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Empty Netter Assists - 03-20-13

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "That's as loud as it's been in a long time." - Matt Cooke on the crowd at Consol Energy Center.

-The Washington Post's recap. โ€œYou got a four-minute power play the last 10 minutes of a game. Obviously we need to score.โ€ - Capitals foward Eric Fehr.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''We created a lot of energy and some momentum from that. You could feel the crowd getting into it and we were able to go out on a rush there and finish and get the game-winner.'' - Matt Niskanen (above, with Sidney Crosby).

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Paul Martin being popular:

-Marc-Andre Fleury was all over this puck:

-Crosby got upended here by Washington's Brooks Laich:

-Washington's Dmitry Orlov being flexible:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Niskanen speaks

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-Paul Martin speaks:

-Welcome back Evgeni Malkin ... Friday against the Islanders?

-Happy 28th birthday to former Penguins forward Ryan Stone. A second-round pick in 2003, Stone spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2007-08, he played in six games and recorded one assist. He followed that up in 2008-09 by seeing action in two games and failing to net a point. During the 2009 offseason, Stone joined the Oilers as a free agent.

-Today would've been the 71st birthday of former Penguins defenseman Bill Speer. A member of the first Penguins team in 1967-68, Speer spent the first two seasons of his NHL career in Pittsburgh. As a rookie in 1967-68, he saw action in 68 games and scored 16 points. He followed that up in 1968-69 by playing in 34 games and scoring five points. During the 1969 off season, he was selected by the Bruins in an intra-league draft. In 102 games with the Penguins, Speer recorded 21 points. He was killed in a snowmobile accident in 1989 at the age of 47.

-Happy 59th birthday to former Penguins forward Charlie Simmer (right). Far more renown for his days as an all-star with the Kings and the "Triple Crown" line, Simmer was claimed by the Penguins off waivers from the Bruins prior to the 1987-88 season. He appeared in 50 games for the Penguins that season and recorded 28 points. The following season, he joined Eintracht Frankfurt in West Germany. At the time of his retirement as a professional player in 1992, he was the last active California Golden Seal and NHL Cleveland Baron. Formerly married to 1981 Playmate of the Year Terri Welles, Simmer currently works as a broadcaster for the Flames.

-After the Jump: Sergei Gonchar leads the Senators to a comeback win.

Atlantic Division

-Michael Del Zotto had a goal and an assist for the Rangers in a 3-2 win against the rival Devils. Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves for New York.

-Defensive Play and Pass of the Night: Check out this forechecking effort by New York's Derek Stepan to steal the puck then his pass to set up Del Zotto for a short-handed goal:

-It wasn't all bad for New Jersey. Check out this save by former Penguin Johan Hedberg on New York captain Ryan Callahan:

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-Lundqvist kicked out this puck:

-Happy times for the Devils. Not so much for New York's J.T. Miller:

-Devils forward and former Penguin Alexei Ponikarovsky left the game after the second period due to an undisclosed injury.

-The Devils activated goaltender Martin Brodeur (back) from injured reserve and assigned defenseman Jeff Frazee to Albany of the AHL.

-With Devils forward Andrei Loktionov is sidelined due to an undisclosed injury, the Devils recalled forward Tim Sestito from Albany.

-Devils forward prospect Mattias Tedenby resumed practicing with Albany for the first time since suffering a cut to the face from a sakte blade Feb. 15.

Northeast Division

-Two goals by Steve Ott, including in one in overtime, gave the Sabres a 3-2 win against the Canadiens. Ville Leino recorded two assists for Buffalo while teammate Jhonas Enroth made 32 saves.

-Check out this rocket by Ott for his first goal:

-It wasn't all bad for Montreal. Check out this feed from rookie Brendan Gallagher to set up Max Pacioretty for a goal:

-Goal of the Night: Check out this move in tight by Canadiens forward and former Penguin Colby Armstrong:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Ott's overtime goal:

-Enroth took this puck high:

-A goal and two assists by former Penguin Sergei Gonchar led the Senators to a 5-3 comeback win against the Islanders. Fire Ray Shero. Guillaume Latendresse collected a goal and an assist for Ottawa while teammate Patrick Wiercioch recorded three assists. Ben Bishop made 26 saves. Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist for New York.

-Gonchar scored the game-winner with one minute remaining in regulation:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Bishop being flexible:

-Senators defenseman Marc Methot left the game in the second period due to an apparent leg injury.

-Ottawa forward Milan Michalek will be sidelined indefinitely due to right knee surgery.

-The Maple Leafs recalled defenseman Jake Gardiner from Toronto of the AHL and assigned defenseman Korbinian Holzer to Toronto.

-The Canadiens assigned forward Mike Blunden to Hamilton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Two goals by Blake Wheeler led the Jets to a 3-1 win against the Bruins. Ondrje Pavelec made 27 saves in the victory.

-Save of the Night: Pavelec on Boston's Patrice Bergeron:

-Fluky Goal of the Night: Check out this lucky bounce which led to a goal for Boston's Brad Marchand:

-Check out this re-direction goal by Winnipeg's Blake Wheeler:

-Ladd kept his eyes on this puck despite taking a tumble:

-Jacob Markstrom made 33 saves for the Panthers in a 4-1 win against the Hurricanes. Filip Kuba recorded two assists for Florida.

-The Panthers recalled forward Quinton Howden from San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.

-Lightning forward Ryan Malone (shoulder) and defenseman Victor Hedman ("upper body") are dinged up.

Central Division

-Former Penguin Mark Letestu had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets in a 4-3 win against the rival Predators. Fire Ray Shero. Vaclav Prospal recorded three assists for Columbus while teammate Jack Johnson had two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves for Columbus. Captain Shea Weber led Nashville with two assists.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Letestu:

-The Predators placed forward Paul Gaustad ("upper body") on injured reserve and recalled forward Taylor Beck from Milwaukee of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist for the Canucks in a 3-2 win against the Blues. Cory Schneider made 32 saves in the victory.

-Check out this rocket of a slapper by Vancouver's Jannik Hansen:

-Check out this slick backhanded pass from behind the net to set up Daniel Sedin for a goal:

-Check out this feed by Vancouver's Jordan Schroeder to set up Dale Weise for a goal:

-Vancouver's Zack Kassian and Penguins athletic trainer St. Louis' Chris Stewart had issues:

-Schneider had issues with this puck:

-The Avalanche placed defenseman Ryan Wilson (ankle) on injured reserve and recalled defenseman Stefan Elliott  from Lake Erie of the AHL.

-The Flames assigned defenseman Danny Taylor to Abbotsford of the AHL.

-โ€œOh God, no." - Wild general manager Cliff Fletcher's reaction when asked if he was trying to trade goaltender Niklas Backstrom or forward Matt Cullen.

Pacific Division

-Johnathan Quick made 40 saves for the Kings in a 3-2 win against the Coyotes. Mike Richards recorded two assists for Los Angeles. Captain Shane Doan scored both of Phoenix's goals.

-Check out this pass from Los Angeles defenseman and former Penguins prospect Jake Muzzin to set up Jarret Stoll for a power-play goal:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-The Stars placed forward Ryan Garbutt (hand) on injured reserve, recalled goaltender Jack Campbell from Texas of the AHL and assigned goaltender Richard Bachman to Texas.

-Former Flames/Hurricanes/Senators/Blue Jackets/Red Wings/Lightning defenseman Mike Commodore has signed a professional tryout contract with the Texas Stars, Dallas' AHL affiliate.

Smythe Division

-The NHL's general manager meetings begin today in Toronto.

(Photos: Capitals/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Simmer-Penguins Hockey Cards; Rangers/Devils-Julio Cortez/Associated Press; Sabres/Canaidens-Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press; Senators/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Jets/Bruins-Marianne Helm/Getty Images; Canucks/Blues-Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press and Rich Lam/Getty Images)

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