Empty Netter Assists - 04-15-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


-Is Sidney Crosby still a contender for the Hart Trophy?

-The Penguins signed undrafted goaltender Eric Hartzell (above), formerly of Quinnipiac, to a one-year entry-level contract through the end of the 2012-13 season. Hartzell, 23, appeared in 42 games this past season and had a 30-7-5 record, a 1.57 goals-against average and .933 save percentage. Leading Quinnipiac to an appearance in the NCAA championship game this past weekend at Consol Energy Center, Hartzell (6-foot4, 187 pounds), was a first-team All-American.

-A hat trick, including a goal in overtime, by Chad Kolarik gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 5-4 road win against the St. John's IceCaps. Trevor Smith added a goal and an assist for the Penguins while teammate Alex Grant recorded two assists. Brad Thiessen made 19 saves in the victory which was Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's seventh consecutive.

-Happy 48th birthday to the best power forward in franchise history:

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Micki DuPont. Acquired at the 2003 trade deadline along with Mathias Johansson in a deal which sent Shean Donovan to the Flames, Dupont's Penguins career amounted to three game and one assist with the 2006-07 team. In the 2007 offseason, he joined the Blues as a free agent. He currently plays for Kloten of the NLA in Switzerland.

-After the Jump: Winnipeg's Tobias Enstrom is dealing with a back injury and the Avalanche is officially eliminated from the postseason.

Atlantic Division

-"I usually never call my parents on a game day. I called my mom on a game day. She was surprised, too. She said, ‘What are you doing calling me?’ That didn’t work. I’ll try to think of something else for the Toronto game." - Devils forward Travis Zajac on changing his routine in superstitious hope to break the Devils' nine-game losing streak.

Northeast Division

-Jhonas Enroth made 32 saves for the Sabres in a 3-1 win against the Lightning. Tampa Bay has lost three consecutive games.

-Check out this deflection goal by Buffalo's Kevin Porter off a bad pass:

Southeast Division

-Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom is sideliend due to a suspected back injury.

-How have the Capitals managed to turn their season around after a 2-8-1 start?

-The Capitals extended their affiliation agreement with Reading of the ECHL through the 2013-14 season.

-The Lightning recalled forward J.T. Wyman from Syracuse of the AHL and assigned defenseman Mark Barberio to Syracuse.

Central Division

-Corey Crawford made 30 saves for the Blackhawks in a 2-0 shutout of the rival Blues. It was his eight career shutout.

-Check out this short-handed goal off a faceoff play by Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa:

-Fire Ray Shero.

-Photo of the Day: Chicago's Michal Handzus "offered" an upfront view of the glass to St. Louis' David Perron:

-Chicago's Dave Bolland slammed St. Louis' Vladimir Sobotka from behind here:

-Chicago forward Patrick Sharp missed the game due to an "upper-body" injury while Bolland returned to the lineup after missing four games due to a leg injury.

-Jimmy Howard made 22 saves for the Red Wings in a 3-0 shutout of the Predators. It was the 25th shutout of his career. Captain Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist for Detroit while teammate Pavel Datsyuk recorded two assists.

-Check out this bank pass off the end boards by Detroit rookie Danny DeKeyser to set up Zetterberg for a goal:

-Check out this nifty backhander in tight by Franzen:

-Detroit's Justin Abdelkader had little in the way of defense or support in scoring this empty-net goal:

-Predators forward Filip Forsberg, acquired in a trade from Washington earlier this month, made his NHL debut.

-The Red Wings assigned defenseman Brian Lashoff to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-The Avalanche was officially eliminated from postseason contention.

-The Flames assigned forwards Akim Aliu and Paul Byron to Abbotsford of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-The Kings signed forward Nick Shore, a third-round pick in 2011, to a three-year entry-level contract.

(Photos: Hartzell-Keith Srakocic/Associated Press; Blues/Blackhawks-Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Associated Press; Red Wings/Predators-Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.