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Empty Netter Assists - 03-28-13

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Penguins

-Welcome to Pittsburgh Jarome Iginla.

-Several media outlets, including the normally reliable TSN, initally reported that Iginla was headed to Boston.

-“He’s been such a presence on this team, for this city, this organization, for so long. He’s such a dominant player. A guy who is in the lineup all the time, not missing any games. It will be different, for sure, without him.” - Flames forward Mike Cammalleri on Iginla.

-What did the Penguins give up in Kenny Agostino and Ben Hanowski?

-Flames general manager Jay Feaster speaks:

-New Penguins defnseman Douglas Murray was a fan of fellow rough-and-tumble Swede Ulf Samuelsson.

-Kris Letang was placed on injured reserve due to a "lower-body" injury while Simon Despres was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Robert Bortuzzo was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a conditioning assignment.

-Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said he is working on having "forensic doctors" prove Matt Cooke intentionally injured Erik Karlsson's Achilles tendon Feb. 13.

-A chat with Ray Shero and Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk on how they swung their other trade two years ago.

-"It's nice to know management believes in us and is willing to try and do more to get us over the hump. [Sidney Crosby] has taken the bull by the horns. He drives his line and he makes us tough to play against. I came here to win a Stanley Cup. That's what we're all here for." - Tanner Glass.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Douglas Murray speaks:

-How vital have “capologists” become to NHL teams?

-Chad Kolarik had a goal and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-2 win against the Binghamton Senators. Riley Holzapfel recorded two assists for the Penguins while teammate Jeff Zatkoff made 28 saves.

-Highlights:

-Two goal by Paul Crowder led the Wheeling Nailers to a 6-2 win against Elmira Jackals. Cam Fergus added a goal and an assist for Wheeling while teammate Matt Germain collected a goal and an assist. Scott Darling made 28 saves in the victory.

-Happy 60th birthday to former Penguins defensemn Dennis Owchar. A second-round pick in 1973, Owchar spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1974-75, Owchar appeared in 46 games and scored 17 points. In six postseason games that spring, he recorded one assist. He followed that up in 1975-76 by playing in 54 games and once again netting 17 points. He saw action in two postseason games that season and failed to record a point. In 1976-77, Owchar played in 46 games and accumulated 23 points. After 22 games and 10 points in 1977-78, Owchar was traded to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Tom Edur. In 168 regular season games with the Penguins, Owchar recorded 67 points. In eight postseason games, he recorded one assist.

-After the Jump: The Canadiens win a wild game against the Bruins and Mike Yeo's Wild wins a seventh consecutive game.

Atlantic Division

-Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros is expected to be sidelined indefinitely after re-injuring his left shoulder.

Northeast Division

-A shootout goal by rookie Brenden Gallagher gave the Canadiens a wild 6-5 comeback win against the rival Bruins. Michael Ryder scored two regulation goals for Montreal while teammate P.K. Subban added a regulation goal and an assist. Peter Budaj recorded the win by making 14 saves. Patrice Bergeron collected a goal and three assists for Montreal.

-Check out this slick backhander from Boston's Tyler Seguin:

-A goal by Montreal's Andrei Markov tied the game with 8.2 seconds remaining in regulation:

-Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask had a less than graceful reaction to Gallagher's goal:

-Happy times for the Canadiens. Not so much for Boston's Dennis Seidenberg:

-Boston captain Zdeno Chara didn't react well to Greg Kimmerly pointing to the southwest when explaining where Iginla went:

-We think.

-Boston claimed forward Kaspars Daugavins off waivers from the Senators.

-The Bruins recalled defenseman Torey Krug from Providence of the AHL.

-Sabres forward Thomas Vanek is dealing with an "upper-body" ailment.

-“It’s fun to play when you feel you can win battles, you’re strong on the puck, and that’s what it’s all about to me. Meeting all the challenges in every shift in a game — I try to be good defensively, try to be good offensively." - Senators captain/forward Daniel Alfredsson on playing after turning 40.

Southeast Division

-Hurricanes forwards Jussi Jokinen and Tim Wallace cleared waivers. Wallace, a former Penguin, was assigned to Charlotte of the AHL.

-"Until the final buzzer goes in the last game of the season, I'm coming to make the playoffs." - New Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his approach while joining the team late in the season.

Central Division

-Red Wings forward and former Penguin Mikael Samuelsson is on the verge of returning from a broken finger which has sidelined him since Feb. 17.

Northwest Division

-An overtime goal and an assist by captain Mikko Koivu gave the Wild a 4-3 comeback win against the Coyotes. Niklas Backstrom made 24 saves for Minnesota which has won seven consecutive games. Boyd Gordon and Rob Klinkhammer each contributed a goal and an assist for Phoenix.

-Ugly Goal of the Night: Minnesota's Matt Cullen got a score here after stealing a pass from Phoenix's goaltender Jason LaBarbera:

-Goal of the Night: Check out the effort by Klinkhammer on this goal:

-Minnesota's Ryan Suter tied the game with 54.3 seconds remaining in regulation:

-Koivu's goal:

-Scare of the Night: Coyotes forward and former Penguin Steve Sullivan took a skate to the face from Minnesota's Charlie Coyle:

-Sullivan returned to the game.

-Happy times in Minnesota:

-LaBarbera had issues with this puck:

-Minnesota's Justin Falk > Phoenix's David Moss:

-Mike Cammalleri scored two goals for the Flames in a 4-3 win against the Avalanche. Joey MacDonald made 27 saves in the victory. Ryan O'Reilly led Colorado with a goal and an assist.

-Check out this rocket of a power-play goal by Cammaller:

-Fight of the Night: Colorado's Patrick Bordeleau versus Calgary's Brian McGrattan:

Pacific Division

-Antti Niemi made 22 saves for the Sharks in a 4-0 shutout of the Ducks. Tommy Wingels collected a goal and an assist for San Jose while teammate Logan Couture recorded two assists.

-Check out the placement on this shot which led to a short-handed goal for Wingels:

-The Stars recalled forward Reilly Smith from Texas of the AHL.

-Dallas is talking contract extension with former Penguins captain/forward Jaromir Jagr.

(Photos: Iginla-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; Canadiens/Bruins-Michael Dwyer/Associated Press and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; Coyotes/Wild-Hannah Foslien/Getty Images and Genevieve Ross/Associated Press)

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