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Empty Netter Assists - 04-10-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. “I haven’t seen that before. I guess I’ve been a little bit unlucky this year for the shootout,” he said. “I’ve hit a couple of posts, and goalies have made good saves. So maybe I was a little bit due for good luck.” - Jussi Jokinen on his bizarre shootout goal.

-The Detroit News' recap. The Red Wings clinched a playoff berth for the 23rd consecutive season.

-The Detroit Free Press' recap. “It was bad ice and he lost the puck and it started rolling for him. I was just pretty much going to touch it because it was shoot-out. It took a funny bounce and kind of lobbed over me. If I played it a 100 times again, I don’t think it would take that angle.” - Red Wings goaltender Jonas Gustavsson on Jokinen's shootout goal.

-The Associated Press' recap. "It wasn't perfect for me, but I was just happy to be on the ice. Obviously it's something I missed a lot." - Kris Letang (above, with Marc-Andre Fleury) on his first game back after suffering a stroke.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Marc-Andre Fleury's save in the shooutout against Alfredsson deserves its own clip:

-Several great looks at the save:

-Fleury stretched out to deny Detroit's Tomas Tatar as well:

-Gustavsson was tangled up on Jokinen's goal:

-Fleury and Tanner Glass had a moment:

"It wasn't perfect for me, but I was just happy to be on the ice. Obviously it's something I missed a lot." - See more at: http://www.thealpenanews.com/page/content.detail/id/487126/Jokinen-s-SO-winner-lifts-Penguins-past-Red-Wings.html?isap=1&nav=5016#sthash.cmCITOv0.dpu

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Letang speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-Ray Shero speaks:

-Welcome back Kris Letang.

-The Penguins assigned forwards Adam Payerl (conditioning assignment) and Andrew Ebbett to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-With Tomas Vokoun assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a conditioning assignment, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton assigned goaltender Eric Hartzell to the Wheeling Nailers.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled forward Cody Sylvester from the Wheeling Nailers.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward Dan Trebil. Acquired at the 2000 trade deadline in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Ducks, Trebil spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1999-2000 by appearing in three games for the Penguins and scoring one goal. In the 2000 offseason, Trebil joined the Islanders as a free agent but was traded back to the Penguins in November of 2000-01 in exchange for a draft pick. He played in 16 games for the penguins that season before he was once against traded to the Blues in December in a deal which brought Marc Bergevin to the Penguins. In 19 games with the Penguins, Trebil scored one goal.

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins all-star forward Rob Brown (right). A fourth-round pick in 1986, Brown spent parts of seven seasons with the Penguins. He debuted with the club in 1987-88 and responded by scoring 44 points in 51 games. His best season was 1988-89. He appeared in 68 games and recorded a career-high 115 points while being selected to the only All-Star Game of his career. In 11 postseason games that spring, "Downtown" scored eight points. He followed that up in 1989-90 by seeing action in 80 games and scoring 80 points. After 25 games and 10 points in 1990-91, Brown was traded to the Hartford Whalers in exchange for Scott Young. After bouncing around with the Whalers, Blackhawks, Stars and Kings, Brown returned to the Penguins as a free agent in the 1997 offseason. During 1997-98, Brown played in all 82 game and contributed 40 points. He saw action in six postseason games that spring and scored one goal. Brown followed that up in 1998-99 by appearing in 58 games and scoring 24 points. During that season's playoffs, Brown played in 13 games and netted seven points. Brown's final NHL season was 1998-99. He scored 23 points in 50 games. In the postseason that spring, he played in 11 games and scored three points. He was released in the 2000 offseason. In 414 regular season games with the Penguins, Brown, famous for his "windmill" celebration, scored 342 points, 18th-most in franchise history. In 41 postseason games, he scored 19 points.

-After the Jump: The Blue Jackets clinch a playoff berth, the Ducks win the Pacific Division and the Canucks bring back Trevor Linden.

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Guess what shoe brand Kerry Washington loves? (Hint: It's from Pittsburgh)

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Who doesn't like to take to social media to dish about their favorites of the moment?

Actress Kerry Washington is no exception. The "Scandal" star recently posted on Instagram that she's been wearing more flats lately while she awaits the due date of her baby and shared a photo (featured above) of one of her top pairs.

The black rhinestoned flats that Ms. Washington declares "chic" are by Pittsburgh-based shoe brand EMY MACK. The collection by Emily Mack Jamison is made in Italy and has been featured at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

If you want to check out the line for yourself, stop by the EMY MACK showroom at 5417 Walnut St., Shadyside, at 6:30 p.m. for a kick-off to spring/summer shopping party. For the month of April, the Pittsburgh-based luxe loungewear brand byLangley will have a pop-up shop in the same building and also will be taking part in the event. 

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Slim Forsythe launches Kickstarter for "Live From Nied's Hotel" TV pilot

Written by Scott Mervis on .

slimLet's not kid ourselves. Pittsburgh is hardly the mecca of country/bluegrass music, but Slim Forsythe is hoping to put it on the map. And on your TV.

The white-suited singer-songwriter, who started out here doing a Hank Williams tribute, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce and star in a country music variety television show called “Live from Nied’s Hotel,” which is Mr. Forsythe’s home base (and home) in Lawrenceville.

He hopes to raise $10,000 to produce a pilot episode, in conjunction with sound engineer Dino DiStefano, who worked on WQED TV’s “Live from Studio A” series and the Grammy-winning “Count Basie Orchestra with the New York Voices” album recorded at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.

Forsythe would host the show, with The Beagle Brothers (“the Architects of the Bloomfield Sound”) as the house band. The pilot’s special guest star would be Pittsburgh singer Molly Alphabet. “Live From Nied’s Hotel” would continue to showcase local and nationally touring acts.

“The show would bring you lots of classic country music... Western swing, honky tonk, mountain gospel, bluegrass, even a little rockabilly thrown in now and then,” Forsythe notes in the pitch for the Kickstarter, which runs through June 7 at www.kickstarter.com/projects/1504894374/country-music-tv-show-live-from-nieds-hotel

 

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Tra'Vaughn White to transfer after one season at Duquesne

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

WTAE

Junior guard Tra'Vaughn White has been granted a release and will transfer from Duquesne, head coach Jim Ferry announced Thursday afternoon.

White spent just one season with the Dukes after transferring from Independence Community College last spring. He averaged 7.4 points in 16.6 minutes per game as a sixth man.

“Tra’Vaughn is a great kid and a great teammate who will always be part of our Duquesne family,” Ferry said in a statement. “He made the decision to pursue other opportunities and we, as a staff, are committed to supporting him in his transition. We wish him nothing but the best.”

It's not a particularly surprising move, either.

White opened the season as starting guard but was soon eclipsed by sharp-shooting sophomore Micah Mason, who averaged 10.6 points per game and shot .566 from 3-point range — the 10th-best 3-point percentage in NCAA history.

White struggled defensively in the Atlantic 10 and, at 5-foot-10, created a bad pairing when both he and starting sophomore point guard Derrick Colter (5-foot-11) were on the court.

White's departure leaves another scholarship open for the 2014 recruiting class. Ferry has already secured commitments from guard Eric James (Westerville, Ohio) and forward TySean Powell (Cleveland).


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Best Neighborhoods nominations open

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .

fountainPittsburghers, here’s your chance to get some recognition for your neighborhood.
 
Northwood Realty Services is holding a first-ever process for people to nominate their neighborhoods on points such as best view, best yard sale, architectural features, best holiday decorations, etc. The winners will be featured in regional editions of InCommunity Magazines and receive special recognition and bragging rights.
 
Residents of Allegheny, Butler, Westmoreland and Washington Counties can nominate their neighborhoods across a range of categories, which you can get more information about here.
 
The nomination deadline is April 30.
 
Here is the nomination form.
 
Winners will be notified and announced on June 15.
 
Here at Walkabout, we don’t value neighborhoods based on property values, although this contest’s “best all-around neighborhood” qualifications are based on these, the most prestigious of three being the legendary division, which has property values above $350,000.
 
I will refrain from nominating my neighborhood, but the Mexican War Streets would be a contender in the “best spirit” category, i.e., “most stoop parties,” i.e., “most empty wine bottles.”
 
Best view? Must we see the same Mount Washington hands? How about Fineview? Best yard sales? Anyone?
 
I have some categories that Northwood isn’t considering, with Walkabout winners already decided:
 
Best dried fish, Andean knitted goods and biscotti? The Strip.
Best metal awnings? Tie: Lawrenceville and Bloomfield.
Best bird watching? Duh. Hays.
Best pot holes? Squirrel Hill.
Best fountain? Downtown.
Most rentals? Shadyside.
Best kept secret? Brookline.
Most slender? Esplen.
Most quiet? Ridgemont.
Most potential: Homewood.
 
Go!

 

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