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Penguins notebook: Team calls for playoff 'gold-out' in Game 1

| Monday, April 14, 2014, 8:27 p.m.

The Penguins are asking fans to sport a different color this spring.

A “gold-out” will replace the annual “white-out” at Consol Energy Center during the Stanley Cup playoffs. With Game 1 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Penguins are asking all fans to wear gold. Fans entering Consol Energy Center will be presented with a gold T-shirt and a gold towel.

The remainder of postseason fan traditions will remain intact.

Starting with Game 1, the Penguins are again inviting fans who don't have tickets to the game to watch from the parking lot across the street from Consol Energy Center. The 16-by-9 foot screen has become a staple during postseasons.

Concessions from Pittsburgh Food Trucks and a PensGear merchandise trailer also will be part of the festivities during game nights in the postseason.

Tickets for Games 1 and 2 remain on sale.

Vokoun recalled

Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) following a two-game rehabilitation stint.

Vokoun allowed five goals in two games, sporting a 1-1 record during his first game action since June 7, 2013.

The Penguins would have to make alterations to their roster to fit Vokoun under their salary cap and are expected to use goalie Jeff Zatkoff as Marc-Andre Fleury's backup when the playoffs begin.

TV dominance continues

The Penguins will lead the NHL in regional TV ratings for a fifth consecutive season, Nielsen Media Research projects.

Games on Root Sports Pittsburgh were expected to average about a 7.6 rating, or about 237,500 viewers. That is a drop from last season, when the Penguins averaged about 375,000 viewers per game regionally. There were only 48 games then because of the NHL lockout.

Final NHL TV ratings will not be known until later this week.

The Buffalo Sabres will finish second in regional ratings at about 5.6. By comparison, Major League Baseball's first- and 10th-placed markets were separated by only 2.0 rating points last season.

Boston (5.0), Chicago (4.3) and St. Louis (4.1) will round out the top-five U.S. markets for NHL regional ratings, Nielsen Media Research projected. The Blackhawks paced all U.S. NHL clubs with about 382,500 average regional viewers.

A day of rest

The Penguins were given Monday off but will practice Tuesday at Consol Energy Center.

— Josh Yohe and Rob Rossi

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