Empty Netter Assists - 04-03-13

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-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. The Penguins' 15-game winning streak, the second-longest in NHL history, comes to an end.

-The Buffalo News' recap. “I’m not going to worry about it because you really don’t know. You really don’t have a say in anything. … It’s one of those things where the players are definitely just chess pieces, and the general manager is shuffling and moving them around." - Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller on potentially being traded.

-The Olean (N.Y) Times Herald's recap. “I think tonight you could say we played a full game. It was very nice to see, and I’m extremely proud of the guys. Hopefully, this is something we carry forward and keep in our pocket and know that we can play that solid game.” - Miller.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''It always [stinks] when it comes to an end. But I thought the guys did a great job throughout the streak, coming back from games and holding leads and I thought we played some very good hockey.'' - Marc-Andre Fleury.


-Cool Photo of the Night: Evgeni Malkin getting denied by Miller with a little help from Cranberry native Mike Weber:

-Douglas Murray. Pittsburgh Penguin:

-Jarome Iginla. Pittsburgh Penguin:

-A good look at Iginla's first goal with the Penguins:

-Stretchy times for Vokoun:

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Brooks Orpik speaks:

-Matt Niskanen speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-"Our organization has made a statement, gone out and gotten the guys they wanted early. [There's] not necessarily relief, but that brings a calmness." - Matt Cooke on the Penguins making trades before today's trade deadline.

-Sidney Crosby was released from the hospital.

-The Penguins did not hold a morning skate today.

-Jeff Zatkoff made 17 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 road win against the Norfolk Admirals. Chris Collins recorded two assists for the Penguins.

-Happy 31st birthday to current Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland. A free agent signing in the 2007 offseason, Engelland has spent parts of the past three seasons with the Penguins. He appeared in nine games in 2009-10 and recorded two assists while compiling 17 penalty minutes. In 2010-11, Engelland played in 63 games, scored 10 points and recorded 123 penalty minutes. During the 2011-12 campaign, Engelland set career-highs with 73 games and 17 assists. He appeared in six postseason games last spring and recorded one assist. This season, Engelland has appeared in 34 games while recording five assists and a team-leading 38 penalty minutes. In 179 career regular season games, he has scored 34 points and accumulated 234 penalty minutes.

-Happy 80th birthday to former Penguins forward Billy Dea. Claimed from the Blackhawks in the 1967 expansion draft, Dea was a member of the Penguins for the first two years of their existence. During the club's inagural season of 1967-68, he appeared in 73 games and netted 28 points. He followed that in 1968-69 by seeing action in 66 games and scoring 18 points.Prior to the 1969-70 season, Dea was traded to the Red Wings for Mike McMahon. In 139 games with the franchise, he had 46 points.

-Happy 61st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Neil Belland. A free agent signing in the 1986 offseason, Belland appeared in three games and recorded one assist for the 1986-87 Penguins. He joined Lukko Rauma in FInland the following season.

-After the Jump: More trades.

Atlantic Division

-Former Penguins prospect Matt Moulson and John Tavares each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders in a 5-2 win against the Jets. Brad Boyes and captain Mark Streit each recorded two assists for New York while teammate Kevin Poulin made 23 saves. Paul Postma scored both of Winnipeg's goals.

-Happy times for Tavares and teammate Kyle Okposo:

-Happy times for Islanders forward and former Penguin Colin McDonald:

-New York rookie Anders Lee had some issues with his mouthpiece:

-The Rangers acquired forward Ryane Clowe from the Sharks in exchange for second-round and third-round picks in 2013 and a conditional second-rounder in 2014. Clowe, 30, is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.625 million. In 28 games this season, Clowe had 11 points (0 goals, 11 assists).

-EN Says: Clowe has shown an ability to score 20 goals in the past but for a variety of reasons, he has been unable to score this season. We're not sure going to a team as offensively challenged as the Rangers will kick start his scoring. Beyond that, Clowe is a large player (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) who offers some toughness.

-With the additon of Clowe, the Rangers assigned forwards Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller, a native of East Palestine, Ohio, to Connecticut of the AHL.

-“If you had asked me over the summer. I probably would’ve said I thought I’d finish my career as a Shark. That I’d probably be a Shark for many long years. That’s how I felt. But things change.” - Clowe.

-A day after he was reacquired by the Lightning in a trade from the Hurricanes, former Penguins forward Adam Hall was claimed off waivers by the Flyers.

Northeast Division

-A goal and an assist by David Krejci led the Bruins to a 3-2 win against the Senators. Milan Lucic contributed two assists for Boston while Anton Khudobin made 45 saves in the victory.

-Hit of the Night: Boston rookie Dougie Hamilton on Ottawa's Erik Condra:

-Lucic being good people:

-A good look at Khudobin's lid:

-Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron left the game in the second period due to an undisclosed injury.

-“His career speaks for itself. He’s a strong player, protects the puck well. It’s consistent with our style in the sense that there’s a cycle element to his game. He’s good on the half-wall, really good release, shot. He’s just a real good player.” - Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli on acquiring former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr from the Stars. 

-This photo from 1998 was wildly circulated around Twitter yesterday. It features Jagr with the nephews of former Penguins teammate Dan Kesa. On the left hand side is Jagr's new Bruins teammate Milan Lucic:

-“I was 10 years old in that picture back when I was a lot better looking than I am right now. My uncle played on the Penguins, and when they played the Canucks I had a chance to go down in the dressing room and meet him. That was obviously back when he was in his absolute prime." - Lucic.

-The Canadiens acquired defenseman David Drewiske from the Kings in exchange for a fifth-round pick in this summer's draft. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $616,667, Drewiske, 28, has appeared in 20 games this season and has four points (one goal, three assists).

-EN Says: The Canadiens have had some trouble in recent weeks filling out their bottom pairing on defense and Drewiske should address that. He offers some size (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) and offers a stay at home game. For the Kings, after the acquisition of Robyn Regehr, Drewiske was somewhat expendable.

-Montreal assigned defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to Hamilton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Captain Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist for the Capitals in a 5-3 win against the Hurricanes. Mike Green scored two goals for Washington while teammate Nicklas Backstrom recorded four assists. Braden Holtby made 31 saves in the victory. Jiri Tlusty recorded a hat trick for Carolina.

-Hit of the Night: Ovechkin on Carolina's Jeff Skinner:

-Tlusty's hat trick:

-Check out this rocket of a wrister by Ovechkin:

-Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen will miss the rest of the season due to a broken calcaneus (heel) bone he suffered last night. Pitkanen was injured when he was racing for an iced puck in his own own zone against Washington forward Troy Brouwer:

-EN Says: Yet another reason to introduce some form of a hybrid icing rule.

-A shootout goal by Peter Mueller gave the Panthers a 3-2 win against the Lightning. T.J. Brennan recorded two assists for Florida while teammate Jacob Markstrom made 39 saves in the victory. Teddy Purcell had two assists for Tampa Bay. Hall has appeared in 26 games this season and has recorded four assists. In 13 games this season, Bergeron has five points (one goal, four assists).

-Florida's George Parros and Tampa Bay's Radko Gudas had issues:

-The Panthers recalled forward Greg Rallo from San Antonio of the AHL.

-As mentioned before, the Lightning reacquired former Penguins forward Adam Hall from the Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron and a seventh-round pick in 2013. Tampa Bay lost Hall on waivers last month then lost him on waivers to the Flyers today.

-The Capitals signed defenseman Jack Hillen to a two-year contract extension worth a total of $1.4 million. Currently on a one-year deal with a salary cap hit of $650,000, his new deal will be worth $700,000. Hillen, 27, has appeared in 11 games this season and has one assist.

-With defenseman John Erskine ("upper body") returning from injured reserve, the Capitals assigned defensemen Dmitry Orlov and Tomas Kundratek to Hershey of the AHL.

-The Capitals signed undrafted Nate Schmidt, formerly of the University of Minnesota, to a two-year entry-level contract.

-The Jets signed defenseman Jacob Trouba, a first-round pick in last year's draft, to an entry-level contract. Terms were not revealed.

Central Division

-Patric Hornqvist and David Legwand each had a goal and an assist for the Predators in a 3-2 win against the Avalanche. Rookie Taylor Beck recorded two assists for Nashville while teammate Pekka Rinne made 25 saves in the victory.

-It wasn't all bad for Colorado. Check out the speed by Matt Duchene on this goal:

-A day after recalling him, the Predators assigned forward Chris Mueller to Milwaukee of the AHL.

-“He’s a minute-muncher, he’s a guy that’s got great mobility, he’s hard to play against because he’s mobile, he’s got a long stick and he knows how to defend. I’ve had Jay in international play where he’s been a really, really good player at high level games. He’s going to be a good addition for us, a real good addition.” - Blues coach Ken Hitchcock on adding defenseman Jay Bouwmeester on a trade from Calgary.

-The Blues placed forward T.J. Oshie (foot) on injured reserve and recalled forward Adam Cracknell and goaltender Jake Allen from Peoria of the AHL.

-The Blackhawks assigned forwards Jeremy Morin and Jimmy Hayes to Rockford of the AHL.

-The Blue Jackets signed former Penguins forward Mark Letestu (right) to a two-year contract extension worth a total of $2.5 million. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $625,000, Letestu's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.25 million. In 34 game this season, Letestu has 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists).

-EN Says: Letestu has found a home in Columbus after becoming a spare part in Pittsburgh. He offers a pretty diverse game and can play on any line. A crafty player in the faceoff circle and in shootouts, Letestu has earned a regular NHL gig in Columbus.

Northwest Division

-The Canucks signed forward Chris Higgins to a four-year contract extension worth a total of $10 million. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.9 million, Higgins' new deal will have a salary cap hit of $2.5 million. Higgins, 29, has appeared in 35 games this season and has 14 points (nine goals, five assists).

-EN Says: Higgins has been a fairly consistent two-way player who has been a big part of Vancouver's penalty kill the past few seasons. This is a fair contract for someone who has been a big part of the Canucks' recent success.

-With forward Matt Cullen dealing with a "lower-body" injury, the Wild recalled forward Johan Larsson from Houston of the AHL.

-The Wild signed forward Tyler Graovac, a seventh-round pick in 2011, to an entry-level deal. Terms were not disclosed.

Pacific Division

-Keith Yandle scored two goals for the Coyotes in a 3-1 win against the Kings. Kyle Chipchura and Raff Torres each recorded two assists for Phoenix. Jason LaBarbera made 39 saves in the victory.

-“It’s kind of cool. I grew up watching Jaromir play. He’s an amazing player. To be part of that deal is pretty cool.” - Stars forward Lane MacDermid on being part of the trade package the Bruins sent to the Stars for Jagr (right).

-The Stars acquired minor league defenseman Cameron Gaunce from the Avalanche in exchange for minor league forward Tomas Vincour.

-Dallas recalled forwards Tom Wandell, Matt Fraser, Colton Sceviour and Alex Chiasson from Teas of the AHL and assigned forwards Reilly Smith, Francis Wathier and defenseman Kevin Connauton to Texas.

-The Sharks signed forwards Matt Nieto and Chris Tierney, second-round picks in 2012, Chris Crane, a seventh-round pick in 2009, and undrafted forward Danill Tarasov to entry-level contracts. Terms were not disclosed.

“It’s kind of cool,” MacDermid said of being dealt for Jagr. “I grew up watching Jaromir play. He’s an amazing player. To be part of that deal is pretty cool.” - See more at:
Patrick Division

-Two teams from the ECAC, Quinnipiac and Yale, are in the Frozen Four.

(Photos: Sabres/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Islanders/Jets-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Panthers/Jets-Mike Carlson/Associated Press; Senators/Bruins-Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; Letestu-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Jagr-Harry How/Getty Images)

“His career speaks for itself,” the Bruins GM said of 41-year-old right wing Jaromir Jagr. “He’s a strong player, protects the puck well. It’s consistent with our style in the sense that there’s a cycle element to his game. He’s good on the half-wall, really good release, shot. He’s just a real good player.” - See more at:

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