Empty Netter Assists - 04-07-13

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-The NHL will not discipline Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto after his right elbow injured the Penguins' James Neal (right) Friday.

-"Like I said, obviously it really wasn't intentional; unfortunately there was an injury. I know him from home. He's a friend of mine. I feel terrible about it. It's a quick game and things happen fast out there." - Del Zotto.

-EN Says: The NHL has yet to offer an explanation as to why there is no discipline. In the absence of that, we can only surmized the league felt this was a "hockey play" which had an unfortunate ending. That said, Del Zotto's elbow clearly made contact with Neal's head. Regardless of intent, the lack of discipline for this play is staggering. At the very least, it deserved a fine as a reckless play.

-The Penguins recalled Beau Bennett from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. (PG+)

-Sidney Crosby. Still has a broken jaw.

-"We're not giving him as heavy a load as we were before. I really believe it's going to pay in the long run." - Goaltending coach Gilles Meloche on Marc-Andre Fleury.

-After adding quite a few players at the trade deadline, how does Ray Shero tackle free agency this upcoming offseason?

-Quite a few of the Penguins went the college route to reach the NHL.

-During last night's Flames-Canucks game, Vancouver's infamouse Green Men displayed some high hopes for Jarome Iginla's time in Pittsburgh:

Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff made 11 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-0 home shutout of the Albany Devils. Alex Grant had a goal and an assist for the Penguins while teammate Paul Thompson recorded two assists. Bennett was a healthy scratch.


-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins signed forward Chris Barton and goaltender Scott Darling to professional tryout agreements and defenseman Harrison Ruopp and goaltender Matt Murray to amateur tryout agreements.

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jim Paek (right). The first Korean-born player in NHL history, Paek was a ninth-round pick of the Penguins in 1985 and spent parts of four seasons with the club. After appearing in three regular season games and failing to score a point in 1990-91, Paek saw action in eight postseason contests that spring and scored one goal while helping the franchise win the Stanley Cup for the first time. He followed that up in 1991-92 by playing in 49 games and collecting eight points. He would play in 19 playoff games that spring and collected four assists while also earning his second Stanley Cup ring. During 1992-93, Paek set career highs in games (77) and points (18) while helping the Penguins claim the only Presidents Trophy in franchise history. After 41 games and four points in 1993-94, Paek and Marty McSorely were traded to the Kings in exchange for Tomas Sandstrom and Shawn McEachern. In 170 regular season games with the Penguins, Paek scored 30 points. In 27 postseason games, he scored five points. He is currently an assistant coach with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL.

-Happy 55th birthday to former Penguins forward Ted Nolan. Acquired in the 1985 offseason from the Sabres in exchange for cash, Nolan appeared in 18 games for the 1985-86 Penguins and recorded two points. He was released in the 1986 offseason. A former coach with the Sabres and Islanders, Nolan is currently the coach of Latvia's national team.

-Happy 34th birthday to current Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis (right). Acquired at the 2008 trade deadline along with Marian Hossa in a deal which sent Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito and a draft pick to the Thrashers, Dupuis has spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2007-08 by appearing 16 games and scoring 12 points for the Penguins. During the 2008 postseason, he appeared in 20 games, contributed seven points and helped the team reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 16 years. In 2008-09, Dupuis saw action in 71 games and recorded 28 points. He would appear in 16 postseason games that spring and had a point in helping the franchise claim its third Stanley Cup championship. During 2009-10, Dupuis played in 81 games and contributed 38 points. He would play in 13 games during the 2010 postseason and scored eight point, including the series clinching overtime goal of a 4-3 win against the Senators in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series (below). In 2010-11, Dupuis has appeared in 81 games and scored 37 points. He saw action in seven postseason games last spring and scored one goal. Last season, Dupuis appeared in all 81 games and has set career highs in goals (24) and points (58). During last spring's postseason, he played in six games and scored six points. This season, Dupuis has played in 39 games and has 28 points. In 370 regular season games with the Penguins, "Duper" has scored 202 points, 38th-most in franchise history. In 62 postseason games, he has scored 22 points.

-After the Jump: Alex Ovechkin keeps scoring.

Atlantic Division

-Rick Nash and Derek Stepan each had a goal and an assist for the Rangers in a 4-1 win against the Hurricanes. Henrik Lundqvist made an impressiv 48 saves in the victory.

-Carolina's Eric Staal had to battle Del Zotto for this puck:

-Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu > New York's Darroll Powe:

-New York's Carl Hagelin had to leap over Ruutu while chasing this puck:

-A goal and an assist by Josh Bailey led the Islanders to a 4-2 win against the Lightning. Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves in the victory. Matt Carle let Tampa Bay with a goal and an assist.

-Check out the placement of this shot by New York's Michael Grabner:

-New York's Andrew MacDonald scored an empty-net goal from his own zone while falling to his knees:

-It wasn't all bad for the Lightning. Check out this blind backhanded pass from behind the net by captain Vincent Lecavalier to set up Richard Panik for a goal:

-Acquired in a trade last week, Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop still has a Senators logo on his lid:

-New York's Kyle Okposo was not welcome in the Tampa Bay crease:

-Islanders forward and former Penguins prospect Matt Moulson had his consecutive games streaks snapped at 284 due to an illness.

-Shattuck-St. Mary's goaltender Jeremy Brodeur, son of Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, was selected by the Oshawa Generals in the eighth round of the OHL's draft.

-Forward Patrick Elias is one of the few members of the Devils who played with former Penguins forward Steve Sullivan during his first stint with the New Jersey organization.

-Flyers defenseman Andreas Lilja, currently assigned to Adirondack of the AHL, has signed a contract with Rögle of Sweden's Allsvenskan league. He will finish this season with the Flyers before joining Rögle.

Northeast Division

-James Reimer made 27 saves for the Maple Leafs in a 2-1 win against the Devils. New Jersey has lost six consecutive games.

-Maple Leafs coach and former Penguins captain Randy Carlyle appeared to slap Toronto's Nazem Kadri:

-New Jersey's Adam Henrique took a tumble while battling with Toronto's Phil Kessel:

-Carey Price made 26 saves for the Canadiens in a 2-1 win against the rival Bruins. P.K. Subban recorded two assists for Montreal.

-Check out this re-direction goal by Montreal's Michael Ryder:

-Price kept an eye on this puck:

-With defensmen Alexei Emelin suffering a suspected knee injury, the Canadiens recalled defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from Hamilton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-Evander Kane and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist for the Jets in a 4-1 win against the Flyers. Blake Wheeler recorded two assists for Winnipeg while teammate Ondrej Pavelec made 30 saves.

-Check out the placement ont his shot by Little:

-Winnipeg's Mark Stuart needed some repairs on the bench:

-"This guy ... all he does is give up goals and talk about is outerspace..."

-A hat trick and an assist by captain Alex Ovechkin led the Capitals to a 4-3 win against the Panthers. Mike Ribeiro collected a goal and an assist for Washington while teammate Nicklas Backstrom recorded three assists. Braden Holtby made 27 saves in the victory. Tomas Kopecky scored two goals for Florida.

-Check out this slick glove save by Florida's  Jacob Markstrom on Washington's Mathieu Perreault:

-Ovechkin's hat trick:

-Florida's Brian Campbell and Washington's Troy Brouwer, former teammates in Chicago, had a chat before the game:

-Ovechkin has 13 goals in his past 11 games.

-Capitals forward Martin Erat left the game in the first period when he suffered a "lower-body" injury when he was hit from behind into the boards by Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson. The hit in question:

-With Drew Shore dealing with a wrist injury, the Panthers recalled forward Scott Timmins from San Antonio of the AHL.

-The Hurricanes recalled forward Zac Dalpe from Charlotte of the AHL.

-The Jets signed undrafted goaltender Juho Olkinuora, formerly of the University of Denver, to an entry-level contract. Terms were not reported.

Central Division

-Ray Emery made 30 saves for the Blackhawks in a 1-0 shutout of the Predators. It was the 13th shutout of his career.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Nashville's Patric Hornqvist went all out to deny Chicago's Michael Frolik an empty-net goal:

-The Red Wings recalled forward Riley Sheahan from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-The Predators recalled forward Austin Watson from Milwaukee of the AHL under emergency conditions and assigned defenseman Ryan Ellis to Milwaukee.

Northwest Division

-Captain Henrik Sedin had a goal and two assists for the Canucks in a 5-2 win against the rival Flames. Daniel Sedin recorded three assists for Vancouver while teammate Alex Burrows added a goal and an assist. Cory Schneider made 36 saves in the victory. Matt Stajan collected two assists for Vancouver.

-Check out the placement on this shot by Calgary's Dennis Wideman:

-Check out this nifty little backhanded goal by Calgary's Alex Tanguay:

-A good look at Schneider's lid:

-Calgary's Tim Jackman and Vancouver's Zack Kassian had issues (and a captive audience):

-Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff stretched out but couldn't prevent this goal:

-The Flames recalled forwards Sven Baertschi and Max Reinhart from Abbotsford of the AHL.

-The Oilers signed forward Kale Kessy to a three-year entry-level contract. A fourth-round pick in 2011 by the Coyotes, his signing rights were acquired by the Oilers in a trade last month.

-The Wild signed forward Erik Haula, a seventh-round pick in 2009, to a two-year entry-level contract.

Pacific Division

-A goal and an assist by Jeff Carter led the Kings to a 4-1 win against the Oilers. Jonathan Quick made 23 saves in the victory.

-Los Angeles' Drew Doughty put something extra on this shot:

-Mike Smith made 24 saves for the Coyotes in a 4-0 shutout of the Avalanche. It was the 24th shutout of his career. Captain Shane Doan and Martin Hanzal each had a goal and an assist for Phoenix while teammates Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Radim Vrbata each collected two assists for Phoenix.

-Smith got angry after this save and threw the stick of Colorado's Cody McLeod:

-Check out the passing which led to Doan's goal:

-Smith is hoping to get a long-term contract from the Coyotes.

-The Coyotes recalled forward Alexandre Bolduc and defenseman David Rundblad from Portland of the AHL on an emergency basis.

-The Ducks signed defenseman Andrew O’Brien, a fourth-round pick in 2012, to a three-year entry-level contract.

(Photos: Neal-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Paek-Penguins Hockey Cards; Dupuis and Lightning/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Rangers/Hurricanes-Grant Halverson/Getty Images; Bruins/Canadiens-Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press; Maple Leafs/Devils-Bill Kostroun/Associated Press; Flyers/Jets-Marianne Helm/Getty Images; Capitals/Panthers-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Flames/Canucks-Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press and Derek Leung/Getty Images; Oilers/Kings-Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

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