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Final: Penguins 5, Capitals 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (7-3) vs. Washington Capitals (2-7-1)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

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

Here is the official live box score.

Here is the Trib’s Penguins page. Rob Rossi and Josh Yohe are 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.


  1. Dave G says:

    Let’s go Pens!

  2. Ovie breaks out and gets 2 tonight.

    Sid will have to be good for Pens to overcome!

  3. Milo Hamilton says:

    Tim Thomas dealt to the Islanders for a 2nd round pick.

  4. Milo Hamilton says:

    That pick is conditional.

  5. Milo Hamilton says:

    Garth Snow is a genius.

    Who wouldn’t want to lock up a soon to be 39 year old flake of a goaltender for next year, coming off a year layoff, with a $5 million salary, in a year when the cap will be going down $6 million.

  6. JohninOshkosh says:

    It’s like the Islanders want to perpetually fail by continually doing stupid things with their goaltender position. I guess Thomas and Dipietro can help control the vermin problem in the bowels of the decrepit Nassau Coliseum

  7. JohninOshkosh says:

    Excited the game is on the network. Islanders/Pens is one of my favorite rivalries in sport.

  8. Bizrow says:

    If you want to sign in as a lunatic location, just post a reply to this post

    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
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    South Korea – Seoul, Mike
    Tennessee – Smithville, Nashville
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    Utah – Salt Lake City, Provo
    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

    305 locations represented in the blog,
    Honorary members
    Lemonaid Guy
    The Gunner
    Mr Roberto Clemente
    Mike Lange
    Myron Cope
    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
    2/7/2013 5:51 PM

  9. Milo Hamilton says:

    Kris Letang is out tonight.

  10. Bizrow says:

    Bummer, hope its just one game

  11. JohninOshkosh says:

    Meant Caps/Pens obviously.

  12. JohninOshkosh says:

    Looked like interference on Ovi’s goal.

  13. Milo Hamilton says:

    Home crowd obviously to blame for Penguins early deficit.

  14. JohninOshkosh says:

    Maybe the Pens should go after Ovechkin. Looks life a different skater on Consol’s ice.

  15. JohninOshkosh says:

    Argh-I hate auto spellcheck sometimes.

  16. Milo Hamilton says:

    Coming up in the 1st intermission – Dan Potash with Dylan Reese’s kindergarten teacher.

  17. Milo Hamilton says:

    This Zach Boychuk does absolutely nothing.

  18. Milo Hamilton says:

    That was one pathetic period of hockey by the home team.

  19. JohninOshkosh says:

    FIRE, oh you know…

  20. JohninOshkosh says:

    I miss Bowser’s commentary on these hockey threads. How dare he go to Philly for work.

  21. Milo Hamilton says:

    They don’t have internet in Philly ?

  22. JohninOshkosh says:

    He’s probably in full blown schmooze mode right now. Working on a big deal or something.

  23. Milo Hamilton says:

    Or at the hotel bar.

  24. Milo Hamilton says:

    5 shots & 5 hits in the 1st period on home ice.

  25. Milo Hamilton says:

    Need to split those two up on the power play. :)

  26. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Beltway Butcher appears awake tonight.

  27. JohninOshkosh says:

    Exactly one year from tonight will Dan Bylsma be coaching the US Men’s team in Sochi?

  28. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Jandy agrees.

  29. Milo Hamilton says:

    Awesome avatar Lucky.

  30. JohninOshkosh says:


  31. Milo Hamilton says:

    Goaltending change ? Oatsey panic much ?

  32. DK: Bizarre, huh?

    I know Neuvirth was deep on both goals, but man …

  33. Milo Hamilton says:

    Crosby’s going to get one tonight. That’s really going out on a limb, huh.

  34. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Thanks. Their “new” logo, rumored to be finished with a Sharpie.

  35. Milo Hamilton says:

    Neal shoots low.

  36. TJA says:

    Wow…Just turned the Pens game on, only to see 2 quick goals. Impressive

  37. Pat4Pgh says:

    Interesting 2nd period for the Pens and perplexing by the Caps…..curious goalie change, but the good guys have 4 goals…..

  38. Milo Hamilton says:

    … and there’s Sid’s goal.

  39. Pat4Pgh says:

    Great call on Sid’s goal…..

  40. Milo Hamilton says:

    That sound you hear is the Caps sucking.

  41. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’m not sure Oates will survive the season and there might be a major overhaul of that organization after the season. Far away from the 09-10 President Trophy winners.

  42. Jandy says:

    or getting mugged

  43. Jandy says:

    darn right i do

  44. Jandy says:

    and the smell?

  45. Jandy says:

    you and me both!

  46. Milo Hamilton says:

    Probably Ovie.

  47. Jandy says:

    I’m sure you’re right

  48. Jandy says:

    I wish Glass would knock Ovechicken into next season

  49. TJ says:

    Couple of non-pens related notes:

    1. Islanders acquire Tim Thomas from the Bruins for a conditional 2nd rd pick — evidently this helps the Islanders get to the cap floor

    2. Ravens to build a statue in honor of Ray Lewis — no word on whether he will have Antlers or not

  50. TJ says:

    Isn’t it interesting how their former coach is in Anaheim which is tied for 2nd in the league for points? Does not help when the best player in the world “ovie” went missing. He went missing like some of the baseball players went missing after the steroids were clamped down on… Hmm could Ovie have used PED’s?

    Glad he missed on that break away!

  51. Milo Hamilton says:

    Well, that was some 2nd period. Not quite Thanksgiving Eve 1972, but great nonetheless.

  52. Pat4Pgh says:

    Holtby has to be feeling real good that there is onliy one more game between the Pens and Caps this season. He doesn’t seem to be able to handle the presssure…..

  53. TJ says:

    Rumor has it that the Caps have hired Ray Lewis to be spiritual advisor in hopes that he can “save” their season as well.

  54. Eric Bowser says:

    Saw some of the game at Chickie and Pete’s in Philly as I asked to have it on. Yeah, who is going to mess with me 6′ 210 lbs. lol.

    Listened to some of third period on Iheart radio app. Awesome

    Can’t wait to be home.

  55. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hope you had the fries !

  56. Eric Bowser says:

    Absolutely. Also had pork sandwich and two Magic Hat #9 draft beers.

  57. Milo Hamilton says:

    I love #9. Great beer.

  58. Eric Bowser says:

    Jim Carey 2.0

  59. Eric Bowser says:

    First time having it, I liked it.

  60. Eric Bowser says:

    Hotel bar was first. Then to Chickie and Pete’s

    John – thanks, glad you liked the comments. I will be back this weekend.

  61. TJ says:

    Tim Thomas will never play a game for the Islanders. The Islanders were below the cap floor so the contract brings them up to the minimum.

    So the Islanders gave up a conditional 2nd round pick to take on 3mil in salary that will never play for you but we couldn’t get more than a 5th for Lovejoy? I’m not busting on Shero here; I think Snow is an idiot. Maybe they can sign Thomas to a 20 year deal.

  62. Milo Hamilton says:

    Phil Kessel finally scored. Holy Mackinaw.

  63. Drew71 says:

    So. I just want to make sure we have our stories straight.

    I’m a fan but not a hockey guy. So I gotta rely on you guys for this.

    Are we firing the GM, the coach or the power play?

  64. Jason81 says:

    They’re all getting secret contract extensions that will be announced during the 2nd intermission of a playoff game from the Root Sports spacestation. Wait, I think I just got my management teams confused.

  65. Jandy says:

    None of the above…we’re firing the jets…5 goals in one period.. YIKES!

  66. Paul says:

    I’m following at Davis-Monthan AFB AZ in Tucson

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