Empty Netter Assists - 03-21-13

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-What's up with Robert Bortuzzo (above)?

-How much does James Neal miss Evgeni Malkin?

-"I'm close to playing," he said. "I'll try to play Friday, but it's hard to say now. Just a couple of days more, and we'll see." - Malkin on his recovery from a suspected shoulder injury.

-How much did the lockout benefit the Sidney Crosby/Pascal Dupuis/Chris Kunitz line?

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Malkin speaks:

-Jeff Zatkoff made 26 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 1-0 loss to the Syracuse Crunch, 1-0.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Chad Kolarik, the team's leading scorer, missed the game due to undisclosed reasons.

-Shootout goals by Keven Veilleux and Peter Lenes gave the Wheeling Nailers a 2-1 home win against the Kalamazoo Wings. Scott Darling made 21 saves for Wheeling.

-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jim Kyte. Acquired in the 1989 offseason along with Andrew McBain and Randy Gilhen in a deal which sent Randy Cunneyworth, Rick Tabaracci and Dave McLlwain to Winnipeg, Kyte, the first deaf player in NHL history, spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1989-90, he appeared in 56 games, scored four points and accumulted 125 penalty minutes. After appearing in just one game for the 1990-91 Penguins, he was dealt to the Flames in exchange for forward Jiri Hrdina in December. In 57 regular season games for the Penguins he had four points.

-After the Jump: Upper St. Clair's Vince Trocheck wins the OHL's scoring title and Rangers general manager Glen Sather is dealing with prostate cancer.

Atlantic Division

-According to Newsday, Rangers general manager and former Penguins forward Glen Sather will undergo surgery for prostate cancer.

-The Rangers recalled forward Chris Kreider from Connecticut of the AHL and assigned forward Micheal Haley to Connecticut.

-Devils forward Alexei Ponikarovsky is day to day due to a "lower-body" injury.

Northeast Division

-A goal and an assist by Joffrey Lupul led the Maple Leafs to a 4-2 win against the Lightning. Nazem Kadri recorded three assists for Toronto while teammate Carl Gunnarson had two assists. James Reimer made 26 saves in the victory.

-Toronto's Tyler Bozak blew up a goal camera with this score:

-Check out this paralyzing move by Toronto's Nikolai Kulemin against Tampa Bay's Radko Gudas which led to a goal:

-Check out this pass by Tampa Bay rookie Tyler Johnson to set up fellow rookie Cory Conacher for a goal:

-Lupul will have a disciplinary hearing for a hit to the head of Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman:

-Hedman returned to the game. Lupul received a two-minute minor for the hit.

-The Maple Leafs placed defenseman Mike Komisarek on waivers.

-The Canadiens signed defenseman Francis Bouillon to a one-year contract extension worth $1.5 million. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit which is also $1.5 million, Bouillon, 37, has appeared in 28 game this season and has scored seven points (one goal, six assists).

-EN Says: Bouillon was essentially out of hockey this offseason before head coach Michel Therrien brought him back. Bouillon has re-established himself as a steady, bottom-pairing defender who can log significant minutes. Bouillon's age is a concern but a one-year deal for $1.5 won't make or break the payroll.

-Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid will be sidelined three to four weeks due to a strained left shoulder.

-With Erik Karlsson sidelined due to an Achilles tendon injury, Senators rookie defenseman Patrick Wiercioch (right) has stepped up with 14 points in 26 games.

-The Senators signed undrafted free agent goaltender Andrew Hammond, formerly of Bowling Green, to a two-year entry-level contract.

-Sabres forward Thomas Vanek is dealing with a hip injury.

Southeast Division

-The Lightning signed forward Slater Koekkoek, a first-round pick in 2012, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-Lightning forward Ryan Malone may need surgery for a left shoulder injury.

-The Hurricanes placed forward Chad LaRose (concussion) on injured reserve and recalled defenseman Brett Bellemore from Charlotte of the AHL.

-Panthers rookie forward Eric Selleck was suspened two games over a fight with Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth Tuesday. Selleck was given one game for receiving an instigating minor after he started the fight in the final five minutes of regulation and was given a second game for leaving the bench during a line change to fight.

-Florida forward prospect Vince Trocheck (right), a native of Upper St. Clair, won the OHL's scoring title by recording 109 points for the Plymouth Whalers.

Central Division

-The Predators placed former Penguins forward Zach Boychuk on waivers.

-With forward Patrick Eaves dealing with a jaw injury, the Red Wings recalled forward Gustav Nyquist from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Devin Setoguchi scored two goals for the Wild in a 4-2 win against the Red Wings. Pierre-Marc Bouchard recorded two assists for Minnesota while teammate Niklas Backstrom made 36 saves.

-Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was given a high sticking minor after he struck Wild forward Charlie Coyle in the head with a shoulder:

-Check out this pass by Minnesota's Jared Spurgeon to set up Kyle Brodziak for a goal:

-Goal of the Night: Check out this strip by Detroit's Gustav Nyquist which led to his smooth backhanded breakaway goal:

-Chuck Kobasew, Mark Olver and Ryan O'Reilly each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche in a 4-3 comeback win against the Stars. Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves for Colorado. Former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr led Dallas with a goal and two assists. Fire Craig Patrick.

-Hit of the Night: Dallas Brenden Dillon on Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog:

-Jagr's goal was a vintage wrister from the slot:

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-Check out the puck control on this goal by Dallas' Ray Whitney:


-Dallas' Eric Nystrom and Colorado's Jan Hejda had issues:

Pacific Division

-Jonas Hiller made 22 saves for the Ducks in a 4-2 win against the Blackhawks. Captain Ryan Getzlaf recorded two assists for Anaheim.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Chicago captain Jonathan Toews blocked a shot while killing a penalty and set up his own breakaway goal:


-Check out this rocket of a slapper by Chicago's Nick Leddy:

-The ageless Teemu Selanne scored the game-winning goal with 4:23 left in regulation:

-A good look at the goal:

-And the celebration:

-Chicago's Corey Crawford scooped this puck in:

-Bloody times for Anaheim's Andrew Cogliano:

-Shootout goals by Logan Couture and Dan Boyle gave the Sharks a 4-3 win against the Oilers. Couture scored two regulation goals for San Jose while teammate Antti Niemi made 24 saves.

-Check out this steal and score by Edmonton's Ryan Jones:

-“All summer long, I had the right people around me to just take my mind off hockey, and not worry about am I going to be able to play in all kinds of situations and not run around out there with my head cut off. Every time I feel a little anxious about it, my wife and brothers slow me down and get me back to reality." - Coyotes forward Raffi Torres on adjusting his game after being suspended 21 games last season for a hit to the head of Chicago forward Marian Hossa in the playoffs. This season, Torres has only 13 penalty minutes.

(Photos: Bortuzzo-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Wiercioch-Al Bello/Getty Images; Trocheck-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Stars/Avalanche-Barry Gutierrez/Associated Press; Blackhawks/Ducks-Jeff Gross/Getty Images and Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

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