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Rangers - Flyers preview - 04-17-14

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Rangers vs. Flyers

Rangers Leading Regular Season Scorer: Martin St. Louis, 69 points (30 goals, 39 assists).

Flyers Leading Regular Season Scorer: Claude Giroux, 86 points (28 goals, 58 assists).

Rangers Expected Starting Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist, 33-24-5, 2.36 GAA, .920 SV%.

Flyers Expected Starting Goaltender: Ray Emery, 9-12-2, 2.96 GAA, .903 SV%.

Rangers Regular Season Statistics

Flyers Regular Season Statistics

Rangers Injuries: Center Derick Brassard (back) and defenseman Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) are probable. Left winger Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) is out.

Flyers Injuries: Defenseman Nicklas Grossman (ankle) is probable. Right winger Steve Downie ("upper body") is doubtful. Goaltender Steve Mason ("upper body") is out. Defenseman Chris Pronger (concussion) is on injured reserve.

Rangers with Stanley Cup bling: Brad Richards, C; Martin St. Louis, RW.

Flyers with Stanley Cup bling: Ray Emery, G; Hal Gill, D; Vincent Lecavalier, C; Chris Pronger, D.

Something worthwhile about the Rangers: The Rangers had the best penalty killing percentage of any Eastern Conference team in the postseason this past regular season at 85.3 percent.

Something worthwhile about the Flyers: The Flyers have lost eight consecutive road games against the Rangers.

Something useless about the Rangers that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The only people to coach the Penguins and Rangers in a postseason game are Herb Brooks and Craig Patrick.

Something useless about the Flyers that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Flyers center Rick MacLeish is the Flyers' all-time leader in game-winning postseason goals with 10.

Former Penguins on the Rangers: Daniel Carcillo, LW (Carcillo is a former Penguins draft pick but never played for the organization at the NHL level); Rick Kehoe, professional scout; Dominic Moore, C; Ulf Samuelsson, assistant coach; Glen Sather, general manager.

Former Penguins on the Flyers: Hal Gill, D; Adam Hall, RW; Joe Mullen, assistant coach; Kjell Samuelsson, player development.

Who needs to be the difference for the Rangers: Andrew MacDonald, Kimmo Timonen (right), Mark Streit, Braydon Coburn, etc. With the Flyers turning to backup goaltender Ray Emery, the Flyers' defense needs to make life easier on him.

Who needs to be the difference for the Flyers: Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, etc. The Flyers are loaded up front. The Rangers' blue line needs to limit the damage from the likes of Flyers forward Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Scott Hartnell.

Best Rangers YouTube Video We Could Find: Rangers left winger Esa Tikkanen's series-clinching overtime goal in a 3-2 win against the Panthers in Game 5 of a 1997 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series:

Best Flyers YouTube Video We Could Find: Flyers right winger Joffrey Lupul series-clinching overtime goal in a 3-2 win against the Capitals in Game 7 of a 2008 Eastern Conference semifinal series:

EN Prediction: Given the Flyers' rotten recent history at Madison Square Garden, an injury to the steady Steve Mason is the last thing they needed. Henrik Lundqvist will give the Rangers a series win. Rangers 4-2.

(Photos: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images and Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Photo show: the beautiful and the haunting

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .

 

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A few years ago, photographer David Aschkenas invited me to view an exhibition of his work at the Jewish Community Center and I met him there to look at them.
 
The images mesmerized me. They were from Eastern Europe. They were stark; I remember them as black and white, or sepia. 
 
They homed in on pieces of a scene and magnified the mundane along with the glorious.
 
Not long afterward, he sent me some emails of photos he had taken in Prague, a city I had visited at the dawn of the post-Soviet era. I fell hard for that city of gorgeous 14th and 15th century buildings.
 
On that trip, I found the old Jewish cemetery and took slow, quiet steps along its paths. Its tablet tombstones were tightly packed together in disheveled states of leaning, fallen and stacked It was one of the most disquieting and moving sites I’ve ever visited.
 
His emailed photo of the same cemetery struck a chord of remembrance and I have studied his work ever since, including the series of shots showing the process of disassembling the Civic Arena.
 
His latest photo show "Synagogues of Prague and Budapest," is up now at the Berger Gallery at the Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community Center, 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill. The official opening reception is from 6-8p, April 23, and it’s free and open to the public. Museum hours are 5.30a to 10p Monday-Thursday, 5.30a to 6p Friday and 8a to 6p Saturday and Sunday.
 
It shows 23 photographs of the architecture and the artifacts that described the community over time, including pieces of cloth, threadbare chairs and old desks. He took these photos during trips to these cities between 2011-2013.
 
During the run of this show, his works will be displayed at the American Jewish Museum and Jubilee Synagogue in Prague.
 
David Aschkenas photo of the oldest synagogue in Europe, dating to 1270, in Prague, the Czech Republic

 

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Hyacinth love

Written by Doug Oster on .

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hy woodstock main'Woodstock' is one of my favorite varieties.The intoxicating fragrance of hyacinths fills the air in late afternoon as the flowers give up their greatest gift.

Spring wouldn't be the same without hyacinths. I have them growing along the sidewalk which leads to the front door.

Cutting one or two blooms for a vase fills the house with the wonderful aroma too.

They are easy to grow, come back for years and come in many colors. I never met one I didn't like and they all go together. Like most bulbs they need decent garden soil and should be allowed to dry out in the summer.

Consider that when scouting for a planting location.

'Woodstock' is one of my favorite varieties. Beet red, double flowers fill the stem. Of course they also smell like heaven.

If you didn't plant any bulbs in the fall, you might be able to find some for forcing at a good nursery. Those bulbs can be planted indoors to be enjoyed in several weeks.

Put hyacinths on your planting list for the fall, they make spring smell sweeter.

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Warm-up moves from Mayor Peduto & Rich Fitzgerald

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It's official: Foxcatcher at Cannes Film Festival

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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It’s official. The world will get its first look at “Foxcatcher” at the Cannes Film Festival. The lineup is being announced today and the movie shot in Western Pennsylvania is on the list.

“Foxcatcher” stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall.

Bennett Miller directs a screenplay by Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye about a real-life chemical fortune heir who went to prison for killing an Olympic gold medalist and wrestler.

In January 1996, John du Pont shot and killed David Schultz, a 1984 gold medal winner who came to live and train at the state-of-the-art Foxcatcher National Training Center that du Pont had built on his 800-acre property in Newtown Square, Pa. Wilpen Hall in Sewickley Heights was the stand-in for Foxcatcher Farms during 2012 filming.

 

 

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