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Empty Netter Assists - 03-25-13

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Penguins

-Note: The Penguins have acquired defenseman Douglas Murray from the Sharks in exchange for two second-round picks. We'll have more on this in a little bit.

-"I want to win the Stanley Cup. I've seen them play and played against them. I like the compete they have. I want to be a piece of the puzzle." - Brenden Morrow (above) on joining the Penguins.

-"It’s never easy to do something like this, and I don’t think you realize how hard it’s going to be until you actually do it, but my goal was to do the right thing for the franchise and do the right thing for Brenden, and I think this accomplishes both." - Stars general manager Joe Niewendyk on trading Brenden Morrow.

-“We have some time here, so we’ll bring him in and take a look at him here in Dallas and let him get to know us, and then we’ll make a decision. He could go back to the AHL or he could be in the lineup Friday (against Minnesota), we’ll have to see.” - Nieuwendyk on Joe Morrow.

-Joe Morrow greeted his move to the Stars via Twitter:

-How did Joe Morrow's first season in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton go?

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "It wasn't perfect, by any means, but we kept chugging along." - Matt Niskanen.

-The Philadelphia Daily News' recap. "The five-on-three killed us. They played aggressively. We blocked a lot of shots, and we were all right until there were [seven] minutes left." - Flyers forward and former Penguin Maxime Talbot.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Happy times for the Penguins:

-Happy times for Tyler Kennedy:

-Getting up close with Tanner Glass:

-Marc-Andre Fleury had a good view of Sidney Crosby's goal:

-As well as this puck:

-It was that kind of night for the Flyers' bench:

-Philadelphia's Ilya Bryzgalov had issues with this puck:

-Ray Shero speaks:

-Dan Byslma speak:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-James Neal speaks:

-Niskanen speaks:

-Tyler Kennedy speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-Former Penguins forward Alex Kovalev suggested he may play in Switzerland after his retirement from the NHL became official last week.

-Shootout goals by Chris Barton and Kevin Veilleux gave the Wheeling Nailers a 3-2 road win against the Kalamazoo Wings.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins forward Pat Hughes. Acquired in the 1979 offseason along with Rob Holland in a deal which sent Denis Herron and a draft pick to Montreal, Hughes spent parts of two season with the Penguins. In 1979-80, he appeared in 76 games and scored 32 points. He appeared in five postseason games that spring and failed to score a point. After 58 games and 19 points in 1980-81, Hughes was traded to the Oilers in exchange for Pat Price. In 134 regular season games with the Penguins, he recorded 51 points.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins forward Ted Bulley. A free agent signing in the 1983 offseason, Bulley appeared in 26 games for the 1983-84 team and recorded five points. He was released in the 1985 offseason.

-Happy 56th birthday to former Penguins forward Bruce Crowder. Claimed off waivers from the Bruins in the 1984 offseason, Crowder appeared in 26 games for the 1984-85 Penguins and recorded 11 points. He retired in February of that season.

-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Ken Wregget (right). Acquired prior to the 1992 trade deadline in a three-way deal which also brought Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson and a draft pick from the Flyers and Jeff Chychrun from the Kings while sending Paul Coffey to the Kings and Mark Recchi to the Flyers, Wregget spent parts of seven seasons as a part-time backup/starter in Pittsburgh. He finished 1991-92 by playing in nine games and going 5-3-0 with a 4.15 goals against average and .847 save percentage. He appeared in one playoff game that spring, had no record and sported a 6.00 goals against average and .750 save percentage while helping the franchise win its second consecutive Stanley Cup title. He followed that up in 1992-93 by playing in 25 games, compiling a record of 13-7-3 with a 3.42 goals against average and .887 save percentage. During 1993-94, Wregget saw action in 42 games, went 21-12-7 with a 3.37 goals against average, .893 save percentage and one shutout. With starter Tom Barrasso sidelined in the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, Wregget took over as the starter. He went 25-9-2, with a 3.21 goals against average and .902 save percentage. His 25 wins led the league. In 11 postseason games that spring, he went 5-6 in 11 games with a 3.00 goals against average, .905 save percentage and one shutout. During 1996-97, Wregget played in 46 games, went 17-17-6 with a 3.24 goals against average, .905 save percentage and two shutouts. During that season's playoffs, he played in nine games, went 7-2 with a 2.30 goals against average and .930 save percentage. His final season in Pittsburgh was 1997-98. Hes saw action in 15 games with a 3-6-2 record, 2.75 goals against average, and .904 save percentage. Wregget appeared in all five of the team's postseason games in 1998 and went 1-4 with a 3.64 goals against average and .915 save percentage. In the 1998 offseason, Wregget and Dave Roche were traded to the Flames in exchange for German Titov and Todd Hlushko. In 212 regular games with the Penguins, Wregget had a record of 104-67-21 with a 3.29 goals against average, .898 save percentage and six shutouts. His win total is third-best in franchise history. In 26 postseason games, Wregget was 13-12 with a 2.93 goals against average, .914 save percentage and one shutout.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins forward Dwight Schofield. Acquired in the 1986 offseason from the Capitals in exchange for cash, Schofield appeared in 26 games for the 1986-87 Penguins and recorded seven points. The following offseason, he signed with the Winnipeg Jets.

-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins forward Shawn Antoski. A free agent signing in the 1996 offseason, Antoski's Penguins' career amounted to 13 games and no points in 1996-97. Early int he season, Antoski and Dmitri Mironov were dealt to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in exchange for Alex Hicks and Fredrik Olausson. Antoski is one of seven former first-round picks from the 1990 draft who played for the Penguins. The others were Petr Nedved, Jaromir Jagr, Darryl Sydor, John Slaney, Drake Berehowsky and Bryan Smolinski.

-After the Jump: Mike Ribeiro wants to stay in Washington and the NCAA tournament bracket is unveiled.

Atlantic Division

-Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves for the Islanders in a 3-0 shutout of the Panthers. It was his 55th career shutout. New York snapped a three-game losing streak.

-Cool Photo of the Night: New York's Matt Carkner getting lost in the snow:

-Florida's Jacob Markstrom kept an eye on this puck:

-The Devils placed former Penguins forward Alexei Ponikarovsky ("upper body") on injured reserve and recalled forward Harri Pesonen from Albany of the AHL.

-Rangers forward and former Penguin Arron Asham returned to the lineup after missing 16 games due to a back aliment.

-After he cleared waivers, the Rangers assigned defenseman Stu Bickel to Connecticut of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Maple Leafs defenseman John-Michael Liles is dealing with a sprained ankle.

Southeast Division

-Shootout goals by captain Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom gave the Capitals a 3-2 win against the Rangers. Ovechkin and Backstrom each had a regulation goal and an assist while teammate Braden Holtby made 30 saves.

-Check out this nifty deflection goal by Ovechkin:

-New York's Henrik Lundqvist was stunned a bit after taking a shot puck to the lid:

-Bryan Little had a goal and two assists for the Jets in a 3-2 win against the Lightning. Blake Wheeler recorded two assists for Winnipeg while teammate Ondrej Pavelec made 23 saves.

-Check out this nifty little wrister in tight by Little:

-Save of the Night: It wasn't all bad for Tampa Bay. Check out this save by Tampa Bay's Cedrick Desjardins:

-"Philosophically, without being specific, there's a difference between myself and (Boucher). ... I have certain beliefs as a manager of the team what I want to see, and unless I'm prepared to go behind the bench and do it my way, I can't instruct the coach to do it the way I want it done." - Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman on firing head coach Guy Boucher.

-“I don’t want to move too much. If you can agree to a long term then I’ll be more than happy to stay here. I don’t know if I’m looking for two years and then change place then another two years. I don’t think I want that. Five years for me is long term. Two, three years I don’t think is long term. I think two, three short term. Four, five, six [is] long term and 10 years like [captain Alexander Ovechkin], that’s a marriage thing.” - Capitals forward Mike Ribeiro on his future as a pending unrestricted free agent.

-The Hurricanes recalled forward Riley Nash from Charlotte of the AHL.

Central Division

-Jimmy Howard made 34 saves for the Red Wings in a 2-1 win against the Ducks. Detroit has won four out of its past five games.

-Check out this nifty deflection goal by Detroit's Dan Cleary:

-Check out this flashy glove save by Howard on Anaheim's Sheldon Souray:

-Fight of the Night: Detroit's Jordin Tootoo versus Anaheim's Matt Beleskey:

Northwest Division

-Cory Schneider made 26 saves for the Canucks in a 3-2 win against the Avalanche. P.A. Parenteau led Colorado with a goal and an assist.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this nifty backhander in tight by Vancouver's Alex Burrows:

-Two goals by Roman Cervenka led the Flames past the Blues, 3-2. Miikka Kiprusoff made 36 saves in the victory. T.J. Oshie led St. Louis with a goal and an assist.

-Check out the placement on this wrister by Cervenka on his first goal:

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal by Oshie which led to his goal:

-The Wild recalled forward Jake Dowell and goaltender Darcy Kuemper from Houston of the AHL and assigned forward Jason Zucker and goaltender Matt Hackett to Houston.

Pacific Division

-Kings forward Jordan Nolan was fined $1,436.94 for a cross-check to Canucks captain/forward Henrik Sedin Saturday.

Smythe Division

-Former Kings/Islanders/Canucks forward Jeff Tambellini has joined MODO of Sweden's Elitserien.

-The bracket for the men's NCAA tournament has been unveiled.

-Shootout goals by Cobi Smith-Mass, Mitch Kontny, Cody Bentzel and Jeff Bergh gave the Johnstown Tomahawks a 2-1 win against the Kalamazoo Junior Wings.

(Photo: Flyers/Penguins-Vincent Pugliese/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Panthers/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Seth Wenig/Associated Press; Canucks/Avalanche-Chris Schneider/Associated Press)

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