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On location: Jets 4, Penguins 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (2-1) vs. Winnipeg Jets (1-1-1)

Time: 8:08 p.m.

Site: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

TV, radio: Root Sports, TSN Jets (Manitoba/Saskatchewan), WXDX-FM 105.9

Here is the official live summary.

Here is the the Trib’s Penguins page. I’m delighted to be here covering.


  1. WINNIPEG JETS LINEUP (w/ jersey #)

    1st: 9 Evander Kane – 12 Olli Jokinen – 26 Blake Wheeler
    2nd: 16 Andrew Ladd – 80 Nik Antropov – 18 Bryan Little
    3rd: 23 Alexei Ponikarovsky – 8 Alexander Burmistrov – 13 Kyle Wellwood
    4th: 17 James Wright – 19 Jim Slater – 22 Chris Thorburn
    Scratch: 55 Mark Scheifele – 14 Anthony Peluso

    1st: 39 Tobias Enstrom – 33 Dustin Byfuglien
    2nd: 5 Mark Stuart – 6 Ron Hainsey
    3rd: 24 Grant Clitsome – 4 Paul Postma
    Scratch: 25 Zach Redmond

    Starter: Ondrej Pavelec
    Backup: Al Montoya

    20 Antti Miettinen (Upper body injury)
    44 Zach Bogosian (right wrist surgery)

    Jets stats
    Goals – 1 Byfuglien, Kane, Ladd, Wheeler, Slater, Thorburn
    Assists – 4 Enstrom
    Points – 4 Enstrom
    Top 6 forwards for PP TOI: Jokinen (3:57), Kane (3:25), Wheeler (3:21), Ladd (3:15), Little (2:58), Antropov (2:49)
    TOp 4 forwards for PK TOI: Antropov (2:17), Burmistrov (1:31), Thorburn (1:15), Slater (1:13)
    Top 4 defensemen for PP TOI: Byfuglien (6:05), Enstrom (5:47), Hainsey (2:09), Postma (1:52)
    Top 4 defensemen for PK TOI: Hainsey (2:51), Enstrom (2:03), Stuart (1:48), Clitsome (1:35)

    Team stats
    Goals/gm: Pens 3.67 – Jets 2.00
    Goals against/gm: Pens 3.00 – Jets 2.33
    Shots/gm: Pens 32 – Jets 31.3
    Shots against/gm: Pens 28.3 – Jets 32.7

    Pittsburgh Penguins Lineup
    1st: Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
    2nd: Kennedy – Malkin – Neal
    3rd: Cooke – Sutter – Glass
    4th: Tangradi – Vitale – Adams
    Scratch: Jeffrey

    1st: Orpik – Martin
    2nd: Niskanen – Letang
    3rd: Lovejoy – Engelland
    Scratch: Despres – Bortuzzo

    Starter: VOkoun
    Backup: Fleury

  2. Pens, at 2-1, are currently 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. Need a big win tonight.

    Olli Jokinen is a Pens killer. Need to keep tabs on him.

  3. All this talk today about goal celebrations, two of my favorites

    Darius Kasparaitis 2OT winner in Buffalo against Hasek

    Aleksey (Alexei) Morozov winner against Carolina

  4. I’ll be watching on NHL GameCenter tonight. I’d dearly love to listen to the radio audio with the video, but the radio feed last game was a minute ahead of the video. Kinda spoils it.

  5. If you don’t see your current residence, please post where you currently reside

    Dejan’s Lunatic Nation – at the Trib,
    Arizona – Tucson, Chandler, Phoenix, Sunnyslope
    Arkansas – Rogers
    Austrailia – Mackay
    California – Bakersfield, San Francisco, UNION CITY, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Yuba City, Solana Beach, Yorba Linda, Yuba City*, Edwards, Long Beach, Modesto, Davis
    Canada – Toronto, Winnipeg, Moncton – New Brunswick
    China – Beijing
    Colorado – Ft Collins, Estes Park*, Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs
    Connecticut – Cos Cob, Bridgeport, Wallingford, Norwalk, NEWTOWN
    Costa Rica
    Czech Republic
    Delaware – Newark
    Denmark – Greenland – Thule*
    District of Columbia
    Florida – Palm Harbor, Orlando, Valrico, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Oviedo, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Palm Beach Gardens, Cape Coral, Coco Beach (Major Nelson and Mary Ann), Niceville (Red Neck Rivera), St Petersburg, Pembroke Pines, Ft Lauderdale, Palm Beach Gardens
    Georgia – Marietta, Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Acworth
    Germany – Leverkusen/Cologne
    Hawaii – Honolulu
    Idaho – Mountain Home, Coer d’Aline, Mountain Home AFB*
    Indiana – Indianapolis, Burns Harbor, South Bend, Bicknell, Ft Wayne
    Iowa – Bettendorf, Humboldt
    Illinois – La Salle, Peru, Payson, Chicago, Palatine (3 inmates there), Lincoln Park, Grayslake, Algonquin
    Japan – Tokyo
    Kentucky – Louisville, Bowling Green, Lexington
    Louisiana – Slidell
    Maine – Bangor
    Maryland – Arnold, Odenton, Severn, Baltimore, Waldorf, Hagerstown, Chevy Chase
    Massachusetts – Boston
    Michigan – Kalamazoo, Eaton Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor
    Mississippi – Biloxi
    Missouri – St Peters***
    Nebraska – Omaha
    New Hampshire – Barrington
    New Jersey – Chesterfield, Princeton, Roxbury, Lebanon, Lincoln Park, Berkeley Heights, Somerville, Hammock, Barrington, Delran, Pennsville
    New Mexico – Mike
    New York – New York, Smithtown, Manhattan, Long Island, Nyack
    Nevada, Las Vegas
    North Carolina – Asheville, Hickory, Charlotte, Raleigh, Charleston, Wilmington, Chapel Hill, High Point
    North Dakota
    Ohio – Cincinnati, Columbiana, Westerville, Green, Hilliard, Toledo, Louisville, Columbus, Perrysburg, Pickerington, Youngstown, Cleveland, Olmsted Township, Liberty Township, Warren, Oregon, Wintersville, Austintown, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base*, New Philadelphia, Powell, Canton, Salem, New Albany, Bloomingdale
    Ontario – Muskoka

    Pennsylvania – Downtown, Hopewell, Indiana, North Wales, Franklin Park, Forest Hills, Lansdale, Philadelphia, Du Bois, Reading, Crafton, Arnold, Wexford, Mt Lebanon, Canonsburg, Lancaster, Huntington, York, Boiling Springs, Philly suburbs, Morningside, Harrisburg, Lawrenceville, Bradfordwoods, Norristown, Hanover, Clearfield, Sewickley, DuBois, Plum Boro, Slippery Rock, Wilks-Barre, Sharpsville, Bessemer, Greensburg, Washington, Imperial, South Side, Duncansville, Newville, Sheppton, Grove City, Butler, Allentown, Ross Township, Blairsville, Flood City (Johnstown), Overbrook, Danny’s Hoagies, Baldwin, Economy, Sharpsville, Erie, North Huntington, Bellfonte, West Mifflin, Kennywood, Pleasant Hills, Beechview (Mad Turk, No 200), Macgunie, Mechanicsburg, Uptown, Cambria County, Mon Valley, Salisbury, Coraopolis, Emsworth, Cranberry Twp, Garrett, O’Hara Township, McCandless Township, 115 Federal Street, Bethel Park, Harrison City, Penn Hills, Kittanning, Dover, Lebanon, Upper St Clair, Rennerdale, Oakland, Scranton, Moon (RMU), State College, Erie, Penn Twp, Stowe, Elizabeth, Hermitage, Easton, Carlisle, Finleyville, Belle Vernon, Madison, Sellersville
    The Philipines
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina – Duncan, Longs, Columbia, Bluffton, Greensville
    South Korea – Seoul, Mike
    Tennessee – Smithville, Nashville
    Texas – Tyler, San Antonio, Belton, Houston, Katy, Plano
    Utah – Salt Lake City, Provo
    Vermont – North Bennington
    Virginia – JAL, Hampton, Rescue, Richmond, Front Royal, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Warrenton, Springfield, Virginia Beach, Fairfax, Arlington, Yorktown, Henrico, Aldie, Manassas, Newport News
    Washington – Seattle, Nine Mile Falls, Spokane, Sammamish
    West Virginia – Martinsburg, Morgantown, Wheeling, Mt Olivet
    Wisconsin – Madison, Oshkosh, Hortonville
    Wyoming – Caspar, Lander

    301 locations represented in the blog,
    Honorary members
    Lemonaid Guy
    The Gunner
    Mr Roberto Clemente
    Mike Lange
    13 countries
    43 states, plus the District of Columbia
    Two planets, at least confirmed
    Honorable mention, England – London – Lisa
    Asterisks denote confirmed hero’s, military, police officers or firemen/ladies
    1/25/2013 6:11 PM

  6. How do we get our picture loaded?

  7. Testing the new format.

  8. Sabres third line center Steve Ott just tried to elbow Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk in the head and missed.

    $1,000,000 says the NHL and Brendan Shanahan do nothing about it.

    League legislates on injuries, not clear attempts to injure.

  9. Capitals are a mess.

    Stephen Gionta scores because two Caps went to Josefsson

  10. 3 things to watch

    1. Stay out of the penalty box, too many penalties.
    2. Lovejoy and Engelland need to get around 12-14 minutes each
    3. Kennedy to take this opportunity and skate with it.

  11. No pre-game feed on NHL Gamecenter.

  12. Game feed on! LET’S GO PENS!

  13. Jets said they wouldn’t get into a skating match against the Penguins, those first three shifts were quick.

  14. Crosby gets a quick sneaky pass from Kunitz and crazy angle shot and as expected, Pavelec can’t stop it.

    1-0 Penguins

  15. SID @ 4:26

    1-0 Pens

  16. That didn’t take long

  17. 8:45 first whistle of the game for icing against Winterpeg.

  18. Kennedy taking WAY too long to shoot those passes, perfect for 1-timers… geez

  19. Penguins should have 3-4 goals already, Pavelec is swimming in the crease and Jets defense is turnover happy.

  20. TK adding some zip to Malkin’s line. I like it so far.

  21. Wow, terrible defense by Winnipeg… Byfuglien was out to lunch

    2-0 Penguins

    Crosby on backhand, thanks for Dupuis charging on the net.

  22. SID! 2-0! What a pretty goal!

  23. They wanted to see Crausby I think they’re getting more than they wanted

  24. Hey Root Sports… how about showing the whole roster before the game and not with 3:55 left to play in the first period with the scratches for just the Penguins. There’s another team playing that fans would like to know who is playing on what line and who isn’t playing.

    So much for the HNIC producer making this a better telecast.

  25. Vokoun, what an acquisition so far by Shero. He’s making this look easy.

  26. That was an interesting late period line of Glass-Sutter-Crosby

  27. Holy turnover by Cooke… wow that was brutal.

  28. Last minute pressure from Jets resulting from misplay by Martin. Pens hang on. 2-0 after one period.

  29. Someone in Winnipeg likes tracking hits a little bit too much as stat sheet has Jets leading 17-9 in hits. They were physical but I don’t think 17 worthy. Geesh.

  30. Testing 1 2 3 …

  31. After first period, let’s review 3 things to watch

    1. Stay out of the penalty box, too many penalties.
    Result – No penalties

    2. Lovejoy and Engelland need to get around 12-14 minutes each
    Result – Lovejoy 4:48 and Engelland 4:34

    3. Kennedy to take this opportunity and skate with it.
    Result – blew two great scoring chances for 1-timers and couldn’t pull the trigger

  32. Root Sports back with UPMC propaganda during intermission…

    Seriously, station is getting unreal ratings and this is what they are giving back?

  33. Both teams are paying for turnovers

  34. Early on this season, Pens have had some real bad passes that have resulted in goals against. Crosby was cherry-picking and Cooke couldn’t make the long stretch pass.

    Kane scores to cut the Penguins lead to 2-1 at 1:10 of 2nd period, assists to Wheeler and Byfuglien.

  35. Once, twice, three times my Kennedy…..

  36. ewwww, another ugly turnover by Pens, Martin right to Wellwood’s stick.

    Composure….. composure

  37. So many takeaways for Winnipeg. Pens are gonna get bit if this continues.

  38. I think my video is lagging behind yours, Eric, judging from our comments

  39. Finally… a penalty. Pens on power play for 2:00 @ 11:51 of second period.

  40. Don’t know if Bylsma is stressing long breakout passes or not but it appears he is because about two shifts ago, they had Martin and Orpik way low in defensive zone and three forwards over the red line. That’s a terrible gap.

  41. Jeez, the turnovers. Is the ice OK there?

  42. Selfish penalty by Malkin, out of frustration.


  43. Malkin to the box with another ill-timed penalty. Even strength

  44. Malkin needs freaking Anger management. Talk about STUPID. Nice job Geno.

  45. And just like that, a bad penalty and Byfuglien with a blast through screen… tied at 2

  46. Byfuglien ties it 2-2 with Malkin in the box.

  47. Sid is going to have to take over this game if the Pens are going to win this one

  48. Can’t even be mad when Geno takes a bad penalty. It’s his move. It’s just what’s going to happen, like when Kovy was here. It bothers me much more when, say, Kunitz or Dupuis does it.

  49. @Eric

    I wonder how much he got away with in the KHL that he’s now getting called for. Different styles of hockey; just wondering if he isn’t still some what in KHL mode

  50. Tangradi out there with Crosby?

  51. Jets use their timeout

  52. So one shift Byfuglien tries to take out Malkin’s leg the next he tries to take the elbows to Sid’s head. Someone needs to pay this guy a visit.

  53. Sutter with a great chance, fans on the puck

  54. Another freaking turnover. Ladd scores. 3-2 Jets @17:54 of 2nd

  55. Vokoun with a game saver right there

  56. ….my goodness Engelland did nothing on that play and yes Lovejoy has his stick in the wrong spot as Ladd scores an easy one into a virtual open net.

  57. Sick save by Vokoun after another turnover.

  58. Letang cost the Pens at least 1 or 2 seconds by letting up on that icing

  59. Pens trailing 3-2. More turnovers than Pepperidge Farm in that 2nd period.

  60. No grit, no fight on this team. Its only game 4 and I’m already tired of these stretch passes.

  61. Malkin had a really poor effort in his own end on that Ladd goal. Had one, maybe even two legit chances to get that puck away from the net, waved at it like a tourist instead.

  62. Who is coaching the Penguins, Eddie Olczyk?

    I haven’t see this many terrible turnovers, long breakouts that don’t work, or really really bad defense to forward gap control…. my goodness, was Bylsma out eating poutine and drinking beer last night?

  63. A lot of flaws being exposed tonight. Pens need help on defense, obviously, but there is a system flaw in the transition. The Flyers exposed it in the playoffs last year and the Leafs and Winnipeg exploited it this week.

  64. Last season, Penguins were 12th in NHL giving up 78 goals in 82 games.

    This season, they have given up 6 goals in 3 2/3 games

  65. I’m REALLY p*ssed at these guys! Grrrr!

  66. lol Spunky will love it ;)

  67. OK I will start using the reply button

  68. Byfuglien was all over that clearing wrap around by Letang….

    someone might want to tell Bylsma that teams do advanced scouting.

  69. This upgrade is sweet!

  70. I wonder how much of the Penguins’ actual shortfalls are masked by having the talents of Crosby and Malkin on the ice.

  71. Penalty against Engelland for high sticking. accidental.

  72. Pens finally pressing. Neal hits the post.

  73. Down to under 3 minutes

  74. there’s the game for Winnipeg

  75. Long pass for one-timer to Niskanen and Malkin can’t edge his way over to board?

    Every issue from last season showing up in this one.

  76. A little late for that time out, Mr. Bylsma

  77. Pens are now 2-2-0.

    19 turnovers in this game for the Penguins.


  78. 3 things to watch
    1. Stay out of the penalty box, too many penalties.
    Result – only 2 minors but Malkin’s selfish penalty because he got frustrated was a repeat of too many taken by him and others last season. Byfuglien scores on PP to tie game at two.

    2. Lovejoy and Engelland need to get around 12-14 minutes each
    Result – Lovejoy 13:44 and Engelland 13:41 – was better ice distribution but Engelland was a passenger for a goal and took another penalty. Lovejoy’s stick placement on Ladd goal was bad.

    3. Kennedy to take this opportunity and skate with it.
    Results – Blew 2 brilliant setups for 1-timers by being unable to pull the trigger, cutoff a pass from Neal to Malkin but he did look better and more active than Tangradi.

    3 goats of the game

    #3 – Sutter – needs to get more involved, no hits, 25% faceoffs, and had a good scoring chance and puck waffled off his stick.

    #2 – Malkin – another minus 2, really selfish penalty while on the PP, some bad defense, mentally off all game.

    #1 – Bylsma – Did someone forget to burn the coaches bible by Eddie Olczyk because tonight’s long breakouts were some of the worst coaching designs that I’ve seen in years. Once again, Pens had 2-0 lead like last year and they blow the lead and lose the game. Defense is out of sync, no offense late in games. I know no one thinks it, believes it but the hot seat should be warm for Bylsma.


    Shero can’t wait forever, he’s going to need to find a winger for Crosby. Get a first line winger and move Kunitz back to Malkin’s line. It is obvious, Malkin and Neal need a defensive presence on their line. That will never come from Kennedy or Tangradi. Not sure Bennett is that guy as well and as much as I want him in the NHL, he’ll probably not get the weight/strength back in time for meaningful NHL action.

  79. Actual 3 stars of the game

    #3 – Byfuglien
    #2 – Ladd
    #1 – Kane

  80. Neither Martin nor Niskanen registered a hit tonight.

  81. At what point does Bylsma realize the defense cannot handle the system he wants to play using the long breakouts? When will he realize teams have quality advanced scouts and the system hasn’t changed in four years?

    Last year, teams simply baited the defense into long passes along the boards and quickly jumped the lanes to create the turnover and counter-attack up the ice with the three forwards behind the red line flat footed and a defense that is in no position to defend the rush.

    The gap between the forwards and defense is too wide, too complicated for these defensemen to execute.

    • They don’t have the defensive depth to execute the system efficiently.

      • Which means Bylsma is Todd Graham trying to slam a square peg into a round hole.

        I wasn’t pleased in the camp/practice watching them repeat the same breakouts, same long breakouts. I was hoping the practices that I missed, they would do something else but apparently, Bylsma is going to go down stubbornly and not adjust, just like Eddie Olczyk.

        Team needs to get back to the simple hockey that was deployed when he took over for Therrien.

    • It’s all back to the same things we said last year. No Scuderis or Rupps to take care of business. And reacquiring Gonchar won’t solve anything.

  82. Gotta say tho, that if not for Vokoun, score would have been 10-2

  83. Pens with 10 blocked shots. Winnipeg with 17.

    • the lack of commitment, the lack of composure, the lack of defense, the lack of simplicity, the lack of power plays, the lack of adjustments and the lack of options is a bit of a concern.

      It is only four games but there’s been little cohesion among Crosby, Kunitz and Dupuis. Those three haven’t had that many quality shifts, maybe tonight was their best in the first period with the two goals but after that, it was a quiet night.

      On the second line, who is the defensive presence? It surely wasn’t Tangradi in the first three games and won’t be Kennedy. The Penguins can’t expect a guy who hasn’t played on his off wing to be able to adjust and manage the boards along left wing wall or get himself in a trigger position for one-timers.

      The third line was messed up with Kennedy bumped up and Cooke shifted over to the right wing as Glass stayed at left wing. Sutter was quiet and could that have been result of playing with a new winger and another in a new position of sorts.

      Lone guy I saw moving his legs all night was Vitale… a 4th line center.

  84. If I’m Bylsma, I’m already second-guessing that “two days off / no practice on the second day” policy.

  85. I am no fan of Bylsma’s system of long breakouts, terrible power play scheme, and a lack of in-game adjustments.

    When it is 2-0, on the road, and coming off a loss… you don’t back off the throttle but you sure as heck don’t just throw the puck around with 3 forwards standing at the opponents blue line and teams are easily jumping the boads to create turnovers. On the road, you back off, tighten the defense-to-forward gap and you bring the puck up the ice as a five man unit and get it deep.

    What’s the term, grind them b****** down?

    Well, that isn’t exactly grinding them down by losing the puck 19 times.

  86. Let’s see if my mighty Gravatar appears…

  87. The two best offensively gifted players in the world and yet we have our defensemen with their skates cemented to the blue line, or two feet outside, on multiple rushes. When was the last time we had a defenseman trailing the play and scoring from the slot? Two or three times tonight the puck trickles free in front of the Jets’ net with four Jets players facing their own goal and we don’t have a trailer on the play, or even within the television frame. Why wait until there are 4-5 minutes to go in the game before taking calculated chances? Bylsma — the guru of puck possession in the offensive zone in his first months on the job — has become too conservative, likely shell-shocked as a result of early playoff exits the past 3 years. We have become too content to play the very ineffective and incredibly predictable perimeter-oriented game.

  88. Nice new layout for the blog.
    Someday, I will teach my technology-challenged self to get an avatar…

  89. test……

  90. I see on the scroll that the Nationals are adding President Taft to the Presidents’ Race this year. I’m thinking he’s not going to win too many races. Maybe the Pirates need to add Generals Washington and Braddock, Prime Minister Pitt, George Westinghouse, Andrew Carnegie, Andrew Mellon, Mr. Rogers, and Andy Warhol as rotating special guest racers at PNC Park. Think of the possibilities.

  91. testing avatar…???

  92. Testing avatar…

    • Hey—look at that! this is cool!

      • I like that, Karen. Be careful, though, it’s not a hockey puck in the shape of a heart. DK might get mad. :)

        • HAHA! Right! But baseball is my one true love (I didn’t say the “Pirates,” now, did I?? OOPS!

          Oh—how do you post emoticons, and can we edit our posts, or just cancel them??

          • Emoticons vary.

            semi-colon, parenthesis = ;)
            colon, parenthesis = :) or :(
            8, parenthesis = 8)

            Jandy does something with a p) and gets a red mouth, but mine doesn’t work.

            Don’t know about editing and cancelling yet.

  93. And on an “uncool” note, the Pens STUNK again in the 2nd period. What gives??

  94. In a normal season I would say “don’t press the panic button” but this is not a normal season and the turnovers and giveaways must stop or the playoff run will be short.

  95. DK, not happy about the loss but thought you would like to know I was sharing the word about your blog. Had a layover in LV before my redeye home last night and caught the first period of the game with 6 guys from Winnipeg. Really good guys and I told them to check out your blog if they wanted to hear some out of town info.

  96. Well there is always one. I created a gravatar account. Got to “Select a file from your computer.” Browsed to the jpeg I want. But when I select “next” the path disappears. I’ll keep trying.

    But I’m in agreement. Any positives from the first two games were washed away with the horrible turnover fest of the past two. Yes, it’s only two games, but the ghosts of last season are currently haunting this team. They need to be excised.

  97. Lucky,

    Jandy’s p) thing is sticking her tongue out at something/somebody/Drew.

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