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Empty Netter Assists - 04-23-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Blue Jackets

-Welcome back Brian Gibbons (above) and Marcel Goc ... to an optional skate.

-“We seemed more organized. We created momentum instead of giving it up.” - Matt Niskanen on the team's power play in Game 3.

-"We asked [Marc-Andre Fleury] to shut the door, and he did. He gave us a chance to win.” - Lee Stempniak on Marc-Andre Fleury on Fleury in Game 3.

-“Everybody knows his story. He tried really hard to figure out a way to not put himself in those situations. Unfortunately, when you throw a lot of hits and the game is fast-paced, sometimes that happens and you have to take responsibility for it and live with whatever the consequences are.” - Craig Adams on Wild forward and former Penguins teammate Matt Cooke injuring Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie with a knee-on-knee hit Monday. Cooke is facing a potential suspension.

-Rob Scuderi speaks:

-Jayson Megna speaks:

-Why have all of the goals scored by Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson been scored near the Penguins' cage? "I haven’t had a Pittsburgh guy around me which has been pretty nice."

-"We want to win the Stanley Cup. That’s our main goal. It’s not just happy to be here. We expect to give this team everything we got." - Blue Jackets foward and Plum native (No, really!) R.J. Umberger.

-“It shows we can play with these guys, absolutely. But the fact that we’ve let two two-goal leads slip away means we need to do a better job of putting them away." - Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski on his teams surrendering 3-1 leads in each of his team's losses this series.

-Has Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky been taunting the Penguins?

-After the Jump: Dan Carcillo gets some revenge on the Flyers while the Canadiens sweep the Lightning.

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Campaign ad's false claim about gasoline tax increase

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

State Rep. Harry Readshaw is taking heat for a campaign ad that denounces the state’s new transportation funding bill. The ad says Mr. Readshaw opposed Gov. Tom Corbett’s “massive gas tax increase” that pays for Philadelphia transit. In truth, the gasoline tax restructuring that was part of the bill is paying for road and bridge improvements. Under the Pennsylvania Constitution, no revenue from gasoline taxes can go to public transit, so Mr. Readshaw’s ad is misinformed and misleading, to put it kindly. But the longtime lawmaker, who is opposed in the Democratic primary by Rep. Erin Molchany, is now clearly on the record as saying he thought our roads and bridges were just fine, and that he wouldn’t mind if Pittsburgh’s transit system underwent further deep service cuts.

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Six spaces in Pittsburgh International Airport’s short-term parking garage have been marked for electric vehicle charging. These spaces are on the roof and second levels of the garage. Special green and white markings have been painted to identify the spaces. “Power Up” signs have  been hung above each of the spaces.

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PennDOT is inviting the public to take a survey on transportation priorities and investments at www.PAOnTrack.com as part of efforts to update the state’s long-range transportation plan and develop the state’s first comprehensive freight movement plan.

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I’m unfamiliar with the section of the Motor Vehicle Code that allows delivery truck drivers to park wherever they want, including in traffic lanes and no-parking zones and on crosswalks. But it must be in there somewhere.

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menatworkPennDOT District 10 expects today to announce plans for an emergency bridge repair project on northbound Interstate 79 north of Zelienople. The left lane has been closed since a truck hit a bridge girder in March, causing some pretty hefty backups. The escape route, for those who hate sitting in traffic, is to exit west at Little Creek Road and use Route 19 north to Portersville and a quick jog back to I-79. The bridge project is expected to begin in early May.

Lime Hollow Road in Penn Hills is closed from Coal Hollow Road to Frankstown Road until 4 p.m. today for repairs.

Drilling on Interstate 70 near the Bentleyville interchange will cause single-lane traffic next week starting at 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The affected area is between Bentleyville Road and Route 917. Work will conclude by 6 a.m. each day.

The westbound on- and off-ramps of the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Monroeville will be restricted during pavement repair work tonight. The ramps will have alternating traffic controlled by flaggers from 9 p.m. today to 2 a.m. Thursday.

The bridge that carries Bedford Avenue over Interstate 579-Crosstown Boulevard in Downtown Pittsburgh will have lane closures todaythu and Friday for inspection. The restrictions will be in place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Traffic will be shifted on Bigelow Boulevard and the ramp from Bigelow to northbound I-579 during the same hours.

Sidewalk improvements may cause right-lane closures on Ingomar Road between Harmony Drive and Bellcrest Avenue in McCandless from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through May 2. An alternating one-way pattern may be implemented at times in the area.

A wall collapse has closed Riverview Avenue between Roosevelt and Division avenues in Bellevue until further notice.

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The off-ramp from inbound Route 65 to Beaver Avenue will be closed after the split for California Avenue at 8 p.m. daily through Friday. Traffic will be detoured using the ramp to California Avenue and Marshall Avenue. The restriction will be lifted by 6 a.m. daily. Also, bridge inspection may cause Route 65 lane closures in both directions between Millerton Avenue and the McKees Rocks Bridge through 3 p.m. today.

Lane closures are possible on Route 28 in East Deer during bridge washing from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Friday. Lane closures also will occur on Crawford Run and Baileys Run roads under the Route 28 bridges.

Work on overhead signs may cause lane closures on all three parkways in the area of Downtown Pittsburgh out to Green Tree and Second Avenue after 10 p.m. weeknights through May 2. Restrictions will be lifted by 6 a.m. daily.

Overnight single-lane closures are scheduled on Connor and Gilkeson roads near Route 19 in Mt. Lebanon, and on Route 19 from Connor to Cochran roads, from 7 p.m. today through 6 a.m. Thursday for line painting on rumble strip installation.

A northbound lane closure is possible on Route 51 between Stewart Avenue and Maytide Street in Overbrook from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Friday as crews work on utility lines.

The Fort Pitt Tunnels will have overnight single-lane traffic in both directions starting at 10 p.m. today and Thursday for cleaning and maintenance. Tonight’s restrictions won’t start until an hour after the end of the Pirates game. Lanes reopen by 5 a.m. daily.

A lane has closed on eastbound Route 30 at the bridge over Electric Avenue in North Braddock as crews apply sealant. The restriction is scheduled to end at 5 p.m. Friday. No westbound restrictions.

Replacement of a bridge on Saxonburg Boulevard in Indiana Township has begun, closing the road between Francioni Lane and Klein Road through June 20. The posted detour uses Harts Run Road and Route 8.

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Single-lane traffic on southbound Route 8 is underway from Krebs Drive to Applewood Drive in Richland from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Friday. No northbound restrictions.

A reconstruction project has reduced Interstate 80 in Jefferson County to one lane in both directions between Reynoldsville (Exit 86) and Falls Creek (Exit 97). The restriction will remain in place into November.

Coming Monday: Northbound Route 885-Lebanon Road will be closed at the intersection with Lebanon Church Road at 6 a.m. for replacement of the bridge over the Union Railroad tracks. Southbound traffic will be shifted to the northbound side of the bridge; northbound traffic will be detoured. The overall project continues through April 2015.

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Brewed On Grant: Discriminating UPMC

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The fight between UPMC and Highmark is still going strong but UPMC's nasty attack ads have faded. For some reason, they stopped distorting the truth as if their life depended on it. 

042314 Discriminating UPMC

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Foxcatcher gets November date

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

Sony Pictures Classics will release “Foxcatcher” on Nov. 14.

The movie, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. It was filmed in Western Pennsylvania in 2012.

Bennett Miller (“Capote,” “Moneyball”) directs the movie about John du Pont, great-great-grandson of E.I. du Pont, the industrialist who founded the chemical company. In January 1996, he shot and killed David Schultz, a 1984 gold medal winner who came to live and train at the Foxcatcher National Training Center du Pont built on his 800-acre property in Newtown Square, Pa.

Carell plays the chemical fortune heir, Ruffalo is the slain wrestler and Tatum is his brother and a champion wrestler in his own right. 

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Johnson: 'I haven’t had a Pittsburgh guy around me ' - 04-22-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has made some history in his team's first round series with the Penguins when he tied an NHL record for consecutive games with a goal by defensemen to start a postseason.

What has made Johnson's goals unique is that they've all come from a relatively close distance from the cage. When asked about his short distance scoring today, Johnson said:

"I definitely like jumping into the play. I think a lot of it has been people leaving me wide open. Usually I don’t get left that wide open coming the last couple of games. I haven’t had a Pittsburgh guy around me which has been pretty nice. Usually teams are very aware of where the other team’s [defensemen] are so they can’t jump in. Like I said, it’s been a little bit of luck and being in the right place at the right time."

Johnson is the seventh defenseman to score three or more goals in a postseason series against the Penguins:

Player, Team Postseason Games Goals
Andy Delmore, Flyers 2000 6 5
Al Iafrate, Capitals 1992 7 4
Ray Bourque, Bruins 1991 6 4
Calle Johansson, Capitals 1995 7 3
Jack Johnson, Blue Jackets 2014 3 3
Brian Leetch, Rangers 1989 4 3
Brian Rafalski, Devils 2001 3 5

(Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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