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Penguins Open at Home on Wed./Fri. Against Tampa Bay

From the Penguins:

The Penguins will open their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center.

Game 2 will be Friday at 7 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center.

The best-of-seven quarterfinal series then shifts to Tampa Bay for Games 3 and 4 on Monday, April 18 and Wednesday, April 20.

The broadcast schedule has not been announced by the NHL, but any Penguins game that is not a national TV broadcast will be carried locally by ROOT Sports.

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Penguins Fans Invited To “Grow One for the Team”

Penguins Beard-A-Thon presented by SUPERCUTS to Benefit the Mario Lemieux Foundation

From the Penguins:

This playoff season, the Pittsburgh Penguins are asking fans to “put down the razor” and “grow one for the team” with the team’s third annual “Beard-A-Thon” campaign.  This year’s program is presented by SUPERCUTS and all proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Mario Lemieux Foundation.

Fans willing to grow playoff beards are asked to enroll online at http://www.beardathon.com/penguins and upload photos of their freshly shaved faces.  Throughout the playoffs, beard growers can ask their friends, family members and co-workers to pledge their beards while updating their profile pictures.

 

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Confluence Interview with Penguins’ Director of Content, Sam Kasan

Last year I posted a nice interview with former Penguins Director of Media Technology, Chris Devivo.

Well, it’s a year later and I wanted to interview another Penguins employee.  This time it’s Sam Kasan, the Penguins’ Director of Content.  Penguins fans hear from Sam all the time, they usually just don’t know it.  Kasan’s duties require him to be on the Penguins’ traveling staff.  He’s usually the man behind the Penguins’ Official Twitter feed, as well as publishing daily Penguins articles.

Let’s see what Sam has to say:

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Penguins Offer “Heads Up Pittsburgh” Baseline Concussion Testing

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and UPMC Sports Medicine are teaming up on a first-of-its-kind initiative – “Heads Up Pittsburgh” – to offer free baseline concussion testing and educational programs to youth hockey players in the Pittsburgh region.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) also are playing key roles in this unique program to enhance the safety of local youth hockey through concussion education and awareness among players and their families.

Free testing will be available to youth players in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL) and Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League (PAHL), as well as others registered locally through USA Hockey programs. “Heads Up Pittsburgh” is being funded by the Penguins Foundation.

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Crosby Speaks After First Non-Contact Practice

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi:

Q: Have you had any symptoms recently?

A: No. At this point when you haven’t skated that much and you’re out there it’s important that you’re able to separate the two into being fatigued, feeling what’s new, and what’s symptoms of a concussion. That’s why it’s more than one day.

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Tickets for First Two Penguins Playoff Home Games To Go On Sale Wed., April 6

From the Penguins:

A limited number of individual game tickets for the Penguins’ first two home games of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs at CONSOL Energy Center will go on sale to the general public Wednesday, April 6 at 10 a.m.

Approximately 2,000 tickets will be available for each game.

As tickets are expected to sell out quickly, fans are encouraged to order online at http://www.ticketmaster.com

Tickets also will be available for purchase at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center, at all Pittsburgh area Ticketmaster locations, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000. Fans are advised that lottery systems will be used at the box office and Ticketmaster locations.

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Today’s Crosby Practice Video

After the jump:

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Penguins Sign Hockey East Player of the Year Paul Thompson

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Paul Thompson to a two-year entry level contract, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Thompson, who attended the Penguins development camp in 2010, just completed his fourth season of collegiate hockey with New Hampshire. He was named the 2010-11 Hockey East Player of the Year after posting a league-leading 52 points in his senior campaign.

Thompson (6-foot, 210 pounds) also scored 28 goals this season, which ranked second overall in the Hockey East. He helped the No. 11 Wildcats advance to the NCAA Regional Finals before falling to No. 9 Notre Dame, 2-1, Sunday.  In four seasons with New Hampshire, Thompson compiled 57 goals, 55 assists and 112 points in 140 career games.

For more information please check http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com and the Penguins’ official Facebook and Twitter page.

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Penguins Set Team, League Records

You shootout haters should get a kick out of this.  From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins established a National Hockey League record this afternoon by winning their fourth straight game via shootout in a 2-1 defeat of the Florida Panthers at CONSOL Energy Center. Here are the final scores, goaltender of record and the game-deciding goal scorers from the four victories:

3/21/11           at Detroit         5-4, W             GDG: James Neal         Winning Goalie: Brent Johnson
3/24/11           at Philadelphia 2-1, W             GDG: Chris Kunitz         Winning Goalie: Marc-Andre Fleury
3/25/11           vs. New Jersey 1-0, W             GDG: James Neal         Winning Goalie: Marc-Andre Fleury
3/27/11           vs. Florida         2-1, W             GDG: Alex Kovalev       Winning Goalie: Marc-Andre Fleury

Additionally, Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury established a franchise record for longest shutout sequence at 150:14. He bested the previous record held by Jocelyn Thibault (136:13).

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Sidney Crosby: ‘I feel good’

From the Toronto Star’s Brendan Kennedy:

It was an explosive statement.

Sidney Crosby, skating regularly now after more than two months away from the rink, roofed a swift backhand under the crossbar, blasting a hole through the water bottle on the top of the net and sending a shower-spray of water into the air.

The crowd of trainers watching from the Penguins’ bench cheered and hollered, while Crosby just shrugged apologetically.

“I feel good,” a smiling Crosby told the Star after he stepped off the ice at the Consol Energy Center on Friday morning, his sixth on-ice workout since March 14.

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Originally at Blogspot, then at MVN, TheConfluence has over 1500 articles reporting Penguins news as well as jumping on my soapbox to opine constructive Penguins criticism.

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