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Empty Netter Assists - 03-18-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. Kris Letang left the game in the first period due to a "lower-body" injury.

-The Boston Globe's recap. The Bruins lost forward David Krejci to a leg injury after he was hit by a slap shot from defenseman Johnny Boychuck in the third period.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''Our depth is a big part of our success. We need to continue to show that.'' - Sidney Crosby.

-Highlights:

-A good look at the great Joe Vitale's goal:

-Cool Photo of the Day: Boston's Tuukka Rask defending Crosby:

-Boston's Johnny Boychuk got a stuck up high here on Crosby:

-Dustin Jeffrey kept his eye on this puck:

-Rask scooped in this puck:

-Painful times for Boston's David Krejci (center):

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-The great Joe Vitale speaks:

-Brooks Orpik speaks:

-Tomas Vokoun speaks:

-The great Joe Vitale gets a goal.

-Zack Torquato had a goal and and assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-2 win against the Trenton Titans. Scott Darling made 42 saves in the victory.

-Happy 61st birthday to former Penguins forward Bernie Lukowich. A second-round pickin 1972, Lukowich appeared in 53 games for the 1973-74 club and recorded 19 points. Midway through the 1974-75 season, he was dealt to the rival Blues in exchange for Bob Stumpf.

-Happy 24th birthday to current Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo. A third-round pick in 2007, Bortuzzo has spent parts of the past two seasons with the Penguins. He made his NHL debut last season by appearing in six games without a point. This season, Bortuzzo has appeared in 11 games and recorded two points. In 17 NHL games, he has two points.

-After the Jump: Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta isn't happy and a huge brawl in the AHL.

Atlantic Division

-The Devils returned rookie forward Stefan Matteau to his junior team, Blainsville-Boisbriand of the QMJHL.

-Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen is expected to appear in his 1,000th career game tonght against the Lightning.

Northeast Division

-Jakub Silfverberg scored two goals for the Senators in a 4-1 win against the Jets. Captain Daniel Alfredsson and former Penguin Sergei Gonchar each recorded two assists for Ottawa while teammate Robin Lehner made 25 saves.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Ottawa's Kyle Turris:

-"I'm [expletive] off. I want to play. And especially after watching some things, sitting there watching the game, I want to play. ... I guess they don't need me right now I guess. I've been [expletive] off watching for the past couple weeks. No matter if you're a fan, a player, you guys know what's going on. You should be [expletive] off. You should play with a little [expletive] and vinegar. You shouldn't be happy. We're not in position we want to be in. We have to work harder, come in and do something about it." - Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta on being a healthy scratch the first game he was eligible to play after serving a five-game suspension.

-“He’s being dramatic. We’re not discussing what Patty says to you guys. That’s just drama and he needs to just grow up if he’s going to say that. You know what? He had a stupid play in a game. He sat, he was punished. He has to get over it and move on. We handled it. He doesn’t have to go to you guys and say that stuff. There, I’m addressing it right now.” - Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller on Kaleta.

-With defenseman Andrej Sekera dealing with an "upper-body" injury, the Sabres recalled defenseman Mark Pysyk from Rochester of the AHL.

-The Canadiens signed defenseman Darren Dietz, a third-round pick in 2011, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-The Bruins signed forward Alexander Fallstrom to an entry-level contract. Terms of the contract were not reported. Fallstrom was a fourth-round pick of the Wild in 2009 and was acquired by Boston in a 2009 trade.

Southeast Division

-Troy Brouwer, Mathieu Perreault and Marcus Johansson each had a goal and an assist for the Capitals in a 5-3 win against the Sabres. Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Ribeiro and Joel Ward each recorded two assists for Washington while teammate Braden Holtby made 27 saves. Cody Hodgson scored two goals for Buffalo.

-Washington captain Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring with this nasty little wrister off  a faceoff win:

-Odd Pass of the Night: You don't see this too often. Ribeiro skated backwards across the front of the net and dealt a pass to Brouwer in the slot for a goal:

-Check out this move across the slot which led to Perreault's goal:

-Happy times in Washington:

Central Division

-The Blackhawks/Canucks rivalry extends to their AHL affiliates. The Rockford IceHogs (Blackhawks) and Chicago Wolves (Canucks) engaged in a wild brawl on the Rockford bench last night:

Northwest Division

-A goal and an assist by Jordan Eberle led the Oilers to a 3-2 win against the Predators. Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves in the win. Roman Josi had a goal and an assist for Nashville.

-Check out this rocket of a power-play goal by Nashville captain Shea Weber:

-With goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff attending to the birth of a child, the Flames recalled goaltender Danny Taylor from Abbotsford of the AHL.

-The Canucks signed undrafted free agent forward Kellan Lain, formerly of Lake Superior State.

Pacific Division

-Coyotes defenseman and former Penguin Zbynek Michalek is day-to-day due to a "lower-body" injury.

Norris Division

-Jordan Tibbett made 28 saves and led the Mercyhurst men's team to a 1-0 shutout of Holy Cross in Game 3 an American Hockey Association quarterfinal series. Mercyhurst won the best-of-three series, 2-1, and will face Connecticut in the semifinal round.

(Photos: Bruins/Penguins-Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Sabres/Capitals-Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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