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Beautiful kale persists through the winter

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog kale persists'Redbor' kale provides much needed color in the winter. Photos by Doug Oster

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blog garden sunriseWinter sunrise reveals the beauty of the winter garden.The soft orange glow of a winter sunrise illuminates what's left in the garden.

These are the mornings I'm so glad flowering kale got planted at the end of the season. My favorite is 'Redbor.' Originally bred as a food crop, gardeners saw it's beauty and used it as an ornamental. The plant is deep purple, tree like in it's growth habit and thrives in the cold.

Often times the plants will overwinter, bringing color to the garden through spring. What happens then is amazing. Surviving plants put on cheery, little yellow flowers which are set off by the purple foliage. Once they flower and put on seed pods, the plants die.

There are lots of different types of flowering kale. The most popular only get about a foot high and come in shades of pink, purple and white. I've actually seen plants for sale this late in the season. Hahn Nursery had some and if you poke around there might be other places willing to sell them cheap. A container planted inside and then put outside near the house in a protected spot could provide color all winter.

When the starts align in my garden, the pansies live though the winter too. I've got some orange flowers surrounding the 'Redbor' in pots. Their flowers are tired right now, but still add much needed color during the off season. An extended thaw will bring them back to their former glory and if they make it to spring will start to flower in full force.

I'm lucky enough to have an unheated greenhouse and found six flats of pansies at a nursery (cheap) which will happily thrive in their until spring.

Even though most gardeners need the break that winter provides, it's nice to have a few little things to keep us going through the snow.

blog beautiful pansyThese pansies have seen better days, but will perk up during a thaw.

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 11-28-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Jim Rutherford (above, with his successor, Ron Francis) will face the Hurricanes tonight for the first time since leaving Carolina this past summer to join the Penguins.

-"The times when we've been tested defensively, we've done a good job of buying in and being good with structure." - Sidney Crosby.

-Blake Comeau became the fifth player in franchise history to complete a hat trick with an overtime goal.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Brian Bonin. A ninth-round pick in 1992, Bonin's Penguins' career amounted to five games and no points in 1998-99. In the 1999 offseason, he joined the Canucks as a free agent. Bonin (1995) is one of four former Hobey Baker Award winners to play for the Penguins. Kip Miller (1990), Brian Holzinger (1995) and Jordan Leopold (2002) are the others.

-Happy 30th birthday to current Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. The first overall pick of the 2003 draft, Fleury has spent part of the past 11 seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2003-04,  Fleury appeared in 21 games, went 4-14-2 with a 3.64 goals against average, .896 save percentage and one shutout. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Fleury became the team's full-time starter midway through 2005-06. That season, he saw action in 50 games, compiled a 13-27-6 record with a 3.25 goals against average, .898 save percentage and one shutout. Arguably his best regular season was 2006-07. With a 40-16-9 record, he set career highs in wins, games (67) and shutouts (five) while sporting a 2.83 goals against average and .906 save percentage. Helping lead the franchise to its first postseason appearance in five seasons, Fleury (right) went 1-4 with a 3.76 goals against average and .880 save percentage. Injuries limited "Flower" to 35 games in 2007-08. He went 19-10-2 with a 2.33 goals against average, .921 save percentage and four shutouts. In that spring's postseason, Fleury saw action in 20 games, went 14-6, had a 1.97 goals against average, .933 save percentage, three shutouts and helped the franchise return to its first Stanley Cup final in 16 years. In 2008-08, Fleury rebounded by playing in 62 games, and compiling a 35-28-7 record with 2.67 goals against average, .912 save percentage and four shutouts. In that spring's playoffs, Fleury saw action 24 games, went 16-8 with a 2.61 goals against average, a .908 save percentage and led the franchise towards its third Stanley Cup title. Fleury followed that up by playing in 67 games in 2009-10. He had a record of 37-21-6 with a 2.65 goals against average, .905 save percentage and one shutout. The 2010 postseason saw Fleury play in 13 games and go 7-6 with a 2.78 goals against average, .891 save percentage and one shutout. Despite a slow start in 2010-11, Fleury appeared in 65 games, 36-20-5 with a 2.32 goals against average, .918 save percentage and recorded three shutouts while becoming the second goaltender in franchise history to be selected for an all-star game (Michel Dion in 1982 was the first). He appeared in seven postseason games that spring and went 3-4 with a 2.52 goals against average, .899 save percentage and one shutout. In 2011-12, Fleury appeared in 67 games while compiling a 42-17-4 record with a 2.36 goals against average, a .913 save percentage and three shutouts. During the 2012 postseason, Fleury played in six games, had a 2-4 record with a 4.63 goals against average and .834 save percentage. During the lockout-shortened 2012-13 camptain, Fleury appeared in 33 games and had a 23-8-0 record with a 2.39 goals against average, a .916 save percentage and one shutout. In the spring of 2013, Fleury played in five postseason games, had a 2-2 record, a 3.52 goals against average, an .883 save percentage and one shutout. Last season, Fleury played in 64 games, recorded a 39-18-5 record, a 2.37 goals against average, a .915 save percentage and five shutouts. He played in 13 postseason games this past spring and netted a 7-6 record with 2.40 goals against average, a .915 save percentage and two shutouts. This season, Fleury has played in 17 games, has a 13-3-1 record, a 2.14 goals against average, .924 save percentage and four shutouts. In 548 career regular season games with the Penguins, Fleury is 301-172-47 with a 2.60 goals against average, .911 save percentage and 32 shutouts. He owns virtually every franchise career goaltending record of note. In 93 postseason games, Fleury is 52-40 with a 2.68 goals against average, .905 save percentage and eight shutouts.

-After the Jump: Nashville pulls out an overtime win.

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Riot Control

Written by Rob Rogers on .

It's time to call in the police with the armored humvees, riot gear, tear gas and batons. It's time to call in the National Guard. That's right, it's Black Friday! 

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Working overtime - 11-27-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Blake Comeau joined a fairly exclusive group last night.

By scoring a goal in overtime during a 4-3 win at home against the Maple Leafs, Comeau became the fifth different player in franchise history to complete a hat trick with an overtime goal. Overall, it was the sixth different time the feat was accomplished:

Player, Position Date Opponent Score
Blake Comeau, RW Nov. 26, 2014 vs. Maple Leafs 4-3
Jordan Staal, C feb. 10, 2007 at Maple Leafs 6-5
Alexei Kovalev, RW Feb. 10, 2001 vs. Devils 5-4
Kevin Stevens, LW Jan. 11, 1994 vs. Bruins 5-4
Kevin Stevens, LW Nov. 13, 1991 vs. Oilers 5-4
Mario Lemieux, C April 2, 1988 at Capitals 7-6

Note: The NHL did not re-institute regular season overtime until the 1983-84 season.

(Photo: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

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Empty Netter Assists - 11-27-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “I didn’t know who got it at first, to be honest. [Sidney Crosby] just skated toward me. He said he didn’t get it. So, I’ll take it.” - Blake Comeau on scoring his third goal in overtime.

-The National Post's recap. “We’ve got to be better. We have to work harder. We have to execute at a higher level and move the puck more effectively." - Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on being blanked on the power play.

-The Associated Press' recap. "At one time he was a very good hockey player. He had some bumps along the way, some ups and downs, and now he's really played well for us. He's been consistent since Day One." - Mike Johnston on Comeau.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Evgeni Malkin and Crosby had a chat:

-Crosby was ready for this faceoff:

-Malkin was excited:

-Marc-Andre Fleury got a piece of this puck:

-Mike Johnson directed things from the bench:

-Toronto's Jonathan Bernier had a moment alone:

-Johnston speaks:

-Comeau speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Mario Lemieux discusses his three decades in Pittsburgh.

-Beau Bennett's latest knee injury will keep him out of the lineup a couple of weeks.

-Jeff Zatkoff made 26 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Hershey Bears.

-Highlights:

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Taylor Chorney left the game in the first period after suffering an undisclosed injury.

-Franky Palazzese made 18 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-2 win against the Greenville Road Warriors.

-Happy 23rd birthday to current Penguins forward Beau Bennett. A first round pick in 2010, Bennett has spent parts of the last three seasons with the Penguins. Bennett made his NHL debut in 2012-13 by appearing in 26 games and scoring 14 points. He appeared in six postseason games that spring and scored one goal. Last season, injuries have limited Bennett to 21 games and seven points. He appeared in 12 postseason games last season and scored four points. This season, Bennett has again been hampered by injuries having appeared in seven games while scoring three points. In 54 career regular season games with the Penguins, Bennett has scored 24 points. In 18 postseason games, he has four points.

-Happy 82nd birthday to former Penguins all-star forward, coach and executive Ken Schinkel. Claimed from the Rangers in the 1967 expansion draft, Schinkel spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins as a player. He appeared in 57 games for the Penguins during their inaugural season of 1967-68, scored 39 points and became the first player in franchise history to be selected to an all-star game. In 1968-69, Schinkel appeared in 76 games, recorded a team-leading 52 points and one again played in the all-star game. During, 1969-70, Schinkel, the first player to wear No. 12 in franchise history, saw action in 72 games, scored 45 points and helped the team reach the postseason for the first time. He also scored the first postseason hat trick in Penguins history when he netted three goals against the Oakland Seals in Game 3 of a quarterfinal series that spring. Schinkel (right) was limited to 50 games and 34 points in 1970-71 but rebounded in 1971-72 when he played in 74 games and netted 45 points. After scoring 21 points in 42 games in 1972-73, Schinkel retired as a player Jan. 13 and replaced Red Kelly as head coach at age 40. Under Schinkel, the team had a 15-18-3 record and missed the postseason. The following season, Schinkel coached the team for 50 games and had a record of 14-31-5 before being replaced by Marc Boileau, Feb. 6, 1974. Schinkel assumed a front office position with the team and stayed in that position until he himself replaced Boileau, Jan. 17, 1976. Under Schinkel, the Penguins had a record of 20-10-7 and reached the postseason where they fell to the Maple Leafs in a preliminary round series, 2-1. Schinkel's only full season as the team's coach was 1976-77. The team went 34-33-13 and qualified for the postseason where it once again lost to the Maple Leafs in a preliminary round, 2-0. Schinkel was replaced by Johnny Wilson in the following offseason. Schinkel again took a front office position and remained with the team until 1989. In 371 regular season games with the Penguins as a player, "Schink" scored 236 points, 35th-most in franchise history. In 13 postseason games, he scored seven points. As a coach, Schinkel compiled a record of 83-92-28.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins forward Garry Valk. Acquired midway through the 1996-97 season in a trade which sent J.J. Daigneault to the Mighty Ducks, Valk spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1996-97 by appearing in 17 games for the Penguins and scoring seven points. In 1997-98, he saw action in 39 games and recorded three points. During the 1998 offseason, he joined the Maple Leafs as a free agent. Valk would get some measure of revenge on the Penguins in the 1999 postseason by scoring the series-clinching goal in overtime of Game 6 of an Eastern Conference semifinal (see below). In 56 regular season games with the Penguins, Valk scored 10 points.

-After the Jump: Martin Brodeur gets a tryout.

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