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Final: Penguins 3, Rangers 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (3-3) vs. New York Rangers (3-3)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: Madison Square Garden, New York

TV, radio: Root Sports, NHL Network (nationally), WXDX-FM 105.9

Here is the official live summary.

Here is the the Trib’s Penguins page. Rob Rossi is on the scene.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and more, including his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.


  1. Jandy,

    Good Q in the chat about the PP, and potential coach/specialist. Also glad DK brought up EJ. I remember how prolific the PP was in the 80s.

    If Bylsma’s smart he gives EJ a call. I think he is still on the payroll?


  2. Paul Martin is terrible…There I contributed all I know about the Penguins to this discussion.

  3. We seem to be getting new bloggers more and more

    If you don’t see your current residence, please log in and tell us where you are from (a reply to this post would be the easiest to find

    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, Ontario – Muskoka
    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, Hampstead
    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

    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, Waynesburg
    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

    303 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, missing 7 states, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Hawaii, Alabama, Kansas and Oklahoma
    Two planets, at least confirmed
    Honorable mention, England – London – Lisa
    Asterisks denote confirmed hero’s, military, police officers or firemen/ladies
    1/31/2013 5:55 PM

  4. Real nice to hear Charlie won that award, BTW, Homestead’s finest

  5. All the coaches have ample opportunity to watch tape of other teams’ successful power plays and apply what they see to the Pens own talented players. It seems pretty inexcusable to think that this isn’t / can’t be happening to get this stuff untracked. It’s not chemistry- it’s execution.

    Or is Jordan Staal THAT terribly missed?

    Lets go Pens!

    • Jordan Staal didn’t play on the #1 Power Play.

      It IS chemistry between Sid and Geno. Only one puck.

      • Sid and Geno are talented enough to be flexible in their roles on the power play. Something has to change in their approaches in order for the power play to click. It’s execution. Staal was valuable on the second PP unit. Plus he could get back to defend if necessary.

        • Dave from Cincy,

          You and I do not usually disagree. Yet we do here . . . .
          Kobe Bryant and Big Boy Dwight Howard are the best at their respective positions in the NBA (depending on what position we cast Durant in), but they have no chemistry and the Lakers are under .500.
          Sid and Geno are 2 of best 4 players in the world, but they have yet to display in their years together the wherewithal to be able to complement one another. It’s not their ability——it’s chemistry.

          When they achieve that 6th sense chemistry—when it clicks—the execution will follow.

          • They are being coached to play a certain way. Something needs to change. They may need to shoot more. They may need to be repositioned. They may need to be more aggressive in certain spots on the ice. They may just need a different quarterback than Letang. It isn’t about their abilities; its how their abilities are tapped and coached You cant do the same things over and over and constantly fail and expect that things will suddenly change.

            When the coaches draw something up, such as the power play, it’s about execution. Chemistry is something that occurs naturally.

            And I love ya, Groat. Looking forward to baseball this season.

          • They are being coached to play a certain way. Something needs to change. They may need to shoot more. They may need to be repositioned. They may need to be more aggressive in certain spots on the ice. They may just need a different quarterback than Letang. It isn’t about their abilities; its how their abilities are tapped and coached You cant do the same things over and over and constantly fail and expect that things will suddenly change.

            When the coaches draw something up, such as the power play, it’s about execution. Chemistry is something that occurs naturally.

            And I love ya, Groat. Looking forward to baseball this season.

  6. Lots of questions about Simon Despres before last game . . . . . he was the best Pens D-man on the ice!

    Lots of questions about the Power Play before this game . . . . . let’s hope they tear it up!

    I give Bylsma credit: he knows his bread is buttered with Sid and Geno. He keeps hanging in there with them, not splitting them up, not dissing one of them; until they finally (we hope) find a rhythm playing together. Please find a rhythm playing together!!

  7. Personally, I’m not worried about the Pens yet

    Cream rises to the top

    • Bizzy,

      The problem is——Spring Training does not start for 12 days and we have nothing else to worry/complain about. The Pens are tied for the last playoff spot right now, but we must scream that they are falling off a cliff.
      You are right: they will rise to the top. I agree with you.

      • I’m not panicking, not complaining and I’m not screaming about a cliff. But I am concerned about their play. It is more than one issue, but the same ones that plagued them last season.

        You can certainly hope cream rises to the top. I hope it does too But I’ll be looking to see it on the ice – perhaps tonight.

      • Sorry to bring in baseball but Pirates announced they reached agreement with Walker and JMac, so no players going through arbitration. No details yet

        • Good news.

        • No apology necessary. That’s what the reply function allows. Separate conversations which don’t interfere with the primary topic.
          And besides. It’s news. Thanks for sharing…much appreciated.
          Now if only we can get some morning links on competitive tattooing.

        • That is great news.
          Now I can’t wait until they release the salary numbers. Then when we learn that they are lower than what the players demanded, we can start a thread where we blast the front office for low-balling and worry about how this is going to mess up the players’ heads and our season is doomed.

          We can also use that thread to craft a strategy to rescue Casey McGehee from Japan.

          • Why is it great news?
            Was there fear of the Pirates walking away from arbitration award?
            Who is the backup 3B… Josh Harrison? Maybe there should have been something to that McGehee rescue.

            • For me it is great news because they settled with all their players. And they didn’t have to go through the arbitration process. And it seems that this was done early.


              Now back to the left-wing lock.

              • I thought the only left wing lock you knew was the Right Wings wanting to lockout the Democrats?

                …Pens don’t play a left wing lock… actually, I’m not sure the Penguins play anything resembling a true defensive system.

              • Rob Biertempfel

                Multiple sources confirm: #Pirates sign Walker for $3.3M, McDonald for $3.025M. All arby guys are signed. Bring on #ST13

          • ….Or….We could start a thread that raves about the money that they’re spending till July (Unless they get in another pesky pennant race).

  8. Well, another long day working from home, still sick and just did our taxes…..

    turned the game on and saw Malkin score the goal, nice timing I guess.

    Um, Pens picked up Boychuk…. not much of a player, good speed. Not sure another midget is what the team needed but when you consider the team’s second best NHL skilled prospect behind Bennett in WB/S is Jayson Megna, an undrafted free agent, it tells you how terrible Shero has been with forwards.

  9. Terrible line matchup…
    Engelland-Bortuzzo against Rick Nash, Marian Gaborik and Brad RIchards…

  10. Anyone else watching the Ranger’s broadcast?

  11. NHL suspends Colin MacDonald for 2-games for boarding Lovejoy.
    Crosby gets drilled and no penalty.
    Sure would be for NHL to come out with guidelines on boarding.

  12. say it with me…. Anybody but Kennedy
    Remind you of someone in Penguins past?
    Anybody But Murray…. Glen Murray, former Penguins RW
    Kennedy has great scoring chance in slot, can’t score

  13. Pens 11-6 shots and score 1-0
    Nasty cross-check by Staal late in periodd, yet ref gives Malkin a penalty too?
    I didn’t know NHL put in a new rule for being a punching bag.
    Can you imagine if officiating was a stock, always up and down… sell, buy, sell, buy… ugh

  14. Pens had a good first period, only 2 turnovers.
    Lack of speed for NYR is evident.

  15. Typical John Tortorella….. only way to stop it is scoring on PP

  16. Are you kidding me??? Is there ANYONE on this team who can score???!!!????

  17. The good news…. no goals against in 2nd period

  18. Pens had 7 turnovers in 2nd period, 9 for game

  19. 2-0 Penguins

    Malkin into zone, to Crosby gets it and a hard pass to Neal for deflection over King Henrik

  20. finally, a PP goal

  21. wow…that was a bad skid

  22. What a goal by Despres…..

  23. ahhh that was a sweet goal by Depres….set up by Duper

  24. Maybe they should request to wear white at home.

  25. shut out for Vokoun

    • He never looked rattled. Calm as a cucumber. Maybe it’s time for two in a row for Tomas.

      Sid’s passes starting to connect. Maybe he is coming out of it. Engelland and Bortuzzo played well. Orpik took away Nash. Good game.


  26. much much better effort, good defensive detail by whole team, Vokoun stood tall
    Pen 3-0 winners

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