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Final: Devils 3, Penguins 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (8-3) vs. New Jersey Devils (6-1-3)

Time: 1:08 p.m.

Site: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.

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.

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.

160 Comments

  1. Game On at 1:00 on NHL Network (If weather permits, I would suppose!)

    Let’s Go Pens!

  2. JAL’s Sugar Shack Morning Links

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DW8ecqu0Iw

    Yahoo Sports

    Penguins-Devils Preview

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/penguins-devils-preview-193123002–nhl.html

    New Jersey Star Ledger

    Devils set for Martin Brodeur’s 1,200th game, payback for Penguins

    http://www.nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2013/02/devils_set_for_martin_brodeurs.html

  3. Liriano finally signs.

    If you were going to give him almost 13 million guaranteed, and it drops to 1 million, what does that say about your original offer?

  4. I’m really going to watch Boychuk today as I’ve read he’s been playing well on a line with Malkin and Neal but has yet to register a point in five games and only has 5 shots and 6 hits. I understand he’s skating well and helping along the boards but at some point, he’s just going to turn into a third wheel like Jeffrey and Tangradi if he doesn’t start producing points.

    Curious to see how the team looks without Letang on defense, especially the power play. I heard Martin looked good out there the last game in his place and I’ve made it quite clear that I think Letang has been part of the issue with the top unit.

    • I’ve paid some attention to him, and he has been playing well, Eric. His speed is great, he has good vision, good passes, He seems to be smart. The goals should come. i don’t expect a profilerate scorer like Neal, but some goal scoring would be nice :)

    • The one thing that I notice about boychuk is you don’t hear his name called a lot; which to me is perfectly fine on that line. Tangradi and Kennedy just seemed to get in the way more than anything else while Boychuk is like a wall flower. If Ray Shero had done his job and got him in the deal with Sutter we’d probably be undefeated…. Sorry Jandy had to say it

      • pffffttt!! lol ;)

        Geez, we got Sutter and a #8 draft pick. You’re greedy!

      • He picked him up for nothing in return.

      • This is my thought exactly (minus the jab at Shero)

      • Guys I was kidding about the jab at Shero.

      • I saw “Ted” last night. Enjoyed it overall, but Seth’s humor often skews to the scatological, which is just too juvenile for my tastes. Generally a funny movie, though.

        Should be interesting, him hosting the Oscars. He can be brutal on celebrities taking themselves too seriously, so could be a good show.

        • I appreciate the juvenile humor. Hey, at least I’m honest. And it doesn’t go as far as South Park. :-)

          I hope the show is better than the ads with Seth. They have been pretty lame. He’s minting money right now. “Ted” has grossed over $200 mil.

        • Lets be honest here…. Who wouldn’t have wanted their teddy bear to talk when they were 6 or 7. The movie was one of those ones you have to watch once. Its one of those “oh my god” did I just see that type of humor movies. Favorite part of the movie was when he was working in the grocery store…. that was pushing the limits of “oh my god” did I see that but gosh was it funny

        • Oshkosh b’gosh!

          I loved your detasseling and fanzine story from a day or two ago!!

          Thanks for sharing it!

          To those for whom those are two foreign words, you’ll have to go back and find Oshkosh b’gosh’s story . . . . . . . or move to Iowa.

    • Stinks about the same as Tangradi. Just in a different way.

    • The PP seemed calmer and more organized w Martin at qb. Be interesting what bylsma does when Letang returns. Ive been critical of Martin but he’s earning his salary thus far. Good on him.

  5. So what if the Super Bowl was this weekend in New York?

  6. I hope all the electrical devices are working at Prudential Center.

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  8. Which octogenarian will the Devils have in the net today?

  9. Just watched the Crosby homer video for the first time. I heard about it back when it happened but never saw it- holy crap he freakin blasted it!

    Is there anyway Neal the SEAL can sign Sid to take over for Travis Wider when hockey is over?

  10. Errr……. gotta think……

    Pedro? I’m sure he cooks a mean steak. He’s not exactly tipping the scales at 150 either. But now that I think about it, 2 of the least Fabio-physiqued guys on the team made some of the most spectacular defensive plays last year.

    • If Snider could translate that extra poundage into more than his 1 Pirate HR, he can cook and eat all he wants. Nobody says much about Prince Fielder, but, if he didn’t hit his dingers, that’s all anybody would say. Like a couple years ago when he was supposedly a vegan or something, and got off to a slow start.

      Snider needs to produce a Pedro-like year, then he can wear a chef’s hat in the games for all I care. :P

      • I have no problem with big boned guys in baseball. Kruk, Fielder(s), Sabathia, Ruth- they all seemed to do ok. I might think twice if he wears a chef hat and an apron though.

  11. I heard Pedro cooks up some mean room service

  12. 3 rays of sunshine for me this past week: the tickets for 3 spring training games in Bradenton arrived this week.

    Now I ask that Drew refrain from posting how many rays of sunshine counted this morning looking out his window.

  13. TC, did you get your restraining order against Drew yet? :)

  14. 3 DAYS UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF PIRATE SPRING TRAINING!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. I know there are still a lot of question marks with a lot of potential starting pitchers that will be in camp for the Bucs, but for some reason I like the depth and potential. Or should I say I am trying to be optimistic. It could turn out good….or really bad.

    • Ah. Prognostication.

      We’ll mark you down for good or bad.

    • Well the nice thing about the depth is that when AJ turns into NY version of AJ and Wandy can’t talk to the catcher cause he only speaks spanish, and when Liriano breaks his pitching arm, and Mcdonald comes back to pitch like Ronald McDonald we will have plenty of options in the minors to come in and be as good or worse..

  16. saw great note from Penguins reporter for Hockeybuzz.com’s John Toperzer.

    The top defense pairing of Orpik and Martin have 1 minor penalty while playing over 539 minutes so far this season.

    So I looked into that, Pens have 3 of the top 20 defensemen with the least amount of penalties taken per 60 minutes of TOI.

    Martin and Letang tied for 1st with 0.00 and Orpik is 17th at .3

    Hopefully, Despres will cut down on his minor penalties (7 so far) and if you wondered about how Engelland stacks up for Dmen having played at least 10 games, he’s 18th worst in NHL with 1.3 penalties per 60 minutes TOI. The worst is Flyers defensemen Braydon Coburn with 3 penalties per 60 minutes.

  17. I was going to predict:
    Liriano – Cy Young Award Winner
    Charlie Morton – Comeback Player of the Year
    Jeff Karstens – will never resign with the Pirates
    Russel Martin – All-star, and a big improvement over Barajas.

    But I erased it and went with what I wrote above.

  18. Hoping Boychuk can start to pick up some points. He doesn’t look out of place with 18 and 71, but can he produce? Pens need another winger, period. Would anyone out there consider trading Letang for a high quality winger and a top six large body on the blue line? Interested in opinions.

    • I would have been if Despres, Morrow and Dumoulin were established.

      Reese isn’t the type to be able to log those minutes taken by Letang or his 2-way role.

      Probably a moot point as I think Shero has said he wants to sign Malkin and Letang long-term.

      • I wouldn’t trade Letang unless it involved a Shea Weber or Karlsson. I would however be happy if they get Malone or a similar type player for a mid-low draft pick. I like what I’ve seen from Boychuck, just not sure he can finish. Maybe he’ll get started today. I could probably poke one in playing on that line for crying out loud (or at least get hit by an errant shot that finds its way into the net- it worked for Colby).

  19. Here is the Trib’s Penguins page. Rob Rossi is stuck in the blizzard.

    And they mocked you DK when you went to Canada.

  20. Southhampton up 2-0 over Man City at 23 minutes

  21. Pens start with Crosby between Kunitz and Malkin…. good first shift.

    And to the PP the Pens go

  22. 1-0 Pens
    PP goal by Simon Despres, Dupuis and Sutter blocking view for Brodeur…

  23. 4-1 shots on goal in our favor. Let’s keep it up.

  24. Peter BeBoer (yawn).

  25. Good PP kill. I don’t think the devils had one shot on goal.

  26. The Devils are looking for trouble today.

  27. Crosby takes a good hit nowhere near puck by Clarkson… unreal Malkin gets interference penalty… same thing by Clarkson and nothing. Officiating in NHL sucks.

  28. ANOTHER power play for NJ.

  29. The Devils are playing like the Flyers today. The Pens need to keep their cool.

  30. Pens are taking too many penalties.. Dupuis off for hit to head.

  31. Kovalchuk has played 9 minutes already.

  32. This NJ team is pretty cheap

  33. Guess you just can’t check anybody anymore.

  34. Way too many penalties. Living dangerously….

  35. You just get that feeling that one more goal will be enough.

  36. GENO better get it

  37. are you kidding me????

  38. Bortuzzo is in the face of every player on NJ. I like the intensity, just hope he doesn’t get called for a bunch of late roughing calls.

    And NJ ties it up…

  39. Where u at 44? Geez.

  40. man we blew it there

  41. PP’s aren’t helping if we’re not converting

    • I’d like to know where this improved PP is since I was gone this week because what I’ve seen today is the same old stuff from Malkin and Crosby with sloppy passing, lack of skating/movement. Second unit did it right with screens.

  42. It was better the last game

  43. Typical Devils game, PPs don’t help

  44. a little rebound control would be nice smh

  45. How many penalties now? Whoops there it is. Nj lead. Ugly.

  46. And again on pk. Ridiculous.

  47. Shocker there. 3-1…..

  48. TWELVE penalties. Pens have p-ssed this one away.

    • Or lack of. Response by Bylsma will be?……

      • that was what I was saying. Prolly no response

        • Yah gotcha. You have to wonder, if they cant keep a lid on it at this stage of the season, how good will their discipline be in the playoffs.
          I confess last spring had a big effect on me.
          I almost dont care how great they may look now.
          Its all about the playoffs.
          These kinds of games make me very nervous…..
          U

  49. What really bothered me was at the end of the game… Pens have a 6 on 4 PP advantage with Fleury pulled and NO ONE stood in front of Brodeur… in fact, there should have been two guys in front of him but no one.

    That’s the kind of lack of discipline, lack of effort, lack of coaching that drives me nuts.

    - Boychuk was pretty bad in this game and I know he has speed but he was off all game long.

    - PP….ah… what PP?

    Good thing the Pens get the Devils tomorrow in Pittsburgh.

    • Agree all points Eric. The only effective screen I saw on PP was early, 2nd string group, on the 1st goal. Total penalties what – 14?
      That’s discipline all right ….

  50. What the deuce was that?! I know Sid is putting up some points and getting his groove back, but man. He passes up shots left and right. He’s gotta average about 4 or 5 giveaways per game- most with dumb blind passes right through the middle. Geno’s been doing the same thing and now Neal (not the SEAL) is doing it too. Drives me nuts.

    Geno’s gotta learn to stay outta the box. Bylsma needs to go to Starbucks before the game with DK and get a mocha injection. The PK is WAY too passive. Not enough challenging and not enough physical play. And there’s just no excuse for 8 minutes or whatever it was without a shot. No team is that good defensively that you can’t at least toss a floater from center ice at the goal.

    And Tyler Kennedy is still crap.

  51. Officiating in sports is Bad! My list from bad to worse.

    Baseball
    Football
    Basketball
    Hockey (this is the only item I hate about hockey)

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