise and Nashville's Rich Clune had issues:

-Captain Mikko Koivu scored two goals for the Wild in a 5-3 defeat of the Avalanche. Ryan Suter recorded three assists for Minnesota while teammates Matt Cullen and Zach Parise each had two assists. Niklas Backstrom made 29 saves in the victory. P.A. Parenteau scored two goals for Colorado.

-Goal of the Night: Check out the tic-tac-toe passing which led to this goal by Koivu:

-It wasn't all bad for Colorado. Check out this steal and assist by Ryan O'Reilly to set up captain Gabriel Landeskog for a goal:

-“It’s such an advantage in the East. Huge. Huge. In the Atlantic, we got on a plane for one team in the division — Pittsburgh, which is a 45-minute flight. It’s nuts.” - Wild forward and former Penguin Mike Rupp comparing travel in the Eastern Conference versus the Western Conference.

-Luongo and fellow Canucks goaltender Corey Schneider have a complicated relationship:

-The Canucks recalled forward Steve Pinizzotto from Chicago of the AHL.

-Oiler forward Ben Eager cleared waivers and was assigned to Oklahoma City of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Logan Couture had two goals and an assist for the Sharks in a 4-3 win against the rival Kings. Brent Burns added a goal and an assist for San Jose while teammate Antti Niemi made 34 saves in the victory. Captain Dustin Brown led Los Angeles with two goals.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal by Burns to set up Couture for a goal:

-Hit of the Night: San Jose's Andrew Desjardins on Los Angeles' Colin Fraser:

-Couture being popular:

-Shootout goals by Bobby Ryan and Ryan Getzlaf gave the Ducks a 2-1 win against the Stars. Jonas Hiller made 33 saves in the victory.

-Finnish on Finish crime: Check out this save by Dallas' Kari Lehtonen on Anaheim's Teemu Selanne:

-Stars captain Brenden Morrow is dealing with a groin injury.

-Coyotes forward and former Penguin Nick Johnson cleared waivers and was assigned to Portland of the AHL.

Smythe Division

-The Robert Morris' men's team beings the quarterfinal round of the American Hockey Association tournament tonight against Connecticut.

(Photos: Penguins/Maple Leafs-Chris Young/Canadian Press; Capitals/Hurricanes-Karl B DeBlaker/Associated Press; Blackhawks/Blue Jackets-Kirk Irwin/Getty Images; Predators/Canucks-Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press; Kings/Sharks-Ben Margot/Associated Press)

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