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Playoff schedule released - 04-13-14

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The NHL released it's postseason schedule this evening. The Penguins will begin their first-round series with the Blue Jackets Wednesday.

Here is the entire schedule for the first round:

EASTERN CONFERENCE
SERIES C
TIME (ET)  vs. 
NATIONAL
NETWORKS
Wednesday, April 16 7:30 p.m. Blue Jackets at Penguins NBCSN, CBC
Saturday, April 19 7 p.m. Blue Jackets at Penguins NBCSN, CBC
Monday, April 21 7 p.m. Penguins at Blue Jackets NBCSN, CBC
Wednesday, April 23 7 p.m. Penguins at Blue Jackets NBCSN, CBC
*-Saturday, April 26 TBD Blue Jackets at Penguins CBC
*-Monday, April 28 TBD Penguins at Blue Jackets CBC
*-Wednesday, April 30 TBD Blue Jackets at Penguins CBC
SERIES A
TIME (ET)    vs.  NETWORKS
Friday, April 18 7:30 p.m. Red Wings at Bruins NBCSN, TSN
Sunday, April 20 3 p.m. Red Wings at Bruins NBC, TSN
Tuesday, April 22 7:30 p.m. Bruins at Red Wings NBCSN, TSN
Thursday, April 24 8 p.m. Bruins at Red Wings NBCSN, TSN
*Saturday, April 26 3 p.m. Red Wings at Bruins NBC, TSN
*Monday, April 28 TBD Bruins at Red Wings TSN
*Wednesday, April 30 TBD Red Wings at Bruins TSN
       
SERIES B
TIME (ET)   vs. 
NETWORKS
Wednesday, April 16 7 p.m. Canadiens at Lightning CBC, RDS, CNBC
Friday, April 18 7 p.m. Canadiens at Lightning CBC, RDS, CNBC
Sunday, April 20 7 p.m. Lightning at Canadiens CBC, RDS, NBCSN
Tuesday, April 22 7 p.m. Lightning at Canadiens CBC, RDS, NHLN
*-Thursday, April 24 7 p.m. Canadiens at Lightning CBC, RDS, CNBC
*-Sunday, April 27 TBD Lightning at Canadiens CBC, RDS, NBCSN
*-Tuesday, April 29 TBD Canadiens at Lightning CBC, RDS
       
       
SERIES D - M2 Vs. M3
TIME (ET)   vs. 
NETWORKS
Thursday, April 17 7 p.m. Flyers at Rangers CNBC, TSN
Sunday, April 20 Noon Flyers at Rangers NBC, TSN
Tuesday, April 22 8 p.m. Rangers at Flyers CNBC, TSN
Friday, April 25 7 p.m. Rangers at Flyers CNBC, TSN
*-Sunday, April 27 Noon Flyers at Rangers NBC, TSN
*-Tuesday, April 29 TBD Rangers at Flyers TSN
*-Wednesday, April 30 TBD Flyers at Rangers TSN
       
WESTERN CONFERENCE
SERIES E - C1 vs. W1
TIME (ET)   vs.  NETWORKS
Thursday, April 17 9:30 p.m. Wild at Avalanche CNBC, TSN
Saturday, April 19 9:30 p.m. Wild at Avalanche NBCSN, TSN
Monday, April 21 8 p.m. Avalanche at Wild NHLN U.S., TSN
Thursday, April 24 9:30 p.m. Avalanche at Wild CNBC, TSN2
*-Saturday, April 26 TBD Wild at Avalanche TSN
*-Monday, April 28 TBD Avalanche at Wild TSN
*-Wednesday, April 30 TBD Wild at Avalanche TSN
       
SERIES F
TIME (ET)   vs.  NETWORKS
Thursday, April 17 8 p.m. Blackhawks at Blues NBCSN, CBC
Saturday, April 19 3 p.m. Blackhawks at Blues NBC, CBC
Monday, April 21 8:30 p.m. Blues at Blackhawks CNBC, CBC
Wednesday, April 23 9:30 p.m. Blues at Blackhawks NBCSN, CBC
*-Friday, April 25 8 p.m. Blackhawks at Blues NBCSN, CBC
*-Sunday, April 27 3 p.m. Blues at Blackhawks NBC, CBC
*-Tuesday, April 29 TBD Blackhawks at Blues CBC
       
SERIES G
TIME (ET)   vs. 
NETWORKS
Wednesday, April 16 10 p.m. Stars at Ducks NBCSN, TSN
Friday, April 18 10 p.m. Stars at Ducks NBCSN, TSN
Monday, April 21 9:30 p.m. Ducks at Stars NBCSN, TSN
Wednesday, April 23 8 p.m. Ducks at Stars CNBC, TSN
*-Friday, April 25  10:30 p.m. Stars at Ducks NBCSN, TSN
*-Sunday, April 27 TBD Ducks at Stars TSN
*-Tuesday, April 29 TBD Stars at Ducks TSN
       
SERIES H
TIME (ET)   vs.  NETWORKS
Thursday, April 17 10:30 p.m. Kings at Sharks NBCSN, CBC
Sunday, April 20 10 p.m. Kings at Sharks NBCSN, CBC
Tuesday, April 22 10 p.m. Sharks at Kings NBCSN, CBC
Thursday, April 24 10:30 p.m. Sharks at Kings NBCSN, CBC
*-Saturday, April 26 TBD Kings at Sharks NBCSN, CBC
*-Monday, April 28 TBD Sharks at Kings CBC
*-Wednesday, April 30 TBD Kings at Sharks CBC
       

* - if necessary
(Photo: Jay LaPrete/Associated Press)

 

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Senators at Penguins - 04-13-14

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PREGAME

-On account of a story we had to file for tomorrow's paper, we'll keep our pregame comments brief.

-This is a VERY meaningless game. The only thing the Penguins can accomplish today is not getting anyone injured. We would expect a very preseason-ish lineup for the Penguins.

-Chuck Kobasew was recalled. He had ripped up the AHL since being assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last month. Penguins management routinely makes recalls based on performance. Within that parameter, Kobasew certainly deserves the recall.

-A few sights around the barn. The barn itself:

 

-The ice:

 

-Jarome Iginla:

-Joe Mullen:

-Rick Tocchet:

 

-And All-American defensive duo. Paul Martin:

-And Brooks Orpik:

-Sidney Crosby Team Canada:

-Mark Recchi:

-This young lady is ready for the playoffs:

-Fans entering the barn:

-There are a few Senators fans here. Erik Karlsson:

-Daniel Alfredsson:

 

-If you have a Joel Kwiatkowski practice jersey, you're hardcore:

-Ditto Jock Callendar:

-The original No. 3, Al MacNeil:

-Andy Bathgate:

-A few former Penguins/Senators. Sergei Gonchar:

-Jarkko Ruutu:

-Jersey of the Night: Former penguins/Senators forward Martin Straka:

-Warm ups:

-The Penguins' startes are Beau Bennett, Brian Gibbons, Lee Stempniak, Kris Letang, Rob Scuderi and Jeff Zatkoff.

-Their scratches are Sidney Crosby, Robert Bortuzzo, Deryk Engelland, Marcel Goc, Matt Niskanen and Brandon Sutter.

-The Senators' starters are Clarke MacArthur, Mark Stone, Kyle Turris, Erik Karlsson, Marc Methot and Robin Lehner.

-Their scratches are Jared Cowen, Matt Kassian, Bobby Ryan and Mika Zibanejad.

-Jeff Jimerson handles his business:

FIRST PERIOD

18:32: Eric Gryba cranks a slapper from the right point. Zatkoff snags it.

16:24: Letang snaps off a wrister from the right point. Kobasew is in the slot and re-directs it on net. Lehner eats it up.

11:49: After a few stagnant minutes, Neal has a chance in tight but cant' bury it.

10:36: Play is halted as Tanner Glass and Chris Neal drop the gloves at the Senators' left point. Neil took exception to Glass hitting Chris Phillips in the right wing corner. They met up near the Senators' bench and went at each other right away. They pump several punches and land a few. The fight ends with Neil falling on top of Neil. Glass heads to the dressing room while Glass heads to the penalty box. Glass has a little blood on the crest of his jersey but it doesn't' appear to be his own. That wasn't a smart fight by Glass. Risking potential injury before the playoffs in a meaningless game wasn't a great decision.

9:37: After Karlsson fumbles a puck in his own right wing corner, Stmpniak has a chance in tight but can't beat Lehner.

5:54: Milan Michalek is called for hooking Olli Maatta. Chris Kunitz, Jussi Jokinen, James Neal, Kris Letang and Paul Martin take the ice.

5:14: The Penguins strike first. Kunitz pushes the puck up the right wing wall and leaves a drop pass for Jokinen at the right half wall. Jokinen directs a pass to the slot for Neal. The pass fails to connect and glances off the skate of Gryba then through the five hole of Lehner. The Penguins get a little lucky there. Kunitz and Letang get assists. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 1-0.

3:21: The Senators get a power play as Harry Zolnierczyk is called for hooking. Stempniak, Orpik, Martin and Gibbons take the ice.

1:21: The Blue Jackets get a power play goal just as the clock expires. Turris takes a pass in the left circle, tees up a half slapper and swipes a nice shot by Zatkoff on the near side. Karlsson and Mike Hoffman get assists. Penguins 1, Senators 1.

0:04: After Beau Bennett appears to get away with a possible high stick against Karlsson, Colin Greening is called for roughing Bennett. The Senators protest but officials aren't buying it. Kunitz, Neal, Jokinen, Martin and Letang take the ice.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 1, Senators 1.

FIRST INTERMISSION

-We'd be lying if we said we paid much attention to that period. The NHL released the playoff schedule and we were busy piecing together a post on it. You can read it here.

-The Senators lead in shots on net, 9-6.

-The Senators have a 15-6 lead in attempted shots.

-Gryba and Hoffman each lead the game with two shots on net.

-Karlsson leads the game with 9:33 of ice time.

-Martin leads the Penguins with 7:50.

-Faceoffs are tied, 12-12 (50 percent).

-Jokinen is 6 for 8 (75 percent).

-Spezza is 6 for 9 (67 percent).

-Scuderi leads the game with two blocked shots.

SECOND PERIOD

20:00: The Penguins will start the period with 1:56 of power play time on fresh ice. Kunitz, Jokinen, Martin, Letang and Neal take the ice.

19:14: Kunitz has a chance in the left circle on a partial breakaway and rips a wrister over the cage.

18:04: The Greening minor is killed.

16:20: Adams appears to the away wit a trip against Turris behind the Ottawa net.

14:47: A wrister by Bennett from the left circle is denied by Lehner.

14:44: The Penguins regain the lead. After Gibbons wins a faceoff in the Senators' left circle Bennett rips a wrister through traffic. Stempniak is above the blue pain and redirects the puck by Lehner's blocker. What a nifty little set faceoff play. Bennett and Gibbons get assists. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 2-1.

13:02: Harry Zolnierczyk's rough night continues as he's nabbed for holding the stick of Phillips on a chip-and-chase play up the right wing. Martin, Adams, Orpik and Stempniak take the ice.

12:10: Spezza pounds a slapper from the right circle. Zatkoff kicks it out.

11:48: Mike Hoffman rips a wrister from the right cicle. Zatkoff snags it easily.

11:12: Karlsson chops a slapper from the center point. Zatkoff kicks it out. Neil has a few chances at the rebound but can't beat Zatkoff.

11:02: Zolnierczyk's minor is killed.

10:17: A wrister by Kunitz from in tight is denied by Lehner.

10:12: Erik Condra is called for holding Maatta. Martin, Neal, Jokinen, Kunitz and Letang take the ice.

8:55: A slapper by Martin from center point is snagged by Lehner.

8:12: Condra's minor is killed.

8:04: Maatta stokes a slapper from the right circle. Lehner eats it up.

7:45: A wrister by Karlsson in the high slot is blocked.

7:26: Another penalty. Condra is called for slashing Letang. Neal, Letang, Kunitz, Martin and Jokinen take the ice.

6:11: Letang fumbles a puck in the neutral zone. Jean-Gabriel Pageau tries to push it up ice on a scoring chance in the slot. Letang chases him down and knocks the puck away.

6:00: Attendance is announced as 18,663. It is the team's 327th consecutive sellout.

5:26: The Condra minor is killed.

4:11: A slapper by Letang from the right point is deflected wide.

3:21: Another penalty. Kunitz is called for hooking Hoffman. Kobasew, Adams, Martin and Orpik take the ice.

2:46: The Senators cas in. Patrick Wiercioch chosp a slapper from the center point. Zatkoff Stops it. Mark Stone is all alone in front of the crease between Martin and Orpik and lifts the rebound by Zatkoff's glove hand. Orpik and Martin failed to account for Stone there. Wiercioch gets the only assist.

2:28: Yet another penalty . Despres is called for delay of game after he flipped a puck out of play from his own zone. That's two minutes. Letang, Scuderi, Adams and Glass take the ice.

2:19: Wiercioch chops a slapper from the right point. Zatkoff punches it away.

2:12: During a stoppage, a scrum breaks out at the Penguins' blue line. Nothing comes of it.

0:45: Karlsson rips a wrister from the slot. Zatkoff snags it.

0:28: The Despres minor is killed.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 2, Senators 2.

SECOND INTERMISSION

-We didn't really concentrate much on that period from a team-wide perspective. It's safe to say the Penguins' special teams haven't been too hot tonight.

-It seems like officials are really calling things tight. It's almost as if they're trying to get in a few more penalties for a quota before the end of the season.

-The Senators have a 22-17 lead in shots on net.

-The Senators have a 32-25 lead in attempted shots.

-Neil leads the game with four shots.

-Kunitz leads the Penguins with three shots.

-Letang leads the game with 17:19 of ice time.

-Karlsson leads the Senators with 15:54.

-The Penguins have a 24-22 lead in faceoffs (52 percent).

-Jokinen is 11 for 15 (73 percent).

-Zack Smith is 9 for 15 (56 percent).

-Scuderi leads the game with three blocked shots.

-None of the Senators has more than one blocked shot.

-Icetime has a very fan-centric cover:

THIRD PERIOD

18:45: Kunitz whacks a one-timer from the high slot over the cage.

16:13: Gibons pushes the puck up the left wing and is thumped to the ice by Gryba. Stempniak is able to pick up the loose puck and get a shot on net. Lehner fights it off.

14:22: A re-direction by Hoffman from the slot is denied by Zatkoff.

14:17: A slapper by Methot from the left half wall is fought off by Zatkoff.

14:12: A slapper by Karlsson from the right point breaks the stick of Kobasew.

12:45: A wrister by Glass from above the left circle is blocked.

12:22: BIG save. After Jokine maek a poor turnover from behind his own net, Stone has a big chance in tight but Zatkoff robs him. Jokinen owes Zatkoff a beer.

11:20: A wrister by Michalek from above the left circle sails over the cage.

10:46: Kobas whistles a wrister from the right circle. Lehner has rouble with th epuck and struggles to cover the rebound. He does eventually. A small scrum breaks out but nothing comes of it.

10:35: Hoffman chops a slapper from the left circle over the cage.

9:52: A wrister by Cody Ceci from the right poitn is blocked.

9:43: Another penalty. Adams holds Phillips in the right wing corner of the Ottawa zone. That's an easy two minutes. Glass, Jokinen, Scuderi and Letang take the ice.

7:43: Two minutes later, the Senators did little with that chance.

6:53: A slapper by Scuderi from the left point is eaten up by Lehner.

5:28: Phillips slaps a shot from the right point. Zatkoff snags it. Just as the whistle is blown, Neil gives Maatta a shove from behind to the ice. A small scrum develops. Nothing comes of it.

2:48: Greening lifts a wrister from above the right circle. Zatkoff fight sit off.

0:30: chops a slapper from the right point. Lehner fight sit off despite a few re-directions.

0:03: Off a feed by Jokinen, a wrister by Martin is wide of the cage from the slot.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 2, Senators 2.

THIRD INTERMISSION

-The Senators have a 31-28 lead in shots on net.

OVERTIME

4:11: Clarke MacArthur has a chance in tight but can't beat Zatkoff.

2:02: A slapper by Karlsson from the right point is wide on the near side.

1:36: A wrister by Martin fom above the right circle is wide to the far side.

0:51: MacArthur drops Orpik with a big hit deep in the Penguins' left wing corner.

0:30: A wrister Karlsson ifrom above the right circle is stopped by Zatkoff. He follows up on the rebound but Letang stick checks him and denies the shot.

0:13: In deep on the right wing, Letang centers a pass for Jokinen on the other side of the crease. The timing is off and they fail to connect.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 2, Senators 2.

FOURTH INTERMISSION

-The Senators lead in shtos, 33-28.

SHOOTOUT

-Bennett is up first. He glides down the slot and shoots a forehand shot five hole. Lehner kicks it out.

-Turris races down the slot and lifts  wrister by the glove hand of Zatkoff. Senators 1-0.

-Jokinen swings wide on the right wing, levels out and goes five hole. Lehner stops him.

-Spezza can win this. He races down the slot with speed, pulls up at the hashmarks, dekes a few times and lifts backhander by Zatkoff's blocker. End of shootout. Senators 2, Penguins 0. End of game. Senators 3, Penguins 2.

POSTGAME

-That was awful to watch. Just awful. The game meant nothing and both teams played like it. And naturally, this dreadful contest had to go to overtime. Thank goodness this stretch of meaningless games have finally come to an end and games of significant consequence can begin.

-We're not going to dissect this too much. Neither team offered much from a collective perspective.

-We liked Kris Letang's game. He was all over the ice. While this game wasn't all that competitive, this was easily Letang's best effort in his comeback.

-Lee Stempniak was sharp while playing with lesser linemates. He will need to be a contributor on the third line.

-Whatever Chuck Kobasew was doing in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he didn't do it tonight. He showed little tonight.

-The special teams were not sharp but they were missing a few key players. The Senators scored two power play goals on five chances while the Penguins' power play was limited to one goal on four chances.

-The Senators led in shots on net, 33-28.

-The Senators led in attempted shots, 59-46.

-Mike Hoffman led the game with six shots.

-Mike Hoffman?

-Stempniak led the game with four shots.

-Kris Letang led the game with 26:52 of ice time.

-Karlsson led the Senators with 26:07.

-The Penguins have a 34-32 lead in faceoffs (52 percent).

-Jokinen was 15 for 22 (68 percent).

-Zack Smith was 12 for 20 (60 percent).

-Rob Scuderi led the game with four blocked shots.

-None of the Sentors had more than one.

-Game summary.

-Event summary.

-Highlights:

 

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About the Senators - 04-13-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Senators.

When and where: 7:30 p.m. EDT. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports, TSN, TVA.

Record: 36-31-14, 86 points. The Senators is in fifth place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: Erik Karlsson, 73 points (20 goals, 53 assists).

Last Game: 1-0 home win against the Maple Leafs, last night. Craig Anderson made 28 saves for the Senators.

Last Game against the Penguins: 2-1 overtime road loss, Feb. 2. Anderson made 46 saves for the Senators.

Senators Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Ales Hemsky. He has eight points in seven career games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Senators: None.

Ex-Senators on the Penguins: Jacques Martin, head coach; Ray Shero, general manager.

Useless Senators Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Ottawa's Chris Phillips has the second-most career games played among active NHL defensemen. Only Stars defenseman and former Penguin Segei Gonchar (1,252) has more.

Best Senators Video We Could Find: Karlsson showing off some fancy skating by scoring a goal against the Oilers this season:

 

Probable goaltenders: Jeff Zatkoff (12-6-1, 2.66 GAA, .911 SV%) for the Penguins. Craig Anderson (25-16-8, 3.00 GAA, .911 SV%) for the Senators.

Injuries: For the Penguins, centers Marcel Goc (left foot/ankle), Evgeni Malkin (foot) and Joe Vitale ("upper body") are out. Right wingers Chris Conner (foot), Pascal Dupuis (knee) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Senators, defenseman Jared Cowen ("lower body") and center Mika Zibanejad (undisclosed) are doubtful. Right winger Bobby Ryan (hernia) is on injured reserve.

 

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not hold a full morning skate today. Their primary lines and defensive pairings against the Flyers yesterday were:

22 Lee Stempniak - 87 Sidney Crosby - 19 Beau Bennett
49 Brian Gibbons - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 18 James Neal
58 Jayson Megna - 16 Brandon Sutter - 15 Tanner Glass
5 Deryk Engelland - 27 Craig Adams - 39 Harry Zolnierczyk

41 Robert Bortuzzo - 7 Paul Martin
58 Kris Letang - 4 Rob Scuderi
2 Matt Niskanen - 3 Olli Maatta

-The Senators did not hold a morning skate. Their primary lines and defensive pairings against the Maple Leafs last night were:

9 Milan Michalek - 19 Jason Spezza - 83 Ales Hemsky
16 Clarke MacArthur - 7 Kyle Turris - 61 Mark Stone
68 Michael Hoffman - 15 Zack Smith - 22 Erik Condra
14 Colin Greening - 44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau - 25 Chris Neil

3 Marc Methot - 65 Erik Karlsson
46 Patrick Wiercioch - 62 Eric Gryba
4 Chris Phillips - 5 Cody Ceci

Notes:

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

-This too:

-Chuck Kobasew was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

--Adams has 99 career assists.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please tune in.

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Empty Netter Assists - 04-13-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

 

Penguins

-The Penguins will face the Blue Jackets in the first round of the playoffs.

-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. "Everyone talks about the history between us and them, and they obviously have a good record. But after that game [Saturday], I feel better about it." - Matt Niskanen on the Flyers.

-The Philadelphia Inquirer's recap. The win clinched the Flyers a meeting with the rival Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.

-The (Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier-Post's recap. Flyers goaltender Steve Mason left the game in the first period due to an "upper-body" injury.

-The Associated Press' recap. "I thought we were much better, and for a game that doesn't move us in the standings anywhere, I liked our mindset." - Sidney Crosby.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Happy times for the Penguins:

-Happy times for Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux (left) and Jakub Voracek:

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-James Neal speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-“[Letang] kind of had the play there and the puck on his skate to try to score a goal. It fell off his stick and the whistle and everything ensued after that. Yeah it does, a guy picking on a guy who had a stroke.” - Bylsma on a third period scrum between Letang and Flyers forward Scott Hartnell. According to a team spokesperson, the comment was meant in jest.

-"Then he shouldn't be out there playing. Bottom line. It's a stupid comment." - Flyers coach Craig Berube's response.

-The Penguins recalled Chuck Kobasew from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In 32 NHL games this season, Kobasew had two goals.

-"It's a National Hockey League game. We come in as individuals trying to be proud of the game we put on the ice, and to play well. Whether it means anything or not, it's an opportunity to play in the National Hockey League. That's a pretty special thing." - Tanner Glass on today's game against the Senators.

-What was the best win of the season for the Penguins?

-“That just makes me more excited to get a win against them. It would be cool if we could go into their building and grease those two wins, but by no means is it going to be easy.” - Blue Jackets foward Ryan Johansen on going 0-5-0 against the Penguins this season.

-The Blue Jackets will limit sales of playoff tickets to residents of Ohio until Tuesday.

-Peter Mannino made 15 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-1 home win against the Binghamton Senators. The win moved the Penguins past the Senators for first place in the East Division and secured the franchise a playoff berth for the 12th consecutive season.

-Highlights:

-"It's a tribute to the organization. It doesn't just happen. It happens because you have a quality organization, quality players." - Wilkes_Barre/Scranton head coach John Hynes on the team's playoff streak.

-Tomas Vokoun is scheduled to start for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins today.

-Goaltender Mike Condon made 45 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-0 road shutout of the Cincinnati Cyclones. Forward Christiaan Minella had two goals and an assist for Wheeling.

-Happy 40th birthday to former all-star Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar. A free agent signing in the 2005 offseason, Gonchar spent five seasons with Penguins. Gonchar's debut season in Pittsburgh saw him appear in 75 games and record 58 points. His second campaign saw Gonchar play in all 82 games and match a career-high in points with 67. He appeared in five postseason games that spring and scored four points. In 2007-08, Gonchar as he netted 65 points in 78 games, earned an appearance in the All-Star Game. During that spring's postseason, Gonchar played in 20 games and contributed 14 points while helping the Penguins return to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 16 years. A preseason injury derailed his 2008-09 season as he only appeared in 25 games and scored 19 points. In 22 postseason games that spring, Gonchar appeared in 22 games and scored 14 points while helping the franchise earn its third Stanley Cup title. In 2009-10, Gonchar appeared in 62 games and record 50 points. He saw action in 13 postseason games in 2010 and contributeded 12 points. During the 2010 offseason, he joined the Senators as a free agent. In 322 games with the Penguin, "Sarge" recorded 259 points, 29th-most in franchise history. In 60 postseason games, he scored 44 points, 10th-most in franchise history. He is currently a member of the Dallas Stars.

-Happy 36th birthday to former Penguins forward Arron Asham. A free agent signing in the 2010 offseason, Asham has spent the past two seasons with the Penguins. In 2010-11, Asham appeared in 44 games and scored 11 points. He saw action in seven postseason games last spring and collected four points. Last season, Asham saw action in 64 games and scored 16 points. He played in three postseason games last spring and had no points. In 108 career regular season games with the Penguins, Asham has scored 27 points. In 10 postseason games, he had four points. During the 2012 offseason, he joined the Rangers as a free agent. He is currently a member of the AHL's Hartford Wolfpack.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins forward Jim McGeough. Acquired at the 1985 trade deadeline in a deal which sent Mark Taylor the Capitals, McGeough spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1984-85 by appearing in 14 games for the Penguins and recording four assists. In 1985-86, McGeough played in 17 games and recorded five assists. He followed that up in 1986-87 by seeing action in 11 games and netting five points. In the 1987 offseason, he joined Klagenfurter AC in Austria.

-After the Jump: Ryan Malone faces drug charges and Ryan Smyth retired in grand fashion.

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Shaler's Schwartz runs the two fastest times in WPIAL history

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It's only the second week of April. It makes you wonder what Brianna Schwartz will be running a month from now at the WPIAL track championships.

Brianna SchwartzSchwartz is a junior at Shaler Area High School who already had established herself as one of the best distance runners in WPIAL history. She had yet to run in a big invitational this spring, until last night at the Butler Invitational. All she did was run the fastest times in WPIAL history in two events.

Schwartz ran the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 10.15 seconds. It bettered the mark of 2:10.31, set by North Allegheny's Kelly Langhans in 2007. 

Schwartz also ran the 1,600 in 4:45.43. She already had owned the best 1,600 time in WPIAL history of 4:47.07. She ran that mark in last year's WPIAL championships, bettering the long-standing WPIAL best of 4:51.07, set by Carole Zajac in 1990.

Schwartz had already run the second-best 800 time in WPIAL history last year with a time of 2:10.38.

Schwartz's 800 time at the Butler Invitational is the eighth-best in the country this season. Her 1,600 time would be the second-best in the country, but she already ran a 4:42.58 in the indoor season, which is the second-best in the country this year (indoor or outdoors).

Schwartz has already won WPIAL championships in track and cross country. Last year, she also became the first sophomore to win a PIAA title in the Class AAA 1,600.

Her next big meet will be the Baldwin Invitational the first Friday in May.

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