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Empty Netter Assists - 03-27-14

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Penguins

-The Jarome Iginla trade. One year later.

-"We've had our fair share this year, especially the last three weeks. As a team, we've got to be better than that." - Brandon Sutter on the Penguins taking penalties.

-"I've been in and out the last little while. I'm just trying to play with a little more confidence, make some plays." - Taylor Pyatt.

-Peter Mannino made 18 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-1 loss to the Providence Bruins.

-Highlights:

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Chuck Kobasew has goals in five consecutive games in the AHL.

-After the Jump: The Rangers get an important win against the Flyers.

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JUCO targets Walker, Howard to visit Duquesne this weekend

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

Dinjiyl Walker

Duquesne will host a pair of junior-college players this weekend in hopes of adding some experience to its incoming recruiting class, which currently includes incoming freshmen Eric James and TySean Powell. Visiting the Bluff this weekend are Iowa Western guard Dinjiyl Walker and Southwest Mississippi forward Twymond Howard.

Walker, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound combo guard, averaged 16.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists this season for Iowa Western (24-8). The Council Bluffs, Iowa, native has visited Bradley and St. Mary's of California. Duquesne has recruited him for some time, and also recruited his former teammate Devin Brooks last year before Brooks chose Creighton.

Walker played the point for Iowa Western, shooting 37.1 percent from 3-point range and 75.8 percent from the free-throw line. He had 81 assists to 75 turnovers this season.

Howard, the pride of Pearl, Miss., averaged 15.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game for Southwest Mississippi (12-13). He was a three-star recruit out of high school, according to Rivals.com, and got offers from the likes of Arkansas, Baylor, Georgetown, Maryland, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Tennessee.

The 6-foot-5 forward, a 2012 Parade All American, spent his freshman season at UTEP, logging just 67 minutes and averaging 1.3 points per game. He visited TCU recently and is expected to make a transfer decision in the near future.

 Duquesne brought in one junior-college transfer last season (Tra'Vaughn White) alongside its five-man freshman class of Desmond Ridenour, L.G. Gill, Isaiah Watkins, Jordan Robinson and Darius Lewis. Robinson was ruled a partial qualifier and redshirted the season.

Will have more info on Dinjiyl and Twymond, these All-Name Team candidates, should one of them decide to commit this weekend.


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Flyers at Rangers chat - 03-16-13

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We will be holding a live chat for tonight's important Flyers-Rangers game.

The chat and the game begin at approximately 8 p.m. EDT. Feel free to participate in the box below:

 

(Photo: Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

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Il governatore Steelers

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Gov. Tom Corbett made a much publicized trip to the Vatican today, leading a delegation for a brief audience with Pope Francis, to persuade the head of the Holy See to visit Philadelphia in 2015, not to exorcise the place, but rather for the 8th World Meeting of Families

After his visit with Il Papa, Gov. Corbett, a Pittsburgh native and unabashed Steelers fan, followed the sage advice, "When in Rome, Do as the Yinzers Do" and made a brief stop at La Botticella, a.k.a. "the Steelers bar in Rome" (although now its fair to simply call it the Roman Pittsburgh bar, given its year-round devotion to all Pittsburgh sports).

Below he's pictured with tavern owner Giovanni Poggi (left). 

Gio Guv

Art Rooney Jr., Lawrence Timmons, Cardinal Wuerl, Dan Bylsma, Bishop Zubik and Steelers minority share owner Larry Paul have all previously visited La Botticella in recent years, as have seemingly every man, woman and child with a 412 connection when vacationing in the Eternal City. 

And based on Corbett's atrocious polling numbers, he should hope to meet a few of them, as he'll need every vote he can get. Even from Rome. 

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Empty Netter Assists - 03-26-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We have nights where we're going real good, everybody's executing, we have great life, everyone's competing like crazy. Then we've had a few nights where we're just not very good. What's causing it? I don't know, but we've got to try to find a way to be better." - Matt Niskanen.

-The Associated Press' recap. "It gives confidence that if you can win in Pittsburgh you can win anywhere." - Coyotes captain/forward Shane Doan.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-The Penguins looking up from their bench:

-Olli Maatta doing his thing:

-A good look at the lid of Phoenix's Thomas Greiss:

-Even with Greiss looking elsewhere, Sidney Crosby couldn't score:

-Tanner Glass and Phoenix's Kyle Chipchura got busy in the corner:

-Submitted without further commentary:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Taylor Pyatt speaks:

-“Every time you lose a player like him, it’s a big blow for the team. At the same time, we have dealt with lots of injuries during the year.” - Jussi Jokinen on Evgeni Malkin's foot injury.

-"Hockey is a business and I had to move on." - Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek on his time with the Penguins.

-How does Jayson Megna's recall impact the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins?

-Penguins forward prospect Josh Archibald is set to make his professional debut tonight with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled forward Carter Rowney from the Wheeling Nailers.

 

-Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson (right). Acquired from the Whalers along with Ron Francis and Grant Jennings at the 1991 trade deadline in a deal which sent John Cullen, Jeff Parker and Zarley Zalapski to Hartford, Samuelsson spent parts of five seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished 1990-91 by appearing in 14 games, scored five points and recorded 37 penalty minutes. In 20 postseason games that spring, he scored five points including the Cup-clinching goal in an 8-0 win at Minnesota in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final, May 25, 1991. His first full season with the Penguins was 1991-92. In 62 games, he scored 15 points and accumulated 206 penalty minutes. He saw action in 21 postseason games that spring and scored seven points while helping the franchise win its second Stanley Cup title. During 1992-93, Samuelsson appeared in 77 games, scored 29 points and recorded a career-high 249 penalty minutes. In 12 postseason games that spring, he scored six points. In 1993-94, Samuelsson saw action in 80 games, netted 29 points and recorded 199 penalty minutes. He played in six playoff games that season and recorded one assist. During the lockout-shortened 1994-95 campaign, Samuelsson appeared in 44 games and netted 16 points. In seven postseason games that spring, he recorded two assists. During the 1995 offseason, Samuelsson and Luc Robitaille were traded to the Rangers in exchange for Petr Nedved and Sergei Zubov. One of the most physical and popular players in franchise history, Samuelsson appeared in 277 regular season games with the Penguins and scored 94 points, 91st-most in franchise history and recorded 804 penalty minutes, eighth-most. In 66 postseason games, he scored 16 points. Currently an assistant coach with the Rangers, his son, Philip Samuelsson, is a defensive prospect with the Penguins.

-After the Jump: Upper St. Clair's Vince Trocheck scores a pretty shootout goal.

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