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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.

Comments

  1. Eric Bowser says:

    WINNIPEG JETS LINEUP (w/ jersey #)

    Forwards
    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

    Defensemen
    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

    Goaltenders
    Starter: Ondrej Pavelec
    Backup: Al Montoya

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

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

    Goaltenders
    Starter: VOkoun
    Backup: Fleury

  2. dejan kovacevic says:

    DK: Thanks for doing this, Eric, as always.

  3. Dave G says:

    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.

  4. Eric Bowser says:

    Glad to help out and give others some info on the opposing team.

  5. Eric Bowser says:

    I’m just glad Clarke MacArthur wasn’t traded to Winnipeg but yes, Jokinen is another guy who does well against the Penguins.

  6. Eric Bowser says:

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

    Darius Kasparaitis 2OT winner in Buffalo against Hasek
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuVy1sk3Kds

    Aleksey (Alexei) Morozov winner against Carolina

  7. Dave G says:

    Embedded video! Nice!

  8. Dave G says:

    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.

  9. Bizrow says:

    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***
    Montana
    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
    Singapore
    South Carolina – Duncan, Longs, Columbia, Bluffton, Greensville
    South Korea – Seoul, Mike
    Sweden
    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
    Beano
    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

  10. Eric Bowser says:

    still amazes me in 2013, we still have problems with quality internet broadcasts for video and audio.

  11. Eric Bowser says:

    How do we get our picture loaded?

  12. Dave G says:

    Gravatar!

  13. Dave G says:

    Go to Gravatar.com and follow the instructions!

  14. I think we’ll be trained on it soon, Eric. No phone poles or sand boxes involved, though.

  15. Eric Bowser says:

    I need some Navy SEAL training… but after I recover from this surgery.

  16. Drew71 says:

    If that’s about baseball, Lucky, can it at least wait until the morning while Dejan sleeps in until noon?

  17. Dave G says:

    At Gravatar.com, you enter your email address and upload a picture or avatar that you attach to your email address, and that picture/avatar follows you to any place that you comment, such as this blog.

  18. Eric Bowser says:

    apparently, I can follow instructions.

  19. Dave G says:

    LOL it’s very easy.

  20. Drew71 says:

    I use different avatars in different places. Would gravatar change my avatars on Facebook and LinkedIn?

  21. Dave G says:

    It would attach a specific avatar to a specific email address.

  22. Dave G says:

    You can change it as often as you wish, so if you go from site to site, you’d have to visit Gravatar in between and change it.

  23. Reading says:

    Testing the new format.

  24. Dave G says:

    I doesn’t affect my facebook pic, but I’m not sure about LinkedIn

  25. Reading says:

    Testing the new parallel fun-house mirror universe.

  26. dejan kovacevic says:

    DK: OK, I just did the Gravatar. Let’s see if it works.

  27. dejan kovacevic says:

    Nope. Nothing yet.

  28. Eric Bowser says:

    it took about 3-4 minutes for mine to apply

  29. dejan kovacevic says:

    Hey, there it is. It’s Gravatar.com if anyone else wants an avatar.

  30. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  31. dejan kovacevic says:

    Yes, please. I’m in a happy place.

  32. Eric Bowser says:

    Capitals are a mess.

    Stephen Gionta scores because two Caps went to Josefsson

  33. Dave G says:

    I just thought of something, Drew. You can assign different avatars for different email addresses. You can create a new email address for the blog and it would only show up here.

    Dejan- not sure if this would create unforeseen problems for you here or not, but thought it better to convey this so you are aware that it could happen.

  34. Eric Bowser says:

    I checked my LinkedIn page, it wasn’t affected.

  35. Dave G says:

    Ooops LOL.!!!

    Apparently not.

  36. Dave G says:

    Wonder if those blue letters stretch all the way to Winnipeg….

  37. Dave G says:

    Sorry Dejan… still testing our parameters…

  38. Eric Bowser says:

    yeah, I posted the video and didn’t realize it was going to show the embedded youtube and not just the link.

  39. JAL says:

    Having fun with new toys

  40. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  41. Dave G says:

    No pre-game feed on NHL Gamecenter.

  42. Dave G says:

    And Olli Jokinen!

  43. Dave G says:

    Game feed on! LET’S GO PENS!

  44. LuckyNKentucky says:

    For sure.

  45. Eric Bowser says:

    yeah, shut him down and keep Kane away from Crosby.

  46. Eric Bowser says:

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

  47. Eric Bowser says:

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

    1-0 Penguins

  48. Dave G says:

    SID @ 4:26

    1-0 Pens

  49. Eric Bowser says:

    Crosby (2) from Kunitz and Letang

  50. Dave G says:

    Assists to Kunitz, Letang

  51. Eric Bowser says:

    Didn’t take long for Crosby to get his goal at MTS Centre

  52. Dave G says:

    Sid’s rockin tonight.

  53. radio wave says:

    That didn’t take long

  54. Dave G says:

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

  55. Eric Bowser says:

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

  56. Eric Bowser says:

    twice, he’s setup for beauties and fails…. and THAT’S why I don’t want TK on that line and cannot wait for Bennett to get that weight back.

  57. Eric Bowser says:

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

  58. Dave G says:

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

  59. Eric Bowser says:

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

    2-0 Penguins

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

  60. Dave G says:

    SID! 2-0! What a pretty goal!

  61. JHadar says:

    Well that didn’t work, or else it takes some time.

  62. radio wave says:

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

  63. JHadar says:

    Success at last!

  64. Eric Bowser says:

    looking at score sheet, how are they not giving Niskanen an assist on that play?

  65. Eric Bowser says:

    They updated it… now Niskanen on score sheet.

  66. Dave G says:

    Unassisted @ 15:02

  67. Dave G says:

    Now Niskanen with an assist on the goal

  68. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  69. Eric Bowser says:

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

  70. Eric Bowser says:

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

  71. Eric Bowser says:

    Holy turnover by Cooke… wow that was brutal.

  72. Dave G says:

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

  73. Eric Bowser says:

    you think Martin misplayed his man before Cooke had the brutal turnover? I don’t think Martin did all that bad on that play.

  74. Dave G says:

    Martin got beaten along the left boards by Kane. Led to a great scoring chance for Jets just before the whistle.

  75. Dave G says:

    Before the horn, sorry…

  76. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  77. Dave G says:

    Cooke’s turnover happened a split second after Kane beat Martin.

  78. JohninOshkosh says:

    Testing 1 2 3 …

  79. Eric Bowser says:

    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

  80. Eric Bowser says:

    holy crap, they updated the stat sheet…Jets 23-13 in hits… seriously?

  81. JohninOshkosh says:

    ,,,and there it is. I’m back with the brethren.

  82. Eric Bowser says:

    Root Sports back with UPMC propaganda during intermission…

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

  83. Dave G says:

    Reviewed the play on Gamecenter and Kane poked the puck past Martin and sidestepped him along the boards. Martin didn’t—or couldn’t— pinch him. Kane was on Cooke instantly and forced Cooke to play the puck quickly. If Martin pinches Kane there, Cook doesn’t get pressured into the bad pass.

  84. radio wave says:

    Both teams are paying for turnovers

  85. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  86. Eric Bowser says:

    Mr. Details (Bylsma) might want to stress some changes to how the players are looking to pass the puck around the ice.

  87. Eric Bowser says:

    Once, twice, three times my Kennedy…..

  88. Eric Bowser says:

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

    Composure….. composure

  89. Dave G says:

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

  90. Eric Bowser says:

    now Kunitz with a bad one.

    epidemic

  91. Dave G says:

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

  92. Dave G says:

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

  93. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  94. Dave G says:

    Jeez, the turnovers. Is the ice OK there?

  95. Eric Bowser says:

    Selfish penalty by Malkin, out of frustration.

    Composure….

  96. Dave G says:

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

  97. TJ says:

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

  98. Eric Bowser says:

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

  99. Dave G says:

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

  100. Eric Bowser says:

    Those sulking penalties by Malkin can’t be tolerated…. time for teaching moment… Bench him for the remainder of 2nd period.

  101. TJ says:

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

  102. Dan1283 says:

    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.

  103. TJ says:

    @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

  104. Dave G says:

    Tangradi out there with Crosby?

  105. TJ says:

    That makes as much sense as saying you can’t be mad at Ben when he throws an INT at the end of a game

  106. Dan1283 says:

    I just accept it as part of his game. It doesn’t shock or faze me. Like when Mark Sanchez throws a crippling pick, or Romo gags in a key spot. It’s what they do!

  107. Eric Bowser says:

    Those frustration penalties killed the Penguins last year and Malkin is at the age and experience that he needs to stop. It doesn’t look like Bylsma gets it.

  108. Dave G says:

    Jets use their timeout

  109. TJ says:

    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.

  110. Dave G says:

    Sutter with a great chance, fans on the puck

  111. Dave G says:

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

  112. TJ says:

    Vokoun with a game saver right there

  113. Eric Bowser says:

    ….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.

  114. Dave G says:

    Sick save by Vokoun after another turnover.

  115. TJ says:

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

  116. Reading says:

    One more time to see if Avatar kicks in.

  117. Dave G says:

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

  118. Reading says:

    Good to go! Ready for non-pennant winning season number 34 in a row.

  119. TJ says:

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

  120. Dan1283 says:

    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.

  121. Eric Bowser says:

    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?

  122. Eric Bowser says:

    Not a good showing by Malkin.

  123. Dave G says:

    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.

  124. Eric Bowser says:

    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

  125. Jandy says:

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

  126. Eric Bowser says:

    Yep, same flaws as last season.

  127. Eric Bowser says:

    Hey now, Mother Theresa!

  128. Dave G says:

    LOVE the avatar! SOOOO you!

  129. Jandy says:

    lol Spunky will love it ;)

  130. Jandy says:

    Thanks Dave G :)

  131. Jandy says:

    OK I will start using the reply button

  132. Eric Bowser says:

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

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

  133. Dave G says:

    Can’t be right. That’s less than a goal a game.

  134. Jandy says:

    This upgrade is sweet!

  135. Jandy says:

    Bigfugginugly is all over the Pens…period!

  136. Dave G says:

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

  137. Jandy says:

    I dunno, Dave, they played so much better the first 2 games. It’s like they switch gears totally. Frustrating.

  138. Dave G says:

    That’s my point. Did they really play better, or did the other teams just not?

    Time is critical to correct any problems this abbreviated season.

  139. Jandy says:

    I think they played better…much tighter defensively and co-hesively. These guys tonight are sloppy. another dumb penalty.

  140. Dave G says:

    Penalty against Engelland for high sticking. accidental.

  141. Dave G says:

    Pens finally pressing. Neal hits the post.

  142. Jandy says:

    I’d love to see Sid get the HT

  143. Jandy says:

    Down to under 3 minutes

  144. Jandy says:

    there’s the game for Winnipeg

  145. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  146. Jandy says:

    sad indeed :(

  147. Dave G says:

    A little late for that time out, Mr. Bylsma

  148. LuckyNKentucky says:

    She really is Mother T.

  149. Jandy says:

    I was thinking the same thing

  150. LuckyNKentucky says:

    DK picked the correct final score. Wrong team on the end of it.

  151. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Looks good.

  152. Dave G says:

    Pens are now 2-2-0.

    19 turnovers in this game for the Penguins.

    NINETEEN

  153. Jandy says:

    Hey Spunky!

  154. Dave G says:

    Pens with 9 giveaways and Jets with 10 takeaways

  155. Jandy says:

    YIKES! That sucks

  156. JohninOshkosh says:

    A.O.T.D.

    (Avatar of the day).

  157. Jandy says:

    LOL! I had this picked out way back when DK said Avatars would be coming.

  158. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  159. Dave G says:

    Actual 3 stars of the game

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

  160. Dave G says:

    By comparison, Winnipeg had 8 turnovers – 7 giveaways and only 1 takeaway by the Pens. Sickening.

  161. Jandy says:

    agreed!

  162. Dave G says:

    Neither Martin nor Niskanen registered a hit tonight.

  163. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  164. Drew71 says:

    Really? You sure didn’t seem very happy this afternoon.

  165. Dave G says:

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

  166. Jandy says:

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

  167. Dave G says:

    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.

  168. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  169. Dave G says:

    Pens with 10 blocked shots. Winnipeg with 17.

  170. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Hey! Love that Mother T. pix.

  171. Jandy says:

    I love Gonchar, but no thank you. I Cried when we lost Scuds.

  172. Jandy says:

    Spunky, I think Mr. Kovacevic owes Groat an apology. If Groat doesn’t post for awhile, I’m gonna be upset.

  173. LuckyNKentucky says:

    I think DK misunderstood Groat’s post. It was a compliment not a dig about the forbidden sport.

  174. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  175. Dave G says:

    Great analysis.

  176. Jandy says:

    I tried to tell him that…but he wasn’t paying attention.

  177. Dave G says:

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

  178. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  179. DemonDachshund says:

    Let’s see if my mighty Gravatar appears…

  180. DJ says:

    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.

  181. theplanisworking says:

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

  182. Jandy says:

    Pffft! Someone else needs corrected, Spunky, not YOU

  183. theplanisworking says:

    test……

  184. theplanisworking says:

    Oh well, off to bed.
    avatars will wait for another time………. :(

  185. Reading says:

    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.

  186. JoeyBats says:

    testing avatar…???

  187. JoeyBats says:

    1 more try

  188. Karen22 says:

    Testing avatar…

  189. Karen22 says:

    Hey—look at that! this is cool!

  190. Karen22 says:

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

  191. LuckyNKentucky says:

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

  192. Karen22 says:

    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??

  193. kr70 says:

    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.

  194. LuckyNKentucky says:

    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.

  195. kevnj says:

    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.

  196. Poz says:

    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.

  197. GlassHalfFull says:

    Lucky,

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

  198. LuckyNKentucky says:

    You’re correct, sir!

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