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No viewing parties for Penguins playoff games - 04-13-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Due to construction on the site of the former Civic Arena, the Penguins will not be able to host viewing parties for playoff games as they have for the past seven years.

Development of the 28-acre site formally began March 23 has has eliminated approximately 1,000 parking spaces.

The Penguins first began hosting viewing parties at the front of Gate Three of the Civic Arena during the 2008 postseason. The gatherings were an instant hit as thousands of fans would bring lawn chairs (or in some cases, couches) and watch home as well as road games on a giant video board. Occasionally, the overflow crowd would force Washington Place, the road in front of the building, to be closed.

After the Penguins moved to Consol Energy Center in 2010, viewing parties for the 2011 postseason were held on a parking adjacent to the Civic Arena. In 2012, the parties were staged on a lawn adjacent to Consol Energy Center. For the past two seasons, the parties returned to the Civic Arena site.

"It became a staple and obviously we wish we could do it this year," said Penguins vice president of communications Tom McMillan. "There's just construction across the street which prevents it. In the future, looking forward as things [progress] over there, we think we'll be able to find spaces to do it. It's just the timing this year didn't work out. We're trying to do some other things. People really enjoyed coming down. We enjoyed having that."

The Penguins will stage a contest for 50 tickets in section 120 of Consol Energy Center for all home playoff games. An entry form for the contest can be found on the team's Web site.

Black and gold - Vegas gold, not Pittsburgh gold - towels will be distributed for every home game.

(Photo: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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New Terminator Genisys trailer

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

New trailer for "Terminator Genisys" in which Arnold says his signature line of "I'll be back" and we hear characters talk about being humanity's last hope.  The movie is due in theaters July 1. 

 

 

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Fishing village of Volendam strewn with gardens and captivating flowers

Written by Doug Oster on .

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A huge black dog, maybe a great pyrenees, captivates Japanese tourists as it plays in the shallow water along the banks of Lake IJssel. This body of water is so big, it seems like our group is looking over the ocean as we explore the quaint fishing town of Volendam.

There are a row of houses overlooking the water and each one has either a tiny garden or incredible containers.

These gardeners have created spaces and pots which are breathtaking. As I join forces with another photographer on the trip, we fall behind the group as each container astounds us.

IMG 7072First are two flower kale plants which made it through the Dutch winter and are starting to blossom with tiny yellow flowers. One stalk is purple, and another pure white.

Next door was a wonderful combination of pansies and heather. The white flowers and texture of the heather set off the blueish pansy blooms beautifully. I’ve never seen these two plants used together.

As we rushed to the next area, attempting to keep up with the group, we were treated to the sight of a small filled with deep green moss and punctuated with succulents whose tips were deep rose.

Then another container stuffed with pansies, primroses, two red English daisies (Bellis perennis, some foliage plants and one I can’t identify. It’s a stunning display and one can’t help but think how nice it would be to sit and look at the lake with these carefully designed containers in the foreground.

In town a fishing boat was auctioned off and when the sale was complete we heard a loud cheer from a local watering hole. A live band kicked off the festivities with a rousing version of Sitting on the Dock of the Bay. We wanted badly to celebrate with the locals, but had to head off to the next stop.

We visit Henry Willig, a place that shows us how cheese is made by hand. I’m drawn to the rainbow of colors of Dutch shoes planted with pretty pansies. Shoes made great containers for the right plant.

Bicycles are a huge part of the culture here, since it’s so flat, just about everyone uses a bike.

It was in Edam that we saw the most beautiful Bike. It’s an art piece sitting on a little bridge over a narrow canal. Someone sure had fun painting this and decorating the bicycle, even including faux moss growing at the bottom of the tires to make it seem as though it’s been there forever.

The Netherlands is offering amazing surprises as each turn. I’m looking forward to seeing many more tomorrow and, in turn, passing them on to you.

Some more pictures from the trip through Volendam:

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(Top image: Lake IJssel. Doug Oster photos)

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Penguins-Rangers - Head to head - 04-13-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A look at the basis statistics of players on the active NHL roster of the Penguins and Rangers in head to head games this regular season.

Penguins skaters
Player, Position Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
Penalty
Minutes
Evgeni Malkin, C 4 2-1-3 2
Daniel Winnik, C 2 1-2-3 0
Nick Spaling, C 4 1-2-3 2
Blake Comeau, LW 3 1-1-2 0
David Perron, LW 3 1-1-2 2
Sidney Crosby, C 4 1-1-2 4
Steve Downie, RW 4 1-1-2 4
Kris Letang, D 3 0-2-2 4
Patric Hornqvist, RW 2 0-1-1 2
Brandon Sutter, C 4 0-1-1 0
Brian Dumoulin, D 1 0-0-0 0
Ben Lovejoy, D 1 0-0-0 0
Ian Cole, D 2 0-0-0 4
Pascal Dupuis, RW 2 0-0-0 0
Maxim Lapierre, C 2 0-0-0 2
Beau Bennett, RW 3 0-0-0 2
Chris Kunitz, LW 3 0-0-0 0
Craig Adams, RW 4 0-0-0 0
Christian Ehrhoff, D 4 0-0-0 4
Paul Martin, D 4 0-0-0 4
Taylor Chorney, D - - -
Scott Harrington, D - - -
Olli Maatta, D - - -
Derrick Pouliot, D - - -
Penguins goaltenders
Player Games
Played
Record Goals
Against
Average
Save
Percentage
Shutout
Marc-Andre Fleury 4 1-2-1 4.21 .866 0
Thomas Greiss 1 0-0-0 1.76 .866 0
Rangers skaters
Player, Position Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
Penalty
Minutes
Rick Nash, LW 4 4-3-7 0
Derick Brassard, C 4 2-3-5 0
Martin St. Louis, RW 4 2-3-5 2
Derek Stepan, C 4 2-2-4 2
Kevin Klein, D 4 2-1-3 0
Mats Zuccarello, RW 4 1-2-3 0
Kevin Hayes, RW 4 1-1-2 2
Chris Kreider, LW 3 0-2-2 2
Dan Girardi, D 4 0-2-2 4
Dominic Moore, C 4 0-2-2 0
Marc Staal, D 4 0-2-2 4
J.T. Miller, C 2 1-0-1 0
Ryan McDonagh, D 2 0-1-1 0
Carl Hagelin, LW 4 0-1-1 2
Dan Boyle, D 3 0-0-0 0
Tanner Glass, LW 3 0-0-0 2
Matt Hunwick, D 3 0-0-0 0
Jesper Fast, RW 4 4-0-0 0
James Sheppard, C - - -
Chris Summers, D - - -
Keith Yandle, D - - -
Rangers goaltenders
Player Games
Played
Record Goals
Against
Average
Save
Percentage
Shutout
Henrik Lundqvist
4 3-0-1 1.69 .950 1
Cam Talbot - - - - -

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Empty Netter Assists - Dumoulin, Harrington recalled - 04-13-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-The Penguins recalled defensemen Brian Dumoulin (right) and Scott Harrington from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-Their recalls mean the Penguins won't have to worry about playing with only five defensemen any longer.

-The Penguins won't have home-ice advantage in a postseason series for the first time since winning the 2009 Stanley Cup final in Detroit.

-Andrew Ebbett had a goal and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-1 win against the Portland Pirates. Jeff Zatkoff made 29 saves for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-“His stick position, tracking the puck when he doesn’t have it, stopping and starting, playing in the defensive zone — those are things he did a good job with. I think the team he came from did a real good job instilling those habits.” - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach John Hynes on forward Kasperi Kapanen.

-Eric Hartzell made 31 saves for the Wheeling Nailers who finished their regular season with a 4-2 win against the Brampton Beast.

-The Nailers will face the Toledo Walleye in the division semifinals of the Kelly Cup playoffs. The schedule:

Game 1 – Thursday, April 16 at 8:15 p.m. ET at Toledo
Game 2 – Saturday, April 18 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Toledo
Game 3 – Wednesday, April 22 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Wheeling
Game 4 – Friday, April 24 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Wheeling
Game 5 – Saturday, April 25 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Wheeling-*
Game 6 – Tuesday, April 28 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Toledo-*
Game 7 – Wednesday, April 29 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Toledo-*

*-If necessary

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Jim McGeough. Acquired at the 1985 trade deadeline in a deal which sent Mark Taylor the Capitals, McGeough spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1984-85 by appearing in 14 games for the Penguins and recording four assists. In 1985-86, McGeough played in 17 games and recorded five assists. He followed that up in 1986-87 by seeing action in 11 games and netting five points. In the 1987 offseason, he joined Klagenfurter AC in Austria.

-Happy 41st birthday to former all-star Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar (right). A free agent signing in the 2005 offseason, Gonchar spent five seasons with Penguins. Gonchar's debut season in Pittsburgh saw him appear in 75 games and record 58 points. His second campaign saw Gonchar play in all 82 games and match a career-high in points with 67. He appeared in five postseason games that spring and scored four points. In 2007-08, Gonchar as he netted 65 points in 78 games, earned an appearance in the All-Star Game. During that spring's postseason, Gonchar played in 20 games and contributed 14 points while helping the Penguins return to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 16 years. A preseason injury derailed his 2008-09 season as he only appeared in 25 games and scored 19 points. In 22 postseason games that spring, Gonchar appeared in 22 games and scored 14 points while helping the franchise earn its third Stanley Cup title. In 2009-10, Gonchar appeared in 62 games and record 50 points. He saw action in 13 postseason games in 2010 and contributeded 12 points. During the 2010 offseason, he joined the Senators as a free agent. In 322 games with the Penguin, "Sarge" recorded 259 points, 30th-most in franchise history. In 60 postseason games, he scored 44 points. He is currently a member of the Montreal Canadiens.

-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins forward Arron Asham. A free agent signing in the 2010 offseason, Asham has spent the past two seasons with the Penguins. In 2010-11, Asham appeared in 44 games and scored 11 points. He saw action in seven postseason games last spring and collected four points. Last season, Asham saw action in 64 games and scored 16 points. He played in three postseason games last spring and had no points. In 108 career regular season games with the Penguins, Asham has scored 27 points. In 10 postseason games, he had four points. During the 2012 offseason, he joined the Rangers as a free agent.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Rangers assigned forward Ryan Bourque to Hartford of the AHL.

-The Islanders recalled defenseman Griffin Reinhart from Bridgeport of the AHL and assigned goaltender Kevin Poulin to Bridgeport.

-The Capitals assigned forward Stanislav Galiev to Hershey of the AHL.

-The Devils assigned forwards Stefan Matteau and Reid Boucher to Albany of the AHL.

-The Hurricanes assigned defenseman Keegan Lowe to Charlotte of the AHL.

Atlantic Division

-The Sabres fired head coach Ted Nolan (right) as well as assistant coaches Bryan Trottier, Tom Coolen and Danny Flynn. In his second stint with the Sabres, Nolan had a 40-87-17 record over parts of two seasons. The Sabres finished with the worst overall record in the NHL this season at 23-51-8.

-The Lightning assigned forward Jonathan Marchessault to Syracuse of the AHL.

-The Canadiens signed defenseman Mark MacMillan, a fourth-round pick in 2010, to a two-year entry-level contract.

-In addition to firing general manager Dave Nonis and interim head coach Peter Horachek, the Maple Leafs fired assistant coaches Steve Spott, Chris Dennis, goaltending coach Rick St. Croix and the majority of the scouting department.

-The Maple Leafs assigned defenseman Andrew MacWilliam to Toronto of the AHL.

Central Division

-With a salary cap crunch looming this summer, it's now or never for this group of Blackhawks.

-The Blackhawks recalled goaltender Antti Raanta and defenseman Kyle Cumiskey from Rockford of the  AHL.

-The Avalanche assigned forwards Freddie Hamilton, Joey Hishon and defenseman Duncan Siemens to Lake Erie of the AHL.

-The Stars assigned defenseman Patrick Nemeth to Texas of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-The Canucks assigned forward Sven Baertschi to Utica of the AHL.

-The Flames assigned forwards Emile Poirier, David Wolf, defensemen Brett Kulak and John Ramage to Adirondack of the AHL.

-The Oilers assigned defensemen Martin Marincin, Brandon Davidson and David Musil to Oklahoma City of the AHL.

-Kings general manager Dean Lombardi admitted players locked head coach Darryl Sutter (right) out of the team's dressing room in order to hold a players only meeting after a win against the Lightning Feb. 7.

-The Kings assigned forward Jordan Weal to Manchester of the AHL.

-The Sharks assigned forwards Chris Tierney, Bryan Lerg, defensemen Taylor Fedun and Karl Stollery to Worcester of the AHL.

Smythe Division

-NBC will televise the draft lottery Saturday.

-Goaltender Devin Williams made 27 saves for the Erie Otters in a 4-1 win against the London Knights in Game 3 of their OHL second-round playoff series. Erie leads the best-of-seven series, 3-0.

(Photos: Al Bello/Getty Images, Harry How/Getty Images, Jamie Sabau/Getty Images and Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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