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Empty Netter Assists - 02-22-14

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Olympics
Semifinal round

-Carey Price made 31 saves for Canada in a 1-0 shutout of the United States.

-Paul Martin missed the game due to a hand injury.

-Sidney Crosby and Brooks Orpik did battle:

-Then took a tumble:

-Chris Kunitz pushed the puck up ice:

-Crosby being popular:

-Crosby chasing a puck:

-Crosby roaming the ice:

-Martin had to watch the game:

-Dan Bylsma imparted some wisdom:

-The handshake line:

-The United States' Jonathan Quick caught up with his Kings teammate, Canada's Drew Doughty:

-The United States' Paul Stastny couldn't beat Canada's Carey Price:

- Quick stretched out for this save:

-Focused times for Quick:

-Down times for the United States' Phil Kessel:

-Benn pushing a puck up ice:

-Canada's Matt Duchene got his stick up on the United States' Kevin Shattenkirk:

-Canada's Shea Weber unleashed a big shot:

-Canada's Jeff Carter went stick-on-puck against the United States' Patrick Kane:

-The United States' Ryan Kesler and Canada's Jamie Benn battled for this puck:

-The United States' David Backes being popular:

-Quick and teammate John Carlson each looked back here:

-"We didn't show up to play. It's too bad. ... We sat back. We were passive. You can't play scared. I thought we sat on our heels and just didn't take it to them at all." - United States defenseman Ryan Suter.

-"It's a quick turnaround, that's for sure. It's not the goal we set out for, but we'll see what kind of character we have." - Brooks Orpik on playing for bronze.

-Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves for Sweden in a 2-1 defeat of Finland.

-Happy times for Lundqvist:

-And the rest of Sweden:

-Happy times for Sweden. Not so much for Finland's Petri Kontiola:

-Olli Maatta tried to defend Sweden's Daniel Alfredsson:

-Finland's Teemu Selanne couldn't beat Lundqvist:

-Sweden's Alexander Steen and Finland's Olli Jokinen each kept an eye on this puck:

-Down times for Jokinen:

-Sweden's Erik Karlsson put something on this puck:

-Sweden's Jakub Silfverberg tried to navigate through Finland's Sami Lepisto (top) and Petri Kontiola:

-A good look at the lid of Finland's Kari Lehtonen:

-Finland's defense was able to box out Swedish attackers as Lehtonen lost said lid:

-Lehtonen smothered this puck as Sweden's Loui Eriksson and Finland's Lasse Kukkonen battled for position:

-Jokinen and Sweden's Jimmie Ericsson had issues:

-“It was a tough play, a turnover. I lost the battle in the corner, and they made a great play. It happens.” - Maatta on his turnover which led to Sweden's first goal.

-"I have a nice trophy case at home. Three medals from Olympics, it would be nice to have four." - Selanne on playing for the bronze medal.

-Finland goaltender Tuukka Rask missed the game due to an illness.

NHL
Penguins

-“You can’t have a normal practice with nine skaters. Until we have more than nine guys, it’s not going to be a regular practice.” - Craig Adams (right) on practices the team has been holding during the Olympic break.

-Pete Mannino made 33 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-2 road loss to the Elmira Jackals.

-Former Penguins forward Brett Sterling has joined Örebro of Sweden's SHL.

-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Patrick Boileau. A free agent signing in the 2003 offseason, Boileau appeared in 16 games for the 2003-04 Penguins and recorded seven points. In the 2004 offseason, he joined Lausanne of the NLA in Switzerland.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward Mathias Johansson. Acquired along with Micki DuPont in a trade that sent Shean Donovan to the Flames at the 2003 trade deadline, Johansson appeared in 12 games and recorded six points for the 2002-03 Penguins. In the 2003 offseason, he joined Farjestad of the Elitserien in Sweden.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello will be sidelined three to four weeks due to a a non-displaced fracture in his left hand. Zuccarello suffered the injury while playing for Austria in the Olympics.

-"It doesn't matter if it's your first Olympics or the fifth. I think for the players, they should be allowed to play. I know there's issues with the injuries, but it can happen over here, too. You can't control that if it happens. I think every athlete should experience the Olympics, whether it's hockey or whatever sport." - Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros. Meszaros played for Slovakia.

-The Capitals assigned forwards Michael Latta, Ryan Stoa and Casey Wellman to Hershey of the AHL.

-Devils defenseman Jon Merrill is drawing comparisons to Paul Martin.

Atlantic Division

-Red Wings captain/forward Henrik Zetterberg (right) will be sidelined two months after undergoing back surgery to removed part of a herniated disc. He aggravated the injury while playing for Sweden in the Olympics.

-The Bruins recalled forwards Justin Florek and Matt Lindblad from Providence of the AHL and assigned forwards Craig Cunningham and Alex ander Khokhlachev to Providence.

-“You can get hurt walking across the street and slipping on a piece of ice. Those things happen. To say the event is one of those events where you don’t want to take a chance, I think it’s worth every chance there is because it’s a world event, a world-class event to showcase our game." - Sabres coach Ted Nolan on the idea of the NHL not participating in the Olympics after a number of players were injured. Nolan coached Latvia.

Central Division

-The Wild assigned defenseman Jonathon Blum and forward Jake Dowell to Iowa of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-“If I had a teammate that was gay. I’d be open to it and treat him the same as everyone else. [Professional hockey] is a tough culture, but we’re all human beings and we’re all good guys.” - Flames forward T.J. Galiardi on the prospect of there being an openly gay player in the NHL.

-The Coyotes assigned defenseman David Rundblad to Portland of the AHL for conditioning purposes.

Patrick Division

-Terry Shafer made 35 saves for the Robert Morris men's team in a 4-1 win against Canisius.

-Two goals, including one in overtime, by David Goodwin gave the Penn State men's team a 5-4 win against Michigan.

-Stephen Hrehoriak had a goal and an assist for the Mercyhurst men's team in a 3-3 tie with Niagara.

-Rebecca Vint had a goal and an assist for the Robert Morris women's team which beat Penn State, 5-2.

-Christine Bestland had a hat trick for the Mercyhurst women's team in a 4-1 win against Lindenwood.

-A hat trick by Jordan Watt led the Johnstown Tomahawks to a 4-3 win against the Wenatchee Wild.

(Photos: Olympics-Al Bello/Getty Images, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Julian Finney/Getty Images, Mark Humphrey/Associated Press, Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images, Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images, John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images, David J. Phillip/Associated Press, Martin Rose/Getty Images and Matt Slocum/Associated Press; Adams-Drew Hallowell/Getty Images; Zetterberg and Rundblad-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Fans, media react to WVU's hiring of former PSU coach Tom Bradley

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Endangered-threatened update

Written by John Hayes on .

Last week the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation weighed in on state House and Senate proposals to exchange wildlife agency oversight of endangered and threatened species with enhanced legislative control.

The bills would violate the General Assembly’s constitutional mandate to conserve and maintain the state’s natural environment, said the group, citing Article I, Section 27, of the Pennsylvania constitution.

“These bills weaken protection of threatened and endangered fish, wildlife and native plants by requiring consideration of political and economic factors, rather than scientific analysis,” wrote the foundation’s attorney John E. Childe, in part.

See the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation's position statement.
Click here.

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Former Penn State DC Tom Bradley joins West Virginia staff

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Former Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley has agreed to join the West Virginia football staff, according to a report by WV MetroNews. The addition is expected to be announced early next week. [UPDATE: West Virginia has announced the hire.]

At a spring football media luncheon Friday, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen announced a number of staff moves, including the promotion of safeties coach Tony Gibson to defensive coordinator, but he played coy about the opening on the staff, only saying that he was was in the process of interviewing candidates, was searching for the "best available" candidate and would likely announce the hire next week. 

Neither Bradley nor West Virginia have returned requests for comment.

Bradley, 57, spent 33 years under Joe Paterno at Penn State and served as interim head coach for four games in 2011. He spent 11 years as defensive coordinator, taking over in 1999 when longtime defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky retired.

Bradley resigned in early 2012 and has not coached since. He has since served as a Steelers radio analyst and CBS Sports college football analyst.

It is uncertain what area Bradley would coach at West Virginia. The current coaching breakdown is as follows: Tony Gibson (defensive coordinator/linebackers), Damon Cogdell (defensive line), Brian Mitchell (cornerbacks) and Joe DeForest (special-teams coordinator/safeties).


QUOTES

Holgorsen: “Tom brings numerous years of successful college coaching experience and versatility. He is an excellent defensive teacher, has high energy and intensity and gives us a proven recruiter with regional and national ties. I look forward to Tom joining the Mountaineer family, and I know he will work extremely well with Tony (Gibson), our defense coordinator. The two have known each other for quite some time and share many of the same philosophies. We have put together a strong defensive staff under Tony’s leadership.”

Bradley" "I am truly excited to join the West Virginia football program. I want to thank Coach Dana Holgorsen and Oliver Luck for this tremendous opportunity to contribute to the continued growth and success of the Mountaineer football program. Tony Gibson and I have recruited against each other in Pennsylvania for a lot of years, and it will be good to finally be on his side. I look forward to working with my friend to build a strong defensive unit at West Virginia.

“It has always been my primary goal as a coach and educator to help the student athletes succeed on the football field, but more importantly as students and future graduates. I look forward to meeting the team, coaches, support staff, faculty, administration and West Virginia alumni. West Virginia has a great history and tradition, and I am honored to be a part of its future. "


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Canada defeat United States, will face Sweden for gold - 02-21-14

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A goal by Jame Benn proved to be the difference as Canada defeated the United States, 1-0, in a semifinal round.

With Sweden beating Finland, 2-1, in the other quarterfinal round game, Sweden will meet Canada for the gold medal. Finland will face the United States for the bronze.

The schedule:

DateVisiting
Team
Home
Team
TimeNetwork
Saturday
United States

Finland
10 a.m., EST NBCSN
Sunday

Sweden

Canada
7 a.m., EST NBC

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