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Scuderi: 'I'm not bitter about it or anything' - 01-05-16

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Blackhawks defenseman Rob Scuderi returns to Consol Energy Center tonight for the first time since being traded by the Penguins in exchange for defenseman Trevor Daley Dec. 14.

Since joining the Blackhawks, Scuderi has played in seven games and recorded no points while averaging 11:36 of ice time.

After his team's morning skate, Scuderi held court with reporters:

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How do your assess your season with the Penguins prior to the trade?

“I thought it was good. I know maybe I was taking a little less minutes. Instead of up around 18 or 20 [minutes], I was in the 15 or 16 range trying to do a good job on the penalty kill against the third and fourth lines. Good role player just trying to do my part for the team and contribute. I thought I did well at it but sometimes these things happen."

The night you were traded, you were in warm-ups but ended up being scratched. Then the trade was announced during the game. What was that night like for you?

"It's always a little surprising even if you've been around a while and there's not much that surprises you in the game any more. When it happens to be you, it's always a little different. Certainly a crazy night. Your thoughts go more to your family. You know as a player, you'll be fine. You're doing the same thing, just for a different group. There's certainly an adjustment period but that will come in time. But you think about the other things. Your family. What are they going to do? Arrangements of that nature. But once you give it some time, things start to slow down. You start to feel a bit better about where you are."

On playing for the Blackhawks:

"A ton of success. A lot of good players. A lot of good players. I'm still getting acclimated. It hasn't been all that long. We had a nice long Christmas break too. Just trying to get to know everybody and find your way in the system and get those details nailed down so you can become a contributor on your new team."

Is your role any different?

"Certainly, you have to adjust to the small things that they want to do as a team. But your overall game is not going to change. I'm not going to become something else overnight. I'm still doing roughly the same role. You just have to adjust to the small details that are different from team to team."

Did you have any sense the Penguins were trying to trade you?

"Maybe a small sense. I thought if they wanted to go in a different direction last summer, I thought maybe something would happen. When it didn't, there's really nothing you can do as a player. You're a hockey player. You focus on the things in your world that you can control and everything else is everything else."

Did general manager Jim Rutherford talk to you about the trade?

"No. That stuff doesn't really … I don't really think about it in that regard. If it happens, you kind of move on. I don't think a talk or anything like that is going to make it any easier. You just have to adjust yourself."

You were teamed with Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival during the Penguins' training camp in 2003. 

"Played with [Rozisval]. I know he had some injury issues a long time ago. He would get sent down to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton [of the American Hockey League] and we'd play together for a couple of weeks. It's kind of funny how your careers go and you end up meeting back up again. It's been good to play with him again and see him again."

Do you reflect on what happened with the Penguins this season?

"I don't think about it. It's like we say, 'Don't think, you'll only hurt the team.' It's something where you just kind of go with it. I don't think about it. I'm not bitter about it or anything. It's just something that happens in the business and you learn to move on."

(Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

 

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Empty Netter Assists - Cullen fitting in on the second line - 01-05-16

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-"I think because he’s responsible in all three zones, and the way he plays, and he still has the ability to think the game on their level. I think he can help that line. And so far it’s been pretty good.” - Head coach Mike Sullivan on using center Matt Cullen (above) on the second line with center Evgeni Malkin and right winger Phil Kessel.

-“I wasn’t there for very long, but the time that I did spend there I gained a lot of respect for those guys. There’s a reason those guys have three [Stanley Cup titles] in five years. They’re an amazing hockey team. I’m excited to play against them. And excited for our team… It’s big points for us. There’s four points on the line and we need [them].” - Defenseman Trevor Daley on facing the Blackhawks tonight for the first time since being traded Dec. 14.

-Sullivan speaks:

-Captain/center Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Former enforcer Steve McKenna's journey has taken him being the Penguins' captain to a coach in Australia to law enforcement in Canada.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins assigned goaltender Brian Foster to the Wheeling Nailers.

-Happy 32nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Corey Potter. A free agent signing in the 2010 offseason, Potter's Penguins' career amounted to one game and no points in 2010-11. During the 2011 offseason, he joined the Oilers. He is currently a member of the AHL's Springfield Falcons.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins center Jiri Hrdina (right). Acquired midway through the 1990-91 season in a deal which sent defenseman Jim Kyte to the Flames, Hrdina spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. While acting as a mentor to fellow Czechoslovakian right winger Jaromir Jagr during his rookie season, the veteran Hrdina appeared in 37 games for the Penguins in 1990-91 and contributed 20 points. In the 1991 postseason, Hrdina saw action in 14 games and scored four points while helping the club claim its first Stanley Cup championship. Hrdina's final NHL season was 1991-92. He played in 56 games for the Penguins and recorded 16 points. In the postseason, Hrdina appeared in 21 games and recorded two points as the club successfully defended its title. He retired in the 1992 offseason. In 93 career regular season games for the Penguins, Hrdina scored 36 points. In 36 career postseason games, he scored six points. Hrdina currently serves as an amateur scout with the Dallas Stars.

-After the Jump: Jarome Iginla makes history.

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Rapid Reaction: Robert Morris 69, Wagner 72

Written by Megan Ryan on .

Coach Andy Toole didn't seem as despondent in this postgame press conference, so that's something. Probably had a lot to do with the play of Kavon Stewart and Billy Giles. Despite a close loss, those two were "absolutely excellent," according to Toole. I'd agree.

Turning point: The Matty McConnell 3-pointer to put the game within one-point with 1:13 to go looked pretty promising. But then Robert Morris botched the next two shots (Stewart said it was a miscommunication to get Rodney Pryor the ball on the first one) and Pryor's 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left was off the mark and, well, there you go.

Game ball: Kavon Stewart. K-Stew, as I will now never refer to him again because it reminds me of Twilight. After tying a career-high 19 points last game, he scored a new career-high (and game-high) 23 points shooting 7-for-10 from the field. He also added seven assists and five steals. Not a bad showing.

What it means: A step in the right direction (One Direction?). Going from "a total lack of respect for the game of basketball" on Saturday to "appropriate" effort on Monday, in Toole's own words, is a pretty good step forward, don't you think? Still a loss, but maybe the energy/effort issues won't be as big of a factor in the coming games, and the team can turn the season around. And as Toole also said, if Giles and Stewart can play like they did tonight for the rest of the season, that should put Robert Morris in pretty good position. (Giles had 17 points and six rebounds shooting 8-for-10 from the field, btw.)

What's next: A New York road trip. Robert Morris travels to LIU Brooklyn on Thursday and then to St. Francis (NY) on Saturday. LIU is 1-1 and 7-6. St. Francis is 0-2 and 4-11. So, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Random shoutout: To shoes! Elijah Minnie, as always, great shoes. Isaiah Still sported some nice neon ones tonight. JoJo Cooper for Wagner also had quite a colorful pair. More vibrant sneakers, college basketball players. The crowd/I demand it. Honorable mention to the girls behind me yelling at all the players by using their first names. It felt very personal. Reminded me of how my mom yelled my sister's name in like a dead-silent gym when my sister got a technical foul in eighth grade ball, lmao.

As always, my Twitter is ripe for the following. If not, then, fine. Good riddance to you.

 

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Robert Morris loses close, 72-69, to Wagner

Written by Megan Ryan on .

In the previous game, a 69-65 loss to Sacred Heart, Robert Morris displayed “a total lack of respect for the game of basketball,” according to coach Andy Toole. On Monday, the team exhibited the “appropriate” amount of effort.

So, a step up, at least.

The Colonials dropped a close one to Wagner 72-69 on Monday at the Sewall Center to fall to 0-2 in the Northeast Conference (2-13 overall). The Seahawks improved to 1-1 (8-5 overall).

While Wagner led for the majority of the game and by as many as 10 points, the Colonials managed to cut the lead to one point with about a minute to play. But miscues on the next two shots and a failed last-second 3-pointer from senior guard Rodney Pryor sealed yet another loss.

“You can’t play with much less effort than we did Saturday,” Toole said. “But I saw more of it, for sure. There was some more communication on the bench. There was still not enough of it, [though].”

With leading scorer Pryor limited to his lowest point total of the season with just 10 points, junior point guard Kavon Stewart and junior forward, transfer Billy Giles, stepped up. Coming off tying his career-high 19 points against Sacred Heart, Stewart scored a game-high and new career-high 23 points with seven assists and five steals shooting 7-for-10 from the field. Giles netted 17 points and six rebounds shooting 8-for-10.

Rebounds, however, made the difference. Toole said he thought his team defended well and took care of the ball OK, especially in the second half. But the Colonials botched the third key to their game as Wagner, one of the best rebounding teams in the conference, out-rebounded Robert Morris 44-24 and out-scored the Colonials on second chance points 21-9.

“We just come up one or two possessions short because maybe we don’t value some of the details that really, really get you over the hump,” Toole said.

Giles echoed his coach’s sentiment on attention to detail but said overall the team is feeling a lot better than Saturday’s dull showing.

“We definitely had to talk [on the court],” Giles said. “We needed to change the atmosphere. We needed to change our attitudes, stay positive regardless.”

Stewart said he felt the players that took the court against Wagner were a different group than the ones who just showed up for Sacred Heart, with even the bench exuding some energy. And that could be a turning point for the so far meh season.

“We’re not that far,” Stewart said. “We’re not that far away.”

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Jurkovec selected sophomore All-American ...... New state basketball rankings

Written by Mike White on .

Go ahead and call Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec one of the best sophomore quarterbacks in the country. MaxPreps.com just did.

Phil JurkovecJurkovec, a 10th-grader at Pine-Richland, was named a sophomore All-American by Maxpreps.com. 

In his first season as a starter, Jurkovec (6 feet 5, 190 pounds) passed for more than 2,000 yards and ran for more than 1,000 this season. He was only the second quarterback in WPIAL history to reach those two milestones in the same season.

Maxpreps named one quarterback to the first team and two to the second team. So, that would mean Jurkovec is essentially considered one of the top three quarterbacks in the country in the class of 2018. He already has scholarship offers from Pitt, Penn State, Notre Dame and Michigan State, among others.

Jurkovec is now playing basketball for Pine-Richland. He is averaging a "double double" at 14.9 points and 11 rebounds. He is shooting 55 percent from the field.

State rankings

The newest state rankings for boys and girls basketball are out for this week. Aliquippa remains the only WPIAL team ranked No. 1 in boys. The only WPIAL girls team ranked No. 1 is Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.

Boys rankings


From cityofbasketballlove.com

CLASS AAAA

No. School Rec Pvs
1. Roman Catholic (12) 8-1 1
2. Allderdice (8) 7-1 2
3. Archbishop Wood (12) 7-2 3
4. Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1) 9-0 4
5. Coatesville (1) 9-0 5
6. Downingtown West (1) 10-1 7
7. Reading (3) 8-3 9
8. Parkland (11) 7-3 10
9. La Salle College (12) 9-1 6
10. Harrisburg (3) 7-0 8

Checked in: No one.

Checked out: No one.

Others to watch: Abington (1) 7-3, Abington Heights (2) 9-0, Baldwin (7) 8-1, Bethel Park (7) 7-4, Carlisle (3) 8-2, Cedar Crest (3) 9-2, Central Bucks West (1) 8-2, Central York (3) 10-1, Chartiers Valley (7) 7-2, Chester (1) 3-5, Conestoga (1) 7-3, Emmaus (11) 9-1, Franklin Regional (7) 8-2, Gateway (7) 8-2, Hazleton (2) 5-3, Latrobe (7) 10-0, Lower Merion (1) 8-2, Martin Luther King (12) 6-6, McCaskey (3) 8-2, Nazareth (11) 8-2, North Allegheny (7) 7-2, Penn Hills (7) 7-4, Pennridge (1) 8-1, Pennsbury (1) 7-2, Peters Twp. (7) 7-3, Phoenixville (1) 10-2, Pine-Richland (7) 6-4, Plum (7) 8-2, Pocono Mountain West (11) 10-0, Ridley (1) 9-0, Spring Grove (3) 6-1, St. Joseph's Prep (12) 8-3, Strath Haven (1) 9-2, Whitehall (11) 8-2, William Allen (11) 6-3, Williamsport (4) 7-3, York (3) 7-5.

CLASS AAA

No. School Rec Pvs
1. Neumann-Goretti (12) 5-2 1
2. Imhotep Charter (12) 7-2 2
3. Mars (7) 7-3 3
4. Archbishop Carroll (12) 9-1 5
5. Beaver Falls (7) 10-1 4
6. New Castle (7) 11-0 6
7. Strong Vincent (10) 6-3 7
8. Scranton Prep (2) 6-2 8
9. Lewisburg (4) 7-0 9
10. Del-Val Charter (12) 7-2 10

Checked in: No one.

Checked out: No one.

Others to watch: Allentown Central Catholic (11) 7-4, Benjamin Franklin (12) 8-2, Bishop McDevitt (3) 6-3, Blue Mountain (11) 7-3, Cathedral Prep (10) 7-2, Cocalico (3) 8-2, Crestwood (2) 5-3, Eastern Lebanon County (3) 10-1, General McLane (10) 9-2, Gettysburg (3) 9-2, Girard (10) 9-0, Highlands (7) 7-3, Hollidaysburg (6) 9-1, Holy Ghost Prep (1) 8-2, Lampeter-Strasburg (3) 9-0, Lower Moreland (1) 8-1, Meadville (10) 7-1, Milton Hershey (3) 6-0, Nanticoke (2) 7-2, Octorara (1) 10-0, Pottsville (11) 9-0, Salisbury (11) 8-0, Shamokin (4) 11-0, Somerset (5) 7-3, Steel-High (3) 5-3, Steel Valley (7) 7-2.

CLASS AA

No. School Rec Pvs
1. Aliquippa (7) 7-0 1
2. Conwell-Egan (12) 7-3 2
3. Lincoln Park (7) 8-2 3
4. Mid Valley (2) 9-0 4
6. Greensburg C.C. (7) 8-1 6
7. Trinity (3) 7-2 7
5. Church Farm (1) 6-2 5
8. Minersville (11) 7-2 8
9. Camp Hill (3) 7-3 9
10. Quaker Valley (7) 10-1 OW

Checked in: No. 10 Quaker Valley.

Checked out: No. 10 Avonworth.

Others to watch: Avonworth (7) 7-3, Bellwood-Antis (6) 6-1, Bishop Canevin (7) 7-3, Calvary Christian (1) 8-2, Dunmore (2) 5-4, Fairview (10) 6-4, Greenville (10) 7-2, Hanover (3) 9-1, Hughesville (4) 6-2, Laurel (7) 9-2, Neshannock (7) 8-2, Our Lady of Sacred Heart (7) 8-2, Penns Valley (6) 8-1, Richland (6) 7-2, Shady Side Academy (7) 8-3, Tyrone (6) 6-3, Washington (7) 5-5, West Branch (6) 6-1, West Middlesex (10) 4-4, Westmont Hilltop (6) 5-3, York Catholic (3) 7-2.

CLASS A

No. School Rec Pvs
1. Kennedy Catholic (10) 5-2 1
2. Monessen (7) 7-3 2
3. Farrell (10) 5-2 3
4. Constitution (12) 5-6 4
5. St. John Neumann (4) 9-0 5
6. Sewickley Academy (7) 9-1 6
7. Elk County Catholic (9) 8-0 7
8. Homer-Center (6) 9-0 8
9. Ridgway (9) 7-1 OW
10. Clarion-Limestone (9) 8-1 10

Checked in: No. 9 Ridgway.

Checked out: No. 9 Lincoln Leadership.

Others to watch: Bishop Carroll (6) 6-2, Clarion (9) 5-2, Coudersport (9) 8-0, Cowanesque Valley (4) 6-2, Delco Christian (1) 6-3, Eden Christian (7) 8-3, Faith Christian (1) 7-2, Ferndale (6) 7-2, Greenwood (3) 7-3, Jeannette (7) 7-3, Lincoln Leadership (11) 7-2, Lourdes Regional (4) 8-1, Math, Civics & Sciences (12) 5-7, McConnellsburg (5) 7-1, Millville (4) 8-1, North Penn-Mansfield (4) 6-4, Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg (11) 5-5, Old Forge (2) 6-2, Paul Robeson (12) 8-3, Phil-Mont Christian (1) 9-1, Portage (6) 7-1, Saltsburg (6) 9-1, Shanksville-Stonycreek (5) 9-0, Shenandoah Valley (11) 7-2, Southern Fulton (5) 6-2, Sullivan County (4) 9-0, Union-Rimersburg (9) 8-2, Vincentian (7) 6-3.

Girls rankings

 

From Pennlive.com
 
Home district in parenthesis and overall record …
 
CLASS AAAA

1. Cardinal O’Hara (12) 7-0 — previously: 1

2. Norwin (7) 11-0 — previously: 2

3. Cumberland Valley (3) 8-1 — previously: 3

4. North Allegheny (7) 8-3 — previously: 4

5. Peters Twp. (7) 9-1 — previously: 5

6. Pine-Richland (7) 8-2 — previously: 6

7. North Penn (1) 7-2 — previously: 7

8. Perkiomen Valley (1) 9-0 — previously: 10

9. Penn Hills (7) 10-1 — previously: HM

10. Bethel Park (7) 9-1 — previously: HM

HONORABLE MENTION

Abington (1) 5-4, Bethlehem Liberty (11) 9-0, Bishop Shanahan (1) 9-0, Boyertown (1) 7-3, Cedar Crest (3) 9-1, Central Bucks South (1) 7-2, Central York (3) 10-1, Governor Mifflin (3) 9-1, Harrisburg (3) 9-2, Hazleton (2) 6-1, Mount St. Joseph (1) 10-1, Parkland (11) 8-2, Pottsville (11) 7-2, Red Lion (3) 12-0, Saucon Valley (11) 9-2, State College (6) 8-1, Warren (10) 7-2.

CLASS AAA

1. Archbishop Wood (12) 3-5 — previously: 1

2. South Fayette (7) 7-1 — previously: 2

3. Trinity (7) 7-2 — previously: 3

4. Berks Catholic (3) 7-2 — previously: 4

5. South Park (7) 7-1 — previously: 6

6. Villa Maria (10) 10-0 — previously: 7

7. Hickory (10) 8-0 — previously: 8

8. Blackhawk (7) 6-3 – previously: 5

9. Gwynedd Mercy (1) 7-2 — previously: 9

10. Greencastle-Antrim (3) 8-1 — previously: 10

HONORABLE MENTION

Allentown Central Catholic (11) 7-3, Ambridge (7) 8-2, Bethlehem Catholic (11) 8-2, Blue Mountain (11) 9-1, Bonner-Prendergast (12) 6-1, Danville (4) 8-0, Fleetwood (3) 8-0, Forest Hills (6) 9-1, Girard (10) 8-2,Hampton (7) 7-2, Lancaster Catholic (3) 9-1, Merion Mercy (1) 7-2, Nanticoke (2) 7-2, Northern Lebanon (3) 11-0, Southern Lehigh (11) 9-1, Susquehannock (3) 9-2.

CLASS AA

1. Neumann-Goretti (12) 9-0 — previously: 1

2. Bishop Canevin (7) 9-1 — previously: 2

3. Dunmore (2) 9-0 — previously: 3

4. Holy Redeemer (7) 6-1 — previously: 4

5. Minersville (11) 9-0 — previously: 5

6. St. Basil Academy (1) 10-1 — previously: 7

7. Our Lady of Sacred Heart (7) 9-2 — previously: 6

8. Bishop McCort (6) 9-0 — previously: 10

9. Tyrone (6) 8-0 — previously: HM

10. Holy Cross (2) 9-0 — previously: HM

HONORABLE MENTION

Burrell (7) 7-3, Camp Hill (3) 8-1, Chartiers-Houston (7) 9-2, Carbondale (2) 7-2, Carlynton (7) 8-2, Charleroi (7) 9-1, Delone Catholic (3) 9-2, Everett (5) 9-0, Karns City (9) 7-2, Imhotep Charter (12) 9-0, Lakeland (2) 6-1, Marian Catholic (11) 9-0, Mohawk (7) 8-1, Mt. Carmel (4) 8-1, Neshannock (7) 8-1, Notre Dame—Green Pond (11) 7-1, North Star (5) 8-1, Palisades (11) 8-2, Riverside (2) 7-2, Riverside (7) 9-1, West Middlesex (10) 10-1, York Catholic (3) 8-3.

CLASS A

1. Pittsburgh Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (7) 8-0 — previously: 1

2. Vincentian Academy (7) 5-2 — previously: 2

3. Portage (6) 7-1 — previously: 3

4. Kennedy Catholic (10) 6-1 — previously: 6

5. Bishop Guilfoyle (6) 5-2 — previously: 4

6. Phil-Mont Christian (1) 8-2 — previously: 5

7. Mansfield (4) 9-1 — previously: 7

8. Jenkintown (1) 9-1 — previously: 9

9. Ellis School (7) 8-0 — previously: HM

10. West Greene (7) 8-2 — previously: 10

HONORABLE MENTION

Bishop Carroll (6) 7-2, Blairsville (6) 6-4, Christian School of York (3) 7-1, Harrisburg Christian (3) 7-2, Jefferson-Morgan (7) 9-1, Lebanon Catholic (3) 6-3, Lourdes Regional (4) 7-2, Riverview (7) 6-2, Serra Catholic (7) 6-2, Shade (5) 6-1, Southern Fulton (5) 7-1, Williams Valley (11) 8-2.

 

 

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