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Perron: 'I'm happy I got a new start' - 02-07-16

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Stop us if you've heard this one before.

David Perron is off to a fast start with a new team.

Since joining the Ducks Jan. 16, Perron has scored eight points (three goals, five assists) in seven games, mostly on a line with center Ryan Getzlaf and right winger Chris Stewart.

Something similar happened the last time he was traded.

After the Penguins acquired him from the Oilers Jan. 2, 2015, Perron racked up 12 points in his first 16 games while primary playing on the top line with center Sidney Crosby and right winger Patric Hornqvist. Over the course of his next 70 games in a Penguins jersey, Perron played with a variety of linemates and could only muster 26 points.

No one seems to understand why Perron struggled as badly as he did during the late stages of his Penguins career. General manager Jim Rutherford said, "I don't know what happened the last part of last year." Following his current team's practice at Consol Energy Center today, Perron declined to get into specifics on his struggles with the Penguins.

He did discuss up about his current success, why he enjoyed playing for the Penguins and how the late night trade to Anaheim - in exchange for left winger Carl Hagelin - went down.

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How have things been so far with the Ducks?

"It's been good. It's been fun the way the team has been playing. I'm very impressed with this team because of the way they battled back from the start [of the season] they had. We're positioned right now in a good spot. We've just to keep winning and we're going to be fine."

What has worked with you on this line with Getzlaf and Stewart?

"We're just playing hockey. We're playing hard. Cycling the puck and finding each other. Just having fun playing the game. That's what's it's all about. Finding the confidence back and playing and knowing you're a good player in this league. Maybe I lost that a little bit there [with the Penguins]."

You had a fast start with the Penguins after you arrived via trade. Any similarities?

"Maybe the points but I don't think anything else is similar. Obviously I was scoring in Pittsburgh early on but I don't think I was affecting the game as much. I like the way I control the puck right now. I want to keep doing that. Obviously, it's nice to get points too but I think it goes with the success of the team we have. Three lines, it's tough to figure which one is going to be the line that's going to score. It's a good thing for us. Teams are going to have a hard time to check us."

What happened here? You had such a fast start and the production just dried up for you.

"I don't want to talk about that. I loved the organization and I loved the guys in that [dressing] room over there. I made some great relationships. Some really good friends. Sid and [and defenseman Kris Letang] and [goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury], those guys, we always had dinners on the road. [Left winger Chris Kunitz], I couldn't name them all. It was a lot of fun. The only thing, it didn't work. That's what what [general manager] Jim Rutherford and I and [head coach] Mike Sullivan talked when the trade happened. I wish it would have been different but that's the way it goes sometimes. It didn't click as good you wanted it to be. I'm happy I got a new start and it's going well."

You grew up a fan of former Penguins right winger Alexei Kovalev. Playing for the Penguins meant something to you.

"Absolutely. I loved it. I think at the time, you look at the opportunity, it's one of the best I got in my career to play with those guys and it didn't work out the way that I liked or they liked. I'm glad they could find in a way a fit for me somewhere else. It's going well so far. You look at the way we played against [Los Angeles Feb. 4], it's the toughest if not the toughest team in the league to play against, and we dominated them. We played them really hard and found a way to have a really good game. We been on a streak and we've got to just keep going."

How different is it playing in the Pacific Division and Western Conference compared to the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference?

"I think the [Western Conference] is obviously a more grinding type of game. I'm not the biggest guy but I think that fits my style. I'm not always on the go or something like that or always wanting to get a break or something like that. Yeah, it's nice if you get two-on-ones and stuff like that but I think I like to cycle the puck in the [offensive] zone. Even for Hagelin coming to Pittsburgh, I think it's good. They play that style a lot more and I think it's going to fit him well here."

Sullivan really wants the Penguins to skate and play at a high pace. Were you comfortable with playing that way?

"Oh yeah. It's fine. Sometimes the fit with guys didn't work as well as we wanted. It's not negative. It's just that's what hockey is. I don't know what to say. Sometimes there's better chemistry with others. I thought early on, it was there. It's not negative. Those guys are amazing players in the league and it didn't work out for me. I'm going to move on and hopefully it works out here."

You're scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. From that stanpoint, how important is it for you to finish this season strong and help the Ducks do well in the playoffs?

"It's definitely important for me. I like the way I can control the puck and impact the game. That's what I want to do here. I want to be a difference maker. I feel I can do that here. Obviously [Getzlaf] is another great player to play with. A different style of play than the guys maybe over there [with the Penguins]. I had so much fun there in Pittsburgh. Texting with the guys still for a while. I made a really close friend in [Letang]. We're going to be in touch probably the rest of our lives just because that one year we played together."

You were used as a F1 forward [lead forechecker] with the Penguins this season while playing with center Evgeni Malkin and right winger Phil Kessel. How different is your role with the Ducks?

"It's kind of the same. I played with [Stewart] before in St. Louis. He's a big guy. He goes in the corners. I think our game gets better once we're five, 10, 15 seconds the [offensive] zone. That's when we really start to come on and we can cycle the puck. This team is really good at doing that. Just playing against them, it's so hard to play against. It's hard to play against the [Los Angeles] Kings and San Jose. It's a big Western [road] trip when teams go there [to California], you know that before going it. It's a tough three games. It's fun to be on that side of it and playing with those guys that have been so hard to play against for a lot of years."

When the Penguins traded you to the Ducks, it happened early in the morning after you guys flew back from Tampa. What that day like?

"It happened on the plane. As I was coming off, it was 2 a.m. Jim [Rutherford] grabbed me as I was about to walk out. You just know. Things weren't really working great for the team either or myself and you know that something maybe will happen. I'm not saying I was shocked. I wasn't expecting anything to happen right away but I wasn't shocked at the same time. He was a gentleman with me the whole time, treating me well. That's a first class organization, all the guys. Sid is a really good leader. Same with [Malkin] and all those guys. So I don't think they're far from the goal of winning either. The good part about being traded at night is you have time to relax a little bit without getting killed by media calling you or friends or whatever. I had time to settle down a little bit, go home, relax for a couple hours. Actually, [Letang] came over to my house until probably 6 a.m. that day day [and] we talked."

(Photo: Michael Goulding/The Orange County Register)

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DGA, Annie and NAACP winners plus weekend box office

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

 
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For the second year in a row, Alejandro G. Inarritu won the top prize at the Directors Guild Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles. He picked up the honor for “The Revenant” this year and, in 2015, for “Birdman.” (Photo of Inarritu by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP.) 
 
Other winners: 
 
First-time feature:  Alex Garland, “Ex Machina.” 
Documentary:  Matthew Heineman, “Cartel Land.” 
TV and mini-series:  Dee Rees for “Bessie.” 
Dramatic series:  David Nutter, “Game of Thrones,” episode “Mother’s Mercy.” 
Comedy series:  Chris Addision, “Veep,” episode “Election Night.” 
Variety/talk/news/sports, regularly scheduled programming:  Dave Diomedi, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” episode No.  325.” 
Variety/talk/news/sports, specials:  Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special.” 
Reality programs:  Adam Vetri, “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, Gods of War.” 
Children’s programs:  Kenny Ortega, Disney Channel’s  “Descendants.” 
Commercials:  Andreas Nilsson of Biscuit Filmworks. 
Lifetime Achievement and Service Award Recipients:  Joe Pytka (who is from Braddock), Mary Rae Thewlis and Thomas McDermott
 
The Annie Awards, honoring the best in animation, also were held Saturday in Los Angeles.
 
“Inside Out” was the big winner of the night, taking 10 prizes including for best animated feature, director Pete Docter, writing (Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley) and voice acting for Phyllis Smith, who played Sadness, Variety reports. 
 
Pixar also picked up an Annie for its second film of 2015, “The Good Dinosaur.” The award for achievement in animated effects in an animated production went to “Dinosaur’s” Jon Reisch and Stephen Marshall, giving Pixar a total of 11 awards for the night. Ale Abreu’s “Boy and the World” took home the first best animated feature — international award. 
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The NAACP Image Awards were Friday night. Here are the movie winners: 
 
Entertainer of the year:  Michael B. Jordan(Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP)
Outstanding motion picture:  “Straight Outta Compton.” 
Actor in a motion picture: Michael B. Jordan, “Creed.”
Actress in a motion picture:  Sanaa Lathan, “The Perfect Guy.” 
Supporting actor in a motion picture:  O’Shea Jackson Jr., “Straight Outta Compton.” 
Supporting actress in a motion picture:  Phylicia Rashad, “Creed.” 
Independent motion picture:  “Beasts of No Nation.” 
Documentary:  “The Black Panthers:  Vanguard of the Revolution.”
Writing in a motion picture:  Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington, “Creed.” 
Directing in a motion picture:  Ryan Coogler, “Creed.” 
 
At the weekend box office, “Kung Fu Panda 3” held onto the No. 1 spot at the box office, bringing in another $21 million for more than $69 million to date. “Hail, Caesar!” the Coen brothers’ comedy about Old Hollywood, was second. 
 
Here are the numbers from comScore (Rentrak merged with comScore which is why the source looks different):
 
1. “Kung Fu Panda 3” — $21,000,000, for $69,050,957 to date. 
2. “Hail, Caesar!” — $11,439,000.
3. “The Revenant” — $7,100,000, bringing its North American gross to $149,703,403.
4. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — $6,890,000, for $905,961,000 to date. 
5. “The Choice” — $6,085,000.
6. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” — $5,200,000.
7. “The Finest Hours” — $4,715,000, or $18,381,000 since release. 
8. “Ride Along 2” — $4,517,760, or $77,204,590.
9. “The Boy” — $4,098,000, or $26,895,684.
10. “Dirty Grandpa” — $4,050,000, or $29,389,753.
 
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” crossed the $900 million mark at the domestic box office, its 50th day of release,” comScore media analyst Paul Dergarabedian reports.
 
“It is the only film in history to reach this milestone.  In addition, this weekend on Saturday (53rd day of release), ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ became only the third film ever to reach the $2 billion mark globally, and the second to do so in its original release.” 
 
On the horizon is a big box office weekend with Fox’s much-anticipated “Deadpool,” Paramount’s “Zoolander 2” and Warner Bros.’ “How to Be Single.”
 

 

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Empty Netter Assists - Recapping Penguins-Panthers - 02-07-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “Those two guys, I thought, put the team on their back. They raised their level at a critical time.” - Mike Sullivan on captain/center Sidney Crosby and defenseman Kris Letang.

-The Associated Press' recap. "We kept fighting and found ways to generate chances and get ourselves back in the game." - Crosby (above, with goaltender Jeff Zatkoff).

-The Miami Herald's recap. “We can’t sit back the way we did because they will take advantage of it." - Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic.

-The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel's recap. "A great player deflects the puck. We call it lucky, but he's pretty good." - Panthers coach Gerard Gallant on Crosby's game-tying goal late in the third period.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Happy times for Letang and defenseman Trevor Daley:

-Sullivan speaks:

-Zatkoff speaks:

-“He was playing in the NHL when I was 8 years old." - Defenseman Ben Lovejoy, 31, on Panthers right winger and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr.

-After winning the Hobey Baker Award as a point-producer in college, center Kevin Porter has crafted an NHL existence as a bottom-six forward.

-Right winger Carter Rowney scored two goals for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 home loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Defenseman Will O’Neill recorded two assists for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while goaltender Tristan Jarry made 24 saves in the loss.

-Highlights:

-After struggling to reach the AHL earlier in his career, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins center Kael Mouillierat has proven himself as a 20-goal threat.

-Goaltender Franky Palazzese made 20 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 6-0 home loss to the Reading Royals.

-Highlights:

-Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins defenseman John Slaney. A free agent signing in the 1999 offseason, Slaney's Penguins career amounted to 29 games and five points in 1999-2000. Midway through 2000-01, Slaney, the only player in franchise history from Newfoundland and Labrador, was traded to the Flyers in exchange for left winger Kevin Stevens.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins center Alexandre Daigle (right). The first-overall pick by the Senators in the 1993 draft, Daigle came to the Penguins as a free agent in the 2002 offseason and spent one season with the team. In 2002-03, he played in 33 games and scored seven points. In the 2003 offseason, he joined the Wild as a free agent.

-Today would have been the 69th birthday of left winger Penguins forward Ross Lonsberry. Acquired in the 1978 offseason along with defenseman Tom Bladon and center Orest Kindrachuk in a trade which sent a draft pick to the Flyers, Lonsberry spent three seasons with the Penguins. In 1978-79, Lonsberry appeared in all 80 games and 46 points. He saw action in seven postseason games that spring and contributed two assists. He followed that up in 1979-80 by playing in 76 games and recording 33 points. In the 1980 postseason, he appeared in five games and scored three points. His final NHL season was 1980-81. He played in 80 games and netted 50 points. During that spring's playoffs, Lonsberry appeared in five games and failed to record a point. He retired following the season. In 236 regular season games with the Penguins, he scored 129 points, 68th-most in franchise history. In 17 postseason games, he scored five points. Lonsberry died April 4, 2014 at the age of 67.

-After the Jump: A Winter Classic in St. Louis?

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Postgame thoughts - Penguins 3, Panthers 2 (OT) - 02-06-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

There were plenty of reasons for the Penguins to lose this game.

They were coming off a disappointing loss in Tampa the night before. They were facing a pretty hot Panthers team. They had the backup goaltender in net. They didn't have their leading scorer in the lineup. They were getting savaged on the special teams again. They allowed another short-handed goal for the second night in a row.

The first 54:56 of this game confirmed those doubts. The Penguins just didn't have anything going on.

Then Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang happened.

Despite being the focal point of the Panthers' defensive efforts with center Evgeni Malkin out, the Penguins' captain and their all-everything defenseman dragged this struggling team to an improbable and impressive victory.

What happened

The Panthers struck first at 6:03 of the second period. With defenseman Ben Lovejoy in the penalty box after high sticking Panthers center Quinton Howden, the Panthers had a power play. Center Vince Trocheck rushed the puck up the right wing and gained the offensive zone. From the left point, he snapped off a cross-ice pass to former Penguins left winger Jussi Jokinen. Jokinen took the bank pass off of the left boards,went deep on the wing and snapped off a shot into the crease. Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff was deep in his net and allowed the puck to carom off his stick and into the cage. It was a poor goal to allow.

-Fire Jim Rutherford.

They made it a 2-0 lead 9:15 into the third period. Working on the Penguins' fourth power play chance of the game, center Matt Cullen lost the puck at the Panthers' left point under pressure from Jokinen. As defenseman Derrick Pouliot pinched in to regain possession, Jokinen backhand saucered the puck to the neutral zone for center Aleksander Barkov who was hustling up ice. Barkov claimed the puck in the Penguins' slot, fended off a diving poke check from defenseman Trevor Daley and lifted a backhander over Zatkoff's left leg. It was the second short-handed goal the Penguins had allowed in as many nights.

The Penguins finally broke through with 5:04 left in regulation. Crosby fended off Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov for a puck in Florida's right wing corner and snapped off a pass to Letang in the right circle. Letang had his stick cocked and snapped off a one-timer by Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo's blocker. Crosby made a nearly perfect pass despite losing his glove in the battle with Kulikov.

With Zatkoff pulled for an extra attacker, the Penguins tied the game with 1:15 left in play. After Crosby won a faceoff in the Panthers' right circle against Florida center Derek Mackenzie, left winger Chris Kunitz claimed the puck in the the circle and fed a pass to Daley at the right point. Daley slid a pass to Letang at the left point. Letang chopped an ugly one-timer towards the cage. The puck kind of wobbled towards the right of the crease where Crosby was able to direct it into the cage with his right leg. Officials briefly looked at the replay and confirmed the goal.

They finished their unlikely comeback in overtime. Off the opening faceoff, Letang made a rush up ice and drew a hooking penalty from Jokinen. That gave the Penguins a four-on-three power play to work with. After Luongo rejected a handful of shots, the Penguins cashed in at the 1:27 mark of the overtime period. Daley fended off Kulikov from the puck on the Panthers' right wing wall and fed it to Crosby low in the right circle. Crosby held the puck, waited for Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic to kneel down and dished a cross-ice pass to Letang in the right circle and Letang whacked a one-timer by Luongo's blocker on the near side.

The Penguins

-The legend of Sidney Crosby grows. He hasn't had a sequence within a game like this in quite a while. Even in the context of his current hot streak, his game was special. The way he stayed composed while his team struggled to produce quality scoring chances was impressive. Heck, he set up his team's first goal despite losing his glove on the play. After a decade of him being in Pittsburgh, it's easy to take him for granted. Tonight, he reminded how you unique he is.

-Letang's tremendous effort should not be overshadowed. Crosby's recent tear can be tied directly to Letang. Head coach Mike Sullivan has tried to get Letang on the ice with Crosby as much as possible and the results have been quite obvious. They sure were tonight.

-Zatkoff had a big game for the team and for himself. Coming off that poor 5-2 loss in St. Louis in Jan. 18, he needed a game like this. He wasn't perfect. The goal he allowed to Jokinen was very preventable. But he did what he needed to to keep his team in position to come back, especially considering the Panthers had a 20-9 lead in shots in the first period.

-Special teams were an issue for the second night in a row. While the Penguins did get their overtime goal on a four-on-three power play, they were really out of sorts the rest of the game on their other power-play chances. And they gave up an ugly short-handed goal for the second consecutive game. They really miss Malkin in this aspect of the game.

-The Penguins were fairly strong on the penalty kill. They stopped four of the Panthers' five power plays. The one goal they allowed was a bad goal for Zatkoff to allow. What was interesting was how much they used Crosby on the penalty kill. After he only saw 15 seconds of short-handed ice time Friday against the Lightning, he logged 1:29 tonight. As a result, the Penguins had a very aggressive look on the penalty kill and generated quite a few short-handed scoring chances.

-We're not sure if Sullivan was displeased with anyone's play or wanted to spread scoring over three lines but midway through the second period, right winger Phil Kessel was moved to the third line while right winger Bryan Rust was elevated to the second line. We didn't see any evidence that switch benefited either player.

-Daley played a subtle but key role in this win. He made a composed pass to Letang which led to Crosby's goal. And he made a similar play to Crosby which led to him setting up Letang in overtime.

-Midway through the second period, rookie center Oskar Sundqvist got a rough introduction to the NHL when he lugged a puck up the right wing and was blasted to the ice in the neutral zone by Panthers defenseman Steven Kampfer:

-Oof.

(Video via The Pensblog.)

The Panthers

-Jokinen had a hand in each Panthers goal. Fire Jim Rutherford. He is one of the smarter players in the NHL and his intelligence was on display with how he set up Barkov's goal. 

-Jokinen's goal was his 10th of the season and gave his team eight players with double digit goal figures this season.

-The Panthers had a pretty convincing advantage in shots throughout the game but a lot of their shots were from the perimeter. We're not sure how any of their chances were of high quality.

Quotable

-Media in Sunrise, Fla. asked Letang if Crosby has played better hockey in his career:

"We say that every season when he's got a streak or something like that going. In my mind, he's the best player in the world. There's no doubt about it."

-Zatkoff lauded Crosby:

"He's … he's unbelievable. Obviously, you guys have been seeing him here now for 10 years. The pass he makes to [Letang], finding him to the wall there to the play he makes just to open his leg and put that in. I knew when he got it down low on the four-on-three [power play in overtime] that it was going to get [Letang] and [Letang] hits that spot and scores. Those two are kind of feeding off there at the end. But he's so talented. He tries so hard and he wants it so hard. Happy for him seeing him get rewarded there at the end."

-Zatkoff has the faith:

"We can win no matter what. That's what happened tonight. We got one with [approximately five minutes left in regulation] and we just kept going. You could just feel it on the bench, even when I was pulled, we knew we were going to get one."

-Sullivan talked about Crosby and Letang leading the comeback:

"This was I thought a real gut check for our team. It's a testament to the character we have and the leadership that we have. We didn't get the start we wanted. The [shot totals] I think were a little bit deceiving from a scoring chance standpoint but it's certainly an indication that we're spending more time in our end zone than we would like. I thought as the game went on, I thought we started to elevate our compete level and that's what we talked about in between periods. The foundation of this team and the identity of this group has to start with our compete level and our energy. I thought it started with Sid and Kris Letang. Those two guys, for me, were tremendous."

-Sullivan expanded on Crosby and Letang:

"For me, those two guys I thought put the team on their backs. They raised their level at a critical time in the game. We've talked a lot since I've been here about resilience, about staying with it, about not getting distracted or deflated regardless of how the circumstances happens in the game. The first half of that game was not pretty by any stretch. Every team goes through those ebbs and flows and our guys found a way. For me, I think that's an indication of the leadership we have. It starts with those two guys and I thought those two guys were terrific tonight."

-Crosby is keen on Letang:

"He's been all over the ice every situation. He's been involved in a big part of every game. His impact on the game is huge. Again tonight, to get us started there. Get that one and get some momentum. And to finish it off with the winner is huge. He's been a big part of it."

-Crosby expanded on Letang:

"It's hard to match the way he's playing right now. You think at different points, he's had an impact in the game. It seems like offensively, defensively the way he's skating, he's all over the ice. And he's doing it all game long. It's not easy on back to back nights to be carrying the play like that. Just doing an incredible job to help us out on both sides of the puck."

-Zatkoff was asked if he felt his team had a chance to win after Barkov's goal:

"I was just thinking we've got to get one here in the next two or three minutes and I can't let anymore in. Got to keep it to two. Obviously with Sid, Letang, Kunitz, [Hornqvist], Hagelin, [Kessel], we can score in bunches. I knew we just had to get that first one and thankfully we got it there with an unbelievable pass by Sid. Then he got one there to tie it up. We just took it into overtime."

-Sullivan was asked if he doubted there was a chance his team could win after Barkov's goal:

"No. There's still lots of time left. Obviously, it gets that much harder when you give up that goal and it deflates you a little bit when you give up one on the power play. … Certainly, that's a circumstance that we'd like to try to avoid moving forward. Special teams are a big part of the game."

-What has Sullivan done to help Letang get his season turned around?

"[Letang] and I just talked about taking what the game gives you and not forcing plays that aren't there. Not forcing himself into the rush when the opportunity doesn't present itself. He's a special player in my mind. He can really skate. He can defend. He helps us get out of our end zone. He logs tons of minutes. He's one of those guys that's a difference maker. Sometimes, when he's not at his best, I think he forces the game and he chases it a little bit instead of letting it come to him. That's really the conversation that I've had with him. It's a constant dialogue between him and I is I'm just trying to keep him in check there as far as him being calculated when he joins the rush, when he gets involved and when he needs to stay behind the attack in case he has to defend. So I think he's picking his spots and because of that, he's playing a more efficient game. He's not playing goal line to goal line. He's playing a much more efficient game and you can see the impact that he has on our team when he's in the lineup. He's put a stretch of work here for our team that's really helped us climb back in this playoff race."

Zatkoff didn't mind the heavy workload early:

"I was happy I got a lot of shots. They were throwing everything at the net. I think sometimes the shots are a little deceiving. We get outshot 20 to 10 or 20 to nine but I don't think that's the way the period went. I think we got off to a slow start but I don't think we gave up too many high quality shots. Maybe a couple but not that many for the shot volume. A lot of stuff from the outside. That's fine. If we're going to give up shots from the outside and box out, those are harmless. It was nice. It was able to get me into a little bit of a rhythm and settle me in. I was just able to build on last night."

-Panthers coach Gerard Gallant seemed content to just get a point:

"It was disappointing because I thought we played a good enough game to win. We were pretty solid. It happens. Fortunately, we got a point. I could be a lot more [ticked] off than I am now but fortunately we got the one point."

Numbers

-The Panthers led in shots, 42-35.

-Letang led the game with seven shots.

-Former Penguins captain/right winger Jaromir Jagr, Trocheck and MacKenzie each led the Panthers with six shots.

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-Letang led the game with 27:57 of ice time.

-Kulikov led the Panthers with 24:10 of ice time.

-The Penguins had a 37-36 edge in faceoffs (51 percent).

-Crosby was 23-38 (61 percent).

-MacKenzie was 9 for 11 (82 percent).

-Kulikov led the game with three blocked shots.

-Defenseman Olli Maatta led the Penguins with two blocked shots.

Historically speaking

-This game was a first for the Penguins:

-Letang made some individual history:

-Crosby recorded his 900th career point on Letang's first goal.

-Crosby has a 10-game point-scoring streak and a six-game goal-scoring streak.

Visuals

-Game summary.

-Event summary.

-Highlights:

(Photo: Lynne Sladky/Associated Press

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Establishment Candidate

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are fighting over the "progressive" label. I think Bernie wins that fight. Hillary is too closely tied to Wall St. to be called a progressive. 

20160207 Establishment Candidate

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