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Empty Netter Assists - 01-23-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. “Our depth is a big part of our team if we’re going to have success.” - Sidney Crosby.

-The Montreal Gazette's recap. “There are two ways to play against a high-end offensive team like Pittsburgh, either you go after them and make life miserable for them all night, attack them at the risk of sometimes making a mistake but making it hard on them, or you can sit back and watch them play and that’s what we did." - Canadiens forward Daniel Briere.

-The Associated Press' recap. "Pittsburgh is the best team in the conference, and they were the best team tonight." - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.

-Highlights:

-Marc-Andre Fleury versus Peter Budaj (almost):

-A few good looks at the near-fight:

-A good look at a goal by Montreal's Rene Bourque:

-Fleury had his tower buzzed here:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Jussi Jokinen speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Fleury speaks:

-Tomas Vokoun resumed skating.

-The Penguins assigned forward Zack Sill to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-“I’d definitely love to be in the NHL right now, but if that means being in the stands every two or three games, then I’d rather be here playing and helping the team win. Right now, with nine [defensemen] up there, I’d rather be here and play.” - Simon Despres on currently being assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-“Sidney asking the other guys for their approval, I don’t think he needed to do that, but that just shows what kind of guy he is. He’s obviously a great captain in Pittsburgh.” - Blackhawks captain/forward Jonathan Toews on Sidney Crosby asking Team Canada management if Toews was okay with him and not Toews being named captain of the Olympic team.

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman and picnic jug enthusiast (below) Randy Boyd. A third-round pick in 1980, Boyd spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1981-82, Boyd appeared in 23 games and recorded two assists. He played in three playoff games that spring and failed to record a point. In 1982-83, Boyd saw action in 56 games and scored 18 points. After five ganes and one assist in 1983-84, Boyd was traded to the Blackhawks in exchange for Greg Fox. In 84 regular season games, Randy Boyd scored 21 points.

-Happy 36th birthday to former Penguins forward Martin Sonnenberg. A free agent signing prior to 1998-99, Sonnenberg spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1998-99, he appeared in 44 games and scored two points. He followed that up in 1999-2000 by playing in 14 games and netting three points. After spending the next two seasons with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, he joined the Flames as a free agent in the 2002 offseason. In 58 games with the Penguins, he scored five points.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Joel Bouchard. Acquired midway through the 2002-03 season along with Richard Lintner, Rico Fata and Mikael Samuelsson in a deal which sent Mike Wilson, Alex Kovalev, Janne Laukkanen and Dan LaCouture to the Rangers, Bouchard's Penguins' career amounted to seven games and one assist that campaign. During the 2003 offseason, he joined the Sabres as a free agent.

-After the Jump: The Rangers and Predators trade defensemen.

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Beat the winter blues by growing succulents in cool containers

Written by Doug Oster on .

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Had enough of winter? I have, so I'm planting things indoors to enjoy until the weather finally breaks.

I found these cool containers for succulents at Chapon's Greenhouse in Baldwin.

Here's segment all about how to grow them from Pittsburgh Today Live.

 

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David Conrad for king of Pittsburgh

Written by Kim Lyons on .

A piece that actor David Conrad wrote for the Post-Gazette nearly three years ago continues to draw readers to our website.

'David Conrad says it's hardly polite to be outside Pittsburgh' was one of our top-five most-viewed articles in 2013. It's a lovely, enduring valentine to his hometown: 

Know what you're doing, honestly. Know where you work best in a situation, and who you can serve. Know where you're from. Know your "place."

Me? My place is Pittsburgh.

 

His 2013 follow-up piece, 'More than just being polite' thanking Pittsburghers for the overwhelming response to this piece was equally lovely (seriously, the guy loves Pittsburgh and is a terrific writer):

The letters I've been given speak together like a chorale, a song to a city and its people. A prayer for what it turns out a great many of us have been given by those who came before.

I've been blessed to hear it. You. Humbled.

Last night, he told WQED's Michael Bartley he wasn't worried that living in Pittsburgh may have negatively affected his Hollywood career (h/t Virginia Montanez):

 

 

I think it's time we seriously discuss some kind of official appointment for David Conrad. He's already one of Pittsburgh's best ambassadors. Maybe "king" is a little much, but, do we have an official David Conrad Day in Pittsburgh?
If not, let's get on it, OK?

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Post-Gazette photo of David Conrad by Andy Starnes

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Final thoughts: A gut punch

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

GoDuquesne.com 

SAINT LOUIS 76:72 DUQUESNE

There is a particular agony in the distinction between “shock” and “scare” in college basketball.

That distinction hinged on the final minute tonight, when, at 70 points apiece, Duquesne and No. 19 Saint Louis had fought to the finish, trading leads 13 times in the second half alone.

Jeremiah Jones had set the stage by sinking the first of two free throws at 1:12 to knot the score. But as it stood entering that final minute, the true engines of the effort had been Ovie Soko, Dominique McKoy and Micah Mason.

Mason was five of six from 3-point range and had 15 points and 6 assists to no turnovers. McKoy, a day after his 21st birthday, had 15 points and 7 rebounds. Soko had dumped in 13 second-half points for a game-high 18 points and 7 rebounds.

“Their two big kids really at times had their way against us,” Saint Louis coach Jim Crews said. “You want to pinch in but No. 22 (Mason) is over there shooting threes, so you can’t really do that, either.”

Mason had given Duquesne a 69-68 lead with a pure, cold-blooded triple at 2:16. Billiken guard Jordair Jett answered with a jumper.

Soko turned the ball over, and then he played savior. With Jett streaking down-court with the ball and only Derrick Colter left to stop him, Soko played it perfectly. He gestured for Colter to not go for the block, so Colter stayed low. When Jett rose up for the layup, Soko swatted the ball away.

Jones grabbed the rebound and drew a foul. He tied the game. And that brought us to the final minute. Jones was back on the line. He sank both, pulling the Dukes to within a mere 57 seconds from stunning the 19th-ranked team in the country.

The Billikens never flinched. “They didn’t get rattled,” Duquesne coach Jim Ferry said. “Not at all.” They came out of a timeout, and Jett, seeing that his first option, big man Rob Loe, was covered, dished to the backup option, a kick-out 3-pointer to Austin McBroom. McBroom drilled it from the wing, and it was 73-72. “To me it was just a normal shot,” McBroom said.

Duquesne got its looks. Soko went inside, got contact but no foul, and McKoy missed the tip-in. Loe missed his free throw on the other end, and McKoy had another chance.

With Mason covered and it still a one-point game, McKoy kept it and went to the rim with 15 seconds left. His layup glanced off the rim. After two made Saint Louis free throws, everyone knew the game was in Mason’s hands. He caught the ball in the corner, but his potential game-tying 3-point attempt was an air ball, a shot he rushed and also well contested by Loe.

Ballgame. Saint Louis survived a scare. That’s how it’ll look in the box score; that’s how it’ll be explained on ESPN; that’s how the Billikens might even remember it. This one will haunt the Dukes, though, and a few players in particular. Because in the furious finish was a flurry of hero’s moments. The only player who claimed one, in the end, was the man named McBroom.

Here's the full P-G game story.

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Sandy Relief

Written by Rob Rogers on .

With the news of allegations of Sandy Relief-related bullying of the mayor of Hoboken, not to mention the investigation into Bridgegate, Chris Christie's chances of being the GOP presidential nominee in 2016 seem to be fading. 

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