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About the Rangers - Game 4 - 04-22-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Rangers.

When and where: 7:08 p.m., EDT. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), MSG (New York market), NBC Sports (rest of the United States), Sportsnet 360, TVA2.

Leading postseason scorer: Left winger Rick Nash, 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists).

Last Game: 2-1 road win in Game 3 Monday. Defenseman Dan Girardi (right) had two assists for the Rangers.

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (1-2-0, 2.36 GAA, .922 SV%) for the Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist (2-1-0, 2.01 GAA, .915 SV%) for the Rangers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Beau Bennett ("upper body") is doubtful. Defensemen Derrick Pouliot ("upper body"), Christian Ehrhoff (suspected concussion) and Kris Letang (concussion) are out. Right winger Pascal Dupuis (blood clot) and defenseman Olli Maatta (right shoulder) are on injured reserve. For the Rangers, defenseman Keith Yandle (illness) is probable. Defenseman Kevin Klein (forearm) is out.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins had an optional morning skate. Consider this a guess based on their practice yesterday:

14 Chris Kunitz  - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
17 Blake Comeau - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 39 David Perron
13 Nick Spaling - 16 Brandon Sutter - 23 Steve Downie
43 Scott Wilson - 40 Maxim Lapierre - 26 Daniel Winnik

7 Paul Martin - 12 Ben Lovejoy
4 Rob Scuderi - 27 Ian Cole
8 Brian Dumoulin - 44 Taylor Chorney

-The Rangers' lines and pairs at their morning skate were:

61 Rick Nash - 16 Derick Brassard - 36 Mats Zuccarello
20 Chris Kreider - 21 Derek Stepan - 10 J.T. Miller
62 Carl Hagelin - 13 Kevin Hayes - 26 Martin St. Louis
15 Tanner Glass - 28 Dominic Moore - 19 Jesper Fast

27 Ryan McDonagh - 5 Dan Girardi
18 Marc Staal - 22 Dan Boyle
93 Keith Yandle - 44 Matt Hunwick

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played the Rangers, this happened:

-Center Evgeni Malkin has played in 99 career playoff games.

-Since 2012, the Rangers are 1-12 in games after they have taken a lead.

-Klein participated in the morning skate but will not play. Defenseman Keith Yandle did not participate but head coach Alain Vigneault said he will play.

-The referees are Francois St. Laurent (No. 38) and Wes McCauley (No. 4). The linesmen are Shane Heyer (No. 55) and Kiel Murchison (No. 79).

-Our live chat begins at approximately 7 p.m. Please tune in.

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Settling family business, Jesse White style

Former state representative and current district justice candidate Jesse White of Cecil has filed a flurry of civil lawsuits against a host of his enemies today, alleging defamation and commercial disparagement.

In non-lawyer speak, that means Mr. White, 36, a lawyer, is suing his enemies and blaming them for the loss of his legislative seat and...

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Empty Netter Assists - Crosby, Malkin ready for Game 4 - 04-22-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Rangers

-“The way we finished is really going to help. The desperation and the way we competed in the second half of that game, we got a good idea of the level it’s going to take to win the next one. They definitely raised their level, and it’s time for us to respond.” - Sidney Crosby.

-“I know I’m not happy with my game right now, but I am focused [for the] next game. [The] series is not over, you know. We can [come] back, and I can change my game a little bit better. I’m staying positive. We have lots of games.” - Evgeni Malkin.

-Welcome back Chris Kunitz ... to the varsity power play unit?

-Why can't the Penguins get many shots on net during the first period of games in this series?

-Taylor Chorney is comfortable with Brian Dumoulin.

-Mike Johnston speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-“If anybody thinks that we can totally shut that team down from start to finish, that makes no sense." - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

-"We're in a tough fight right now. We've got a really good Pittsburgh team that's giving us all we can handle. It's a good opportunity for us to come out and play a Game 4 that could be huge for us." - Rangers forward Derek Stepan.

-“I’m trying to learn the banjo. That got a little messed up when I went down with my injury. True story.” - Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein on his broken left forearm.

-After the Jump: Triple overtime in Chicago.

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Earth Day; 10 easy steps for you to make a difference

Written by Doug Oster on .

Earth Day 2015The earth is a pretty cool place to live. Do your part to make it last, it's easy. Photo courtesy of NASA

1. Go Organic

There's no reason to use chemicals in the garden. I've haven't sprayed anything in my garden for nearly 30 years and my garden thrives. Feed the soil, not the plant and you'll always have a great garden. Compost equals a green thumb.

When I made the switch decades ago, I read everything I could get my hands on about organic gardening. I found out EVERYONE was an organic gardener before WWII, as there were no chemical pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides.

2. Don't obsess about killing bugs

Unfortunately Madison Avenue has vilified insects. My radio partner and bug expert Jessica Walliser says this, "99 percent of insects in the garden are either good or benign." When you use a chemical pesticide, you kill the bad bug, but you also kill good bugs and soil life too. Mother Nature does a pretty good job of creating a cycle of life where good bugs control the bad. You'll always be a more successful gardener working with nature instead of against.

Dill is the number one plant to attract beneficial insects.

3. Nothing Grows Better Than Grass When It's Happy

That's why we try so hard to keep it out of our flower beds and vegetable garden. When a lawn has the correct pH and fertility the grass will outgrow anything. A soils test from the Penn State Extension Service is under $10 and will tell you everything you need to know about your soil and how to improve it.

4. Plant a Tree or Shrub

Trees are good, they take carbon dioxide and convert it into oxygen, make shade and are beautiful. Flowering shrubs do the same thing.

5. Don't Panic

When there's a problem with a pest or disease in the garden figure out what's going on and target the problem specifically in a way that doesn't disrupt the balance of nature.

6. Water Smart and Mulch

"Water is our most precious resource." That's a quote from every filmstrip or video we ever saw in school and it's true. Mulch your garden to preserve moisture and keep the soil evenly moist. When we don't get enough rain, soak the plants in the morning at their base.

7. Help Pollinators and Birds

Plant lots of flowers for pollinators like bees, butterflies moths and more. Create an attractive area for birds, they eat lots of pests. Birds need some cover for staging and nesting, something to eat like sunflower seeds and water. Not only do they help you garden, birds are fun to watch.

8. Get Help

Not sure what to do when there's a problem in the garden. Every good garden center has people who will help. They also have a slew of organic solutions to solve those problems. If you're bringing in insects or a diseased plant, make sure it's in a sealed plastic bag.

9. A Small Difference is Still a Difference

Don't think you're organic garden can change things, guess again. Every step in the right direction moves us all to a better place to live.

10. We All Live Downstream

Use your big brain to make decisions which will benefit you, your family, your pets, your neighbors and the environment.

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Brewed On Grant: Polamalu

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Troy Polamalu, the Tasmanian Devil of the Steelers secondary, has retired. Steelers fans everywhere (not to mention fans of hair products) are mourning his retirement. 

042215 Polamalu

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