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Martavis's Fantastic Flip Immortalized

Written by Dan Gigler on .

That didn't take long.

Martavis Bryant's epic fetal position flip and mind-boggling slight of hand touchdown catch Saturday night has been immortalized in T-shirt form by Commonwealth Press on the South Side, with the item description simply reading "yeah. i couldnt believe it either."

Well said. Neither could we. Check out the shirt and watch the catch of the year again and again below.

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Kuhnhackl developed a net-front game - 01-11-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Following today's morning skate, a reporter offered an (extremely) amateur scouting report of left winger Tom Kuhnhackl to head coach Mike Sullivan. It was suggested that Kuhnhackl had a somewhat unique ability to get re-directions or tips off of point shots further away from his body than other net-front players.

“It's a very accurate description," Sullivan said, stopping short of offering a scouting job. "It's one of the things that jumped out at me when I watched him play in Wilkes-Barre."

"Offensively, he's a little bit like [right winger Patric] Hornqvist. He gets to the front of the net. He makes the goalie's job difficult. He takes sight lines away and he has an uncanny ability to get his stick on the puck with those shots that come through. So whether they're wrist shots or pucks that get from from the blue line down to the net area, he has an ability to get a stick on it. I watched it for a couple of months down in Wilkes-Barre. I think he's going to help any line he's on offensively because of that skillset and his willingness to go to the front of the net and take cross checks and pay the price."

Kuhnhackl, who played for Sullivan when he coached the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins earlier this season, showed off some of that ability Saturday in his NHL debut. During the Penguins' 3-1 win at Montreal, Kuhnhackl, 23, played primarily on the team's third line with center Nick Bonino and right winger Bryan Rust. That line produced the eventual game-winning goal by Rust in the second period.

On 13 shifts, Kuhnhackl logged 9:26 of ice time. He recorded two missed shots, including one tip-in which went wide of the cage.

Today, Kuhnhackl talked about his debut, his development and that ability to re-direct pucks away from his body.

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What was Saturday like?

"Obviously, it was a dream come true for me. It was really exciting. Crazy rink. Crazy fans. Just an amazing feeling."

Your family watched the game in Landshut, Germany. It was 1 a.m. when the game started at 7 p.m. in Montreal. Did they stay awake for the entire game?

"Yes, they did. They all met at my parents' house. My brother and sister, they watched the game. It was very exciting."

What worked for your line Saturday?

"I think we just kept it simple. We got pucks in deep. We worked in the corners. Got pucks high. We had a lot of pucks on net in the second period. So I think we had a decent game."

You had some injuries early in your professional career and even spent some time in the ECHL as recently as 2013-14. Last season, you posted some career best numbers with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and this season, you earned a recall to the NHL. What was your progression to this point?

"I think it started three years when I was in the [ECHL]. I got my confidence back when I played a lot of minutes in all kind of different situations. Four on four, five on four, [penalty kill] and all that stuff. That really helped my confidence the last couple of years."

You had a serious knee injury at the end of your junior career and a dislocated shoulder early in your professional career. It sounds simple, but how key is it being healthy?

"Obviously, that helps a lot. You can actually work hard in the summer. You don't have to worry about your injuries and little things. Obviously, there's always little things you can't deny but for the most part, I've been healthy the last couple of years."

When did you start developing your net-front game?

"That's a good question actually. I think two or three years ago when I was in Wheeling. Clark Donatelli, the coach back then, he just said, 'Hey, you're a big guy. You've got to be in front. You've got to take the goalie's eyes away.' I think that's when it started. [Assistant general manager Bill Guerin] drove down and watched the games and helped me out."

Guerin had a pretty good career as a net-front presence. What did he show you? 

"He just worked with me on how to get my stick on a lot of pucks. How to tip pucks. How to be in goalies' eyes. Be right on top of the crease. Just make life miserable for the goalies."

It seems like you have the ability to tip pucks away from your body as well.

"I've been working on it the last couple of years. Just after practices, get one of the [defensemen] to shoot pucks from the point and I just try to get a stick on all of them."

(Photo: Peter Diana/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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As expected, Josh Shapiro is jumping into the AG's race

Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro will formally announce his long-awaited campaign for state attorney general tomorrow morning, an effort he's kicking off with a letter to voters that touts his "long track record of doing what's right." 

The three-and-a-half-page letter recounts Mr. Shapiro's experience in government, which includes...

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In state HD 45, Kotik stepping down; Kulik stepping in

State Rep. Nick Kotik formally announced what had been an open secret since last year: He will not be seeking re-election in 2016. And another Democrat, Anita Astorino Kulik, has already claimed his backing — and that of other party regulars.  

"It is my hope that, even in the smallest form, I did my part to better shape the future of...

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Empty Netter Assists - Midway - 01-11-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-“We have some very good players, and I told these guys from day one that I think our challenge is to become a good team. That’s what we’re trying to do.” - Head coach Mike Sullivan on his team at the midway point of the season.

-“Probably late November, I started getting more chances. They weren’t necessarily going in, but I felt like I was having more of an impact on the game. Sometimes when you don’t score it doesn’t mean you’re not playing well and doing good things.” - Captain/center Sidney Crosby (right, with Sullivan) on his season.

-A decade after his infamous "soff" press conference, former Penguins coach Michel Therrien has no regrets.

-Right winger Anton Zlobin had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-2 loss to the Indy (Indianapolis) Fuel.

-Highlights:

-Happy 70th birthday to former Penguins left winger Mike Corrigan. Acquired early in the 1976-77 season in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Kings, Corrigan spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1976-77 by appearing in 73 games and scoring 41 points.  The 1977 postseason saw him appear in two games and fail to record a point. In 1977-78, a leg injury limited him to 25 games and 20 points and brought his career to an end. Corrigan returned to Pittsburgh as an assistant coach in 1981 and served under head coaches Eddie Johnston and Lou Angotti until 1984. In 98 regular season games with the Penguins, he scored 61 points.

-Happy 67th birthday to former Penguins all-star defenseman Dave Burrows (right). Considered by many to be the best defensive blueliner in franchise history, Burrows spent spent seven seasons with the Penguins after being claimed from the Black Hawks in an intra-league draft during the 1971 offseason. As a rookie in 1971-72, Burrows appeared in 77 games and scored 12 points. He played in four postseason games that spring and did not record a point. Burrows saw action in 78 games in 1972-73 and scored 27 points. During 1973-74, Burrows played in 71 games, contributed 17 points and appeared in his first career all-star game. He followed that up in 1974-75 by seeing action in 78 games and once against collecting 17 points. In the 1975 postseason, he appeared in nine games and scored two points. Burrows' best season came in 1975-76 when he appeared in all 80 games and set a career high with 27 points while being selected to his second all-star game. In the 1976 postseason, Burrows appeared in three games and did not record a point. He was limited to 69 games in and nine points in 1976-77. During that spring's playoffs, he appeared in three games and recorded two assists. In 1977-78, he played in 67 games and scored 19 points. During the 1978 offseason, Burrows was traded to the Maple Leafs in exchange for Randy Carlyle and center George Ferguson. After parts of three seasons with the Maple Leafs, Burrows was traded back to the Penguins early in the 1980-81 season along with center Paul Gardner in exchange for center Kim Davis and left winger Paul Marshall. He finished his career by appearing in 53 games for the Penguins that season and recording two assists. In one postseason game that spring, he did not record a point. He retired following the season. In 573 career regular season games for the Penguins, Burrows scored 132 points, 65th most in franchise history. In 20 postseason games, he scored four points.

Happy 60th birthday to former Penguins center Warren Young. A free agent signing in the 1983 offseason, Young spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. In 1983-84, he appeared in 15 games and recorded eight points. The following season in 1984-85, Young was teamed on a line with rookie center Mario Lemieux and scored an astounding 40 goals and 72 points in 80 games. In the 1985 offseason, Young joined the Red Wings as a free agent. Young returned to the Penguins prior to the 1986-97 season when he was traded from Detroit for cash. That season, he appeared in 50 games and scored 21 points. In 1987-88, he played in seven games and had no points. In 152 games with the Penguins, Young scored 101 points, 86th most in franchise history. He is currently a scout with the Penguins.

-After the Jump: 500 for the Great Eight.

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