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#SEENOnTV: Great Events to "Fall" Into!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

I always love being on Pittsburgh Today Live here in the 'Burgh, and the events coming up in the first half of October have me excited! Fall festivals, Latin-themed parties, James Bond Champagne Soirees, and more! Check out the clip to learn more and don't forget to follow #wheresNataliePG on Twitter @NBSeen and Instagram @NatalieBenci

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 10-02-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves for the Penguins and Sidney Crosby (above) returned to the lineup in a 2-0 shutout of the Red Wings.

-Highlights:

-Fleury and Brandon Sutter had a moment:

-The Penguins released Dan Carcillo from his tryout.

-EN Says: Carcillo came to camp with a foot injury and was behind the eight ball from the get go. With relatively little time to show what he could offer this team, he never really had a chance to making this roster.

-Patric Hornqvist feels right at home in front of the net.

-Mike Johnston speaks:

-"There were expectations, and we didn’t meet them. We didn’t meet my expectations, either. We tried hard to do it. But it didn’t happen." - Former Penguins general manager Ray Shero on being fired this past offseason.

-Goals by Conor Sheary, Scott Wilson, Bryan Rust and Nick D'Agostino gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 4-2 win against the Utica Comets in a preseason game.

-Highlights:

-Happy 68th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets and Penguins defenseman Doug Barrie. Acquired prior to the 1968-69 season in a deal which sent cash to the Red Wings, Barrie's Penguins career amounted to eight games and two points that campaign. After spending the entire 1969-70 season with the Baltimore Clippers of the AHL, Barrie was claimed by the Sabres in the 1970 expansion draft.

-Happy 57th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Gordie Roberts. Acquired prior to the 1990-91 season in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Blues, Roberts spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1990-91, Roberts appeared in 61 games and contributed 18 points. In that spring's postseason, Roberts appeared in all 24 of the team's games, recorded three points and helped the franchise claim its first Stanley Cup title. Roberts played in 73 games in 1991-92 and scored 24 points. In the 1992 playoffs, Roberts saw action in 19 games and recorded two assists as the team successfully defended the Stanley Cup. In the 1992 offseason, he joined the Bruins as a free agent. In 134 regular season games with the Penguins, Roberts scored 39 points. In 43 postseason games with the franchise, he scored five points. In 1999, Roberts was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins forward Tim Hrynewich. A second-round pick in 1983, Hrynewich spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1982-83, Hrynewich appeared in 30 games and scored five points. In 1983-84, he played in 25 games and contributed nine points. Prior to the 1985-86 season, Hrynewich was traded to the Oilers along with Marty McSorley and Craig Muni in exchange for Gilles Meloche. In 55 games with the Penguins, Hrynewich scored 14 points.

-Happy 30th birthday to former Penguins forward Jonathan Filewich. A third-round pick in 2006, Filewich's entire NHL career amounted to five games and no points with the Penguins in 2007-08. Midway through the 2008-09 season, he was traded to the Blues for future considerations.

-After the Jump: Bobby Ryan gets paid.

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Umbrella Protest

Written by Rob Rogers on .

China has never been good with pro-democracy protests like the one happening in Hong Kong. Let's hope this demonstration ends better than the one in 1989.

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Penguins 2, Red Wings 0 - Postgame thoughts - 10-01-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

-The Penguins closed out the preseason with a 2-0 road win against the Red Wings.

-If you watched this, you need some professional counseling. This was some bland, bland hockey.

-Sidney Crosby was back and he looked fine. He maybe didn't have the same spark he normally provides but he seemed more than comfortable. Whatever limited him during training camp didn't appear to impact him in this game.

-The Penguins used Crosby on a line with Chris Kunitz and Patric Hornqvist. Any signs of chemistry between the three was minimal. Crosby even went offsides once on a rush into the offensive zone.

-That said, expecting instant chemistry for Crosby with a new right winger in his first  game in five months is hardly realistic.

-Blake Comeau scored the Penguins' first goal on a scrum in the Detroit crease. He also took three penalties. So it was an up and down game for him. He capped off a solid preseason.

-We can see Comeau serving as this team's version of what Richard Park was to the 2011-12 team. Or what management hoped Chuck Kobasew could be in 2013-14. A utility guy. He can play either wing and seems comfortable in a variety of roles.

-Oskar Sundqvist scored the Penguins' second goal off a rebound and he's given management something to consider when it makes its final cuts. He's played well for someone getting his first taste of NHL action. When the Penguins came to training camp with an assortment of bottom-six forward options, Sundqvist probably wasn't on the radar of too many people including the management of this team. After this preseason, he's a big blip on that radar.

-Sundqvist, 20, has a decent amount of size (6-foot-3, 209 pounds) and he's not afraid to go the net. With Evgeni Malkin potentially injured going into the regular season, Sundqvist could be useful earl on.

-The Penguins' third line tonight was Nick Spaling, Marcel Goc and Comeau. And that line was pieced together for a preseason game with injuries being a factor. How much better of a third line is that in comparison to most of the third lines the Penguins worked with last season?

-With Hornqvist working on the first line, Pascal Dupuis was moved to the left wing on the second line. He worked with Brandon Sutter and Steve Downie. There wasn't a great deal of chemistry on display with that trio.

-Spaling was involved in both Penguins' goals. He was in the mix on the scrum leading to Comeau's goal. Then he fired a rebound shot which created another rebound leading to Sundqvist's goal.

-Dan Carcillo worked on a third line with Sundqvist and Craig Adams. His impact was minimal.

-Christian Ehrhoff and Kris Letang once again looked pretty sharp as a duo.

-Paul Martin and Scott Harrington were fairly inert as a defensive pairing.

-Simon Despres and Rob Scuderi didn't look very comfortable with one another.

-Marc-Andre Fleury recorded a shutout. Outside of a few spurts by the Red Wings, he wasn't under a great deal of sustained pressure.

-The Penguins will have two days of team building exercises in the Poconos before returning to practice Saturday.

-Game summary.

-Event summary.

(Photo: Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

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See "The Chair" movies at Waterworks starting Friday

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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“Hollidaysburg” and “Not Cool,” two movies made in Pittsburgh as part of “The Chair” documentary series and competition, will open Friday at Waterworks Cinemas near Fox Chapel. 
 
Both are coming-of-age comedies about former high school classmates returning home from college for Thanksgiving. Anna Martemucci directed “Hollidaysburg” which will screen at 7:10 p.m. daily while Shane Dawson’s “Not Cool” will follow at 9:25 p.m.
 
Premium cable network Starz has been airing the 10-episode series chronicling the moviemaking process as Ms. Martemucci and Mr. Dawson make separate features from the same Dan Schoffer script and budget. The audience will vote on which director will win $250,000.
 
Among the behind-the-scenes (and sometimes, on camera) players are: “Project Greenlight” creator and “Promised Land” producer Chris Moore; Zachary Quinto, Corey Moosa and Neal Dodson from Before the Door Pictures; Point Park University, which provided production office space and counted 100-plus students as interns, employees and in other capacities; Steeltown Entertainment Project; and the Pittsburgh Innovative Media Incubator, a WQED-Steeltown venture. 
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Photo of Anna Martemucci by Bob Donaldson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and photo of Shane Dawson by Camelia Montoy.
 

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