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Neal, Legwand fined - 03-21-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins forward James Neal and Red Wings forward David Legwand were each fined $5,000 for plays in last night's 5-4 overtime win by Detroit.

In the second period, Neal cross checked Red Wings forward Luke Glendening in the head and neck. Neal was given a two-minute minor on the play.

The play in question:

This is the second time Neal has received supplemental discipline by the NHL and the fifth time overall in his career.

In the third period, Legwand butt ended Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin near the groin and was given a major penalty as well as a game misconduct.

The play in question:

-EN Says: Neal has drawn up a nasty laundry list of plays which have faced discipline in his short time with the Penguins. That said, precedent has been set this season on a play involving the Red Wings.

Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul, a player with a recent (but hardly comparable to Neal) record of supplemental discipline was fined $10,000 by the league after he cross checked Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves' head in a similar fashion.

The play in question:

If that's the standard, Neal's fine for this hit is just, even if it is only half of what was taken out of Lupul's wallet.

One thing which may have spared Neal from a larger fine or even a suspension was the the lack of an apparent injury to Glendening. Either, this has been an ongoing pattern with Neal which Penguins management may want to address the way they did with former forward Matt Cooke.

As far as Legwand goes, this is a pretty rare penalty so there aren't many comparable situations. The in-game discipline and the fine he received seem adequate.

(PhotoClaus Andersen/Getty Images)

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Seton-LaSalle girls win state title

Written by Mike White on .


HERSHEY, Pa. – The Seton-LaSalle High School girls basketball team won a second PIAA Class AA title in three years when it defeated Neumann-Goretti of Philadelphia, 58-50, in the championship this afternoon at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Seton-LaSalle let a 14-point third-quarter lead slip away  as Neumann-Goretti went ahead, 46-44, with 5:27 left in the game. But Seton-LaSalle came on strong, outscoring Neumann-Goretti 14-4 down the stretch. Seton-LaSalle scored 12 of those 14 points from the foul line to hand Neumann-Goretti (29-1) its first loss of the season.

Seton-LaSalle got 10 points and 23 rebounds from senior forward Yacine Diop (pictured). Guard Nicolette Newman led Seton-LaSalle (27-4) with 17 points and point guard Cassidy Walsh had 11 and also 11 rebounds. Neman made 6 of 6 free throws in the final 1:20 of the game.

“I was a little nervous at first and then I hit the first one and then they just all fell after that.”

Elia Abobajo led Neumann-Goretti with 13 points.

Seton-LaSalle led by only two points early in the second quarter, but went on an 11-2 run to grab a 25-14 lead. The lead got to 14 points in the second quarter and the Rebels led, 28—21, at halftime.

The lead mushroomed to 14 points in the third quarter before Neumann-Goretti came back. Neumann-Goretti shot only 24 percent (16 of 67) from the field.

Spencer Stefko won a state title in his first year as head coach. He came from Chartiers Valley.

“This isn’t my team. This is Seton-LaSalle’s team. I’m just along for the ride,” Stefko said.

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Scuderi's first season back has 'been strange' - 04-21-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Rob Scuderi has had better nights in his career than last evening's 5-4 overtime loss to the Red Wings. He had a hand in two own-goals which bounced off him, including the winning score in overtime by Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson:

Overall, Scuderi has had better seasons. Returning to the Penguins after a four-year absence as a free agent signing this past offseason, Scuderi's 2013-14 campaign has been pockmarked by a broken ankle as well as stretches of play which have led to a relative Corsi number of minus-15.7, fifth lowest on the team.

(Note: Corsi is an advanced statistic which measures puck possession.)

Since the offseason, Scuderi was expected to team up with Kris Letang, a Norris Trophy finalist last season. Injuries to both players, as well as Letang's recent bout with a stroke, have derailed those plans most of the season. As a result, Scuderi has been partnered with a variety of defensemen including Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik and Olli Maatta.

Earlier today, Scuderi was asked to assess his season thus far:

How do you assess yourself this season?

"It’s been strange. I thought the year started out great. I felt good. I felt pretty comfortable coming in which is pretty strange coming into a new team. Usually it takes longer to adjust. After my injury, it took a while for me to get the good feeling back, much longer than I thought. I thought since the Olympic break, I felt much better and playing better. I don’t know what the stats are. Maybe they back it up, but I feel like I’ve been more myself."

You played most of the first month of the season with Niskanen as a partner and appeared to have some success. What worked for you that month?

"Certainly, it’s nice to have some stability with a partner. That’s not the be-all, end-all but it certainly helps. Besides that, I think the biggest thing was our team play. As a group I thought we were grinding down teams instead of trying for different sorts of plays. We just grinded teams down. We’d [the defensmen] would be standing out watching our forwards work the [opponent’s defensemen] down low."

What changed for you after suffering a broken ankle Oct. 26?

"I don’t want to make excuses for myself. I got hurt. It happens to everybody. Certainly when I came back, I think it’s the longest amount of time I ever missed in my career. I don’t deny for a second that it took me longer than I had hoped to get back to normal. I was hoping for five, six, seven games. It was more like 12, 13, 14 … somewhere around there. Almost double the time. Then we have the Olympic break and we don’t play well as a group coming back. After that, I’ve felt pretty good. Last night is kind of a strange night but besides that, I feel like I’ve been coming along."

Was there a flashpoint where you realized or felt you were where you needed to be physically after the injury?

"Yeah. I’d say 12, 13, 14 [games], somewhere around that point, I remember thinking, ‘Okay, I finally fell like myself again.’ I’m not thinking about it. I’m not overthinking. Am I in the right spot? Things that come to you naturally on the ice weren’t happening. It started to come around that point. Kind of unfortunately, we get the Olympic break. You get some time off. It’s nice to have that time but for me personally, from where I was coming from, maybe wasn’t the most awesome time."

Without speaking for Letang's health, do you harbor any hope you'll be able to team up with him as a partner before the end of the regular season?

"I certainly hope so. That was the plan from the beginning of the season. We may have had a total of seven games maybe. I don’t know. It’s definitely not 10. I would be nice to get some games under our belt. Really, the last time we played together, we played three, four games and we were starting to get a good feel and starting to click a little bit. Then he had a pretty serious thing happen to him. We’ve been in a holding pattern ever since."

(Photo: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

 

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Report of new eagle nest inaccurate

Written by John Hayes on .

Wrong bird. Last week's reports of a new Southwest Pennsylvania bald eagle nest were not accurate.

Tom Fazi of the Pennsylvania Game Commission said the agency had been aware of an osprey nest located at the top of an electrical tower in Aliquippa. Sometimes eagles overrun the nests of ospreys, forcing the smaller raptors out. But not in this case, said Fazi.

After talking with the person who reported the siting, and personal observation, the Game Commission confirmed that the birds occupying the electrical tower nest are ospreys.

 


 

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Empty Netter Assists - 03-21-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We had a five-minute power play late in the game and no matter what the game looks like, you have to find a way to [score then]." - Sidney Crosby.

-The Detroit News' recap. "Finally some karma came to us. It feels good to get those bounces.” - Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar.

-The Detroit Free Press' recap. “We knew going in we were going to be under siege at times. Our guys battled real hard.” - Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

-MLive.com's recap. “I don’t know if I want to call it gutsy, but I thought we showed a lot of character." - Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall.

-The Associated Press' recap. "That was the one area of the game that it got away from us." - Evgeni Malkin on the Penguins' power play.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Detroit's David Legwand butt-ended Malkin in the third period:

-The league does not have a disciplinary hearing scheduled for Legwand.

-Malkin was in bad shape after the hit:

-Happy times for Jussi Jokinen, Malkin and James Neal:

-Matt Niskanen had to fend off Tatar:

-Tatar was pumped:

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby has Bylsma's endorsement for the Hart Trophy.

-Nebraska-Omaha forward Josh Archibald, a Penguins prospect, was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's player of the year. Archibald was also named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.

-After the Jump: Rick Nash returns to Columbus.

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