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Empty Netter Assists - 04-13-14

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Penguins

-The Penguins will face the Blue Jackets in the first round of the playoffs.

-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. "Everyone talks about the history between us and them, and they obviously have a good record. But after that game [Saturday], I feel better about it." - Matt Niskanen on the Flyers.

-The Philadelphia Inquirer's recap. The win clinched the Flyers a meeting with the rival Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.

-The (Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier-Post's recap. Flyers goaltender Steve Mason left the game in the first period due to an "upper-body" injury.

-The Associated Press' recap. "I thought we were much better, and for a game that doesn't move us in the standings anywhere, I liked our mindset." - Sidney Crosby.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Happy times for the Penguins:

-Happy times for Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux (left) and Jakub Voracek:

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-James Neal speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-“[Letang] kind of had the play there and the puck on his skate to try to score a goal. It fell off his stick and the whistle and everything ensued after that. Yeah it does, a guy picking on a guy who had a stroke.” - Bylsma on a third period scrum between Letang and Flyers forward Scott Hartnell. According to a team spokesperson, the comment was meant in jest.

-"Then he shouldn't be out there playing. Bottom line. It's a stupid comment." - Flyers coach Craig Berube's response.

-The Penguins recalled Chuck Kobasew from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In 32 NHL games this season, Kobasew had two goals.

-"It's a National Hockey League game. We come in as individuals trying to be proud of the game we put on the ice, and to play well. Whether it means anything or not, it's an opportunity to play in the National Hockey League. That's a pretty special thing." - Tanner Glass on today's game against the Senators.

-What was the best win of the season for the Penguins?

-“That just makes me more excited to get a win against them. It would be cool if we could go into their building and grease those two wins, but by no means is it going to be easy.” - Blue Jackets foward Ryan Johansen on going 0-5-0 against the Penguins this season.

-The Blue Jackets will limit sales of playoff tickets to residents of Ohio until Tuesday.

-Peter Mannino made 15 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-1 home win against the Binghamton Senators. The win moved the Penguins past the Senators for first place in the East Division and secured the franchise a playoff berth for the 12th consecutive season.

-Highlights:

-"It's a tribute to the organization. It doesn't just happen. It happens because you have a quality organization, quality players." - Wilkes_Barre/Scranton head coach John Hynes on the team's playoff streak.

-Tomas Vokoun is scheduled to start for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins today.

-Goaltender Mike Condon made 45 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-0 road shutout of the Cincinnati Cyclones. Forward Christiaan Minella had two goals and an assist for Wheeling.

-Happy 40th birthday to former all-star Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar. A free agent signing in the 2005 offseason, Gonchar spent five seasons with Penguins. Gonchar's debut season in Pittsburgh saw him appear in 75 games and record 58 points. His second campaign saw Gonchar play in all 82 games and match a career-high in points with 67. He appeared in five postseason games that spring and scored four points. In 2007-08, Gonchar as he netted 65 points in 78 games, earned an appearance in the All-Star Game. During that spring's postseason, Gonchar played in 20 games and contributed 14 points while helping the Penguins return to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 16 years. A preseason injury derailed his 2008-09 season as he only appeared in 25 games and scored 19 points. In 22 postseason games that spring, Gonchar appeared in 22 games and scored 14 points while helping the franchise earn its third Stanley Cup title. In 2009-10, Gonchar appeared in 62 games and record 50 points. He saw action in 13 postseason games in 2010 and contributeded 12 points. During the 2010 offseason, he joined the Senators as a free agent. In 322 games with the Penguin, "Sarge" recorded 259 points, 29th-most in franchise history. In 60 postseason games, he scored 44 points, 10th-most in franchise history. He is currently a member of the Dallas Stars.

-Happy 36th birthday to former Penguins forward Arron Asham. A free agent signing in the 2010 offseason, Asham has spent the past two seasons with the Penguins. In 2010-11, Asham appeared in 44 games and scored 11 points. He saw action in seven postseason games last spring and collected four points. Last season, Asham saw action in 64 games and scored 16 points. He played in three postseason games last spring and had no points. In 108 career regular season games with the Penguins, Asham has scored 27 points. In 10 postseason games, he had four points. During the 2012 offseason, he joined the Rangers as a free agent. He is currently a member of the AHL's Hartford Wolfpack.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins forward Jim McGeough. Acquired at the 1985 trade deadeline in a deal which sent Mark Taylor the Capitals, McGeough spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1984-85 by appearing in 14 games for the Penguins and recording four assists. In 1985-86, McGeough played in 17 games and recorded five assists. He followed that up in 1986-87 by seeing action in 11 games and netting five points. In the 1987 offseason, he joined Klagenfurter AC in Austria.

-After the Jump: Ryan Malone faces drug charges and Ryan Smyth retired in grand fashion.

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Alexander Wang announces collaboration with H&M

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

After the stroke of midnight, designer Alexander Wang broke big fashion news.

The Balenciaga creative director announced that he's the latest designer collaborator for Swedish retail chain H&M.

The news became the debut post on Mr. Wang's Instagram account (posts below), and a party to celebrate the stylish pairing ensued at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

The capsule collection will launch in stores and online at www.hm.com on November 6, 2014. Previous designer collaborations for H&M have included Versace, Isabel Marant, Maison Martin Margiela and Karl Lagerfeld.

 

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Captain America hangs onto top spot

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

captpster“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” held onto the top spot at the box office this weekend with a commanding $41 million.
 
That meant “Rio 2” still landed in second place with an estimated $39 million. 
 
Here are the early numbers, courtesy of Rentrak:
 
1. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” — $41,398,000, for $159,006,000 since release. 
2. “Rio 2” — $39,000,000.
3. “Oculus” — $12,000,000.
4. “Draft Day” — $9,750,000.
5. “Divergent” — $7,500,000, for $124,876,993 since release. 
6. “Noah” — $7,450,000, bringing its total to $84,871,635.
7. “God’s Not Dead” — $5,485,000 or $40,700,000 so far. 
8. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — $4,050,000 or $39,469,555 to date.
9. “Muppets Most Wanted” — $2,193,000, for $45,670,000 so far. 
10. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” — $1,825,000, for $105,214,979 since release.
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Presidential Requirements

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Please, please, please ... can we have some fresh meat in 2016? 

041314 Presidential Requirements

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Shaler's Schwartz runs the two fastest times in WPIAL history

Written by Mike White on .

It's only the second week of April. It makes you wonder what Brianna Schwartz will be running a month from now at the WPIAL track championships.

Brianna SchwartzSchwartz is a junior at Shaler Area High School who already had established herself as one of the best distance runners in WPIAL history. She had yet to run in a big invitational this spring, until last night at the Butler Invitational. All she did was run the fastest times in WPIAL history in two events.

Schwartz ran the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 10.15 seconds. It bettered the mark of 2:10.31, set by North Allegheny's Kelly Langhans in 2007. 

Schwartz also ran the 1,600 in 4:45.43. She already had owned the best 1,600 time in WPIAL history of 4:47.07. She ran that mark in last year's WPIAL championships, bettering the long-standing WPIAL best of 4:51.07, set by Carole Zajac in 1990.

Schwartz had already run the second-best 800 time in WPIAL history last year with a time of 2:10.38.

Schwartz's 800 time at the Butler Invitational is the eighth-best in the country this season. Her 1,600 time would be the second-best in the country, but she already ran a 4:42.58 in the indoor season, which is the second-best in the country this year (indoor or outdoors).

Schwartz has already won WPIAL championships in track and cross country. Last year, she also became the first sophomore to win a PIAA title in the Class AAA 1,600.

Her next big meet will be the Baldwin Invitational the first Friday in May.

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