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Final: Penguins 4, Sabres 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (10-5) vs. Buffalo Sabres (6-8-1)

Time: 12:38 p.m.

Site: First Niagara Center, Buffalo, N.Y.

TV, radio: Root Sports, TSN2 (Canada), WXDX-FM 105.9

Here is the official live box score.

Here is the Trib’s Penguins page. Josh Yohe is on the scene, and he had a highly detailed article in Sunday’s paper on James Neal’s shooting talents. Good stuff.

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.


  1. Duper! Holy cripes what a deflection! Awful TO behind the net for Buff…

  2. PP! Wow….Heads up play from the point by Martin…..

  3. Loved your article about the whining from Ottawa, Dejan. It is nice to see a local columnist give a little bit of grief back for the over the top comments coming out of Canada. Well done, sir.

  4. Can’t believe only three comments on this thread this far into the game worse Jandi

  5. Tanner glass, doofus penalty….

  6. They made up for that bad penalty

  7. Geez 11 Comments whole game! Oy. And Martin w the winner….he’s earning his salary this year.

  8. No Bowser and no Jandy. Comments dried up. Good win anyway.

  9. Four road goals.

  10. Nice win for the boys today. Hope they don’t bounce off these 2 wins with a couple sleep walking efforts.

    • Yknow I feel like a wet blanket but really they were inconsistent today…..good start, good finish….but pretty undisciplined the middle part of the game.
      I guess after the last 3 yrs playoffs I look at these games and wonder “what if this was a playoff game v NJ?” Ugh….maybe not fair at this point in the season….
      But they need to start putting together 60 mins.
      In the same game….

      • 11-5-0. Their 22 points lead the conference.

        Sure. All the other good teams have one, two or even three games in hand.

        During a fatiguing season such as this, could that be a GOOD thing? This season is NOT a marathon. It is an exhausting 3xWeek interval training session.

        So. As all teams exhaust themselves during this uniquely structured season, might it be a good thing to have fewer games remaining in the second half, as the even more exhausting playoffs approach?

        I don’t know hockey like you folks. But I’m married. So I understand fatigue.

        • One-third of the season, 11-5, translates to 33-15 and 66 points. I’m no hockey or math wiz, but that sounds pretty good to me.

          • Oh NO argument it is a great record…as was last yr….I just seem to see weaknesses now thru the Playoff-Prism…..if they played like this is post season….not good.
            Sorry to be wet blanket! Just burned the last 3 years and fear more!

  11. Oshkosh:
    will the real UW please stand up?
    And the Hawkeyes just beat the Golphers by 21 at Iowa City. Should be a crazy big ten tourney.

  12. Go Pens!

  13. Missed the game for the most part as it was a free day with the wife and no kids. On our way home now after picking up kids at my parents in Kittanning.

    I did dvr the game to watch after all are in bed.

    • Let us know your thoughts….I see inconsistency and despite the W not especially happy….
      I know, buzzkill…sorry.

      • Here’s the way I’m looking at it. The playoffs don’t start for more than 2 months & this isn’t the team we’ll have in the playoffs. I’ll guess that you’ll see about a 25% roster turnover between now & then. I’m not going to concern myself on how they’re playing until after the deadline. Right now is about accumulating as many points as possible.

        Today’s win was extra sweet because I watched the game in a Buffalo Wild Wings where a team of kids from outside Buffalo happened to be watching. They were making a ton of noise when the Sabres did something & it was nice to shut those brats & their parents up.

      • True, tho, Sarah. Malkin conintues to make boneheaded plays. I can’t understand where his head is. I hope Bylsma finds out soon.
        Duper was on his game today, tho. I thought Vitale looked pretty good.

  14. So. Anybody up for an NBA All Star Game thread?

  15. You guys crack me up! Jandy was actually watching the game while hubby played on the computer. He was looking up Ford Shelby’s that he’d like to buy. I told him to put out his red light ;)

  16. I think Gregg Popovich is the best coach in any of the four major sports. Can’t speak to curling.

    Kyrie Irving already being referred to as the best point guard in the league. Don’t let Groat hear that.

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