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On location: Penguins 2, Senators 1, shootout

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

OTTAWA — Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (2-2) vs. Ottawa Senators (3-1)

Time: 5:08 p.m.

Site: Scotiabank Place, Ottawa

TV, radio: Root Sports, WXDX-FM 105.9

Here is the official live summary.

Here is the the Trib’s Penguins page. I’m delighted to be back in Canada’s capital for the first time since 2004. Been too long.

UPDATE 3:21 p.m.: Just spoke with Dan Bylsma downstairs …

Tanner Glass will be a gametime decision, Bylsma said. If he can’t go, Dustin Jeffrey will. No other lineup changes from Winnipeg other than Marc-Andre Fleury in goal.

191 Comments

  1. Sure, Ottawa is great, but Honolulu wouldn’t be too bad to go to in January…

  2. Say hello to Stephen Harper for me.

  3. Ottawa Senators
    Forwards
    9 Milan Michalek – 19 Jason Spezza – 33 Jakob Silfverberg
    73 Guillaume Latendresse – 7 Kyle Turris – 11 Daniel Alfredsson
    14 Colin Greening – 15 Zack Smith – 25 Chris Neil
    13 Peter Regin – 42 Jim O’Brien – 22 Erik Condra
    Scratch: 23 Kaspars Daugavins

    Defensive Pairings
    1st: 3 Marc Methot – 65 Erik Karlsson
    2nd: 4 Chris Phillips – 55 Sergei Gonchar
    3rd: 46 Patrick Weircioch – 61 Andre Benoit
    Scratch: 74 Mark Borowiecki

    Goaltenders
    Starter: Craig Anderson
    Backup: Ben Bishop

    Injured Reserved:
    Jared Cowen, D – (hip surgery)
    Mike Lundin, D – (finger surgery)

    Stats
    Leading Scorer – Kyle Turris 4 goals and 5 points
    Top Defenseman – Erik Karlsson 5 points and 26:35 TOI/game
    Sens PP: 30.8%
    Sens PK: 83.3%

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

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

    Goaltenders
    Starter: Fleury
    Backup: Vokoun

    *Jeffrey might starat in place of Glass as he missed practice due to taking a hard hit to the shoulder against the boards in Winnipeg.

    *In the Pens first four games, they’ve lost the turnover battle just once and that came at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night.

    Turnovers
    PIT at PHI: 16-22
    PIT at NYR: 10-14
    TOR at PIT: 10-5
    PIT at WPG: 19-8

    After the Jets game, Bylsma was like a baby seal out on the ice being chased by a polar bear as the media wanted to know why the team struggled so badly in the second period for the second game in a row.

    Bylsma offered the lazy excuse that the team struggled with the long change in the second period. An occurrence that happens in every game… a second period.

    Then on Saturday, after practice Sidney Crosby spoke about the team needing to work harder.

    Sure, their work rate decreased in the second and third periods but that was the direct result of getting frustrated and losing their composure, again.

    What caused the nightmares of last season to return was simple, a refusal to play a simple game with the puck.

    Far too often, defensemen would be left standing alone in the defensive zone and the forwards rushing up the ice to the opposing blue line.

    The gap between the defense and forwards were so wide, Winnipeg was able to easily jump the passing lanes along the boards and create offensive chances on the counter-attack.

    The Penguins offense did little to generate any scoring chances as they registered 9 shots in the third period.

    After a practice in Ottawa that was described as intense, it will mean very little if the team doesn’t adjust their breakouts up the ice and manage the puck better.

    They will be tested as Ottawa has averaged 7 takeaways per game.

  4. Just the Sunday song this morning, Sometimes in Winter Blood, Sweat and Tears 1968 BS&T’s second album, which produced 3 major hits, You’ve Made Me So very Happy, And When I Die, and Spinning Wheel. This song was written and sung by Steve Katz.

  5. Dejan is going to be floating on air.

    Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open.

    (Hard to believe they play tennis there in the middle of the night.)

    Are we allowed to talk tennis here?

  6. The Blackhawks have 10 points in one week of action!

    …and the coolest jerseys in hockey.

    I enjoy the Australian Open. Actually woke up to watch the final. I like having a non-football major sporting event in the heart of winter.

  7. If Glass (shoulder) can’t go today, I’d like to see Jeffrey on a line with Crosby and Dupuis as I think Kunitz needs back with Malkin and Neal. Those two need a defensive presence on the line and I thought Cooke and Sutter were out of place without Kennedy.

    Dupuis – Crosby – Jeffrey
    Kunitz – Malkin – Neal
    Cooke – Sutter – Kennedy
    Tangradi – Vitale – Adams

  8. Is Dejan going from Ottawa to the Super Bowl? Hope he can tell Beyonce that Jello Biafra has undoubtedly never performed with a backing track.

    DK: He is not. Our Steelers beat man, Alan Robinson, will be in New Orleans.

    • Saw your fair city on The Weather Channel today. Just showed a park or something, though. Didn’t have the volume up, as I was working on my message. You must have gotten some weather or going to get some.

      • Hi Lucky:

        I didn’t see that on The Weather Channel. I did see something on CNN about our ice surges. As Lake Winnebago freezes the expanding ice pushes ice to the perimeter so on shore are created massive ice boulders that take unique designs and formations. This year the cold and high winds have made them more impressive. Some of them have taken out light posts, etc. Maybe, it was about that. We do have ice and snow coming this afternoon. I travel around the area with my work. I can handle snow but, as I age, I’m losing my nerve driving in ice and sleet. It’s the one thing that grounds me!

    • Did DK just respond in the third person???

  9. Simon Despres hasn’t gotten off to a great start this season for the Penguins or earlier in the AHL but that hasn’t stopped some in the media to wonder if the Penguins will trade the young defenseman for help at forward.

    Michael Russo (Minnesota Wild beat reporter) wondered if the Pens would entertain a deal involving Despres for winger Devin Setoguchi. A few years ago, I probably would have been in favor of such a deal but Setoguchi has struggled to play with any kind of consistency and wouldn’t address the team’s need for a big forward that can play on the top two lines.

    I was hoping for Beau Bennett to get a shot but he’s missed the last game or two in WB/S due to injury and with him trying to gain back the weight (10 lbs) lost from the flu, Pens might take it easy with him for remainder of season and find another option.

    Some guys that interest me are Blues RW Chris Stewart, Ducks RW Bobby Ryan, and Kings LW Kyle Clifford.

  10. Let’s ask them to put up a separate Pirate thread and see how long it takes to get 20 posts (which this one is #20) My guess is about a minute and a half.

    Any truth to the rumor that sponsors of the online portion of the Trib have called to complain about the double-secret unofficial ban on Pirate talk on the blog? They need eyeballs!

  11. I won’t have my pitchfork out, but I WILL be upset if they lose because of undisciplined play. This team shouldn’t be having the struggles it is having.

    • They’ve lacked discipline and composure but when your system on breakouts is predicated on long passes from your defensive zone through the neutral zone to the opposing blue line and tipped into the corners for a race to the puck, it leaves a lot to be desired.

  12. Obviously they are being exploited.

  13. Gotta go get some stuff done..maybe catch you all later guys :)

  14. So how do I upload a nifty profile pic? Such is my technical prowess, that if it can’t be done by thwacking my thumb with a hammer, I need support.

  15. Pretty good game between the Celtics and Heat going on. One minute left in OT.

  16. Bylsma – All five guys sounds nice, let’s see if that still includes long stretch passes.

  17. I have a question for DK. Was that “random gorgeous girl” on your insta-gram the famous Dali K.? Looks like her if it wasn’t.

    I had to click on it. You usually don’t drool over women in all your city tours. Made for some curiosity on my part.

    DK: Yes, that’s her. She flew up to Ottawa to join me here for the weekend. She’d never been, and she’d heard me glow about it for a long time.

  18. Alfredsson out, he’s sick. That’s good for the Penguins

    Glass and Jeffrey both out on the ice during warmups.

  19. Washington Capitals, like their baseball counterparts, have the worse broadcasters in the league. Can not wait to turn it to the Pens/Sens game.

  20. Scratches:
    PIT: Jeffrey, Bortuzzo and Despres
    OTT: Alfredsson, Wiercioch

  21. Good job by Rossi on the pregame show

  22. If you don’t see your current residence, please post and sign in

    We need this one tonight

    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
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    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
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    Nevada, Las Vegas
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    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
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    1/27/2013 5:12 PM

  23. Penguins have 3 breakouts where the center stayed back and helped lead the rush, I counted 4 other times the defensemen were just in front of or behind the defensive blue line and passed the puck up the ice to a forward standing at the opposing blue line, to just simply tip the puck into the zone.

    Those tip in plays kill puck possession and is one of the main sources of the bad turnovers.

  24. Spezza went into box for hooking, Penguins first unit was terrible.

    Mike Yeo isn’t around to blame anymore.

  25. walk out of room for a minute, of course Neal scores.

    1-0 Pens

  26. Pens have 7 turnovers in first period

  27. They have been here before, up after 1

    Lets hope they have learned sumptin

  28. Niskanen and Letang had good first period.

    Penguins PP had 6 minutes, produced 4 shots on goal and 1 scary SH chance for Condra saved by Letang and Fleury.

  29. Decent first period, but been here before.

    DK: Exactly.

    That said, they’ve been generally smarter.

  30. We saw Lincoln today

    Loved it, except for the ending

    • That was an EXCELLENT film. The dialogue and cast were just superb.

      I got to agree with you about the ending though. It was as predictable as it gets. I thought that they would have revamped the story since I first learned about it in the third grade.

    • Can’t change the ending on that one, Biz. Not like Lord of the Rings.

  31. I’ve always been a football guy. But now at 60 years old I realize there is nothing like the intensity that hockey brings. It is a brutal and honorable sport. Simply fantasitc.

  32. Great save byAnderson. A team will always remain in a game with that type of goal tending.

  33. Look at the eye on Engelland.

    Tomorrow he could walk through town with a suit and tie and everyone would know he’s a hockey player.

  34. Just when I thought that turnover on the line change wasn’t going to hurt us.

    1-1.

  35. Bad line change costs Pens a goal. 1-1

  36. Another bad decision by Malkin turns into a goal against.

    Keep it simple stupid… apparently, that message didn’t get through. Not that many do anymore for Bylsma. There’s a reason why no Penguins coach has started and ended four seasons in a row.

  37. Pens played solid (for them) until the goal. Now we find out if they are fragile. Ok Eric, is Arrey right – no Niskanen?

  38. NHL GameCenter has a live scoreboard above the game video. It refreshed at :38 seconds remaining in the period—but there was 1:18 left in the period on the ‘live’ video stream.

  39. Just watched replay, Niskanen was tripped by Michalek and went hard into boards with his knee. Hasn’t played a shift since and was in obvious pain hoping around….

    DK: Which knee, Eric?

  40. Here is one small reason why Kathy and I have remained married for 41 years. She doesn’t give much thought to hockey. A turnip or a puck makes no difference to her. But she comes down into the man cave and tells me she is purchasing NHL Center Ice so I can watch (agonize) through the rest of the Pens season. She is a a keeper, for sure.

  41. Why does bylsma hate lovejoy?

    • he’s just not very good.

      • He’s not THAT bad. When down to 5 d-men and you still can’t see the ice that’s just down right obsurd. He wants to dress Despres and is being told by Shero to give the spot to Lovejoy. Bylsma LOVES Despres. But it appears he is the only one. There is no other explanation to have Lovejoy in uniform every night and not on the ice at all. I thought he played well against the Jets.

        The Pens were a lot better defensively tonight and through the neutral zone. No stretch passes.

  42. Wow Thank you for the whistle!

  43. “Return questionable.” No kidding.

  44. A few cracks in the Pens defense and Fluery covers.

  45. An inch inside and Geno puts the Pens ahead.

  46. Kunitz… is a passenger right now.

  47. Better performance for the Pens defensively. But inside a minute and Karlsson firing pucks at will.

  48. Real nice speed by Neal to score 1-0 in shootout

    2nd round, Spezza scores…

  49. Why can’t they put puck in net in regulation??

  50. And Malkin just flew into zone and unleashed a wicked backhand… Pens win 2-1.

  51. 3 Stars

    #3 – Malkin

    #2 – Martin

    #1 – Fleury

  52. Faceoffs
    Crosby 16/31 – that’s a ton of draws
    Sutter 9/13 – much better tonight

  53. Good game going on in New York.

    Hawks, 25-18, at Knicks, 26-15.

    Back and forth action and lead changes. 72-70 NY with 3 minutes left in the third. Carmelo Anthony with 30.

  54. Wow, lucky to get the win on that one. Someone has to whack Malkin upside the head after every giveaway…then he’ll quit. At least he made up for it with that beauty of a SO goal

  55. anything new on Niskie?

  56. The #7 minor league first base prospect is Alex Dickerson. He is in the Pirates’ system

    It has not yet been proven that if he didn’t go through tha Navy Seals training he would have been #9

  57. Knicks squeek by the Hawks, 106-104. That bum Carmelo Anthony plays 44 minutes and scores 42 on 15-28 shooting. Felton has his typical all around solid game. Five for 9 shooting for 12 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds, playing 38 minutes.

    Atlanta played a solid game, especially on the road in a tough environment. Typical for the Hawks, 5 players in double figures.

    Thunder, would you like a player by player stat breakdown?

    • If the Knicks can keep Stoudemire happy coming of the bench, that could be deadly. And provide a better chance for him to stay healthy.

      He played 29 minutes as their sixth man, scored 18 on 6 of 9 shooting. Threw himself around, too, snagging 8 rebounds and picking up 4 personal fouls in limited minutes. That’s pretty intense. And when he’s going up against the competition’s second team, he should be, well, deadly.

      Just ask Thunder.

  58. No team had a decent training camp. Why do the Pens seem to be behind every other team in looking “ready?”

    • I’ve seen every team play this season, Pens are in the middle of the pack right now in terms of their play on the ice. Much of that is due to the loose system Bylsma has where his limited demands hurt this team.

      There are some teams who are just locked into their systems already, limiting the creative stuff and playing simple straight ahead hockey. This 48-game schedule is going to benefit teams that have no issue with boring hockey.

  59. Yeah….A win is a win.
    Icy..

  60. Anybody want a Pro Bowl update?

    No?

    Me neither.

  61. Hearing rumors about Devin Setoguchi for Despres. Setoguchi is not the answer. Pens need a leader.

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