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Empty Netter Assists - 01-20-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-Sidney Crosby was named Team Canada's captain. Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews and Predators defenseman Shea Weber will serve as alternate captains.

-“He’s very mature. He was probably ready when he was 16. He was probably ready in 2010, and the thinking was he’s going to have enough pressure on him just from who he is and things like that that he doesn’t need one more thing to worry about, give it to some old guy that’s just trying to figure things out out there. I’m sure he would do very well.” - Former Devils/Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer on Crosby (above). Niedermayer served as Canada's captain during the 2010 Olympics.

-Crosby will be the sixth one-time Penguins player to serve as a captain for an Olympic team since the NHL began participating in 1998.

-Welcome back Chuck Kobasew, Paul Martin, Jayson Megna and James Neal ... tonight ... maybe?

-Crosby speaks:

-Martin speaks:

-Simon Despres, captain Tom Kostopoulos and Zack Torquato each had a goal and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 5-1 win against the Providence Bruins. Dominik Uher recorded two assists for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while teammate Eric Hartzell made 33 saves.

-In his past 10 AHL games, Despres has six goals and three assists.

-Happy 35th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Josef Melichar (right). A third-round pick in 1997, Melichar spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2000-01, he appeared in 18 games and recorded two assists. He followed that up in 2001-02 by seeing action in 60 games and recording three assists. Injuries limited him to eight games and no points in 2002-03. He rebounded in 2003-04 by playing in all 82 games and scoring eight points. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Melichar played in 72 games during 2005-06 and set a career-high with 15 points. In 2006-07, he saw action in 70 games and scored 12 points. He appeared in all five of the Penguins' postseason games that spring and failed to record a point. During the 2007 offseason, he joined the Lightning as a free agent. Melichar appeared in 310 regular season games for the Penguins, 49th-most in franchise history, and scored 40 points.

-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins defenseman the great Dick Tarnstrom. A free agent signing in the 2002 offseason, Tarnstrom spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. In 2002-03, he appeared in 61 games and scored 41 points. He made some history during 2003-04 by becoming the only defenseman in franchise history to lead the club in season-season scoring after he scored 52 points in 80 games. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Tarnstrom appeared in 33 games and scored 10 points for the Penguins in 2005-06 before being traded to the Oilers in exchange for Corey Cross and Jani Rita. In 174 games with the Penguins, Tarnstrom scored 103 points, 83rd-most in franchise history and the most among any Swedish-born player in Penguins history.

-After the Jump: Vancouver coach John Tortorella faces discipline.

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GOP Ideas

Written by Rob Rogers on .

A court has ruled that the voter ID law (championed by Governor Corbett and Harrisburg Republicans) does not protect against the almost non-existent "voter fraud" ... but actually does infringe on the rights of some voters, especially minorities, the elderly and the poor. This is good news for voters in Pennsylvania. 

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Crosby to captain Canada in Olympics - 01-19-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

As was announced today, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will have the same role with Canada in next month's Olympic games in Sochi.

Crosby will become the third Penguins player to captain Team Canada in an Olympic game. He will join Mario Lemieux (2002) and Dave Tippett (1984). Crosby will also become the sixth one-time Penguins player to captain an Olympic squad since the NHL began allowing its players to participate in 1998.

Here is a brief history of the five players who preceded him.


Player: Jaromir Jagr
Country: Czech Republic
Year: 2002
Country's Finish: 7th place
Player's Stats: 4 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points
Notes: At this time, Jagr was in his first season with the Capitals after being traded from the Penguins the previous offseason. In a rematch of the 1998 gold medal game, Russia ended the Czech Republic's 2002 tournament with a 1-0 win in the quarterfinals.


Player: Mario Lemieux
Country: Canada
Year: 2002
Country's Finish: Gold
Player's Stats: 5 games, 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points
Notes: In his second season after coming out of retirement, Lemieux was hampered by a hip injury which limited him to 24 games. Despite that ailment, Lemieux helped Canada claim its first gold medal since 1952. Lemieux's  most famous play in this tournament was a "non-assist" in which he allowed a pass by defenseman Chris Pronger to go though his legs and find left winger Paul Kariya who buried a shot behind United States goaltender Mike Richter and scored Canada's first goal in the gold medal game, a 5-2 victory.


Player: Alexei Kovalev
Country: Russia
Year: 2006
Country's Finish: Fourth
Player's Stats: 8 games, 4 goals, 2 assists, 6 points
Notes: A member of the Montreal Canadiens by this time in his career, Kovalev participated in his third and final Olympic games in Turin. Russia was shut out by Finland (4-0) in the quarterfinal round and the Czech Republic (3-0) in the bronze medal game.


Player: Robert Lang
Country: Czech Republic
Year: 2006
Country's Finish: Bronze
Player's Stats: 8 games, 0 goals, 4 assists, 4 points
Notes: Kovalev's former linemate with the Penguins, Lang was a member of the Red Wings at the time of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Lang participated in his third and final Olympics and helped the Czech Republic earn its second medal since separating from Slovakia in 1993.


Player: Aleksey Morozov
Country: Russia
Year: 2010
Country's Finish: Sixth
Player's Stats: 4 games, 2 goals, 0 assists, 2 points
Notes: Having left the NHL during the 2004-05 lockout, Morozov played on a North American ice rink for the first time since he was a member of the 2003-04 Penguins. Captain of Russia's national team since from 2007 to 2011, Morozov and his fellow countrymen offered a lackluster showing at the 2010 Olympics. Canada eliminated Russia with a 7-3 rout in the quarterfinal round.

(Photos: Brian Bahr/Getty Images, Al Bello/Getty Images, Doug Pensinger/Getty Images, Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images and Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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Kevin Hart, Ice Cube ride along to No. 1 at the box office

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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“Ride Along,” an action comedy pairing Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, is the No. 1 movie of the weekend. That could mean a sequel will be in the offing. 
 
The movie about a high school security guard on a ride along with a hard-nosed Atlanta police detective grossed an estimated $41,236,555, edging aside “Lone Survivor” and the so-so animated “The Nut Job.” 
 
Rentrak reports the box office is up 30 percent from the Martin Luther King weekend a year ago, and the industry should see the best overall such weekend in history with a projected $180 million for Friday through Sunday and roughly $215 million once the Monday box office is added.
 
Here are the early estimates:  
 
1. “Ride Along” — $41,236,555.
2. “Lone Survivor” — $23,239,475, bringing its total to $74,049,596.
3. “The Nut Job” — $20,550,000.
4. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” — $17,200,000.
5. “Frozen” — $11,971,000, for $332,602,000 to date. 
6. “American Hustle” — $10,600,000, or $116,431,191 since release. 
7. “Devil’s Due” — $8,500,000.
8. “August: Osage County” — $7,592,000, for $18,181,270 so far. 
9. “The Wolf of Wall Street” — $7,500,000, or $90,276,598 since Christmas Day. 
10. “Saving Mr. Banks” — $4,147,000, bringing its gross to $75,391,000 since release. 
 
So, what movies open this week in Pittsburgh? “I, Frankenstein” starring Aaron Eckhart, “Gimme Shelter” with Vanessa Hudgens and, on Saturday, a documentary called “American Promise.”
 

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Stars' fashions stun at Screen Actors Guild Awards

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

The celebrities hit the red carpet again this weekend -- this time for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. 

From shimmer and striking silhouettes to pops of color, stars turned out in gowns that, in a few cases, rivaled the looks they opted for at the Golden Globes a week ago

Holding her spot atop the best-dressed list was actress Lupita Nyong'o in a fitted turquoise Gucci gown with floral straps. Cate Blanchett impressed in powder pink, while Sandra Bullock showed up in an emerald stunner, an improvement from the color-blocked nearly-down-to-the-navel V-neck gown she wore to the Golden Globes.

See more scenes from the red carpet below. (Photos courtesy of the Associated Press)

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Meryl Streep



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