Dupuis' status a game-time decision - 10-18-14

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Two days after he left Consol Energy Center on a stretcher, Penguins' right winger Pascal Dupuis fully participated in a morning skate today prior to this team's game against the Islanders. Dupuis (above, shooting on goaltender Thomas Greiss), appeared to have no limitations during the skate.

Dupuis was injured during the second period of Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Stars when after being shoved to the ice by Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski, he was stuck in the neck by a shot from Penguins defenseman Kris Letang.

Head coach Mike Johnston described Dupuis' availibility for tonight's game as a "game-time" decision. After the morning skate, Dupuis held court with the media.

On how he felt this morning and his status for tonight:

"I feel much better than I did coming out of the game. It’s still a decision that we have to make with the coach and the trainers and see if I’ll be ready to go tonight."

On the play he was injured on:

Just kind of got pushed from behind there. Went down. I knew the puck was coming. I tried to cover myself. Left the back of my neck area kind of open. The puck kind of dipped and hit me right there in the neck. I tried to get up and I couldn’t feel my arms and my extremities. Start shaking my gloves and wanted to see if they were really shaking or no. They were kind of moving. Dropped my gloves. Gino [Penguins center Evgeni Malkin] came around and was like, ‘Just lay there! Just lay there!’ I was like, ‘Okay Gino.’"

Did he think the hit by Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski was illegal:

I don’t know. It’s not me to judge that. It’s a hockey play obviously. He wants to get position there in front of the net and ended up pushing me a little bit. Maybe I should have got up. The puck was coming and tried to cover my face. Got it in the neck.

On how he felt during the moments after being struck by the puck:

Feeling came back but I had to argue with the [doctors] a little bit. It took a little while. The feeling started to slowly come back. I don’t know. It was a weird feeling. Obviously, it never happened to me and never got numb like this. Kind of scary actually.

Did the doctors offer a diagnosis of his injury:

Definitely. Obviously, you have all sorts of muscles, nerves in the neck where the puck hit. Everything went numb. Came back slowly but [the feeling] did come back and it’s fully back already.

Why he came back to the arena that night after going to the hospital:

"All my stuff was still here so I had to come back here. I went in there in my equipment. My suit and everything was still back here. Did all the testing at the hospital and made my way back here to see the guys and mainly to talk to [athletic trainer Chris Stewart]."

(Photo: Seth Rorabaugh/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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Get your 'rogi' fashions at Pittsburgh Pierogi Fest

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Grab your sunglasses and silverware and head to Stage AE today for the second annual Pittsburgh Pierogi Fest.

In addition to food from several vendors, spice up your style with pierogi fashions from the vendor marketplace. There are earrings, T-shirts, baby clothes, pillows, aprons -- all inspired by Pittsburgh's favorite food!

See more of what to expect in this week's "Setting the SEEN" episode. Watch it here or in the video box below!

Have a nice weekend, City of Dumplings!

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Unique and wonderful garden combines antiques and plants

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blog picking20141013dohomesgarden3Bob McDonough, who owns McDonough Antiques in Lawrenceville picks 'San Marzano' tomatoes from the garden behind his shop. Photos by Doug Oster

By Doug Oster / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

blogtomatoes20141013dohomesgarden2One of the first thing you see when entering the antique store are these beautiful tomatoes.The first thing most customers notice when walking into Bob McDonough’s antique shop in Lawrenceville are tomatoes. Yes, tomatoes.
They fill two baskets on the front counter. The shiny San Marzano tomatoes look so perfect that they’re are often mistaken for decorations, just another item for sale here.
“It’s a conversation starter,” Mr. McDonough says. “I love talking. I love talking gardening.”
Don McDonough's antique shop in Lawrenceville is filled with treasures and so is the garden he grows in the adjecent lot. (Video by Doug Oster; 10/18/2014)
But don’t ask if you can have one.
“I say no, and they’re shocked. I’m feeding my family with these. It’s funny. People get mad. I kind of like that,” he says.
Mr. McDonough, 55, watched as a young woman grabbed one out of the basket when she thought he wasn’t looking. But then she put it back where it belonged, confessing, “I couldn’t steal one from you.”
He puts up about 24 quarts of tomatoes each season from the nine plants he grows along a brick wall in the garden next to the store. As he began canning this year’s crop, there was still one quart left from last season. He remembered how hard it was to make them last through the long winter.
blog babyb 320141013dohomesgarden6Dolls and morning glories.“We were rationing tomato sauce, which is a terrible thing to do,” he says with a laugh.
Walking out the back door of the antique shop and into his garden is a treat. Beds of self-seeded collard plants grow in consort with huge, cut stones salvaged from demolition in the neighborhood. There are pots of herbs and other interesting plants sprinkled among a wide array of old, interesting items. Morning glories climb a trellis, twining around an old baby doll, which has sat there for nearly 20 years. Old farm equipment comes and goes as customers find just the right piece for their own gardens.
Mr. McDonough also grows peppers, squash, corn and melons, all organically with the help of the compost he makes in the shadow of a 20-foot-tall stand of bamboo. He mostly grows heirloom varieties and gets the bulk of his seeds from Heirloom Seeds, which is based in West Finley.
A narrow path runs through the garden to the front gate, flanked by huge cannas and ornamental grasses whose plumes dance in the breeze. Two old pink flamingos lying near the entrance welcome guests.
It’s hard to pinpoint why, but this garden is charming.
blogbbirds320141013dohomesgarden7Pink flamingos greet visitors when they come to the garden.“It’s whimsical,” Mr. McDonough says, using air quotes and flashing a grin.
The fact that he’s self-taught and the garden is built around the remnants of four demolished homes gives it a somewhat haphazard appearance.
“I’m disorganized enough that it gets messy all by itself. I don’t have to plan it. That for me is part of the fun. I wouldn’t want to have a formal English knot garden.”
Along the brick wall he shares with a neighbor are tomato plants still filled with fruit.
“I should pay rent for this wall,” he says, laughing.
He starts very early with seed he saves each year that originally came from Naples, Italy. He starts one batch in January, another in February and the last one in March. They are planted out in early May, if he loses the first crop to frost, another is planted in its place. When cold weather threatens, Mr. McDonough gently drapes the plants with plastic, which gives him an extra month on each side of the season to enjoy the tomatoes. “
”At night you can feel the heat coming off the wall,” he says.
Mr. McDonough enjoys learning something new each year in the garden. Next season he hopes to include a variety of beans for drying.
“When I have dirt under my fingernails, I’m happy,” he says.
There is one thing he’s thrilled to let you taste if you stop by: dried ghost chili peppers, among the hottest in the world.
“You have to eat it in front of me,” he says with an almost maniacal grin. “It’s such an experience, and most people don’t get that experience in a lifetime.”
As he walks away from the tomatoes and toward the back door of the antique store, Mr. McDonough reflects on nearly 20 years of gardening here.
“I have my two favorite hobbies, antiques and gardening, right beside each other,
”I’m very lucky. It worked out well.”

blog main20141013dohomesgarden1Bob McDonough and his cherished 'San Marzano' tomatoes.


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Empty Netter Assists - 10-18-14

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-A day after leaving the ice on a stretcher, Pascal Dupuis was back on skates.

-The Penguins will have their hands full with an improved Islanders team tonight.

-Sidney Crosby is the first Penguins player to score goals in the first three games of a season in 18 years.

-Mike Johnston speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-An overtime goal by Reid McNeill gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 2-1 win against the St. John's IceCaps. Jeff Zatkoff made 21 saves for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.


-Happy 56th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Kjell Samuelsson. Acquired midway through the 1991-92 season along with Rick Tocchet, Ken Wregget and a draft pick in a deal which sent Mark Recchi, Brian Benning and a draft pick to the rival Flyers, Samuelsson spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1991-92 by playing in 20 games and scoring three points for the Penguins. In the 1992 postseason he saw action in 15 games, scored three points and helped the franchise win its second consecutive Stanley Cup title. His first full season in Pittsburgh 1992-93, he played in 63 games, scored nine points and helped the club claim its only Presidents' Trophy. In that spring's postseason, he appeared in 12 games and recorded three assists. Samuelsson, who was not related to Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson, was limited to 59 games and 13 points in 1993-94. He played in all six of the Penguins postseason games in 1994 but failed to record a point. His final season with the Penguins was the lockout-shortened 1994-95. He played in 41 games and scored seven points. The 1995 playoffs saw Samuelsson appear in 11 games and record one assist. In the 1995 offseason, he rejoined the Flyers as a free agent. In 183 regular season games with the Penguins, Samuelsson, a defensive specialist, scored 32 points. In 44 postseason games with the Penguins, Samuelsson recorded seven assists.

-After the Jump: James Neal gets his first goal with the Predators.

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Live Friday night blog - Pine-Richland clobbers Central Catholic, 48-28

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Live blog from Pine-Richland vs Central Catholic. To view score updates, look to the right of this blog at the Twitter account for @PGVarsityXtra. If you have a score update, tweet with #wpial.


Wow. What a performance. Yes, Pine-Richland is for real.


Right down the field the Rams go again. 13-yard TD reception by Mike Merhaut from Ben DiNucci. I thought Pine would score. But I didn't think this much.

9:38 Central Catholic has no passing offense.


Connor Slomka scores on 29-yard run. PAT good 38-28.

9:32 Pine-Richland on move again.

Below, Pine-Richland QB Ben DiNucci eludes a defender

DiNucci vs. Central


Here we go with some more scoring. 38-yard TD run by Grant Foster to start second half. His third TD of game.


Wow. Only thing to say about Pine-Richland offense. Rams finish half with Adam Napotnik 36 FG


Central Catholic had the No. 1 defense in WPIAL, but Vikings can't stop Pine-Richland. 48-yard TD drive after INT. Connor Slomka scores on 11-yard TD run. 2:09 left in half.

8:40 I think Central has jumped offside five times now from DiNucci hard count. 

8:38 Frerotte has pass tipped and INT by Mike Merhaut at own 48.

8:35 Central gets a defensive stop, although DiNucci almost nailed another long pass to Gastion. Threw back across his body, deep and hit Gastion in stride, but Gastion couldn't hang on.


What is this game going to end up in the 50s? Three plays after the kickoff Grant Foster goes 48 yards for TD. PAT good by MacZura. 7:01 in half.

8:26 Gunnar Frerotte now in at QB for Central Catholic


With this game being on Root Sports TV, and with TV timeouts and all the scoring, it might end until 11. First play after kickoff, D'Ondre Gastion catches 75-yard TD pass from DiNucci. 


Damar Hamlin has D-1 offers as DB, but catches 47-yard TD pass from Mike Navaro. PAT good and we're tied, 14-14.

8:13 End of first quarter and Pine-Richland leads, 14-7. Central with ball only 39. DiNucci is winging it for P-R. Meanwhile, Central has yet to throw a pass.


After Grant Foster fumbled ball away, Pine-Richland moves for a score. DiNucci impressive. 29-yard pass set up TD, which came on Connor Slomka 6-yard run.

7:59 After Pine-Richland goes 3 and out, Central takes over and Grant Foster fumbles ball away on second play. Pine-Richland recovers at own 49. 5:09 left in first quarter.


Two touchdowns in less than four minutes. Five plays 80 yards and Grant Foster scores on 1-yard run. PAT good, 7-7. Lot of scoring in four minutes. But I bet both defenses will settle down.


What an impressive opening drive. 75 yards in eight plays. Maybe P-R saw something in Central D where QB keeper could work. Ben DiNucci gained 33 yards on one run. 10 yards on another, which went for TD.


This game is sold out. Highmark Stadium might not be the biggest place for one of the top games in the WPIAL, but you can't argue the view.


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