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Empty Netter Assists - Crosby joins Canada - 04-27-15

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Playoff Stuff
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-Change is coming for the Penguins. But how much change?

-“The right pieces were there. There are areas for improvement, for sure. Do we have the core pieces? From the goaltending to the defense to the forwards, we have the core pieces.” - Mike Johnston.

-"We stay together all throughout the playoffs. They’re good guys. We lost three good defencemen. It was a tough season for us. I had a couple injuries, but it’s tough to say right now. We have a good team, but we played against the best team in the league.” - Evgeni Malkin.

-Sidney Crosby will play for Canada in the upcoming IIHF World Championship tournament.

-A roundup of the Penguins' exit interviews.

-Crosby speaks:

-Mike Johnston speaks:

-The Penguins assigned defensemen Derrick Pouliot, Brian Dumoulin, Taylor Chorney and forward Scott Wilson to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello will be sidelined indefinitely due to an "upper-body" injury he suffered after being stuck in the head with a puck in Game 5.

Calder Cup

-The Penguins assigned forward Oscar Sundqvist to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after he completed his season with Skelleftea of Sweden's SHL.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins assigned defenseman Clark Seymour to the Wheeling Nailers.

-After the Jump: The Canadiens and Wild advance.

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Western PA Mushroom Club offers events and free walks

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Foraging for mushrooms needs to be done with experts, especially if you're a novice. Wild mushrooms can be dangerous and even deadly. That's why I always recommend tagging along with my friends from the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club.

Here's a list of walks and meetings with the club for the month of May 2015:

WALK:  Saturday, May 2, 12:00-4:00 PMPine Ridge County Park, Indiana County.  Morel Mushroom Walk (Joint with Indiana County Friends of the Parks).  Meet Bob Sleigh at the Pine Ridge Lodge at noon.  Bob will be giving a presentation on Morels and leading a walk. Morels are one of the most sought after and elusive mushrooms. Slides will illustrate Morels as well as poisonous look a likes. Proper cleaning, storing and cooking techniques will be covered.  Pre-registration is required at 724-463-8636.  The event is free.

 

WALK:  Saturday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.  Harrison Hills Park, Allegheny County.  Meet WPMC Identifier Joyce Gross at the Watts Overlook parking lot.  It is located at the end of the road that bears to the left after the park entrance.

 

WALK: Sunday, May 10, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  The Great Morel Quest II.  Meet John Plischke III at McGuffey Community Park, Claysville (Washington County) to begin the quest for morels at multiple locations.

 

WALK: Wednesday, May 13, 10:00 a.m.  Hartwood Acres.  Meet Moni Wesner at the Mansion parking lot.

 

WALK: Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Sycamore Island Spring Survey, Verona.  Join WPMC Mycologist La Monte Yarroll and the Allegheny Land Trust for a species survey of Sycamore Island. The Allegheny Cleanways pontoon boat will be shuttling participants from the Verona Public Dock (located at 101 Arch Street) to the island, starting at 10:00 a.m. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 412-741-2750 x 207.  There will be a collection to pay for the boat. (Last time it was $8 per person.)

MEETING:  Tuesday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road.  Topic: Mushroom Cultivation.  WPMC Mycologist Jim Tunney and friends will show WPMC members how to grow their own Oyster Mushrooms. Bring your WPMC membership card and a clean plastic shopping bag. You must be a current WPMC member to receive a mushroom kit.

WALK:  Saturday, May 23, 10:00 a.m.  Sewickley Heights Borough Park.  Meet WPMC Identifier Fluff Berger to look for morels.

WALK: Saturday, May 30, 10:00 a.m.  Hartwood Acres.  Meet WPMC member Jim Wilson at the Mansion parking lot.

Admission to all walks is free.  For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit wpamushroomclub.org.

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Pension Shark

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Pennsylvania is suffering under the crushing weight of its own oversized state pension. Pension reform is badly needed but politicians in Harrisburg are not reacting with enough panic over the matter. 

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Penguins exit interview round-up - 04-26-15

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The Penguins held season-ending interviews with media today. Here's a round up:

Injuries:

Defenseman Kris Letang (right) discussed his a concussion he suffered March 29 when he was hit by Coyotes forward Shane Doan: “I'm better. We always have to go through a protocol. I skated a few times early in the morning. I'm better. … I was not going to play again this [season]. “

On the hit by Doan, Letang said, “He reached out to me. I had no problem with it. I think it was mainly that my skate got caught. I was surpised he hit me but the fact that I got caught in the ice and my head just banged off the wall.”

-Right winger Pascal Dupuis discussed his recovery from a blood clot which has sidelined him since November. He said, “It's been five months. It's behind me right now. Obviously I still have some more testing to do. I'm still on some blood thinners right now but I'm looking ahead right now.”

Defenseman Olli Maatta talked about his right shoulder which underwent surgery twice within a calendar year. He said. “I'm a couple weeks away from skating. I think it's going well. We keep progressing. It's feeling good but I don't want to rush it. Right now, we have a lot of time. A lot of time to do it. I'd rather do it right and be conservative than rush it. … I tried to rehab, get stronger. Tried to play with it but I couldn't' do it. I think it's kind of naive for me to to try and come back and not think about the future.”

Maatta was asked about how it was re-injured: “I have the same surgery I did late summer. I got hit and it got caught the wrong way. I hurt the same part. Kind of unlucky I guess. … I never had a season like this and I hope I never will [again]. It's been tough. “

-Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (right), who missed the last nine games of the regular season and all five playoff games addressed his health: “I'm still trying to get back from a concussion. It's been a long road back with the multiple concussions I had along the season. I was getting better and started skating with the team again and had some set backs. So I had to shut it down again. I don't really know where I am [healthwise]. Obviously I have some more time to get it really [healed]. But I wasn't really close.”

-Defenseman Derrick Pouliot did not reveal the nature of his “upper-body” injury which has sidelined him since April 7. Pouliot said the injury is not related to his surgically repaired shoulder. Head coach Mike Johnston suggested Pouliot could have been in the lineup if the Penguins had played Game 6 against the Rangers today.

-Right winger Blake Comeau said his left wrist wasn't as strong as it was before injuring it Dec. 23 but “it didn't affect how I was playing. It's just something I've got to rebuild this summer.”

-Right winger David Perron said he suffered a right rib injury in the regular season finale which forced him hit with his left side instead of his right side as he normally does.

Unrestricted free agents:

A number of Penguins' unrestricted free agent discussed their future.

-Center Daniel Winnik (right), “You don't think you ever really want to leave the team you're on. Hopefully it works out here.”

-Comeau said, “I hope [to return]. I love playing here. I love this city. I think it's an organization that wants to win and as a player, that's what I want to be a part of.”

-Ehrhoff said, “There's definitely interest [in resigning with the Penguins]. I haven't talked to my agent or [general manager Jim Rutherford] yet. That's something we'll do the next couple of days and see where we're at.”

Center Maxime Lapierre, “It's a great setup, a great city, a great group of guys. We're going to find a way to make it work.”

Right winger Steve Downie, Craig Adams, goaltender Thomas Greiss and defenseman Paul Martin did not speak with media on the record.

Restricted free agents:

-Right winger Beau Bennett, no stranger to injuries, proclaimed himself as healthy and is looking forward to getting a full offseason. When asked about his future with the team, he said, “I love playing in this city and I love playing for this team.”

-Defenseman Ian Cole said, “I would love the opportunity to come back for sure.”

AHL

-Defensemen Brian Dumoulin, Pouliot and forward Scott Wilson will be assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to help that team's in the Calder Cup playoffs. Defenseman Taylor Chorney, must clear waivers, before he can be assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

IIHF World Championship

A few members of the Penguins could be candidates to participate in the IIHF World Championship which starts later this month.

Center Sidney Crosby (right) said he will play for Canada. He last participated in the tournament in 2006.

Center Evgeni Malkin said he still needs to talk with Penguins management before determining if he will play for Russia. There are typically immense expectations on Russian players to participate in the tournament. Russian president Vladimir Putin pays close attention to the tournament.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Perron said they have not received invitations from Canada.

Right winger Patric Hornqvist has not received an invitation from Sweden. He expressed interest in playing.

Defenseman Ian Cole has not received an invitation from the United States.

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Furious 7 keeps pedal to metal, Avengers in the wings

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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“Furious 7” holds onto the top spot for the fourth — and final — weekend in a row. That’s because “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will be No. 1  at this time next week, with the only question being how much it will make.
 
The seventh movie in the “Fast & Furious” series picked up an additional $18 million, bringing its North American gross to nearly $321 million, ahead of the “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” “The Age of Adaline” and “Ex Machina,” the latter playing on a third of the screens as “Furious.” 
 
Here are the top 10 estimates courtesy of Rentrak: 
 
1. “Furious 7” — $18,259,360, bringing its total to $320,536,125. 
2. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” — $15,500,000, for $43,948,184. 
3. “The Age of Adaline: — $13,375,000.
4. “Home” — $8,300,000, for $153,784,071 to date. 
5. “Unfriendedd” — $6,243,7850, or $25,157,515 since release. 
6. “Ex Machina” — $5,441,452, bumping its North American total to $6,919,883. 
7. “The Longest Ride” — $4,365,000, for $30,397,839.
8. “Get Hard” — $3,905,000, or $84,066,240.
9. “Monkey Kingdom” — $3,551,000, for $10,258,000.
10. “Woman in Gold” — $3,501,000, or $21,634,779. 
 
Above photo:  Director James Wan and Vin Diesel, below, it's autos away early in "Furious 7."
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