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What does it feel like to score an overtime goal in the playoffs? - 05-06-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

After losing Game 4 of their second round series against the Penguins in overtime Wednesday, Capitals coach Barry Trotz summed up the feeling on his end of the contest succinctly.

"That’s why it’s sudden death. That’s what it feels like.”

Obviously, the feeling for the Penguins collectively was much different.

But what about the individual who scores the goal? What is does it feel like to score in overtime of a Stanley Cup playoff game?

Earlier today, five members of the Penguins who have scored overtime playoff goals detailed what that unique accomplishment feels like.

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Center Nick Bonino - With the Ducks in Game 5 of a 2013 Western Conference quarterfinal against the Red Wings: 

Also, with the Ducks in Game 6 of a 2014 first round series against the Stars:

 “My first one was against Detroit from [defenseman Ben] Lovejoy actually. It was a pretty crazy feeling. It was a lockout year. It was a pretty harmless play. I was just hanging out backdoor and it bounced through like three guys to me. I remember skating to center ice and trying to pump the crowd up or something. I don't even know what I was doing. So it's one of those emotional things that you don't' really know how to celebrate but you're just happy. You want to be with your teammates. … The second one was a pretty fun one to win the series. We were down two goals with like three minutes left and ended up getting a couple. That one was a great pass and I just remember looking at the bench and seeing everyone pour over. It's one of those things you dream about, ending a series like that in overtime. It's definitely a good memory."

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Left winger Carl Hagelin - With the Rangers in Game 5 of a 2015 first-round series against the Penguins:

“It's just a little bit of a relief and excitement. I think those are the two reactions you get right away. … I think the later the game goes, the more excited people get. Obviously, it's a great experience. It's something you want to do every overtime. You want to get that game-winning goal.”

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Right winger Patric Hornqvist - With the Penguins in Game 4 of a 2016 firstround series against the Capitals:

“I don't know. That's a good question. You're so happy you win the game. It's a big difference to come up [with the series lead] 3-1 than 2-2. We get a lot of momentum hopefully after this goal. Now, we're only one win away from advancing. … I think that's the first thing that comes in your mind. We won the game.”

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Left winger Chris Kunitz - With the Penguins in Game 3 of a 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Islanders:

 “For myself at the time, I was just thankful that our team got the win. You don't look at it any other way. It's just kind of that relief because you're trying to get air because most of the guys are in the pile before you know it. It's a lot of fun and excitement."

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Defenseman Kris Letang - With the Penguins in Game 3 of a 2009 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series vs. the Capitals:

“For myself, I see black. Just pure joy obviously. Everybody in the dressing room wants to be part of the winning team and they want to bring something to the table. When you help your team to win the game with a big goal, it's always a fun feeling.”

(Photo: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

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Surprise! Lauryn Hill to play Munhall on Wednesday

Written by Scott Mervis on .

 

LaurynThis is very short notice, but Lauryn Hill will play her first Pittsburgh show in 17 years at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall in Munhall at 8 p.m. May 11.

Tickets range from $55 to $100 and are on sale now at Ticketfly.com, Librarymusichall.com, or by calling 1-877-4-FLY-TIX.

The soulful singer/rapper from New Jersey is beloved for her work with hip-hop superstars The Fugees and on her five-time Grammy-winning 1998 album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill." Since then, she has only released her MTV Unplugged and a few sporadic singles, and she has rarely toured.

She performed at the Star Lake Amphitheater in 1999 to great reviews and a turnout of under 5,500. This long-awaited return is announced with six days notice but should have no trouble selling out.

The few recent shows she's done have featured a mix of new and old solo songs, Fugees faves and a sprinkling of Bob Marley covers.

Promoter Brian Drusky said Friday, "The agent just hit me up yesterday about it and asked if I wanted to do it. Worked really quick through it and today it's on sale." He said the only other show that he's done with this short of a lead time was Dave Chappelle 18 months ago.

 

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Empty Netter Assists - Powered down - 05-06-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Capitals

-The Penguins have a 3-1 series lead despite going 0 for 14 on the power play

-The Penguins could use two off days

-In 12 NHL seasons, defenseman Trevor Daley has only been to the second round or beyond twice. He's not taking it for granted. 

-How much will having the last change for faceoffs as the home team in Game 5 benefit the Capitals

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-A goal by forward Cody Wydo at 4:22 of the third overtime gave the Wheeling Nailers a 2-1 win against the Reading Royals in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The best-of-seven series is tied, 2-2. Goaltender Franky Palazesse made 42 saves for Wheeling. The game was the longest in franchise history and 14th longest in the history of the ECHL.

-After the Jump: Jaromir Jagr re-signs with the Panthers.

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The Butcher

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Well, it's official. Donald Trump is the "presumptive" GOP nominee. In any other election, this would be the time when the rest of the party would get behind their nominee. This isn't just any other election. 

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Daley appreciates rare postseason success - 05-05-16

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While defenseman Trevor Daley (right) is relatively new to the Penguins having joined them via trade from the Chicago Blackhawks in December, he's one of the most tenured veterans on this team having played in the NHL for parts of 12 seasons. One of a handful of players on the roster who played before the 2005-06 lockout, Daley's experience carries weight with his teammates.

“He's played 800 games," said defenseman Ben Lovejoy. "He's played against some of the best players in the world for a long time. And he knows what it takes to be a good defenseman in this league and I think he's been a good role model for the [defensemen].”

"Even before he has the puck, he know where everybody is," said defenseman Olli Maatta. "I think that's something we can all learn from him for sure."

Despite being in the NHL for over a decade, playoff success has been rare for Daley. He's only reached the postseason six times in his career and has only been to the second round in two instances. 

The first came with the Dallas Stars who were thumped out of the playoffs in the 2008 Western Conference final by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. The second is currently ongoing with the Penguins who hold a 3-1 lead over the Capitals in their second round series.

The Penguins were able to stake that advantage largely due to Daley who, in place of suspended defenseman Kris Letang, logged a team-high 28:41 of ice time and scored the team's first goal.

Recently, Daley talked getting a rare taste of postseason success.

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This is only the second time in your career you've been to the second round or beyond. Obviously, this isn't the ultimate goal, but does being this far in the postseason mean something to you?

“Yeah. When you don't get the chance to make the playoffs for a while, these opportunities, obviously they're ultra-important. You get a good opportunity, you don't take it for granted. It's one of those things where I haven't been in this situation a lot. You've got to take advantage of it. I'm here now."

Previous to this season, you've only reached the postseason once in the previous seven seasons. What is this time of the calendar year like for you typically?

"Depending on how the house is or with kids, obviously they're still in school, you're kind of bored this time of year."

Does this almost feel strange or foreign in that respect?

"No. It feels like we're still in the middle of the season. We're still going. It's an exciting time. We get a chance to get closer to the main goal. Obviously, that's to win the [Stanley] Cup."

Not that you're preaching to the younger players, but is there a message to them about this type of success isn't a guarantee?

"Absolutely. You never know when you're going to get this situation again. You've got to take advantage of it. Every year, obviously there's new obstacles and new situations. When you get a chance to put yourself in a situation like this, you definitely got to take advantage of it."

How ideal of a fit is this team for you in terms of how the defensemen are expected to play and your skill set?

"I've never played on a team with this many [defensemen] that are the way we are. That's changed for me. Aggressive, I think most teams play that type of way nowadays. Your [defense] got to get involved, try to help out. You've got to find different types of ways to score."

You struggled to get much playing time in Chicago at the start of this season and now you're a fairly important part of this team.

“It's funny how this game works. You stick with it and good things happen. I'm grateful for the opportunity. I'm in a good place here in [Pittsburgh] and I'm enjoying it. What a great group of guys. We're enjoying this. We just play. That's been our motto since I got here and [Sullivan] got here. Just play.”

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