Empty Netter Assists - Crosby, Malkin advance to semifinals - 05-15-15

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IIHF World Championship

-Two goals and an assist by Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin(above, with Sweden defenseman John Klingberg) led Russia past Sweden, 5-3, in a quarterfinal round game in the IIHF World Championship tournament.

-Malkin's first goal:

-Malkin's second goal:

-Down times for Sweden:

-Capitals captain/forward Alex Ovechkin will join Russia.

-Penguins forward/captain Sidney Crosby recorded an assist for Canada which routed Belarus, 9-0.

-Crosby and Canada defenseman Brent Burns had a moment:

-Canada forward Tyler Seguin > Belarus goaltender Kevin Lalande:

-Canada goaltender Mike Smith was all over this puck:

-Panthers forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr had two goals and an assist for the Czech Republic in a 5-3 win against Finland.

-A good look at Jagr going to the backhand on Finland goaltender Pekka Rinne:

-Happy times for Czech defenseman Michal Jordan (right), Jagr (center) and defenseman Jan Hejda:

-The Czech Republic crease was crowded:

-Happy times for Czech Republic goaltender Ondrej Pavelec:

-And the rest of his teammates:


-Patriotic times for the Czech Republic:

-Rinne had issues with this puck:

-This one too:

-Everyone had issues here:

-Wild forward Charlie Coyle had a goal and an assist for the United States which beat Switzerland, 3-1.

-Happy times for United States forwards Ben Smith (left) and Mark Arcobello, a former Penguin:

-Down times for Switzerland forwards Reto Suri (left) and Julian Walker:

-The semifinal round will be played Saturday. Canada will face the Czech Republic while Russia will square off with the United States.


-“You always have an interest in being able to get to the National Hockey League, but as of now, this is where I’m coaching. This is what my focus has been and nothing has changed. If something comes along the road that makes sense for myself and my family, then that’s something I would consider. But none of that has happened at this point.” - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach John Hynes on potentially becoming an NHL coach.

-The Discovery Channel had some fun at the Penguins' expense.

Playoff Stuff
Rangers - Lightning

-Lightning forward Ryan Callahan resumed practicing three days after undergoing an appendectomy.

-"Ever since the playoffs started, I just knew it was going to happen. I just felt it. It's ironic for sure." - Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman (right) on facing the Rangers, his former team, in the Eastern Conference final.

-“We have a very professional team. I think our guys stay in the moment, stay in the present and focus on what needs to be done. They go out and play and have fun doing it.” - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault describing his team.

-According to Vigneault, Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello is “starting to work out." Zuccarello has not played since suffering a head injury in Game 5 of a first-round series with the Penguins.

Ducks - Blackhawks

-Ducks forward Corey Perry skipped practice Thursday. He suffered a suspected leg injury this past Sunday in Game 5 of a second-round series with the Flames. He is expected to be ready for Sunday's Game 1 of the Western Conference final.

-“Personally, I like fewer days off — a couple of days off. But a long period of time — we’ll see. I’m sure nobody likes to wait this long.” - Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa on waiting nine days between games.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Capitals assigned defenseman Nate Schmidt to Hershey of the AHL.

-The Islanders are selling tubes of melted ice from the last game played at Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum.

Atlantic Division

-The Ottawa Senators announced owner Eugene Melnyk is seeking a liver donation. Melnyk, who was absent for muchof the Senators' late run in the regular season and postseason, is currently hospitalized in Toronto.

-“I was still in Florida, I was basically in lockdown in my room. [The biggest symptom] was mostly dizziness, I tried to get up the next day, they tried to work on me and I had like a little mini panic attack. I just wanted to go back and sleep. I slept most of those two days.” - Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (right) revealing the details of a head injury he suffered in April.

-Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry faces an uncertain summer as a pending unrestricted free agent.

Pacific Division

-The Canucks signed defenseman Jordan Subban, a fourth-round pick in 2013, to an entry-level contract. Terms were not reported. He is the brother of star Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.

-The Ducks signed forward Ondrej Kase, a seventh-round pick in 2014, to a three-year entry-level contract.

(Photos: Mike Carlson/Getty Images, Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images, Matej Divizna/Getty Images, Petr David Josek/Associated Press, Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images, Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images and Martin Rose/Getty Images)

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That Reminds Me

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Less than a day after the tragic Amtrak accident, a GOP-led House Appropriations Committee voted to cut funding for Amtrak by $252 million. How cold-hearted are these people?

051515 That Reminds Me

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Swofford wraps up ACC spring meetings

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AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — Well, it wasn't the most exciting of ACC meetings. Neither the football nor the basketball coaches voted on any significant measures, and most of the action items for the league's athletic directors were for what commissioner John Swofford referred to as "nuts and bolts" items regarding internal league governance, rather than any news items. There was a lot of discussion this week, though, and here are a few notes from Swofford's wrap-up session with reporters today...

- Two years ago at these meetings, Swofford announced that the ACC would start looking into forming its own television network. He warned at the time that there wouldn't be a whole lot of updates until the process was complete, and true to his word, Swofford was pretty mum on the subject today. He did say the league was "pleased with where they are in the process."
"It’s in process," Swofford said. "It doesn’t serve any real positive purpose for us to periodically give interim updates on that."
One thing that will be interesting to see as this process goes on is how the league integrates digital media into the end product. It's becoming more and more important that a network has a good mobile app that can be used with Apple TV, Google Chrome, etc., rather than a traditional cable model.
"I think the whole digital space is just going to become more and more prominent going forward," Swofford said.
"The channel is part of discussions about what’s the best route for us to go television-wise in the future we now have."
Swofford did say today that they expected the process to take two or three years from when it started. This marks two years, so I would be surprised if there's not some sort of resolution by the a year from now.

- Regarding the College Football Playoff, Swofford said he (obviously) liked where the ACC stood in that Florida State got into the inaugural edition. Moving forward, he said he expects the Playoff to stay at four teams for the duration of its 12-year contract. He did add, though, that eight teams is probably the ideal number, with the five power conference champions earning automatic bids and three at-large teams.
Now, there are restrictions in place — Swofford pointed to exams and not wanting to stretch too far into January as examples — but he said eight is "a really good number."

- Swofford reiterated the conference's position against its coaches working at satellite camps. He said the league coaches and ADs all agree on that position, and they hope similar action is taken on that front nationally.
"We’ll have to see how that plays out," Swofford said. "What came out of that from this meeting was that we had no interest in changing it from a league perspective. We’ll continue to push for a national regulation and legislation to limit that."

- There was no vote on an early signing period, but it's no secret that the league coaches are in favor of it. I wrote on the topic earlier this week, and the topic will go to a vote of the Conference Commissioners Association in June.
"My impression is there’s a lot of support for that, but that’ll play out in June," Swofford said.

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The former Showcase North turned Rave is now closed

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 Updated:  The former Showcase North is closed, as these pictures I took Saturday show.


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startrekThe Showcase North opened with “Star Trek” in December 1979 on just one of its eight screens and will close after the 7:45 p.m. showing of “Seventh Son” tonight.
I’m sorry to see any theater go dark but this probably was inevitable, given the new Cinemark a couple of lights away on McKnight Road. The Showcase Cinemas North had a good run and anyone who lives or lived in the North Hills likely saw a movie or a hundred there. 
I think I caught “The Jerk” there, which would have been in the theater’s earliest days. I remember watching “E.T.” and trying not to cry when he seemed doomed, delighting in “Moonstruck,” taking a young relative to see “The Little Mermaid” (and realizing we were too close to the screen and scary sea witch Ursula) and attending previews of “Beethoven,” “The Help” and countless others there for work. 
Restaurants and theaters are intertwined with memories which is why we’re so sad when they close. Many of the theaters where I saw movies as a kid or young adult are gone. The Bellevue, North Hills Theatre with its magnificently big screen, McKnight Cinemas, Jerry Lewis Cinema and Wexford Starlight Drive-In.
ravecinemasignIMG 1512The Showcase theater initially was met with resistance, especially by a McCandless councilman who said in October 1978:  “I don’t know what social impact an eight-theater complex will make on this community. Movies are putting a sick product on the market. Movies have an influence on young people and I can’t support this. I just don’t like what you’re selling.”
At the time, one community official said if a Steelers-Oilers football game hadn’t been played at the same time as the meeting, there would have been a crowd protesting. So thank you, NFL. 
But the debut wasn’t without further off-screen drama. 
As it was about to open, the theater failed to meet the municipality’s standards for a temporary occupancy permit. It opened with just one auditorium showing “Star Trek” Dec. 7, 1979, but by Christmas, it was joined by “The Jerk,” “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “1941,” “The Black Hole,” “Roller Boogie” and “Going in Style.” 
At the time, the Showcase Cinemas North was the largest of the Showcase theaters in the area, bigger than the ones in Wilkins near Monroeville and in Robinson.  They all either subdivided some auditoriums or added new ones to expand their spaces. 
It had a good run, eventually changing hands from National Amusements (the parent company of Showcase) to Rave Motion Pictures. It most recently was operated by Cinemark, which opened the Cinemark North Hills and XD at McCandless Crossing in September. It has 12 screens and almost all the amenities a moviegoer could want, including a bar in the lobby. 
In July 2000, when then PG movie editor Ron Weiskind and I did a survey of all the theaters in the area, the Showcase North was the only centrally located first-run movie theater in the North Hills. Showcase Cinemas West closed in April 2010, and Showcase Cinemas East in September 2004. 
For the record, when the Rave Pittsburgh 11 goes dark it will be playing: “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Hot Pursuit,” “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” “Furious 7,” “Get Hard,” “Cinderella,” “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” “Focus,” “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” “Seventh Son” and “American Sniper.” 
Thanks for the memories. And the popcorn.  

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Growing edibles in small spaces

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brazelberries-peach-sorbetBrazelberries 'Peach Sorbet is the perfect choice for a container planted blueberry.

You don't need four acres to grow things you can eat. Here are lots of ideas for growing everything from tomatoes to blueberries in a small space. This segment from Pittsburgh Today Live includes some of my favorites.

It’s all about the little things, right?

Every gardener knows that fresh produce from the backyard is the best there is. You don’t need tons of space to grow something edible either.

There are lots of ways to get that garden freshness in small spaces.

Tiny Tumbler tomato is grown in a hanging basket. Give it plenty of water and some fertilizer over the summer and you might be the first one on the block to pick tomatoes.

Lots of nurseries offer herb boxes which are already filled with plants. They are packed with everything great for the kitchen. You could even buy some herbs an pot them up yourself. Keep the container right by the kitchen to add to your favorite dishes.

Hulu Berries are a strawberry that tastes like pineapple and it's grown in a container. Easy to grow and tasty.

Strawberries can even be grown in something called grow bags.

There are lots of smaller blueberries bred for containers too.
All the plants featured on the show came from Hahn Nursery in Ross.

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