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Empty Netter Assists - 03-26-13

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Penguins

-Welcome to Pittsburgh Douglas Murray (above).

-"San Jose has become home for me and I'm leaving with an empty feeling with the teams we had here not getting it done. But it's extremely exciting going to Pittsburgh, going to the best team in the league already. They always have some great players and I'm just excited to get there,Advertisementget used to the team and take a run at the Stanley Cup." - Murray.

-"As far as a loss, he’s not only a good teammate and good friend, he had a lot of heart,” Boyle said. “I think everyone talks about his physical play, but he had a huge heart. He always worked his ass off out there, which I appreciated. Guys in the East, forwards in the East, if they don’t know who he is they’re going to know shortly. He’s got to be possibly the hardest hitter in the game, I would think.” - Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle on Murray.

-Brenden Morrow said good-bye to Dallas through Twitter:

-And hello to Pittsburgh:

-The last time the Penguins played the Canadiens, they started a 12-game winning streak.

-The Penguins increased their season ticket prices by an average of four percent for the 2013-14 season.

-Brenden Morrow speaks:

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Ray Shero speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-James Neal speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-"I definitely struggled the first half of the season trying to find my place and find positives in what I was doing. They nitpicked my game so hard in the defensive zone that I had to change a lot of things. I did that and after the halfway point of the season I’ve played with more confidence and it’s been a steady uphill climb from there. It’s been going good.” - Joe Morrow on his first professional season in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-"I’d say the details of his game are important. As a young guy, that’s what he’s got to learn. The details make the difference. Stick in the air versus a stick on puck is the difference between a turnover and not.” - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach John Hynes on Joe Morrow.

-What will the trades mean to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lineup?

-Stars general manager Joe Niewendyk discusses the Morrows:

-Benstonium did an amazing job at taking the highlights from Sunday's Penguins-Flyers game and turning them into an NHL '94 video:

-You have to love the KBL logo.

-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson. Acquired from the Whalers along with Ron Francis and Grant Jennings at the 1991 trade deadline in a deal which sent John Cullen, Jeff Parker and Zarley Zalapski to Hartford, Samuelsson spent parts of five seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished 1990-91 by appearing in 14 games, scored five points and recorded 37 penalty minutes. In 20 postseason games that spring, he scored five points includling the Cup-clinching goal in an 8-0 win at Minnesota in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final, May 25, 1991. His first full season with the Penguins was 1991-92. In 62 games, he scored 15 points and accumulated 206 penalty minutes. He saw action in 21 postseason games that spring and scored seven points while helping the franchise win its second Stanley Cup title. During 1992-93, Samuelsson appeared in 77 games, scored 29 points and recorded a career-high 249 penalty minutes. In 12 postseason games that spring, he scored six points. In 1993-94, Samuelsson saw action in 80 games, netted 29 points and recorded 199 penalty minutes. He played in six playoff games that season and recorded one assist. During the lockout-shortened 1994-95 campaign, Samuelsson appeared in 44 games and netted 16 points. In seven postseason games that spring, he recorded two assists. During the 1995 offseason, Samuelsson and Luc Robitaille were traded to the Rangers in exchange for Petr Nedved and Sergei Zubov. One of the most physical and popular players in franchise history, Samuelsson appeared in 277 regular season games with the Penguins and scored 94 points, 91st-most in franchise history and recorded 804 penalty minutes, eighth-most. In 66 postseason games, he scored 16 points. Currently the head coach of Modo in Sweden's Elitserien, his son, Philip Samuelsson, is a defensive prospect with the Penguins.

-After the Jump: Philadelphia's Daniel Briere suffers a concussion and Carolina's Alexander Semin gets paid.

Atlantic Division

-With forward Daniel Briere sidelined indefinitely due to a concussion, the Flyers recalled forward Tye McGinn from Adirondack of the AHL.

-The Rangers have agreed to terms to re-sign forward Mats Zuccarello.

-Devils captain/defenseman Bryce Salvador ("upper body") and forward Stephen Gionta ("lower body") left last night's game against the Senators due to injuries.

Northeast Division

-Shootout goals by Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron gave the Maple Leafs a 3-2 win against the Bruins. Tuukka Rask made 23 saves in the victory.

-Check out this slick pass by Toronto's Jake Gardiner which led to a power play goal by Joffrey Lupul:

-Check out this pass by Toronto's Nazem Kadri to spring Nikolai Kulemin for a breakaway:

-Check out this impressive drive to the net by Boston's Milan Lucic:

-Check out this sick backhander in regulation by Bergeron:

-Rask being popular:

-Happy times for the Bruins. Not so much for Toronto's Clarke MacArthur:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Kulemin versus Boston's Tuukka Rask:

-Toronto's Reimer had issues with this puck:

-Shootout goals by captain/forward Daniel Alfredsson and rookie Mika Zibanejad gave the Senators a 3-2 win against the Devils. Ben Bishop made 32 saves in the victory.

-Check out the effort by New Jersey's Marek Zidlicky to fend off a few defenders and score a goal:

-Could Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (Achilles tendon) return to the lineup by the playoffs?

-The Senators signed undrafted free agent forward Buddy Robinson, former Lake Superior State, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is expected to miss the rest of the regular season due to a shoulder injury.

-The Maple Leafs recalled defenseman Jesse Blacker from Toronto of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-The Lightning promoted Jon Cooper from head coach of its AHL affiliate in Syracuse to head coach at the NHL level. He becomes the ninth head coach in franchise history.

-The Hurricanes signed forward Alexander Semin (right) to a five-year contract extension worth a total of $35 million. Currently in a one-year deal with a salary cap hit of $7 millon, Semin's new deal will have an identical cap hit. In 30 games this season, Semin, 29, has scored 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists).

-EN Says: Semin has been a revelation this season. Teamed up on the top line with captain Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty, Semin has turned his floundering career and has become a point-per-game scoring threat. That said, there have been questions about his motivation throughout his career. It's one thing to be playing for a new contract as he has been throughout this season. It's another thing to have the security of a long-term as he now has. Will he stay motivated?

-The Hurricanes placed goaltender Dan Ellis (leg) and defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti ("upper body") on injured reserve and recalled goaltender John Muse from Charlotte of the AHL.

-Capitals captain/forward Alex Ovechkin wants his team to keep pending unrestricted free agent forward Mike Ribeiro.

-“Right now I’m scoring goals and I’m the king of the world. A couple weeks ago I was almost on the toilet. You just forgot to flush me.” - Ovechkin using a color phrase to describe his recent success.

Central Division

-Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings in a 3-2 win against the Coyotes. Niklas Kronwall recorded two assists for Detroit while teammate Jonas Gustavsson made 28 saves.

-Check out this fake shot and pass by Kronwall to set up Johan Franzen in the slot:

-A good look at a goal by Detroit's Damien Brunner:

-A good look at Gustavsson's lid:

-Phoenix's Rob Klinkhammer being popular:

-A goal and an assist by Sergei Kostitsyn led the Predators to a 3-2 win against the Oilers. Martin Erat recorded two assists for Nashville. Pekka Rinne made 24 saves for Nashville.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this dish from Nashville's Mike Fisher to set up Kostitsyn:

-Check out this pass from Nashville's Brandon Yip to set up Chris Mueller for a goal:

-Rinne got low in his stance here:

-Edmonton's Jeff Petry kicked up some ice while being defended by Nashville's Roman Josi:

-The Predators activated forward Patric Hornqvist ("upper body") from injured reserve and assigned defenseman Ryan Ellis to Milwaukee of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Zach Parise had two goals and an assist for the Wild in a 7-4 win against the Stars. Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Kyle Brodziak, Matt Cullen and captain Mikko Koivu each collected a goal and an assist for Minnesota while teammates Jared Spurgeon and Clayton Stoner each recorded two assists. Niklas Backstrom made 22 saves in the victory. Loui Eriksson and Derek Roy each led Dallas with two assists.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this steal by Dallas' Derek Roy which led to a feed for former Penguins defenseman Alex Goligoski's first goal of the season:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-The Wild extended a franchise-best winning streak to six game and snapped a 16-game losing streak in Dallas.

-With forward Paul Stastny (foot) and defenseman Ryan Wilson (ankle) injured, the Avalanche recalled defenseman Tyson Barrie from Lake Erie of the AHL.

-The Avalanche assigned defenseman Stefan Elliott to Lake Erie.

-The Oilers assigned forward Teemu Hartikainen to Oklahoma City of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Brent Burns, Martin Havlat and Joe Pavelski each had a goal and an assist for the Sharks in a 5-3 win against the rival Ducks. Antti Niemi made 24 saves for San Jose. Corey Perry led Anaheim with a goal and an assist.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Burns:

-Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist for the Kings in a 5-4 win against the Blackhawks. Jonathan Quick made 31 saves in the victory. Michael Frolik led Chicago with two goals and and an assist.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar:

-Fight of the Night: Chicago's Brandon Bollig versus Los Angeles' Jordan Nolan:

-Goal of the Night: Check out this re-direction goal by Frolik:

-Check out the patience by Chicago's Patrick Kane on this goal:

-Los Angeles' Dwight King scored with half a second remaining in the second period:

-Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown scored the game-winning goal with 1:27 left in regulation:

-With the Kings visiting the White House today, Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter plans on hitting up President Barack Obama about a proposed oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

-With Brenden Morrow gone, who will be the Stars' next captain?

-The Stars activated defenseman Aaron Rome (foot) from injured reserve.

-Forward Radek Dvorak cleared waivers and officially joined the Ducks.

Adams Division

-Robert Morris prepares for the Frozen Four.

(Photos: Murray-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images; Samuelsson-Penguins Hockey Cards; Maple Leafs/Bruins-Winslow Townson/Associated Press and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; Semin-Grant Halverson/Getty Images; Red Wings/Coyotes-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Oilers/Predators-Mark Humphrey; Associated Press)

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