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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.


  1. John Lease says:

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

  2. JohninOshkosh says:

    Say hello to Stephen Harper for me.

  3. Eric Bowser says:

    Ottawa Senators
    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

    Starter: Craig Anderson
    Backup: Ben Bishop

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

    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%

    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

    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.

    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. Drew71 says:

    I’m flying to Iowa on Tuesday.

    Iowa. January.

    At least Ontario has…what?

    Canadian Bacon

    Lorne Green

    Justin Bieber

    Eugene Levy

    Howie Mandel

    Alan Thicke

  5. JAL says:

    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.

  6. Drew71 says:

    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?

  7. JAL says:

    Ok, that’s different, post the song url and it puts the video up. Did not know that would happen

  8. Drew71 says:

    That’s a good thing.

  9. Drew71 says:

    Got it. No problem. Back to baseball.

  10. JohninOshkosh says:

    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.

  11. Drew71 says:

    Me too.

    The Hot Stove League.

  12. JohninOshkosh says:

    Ha! It’s always about baseball around here. Serves me right for posting about hockey and tennis. Poor Dejan, just can’t keep his threads clean.

  13. Eric Bowser says:

    I watched about 2 minutes of the tennis match… and fell asleep.

  14. Eric Bowser says:

    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

  15. JohninOshkosh says:

    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.

  16. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  17. LuckyNKentucky says:

    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.

  18. JohninOshkosh says:

    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!

  19. Thundercrack says:

    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!

  20. RobertoForever says:

    But will ‘they’ put up separate threads for apologists and vendetta-ers?

  21. Jandy says:

    Don’t EVEN bring up Justin Bieber!! Grrrr!

  22. RobertoForever says:

    Oh, and ‘Go Pens!’

    Can’t imagine what the fanbase will be like with a 3-game losing streak. In a 48 game season, that compares to a 10 game losing streak for the Pirates. There will be torches and pitchforks in front of CEC.

  23. Jandy says:

    Drew dahling, I’ve told you several times, you may talk about whatever your heart desires in this blog ;)

  24. Jandy says:

    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.

  25. Jandy says:

    I also want to see what Bennett can do, but not if he’s having problems. We need to pick up a winger.

  26. Drew71 says:

    Thank you, Saint Jandy

  27. Jandy says:

    No Saint here, but I’ll defend your right to speak about whatever your heart wishes.

  28. Jandy says:

    Just because Pens fans don’t talk about management 24/7 doesn’t make us bad fans ;)

  29. Jandy says:

    I hate driving in ice too, OshKosh. Snow…ehh…I’ll be fine…but ice…just makes me shudder and want to stay home.

  30. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  31. Jandy says:

    Two things I can’t get into….tennis and golf YUCK!

  32. Eric Bowser says:

    No one can accuse me of going soft on the Pens coaches or management. I’ve been critical of Bylsma for three years and harping on and on about Shero’s lack of draft/development success.

    Heck, I’ve ripped on Crosby yesterday for trying to give the lame excuse about their work ethic being the problem the last two games.

  33. Eric Bowser says:

    Don’t egg him on, next thing you know, he’ll want to talk about a hot dog eating contest. ;)

  34. Jandy says:

    LOL! well, we’ll have to figure out teams then!

  35. Jandy says:

    yeah Eric, but you don’t talk about it every 30 minutes lol

  36. Jandy says:

    Obviously they are being exploited.

  37. Eric Bowser says:

    Well, Bylsma is quite possibly at that point with me.

    I have zero confidence in him to make the necessary adjustments to tighten up the breakouts.

  38. Jandy says:

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

  39. Arriba Wilver says:

    Lake Winnebago? Did they name it after the RV?

  40. Arriba Wilver says:

    “vendetta-ers” ?

  41. JAL says:

    There is Pirate blog , Bucco Blog–Rob Biertempfel does it but it not updated every day

  42. JohninOshkosh says:

    Both lake and RV are named after Winnebago Indian Tribe.

  43. Drew71 says:

    Not hot dogs. But I do naga ghost hot pepper eating contests.

    Love the saintly picture, though.

  44. Drew71 says:


  45. JohninOshkosh says:

    Nobody ever post on it either. Pirate fans prefer to post on Dejan’s blog. Must be because RB doesn’t respond to posts.

  46. Arriba Wilver says:

    My opinion is that a lot of Pirate fans post here because it was talking about the Pirates over at the PG with DK that brought us together in the first place. Probably has little to nothing to do with RB.

  47. LuckyNKentucky says:

    We had a little ice Friday and you’d have thought it was Armageddon here. People just aren’t accustomed to it like us Northerners.

  48. JohninOshkosh says:

    If Dejan stopped interacting with posters, then the comment section would dry up here. No one posts on any of the other Trib sports blogs.

  49. LuckyNKentucky says:

    I agree with you, AW. Wonder how DK will adapt in April. I’m sure he gets tired of Pirate talk and he loves hockey, but the time will come when it will be Bucco heavy on here even without Drew, you, Biz and myself. Hope he doesn’t “shun” us like the Amish. :)

  50. Officer Mancuso says:

    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.

  51. RobertoForever says:

    The SVA?

  52. JohninOshkosh says:

    Officer-I, as some others here, went to a site called to set our avatars. Just follow the instructions at that site. If I can do it, anybody can.!

  53. JAL says:

    Upload at gravatar

    will take a few minutes to show up

  54. stuart66 says:

    I believe you are correct AW. But there is also a 24/7 component. I’m an avid Penguin and Steeler fan, but I can talk baseball at any time in any season!

  55. stuart66 says:

    JAL my BS&T fave “Lucretia McEvil”. Who sings the lead vocal on that one?

  56. Thundercrack says:

    The Bucco Blog is lucky if it gets updated once every 2 weeks.

  57. Drew71 says:

    I think Arriba nailed it with post number…um…

  58. 21sthebest says:

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

  59. 21sthebest says:

    Double OT

  60. Macchamp74 says:

    Thanks for info

  61. macchamp74 says:

    More ice coming Monday morning in Pittsburgh.

  62. Drew71 says:

    Rondo not playing?

  63. 21sthebest says:

    Torn ACL. Just diagnosed.

  64. Eric Bowser says:

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

  65. Drew71 says:

    A shame.

    Wonder where their O will come from. Both direct (his) and indirect (created)

    Maybe nowhere.

  66. 21sthebest says:

    Good question. Terry will probably see increased minutes.

  67. JohnH says:

    I think there should be a general sport blog area everyday. And we can post whatever topic we would like. With the new format we can post Pirates and reply off of it

  68. LuckyNKentucky says:

    You should have your Pepperidge Farm logo as your avatar. Or a picture of your truck.

  69. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Why are you talking basketball, Drew? This is a hockey thread.

    Any news on the Pirates? ;)

  70. LuckyNKentucky says:

    60 degrees here, Monday and 70 Tuesday. Drew will have to come here to warm up.

  71. Drew71 says:

    It’s a deficiency, Spunk.

    For those on the edge of their iPhones, Celts won 100-98.

  72. LuckyNKentucky says:

    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.

  73. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Now that that’s over, you can ready yourself for the Pro Bowl. Get the food ready for your Pro Bowl party.

  74. Eric Bowser says:

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

    Glass and Jeffrey both out on the ice during warmups.

  75. Drew71 says:

    I’m sure you are correct in the immediate future, 21. It could also give them cover to expand their rotation and learn some things with the “gift” of lowered expectations. And if it goes as I suspect, there’s an opportunity to trade parts to contenders for longer term rather than immediate needs.

  76. 21sthebest says:

    I like the NFC lucky. Here are my keys to the game.

    1. Don’t turn the ball over.
    2. Get turnovers.
    3. Control the line of scrimmage.
    4. Don’t let the AFC control the line of scrimmage.
    5. Reduce Engelland’s minutes.

  77. Drew71 says:

    Nice of Alan Thicke to join us.

  78. 21sthebest says:

    I’ll never forget. The only time I ever went to a parade downtown was St. Patrick’s day about 15 years ago. Alan Thicke was the Grand Marshall. Hiw exciting.

  79. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’m certainly glad she doesn’t have your fashion sense. My wife saw it and said she looked fabulous.

  80. JohninOshkosh says:

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

  81. Eric Bowser says:

    PIT: Jeffrey, Bortuzzo and Despres
    OTT: Alfredsson, Wiercioch

  82. Drew71 says:

    What was he wearing, 21?

  83. Thundercrack says:

    Good job by Rossi on the pregame show

  84. Bizrow says:

    Like +1

  85. RobertoForever says:

    Did DK just respond in the third person???

  86. Bizrow says:

    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
    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
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    Vermont – North Bennington
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    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
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    Two planets, at least confirmed
    Honorable mention, England – London – Lisa
    Asterisks denote confirmed hero’s, military, police officers or firemen/ladies
    1/27/2013 5:12 PM

  87. RobertoForever says:

    Like +2

  88. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Right, 21. Keep the score under 50 and you’ll win. You left that one out.

  89. 21sthebest says:

    T shirt and sportcoat.

  90. LuckyNKentucky says:

    She has weather sense, too, John. DK glows about Winnipeg more, but Dali had the good sense to go to Ottawa, where it’s only -5.

  91. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  92. Eric Bowser says:

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

    Mike Yeo isn’t around to blame anymore.

  93. Dom says:

    James Neal!!!

  94. Eric Bowser says:

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

    1-0 Pens

  95. Eric Bowser says:

    Pens have 7 turnovers in first period

  96. Bizrow says:

    They have been here before, up after 1

    Lets hope they have learned sumptin

  97. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  98. Eric Bowser says:

    Second period has been the problem in the first four games, outscored 6-1 if I recall correctly.

  99. poz says:

    Decent first period, but been here before.

    DK: Exactly.

    That said, they’ve been generally smarter.

  100. Bizrow says:

    We saw Lincoln today

    Loved it, except for the ending

  101. poz says:

    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.

  102. poz says:

    Hello Eric. On top of things as always, I see.

  103. Dom says:

    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.

  104. poz says:

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

  105. Thundercrack says:

    I can’t remember anything from the last time I went to that parade

  106. Dom says:

    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.

  107. Dom says:

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


  108. Dave G says:

    Bad line change costs Pens a goal. 1-1

  109. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  110. JAL says:

    David Clayton Thomas

  111. poz says:

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

  112. Dom says:

    The amount of turnovers we gave away is a common theme to this game.

  113. Eric Bowser says:

    yeah, I think he has an injured leg.

    After period is over, going to check the tape

  114. Eric Bowser says:

    13 turnovers so far….

    teams averaged 7 per game against Sens

  115. poz says:

    And he was playing solid.

  116. Dave G says:

    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.

  117. Eric Bowser says:

    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?

  118. Eric Bowser says:

    yeah, he’s been skating well, in good position…

  119. poz says:

    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.

  120. LuckyNKentucky says:

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

  121. poz says:

    Thanks Eric. So the big question is how long will he be out. And from what I’ve seen, the nature of injuries are the biggest kept secret in hockey.

  122. Eric Bowser says:

    Yeah, always great to find someone who gets ‘it’.

  123. jag7 says:

    Why does bylsma hate lovejoy?

  124. Dom says:

    Well, they changed the story in that one movie where he hunted vampires. I’m suprised that Daniel Day-Lewis didn’t star in that one too.

  125. Eric Bowser says:

    he’s just not very good.

  126. Karen22 says:

    What’s WRONG with Malkin?? He’s been dreadful!

  127. Eric Bowser says:

    I don’t know but it is a concern.

  128. poz says:

    Wow Thank you for the whistle!

  129. poz says:

    “Return questionable.” No kidding.

  130. Eric Bowser says:

    Dejan, it looked like the right knee took the brunt of the fall into boards

  131. Eric Bowser says:

    The quality of the broadcast by Root Sports has been bad this year…

  132. poz says:

    A few cracks in the Pens defense and Fluery covers.

  133. LuckyNKentucky says:

    He could have. He really looked the part.

  134. poz says:

    An inch inside and Geno puts the Pens ahead.

  135. Drew71 says:

    isnt that parade in the morning, Thunder?

  136. Eric Bowser says:

    Kunitz… is a passenger right now.

  137. poz says:

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

  138. Eric Bowser says:

    defensively better, puck mgmt was still concern with 19 turnovers

  139. Eric Bowser says:

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

    2nd round, Spezza scores…

  140. Eric Bowser says:

    sweet backhand by Crosby

  141. Dave G says:


  142. macchamp74 says:

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

  143. Eric Bowser says:

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

  144. Eric Bowser says:

    3 Stars

    #3 – Malkin

    #2 – Martin

    #1 – Fleury

  145. Dave G says:

    HUGE win tonight!

  146. Eric Bowser says:

    So talented, they try to make things look cute instead of just executing the play that is there.

  147. Eric Bowser says:

    big 2 points on the road

  148. Drew71 says:


  149. Karen22 says:


  150. Eric Bowser says:

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

  151. Jandy says:

    He sure did.

  152. Drew71 says:

    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.

  153. Jandy says:

    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

  154. Eric Bowser says:

    Agreed on the giveaway. I thought Neal and Malkin had a good game, if you take away Malkin’s really bad no-man’s pass that ended up behind Fleury.

  155. Eric Bowser says:

    Knicks had me interested for a minute last year with Jeremy Lin… cannot stand the thug, otherwise known as Carmelo Anthony.

  156. Jandy says:

    anything new on Niskie?

  157. Eric Bowser says:

    team calling it a lower body injury, from the video, sure looked like a leg injury of some sort.

    After game, Bylsma said Niskanen would be re-evaluated in Pittsburgh tomorrow.

  158. Drew71 says:

    Felton is a better fit for them. Doesn’t score as much, but he is an underappreciated, all around PG. Assists, much better D than Lin.

    NY is a deep team. They go 8-9 deep with guys who can score at least a little, a star at the top of the lineup, and solid D at the center and point guard spot. Deep, fairly talented and good all around. Much better chemistry than last year. And much, much, much better coaching than last year since they dumped their problem on the Lakers.

  159. LuckyNKentucky says:

    You know, I’m sure Mother Teresa was a wonderful person, a great humanitarian and a saint J-girl, but I sincerely hope you don’t look like her. (I’m sure you don’t) :)

  160. Thundercrack says:

    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

  161. Drew71 says:

    Jandy makes her look GOOOODDDDDD

  162. Jandy says:

    you two are killin me…and no, SPunky, I sure don’t look like her. I’m not a Saint ;)

  163. Jandy says:

    Thanks, Eric. I guess we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to hear more.Niskie has been very dependable on his end…sure hope it’s not too bad

  164. Eric Bowser says:

    Opportunity for Despres to play with Letang

  165. Eric Bowser says:

    Is Dickerson going to start the season in AA?

  166. Thundercrack says:

    If this continues I will petition the powers that be to shut this thing down

  167. Eric Bowser says:

    yeah really, NBA discussion is against the rules.

    Can’t we at least stick to college kids who are playing for ‘free’?

  168. Jandy says:

    might be good for Depres :)

  169. AJS says:

    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.

  170. Thundercrack says:

    I guess it is better than soccer. Not by much

  171. Drew71 says:

    well. most of them are.

  172. Eric Bowser says:

    I’ll watch EPL soccer over the NBA…. just not a fan of the NBA.

  173. Eric Bowser says:

    If he’s out for any length of time, probably means the end of those Despres trade rumors.

  174. Drew71 says:

    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?

  175. Drew71 says:

    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.

  176. Drew71 says:




  177. JaxBuc says:

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

  178. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Yeah….A win is a win.

  179. Drew71 says:

    Anybody want a Pro Bowl update?


    Me neither.

  180. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Yes you are. You enjoy being around us. That makes you one. Thank God you don’t look like her. She was in her 80’s when she died, anyway, right?

  181. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Talk about going through the motions. They make the hockey all-star game look like a playoff game. About as much defense.

  182. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Glad to see that. A pure 1st baseman compared to a 1B/OF.

  183. Thundercrack says:

    Why no separate thread for the Pro Bowl?

  184. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  185. Christopher Walton says:

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

  186. tanschmidli says:

    add Waynesburg, PA. I’ve defected from the PG. :-)

    DK: Glad you’re reading us. Thanks!

  187. Jandy says:

    LOL Spunky, thanks, I think. Yes she was old as dirt when she died. God bless her.

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