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Empty Netter Assists - 03-23-13

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Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "Our goaltender played unbelievable. He kept us in the game." - Brandon Sutter on Tomas Vokoun.

-Newsday's recap. "It hurts when we've played well. But you can't let in an early goal [in the third] and you can't let in goals late in the [second] period." - Islanders forward John Tavares.

-The Associated Press' recap. The Penguins have won 11 consecutive games.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Craig Adams versus New York's Matt Martin:

-Focused pregames times for Vokoun:

-One former No. 1 overall draft pick, Sidney Crosby, defending another, New York's John Tavares:

-James Neal > New York's Matt Carkner:

-Pascal Dupuis > New York's Andrew MacDonald:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Looking down on the New York crease:

-Bright times for the Islanders:

-New York's Josh Bailey being popular:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Vokoun speaks:

-Sutter speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Crosby wouldn't be terribly upset if the NHL limited the size of goaltending equipment.

-Welcome to Pittsburgh Trevor Smith.

-Scott Darling made 30 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-2 loss to the Trenton Titans.

-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins defeneman Nolan Baumgartner. Claimed off waivers from the Canucks prior to the start of the 2003-04 season, Baumgartner, appeared in five games for the Penguins that season and was a minus-7. A month into the season, the Canucks re-claimed him off waivers. He is currently an associate head coach of the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins forward Justin Duberman. A free agent signing in November of 1992, Duberman's entire NHL career amounted to four games with the 1993-94 Penguins. During the 1994-95 lockoutout, he joined JYP HT Jyvaskyla in Finland.

-After the Jump: Rangers forward Rick Nash avoids a suspension and former Penguins defenseman Larry Murphy is out of work.

Atlantic Division

-The Devils acquired forward Matt D'Agostini and a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2015 in exchange for a conditional fourth or fifth round pick in 2015. D'Agostini, 26, has appeared in 16 games this season and has two points (one goal, one assist). Scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer, he has a salary cap hit of $1,650,000.

-EN Says: D'Agostini showed some scoring touch in 2010-11 when he broke out with 21 goals. In the two seasons since, D'Agostini has not thrived under the defensive approach of head coach Ken Hitchcock and became a spare part for the Blues. With the Devils offense sputtering as of late, D'Agostini is a low-risk high-reward addition who could provide a spark.

-The Devils assigned forward Harri Pesonen to Albany of the AHL.

-The Rangers placed forward Jeff Halpern on waivers.

-Why wasn't Rangers forward Rick Nash disciplined for a high hit to the back of Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky Thursday? The NHL explains:

Northeast Division

-With defenseman Johnny Boychuk dealing with a leg injury, the Bruins recalled defenseman Matt Bartkowski, a native of Mt. Lebanon, from Providence of the AHL.

-with forward Ryan White dealing with a "lower-body" injury, the Canadiens recalled forward Mike Blunden from Hamilton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Two goals by Alex Ovechkin led the Capitals to a 6-1 rout of the Jets. Marcus Johansson and Mike Ribeiro each recorded two assists for Washington while teammate Braden Holtby made 30 saves.

-Check out this rocket of a one-timer on a two-on-one by Washington's Troy Brouwer:

-Check out the placement on this shot by Ovechkin:

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage for the game was intense:

-After watching their brother, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, suffer a facial injury and listening to the pleadings of their parents, Hurricanes forward Eric and Jordan Staal will start wearing visors.

-"Sometimes you feel like you’re invincible, but as many guys have seen, you’re not. Unfortunately injuries can happen. It’s just being smarter. As we’ve seen in the past when anybody has had an eye injury, they put (a visor) on. So why am I going to wait until that happens to me? Why not put one on now?” - Eric Staal.

-The Hurricanes assigned forward Riley Nash to Charlotte of the AHL.

Central Division

-Justin Abdeklader had a hat trick and an assist for the Red Wings in a 5-1 victory against the Ducks. Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen each added a goal and two assists for Detroit while teammate Jimmy Howard made 33 saves.

-It wasn't all bad for Anaheim. Check out this smooth pass from Kyle Palmieri to set up Teemu Selanne for a goal:

-Abdelkader's hat trick:

-Ugly Goal of the Night: Franzen got credit for a goal after Anaheim's Emerson Etem plunked in a puck into his own net:

-Happy times for Detroit's Ian White and Abdelkader:

-Anaheim's Bobby Ryan and Detroit's Brendan Smith had issues:

-Two goals by Nick Foligno led the Blue Jackets to a 5-1 win against the Flames. Colton Gillies added a goal and an assist for Columbus while teammates Derek MacKenzie and R.J. Umberger, a native of Plum (No, really!!!), each recorded two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves in the victory.

-It wasn't all bad for the Flames. Check out this pass from Matt Stajan to set up Curtis Glencross for a goal:

-Happy times for Bobrovsky and Foligno:

-The Blue Jackets recalled forward Sean Collins from Springfield (AHL).

-Ex-Penguins defenseman Larry Murphy was fired as a bench reporter for Red Wings games by FSN Detroit.

-‘‘At this stage of my career, I just keep playing as if it was my last game. ‘Every time I get a chance to be out there, I enjoy it.’’ - Blackhawks defenseman and former Penguin Michal Rozsival on his 12th season in the NHL.

Northwest Division

-The NHL suspended Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler for two games after he charged Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith Thursday. The NHL's explanation:

-Canucks forward David Booth is expected to miss the rest of the season following surgery for a high ankle sprain.

Pacific Division

-Has Stars forward Jamie Benn become a ... star?

-The Stars assigned forward Alex Chiasson and defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to Texas of the AHL.

-The Coyotes assigned defenseman Chris Summers to Portland of the AHL.

Patrick Division

-Paul Chiasson scored two goals for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 4-1 defeat of Connecticut in the American Hockey Association tournament semifinal round. Mercyhurst will play Canisius in the championship game today, 7:05 p.m.

-The Mercyhurst women's team's season came to an end with a 4-1 loss to Boston University in the NCAA's Frozen Four quarterfinals. Stephanie Ciampa made 29 saves for Mercyhurst which finished with a 29-7-1 record.

(Photos: Penguins/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press; Red Wings/Ducks-Jae C. Hong/Associated Press; Flames/Blue Jackets-Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

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