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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, recently, 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 country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

Comments

  1. stuart66 says:

    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?

    Stuart

  2. Playoffs by 2012 says:

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

  3. Bizrow says:

    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,
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    Arkansas – Rogers
    Austrailia – Mackay
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    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
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    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***
    Montana
    Nebraska – Omaha
    New Hampshire – Barrington
    New Jersey – Chesterfield, Princeton, Roxbury, Lebanon, Lincoln Park, Berkeley Heights, Somerville, Hammock, Barrington, Delran, Pennsville
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    North Dakota
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    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
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    Sweden
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    Utah – Salt Lake City, Provo
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    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
    Beano
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    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. Bizrow says:

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

  5. Dave G says:

    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!

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

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

  8. Dave G says:

    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.

  9. Bizrow says:

    Personally, I’m not worried about the Pens yet

    Cream rises to the top

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. poz says:

    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.

  13. JAL says:

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

  14. DaveG says:

    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.

  15. cherokee23 says:

    warren, pa

  16. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Good news.

  17. Drew71 says:

    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.
    .

  18. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  19. Eric Bowser says:

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

  20. Drew71 says:

    Now if they only could sign Casey Mcgehee.
    .
    They miss him, you know.

  21. Dave G says:

    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.

  22. Thundercrack says:

    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.

  23. Thundercrack says:

    I think I am considered an apologist. So I may have to apologize. Or apologize for JAL

  24. pattonbb says:

    Anyone else watching the Ranger’s broadcast?

  25. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  26. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  27. Eric Bowser says:

    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

  28. pattonbb says:

    Ranger’s announcer claims it was a textbook clean hit. And they also said Sid spends way too much time looking at refs.

  29. Thundercrack says:

    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.

  30. Eric Bowser says:

    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

  31. Eric Bowser says:

    typical reaction from an announcer…. such homers any more.
    .
    Pittsburgh is home to two (Errey and Steigerwald)

  32. Eric Bowser says:

    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.

  33. Eric Bowser says:

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

  34. Jandy says:

    If he isn’t, he should be. The PP is pathetic and needs a wise man to fix it. EJ could be that man.

  35. Eric Bowser says:

    You wear the badge proudly… ;)

  36. Jandy says:

    Paul Martin is doing better this season.

  37. Jandy says:

    ZACTLY!!!!!

  38. Jandy says:

    awww, it’s a budding Bromance :)

  39. Jandy says:

    This is the stuff that makes me want to scream at the referees and Shanahan.

  40. Drew71 says:

    Sorry you feel that way.

  41. Eric Bowser says:

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

  42. Jandy says:

    if officiating was a stock, it would crash and burn.

  43. Jandy says:

    The name of the textbook would have to be…
    rules were meant to be broken.

  44. Jandy says:

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

  45. Eric Bowser says:

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

  46. Eric Bowser says:

    Crosby just isn’t himself

  47. Eric Bowser says:

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

  48. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    ….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).

  49. Jandy says:

    is anyone on this team “themself”?

  50. philthegroundhog says:

    Springfield Virginia is on the list, but can you add an asterisk? I’m retired Air Force and currently a civilian at Joint Base Andrews. Thanks.

  51. Eric Bowser says:

    2-0 Penguins

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

  52. Jandy says:

    finally, a PP goal

  53. Jandy says:

    wow…that was a bad skid

  54. Eric Bowser says:

    What a goal by Despres…..

  55. Jandy says:

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

  56. Milo Hamilton says:

    Maybe they should request to wear white at home.

  57. Jandy says:

    shut out for Vokoun

  58. Eric Bowser says:

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

  59. stuart66 says:

    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.

    Stuart

  60. Jason81 says:

    Have a hunch Tomas will get the nod on Sunday against the Caps, former team and all.

  61. JAL says:

    Rob Biertempfel
    @BiertempfelTrib

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

  62. bpn8pitt says:

    See Eric, it’s not over yet. Like the Buccos, don’t live day to day.

  63. Iceman says:

    Add Beaver Falls, PA to the list.

 
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