UPMC is continuing to be the Grinch this holiday season by making no effort to work out a deal with Highmark to renew their mutually beneficial contract. The patients are the real losers here, no matter what insurance they have.
-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. “We stuck with it and found ways. But we’re not making it easy on ourselves, that’s for sure.” - Sidney Crosby.
-The Detroit News' recap. "[Jeff Zatkoff] made some big saves and once they got to a two-goal lead, they played a 1-2-2 trap and we weren't very efficient, so we didn't get through." - Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith.
-The Detroit Free Press' recap. “To me, they skated us. We can talk about who’s not in our lineup. They were without their top four [defensemen]. They played yesterday. They came into our building, and they left happy." - Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.
-MLive.com's recap. "If you guys see the replay he obviously did get the head. I know what it feels like because I've been in that position. It's a quick game, things happen." - Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith on forward Justin Abdelkader being injured on a hit to the head by Deryk Engelland.
-The Associated Press' recap. Evgeni Malkin (above) left the game due to an unspecified injury.
-Mike Lange's goal calls.
-Dan Bylsma speaks:
-Ray Shero speaks:
-Engelland will have an in-person disciplinary hearing with the NHL Wednesday in regards to his hit on Abdelkader.
-Kris Letang missed the game due an "upper-body" injury.
-Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was suspended 15 games by the NHL for attacking Brooks Orpik.
-"I am aware of today's ruling by the NHL Department of Player Safety. I will be consulting with the Bruins, my representation and the NHLPA about next steps, and will be in a position to address the matter publicly after speaking with those parties. Until then I will have no further comment." - Thornton in a prepared statement from the Bruins.
-"Higher than I expected and higher than I think is warranted. It was ugly the way it played out. But, if (Brad) Marchand gets hurt (when kicked in the head by Penguin James Nealy) is it 15 games for a knee to the head? We've had our fair share of players hurt badly by concussions. I don't think anyone's gotten a 15-game suspension out of those. Thornton is a guy who plays the role he plays and has never had any suspensions or issues. It comes down a little harsh for me." - Bruins president Cam Neely.
-Chris Kunitz, a hopeful for Team Canada, got to show off his ability to Red Wings and Canada head coach Mike Babcock.
-How does the compressed Olympic schedule impact how NHL teams practice?
-Eric Hartzell made 22 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 1-0 shutout of the Utica Comets.
-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Nick D'Agostino scored his first professional goal.
-This game was delayed a half hours due to issues with a Zamboni.
-Zack Torquato had a regulation goal and two assists for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Florida Everblades. Carter Rowney recorded three assists for Wheeling while teammate Mike Condon made 26 saves.
-After the Jump: A Paul Bissonnette goal and flaws "the code."
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Check out more pictures in the Shop Holiday for gardeners section. Here are some of my favorites and a video detailing more gifts from Pittsburgh Today Live.
Gardeners are easy to buy gifts for. Here's a list of some favorites to make the gardener in your life happy. Unless noted all the products are available at independent garden centers and other retailers.
• Dramm ColorPoint Bypass Pruner: These hand pruners come in bright colors, so if you leave them out in the garden (as I do), they're easy to find. The stainless-steel blade will cut woody stems up to 5/8 inches in diameter. The pruner has comfortable rubber grips and a locking button, so it stays open when you need it and closed when you don't. Pick up a cutting tool holster, too, so it will always be handy. About $20.
Container gardening is more popular than ever. The GrowBox is a colorful, self-watering container that comes with a cut-out planting guide and patented Nutrient Patch cover that automatically adds fertilizer as required. Colors include cauliflower, celery, eggplant and lime ($37.95) or terra cotta and dark green ($29.95). Its 4-gallon reservoir adds water at the correct rate so plants never dry out.
• Winter Protection Gloves for men are waterproof, breathable, durable and have a reinforced leather palm. Insulated with Thinsulate, the gloves will keep gardeners' hands warm and dry during winter and early spring chores. $24.95, available in medium to XXL.
• Women's Floral Performance Gloves are colorful and have a Spandex back plus many of the same features as men's. About $20, available in XXS to large.
Whether you encourage birds to feed all winter or just like them in the summer to feed on garden pests, the BirdCam Pro provides close-up digital photos of every creature that visits the feeder or bird bath. It's motion-activated and can take 8 megapixel photos or videos with sound and time lapse features. It even has a built-in flash. Tough, weatherproof and built to last for years of outdoor use, it sells for $199.95.
When I broke my wrist several years ago, the CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator saved my garden season. The blade acts like a large steel fingernail. Use it for weeding, cultivating, digging, planting and more. The tool is indestructible, made in USA and will last a lifetime. It sells for $24.95 in stores or online at www.cobrahead.com.
• EcoScraps Compost and Garden Soil: Give the gift that keeps on giving. Any gardener would love to tear the wrapping paper off a big bag of compost or garden soil. EcoScraps is an organic product made from recycled food and garden waste. The company has recycled 60 million pounds of food waste to date. An 8-quart bag retails for about $5 at Home Depot, Lowe's, Target, Costco and Sam's Club.
• Longfield Gardens Amaryllis in wood box with handles comes with three amaryllis bulbs that put on a spectacular show for a month. Longfield Gardens also offers paperwhites and many other bulbs for indoor and outdoor growing. $55.95 with amaryllis, a little less with paperwhites at 1-855-534-2733 or www.longfield-gardens.com.
• Sloggers Rain and Garden Shoes are waterproof, comfortable and well-made. The women's versions come in a variety of colors and flower prints. The men's are made with dark colors and solid patterns, at least for now. Post-Gazette garden columnist Doug Oster talked the company into making a blue pair with a colorful pansy print. They easily slip on and off. About $25.