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Duane and Shaney Boles have spent the last few days at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh with their 11-year-old son, Ryder.

As they were waiting to be discharged on Wednesday afternoon, a hospital worker entered the room and informed them that they would have to wait just a little bit longer – because Penguins players would be stopping by as part of their annual holiday visit.

As soon as Shaney heard the news, she couldn’t help it. She started to cry.

“I cried because he’s been a frequent flier here at Children’s since he was 15 months, honestly,” Shaney said of Ryder. “It’s been pretty much once a month for his whole life. He’s really just a pretty tough kid. He has a heart condition and some vertigo and he gets pretty sick, so that’s why he has to come in for fluids and maintenance.

“And honestly, he’s a huge Pens fan. As soon as they said that, I just knew right away he would be so excited if they came walking through the room.”

Ryder is unable to play contact sports because of his health, so he has never gotten the chance to play hockey. But he absolutely loves to watch hockey, and to see his favorite player, Sidney Crosby, from his favorite team, coming through the door was overwhelming in the best way.

“I’m really happy,” smiled Ryder, who hopes to sing the national anthem before a Penguins game someday. “I’m super excited I got to meet the players that I’ve been watching forever. I’ve been watching Sidney Crosby on the ice since I was two years old. It was just super awesome.”

Both Ryder and Shaney were overcome with emotion after such a special visit, sitting on the bed together and crying tears of joy when the players left.

“It just meant more than they really know,” Shaney said. “They were so sweet. As a mom and a dad, we see him go through all this stuff. But for them to walk in there, it was just really, really special to us. We appreciated it so much.”

The reaction of Ryder and his family was incredibly heartwarming, as was the reaction of Yaheim Young and his parents.

Crosby, Ryan Reaves, c, Tristan Jarry and newest Penguin Jamie Oleksiak delivered Yaheim a Christmas gift, which he couldn’t have been more thrilled to open.

To Yaheim’s delight, it was an Amazon Fire tablet. “Sweet! Cool! Thank you!” exclaimed Yaheim, who got up and hugged each and every player. The players’ goal is to put smiles on the kids’ faces, but Crosby had the biggest one after that interaction, who said to Yaheim’s parents, “Glad he liked it! What a great reaction.”

“We enjoy coming here and I think just to see the smiles on the kids’ faces, see their reactions – you could see the reaction of a couple kids that opened the gifts there, that says it all,” Crosby said. “That’s why we’re here.”

Phil Kessel also received a priceless reaction from a child who has been wanting to meet him for a while now.

A few years ago, Chelsey Stokes took her son Cooper to his first Penguins game and told him he could pick out one thing from the souvenir calendar. He picked out a Lego figure of Phil Kessel, and ever since then, Cooper has been obsessed with anything Phil Kessel.

Cooper, who is waiting for a multi-organ transplant, turned 8 years old in October. Chelsey said all he wanted for his birthday was a Kessel jersey and “the real Phil Kessel.” Chelsey laughed and told him that wouldn’t be possible. But they learned about a week ago that Cooper’s wish might actually become a reality, and Chelsey couldn’t be more grateful that it did.

“This is amazing,” Chelsey said. “I didn’t actually think that this would happen in a lifetime. It’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’ve been able to take him to games and he’s been able to see him from the seats, but this is a whole new surreal thing for him and I’m super blessed and thankful that this was able to happen.”

Chelsey said that on Tuesday night, Cooper was practicing what he was going to do when he first saw Kessel, and ultimately decided he would run up and give him a hug. And that’s exactly what Cooper did when Kessel arrived. Wearing his No. 81 sweater with the rolling backpack that contains all of his IV fluids in tow, Cooper dashed over to Kessel and threw his arms around his legs.

The two of them became fast friends, playing in the Lemieux Sibling Center for over half an hour before Kessel departed to visit other patients at the hospital.

“I heard he wanted to meet me or whatever, and that’s awesome,” Kessel said. “I’m happy I could be here and meet him and have a good day.

“It’s great. I love this day. I think we make the kids happy, and I love coming in here and getting to spend time with them. It’s a great day.”

–Michelle Crechiolo

One of the other groups, consisting of Brian Dumoulin, Patric Hornqvist, Jake Guentzel and Justin Schultz, visited over a dozen rooms.

The players took a photo with each of the kids they visited and their families, but a cool moment happened in infant Simon’s room. When asked by his parents if anyone wanted to hold him, Hornqvist obliged, and Simon calmly rested in his arms for the picture. This led to his teammates dubbing Hornqvist as “The Natural.”

“It’s great, you see those kids smile when you walk in,” Hornqvist said. “We give them a present, stay and talk a little bit, take a photo with them. They all love it, and we enjoy it too.”

While the Penguins spread holiday cheer around the hospital, equipped with Santa hats and presents, an abundance of smiles decked the halls.

One of those smiles was courtesy of six-year-old Aiden. Aiden let out an enormous smile when the time came for a picture, unveiling his missing front teeth. This led to Aiden’s mom stating he looks just like a hockey player with his smile, something that Justin Schultz, missing a tooth of his own, agreed to.

While the Penguins handed out signed calendars to each patient they visited, Marcus, 13, received five special signatures on his blood pressure pump. Marcus is a center for the Mt. Lebanon Hornets and expressed how he couldn’t wait to tell his teammates about his surprise visitors.

“It was amazing,” Marcus said. “I got to see some of my favorite players and get their autographs. It’s a dream come true.”

Seeing the smile gleaming from Marcus’ face after his interaction with the players shows how meaningful and profound the visit is for the children as well as their families.

“It’s for sure one of the best events we do through the whole season,” Hornqvist said. “It’s the holiday season, we make the kids and parents happy, and it’s always great to see a smile on their face.”

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Thoughts, musings and observations from the Pens’ 2-1 overtime loss against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome.

* It isn’t a secret that the Pens have struggled on the tail end of back-to-back contests. They’re 0-4 on the year while being outscored 28-7 heading into the game against Calgary.

Though the Penguins fell in the overtime session, it was a much more competitive contest than they’ve shown previously this season. It was a close battle that could have gone either way.

* Captain Sidney Crosby said the common denominator to the blowouts in back-to-back games has been their poor starts. So if Pittsburgh wanted to buck the trend against Calgary, it needed a better start to the game.

The Penguins not only had a great start, they had arguably their best start of the season against the Flames. No, they didn’t score a goal. But they were dominant in terms of zone time, carrying momentum and creating chances. The Pens had a 19-9 edge in shot. That’s right, 19. Four of which were from Evgeni Malkin.

The Pens didn’t spot the Flames an early lead, and thus, gave themselves a chance to win.

* It was no surprise that the Penguins called upon Tristan Jarry to start in the second half of this back-to-back sequence. Jarry made his NHL debut in last year’s regular-season finale in New York against the Rangers. Jarry allowed three goals in a 3-2 loss in that game. He looked a little nervous and jittery during that contest, understandable considering it was his first taste of the NHL.

What a difference a year makes. Jarry looked poised and in control in his season debut against the Flames. You could see glimpses of why scouts were enthralled by his game in juniors. Jarry made several huge saves, particularly during penalty kills, that were the difference in the game. Jarry’s best save was a split-pad stop on a breakaway by Mark Jankowski in the third period.

Though he ended up on the wrong end of the scoreboard, Jarry deserved much better.

* Ryan Reaves played his usual physical style of hockey. In the waning minutes of the second period he laid two heavy hits. The second was to Matthew Tkachuk, knocking him into the bench at the glass partition. Tkachuk left the game, though he did return of the third period. Reaves was given a roughing penalty on that hit. Though Tkachuk was temporarily hurt, it was a clean hit and shouldn’t have warranted a penalty. Pittsburgh was able to kill off the penalty, but it would have been a shame if that call had changed the outcome of the game.

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Ryan Reaves became a legend in Pittsburgh with his performance on Saturday in the Pens’ 4-0 win over Nashville. He finished with a goal and two fights, which he dubbed “the Reavo hat trick,” and brought a ton of emotion and energy to the building.

After the second bout with heavyweight Cody McLeod, Reaves laughed all the way to the box and waved goodbye as his opponent got sent to the locker room, which prompted the crowd to begin thunderously chanting, “REAVES! REAVES!” His coaches and teammates were loving it, as Mike Sullivan couldn’t keep the smile off his face when Reaves returned to the bench.

To top it off, this year the Pens are awarding their player of the game a Steelers helmet – which Reaves kept on for his entire postgame interview. Sidney Crosby was chirping him about it on Monday, laughing, “You don’t wear the helmet for the interview, you know that, right?” Reaves retorted, “Yeah, thanks for telling me that.” Crosby shook his head, still laughing, and said “I told him he didn’t have to wear it, but he still wore it.”

It’s safe to say Reaves, who has a phenomenal sense of humor, has become a favorite in both the locker room and with the fans. And for anyone who wants to know more about the 30-year-old from Winnipeg, here are three takeaways from our conversation following the Pens’ Monday practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Center.

1. Picking his favorite tattoo is impossible

After his big night, a fan tweeted at Reaves and said “If @rreaves75 retweets this I will get a tattoo of him.” Reaves replied and said, “Make sure you get it of my good side.” Reaves has a bunch of tattoos of his own, and said he can’t single out which one is most special to him. “That’s a tough question because almost every one has something behind it,” he said. “I have one for my son Kane I just got, which I really like. I have one for each of my three buddies that died. I have my journey in hockey. They’re all very special to me. They all have a story.”

2. He used to box all the time

For anyone who was wondering where he got that right hook he pummeled McLeod with, Reaves said he started to box after his first AHL season. “That was because I had never really fought before,” said Reaves, who’s listed at 6-1 and 225 pounds. “I wasn’t really a fighter when I got drafted. I played very physical and that’s kind of what turned me into somebody who had to fight because you had to answer the bell, you had to protect guys.” That summer, he would go at least two or three times a week, and the next season, “I fought everything that moved.” As the game has changed Reaves boxes a lot less, but still does it every now and then, especially since it’s an unbelievable cardio workout.

3. He’s terrified of sharks and the ocean

Reaves may be a tough guy on the ice, but not in the water. “Here’s my argument,” Reaves said. “When was the last time you saw a fish come on land and mess with a human? Why would I go in the ocean and mess with a fish?” He went on to tell this hilarious story about swimming in Jamaica during an All-Star break. He and his wife Alanna went on this little cruise while they were there and everybody decided to go snorkeling in the middle of the ocean. At first, Reaves was just going to stay on the boat and relax, but when he realized he was the only one not going, he grudgingly agreed to go. “I just figured, ‘I’m going to get in the water and I’m going to stay in a group with everybody, and if sharks come, they’re going to work their way from the outside in and I’ll be last. Hopefully they’re full by that time,” he laughed. So Reaves got into the water – which was pretty deep – started swimming, and felt something brush his leg. Somebody told him there were a bunch of fish under him, and Reaves thought that person was messing with him because they knew he hated fish. “But I look under and there are a thousand fish near me,” Reaves said. “I put the goggles up like, ‘I’m just going to chill. These are just tiny fish, don’t worry about it. Act natural. They can smell fear.’ Then two minutes, later some guy comes from out of nowhere, snorkeling by himself, and was like, ‘hey everybody, come over here! There’s a stingray!’ And in my head, I was like, ‘wait. A stingray killed Steve Irwin.’ At that point, Reaves said he freaked out. “Have you ever seen a wake behind somebody swimming because they were so scared? I could have pulled skiers, I was so scared,” he laughed. “I got out of there so quick it was ridiculous. That was the last time I ever did that.”