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Jersey hunt - Penguins at Capitals - 04-07-16

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The best jerseys at tonight's Penguins-Capitals game:

-John Carlson Team USA:

-Dino Ciccarelli:

-Al Iafrate:

-Olaf Kolzig:

-Semyon Varlamov:

-Jay Beagle:

-Mathieu Perreault:

-There are several Penguins fans on hand:

Kris Letang:

-Trevor Daley and Phil Kessel:

-Sidney Crosby:

 

-Paul Martin Team USA:

-Ryan Whitney!

-Former Penguins/Capitals forward Matt Cooke:

-Former Capitals/current Penguins forward Eric Fehr:

-Former Penguins/Capitals forward Jaromir Jagr:

-Brooks Orpik is popular in Capitals form:

-And original form:

-Jersey of the Night: Former Penguins/Capitals defenseman Yvon Labre:

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Pregame thoughts - Penguins at Capitals - 04-07-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The Penguins recalled big left winger Tom Sestito (above) today from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. No one is - or should be - under any illusions as to what he brings to an NHL roster. He's a fighter. He's one of the last true fighters in the NHL. Guys like Sestito and Islanders left winger Eric Boulton are nearly extinct these days. 

After the Penguins' last meeting with the Capitals - a 6-2 home win at the Consol Energy Center March 20 - recalling Sestito might be a response to some of the rough stuff the Capitals initiated in that contest. If you recall, Capitals right winger T.J. Oshie tried to fight center Sidney Crosby in the second period:

And Capitals defenseman Mike Weber planted right winger Bryan Rust into the wall during the third period:

With left winger Conor Sheary expected to be a game-time decision due to his right eye being swelled up a bit, Sestito could presumably slot into the fourth line, play five minutes or so, and exchange a few pleasantries with the likes of Capitals right winger Tom Wilson provide he is in the lineup. 

Head coach Mike Sullivan sounded like Sestito's agent when talking about recalling him moring nwith reporters and team employees who covered today's morning skate:

 

"He brings a dimension. And I think he can help us win games. We've got a couple of decisions that we have to make from an injury standpoint. He's one guy that's played NHL games. Tommy's a good player. He's strong on the board. He understands what his role is. He plays within himself. He's another guy that's part of our group here that we think can help us win if we choose to put him in the lineup."

 

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-Sullivan said Sheary is a game-time decision. In fact, Sullivan said "we'll have to make some game-time decisions tonight and he's one of them." So there could be a few changes in the lineup.

Additionally, Sullivan said defensemen Olli Maatta ("lower body"), right winger Bryan Rust ("lower body") and center Evgeni Malkin ("left hand/wrist") will definitely miss the final two games of the regular season. Sullivan also said goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is making progress from his concussion.

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For the Capitals, No. 1 center Nicklas Backstrom will return to the lineup after missing three games due to an "upper-body" injury. Given the fact that the Capitals clinched home-ice advantage a long time ago, we suspect Backstrom was just resting whatever issue he had. If the games meant more, he would have played.

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The Capitals should be given credit for dressing pretty full and competitive lineups the last few games despite having nothing to accomplish from a team perspective. True, goaltender Braden Holtby is trying to claim the single-season wins record for goaltenders. So there is certainly some motivation there. But the Capitals could rest more of their key players and dress some lesser lineups. But they're trying to win games which mean relatively little to them. 

(Photos: KDP Studio/WBS Penguins)

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Rex Theater to reopen Friday after fire damage

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It will be business as usual Friday for The Rex Theater, which has been closed since a fire broke out atop the building on April 1.

The blaze, caused by a defect in the rooftop air conditioner, did minimal damage to the building, according to Rex management.

The Rex, at 1602 East Carson St., will resume operations with the King of the Burgh 8 show on Friday and the band Cabinet on Saturday.

Patrons who had purchased tickets to any of the cancelled shows from the past week can obtain a full refund at the point of ticket purchase.

Management said it is "grateful to the Pittsburgh Fire Department for their prompt and fearless response to the fire, which insured that the damage to our theater was kept to a minimum. We also thank our staff, who worked tirelessly to prepare the theater for its reopening, and to our patrons for their patience with the interruption to our schedule."

Ben Penigar, of Grey Area Productions, told the PG, "The outpouring of support from live music fans, musicians, local residents, and industry peers has been overwhelming. It's nice to know how many people are rooting for us."

 

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About the Capitals - 04-07-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Capitals.

When and where: 7 p.m., EDT, MCI Center Verizon Center.

TV: Root Sports, CSN Washington.

Record: 55-17-7, 117 points. The Capitals are in first place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.

Leading Scorer: Center Evgeny Kuznetsov, 75 points (20 goals, 55 assists).

Last Game: 4-3 overtime home loss to the Islanders Tuesday. Left winger Alex Ovechkin had two goals for the Capitals.

Last Game against the Penguins: 6-2 road loss March 20. Goaltender Braden Holtby made 21 saves for the Capitals.

Capitals Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Center T.J. Oshie (right). He has four points in four games against the Penguins this season.

Ex-Penguins on the Capitals: Defensemen Taylor Chorney, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, assistant coach Todd Reirden and center Daniel Winnik

Ex-Capitals on the Penguins: Center Eric Fehr, assistant coach Rick Tocchet.

Useless Capitals Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Fehr is one of six former Capitals first-round draft picks who have played for the Penguins:

Player, position Year drafted
Kevin Hatcher, D 1984
John Slaney, D 1990
Sergei Gonchar, D 1992
Nolan Baumgartner, D 1994
Kris Beech, C 1999
Eric Fehr, C 2003

The last time the Penguins played the Capitals, this happened: 

-This too:

Probable goaltenders: Matt Murray (8-2-1, 1.98 GAA, .930 SV%) for the Penguins. Braden Holtby (47-9-6, 2.20 GAA, .922  SV%) for the Senators.

Injuries: For the Penguins, left winger Conor Sheary (face) is questionable. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), Olli Maatta ("lower body") and right winger Bryan Rust ("lower body") are out. Centers Evgeni Malkin ("upper body"), Kevin Porter (right ankle), right winger Pascal Dupuis (blood clots) and left winger Scott Wilson (right ankle/foot) are on injured reserve. For the Capitals, center Nicklas Backstrom ("upper body") is in.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: According to the team's Web site, the Penguins lines and pairings at today's morning skate were:  

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
62 Carl Hagelin - 13 Nick Bonino - 81 Phil Kessel
34 Tom Kuhnhackl - 7 Matt Cullen - 16 Eric Fehr
47 Tom Sestito/43 Conor Sheary - 40 Oskar Sundqvist - 19 Beau Bennett

Trevor Daley - 58 Kris Letang
Brian Dumoulin - 12 Ben Lovejoy
28 Ian Cole - 4 Justin Schultz

-The Capitals' lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

8 Alex Ovechkin - 19 Nicklas Backstrom - 77 T.J. Oshie
65 Andre Burakovsky - 92 Evgeny Kuznetsov - 14 Justin Williams
25 Jason Chimera - 90 Marcus Johansson 43 Tom Wilson
26 Daniel Winnik - 10 Mike Richards - 83 Jay Beagle

27 Karl Alzner - 2 Matt Niskanen
44 Brooks Orpik - 74 John Carlson
 9 Dmitry Orlov - 88 Nate Schmidt

Notes:

-The Penguins recalled left winger Tom Sestito from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.

-The Penguins have a seven-game winning streak.

-The Penguins' magic number to clinch second place for the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division is two points.

-The Penguins' power play has gone 10 for 66 (15.1 percent) in games with Malkin out of the lineup this season. With Malkin, they have gone 38 for 189 (20.1 percent).

-Holtby needs one win to tie former Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur's single-season record for wins of 48 set in 2006-07.

-The referees are (No. 8) Dave Jackson and (No. 23) Brad Watson. The linesmen are (No. 93) Brian Murphy and (No. 70) Derek Nansen.

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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VIDEO: Pat Narduzzi

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Head coach Pat Narduzzi:

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