Injury update: Bad “puck luck” in Saturday's 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders will make it harder for the Pittsburgh Penguins to extend their win streak to 16 games on Tuesday night at home against the Buffalo Sabres: A deflected shot that hit team captain and NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby in the mouth knocked out some of his teeth, broke his jaw and sent him into oral surgery, sidelining him indefinitely. With top-scoring defensemen Kris Letang and Paul Martin also injured, general manager Ray Shero's recent acquisitions of wingers Brenden Morrow and Jarome Iginla and defenseman Douglas Murray seem even shrewder. Fans are about to find out just how deep the Pens' roster really is.
Economy update: Don't mistake it for Big Steel's heyday redux, but the “onshoring” trend, driven by rising Chinese labor costs and other factors, is prompting Cecil's MCC International Inc. to do less of its work overseas this year. And as MCC makes hardened steel rolls that become round tubing used in drilling, the Marcellus shale natural gas industry's positive impact on jobs in our region is evident, too.
Traffic update: Stepping up roving patrols on Route 28 between Etna and Harmar is a necessary response to a 55-percent rise in drunken-driving arrests and an increase in accidents in that stretch during the past year. State police are taking a “zero tolerance” approach toward speeding and other violations, according to a sergeant. If you drive Route 28, slow down — and if you get a ticket, remember: You were warned.
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