Empty Netter Assists - 03-31-13

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-Sidney Crosby (above) will be sidelined indefintely following surgery for a broken jaw.

-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. Sidney Crosby suffered a mouth injury, the Penguins and Tomas Vokoun established some shutout records, the team won its 15th consecutive game .... oh yeah.... and Jarome Iginla made his debut. That's all.

-Newsday's recap. "When you don't score five-on-three, you usually lose the game." - Islanders captain/defenseman Mark Streit.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''The shutout is nice, but preserving the winning streak is even better.''- Vokoun.


-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-If you didn't see Crosby getting struck with the puck:

-Chris Kunitz's hit on New York's Josh Bailey:

-Jarome Iginla. Pittsburgh Penguin:

-Pittsburgh welcomes Iginla:

-Happy times for the Penguins:

-Brandon Sutter having a chuckle with Iginla:

-That's where "Pierre" usually stands. Don't sit near there:

-Better times for Crosby:

-New York's Evgeni Nabokov gloved this puck:

-Marc-Andre Fleury just hanging out:

-Iginla meets the press (and some creep over his left shoulder:

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Iginla speaks:

-Vokoun speaks:

-Matt Cooke speaks:

-Iginla also spoke to Hockey Night in Canada and revealed the Penguins arranged a flight for him from Chicago after he missed his connection from Calgary:

-A long winning streak in the regular season hardly guarantees success in the postseason. Just ask the 1992-93 Penguins.

-"I was a little lost as far as left wing and trying to adjust to different stuff. He was trying to make it easier on me." - Iginla on James Neal offering to switch from right wing to left wing with Iginla.

-Paul Martin will be sidelined six weeks due to a broken bone in what is believed to be a wrist injury. (PG+)

-Shootout goals by Chad Kolarik, Riley Holzapfel and Trevor Smith gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 3-2 road win against the Binghamton Senators. Kolarik had a regulation goal and an assist while teammate Jeff Zatkoff made 27 saves.

-Scott Darling made 41 saves for the Wheeling Nailers who finished their season with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Trenton Titans. Paul Crowder had a regulation goal and an assist for Wheeling while teammate Zack Torquato added two assists. The Nailers failed to qualify for the postseason and finished in 10th place of the Eastern Conference with a 31-29-3-9 record and 74 points.

-Today would've been the 75th birthday of former Penguins forward Bill Hicke. Acquired prior to the 1971-72 season from the California Golden Seals in exchange for cash, Hicke's Penguins' career amounted to 12 games and two goals that season. In November of 1971, he was traded to the Red Wings in exchange for for cash. He passed away, July 18, 2005.

-Happy 48th birthday to the best goaltender in Penguins history (for the time being):

Atlantic Division

-Ilya Bryzgalov made 34 saves for the Flyers in a 3-1 win against the Bruins. Philadelphia snapped a fourth-game losing streak.

-Happy times in Philadelphia:

-Bryzgalov couldn't stop Boston's Nathan Horton here:

-Boston's Daniel Paille got into this shot:

-The Flyers acquired defenseman Kent Huskins from the Red Wings in exchange for a conditional draft pick. Huskins, 33, has appeared in 11 games this season and has no points. He is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $750,000.

-EN Says: At this rate, the Flyers simply need a warm body at the NHL level on defense. They are dealing with numerous injuries on the blue line and Huskins gives them a better NHL option than some of the players they have recalled from the AHL.

-"There's no sense in showing desperation or making moves that you're not sure of, and we want to evaluate everything when the season's over. It's premature to even think about it. We still have a slight chance for the playoffs. We haven't given up. We're realistic. We're in a really tough spot. But we want to look at the whole thing when the season's over." - Flyers owner Ed Snider on his team's season.

-The Flyers unveiled a statue of hall-fo-famers Bobby Clark and Bernie Parent hoisting the Stanley Cup. In a surprising development, the statue did not include Rich Pilon.

-Former Rangers forward Sean Avery offered a blunt critique of Rangers coach John Tortorella via Twitter:

-Sean Avery’s comments solely represent his own thoughts and opinions. He did not speak for us as a team when he was here and certainly does not now.” - Rangers captain/forward Ryan Callahan on Avery.

-The Rangers assigned forward Kris Newbury to Connecticut of the AHL.

-The Devils assigned forward Tim Sestito to Albany of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-Carey Price made 34 saves for the Canadiens in a 3-0 shutout of the Rangers. It was the 19th shutout of his career. P.K. Subban recorded three assists for Montreal.

-Price kept an eye on this puck:

-Subban being popular:

-Happy times in Montreal:

-It was that kind of night for the Rangers bench:

-“To be honest, I thought it was a routine game for Pricey. He makes saves out there look easy but they’re not easy. That’s just Pricey, he’s one of the best goalies in the league." - Subban on Price.

-James Reimer made 31 saves for the Maple Leafs in a 4-0 shutout of the rival Senators. It was the eighth shutout of his career. Nazem Kadri had a hat trick and an assist for Toronto while teammate Joffrey Lupul added a goal and three assists.

-Kadri's hat trick:

-Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk returned to the lineup after missing three games due to a foot injury.

Southeast Division

-An overtime goal by Dmitry Kulikov gave the Panthers a 3-2 win against the Devils. Shawn Matthias scored two goals for the Panthers while teammate Jonathan Huberdeau recorded two assists. Jacob Markstrom made 24 saves in the victory. Steve Bernie scored both of New Jersey's goals.

-Check out the passing which led to this goal by Bernier:

-Matthias forced overtime by scoring a goal with 27 seconds remaining regulation:

-Kulikov's goal:

-Happy times for Kulikov:

-Alexander Semin and captain Eric Staal each had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes in a 3-1 win against the Jets. Tuomo Ruutu recorded two assists for Carolina while teammate Justin Peters made 34 saves.

-Check out this pass from Carolina's Joni Pitkanen to set up Jussi Jokine for a goal on the back door:

-Shootout goals by Matt Hendricks and captain Alex Ovechkin gave the Capitals a 4-3 win against the Sabres. Mike Green and Troy Brouwer each had a regulation goal and an assist for Washington while teammate Braden Holtby made 20 saves. Ville Leino led Buffalo with two regulation goals.

-Check out the placement on this power-play goal by Ovechkin:

-Green forced overtime by scoring a goal with 39.2 seconds remaining in regulation:

-Check out this save by Buffalo's Jhonas Enroth on Washington's Mike Ribeiro in overtime:

-A good look at Hendricks' shootout goal:

-With goaltender Michal Neuvirth dealing with a sore jaw, the Capitals recalled goaltender Philipp Grubauer from Hershey of the AHL.

-Lightning forward Nate Thompson was suspended two games by the NHL for striking Devils forward Matt D'Agostini in the head Friday.

-Fourteen years after giving up the career as a laywer, Jon Cooper finds himself as the Lightning's head coach.

-The Panthers assigned forward Greg Rallo to San Antonio of the AHL.

Central Division

-The Sabres traded former Penguins defenseman Jordan Leopold (right) to the Blues in exchange for second round and fifth round draft picks in this summer's draft. Leopold, 32, has appeared in 22 games this season and has six points (one goal, five assists). Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Leopold has a salary cap hit of $3 million.

-EN Says: The Sabres dealt a solid but somewhat underpreforming asset and got back two draft picks including a pretty high one in the second round. Buffalo gets a defenseman who is almost a poor man's Paul Martin. When he's healthy, Leopold does the right thing just about everytime. He will rarely blow you away with any individual talent but he does just about every thing well when his game is going right. This is a nice depth acquisition for St. Louis.

-St. Louis assigned goaltender Jake Allen to Peoria of the AHL.

-The Blues have notified the Peoria (Ill.) Civic Center they plan on moving their AHL affiliate, the Rivermen, out of the facility and city.

-The Blackhawks recalled forward Jeremy Morin from Rockford of the AHL.

-The Blue Jackets recalled forward Nick Drazenovic from Springfield of the AHL under emergency conditions.

-The Predators assigned forward Chris Mueller to Milwaukee of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Shootout goals by Zach Parise, captain Mikko Koivu and Matt Cullen gave the Wild a 4-3 win against the Kings. Parise had a regulation goal and an assist while Koivu recorded two assists. Niklas Backstrom made 28 saves in the victory.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Cullen:

-Check out this nasty wrister of a goal by Los Angeles' Jeff Carter (as well as the screen by teammate Jarret Stoll):

-Check out this pass by Koivu to set up Parise for a power-play goal:

-Detroit's Jonathan Quick kept an eye on this puck:

-Stretchy times for Backstrom:

-And teammate Zenon Konopka:

-Happy times in Minnesota:

-Devan Dubnyk made 23 saves for the Oilers in a 4-0 shutout of the Canucks. Edmonton's Taylor Hall recorded a hat trick in the first 7:53 of play while teammates Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jeff Petry each recorded two assists.

-Hall's hat trick:

-Check out this rocket of a goal by Edmonton's Ladislav Smid:

-It wasn't all bad for Vancouver. Check out this save by Roberto Luongo on Hall:

-How impressive was the speed of Hall's hat trick? He broke one one of Wayne Gretzky's franchise records for fastest hat trick.

-An overtime goal by Tyson Barrie gave the Avalanche a 1-0 win against the Predators. Semyon Varlamov made 34 saves in the shutout, the 11th of his career.

-Check out this save by Nashville's Pekka Rinne on Colorado's Matt Duchene:

-Barrie's goal:

-A good look at Varlamov's lid:

-And Rinne's lid:

-Rinne had to clear Colorado's Chuck Kobasew here:

-Happy times for Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog:

-The Oilers recalled forward Anton Lander from Oklahoma City of the AHL.

-The Canucks recalled forwards Nicklas Jensen and Bill Sweatt from Chicago of the AHL and assigned forwards Zack Kassian and Andrew Gordon to Chicago.

Pacific Division

-Logan Couture's shootout goal gave the Sharks a 3-2 win against the Coyotes. Joe Pavelski had a regulation goal and an assist for San Jose while teammate Antti Niemi made 27 saves in the victory.

-Happy times for the Sharks. Not so much for Phoenix coach and former Penguins forward Dave Tippett:

-Phoenix's Mikkel Boedker put everything in this shot:

-With forward Vernon Fiddler dealing with a leg injury, the Stars recalled former Penguins forward Toby Petersen from Texas of the AHL.

Smythe Division

-Hockey Night in Canada's recap from last night's game:

(Photos: Islanders/Penguins-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Bruins/Flyers and Leopold-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Rangers/Canadiens-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Devils/Panthers-J Pat Carter/Associated Press; Capitals/Sabres-Gary Wiepert/Associated Press; Kings/Wild-Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press; Predators/Avalanche-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images; Coyotes/Sharks-Tony Avelar/Associated Press and Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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