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Penguins notebook: Tickets for Eastern Conference final on sale today

| Friday, May 24, 2013, 10:00 p.m.
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Brenden Morrow (L) celebrates with teammate Jussi Jokinen after scoring on the Ottawa Senators during the first period in Game 5 of their NHL Eastern Conference semi-final hockey series in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 24, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Cohn (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

Approximately 2,000 tickets for the Penguins' first two home games of the Eastern Conference final will go on sale at noon Saturday.

Fans are encouraged to order tickets at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets also will be available for purchase at the Dick's Sporting Goods Box Office at Consol Energy Center, 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.

The award goes to...

Because of the NHL lockout, the league's award show will take on a new twist this season.

A special 60-minute program will air an hour before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Originating from whichever city is hosting the game, the NHL will present winners of the Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP), Calder Memorial Trophy (rookie of the year), Norris Memorial Trophy (best defenseman), Ted Lindsay Award (best player as voted by players) and the Vezina Trophy (best goaltender).

Penguins nominated for awards include Sidney Crosby (Hart, Lindsay trophies) and defenseman Kris Letang (Norris Trophy).

In previous seasons, the NHL awards have taken place after the Stanley Cup Final in Las Vegas and, previously, Toronto.

However, because the season could extend into the final days of June because of the lockout — and because the league's draft is held in late June and free agency begins in early July — the league simply doesn't possess the time to showcase the awards ceremony after the Stanley Cup Final.

Morrow returns

Left wing Brenden Morrow entered the lineup after missing Game 4 in Ottawa with an unknown injury. It didn't take long for Morrow to assert himself.

The veteran, who predicted he would improve his play following a disappointing series against the New York Islanders, scored the game's first goal in the first period. It was his second marker of the postseason.

Bennett sits

Morrow's entry into the lineup meant that winger Beau Bennett was a healthy scratch. The coaching staff, however, remains pleased with Bennett's play. Given the Penguins' depth, there isn't always room for the talented rookie.

Health kick

The Penguins entered Game 5 without any injuries. Defensemen Deryk Engelland, Simon Despres and Robert Bortuzzo, along with forwards Bennett, Joe Vitale, Tanner Glass and Dustin Jeffrey, were all healthy scratches.

A good cause

Penguins fans before game 5 raised $16,100 for victims of this week's tornado in Moore, Okla.

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