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Marc-Andre Fleury (above) made a bit of history last night and it wasn't a good kind of history.
Having already surpassed Tom Barrasso in virtually every goaltending record of note for the franchise, Fleury moved ahead of Barrasso for most goaltending losses in franchise history. Last night's 5-1 loss to the Rangers was the 154th in Fleury career.
Here are how Fleury's losses are broken down by team and who scored the game-winning goals for the opponent in those defeats. Players with multiple game-winning goals have those goal totals listed in parenthesis.
Devils (20) - Arron Asham, RW; Nicklas Bergfors, RW; David Clarkson, RW; Patrik Elias, C (3); Brian Gionta, RW (2); Andy Greene, D (2); Adam Henrique, C; Ilya Kovalchuk, LW (2); Jamie Langenbrunner, RW (2); Jay Pandolfo, LW; Zach Parise, LW; Bryce Salvador, D; Travis Zajac, C; Danius Zubrus, C.
Rangers (14) - Sean Avery, LW; Ryan Callahan, RW (2); Nigel Dawes, LW; Brandon Dubinsky, C; Marian Gaborik, RW; Marek Malik, D; Ryan McDonagh, D; Mark Messier (right), C; Michal Rozsival (2), D; Martin Rucinsky, LW (2); Derek Stepan, C.
Flyers (13) - Marc-Andre Bourdon, D; Jeff Carter, C; Claude Giroux, C (3); Scott Hartnell, LW (3); Mike Knuble, RW (2); Joffrey Lupul, LW; Matt Read, RW; Scottie Upshall, RW.
Lightning (10) - Brett Connolly, RW; Ruslan Fedotenko, LW; Nazem Kadri, C; Andreas Karlsson, C; Zenon Konopka, C; Vincent Lecavalier, C; Matt Pettinger, LW; Martin St. Louis, RW; Steven Stamkos, C; Cory Stillman, LW.
Maple Leafs (9) - Jason Blake, LW; Niklas Hagman, LW; Nazem Kadri, C; Chad Kilger, LW; Clarke MacArthur, LW; Robert Reichel, C; Jiri Tlusty, C; James van Riemsdyk, LW; Ian White, D.
Canadiens (8) - Mathieu Darche, LW; Scott Gomez, C; Andrei Kostitsyn, LW; Maxim Lapierre, C; Andrei Markov, D; Tomas Plekanec, C; Michael Ryder, RW; Sheldon Souray, D.
Senators (8) - Dany Heatley, RW (2); Erik Karlsson, D; Chris Kelly, C (2); Josh Langfield, RW; Wade Redden, D; Bryan Smolinski, C.
Capitals (7) - Jason Chimera, LW; Sergei Fedorov, C; Eric Fehr, RW; Tomas Fleischmann, LW; Boyd Gordon, C; Brooks Laich, LW; Alex Ovechkin, LW.
Islanders (7) - Jason Blake, LW; Michael Grabner, RW; Viktor Kozlov, C; Kyle Okposo, RW; Miroslav Satan, RW; Mike Sillinger, C; David Ullstrom, LW.
Panthers (7) - David Booth, LW; Valeri Bure, RW; Tomas Fleischmann, LW; Nathan Horton, C; Rostislav Olesz, LW (2); Stephen Weiss, C.
Hurricanes (6) - Joe Corvo, D; Eric Staal, C (2); Jiri Tlusty, C; Scott Walker, RW; Ray Whitney, LW.
Bruins (5) - Matt Hunwick, D; Phil Kessel, C; Benoit Pouliot, LW; Mark Recchi, RW; Brad Stuart, D.
Red Wings (5) - Pavel Datsyuk, C; Johan Franzen, RW (2); Henrik Zetterberg, C (2).
Sabres (5) - Ales Kotalik, RW; Jason Pominville, RW; Steve Ott, C; Derek Roy, C; Drew Stafford, RW.
Thrashers/Jets (5) - Tanner Glass, LW; Ilya Kovalchuk, LW; Vyacheslav Kozlov, LW; Bryan Little, C; Marc Savard, C.
Wild (5) - Kyle Brodziak, C; Chuck Kobasew, RW; Filip Kuba, D; Guillame Latendresse, LW; Sergei Zholtok, C
Avalanche (2) - Steve Konowalchuk, LW; Gabriel Landeskog, LW.
Blues (2) - Dan Hinote, RW; Keith Tkachuk, LW.
Canucks (2) - Todd Bertuzzi, RW; Markus Naslund (right), LW
Ducks (2) - Saku Koivu, C; Teemu Selanne, RW.
Oilers (2) - Shawn Horcoff, C (2).
Kings (2) - Eric Belanger, C; Jarret Stoll, C.
Predators (2) - Adam Hall, RW; Ryan Suter, D.
Sharks (2) - Mike Grier, RW; Jamie McGinn, LW.
Blackhawks (1) - Andy Hilbert, C.
Blue Jackets (1) - Samuel Pahlsson, C.
Coyotes (1) - Shane Doan, RW.
Flames (1) - Daymond Langkow, C.
Note: Two of Fleury's losses occurred in overtime during his rookie season of 2003-04. At that time, the NHL included overtime losses with losses in regulation.
(Photos: Fleury-Kathy Willens/Associated Press; Messier-Dave Sandford/Getty Images; Fedorov-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Naslund-Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
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Macy's is about to make stocking up on Pittsburgh professional and college sports gear even easier for shoppers at Ross Park Mall and the department store's Downtown location.
They are two of 24 Macy's stores across the country that are welcoming this fall in-store Locker Room by Lids departments featuring Pittsburgh sports apparel, plus custom embroidery on sportswear. They also will house interactive kiosks that will allow customers to place orders via macys.com or ship purchases across the country as a gift.
By spring, Macy's plans to expand the concept to about 175 stores. Get shopping, sports fans!
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With the 2013-14 season tipping off in a matter of days, questions are presented to teams across the country, with Robert Morris obviously being no exception. Undoubtedly, this season is one of change for the Colonials after so many years of relative stability, but there is enough talent on the roster to assume that they will be able to finish among the top handful of teams in the NEC.
Still, certain uncertainties linger, ones that will need to be addressed. In today's Post-Gazette, there are three keys to the team's season posted, but it only appeared in the physical paper (or is just really hard to find online) which, based on some extensive research, doesn't seem to be as widely read as it once was. So, two days before Robert Morris' season beginning, here is a repost of that article, along with a projected starting lineup.
Integrating the newcomers
On a team with six new scholarship players and only five members of the team who were at the school two years ago, new faces will be called upon to fill major roles. Freshman Kavon Stewart, working behind Anthony Myers-Pate, will work to fill the point guard void left by Velton Jones. Junior-college transfers Desjuan Newton and Charles Oliver will be expected to replace the production of shooting guard Coron Williams, who transferred to Wake Forest. And versatile big man Jeremiah Worthem will likely haul major minutes in what looks to be a thin frontcourt. How these newcomers perform could dictate how far the Colonials go.
An inside presence
Under Mike Rice and, now, Andy Toole, Robert Morris has never consistently had a slew of big men on its roster, something that’s especially true this year. After the graduation of Russell Johnson and the departure of Lijah Thompson, the Colonials have two players – senior Mike McFadden and sophomore Stephan Hawkins – who are taller than 6-foot-6. Not only will the team’s big men have to assert themselves offensively, but they will also have to pick it up on the glass. With Johnson gone, the team has just one player with a rebounding percentage of 15 percent or better – 6-6 small forward Lucky Jones.
Robert Morris’ path to an NEC regular-season championship last season was largely paved behind the 3-point arc. The Colonials made 38 percent of their 3-point attempts in 2012-13, the 29th-best mark among Division I teams, but often became too dependent on it, as nearly half (46.2 percent) of their points came from 3s. When the shots were falling, it was a sound strategy. But when they weren’t, like in a NEC tournament semifinal loss to Mount St. Mary’s, the team’s lack of balance was exposed. In order to make its first NCAA tournament since 2010, the offense will need to diversify.
Projected starting lineup
G Anthony Myers-Pate: 5.9 points per game, 2.8 assists per game
G Karvel Anderson: 12.5 points per game, 43.9 percent on 3-pointers
F Lucky Jones: 11.6 points per game, 6 rebounds per game
F Jeremiah Worthem: N/A (freshman)
C Mike McFadden: 8.5 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game
Additionally, here are three keys for the Robert Morris women's team, the preseason favorite to win the NEC.
Working back from injury
Like any preseason projection, Robert Morris’ status as NEC preseason favorite is based on potential. After two of the Colonials’ top players, forward Jolie Olingende and guard Lou Mataly, missed much of last season with torn ACLs, the assumption is that they will return at full strength and immediately be the players they once were. But that’s not always the case, especially for Mataly, who suffered the injury in conference play and is still in the recovery process. In addition to intense physical rehab, there’s also a psychological component to it, something that essentially makes two of the team’s top players question marks early on this season.
The Colonials were a solid outside shooting team last season, as they were fifth in the NEC in 3-point shooting at 30.8 percent. They will need to maintain that kind of percentage, and likely improve on it, if they want to get the most out of their biggest (no pun intended) asset – center Artemis Spanou, the conference’s preseason player of the year. If Robert Morris is knocking down its outside shots, that will spread the floor and keep defenses honest, possibly even removing so many of the double teams Spanou had to go against last season.
The non-conference slate
With a handful of new players and several recovering from major injuries, the first half of Robert Morris’ schedule will be a critical time for the team to come together and find some kind of identity and rhythm. For a team in a one-big league for the NCAA tournament, the non-conference portion of a schedule can only mean so much, but Robert Morris went 1-10 in games outside the NEC last season, putting it behind the proverbial eight ball. If nothing else, a strong non-conference showing can prepare the Colonials for the point when games start to matter more.
Projected starting lineup
G Randi Jackson: 3.1 points per game, 3.1 assists per game
G Ashley Ravelli: 10.4 points per game, 34.9 percent 3-point percentage
F Kelly Hartwell: 7.8 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game
F Jolie Olingende: N/A (junior-college transfer who missed all last season with injury)
C Artemis Spanou: 19.1 points per game, 15.6 rebounds per game