Empty Netter Assists - 03-29-13

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "They're a pretty good team. And we dominated them." - Tomas Vokoun (above, stopping Winnipeg's Kyle Wellwood) on the Jets.

-The Winnipeg Free Press' recap. "Fortunately for us, we won’t see these guys again until the Eastern Conference Final and if that happens we’ll have a different play for them." - Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''Fifty is a big number.'' - Dan Bylsma on Vokoun recording his 50th career shutout.


-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Bright times for Vokoun:

-Winnipeg's Al Montoya kept an eye on this puck:

-Brenden Morrow showed off why he's here with this screen on Montoya:

-Evgeni Malkin being popular:

-Happy times for Pascal Dupuis and Tanner Glass:

-Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien > Morrow:

-Sidney Crosby tried to split Byfuglien and teammate Nik Antropov here:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Vokoun speaks:

-Douglas Murray speaks:

-The Iginla trade took months for the Penguins to orchestrate.

-“Getting an opportunity to play with the two best players in the world (Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin) and a team on a roll like they’re on . . . I wanted that opportunity. I’m excited about it and I really do want to win a Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh is a great organization. The firepower, the group, the chemistry they have, I look forward to just going . . . to do my best and play hard and try to help them win.” - Iginla.

-"We both like to work down low. He's not afraid to go to the tough areas, in front of the net and things like that. He's a pretty easy guy to play with." - Sidney Crosby on potentially playing on a line with Iginla.

-“We relied on the fact that we had a deal. Now, these things happen all the time, more than you know, about deals going south for whatever reason. We believed we had a deal. We operated on the premise that we had a deal. When things were silent, in my experience, when things go silent, things are usually going screwy from your end. And it was.” - Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli claiming he had a deal arranged with the Flames for Iginla (right).

“We relied on the fact that we had a deal,” said Chiarelli of scratching Bartkowski and Khokhlachev and promoting Torey Krug. “Now, these things happen all the time, more than you know, about deals going south for whatever reason. We believed we had a deal. We operated on the premise that we had a deal. When things were silent, in my experience, when things go silent, things are usually going screwy from your end. And it was.” - See more at:

-“We had a deal with Boston that we liked. We certainly felt that would have been an acceptable way for us to go as an organization. The player indicated he wanted to be with Pittsburgh, so we got a deal done with Pittsburgh.” - Flames general manager Jay Feaster.

-“I understand how important he must have been to the organization. But for me, I just have to worry about becoming a better hockey player and contribute to the organization some day and try not to deal with that pressure.I don’t necessarily think that’s healthy.” - Former Penguins prospect Ben Hanowski on being part of the Iginla trade.

-“There should be a statue out front at some point. I don’t know what they’re going to do. But he was just unbelievable for this team and what he did." - Flames executive and former forward Craig Conroy on Iginla's impact to Calgary.

-“Obviously, seeing him with another team in our conference wouldn’t be as pleasant as watching him in the East.” - Canucks forward Jannik Hansen on Iginla.

-Welcome back Evgeni Malkin from injured reserve.

-What does the Iginla trade mean to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' lineup?

-Happy 75th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Duane Rupp (right). Acquired midway through the 1968-69 season in a trade which sent  Leo Boivin to the North Stars, Rupp spent parts of five seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished 1968-69 by appearing in 30 games and recording 13 points for the Penguins. His first full season with the Penguins was 1969-70. He saw action in 64 games and scored 16 points and helped the franchise reach the postseason for the first time. He appeared in six playoff games that season and scored four points. In 1970-71, Rupp played in 59 games and scored 33 points. Rupp saw action in four postseason games that spring and failed to record a point. During 1971-72, Rupp was limited to 34 games and 22 points. He rebounded in 1972-73 by playing in 78 games and scoring 20 points. After spending all of 1973-74 with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Hershey, Rupp signed with the Vancouver Blazers of the WHA. In 265 regular season games with the Penguins, Rupp, the first defenseman in franchise history to record a hat trick, scored 104 points, 81st-most in franchise history. In 10 postseason games, he scored four points.

-Happy 62nd birthday to former Penguins forward Hartland Monahan. Acquired early in the 1977-78 season in a trade which sent a draft pick to the North Stars, Monahan's Penguins career amounted to seven games and two goals that season. In November of that season, he was traded to the Kings along with Syl Apps, Jr. in exchange for Dave Schultz, Gene Carr and a draft pick. He is currently the national director for, a Georgia-based fundraising company.

-Today would have been the 73rd birthday of former Penguins defenseman Dunc McCallum (right). Acquired in a trade along with George Konik, Paul Andrea and Frank Francis for Larry Jeffrey, McCallum spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. During the club's innagural season of 1967-68, McCallum appeared in 32 games and recorded two assists. He followed that up in 1968-69 with 62 games, 18 points and a team-leading 81 penalty minutes. During 1969-70, he was limited to 14 games and no points. He appeared in 10 postseason games that spring and recorded three points. McCallum's final season in Pittsburgh was 1970-71 and saw him play in 77 games while contributing a career-best 29 points. He was released in the 1971 offseason. He passed away in 1983 at the age of 43.

-After the Jump: Toronto's Joffrey Lupul scores on of the best goals of the season and Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk embarrasses San Jose's Logan Couture.

Atlantic Division

-Shootout goals by Brad Boyes and Josh Bailey gave the Islanders a 4-3 win against the rival Flyers. Former Penguin Colin McDonald scored two regulation goals for New York while teammate Evgeni Nabokov made 33 saves. Fire Ray Shero. Scott Hartnell led Philadelphia with two goals.

-Hartnell sent the game to overtime by scoring a power-play goal with 28.9 seconds remaining in regulation:

-Shootout goal of the Night: Check out this slicky move by Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux:

-New York's Frans Nielsen show wide here on Philadelphia's Ilya Bryzgalov:

-After defenseman Braydon Coburn left the game in the second period due to an "upper-body" injury last night, the Flyers recalled defenseman Oliver Lauridsenfrom Adirondack of the AHL.

-Philadelphia also recalled Erik Gustafsson from Adirondack.

Northeast Division

-Tyler Bozak and captain Dion Phaneuf each had a goal and two assists for the Maple Leafs in a 6-3 win against the Hurricanes. Joffrey Lupul and Nikolai Kulemin each added a goal and an assist for Toronto while teammate Phil Kessel recorded two assists. James Reimer made 19 saves in the victory.

-Check out this stretch pass by Carolina's Aleander Semin to set up captain Eric Staal on a breakaway short-handed goal:

-Goal of the Night: Check out this dazzling rush out of his own end by Lupul which led to the game-winning goal:

-Ben Bishop made 24 saves for the Senators in a 3-0 shutout of the Rangers. Chris Neil and Mika Zibanejad each recorded two assists for Ottawa.

-New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist took a chance and made out by denying Ottawa's Jim O'Brien a chance at a breakaway here:

-The Canadiens assigned defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to Hamilton of the AHL and assigned defenseman Jarred Tinordi and forward Gabriel Dumont to Hamilton.

Southeast Division

-Shootout goals by rookie Jonathan Huberdeau and Mike Santorelli gave the Panthers a 5-4 win against the Sabres. Shawn Matthias scored two regulation goals for Florida while Huberdeau added a goal and an assist. Jacob Markstrom made 36 saves in the victory. Drew Stafford led Buffalo with a goal and an assist.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Florida's Tomas Fleischmann:

-Panthers captain/defenseman Ed Jovanovski will miss the rest of the season following hip surgery.

-"You've got to let guys breathe. You've got to let them be free down there." - New Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his plans to allow the Lightning's players be more creative on offense than his predecessor, Guy Boucher.

-After taking a puck to the face during practice, Capitals captain/forward Alex Ovechkin required 22 stitches to close the wound. He later tweeted an impage of the damage:

-The Capitals re-signed minor league forward Casey Wellman to a two-year two-way contract.

Central Division

-The Blue Jackets activated James Wisniewski (foot) from injured reserve.

-The Blues assigned goaltender Brian Elliott to Peoria of the AHL for conditioning purposes.

-The Red Wings assigned defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to Grand Rapids of the AHL for conditioning purposes.

-The Predators activated forward Paul Gaustad ("upper body") from injured reserve and recalled forward Craig Smith from a conditioning assignement from Milwaukee of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Alex Burrows, Daniel Sedin and captain Henrik Sedin each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks in a 4-1 win against the Avalanche. Cory Schneider made 32 saves.

-Check out the passing which led to Burrows' goal:

-It wasn't all bad for the Avalanche. Check out the effort on this chip and chase by Colorado's P.A. Parenteau to set up Matt Duchene for a goal:

-Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov got lost int he snow here:

-Colorado's Jamie McGinn didn't have much help here on this rebound in the Vancouver crease:

-A goal and two assists by Sam Gagner led the Oilers to a 6-4 win against the Blue Jackets. Magnus Paajarvi added added a goal and an assist for Edmonton while teammate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins recorded two assists. In relieve of starter Nikolai Khabibulin, Devan Dubnyk made nine saves to record the win. Cam Atkinson had two goals and an assist for Columbus.

-Check out this rocket of a one-timer by Columbus' Cam Atikinson:

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Edmonton's Shawn Horcoff:

-Sequence of the Night: Check out this save by Dubynk which led to the game-winning goal by Ales Hemsky:

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

-Wild goaltender Josh Harding is still fighting the good fight against multiple sclerosis.

-With Iginla gone, will the Flames also try to trade defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

Pacific Division

-A goal and an assist by captain Dustin Brown led the Kings to a 4-2 win against the Blues. Jonathan Quick made 20 saves in the victory. Vladimir Tarasenko scored both of St. Louis' goals.

-Check out this save by Quick against Tarasenko:

-An absolutely meelee brokeout after Los Angeles' Justin Williams scored on an empty net:

-Everyone had issues here:

-Happy times for the Blues:

-Radim Vrbata had two goals and an assist for the Coyotes in a 7-4 win against the Predators. Rostislav Klesla recorded four assists for Phoenix while teammate Martin Hanzal added a goal and an assist. Jason LaBarbera made 34 saves in the victory. David Legwand and Gabriel Bourque each led Nashville with a goal and an assist.

-It wasn't all bad for the Predators. Check out this spinning pass by Jonathan Blum to set up Legwand for a goal:

-LaBarbera being thirsty:

-Antti Niemi made 27 saves for the Sharks in a 2-0 shutout of the Red Wings. It was his 22nd career shutout. San Jose has won three consecutive games.

-Check out this puck-handling display by Datsyuk against San Jose's Logan Couture:

-Niemi became the first goaltender in franchise history to get back to back shutouts.

(Photos: Jets/Penguins-Vincent Pugliese/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Iginla-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; Rupp and McCallum-Penguins Hockey Cards; Matt Slocum-Islanders/Flyers; Avalanche/Canucks-Rich Lam/Getty Images; Kings/Blues-Tom Gannam/Associated Press; Coyotes/Predators-Mark Humphrey)

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