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Bruins - Red Wings preview - 04-18-14

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Bruins vs. Red Wings

Bruins Leading Regular Season Scorer: David Krejci (right), 69 points (19 goals, 50 assists).

Red Wings Leading Regular Season Scorer: David Legwand, 51 points (14 goals, 37 assists).

Bruins Expected Starting Goaltender: Tuukka Rask, 26-15-6, 2.04 GAA, .930 SV%.

Red Wings Expected Starting Goaltender: Jimmy Howard, 21-19-11, 2.66 GAA, .910 SV%.

Bruins Regular Season Statistics

Red Wings Regular Season Statistics

Bruins Injuries: Center Patrice Bergeron (undisclosed) is probable. Defenseman Matt Bartkowski (undisclosed) is questionable. Center Chris Kelly (back) and left winger Daniel Paille (head) are questionable. Defensemen Adam McQuaid (quadriceps), Dennis Seidenberg (knee) and center Marc Savard (concussion) is on injured reserve.

Red Wings Injuries: Right winger Dan Cleary (knee) and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (finger) are out. Right winger Mikael Samuelsson (undisclosed), center Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) and left winger Henrik Zetterberg (back) are on injured reserve.

Bruins with Stanley Cup bling: Patrice Bergeron, C; Johnny Boychuk, D; Gregory Campbell, C; Zdeno Chara, D; Chris Kelly, C; David Krejci, C; Milan Lucic, LW; Brad Marchand, LW; Adam McQuaid, D; Daniel Paille, LW; Tuukka Rask, G; Marc Savard, C; Dennis Seidenberg, D; Shawn Thornton .

Red Wings with Stanley Cup bling: Dan Cleary, RW; Pavel Datsyuk, C; Jonathan Ericsson, D; Johan Franzen, RW; Darren Helm, C; Niklas Kronwall, D; Drew Miller, LW; Mikael Samuelsson, RW; Henrik Zetterberg, LW.

Something worthwhile about the Bruins: The Bruins won 41 games this past regular season when the scored the first goal of the game, most in the league.

Something worthwhile about the Red Wings: The Red Wings went 3-1-0 against the Bruins this past regular season.

Something useless about the Bruins that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins center Derek Sanderson holds the Bruins' record for career postseason short-handed goals with three.

Something useless about the Red Wings that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins right winger Andy Bathgate holds the Red Wings' record for most power-play goals in on series. He scored five in six games against the Blackhawks in a 1966 semifinal series.

Former Penguins on the Bruins: Jarome Iginla, RW; Chad Johnson, G (Johnson is a former Penguins prospect who never played for the organization); Corey Potter, D.

Former Penguins on the Red Wings: Mikael Samuelsson, RW; Tyler Wright, director of amateur scouting.

Who needs to be the difference for the Bruins: Zdeno Chara, Torrey Krug, Johnny Boychuk, Kevin Miller. The Red Wings still have a pretty fleet crew of skilled forwards. The Bruins' defensemen need to find a way to make life miserable for them.

Who needs to be the difference for the Red Wings: Niklas Kronwall (right), Kyle Quincey, Danny DeKeyser, Brendan Smith, etc. Kronwall will do most of the heavy lifting on Detroit's blue line but the Bruins' aggressive forecheck will try to punish him. The Red Wings' other defensemen need to find a way to ease his burden.

Best Bruins YouTube Video We Could Find: Bruins center Patrice Bergeron's series-clinching overtime goal in a 5-4 win against the Maple Leafs in a 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinal:

Best Red Wings YouTube Video We Could Find: Red Wings center Sergei Fedorov scoring an overtime goal which required a video review in a 1-0 win against the North Stars in Game 6 of a 1992 Norris Division semifinal series:

EN Prediction: The Bruins are just too deep and too big for this Red Wings team which is worn out. Bruins 4-1.

(Photos: Mike Carlson/Getty Images and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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Post-Gazette Trout Photo Contest

Written by John Hayes on .

CONTESTcoffin

Phil Coffin caught this 22-inch 5-pound golden rainbow at Loyalhanna Creek.

CONTESTcoles

Jeff Coles of Greensburg caught five trout at Twin Lakes, Greensburg.

 

CONTESTfotta

Luke Fotta, 15, of Ross released nine trout, including a 20-inch brown, at North Park Lake.

 

CONTESTharris

On opening day, Alyssa Harris of Butler caught two 21-inch rainbows at Deer Lakes using yellow PowerBait. She's pictured here with her sister Kali Harris (left) and dad Michael Harris.
PHOTO: Robert Ventorini, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

 

CONTESTjerabek

First Opening Day, First Trout
Adrian Jerabek, 3, of Robinson caught his trout at Raccoon Creek.
"Saturday was the first of many opening days of the Pennsylvania trout fishing season for me and my 3-year-old son Adrian," said Kelly Jerabek, who took the photo. "He had a blast, but I think I had an even better time!"

CONTESTkean

First Trout
Despite high water on opening day, Chase Kean, 17, of Conneaut Lake, caught this 12-inch rainbow at Sandy Creek on a spinner.


CONTESTroberts

Cole Roberts, 8, of Castle Shannon caught this 16-inch golden rainbow and 19-inch rainbow while fishing Marvin Creek in McKean County with his mom Christy Allison and stepfather JP Allison.
Photo: Christy Allison.

 

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Direction in Philip Glass's "Orphee"

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

I had a great conversation today with Sam Helfrich, the stage director of the Pittsburgh Opera production of Philip Glass's "Orphee." Mr. Helfrich is no stranger to Pittsburgh. He directed a staged production of Handel's "Messiah" with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2011, as well as two operas ("Eugene Onegin" and "The Turn of the Screw") and an American scenes concert with Pittsburgh Opera.

"Orphee" uses as its source material the Jean Cocteau film of the same name, itself inspired by the Greek myth Orpheus. The libretto is hewn directly from the film's French script. Mr. Helfrich described the movie as "breathtakingly beautiful," and he has seen it roughly 20 times. Still, when crafting the direction for this production – first staged at Glimmerglass in 2007 – he said he didn't want it to be at all like the film.

"The language of film is so different from the language of opera or theater in general," he said.

Cocteau's version, he pointed out, is very much of its time. Released in 1950, it drips with post-war imagery. For example, dress suits worn by the film's judges wear hints at those worn at the Nuremberg trials, and a bombed-out city is reminiscent of Europe's urban ruins.

"We didn't want the opera to be a museum piece," he said.
The film, he said, also emphasizes Orphee's artistic neurosis and individual struggles. Mr. Helfrich believes the opera (and consequently, his interpretation) more strongly emphasizes the relationships between characters – in particular, the difficult marriage between Orphee and Eurydice.

Orphee, a poet, is pulled between his desires for creativity and immortality and the love, security and family life that Eurydice offers. Interestingly, Mr. Helfrich drew on other films – such as "Scenes from a Marriage" and "The Anniversary Party" – to explore marriage for the production.

Another device that is critical to the production (for the sake of both plot and metaphor) is the mirrors through which the characters travel in both the film and opera.
"We took the idea of reflection and doubling and incorporated that into every aspect of the design," he said.

Those are just a few of the concepts that inspire the direction. In any case, he hopes that audience members will come into the theater "with no expectations." Intrigued? Check out the Pittsburgh Opera production yourself, running April 26 to May 4 at the Benedum Center. Tickets and additional information at www.pittsburghopera.org. Check out the Post-Gazette next week for Robert Croan's opera preview.

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Fashion trucks, hats and a salute to soldiers

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

It may be a holiday weekend, but there's still plenty to talk about on this week's Setting the SEEN.

SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and I have the scoop on Pittsburgh's fashion trucks, charity events and other hot spots in the city. Plus we have hats on the brain with the Parks Conservancy hat luncheon and Kentucky Derby coming up.

For all the details, watch the video below. We'll be seeing you!

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Serra freshman pitcher excels ..... Pitt recruit Rowan gets honor .... 'Canes at PNC

Written by Mike White on .

A young kid named Cole is making waves as a pitcher.

But this time, we're not talking about the Pirates' Gerrit Cole. The subject is Serra Catholic Cole McCombs, who is making quite the impact as a freshman.

Cole has a 3-1 record. While that's impressive for a ninth-grader, his other statistics jump out at you. McCombs has pitched 24 1/3 innings and his ERA is 0.00. He has allowed only one run, but it was unearned.

Cole has given up only five hits and has 43 strikeouts. Get used to the name. You'll probably be hearing it a lot in the next few years.

Rowan an All-American

Lincoln Park basketball player Ron Rowan is one of the top 10 sophomores in the country. At least that's what Maxpreps.com says.

Rowan has been selected a second-team sophomore All-American by Maxpreps. The first- and second-teams include only 10 players.

Rowan is a Pitt recruit, accepting a scholarship from the Panthers last summer. He averaged 26 points a game this season and has 1,482 career point already.

New Castle honored at PNC

The undefeated New Castle boys basketball team was honored on the field before last night's Pirates game at PNC Park. The Red Hurricanes are the first WPIAL boys team go through a season undefeated in 31 years.

Below is a crazy bird in the midst of Red Hurricanes.

New Castle and Parrot

Besides the team being honored, New Castle coach Ralph Blundo threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Well, actually he wasn't the only one who threw out a first pitch. Mike Tyson followed Blundo and threw out another first pitch.

Below, champ meets champ. It's coach Blundo in the dugout before the game with Iron Mike

Blundo and Mike Tyson

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