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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (9-5) vs. Winnipeg Jets (5-6-1)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: MTS Centre, Winnipeg

TV, radio: Root Sports, CBC (Canada/English), RDS (Canada/French), WXDX-FM 105.9

Here is the official live box score.

Here is the Trib’s Penguins page. I am positively delighted to be here covering for you.

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. Playoffs by 2012 says:


  2. TJ says:

    Just finished reading the article written by one Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun. Sounds like it was written out of anger. I didn’t realize everyone in the world was flocking to see Karlsson play. The NHL is in danger of going out of business from the sounds of Brennan’s column.

    The thing that concerned me the most was this from a writer who is supposedly chastising Matt Cooke as being dirty and basically getting away with murder:

    “The Penguins play Ottawa one more time, April 22 at Scotiabank Place. If somebody else hasn’t dealt with Cooke by then, a Senator better. For both Karlsson and the good of the game.”

    That straight from his column. The Senators bad boy Chris Neil did what he could that night. But now I guess Brennan wants a repeat of the Islanders game a few years ago. Yeah thats whats good for the game.

  3. TJ says:

    I sent Brennan a friendly email.

  4. Dave G says:

    Looking forward to Beau Bennett’s debut. Very promising young forward.

    Let’s go Pens!

  5. TJ says:

    Hate to break from Hockey but has anyone seen the latest on Ryan Braun being on another document linked to the PED clinic in Florida? His attorney is standing by the fact that the money was for a consulting fee.

    Now I might buy that… however a picture of the document showing Braun’s name and the amount owed is a piece of notebook paper. What legitimate business uses notebook paper to keep track of debts that are of legal nature?

  6. Milo Hamilton says:

    Since when is dispensing illegal steroids a legitimate business ?

  7. TJ says:

    As far as Braun is concerned it was consulting fee’s. And the last time I checked a consultation business is legal.

  8. Milo Hamilton says:

    Tyler Kennedy should be scratched tonight, by the way.

  9. Arriba Wilver says:

    Not saying I buy it, but Braun’s been saying he was using them as an “expert” for his doping case.

  10. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    +1 million

  11. Drew71 says:

    You didn’t get your tongue stuck to the playground pole again, didja, Dejan?

    I can’t believe you keep falling for that.

  12. Bizrow says:

    I think this is a new twist, AW

    But we’ll see how things shake out

    He supposedly is on some list that is purely related to PED purchases

  13. TJ says:

    sorry I have a thing about scratching people I don’t know….

  14. TJ says:

    For those of you worried about finances….

    Roger Goodell now makes 30mil a year… partly subsidized by the Steelers

    Brendon Frasor from all the dumb movies in the world says he is broke and can’t afford his 900k child support.

    I guess you have to be a dumb person to be in dumb movies.

  15. Bizrow says:

    900 k for child support?

    Cheerios must have gotten pretty expensive since the last time I bought them

  16. TJ says:

    Was based on his last movie deal which netted him 9mil

  17. LuckyNKentucky says:


  18. pattonbb says:

    “Yes, not only did Cooke hurt the Senators, he hurt the Islanders, Tampa, Florida. He kicked a dent in the entire NHL. How much revenue did his actions cost the Panthers for their game at the BB&T Center in Sunrise April 7, against a Karlsson-less Senators team?”

    Don Brennan is an idiot. Don’t waste one more minute of your time reading what this blow-hard writes.

  19. Bizrow says:

    Ok, Dejan is in his second home

    If you want to add to the Lunatic Nation, please post where you currently reside

    Neighborhoods are fine

    Add em

    Dejan’s Lunatic Nation – at the Trib,
    Arizona – Tucson, Chandler, Phoenix, Sunnyslope, Davis-Monthan AFB*
    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, Brooklyn
    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, Warren, Beaver Falls
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    Rhode Island
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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

    307 locations represented in the blog,
    Honorary members, people that have, in our opinion, made a difference
    Lemonade Guy
    The Gunner
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    Kevin Mcclachety
    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
    2/15/2013 6:05 PM

  20. Bizrow says:

    I think the folks that paid him 9 million should have their heads examined ;-)

  21. Sarah says:


  22. Eric Bowser says:

    Embarrassing conduct by Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. The NHL should have told the Senators organization to pipe down after Bryan Murray whined about the accident post-game and the next day.

    Since Melnyk has owned the team starting in the 03-04 season, he’s employed some goons as well.

    Chris Neil
    Rob Ray
    Brian McGrattan
    Luke Richardson
    Matt Carkner
    Andy Sutton
    Zenon Kenopka

    And if Cooke is a goon, then I guess Jarkko Ruutu applies and let’s not forget about golden boy Daniel Alfredsson.

  23. 21sthebest says:

    It’s subsidized by us.

  24. Thundercrack says:

    I thought this new ledger was a list of people that owed the clinic money

  25. Thundercrack says:

    How many kids does he have?!

  26. radio wave says:

    Glad to be back on the blog after 13 days away part of which was a carnival cruise no not that particular Carnival Cruise good to be blogging and doing hockey again

  27. CWalton_67 says:

    Go Pens.

  28. Milo Hamilton says:

    You are correct Sarah.

  29. macchamp74 says:

    Not sure other sports commissioners would allow owners to rip another teams player.

  30. bob spagna says:

    Just want to see that DK, Dali and his little girl get to go curling. People get way too serious about sports. But this place keeps it within bounds. Kudos to all of you.

  31. Milo Hamilton says:

    Didn’t Tortorella get fined for taking shots at the Penguins organization last spring ? I’m not sure this is much different.

  32. Sarah says:

    Crispest here we go…

  33. Sarah says:


  34. Milo Hamilton says:

    So Tangradi’s going to run around & act like a tough guy. When he was here he looked like he was trying to win the Lady Byng.

  35. Jandy says:

    haha I’d love to know what it said ;)

  36. Jandy says:

    Lookin good so far :)

  37. Jandy says:

    Braun is a POS

  38. Jandy says:

    I don’t wanna know how he got it loose!

  39. Jandy says:

    How many kids does he have?????

  40. Jandy says:

    I can’t STAND the whining, diving, choking dog! YUK!

  41. Milo Hamilton says:


    You’re thinking Pronovost (sorry I don’t have the twitter).

  42. Jandy says:

    welcome home radio :)

  43. Sarah says:

    Another nbr 19….

  44. Jandy says:

    He’s an azzmunch!

  45. Jandy says:

    yeah so where’s the league telling these idiots to shut up?

  46. Sarah says:

    Too bad we didn’t see hits like that when he was here

  47. Milo Hamilton says:

    Bennett with Geno & Neal already. That took about 17 minutes.

  48. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Does that stand for Same Old Jets?

  49. Jandy says:

    and he didn’t look out of place.

  50. Jandy says:

    isn’t that the truth?

  51. Dom says:

    Does any else find it odd the jets are in the east? That plane ride must really be a pain to get to Florida.

  52. Bizrow says:

    We’ll see how this plays out

    Bottom line, more damage to Braun, or so it seems

  53. Arriba Wilver says:

    I was just commenting on the “legitimate business” comment in relation to TJ’s point.

  54. Sarah says:

    I have to say this trib server is almost as pathetic as pg’s empty netters.

  55. Bizrow says:

    The BMTIB, hockey wise, can’t or won’t put the Jets where they belong

    The second year and they can’t manage it

    I’m thinking Dejan is behind i ;-)

  56. Milo Hamilton says:

    What exactly is boarding anyway ? Ridiculous.

  57. Bizrow says:

    But as a baseball site, pretty cool

  58. Jandy says:

    Boarding is what wright did to Niskie

  59. Milo Hamilton says:

    You get the feeling that the Pens let Pavelec off the hook early. He was really shaky.

  60. Milo Hamilton says:

    At least we agree.:)

  61. Dom says:

    My man Fleur y making key saves

  62. Jandy says:

    Honestly, i agree with you tho….who knows what it is??? it’s something different all the time..

  63. Milo Hamilton says:

    Neal obviously hurting.

  64. Jandy says:

    He’s standing on his head, Dom

  65. Jandy says:

    yeah that’s not good

  66. Sarah says:

    And where’s Bennett?

  67. Milo Hamilton says:

    Neal came back but no Bennett since he blocked that shot.

  68. Eric Bowser says:

    Hopefully Bennett can return in third period.

    Actually, I hope the Penguins return in third period as Fleury was outstanding, can’t say the same for the rest of the team.

  69. Jandy says:

    Fleury is doing everything he can to keep them in the game.

  70. Milo Hamilton says:

    Verron Hainsey.

  71. Milo Hamilton says:

    We need to get Craig Adams that assist for the Gordie Howe hat trick.

  72. radio wave says:

    Jets radio still crying about the first penalty call

  73. sarah says:


  74. Eric Bowser says:

    It was a bad call… real bad.

  75. Jandy says:

    makes up for the non call on the Niskie boarding by Wright

  76. Milo Hamilton says:

    Oh that icing.

  77. Jandy says:

    Flower just can’t keep a shut out

  78. Milo Hamilton says:

    Jets only had 6 shots in the 3rd period. Well done on Craig Adams Weekend in America.

  79. radio wave says:

    The flower was in bloom tonight

  80. TJ says:

    I will let you all know that I’ve had the moron columnist from Ottawa Don Brennan emailing back and forth this evening. What I love most about his column calling for the head of Cooke is the fact that there are Senator fans commenting and asking him to shut up. They even went so far as to say; who is going to go after Cooke?

    Really kind of funny to read the comments.

  81. TJ says:

    Adams will now be on the 2nd line next game

  82. Jandy says:

    I saw that TJ….pathetic eh?

  83. TJ says:

    bunch of hosers

  84. Dave G says:

    I’ve got two tix for the Saturday night Cincinnasty Cyclones game vrs Trenton.

    If any of you happen to be there, (*cough*) I’m the guy wearing the Sidney Crosby jersey in Sect 114.

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