— Here is a breakdown of the National Hockey League game Thursday night between the Pittsburgh Penguins and visiting Montreal Canadiens at Consol Energy Center (capacity 18,387). Statistics through Sunday.
Time: 7 p.m.
TV: Root Sports Pittsburgh; Announcers - Paul Steigerwald and analyst Bob Errey.
Radio: Flagship - WXDX-FM 105.9; Locally - WLLF-FM 96.7, WISR-AM 680 and WJST-AM 1280; Announcers - Mike Lange and analyst Phil Bourque.
All-time series: Montreal leads, 120-56-25.
Last meeting: March 12 - Montreal 3, Pittsburgh 0.
Records: Montreal - 1-2-1, 3 points (fourth in Northeast); Pittsburgh - 3-1-2, 8 points (first in Atlantic).
Coaches: Montreal - Jacques Martin, third season (96-79-19, 651-532-119-75 overall); Pittsburgh - Dan Bylsma, fourth season (143-75-21).
Key players: Montreal - LW Max Pacioretty (third season, USA - 2 goals, 2 assists), C Tomas Plekanec (eighth season, Czechoslovakia - 2 goals, 2 assists) and LW Travis Moen (ninth season, Canada - 2 goals, 1 assists); Pittsburgh - C Evgeni Malkin (sixth season, Russia - 1 goal, 3 assists), D Kris Letang (fifth season, Canada - 1 goal, 5 assists) and C Jordan Staal (sixth season, Canada - 2 goals, 3 assists).
Goaltenders: Montreal - Carey Price (fifth season, Canada - 1-2-1, .880 save percentage); Pittsburgh - Marc-Andre Fleury (eighth season, Canada - 3-1-0, .907 SP).
Upcoming games: Montreal - Saturday, Toronto; Pittsburgh - Saturday, New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Notes: The Penguins traveled to Winnipeg on Monday and Minnesota on Tuesday for games, both of which finished too late to be included in today's Allied News.
GC coach Bell retired — sort of!
You can take the man out of coaching, but you can’t take coaching out of the man.
Former Grove City High football coach Jeff Bell has spent his first few months of retirement hearing the ping of a baseball ricocheting off an aluminum bat instead of clap of shoulder pads coming together.
“My grandson Maddox (Bell) and a few of his friends play on a traveling team, so I’m helping out with that,” said Bell, who retired as the Eagles’ football coach this past winter. “They’re a good group of kids to work with and this is a lot more enjoyable. It’s a lot less stress.
RANDOM THOUGHTS: Pouncey latest Steeler to make court news
HERE I THOUGHT, we were going to make it through an offseason without a Pittsburgh Steeler getting in trouble for something stupid.
Thanks Maurkice Pouncey for allowing that to not happen.
I just love seeing Steelers players in the police blotter or on the court docket (tongue firmly in cheek).
EXTRA INNINGS: Forget trade deadline, focus on signing Martin
WHILE BASEBALL fans are focused on tomorrow’s 4 p.m. EDT non-waiver trade deadline, there is an issue that is even more pressing for the Pirates: re-signing catcher Russell Martin, eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.
Andrew McCutcheon is the team’s most valuable player, but Martin is the most valuable TO the Pirates. It is no coincidence that the Pirates’ return to the postseason last year occurred in Martin’s first year with the Bucs.
NCAA Football: Rock 6-1 after 17-3 win over Cal U
Slippery Rock University rode a length-of-the-field scoring drive by its offense and a goal-line stand by its No. 1-ranked defense late in the first half of action Saturday to a 17-3 win over 14th-ranked visiting California (Pa.).
NFL: Steelers top Jags as Mendenhall makes return
Mike Tomlin isn’t ready to say the Pittsburgh Steelers are back. Not after watching his team sleepwalk through the second half against Jacksonville on Sunday.
IndyCar Racing: Crash takes Wheldon’s life
Every race car driver heads onto the track understanding this race could be the last and hoping it won’t be. On Sunday, IndyCar drivers got a harsh reminder when the worst happened to one of their own.
NHL: Sabres beat Penguins 3-2
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