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City League basketball game moved to afternoon because of "tweets"

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A City League basketball game has been moved from Friday night to Friday afternoon. The reason? Twitter.

Carrick was supposed to play host to Brashear in a night game. But because of some tweets on Twitter this week, Carrick coach Walt Milinski said the administration from both schools agreed the game should be played in the afternoon. Obviously, these weren't "tweet sensations." Milinski said some tweets were threatening.

"I'm not on it but you know how social media stuff can get, and this is kind of a rivalry game," said Milinski. "As the week went on, some things were said [on social media]. The administrations from both schools were a little worried something might happen, so they moved the game to the afternoon."

This isn't the first time a high school game in Western Pennsylvania has been affected by Twitter. Last year, a Twitter "war" caused Kiski School, a prep school in Saltsburg, to forfeit its game against Indiana. Some of those tweets involved players.

As for the Carrick-Brashear matter, Milinski said, "I don't think think it had anything to do with players. It was more about the fans."

Fans are still allowed to attend the game.

"I understand, that if there might be threats, nobody wants to have that," said Milinski. "Players are a little disappointed that we aren't playing at night, but we will follow whatever they say."

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Bennett on the differences between 'Gino and Suttsy' - 01-15-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Having been sidelined throughout his three-year NHL career due to all sorts of medical ailments, there's a certain level of irony in Beau Bennett's current assignment.

He's been placed there due to injuries to other players.

With Blake Comeau (suspected wrist) and Patric Hornqvist (foot/ankle) each dealing with long-term injuries, Bennett has found a home on the right wing of Evgeni Malkin's line over the past three games.

While Bennett only has one goal over that span, that line has had a hand in four even-strength goals.

Yesterday, Bennett talked about life on the second line with Malkin and Nick Spaling on the left wing.

How do you assess things on the second line so far?

 

"Things have gone really well. [Spaling has] had a couple of assists. I've had a goal. We're plus-2 the three games and [Malkin has] had six points. The production is there and I think we could have a lot more. We're just missing on a couple of chances. Hit a post a couple of times. Once it starts clicking the right way, everything will start dropping."

What's been the challenge of playing with someone like Malkin?

"I think I'm getting better at reading him, knowing what he's thinking, where his head is at. Trying to take open ice. I've played with him for bits of three years. Even just watching him, you can learn a lot, and I've sat out a lot too. Trying to play similar to what James Neal did. Obviously, [Neal is] more of a shooter and maybe I can almost switch spots and [Malkin] can be the shooter and I can facilitate for him."

The coaches were pretty dead-set on playing you with Brandon Sutter during the preseason and into the regular season. Have those plans been abandoned or is this just a necessity with other players injured?

"We've got two big-time players out for us right now. Comeau's really good with [Malkin]. I think in playoffs, you need that depth. You need four lines you can roll. Right now, I think it's just testing out certain line combinations and it's been good for us so far. I think our line has done some good things."

What are the differences between playing with Malkin and Sutter?

"All right … 'Gino' and 'Suttsy.' … 'Gino' plays almost it as if its pond hockey. It's more free-flowing. It's more of a feel game. If he has an instinct, he's going to go with it. He's going to try to jump behind. He's going to take guys one-on-one. Stuff like that. 'Suttsy's' fundamentally so good at what he does. He's always on the right side of the puck. He's not cheating offensively. I think that's way you can compare the two. 'Gino,' you probably wouldn't teach it that way but he's so good. He's actually underrated defensively too. When he gets back, he's so strong on the puck he makes it look easy. I think people mistake that as maybe he's not trying so hard on defense but he's a good defensive player as well.

You've said playing left or right wing doesn't matter to you. Does that hold true when you're on Malkin's right wing?

"With 'Gino,' I want to play right wing. It's harder to make plays to the middle on my left side. And with 'Gino,' he comes with so much speed jumping behind defenseman. Calling for the puck that way, it's easier for me to get him the puck when I have it on my forehand. With 'Suttsy,' it's kind of either or. We might not get as many offensive chances but it's a more methodical game when we're together. When me and 'Gino' are together, it's more of a offensively-oriented game."

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Empty Netter Assists - 01-15-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-What exactly happened with Olli Maatta's (right) shoulder surgeries?

-Wild defenseman Ryan Suter was suspended two games for hitting Steve Downie in the face with an elbow.

-Mark Arcobello brings versatility to the Penguins.

-“We’re starting to have a little rivalry against them.” - Kris Letang on the Islanders.

-Taylor Chorney and Bryan Rust were each assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-How will Jim Rutherford approach the trade deadline?

-Bobby Farnham took the path far less traveled to the NHL.

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Downie speaks:

-Mike Johnston speaks:

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Martin Strbak. Acquired along with Sergei Anshakov early in the 2003-04 season in a deal which sent Martin Straka to the Kings, Strbak's Penguins career amounted to 44 games and 14 points with the Penguins that season. During the 2004-05 lockout, he joined HC Kosice of the Slovak Extraliga. He still currently plays for HC Kosice.

-After the Jump: The Wild trades for a goaltender.

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Suter suspended two games for elbowing Downie - 01-14-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Wild defenseman Ryan Suter was suspended two games by the NHL for striking Penguins right winger Steve Downie in the face during a game Tuesday.

The NHL's explanatory video for the suspension:

The video states:

"This is elbowing. Having poked the puck away from Downie and to a Minnesota teammate, Suter has already broken up the play when he delivers this blow. He therefore has no reason to initiate any body contact with Downie who no longer possesses the puck. Having lost the puck, Downie is attempting to get around Suter, not go though him. Therefore, Suter has no reason to believe he has to protect himself by getting his arms up.

"Nevertheless, clearly aware that he has broken up the play and that the Wild now [is] possession of the puck, Suter makes the effort to shift the weight to his right skate in order to extend his elbow up and well away from his body in order to strike Downie."

Suter will forfeit $81,058.72 in salary due to the suspension. After the game, he described the play as "unintentional."

Downie practiced today at Consol Energy Center and said he felt "pretty good."

EN Says: The lack of a significant injury and Suter's clean history with regards to supplemental discipline spared him a harsher suspension. This was a reckless and completely unnecessary play.

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Arcobello bring versatility to Penguins - 01-14-15

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Acquired off waivers today, new Penguins right winger Mark Arcobello is joining his third team in the past three weeks.

On Dec. 29, the 26-year-old native of Connecticut was dealt from the Oilers to the Predators. After a four-game stint with Nashville, Arcobello (5-foot-8, 172 pounds) was placed on waivers yesterday with the intention of sending him to the AHL.

Capable of playing any forward position, Arcobello chatted earlier this afternoon about being acquired by the Penguins.

What's your reaction to being acquired by the Penguins?

"I'm definitely excited, especially since I was on waivers. It looked like if I didn't get claimed, I was probably going down to the minors. Getting picked up by a team that's high up in the standings is always good. I'm pretty exciting to join a pretty good roster with some pretty big names on it."

What have the past few weeks been like with all the movement?

"It's been a lot of uncertainty I guess. I told the people in Nashville here that I went from being really comfortable in Edmonton to fighting for a spot again in Nashville. Obviously, there's a lot of good players here and it didn't work out. To get another chance in Pittsburgh is great. I think I learned a lot the last few weeks about what it's like to be traded and moved around. I think I've grown a little bit as a player and a person in that regard. It's a great opportunity and I'm happy to embrace it."

How do you describe yourself as a player?

"I think I be used up and down the lineup. My versatility is pretty good. I think I can add some … I'm not a big guy but I think I can add some physicality. I can get in on the forecheck hard. My offensive numbers in the NHL ... I think if I'm given the right opportunity, I can produce. I want to be as smart of a player as I can. Responsible on both sides of the puck."

You were used primarily as a third liner in Edmonton this season.

"Yeah. I played a lot of time on the third line and then I kind of rotated between the third and fourth line minutes. The beginning of the year, I was playing a lot of minutes, getting a lot of responsibility. Then it kind of dwindled as the team started to struggle. I've spent the last couple of years on third and fourth line."

You're listed as a right winger and you've taken a lot of faceoff this season. Can you play either wing or is it just right wing and center?

"No, I can play either wing."

Has general manager Jim Rutherford or anyone with the team relayed how you might be used with the Penguins?

"No, not yet. I think once I get to town we'll sit down and have have those discussions. Right now, it's just get everything I have here and get to Pittsburgh as soon as possible."

As someone born in Connecticut, you had to have grown up as a Hartford Whalers fan.

"I went from being a Whalers fans … When I was a little kid, when they left, I kind of switched to the Rangers.”

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