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Empty Netter Assists - 03-17-13

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. "He doesn't need shutouts and records for us to know that he's our go-to guy; the guy we trust to win games." - Pascal Dupuis on Marc-Andre Fleury setting a franchise record with his 23rd career shutout.

-Newsday's recap. "The difference between the two teams in the first period couldn't be more obvious. It's painful." - Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

-The (New York) Daily News' recap. "Other teams are finding ways to win; we need to find ways.” - Rangers coach John Tortorella.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''I wanted it so bad. I tried to not jinx it. I was touching wood, but yeah I was looking forward to getting it finally.'' - Fleury on his shutout.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Happy times for Beau Bennett and Tyler Kennedy:

-Happy times for the Penguins. Not so much for Lundqvist:

-Someone trolled Lundqvist with a cut-out head:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Fleury speaks:

-Dupuis speaks:

-"I want to play better. I have to remember I'm a good player." - Tyler Kennedy on his two-point effort.

-Trevor Smith had a goal and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 comeback win against the Portland Pirates Saturday. Jeff Zatkoff made 21 saves in the victory.

-Scott Darling made 26 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-1 road loss to the Toledo Walleye.

-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins forward Patrick Lebeau. A free agent signing in October of 1998, Lebeau appeared in eight games for the Penguins in 1998-99 and recorded one goal. The following season, he joined HC Ambri-Piotta of the NLA in Switzerland.

-Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Tom Thornbury. A third-round pick of the club in 1981, Thornbury's entire NHL career amounted to 14 games with the 1983-84 Penguins in which he recorded nine points. Midway through the 1984-85 season, he was dealt to the Quebec Nordiques in exchange for Brian Ford.

-Happy 34th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Andrew Ference. An eighth-round pick in 1997, Ference spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1999-2000, Ference appeared in 30 games and recorded six points. In 2000-01, Ference saw action in 36 games and netted 15 points. During the 2001 postseason, he saw action in 18 contests and recorded 10 points. Ference finally broke through as a full-time NHLer in 2001-02 by seeing action in 75 games and scoring 11 points. After 22 games and four points in 2002-03, Ference was traded to the Flames in exchange for a third-round pick. He currently plays with the Bruins. In 163 career regular season games with the Penguins, Ference scored 36 points.

-After the Jump: The Bruins beat the Capitals and Robert Morris' season comes to an end.

Atlantic Division

-Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves for the Islanders in a 4-3 win against the Panthers. Mike Santorelli led Florida with a goal and an assist.

-It wasn't all bad for Florida. Check out this pass by Tomas Fleischmann to set up Marcel Goc for a goal:

-New York's Eric Boulton had issues with Panthers forward and Washington, Pa. native George Parros:

-Florida's Scott Clemmensen had some company in the crease here with New York's Casey Cizikas (left) and Keith Aucoin:

-"It's taken me a few years to get to this level, and this is definitely a gratifying feeling. I finally got that one-way contract, but it doesn't change my mind-set. I go out there to prove myself every night." - Islanders forward and former Penguin Colin McDonald on getting a one-way contract extension with New York for the first time in his NHL career.

Northeast Divison

-Nathan Horton and Devid Krejci each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins in a 4-1 win against the Capitals. Milan Lucic recorded three assists for Boston while teammate Anton Khudobin made 32 saves.

-Check out the passing which led to thie goal by Boston's Andrew Ference:

-Happy times for Ference:

-Ugly Goal of the Day: Boston's David Krejci put a puck into his own goal here:

-Save of the Day: Khudobin on Washington's Nicklas Backstrom:

-Boston's Adam McQuaid > Washington's Matt Hendricks:

-Washington's Michal Neuvirth had issues with this puck:

-Carey Price made 32 saves for the Canadiens in a 2-1 win against Devils. Montreal extended a winning streak to five games.

-Former Penguins forward Colby Armstrong got his first goal with the Canadiens:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Check out this save by Price on former Penguin Tom Kosotpoulos:

-Two goals, including one in overtime, and an assist by Kyle Turris led the Senators to a 4-3 win against the rvial Sabres. Patrick Wiercioch added a goal and an assist for Ottawa while teammate Sergei Gonchar, a former Penguin, recorded two assists. Fire Ray Shero. Ben Bishop made 25 saves in the victory. Drew Stafford led Buffalo with two goals.

-Check out the placement on Turris' overtime goal:

-It wasn't all bad for the Sabres. Cranberry native Mike Weber got a goal here:

Southeast Division

-Blake Wheeler and Zach Bogosian scored in a 10-round shootout and gave the Jets a 5-4 win against the Maple Leafs. Wheeler scored two regulation goals while teammate Andrew Ladd recorded two assists. Ondrej Pavelec made 28 saves in the victory. Joffrey Lupul led Toronto with two regulation goals.

-Check out this slick backhander by Lupul on his first goal:

-Check out this pass by Winnipeg's Kyle Wellwood to set up James Wright for a goal:

-Check out this pass by Toronto's Nazem Kadri to set up Lupul's second goal:

-Pass of the Night: Check out this backhanded cross-ice pass by Torontos' Tyler Bozak to set up Phil Kessel for a goal:

-Toronto goaltender James Reimer had too look around this battle between Winnipeg's Blake Wheeler and Toronto's Cody Franson:

-Reimer stared down Winnipeg's Evander Kane on this shootout attempt:

-Rookie Tyler Johnson had a goal and an assist for the Lightning in a 4-1 win against the Hurricanes. Former Penguin Mathieu Garon made 21 saves in the victory. Fire Ray Shero.

-Check out the shot by Johnson on his first NHL goal:

-It wasn't all bad for Carolina. Check out this stretch pass by Alexander Semin to set up captain Eric Staal for a goal:

-The Hurricanes claimed former Penguins forward Adam Hall off waivers from the Lightning.

-Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski left last night's game against the Islanders in the second period due to an undisclosed injury.

-The Panthers assigned defenseman Nolan Yonkman to San Antonio of the AHL.

-The Lightning recalled forward Dana Tyrell from Syracuse of the AHL.

-The Capitals assigned defenseman Cameron Schilling to Hershey of the AHL.

Central Division

-An overtime goal and an assist by Penguins athletic trainer Chris Stewart gave the Blues a 2-1 win against the Ducks. Jake Allen made 27 saves in the victory.

-Stewart's goal:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Anaheim's Teeum Selanne battling for a puck with St. Louis' Barrett Jackman in front of the St. Louis bench:

-Shootout goals by Artem Anisimov and former Penguin Mark Letestu gave the Blue Jackets a 1-0 win against the Coyotes. Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves to record his second career shutout. Phoenix's Mike Smith was also credited with a shutout after making 23 saves. It was the 23rd shutout of his career.

-Anisimov > Smith:

-Bobrovsky > Phoenix's Rob Klinkhammer:

-Coyotes forward and former Penguin Paul Bissonnette had a marathon bout with Columbus' Jared Boll:

-A good look at the tilt:

-It took three Coyotes to stop Boll here:

-Captain Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist for the Blackhawks in an 8-1 rout of the Stars. Patrick Kane and Nick Leddy each collected a goal and an assist for Chicago while teammates Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg each recorded two assists. Corey Crawford made 16 saves.

-Kane went all Denis Savard with this spin-o-rama goal:

-Justin Abdelkader and captain Henrik Zetterberg each scored two goals for the Red Wings in a 5-2 win against the Canucks. Pavel Datsyuk recorded three assists for Detroit while teammate Johan Franzen added two assists. Jimmy Howard made 33 saves in the victory. Alex Burrows scored both of Vancouver's goals.

-It took Burrows all of six seconds to score the game's first goal:

-It turned out to be the fourth fastest goal in NHL history.

-As you may have noticed, the Canucks wore replicas of the Vancouver Millionaires' jerseys, a team in the defunct Pacific Coast Hockey Association:

-A good look at the jerseys:

-The Blues activated rookie forward Vladimir Tarasenko (head) from injured reserve and placed forward T.J. Oshie (rib) on injured reserve.

Northwest Division

-Devin Setoguchi had two goals and an assist for the Wild in a 6-4 win against the Avalanche. Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Ryan Suter each added a goal and an assist for Minnesota while teammate Dany Heatley recorded two assists. Niklas Backstrom made 28 saves in the victory. Captain Gabriel Landeskog led Colorado with a goal and an assist.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Setoguchi:

-Wild forward and former Penguin Mike Rupp had a fight with Colorado's Patrick Bordeleau:

-A good look at the fight:

-Happy times for the Wild:

-Canucks forward Alex Burrows left last night's game against the Red Wings in the first period due to an ankle injury.

Pacific Division

-Kyle Clifford scored two goals for the Kings in a 5-2 win against the Sharks. Jarret Stoll added a goal and an assist for Los Angeles while teammate Trevor Lewis recorded two assists. Jonathan Bernier made 20 saves in the victory. Brent Burns led San Jose with two assists.

-San Jose's Doug Murray had issues with Los Angeles' Kyle Clifford:

Patrick Division

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage:

-Connor McDavid recorded four assists for the Erie Otters in a 5-4 win against the Guelph Storm.

-Zach Hervato had a goal and two assists for the Robert Morris men's team in a 4-3 loss to Connnecticut against Connecticut in an American Hockey Association quarterfinal series. Connecticut won the best-of-three series, 2-0. Robert Morris finished its season with a 20-14-4 record.

-Grant Blakey had a goal and an assist for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 3-2 loss to Holy Cross in an American Hockey Association quarterfinal series. The best-of-three series is tied, 1-1.

-An overtime goal by Jenna Dingeldein gave the Mercyhurst women's team a 4-3 win against Cornell in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal game. Mercyhurst advances to the Frozen Four and is scheduled to face Boston University, Friday.

(Photos: Rangers/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Islanders/Panthers-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Capitals/Bruins-Winslow Townson/Associated Press; Canadiens/Devils-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Maple Leafs/Jets-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Ducks/Blues-Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Associated Press; Coyotes/Blue Jackets-Kirk Irwin/Getty Images; Red Wings/Canucks-Rich Lam/Getty Images; Wild/Avalanche-Jack Dempsey/Associated Press; Sharks/Kings-Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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