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Empty Netter Assists - 03-19-13

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Penguins

-Sidney Crosby is kind of good.

-From Ramzi Abid to Zbynek Michalek. Counting all of the teammaes who have been a part of Marc-Andre Fleury's franchise record 23 shutouts.

-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Janne Laukkanen (right). Acquired at the 2000 trade deadline along with Ron Tugnutt in a deal that sent Tom Barrasso to the Senators, Laukkanen spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1999-2000 by playing in 11 games for the Penguins and scoring eight points. In 11 postseason games that spring, he netted six points. He followed that up in 2000-01 by appearing in 50 games and recording 20 points. During the 2001 postseason, he saw action in 18 games and scored four points. In 2001-02, he played in 47 games and netted 13 points. After 17 games ans even points in 2002-03, he was dealt to the Rangers prior to the trade dealine along with Mike Wilson, Alex Kovalev and Dan LaCouture in exchange for Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner, Rico Fata and Mikael Samuelsson. In 125 regular season games with the Penguins, Laukkanen scored 48 points. In 29 postseason games, he recorded 10 points.

-Happy 27th birthday to current Penguins goaltender Brad Thiessen. A free agent signing in 2009, Thiessen has spent parts of one season at the NHL level with the Penguins. In 2011-12, he appeared in five games, had a 3-1-0 record with a 3.72 goals against average and .858 save percentage. He is currently assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-After the Jump: Local product J.T. Miller comes up big for the Rangers and Anaheim's Corey Perry gets paid.

Atlantic Division

-Shootout goals by Rick Nash and East Palestine, Ohio native J.T. Miller gave the Rangers a 2-1 win against the Hurricanes. Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves in the victory.

-Nash went all Peter Forsberg on his shootout goal:

-Some good looks at Nash's goal:

-Miller went really wide on his shootout goal last night:

-Miller being popular:

-Happy times for Miller and teammate Brian Boyle:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Attentive times for the Carolina and New York benches:

-"He's slowly getting there. Obviously, there's still a little more healing to be done, but things are looking up for him." - Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal on the recovery of his brother, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, from an eye injury.

-Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur practiced for the first time since suffering a back injury Feb. 24.

-New Jersey forward prospect Ben Johnson, a third-round pick in 2012, was arrested in Windsor, Ont. on charges of sexual assault.

Northeast Division

-With David Krejci dealing with a leg injury suffered in Pittsburgh Sunday, the Bruins recalled forward Ryan Spooner from Providence of the AHL.

-The Bruins are wearing "The Rooster" this season.

-Canadiens forward Michael Ryder is expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Sabres after missing one game due to an undisclosed injury.

Southeast Division

-Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist for the Lightning in a 4-2 win against the Flyers. Anders Lindback made 28 saves in the victory.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this feed by Tampa Bay rookie Tyler Johnson to set up Tom Pyatt for a goal:

-It wasn't all bad for Philadelphia. Check out this smooth backhanded goal by former Penguins forward Maxime Talbot:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Check out this re-direction goal by Tampa Bay's Teddy Purcell:

-With defenseman Ed Jovanovski sidelined indefinitely, the Panthers recalled forward Eric Selleck from San Antonio of the AHL and assigned forward Jonathan Rheault to San Antonio.

-The Capitals recalled defenseman Dmitry Orlov from Hershey of the AHL.

-The Jets re-signed defenseman Artus Kudla to a one-year contract worth $550,000 (prorated).

-Winnipeg placed goaltender Al Montoya on injured reserve due to a "lower-body" injury.

Central Division

-Patrick Kane and captain Jonathan Toews each had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks in a 5-2 win against the Avalanche. Brent Seabrook added a goal and an assist for Chicago while teammate Ray Emery made 17 saves.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this move in tight by Chicago's Jimmy Hayes:

-Check out this short-handed effort by Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog:

-Not to be outdone, Kane scored from a nearly impossible angle here:

-A good look at Emery's lid:

-Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa left the game in the first period with a suspected arm injury.

-The Red Wings assigned forward Gustav Nyquist to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a fractured cheek bone.

-With forward Andy McDonald expected to return to the lineup tonight after missing 10 games due to a knee injury, the Blues assigned forward Adam Cracknell to Peoria of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Niklas Backstrom made 35 saves for the Wild in a 3-1 win against the Canucks. Pierre-Marc Bouchard recorded two assists for Minnesota.

-Minnesota's Matt Cullen was either really happy or he was airing things out:

-The Wild snapped an 11-game losing streak in Vancouver.

-The Canucks recalled forward Jordan Schroeder from Chicago of the AHL.

-Vancouver signed forward Ludwig Blomstrand, a fourth-round pick in 2011, to an entry-level contract. Terms were not revealed.

Pacific Division

-Two goals by Louis Eriksson led the Stars to a 4-3 win against the Flames. Ray Whitney recorded two assists for Dallas while teammate Kari Lehtonen made 16 saves. Mike Cammalleri had two assists for Calgary.

-Save of the Night: It wasn't all bad for the Flames. Check out this robbery by Joey MacDonald on Dallas captain Brenden Morrow:

-Check out the passing which led to Eriksson's goal:

-Check out this paralyzing backhanded move Calgary's Alex Tanguay scored on:

-Everyone had issues here:

-Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for the Kings in a 4-0 shutout of the Coyotes. It was his 24th career shutout. Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar and rookie Tyler Toffoli each collected a goal and an assist for Los Angeles while teammate Justin William recorded two assists.

-Save/Defensive Play Combo of the Nght: Check out this save by Quick and the ensuing defensive play by Los Angeles' Drew Doughty against Phoenix's Raffi Torres:

-Check out the placement on this shot by Carter:

-With forward Martin Havlat ("lower body") being removed from injured reserve and returning to the lineup, Sharks forward Ryane Clowe missed last night' game due to a shoulder injury.

-Francois Beauchemin scored two goals for the Ducks in a 5-3 win against the rival Flames. Emerson Etem and captain Ryan Geltzlaf each added a goal and an assist for Anaheim while teammate Daniel Winnik recorded two assists. Viktor Fasth made 32 saves in the victory.

-The Ducks signed forward Corey Perry to an eight-year contract extension worth a total of $69 million. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $5.325 million, his new deal will have a cap hit of $8.625 million. In 25 games this season, Perry, 27, has scored 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists). A winner of the Hart Trophy in 2011, Perry was a member of the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup team.

-EN Says: Combine this siging with last week's deal with Getzlaf, the Ducks have made a big statement about the stability of the franchise. These players will remain the face of the franchise for nearly a decade. Perry (right) is a legit, top-line winger who is a regular 30-goal threat and can come through with clutch goals when they're needed. In addition to his offensive exploits, he offers a nasty, physical game. As with Getzlaf, this deal will make Perry one of the highest paid players in the NHL next season. What will this mean for contract negotiations with another former Hart Trophy winner in Evgeni Malkin?

Smythe Division

-Former Canadiens/Golden Seals executive Frank Selke, Jr. passed away. He was 83. The son of former Canadiens general manager Frank Selke, Sr., Selke, Jr. also worked for Special Olympics Canada.

(Photos: Laukkanen-Mitchell Layton/Getty Images; Hurricanes/Rangers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Frank Franklin II/Associated Press; Blackhawks/Avalanche-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images; Wild/Canucks-Rich Lam/Getty Images; Flames/Stars-Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press; Perry-Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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