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Final: Penguins 4, Senators 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (8-5) vs. Ottawa Senators (7-4-2)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

TV, radio: Root Sports, TSN (Canada), 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. TJ says:

    I have nothing really to say but thought it would be cool to be the first to leave a comment!

    DK: Coincidentally, I have no response to the first comment.

  2. TJ says:

    Guessing the Tangradi trade was possibly needed to clear a spot on the roster for Niskanen. Wondering if Niskanen and Letang aren’t both in the lineup tonight. If they are I hope they are not sitting Despres.

  3. Bizrow says:

    Kinda surprising that is all they could get for Tangradi, but I guess other clubs knew they could get him on waivers

  4. TJ says:

    Boychuk was a #1 pick that managed to make it through waivers to the Pens. He seems to have had more production in the pros than Tangradi. A little surprised myself that they were able to get a pick at all!

  5. TJ says:

    Extra 7th and 5th round picks should help us acquire Petr Sykora! :)

    Yes I know hes not playing with a team right now; but I guess those picks are better than nothing!

  6. Milo Hamilton says:

    I was thinking that if they traded all the guys they try with Neal & Geno, they could have the 7th round all to themselves.

  7. TJ says:

    Why even keep trying another wing? Go with Neal and Geno and put out 3 defensemen to cover up all the blue line passes that Geno makes that end up going the other way!

  8. Milo Hamilton says:

    See that. And Bylsma thinks he’s a forward thinker.

  9. Bizrow says:

    I just heard that it was a 7th rounder, did not know about the 5th pick

  10. Milo Hamilton says:

    They got the 5th rounder for Ben Lovejoy.

  11. Bizrow says:

    Ok, Duh, thanks

  12. TJ says:

    Remember that Mark Letestu guy? He’s got more goals than Boychuk, Kennedy, and Tangradi have combined in points.

    Through 11 games Letestu has 5 goals and 2 assists. Glad to see him getting a shot in Columbus.

  13. Milo Hamilton says:

    Letang & Niskanen will both play tonight.

  14. Milo Hamilton says:

    In 13 games this year Evgeni Malkin’s left wing has no points. That’s nearly impossible. That’s the same amount of points that I have.

  15. Milo Hamilton says:

    Sail on Silverberg.
    Sail on by.
    Your time has come to shine.
    All your dreams are on their way.

  16. Sarah says:

    I recall a quote from Marc Bergevin years back on how he played w Lemieux in juniors….”I was on right wing, we had a garbage can on left wing. I got 30 goals with Mario. The garbage can got 35.”

  17. Milo Hamilton says:

    And that garbage can was a better skater than Warren Young.

  18. Eric Bowser says:

    Hello all…

    – Tangradi to Winnipeg for the equivalent of a bucket of pucks (7th rd pick). I was hoping for a 4th or 5th round pick, so 7th round pick is more or less little risk for the Jets.

    – When people stand still on the PP, no one is in front of the net… you don’t stand much chance of scoring.

    1-0… turnover by Senators, Crosby quickly gets puck to Dupuis next to Anderson and quick one-timer into net.

  19. Sarah says:

    Good lord what a saucer

  20. Sarah says:

    Man I hate when Errey talks about goaltending….

  21. Eric Bowser says:

    That was a really sweet pass.

  22. Milo Hamilton says:

    The way the league has devolved, one might be enough.

  23. JohninOshkosh says:

    Excellent +1

  24. JohninOshkosh says:

    Does anyone have a cousin that has a friend that has a brother that knows a guy who has used Sports Yapper?

  25. Eric Bowser says:

    I have it but don’t really use it all that much

  26. Milo Hamilton says:

    Cooke with Geno & Neal now.

  27. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’m yapping total road goals on Sports Yapper !

    Maybe not.

  28. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’m going to go out on a limb here. I’m guessing Mika Zibanejad is the only Finnish-Iranian that was born in Sweden currently in the NHL.

  29. JohninOshkosh says:


  30. Sarah says:


  31. Eric Bowser says:

    Fleury great all game and then gives up that goal……


  32. Milo Hamilton says:

    Mentally weak.

  33. Eric Bowser says:

    that’s the reputation…

  34. Dave G says:

    Great time for a TV time out.

  35. Eric Bowser says:

    Pretty ugly 2 goals, bad turnovers, bad goaltending…

  36. Sarah says:

    Sens coming now

  37. Eric Bowser says:

    that PP had movement…. Neal gets to shooter’s position and blows it by Anderson.

  38. JohninOshkosh says:

    That’s 2 road goals for the Sens. Now if they can manage a 0-0 contest in Ottawa, or conversely, allow a Pens road goal and score three goals of their own, then they will advance.

  39. Milo Hamilton says:

    I want to get on record. I would have pulled Fleury after that 2nd piece of garbage.

  40. Milo Hamilton says:

    Makes perfect sense to me.

  41. Sarah says:

    Nah I say give him a chance to bounce back.

  42. Milo Hamilton says:

    That’s why Bylsma’s the coach & I’m just a washed up baseball announcer.

  43. Sarah says:

    Lol! The goals were awful I agree….

  44. TJ says:

    That Karlsson injury does not look good for the Senators.

    Hate to change the subject but did anyone see that the Steelers hired a 65 year old to be the WR coach? A guy who had spent the last 3 years out of coaching in the NFL and was working as a consultant for WR’s entering the draft. But he’s from Aliquippa so he’s qualified.

  45. TJ says:

    I would have pulled Martin after his 3rd penalty of the night.

  46. Eric Bowser says:

    Yeah, strange hire but age doesn’t matter to me

  47. TJ says:

    I agree in most cases but I can’t imagine “young money” relating to a 65yr old guy. Lets hope I’m wrong.

  48. Dave G says:

    Deuce for Neal!

  49. Iceman says:

    Did we just find another winger for the Malkin – Neal line? Cooke does the dirty work on the forecheck and in front of the net. I’ll take that on this line any day.

  50. Eric Bowser says:

    Sadly, first LW to get even-strength point with Neal and Malkin….

  51. Sarah says:

    Well maybe boychuk belongs 3rd line anyway. Much as Cooke is seen as a grinder he can score. And did quite a bit before coming up to NHL…

  52. TJ says:

    Hate to say I told you so but look at this morning’s blog; I said why not put Cooke on the wing with those 2.

    DK: Duly noted.

  53. Eric Bowser says:

    Amazing what happens when 2 defensemen are on the PP and it forces Neal and Crosby to rotate low so Malkin can stay along RW circle.

  54. Drew71 says:

    But it looks good on you, Milo

  55. Sarah says:

    I still want net front presence. Really if they want to play the perimeters they need a big lug in front to bring the D in…..

  56. TJ says:

    I actually like Kennedy/Vitale/Boychuk… Undersized but got some speed and grit. If anything they will be fun to watch when they fall down after being checked in the corners

  57. Eric Bowser says:

    The key is mixing up the PP… teams are too good with video, scouting, and coaching to get beat with the same PP setup, game after game.

  58. TJ says:

    I thought someone was rotating to the front of the net when the puck was out along the perimeter.

  59. Milo Hamilton says:

    Karlsson has a lacerated left achilles. It will require surgery.

  60. Milo Hamilton says:

    And Cooke’s penalty is for what ? Receiving ? Please.

  61. Milo Hamilton says:

    Giving him a misconduct was probably for his own protection.

  62. Jandy says:

    yes you did and he did well

  63. scapper says:

    I love Cooke, but he’s going to be in some serious trouble on this one. Yeah, he was looking the other way, but damn…he purposely uses that left skate to do…something. C’mon, he didn’t have to make that motion. You can argue he’s using his leg to help with his check, but that downward motion…that wasn’t just putting the skate down. Not going so far as to say he meant to slice the kid’s achilles, but…I’m predicting they say there was some intent to injure. He’ll pay a price for his past actions on this one. HOPE I’M WRONG!!!!

  64. Jason81 says:

    I think you’re wrong. Intent? How can Cooke know exactly where Karlsson’s skate is going to be so he can do that when his head is turned?

    Sadly, Bryan Murray will be crying and spitting all over a microphone saying Cooke should be banned from the league and a video will be sent to Shanahan. Such a good idea for Murray to speak on what is good for hockey since having a cementhead like Chris Neil on your team speaks volumes about how you like the game to be played.

  65. Jandy says:

    100% with you on Chris Neil

  66. sarah says:

    I saw 2 angles and cant say i agree….i think it goes down as just an unfortunate play….

  67. Jandy says:

    I hate when Errey talks…sometimes…

  68. Milo Hamilton says:

    I think you’re confusing Matt Cooke with PK Subban.

  69. Jandy says:


  70. sarah says:

    Now that was a stomp. Subbans a tool.

  71. Jandy says:


  72. Milo Hamilton says:

    Would now be a good time to reminisce about Eric Tangradi’s goal ?

  73. Jandy says:

    Was nice to see Neal come alive tonight

  74. Jandy says:


  75. Jason81 says:

    It’s real easy to distinguish between those two. :D

  76. Milo Hamilton says:

    Yeah. One shoots right & the other shoots left. :)

  77. Jandy says:

    one’s a straight shooter, the other is an azzmunch

  78. scapper says:

    Well, I hope you guys are right, but I still think they’re going to latch onto that downward motion that wasn’t just a putting-one’s-foot-down-on-the-ice type of thing. It looked to me like one of those things a player like Cooke does to be a little chippy, and this time it had major repercussions.

    But like I said before…HOPE I’M WRONG.

  79. scapper says:

    Still laughing at that original Tangradi comment of yours from a week or two ago, Milo.

  80. TJ says:

    Devils re-acquire former Penguin Alexi Ponikarovsky from Winnipeg for a 7th and 4th round pick.

    Shero must have made one heck of a sales pitch to Winnpeg on Tangradi. I’m sure salary may have played a role in the move as well. But trade Ponikarovsky and a 7th round pick for Tangradi and a 7th and 4th round pick…. Seems like a wash to me.

  81. TJ says:

    Did Ray Lewis bring him back to life?

  82. TJ says:

    Btw anyone notice that the average NHL ticket price has gone up nearly 10% over the past 2 years? Up 5.7% this year while the NFL was at 2.5, and the NBA was 3.5.

    MLB numbers were not included due to the Pirates giving away tickets in happy meals in an attempt to drive up attendance.

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