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Free cooking/gardening demo with Doug Sunday

Written by Doug Oster on .

 blog Jess and Doug GWA PittsburghJessica Walliser and Doug Oster are The Organic Gardeners. They'll be giving a free cooking/gardening demo on Sunday.

I'll be joined by my radio partner Jessica Walliser on Sunday March 29th, 2015 at three Giant Eagle Market District stores.

We'll be talking gardening and cooking a special recipe from the onion family. Best of all you get to taste what we make.

We've also got lots of seeds and other gardening stuff to give a way.

We're at the Bethel Park Giant Eagle Market District at 9:30 a.m.

The new Waterworks store at 12 noon

Then we'll finish the day at the Pine store at 2:30 p.m.

Hope to see you there.

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Empty Netter Assists - Malkin, Honrqvist close to returning - 03-28-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-"We play so bad right now." - Evgeni Malkin (right).

-Malkin and Hornqvist are "really close" to returning to the lineup from undisclosed injuries according to Mike Johnson.

-“That tunnel, man. I hate that tunnel." - Coyotes forward (the great) Joe Vitale on driving through the Fort Pitt Tunnel yesterday.

-Mike Johnston's mother died. Shelia Margaret "Mickey" Johnston was 81.

-Why has forward Mark Arcobello had more success with the Coyotes than the Penguins?

-At a town hall meeting with season ticket holders, Flyers executive Shawn Tilger revealed his team is pushing the NHL to stage an outdoor game between the Flyers and Penguins.

-Johnston speaks:

-Malkin speaks:

-Hornqvist speaks:

-Matt Murray made 25 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-1 win against the rival Binghamton Senators.

-Murray is 11-0-1 in his last 12 starts.

-Former Robert Morris forward Cody Wydo had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 2-1 home win against the Fort Wayne Komets. Eric Hartzell made 35 saves for Wheeling.

-Happy 62nd birthday to former Penguins defensemn Dennis Owchar (right). A second-round pick in 1973, Owchar spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1974-75, Owchar appeared in 46 games and scored 17 points. In six postseason games that spring, he recorded one assist. He followed that up in 1975-76 by playing in 54 games and once again netting 17 points. He saw action in two postseason games that season and failed to record a point. In 1976-77, Owchar played in 46 games and accumulated 23 points. After 22 games and 10 points in 1977-78, Owchar was traded to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Tom Edur. In 168 regular season games with the Penguins, Owchar recorded 67 points. In eight postseason games, he recorded one assist.

-After the Jump: Nick Bjugstad's season is over.

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Tippett: Competition, structure leading to less offense - 03-27-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Tuesday, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock offered his thoughts on on why offensive totals have dropped in the NHL this season. He blamed skating.

Earlier today, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, a former checking center in the 1980s and 1990s including one season with the Penguins, offered his thoughts on the decreased offense.

Why do you think offense has dropped so much?

"Well I think the game right now is very good because it's very competitive. The parity is what you're seeing a lot. You've got on any given night, you can have a real, tight … you can't say a playoff-style game during the [regular] season but there are games that look like that right now where both teams are playing sound, really strong hockey. Teams are preparing for the playoffs. Teams are just trying to get to the playoffs.

That's how you have to play if you're going to be a playoff team. On each side, there's going to be good teams that miss the playoffs. So those teams are in such a dogfight right now, it makes the games really tight. In the playoffs, you see that. Games are tighter. That's how games are fought during the playoffs. And you're seeing more games during the regular season like that now. Consequently, scoring isn't as high."

How different is that aspect of the game today compared to 10 years ago when the NHL introduced new rules to promote offense?

"I'll go back even further … say 20 years when you would get the 200-point years [by an individual player] and stuff like that. You watch the game then and you watch the game now, the amount of mistakes that were made in that game and the little amount that was built into the game was very different. Very different.

I remember when I first got into the NHL [as a player], if you were a winger, you just go take care of that defenseman down there and if he didn't skate up ice, you just didn't skate back with him. Now, you've got five guys coming back in the [defensive] zone. The game is totally different that way. The structure, the work and the ability to play the onus on playing strong defense is so strong right now that that part of the game, the free and easy part of the game, is gone."

Is the NHL more sophisticated than it was then?

"It continues to get better and better. You might say, 'Better and better? Well I like the 200-point years better.' But it's not better. It's more competitive. It's really, really competitive. You look at just about all the games now, it's competitive hockey.”

(Photos: Paul Connors/Associated Press)

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Watch Southpaw preview here with Jake Gyllenhaal as boxer

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

The first trailer for “Southpaw,” shot in Pittsburgh by native Antoine Fuqua and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker and others, is out. The movie will arrive in theaters July 31.

This is not Pittsburgh as Pittsburgh although you might recognize some of the locations.

Here is a link to my interview with Fuqua as he was wrapping up production here. 

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movies/2014/08/17/city-native-antoine-fuqua-filmed-his-movie-here/201408170027

 

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Opportunity with Coyotes has boosted Arcobello - 03-27-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

 

Mark Arcobello became a trivia answer this season when he became the second player in NHL history to record a point with four different teams in one season.

In addition to a brief stint with the Penguins in January and February, Arcobello has also played for the Oilers, Predators and now the Coyotes who claimed him off waivers from the Penguins Feb. 11. Since then, Arcobello has 12 points (seven goals, fives assists). In contrast, he could only muster two assists in 10 games with the Penguins.

In 70 games overall this season, Arcobello has 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists).

Earlier today, after his team's practice at Consol Energy Center, Arcobello, a forward, talked about his bizarre season and his recent success with the Coyotes.

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What has worked for you with the Coyotes?

"I think I been getting a pretty good opportunity. Not that I didn't in Pittsburgh but I think it's I've been getting in some other situations I guess. Playing some power play. Playing some pretty good even-strength shifts. I guess it's just a matter of gaining confidence. I gained confidence right away when I went to Arizona. Scored early and I think it just kind of went from there. I think I had a little bit of trouble scoring in Pittsburgh which kind of might have hurt my confidence a little bit. But here, it's been going well."

You've been primarily a second-line center with the Coyotes. With the Penguins, you were all over the lineup. It's probably nice to have a regular spot in the lineup.

"Yeah, it's nice knowing I'll have a pretty good chance of being in the lineup every night. That goes a long way in terms of getting comfortable and finding my game."

Being on a team which isn't going to make the postseason probably provides a greater opportunity to play.

"Obviously, it's nice to be on teams that are high in the standings and have a chance at making a playoff run. But for a guy like me in my situation, I'm trying to establish myself in the league and coming to a team like this, it definitely gives me a lot more opportunity to take more responsibility."

Being able to stay on the same team for more than a month is probably a welcome change.

"Yeah, it's nice after the [trade] deadline knowing that I'd be in one spot for the rest of the year which is good. It's been kind of a crazy year. It's definitely nice. It helps me gain confidence and get more comfortable."

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Note: Defenseman Dennis O'Brien (Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Barons, Minnesota North Stars and Boston Bruins) in 1977-78 is the other player to record points with four teams in a single season

(Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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