As omens go, it didn't seem foreboding. It was closer to cuddly, actually.



Outside the CONSOL Energy Center, quite a few Penguins fans paused to take pictures with a guy (gal?) dressed in a white bear costume. It had a grinning cartoon head, oversized paws, the whole campy package. It wasn't exactly a scary sight. It looked like a scene that might play out at an amusement park – kids and adults wrapped their arms around their giant furry friend. Except, like Yogi, this wasn't your average bear. The life-sized stuffed animal was decidedly pro-Pittsburgh. It had a sign that said, "welcome to the woods."