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Final: Flyers 6, Penguins 5

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (11-5) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (7-9-1)

Time: 7:38 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

TV, radio: NBC Sports Network, 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. Here’s Josh’s online-only recap of the Penguins’ morning skate today.

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. JAL says:

    Eastern PA versus Western PA, almost as big as Wawa vs. Sheetz :)

  2. Pucknutz says:

    Wow, the Zamboni has come through and has given us a clean sheet of ice. Wakeup Call was startin to get a little chippy and rough w/all that baseball talk!! LOL

  3. Bizrow says:

    How bout some lunatic signups?

    If you don’t see your residence on the list, please throw a reply as to where you currently reside


    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
    The Philipines
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina – Duncan, Longs, Columbia, Bluffton, Greensville
    South Korea – Seoul, Mike
    Tennessee – Smithville, Nashville
    Texas – Tyler, San Antonio, Belton, Houston, Katy, Plano
    Utah – Salt Lake City, Provo
    Vermont – North Bennington
    Virginia – JAL, Hampton, Rescue, Richmond, Front Royal, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Warrenton, Springfield*, Virginia Beach, Fairfax, Arlington, Yorktown, Henrico, Aldie, Manassas, Newport News
    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
    Mr Roberto Clemente
    Mike Lange
    Myron Cope
    The Honorable Mayor Richard Caliguiri
    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
    2/20/2013 5:30 PM

  4. Heather says:

    PA – Chambersburg

  5. BobT says:

    Add a Yinzer in Minnesota to your list.

  6. Justin says:

    East Freedom, Pa

  7. Jds182 says:

    El Paso TX

  8. Sarah says:

    Banksville Pgh…

  9. Eric Bowser says:

    Storylines for tonight’s matchup

    – Penguins need to own home ice (3-3-0)
    – Vokoun (3-2-0) gets his first start since 2/10 vs NJ, stopped 20/23
    – Bortuzzo was knocked silly last year by Rinaldo, curious to see if those two hook up
    – Crosby (24 pts) vs Giroux (13 pts), who captains their team to an important victory

  10. Sarah says:

    Here’s hoping the Pens don’t try to show off too much on home ice…..

  11. Eric Bowser says:

    Real good start for Pens working puck low and getting puck to the net and with traffic.

  12. Eric Bowser says:

    Shoot the puck and good things happen

    1-0 Pens
    Letang shot deflected out to Niskanen and he blasted it.

  13. Sarah says:

    7-2 shots. Simple is good.

  14. Milo Hamilton says:

    Where’s Laviolette’s orange tie ? Looks like he’s dressed for a funeral.

  15. Sarah says:

    Wow what a board. Ejection?

    DK: No definition of boarding anymore. None.

  16. Sarah says:

    Geno second times the charm!

  17. Eric Bowser says:

    LOVE IT!!!

    2-0 Penguins

    Malkin has goal taken away (common sense doesn’t exist in NHL) but buries another that they can’t take away.

  18. Jandy says:

    haha good one, JAL

  19. Eric Bowser says:

    Players have no idea and doesn’t look like refs do either.

    Dejan – Have you tried to get someone in NHL to provide explanation?

  20. Jandy says:

    Ha! Almost my neighbor…welcome, Justin :)

  21. Jandy says:

    I’m kinda sorta glad they didn’t award him that goal…and he got the clean one…just so the Flyers couldn’t be Criers about it.

  22. Sarah says:

    They’ll p-ss n moan anyway lol!

  23. Jandy says:

    Are you kidding me?????

  24. Sarah says:

    Phil 9 is in the crease that entire sequence. Wth?

  25. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’m getting flashbacks to Monday night’s Pitt game.

  26. Jandy says:

    H*ll , he was riding Vokoun’s back , isnt’ that interference???

  27. Sarah says:

    W. T. F.

  28. Jandy says:

    sheesh! I’m with you Sarah!

  29. Eric Bowser says:

    Penguins have to STOP blowing 2-0 leads….

  30. Sarah says:

    No D within 15 ft of Vokoun. Beer league.

  31. Jandy says:

    Why is it the name of Schenn makes the player an azzmunch?

  32. Milo Hamilton says:

    They will just never learn their lesson about this extra curricular crap. Maybe they need to lose like 10-2 & that will teach them.

  33. Jandy says:

    I can’t believe Glass took on Simmonds….wow….

  34. Sarah says:

    Pens now descending to Phil’s level. Just what Laviolette wants.

  35. Jandy says:

    somehow I doubt they will ever learn when it comes to the Flyers

  36. Eric Bowser says:

    Penguins are a wreck in their zone right now

  37. Jandy says:

    yeah we gotta settle down.

  38. Sarah says:

    This is where I just can’t believe they’re a disciplined enough group for playoff 7 Game series……

  39. Eric Bowser says:

    Let’s bet no one questions Bylsma for the team constantly blowing 2-0 leads, having spurts like the one they just had giving up 10 shots and 2 goals in short period. Those are the things that happened late last season and in the playoffs.

    At what point is he going to recognize a problem and fix it.

  40. Milo Hamilton says:

    Yep. He needs to be fired after the 1st period.

  41. tcb says:

    Recogizing is easy. Fixing not so much.

  42. Sarah says:

    Well I thought if they didn’t learn last spring they never will. Unless they get a new HC. Which I guess is a strong possibility if its another short playoffs. They can’t afford early exits, and there’s been 3 straight now.

  43. Eric Bowser says:

    Flyers are sucking the Pens right into their game. Byslma needs to stop it now…. make the adjustment

  44. Milo Hamilton says:


    I think I have the same affinity for this Zac Rinaldo clown that you do for the Schenn brothers.

  45. Eric Bowser says:

    I haven’t changed my opinion… Bylsma should be fired

  46. Jandy says:

    This is all Drew’s fault…where the heck is he???

  47. Jandy says:

    Milo, actually Rinaldo is lower than BOTH the Schenns. He’s in the class of a Carcillo ~ animal!

  48. Milo Hamilton says:

    Four sets of eyes out there & nobody saw that ?

  49. Sarah says:

    They seem to be cutting off passes to the middle….Pens keep trying to stretch instead of brining FSLIC back closer…..thoughts?

  50. Eric Bowser says:

    Flyers initiated everything after the 2-0 deficit… same thing as last season.

  51. Milo Hamilton says:

    OK. I have the word but I want to keep it clean. Starts with a “p”.

  52. Jandy says:

    Let’s hope intermission gets them settled down. Can’t keep biting all the Flyers’ taunts…gotta shrug it off and play hockey.

  53. Sarah says:

    Erm forwards back closer! Damn you auto correct!

  54. Jandy says:

    it’s called intentionally blind.

  55. Jandy says:

    and rhymes with brick ;)

  56. Milo Hamilton says:


  57. Milo Hamilton says:

    Pens were out hit 10-3 in the 1st period. You just should never get out hit on your home rink.

  58. Eric Bowser says:

    I have my doubts that Bylsma walks into that room at intermission and says the things that need to be said. It happened how many times last season, he didn’t learn and they’ve blown 2-0 leads now what… 5 or 6 times already this season?

    Continuing to lose your mind defensively has to be a concern.

  59. Naje says:

    It’s so easy to see that and I have no idea why the Pens just accept getting pushed around. Really weak effort in the last 10 mins of 1st period.

  60. Sarah says:

    Well I’ve never heard that that is his style. He’s a technocrat.
    Not the best approach when the problems are discipline/emotion-based….

  61. Sarah says:

    PHL gets in their head. Pens are not a mentally tough team.
    At all.

  62. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Flyers are forechecking hard & that’s how you beat the Penguins. Put pressure on their defense & force them to cough up the puck. I’d credit it to good coaching but it’s certainly no secret.

  63. Milo Hamilton says:

    That’s a ridiculous thing to say.

  64. Sarah says:

    Really? I don’t agree. They lose their composure way too easily, Esp v PHL. That is not mental toughness. For that, see NJD.

  65. Milo Hamilton says:

    Things have really settled down. Flyers have only 3 shots in the 2nd period. Must be a coincidence, I’m sure no adjustments were made. :)

  66. Milo Hamilton says:

    Sorry. I left my psychology degree in the other room.

  67. Jason81 says:

    The game is tied…this is unacceptable. FIRE EVERYONE!!!! :D

  68. Jandy says:

    Now we’re losing 3-2 THAT is unacceptable >:/

  69. Eric Bowser says:

    love the passive PK

    DK: Tough to watch, huh?

  70. Jason81 says:

    The “elbow” that brought on the power play might have been the most unacceptable thing to this point tonight.

  71. JohninOshkosh says:

    Jason Grilli says management did not have the Pens’ backs during the first intermission.

  72. Eric Bowser says:

    it was a terrible penalty

  73. Jandy says:

    LOL Osh Kosh, don’t get me started! :P

  74. LuckyNKentucky says:


  75. JohninOshkosh says:

    Is it time to put this on Scrapper yet?

    C’mon Pens-get IT together!

  76. Eric Bowser says:

    It must warm the hearts of any Penguins prospect knowing you will get recalled, have more talent than some, and be attached to the bench.

    Beau Bennett is a top six winger, yet Bylsma has him still on the third line and tonight, he’s barely played.

  77. Sarah says:

    Nothing like a last minute goal. I really hate watching us play PHL.

  78. Eric Bowser says:

    Include Despres in that. What redeeming value does Engelland have that means more wins for the Penguins?

  79. Sarah says:

    Better at absorbing cheap shots from Rinaldo?….

  80. Sarah says:

    Are u effing kidding me?

  81. JohninOshkosh says:

    What a gorgeous city at night. No matter what, Philly can never beat an aerial view of the Golden Triangle!

  82. Sarah says:

    Better view than watching this game

  83. Reading says:

    Don’t watch a lot of hockey, but the last time I watched, this back-up goalie got burned being way out of position, and now it’s twice.

  84. Jandy says:

    if we don’t get back in the game now, shame on us for six weeks

  85. sarah says:

    6 weeks comin up….

  86. Jandy says:

    there’s one

  87. Jandy says:

    shhhhh no jinxes!

  88. JohninOshkosh says:


    Ca-razy game!!!

  89. Jandy says:

    uh oh Mad Max is pissed lol

  90. JohninOshkosh says:

    Time to tie this mother up! Electric scene

  91. JohninOshkosh says:

    That’s what I’m talking about!!!

    Don’t waive it!

  92. Jandy says:

    are you kidding me???

  93. Jandy says:

    did Kunitz kick it? make contact?

  94. Jandy says:

    we can still score another…c’mon guys!

  95. Milo Hamilton says:

    Kicking it in should be legal. We need to get that rule changed. Unfortunately, that can’t help us now.

  96. JohninOshkosh says:

    Gotta get a point here. Need to tie this one up.

  97. Jandy says:


  98. JohninOshkosh says:

    No kicking there! Unbelievable

  99. Jandy says:

    Now hold them down…score one more guys!!!!!

  100. Milo Hamilton says:

    Oh my.

  101. JohninOshkosh says:


  102. Jandy says:

    AAARRRGGHHH!!! WTH is wrong with Vokoun???

  103. Milo Hamilton says:

    Entertaining America. SMH.

  104. philthegroundhog says:

    That one hurt.

  105. Jandy says:

    un-eff-ing believable

  106. sarah says:

    Truly deja vu to last spring. Incredible.
    Bet this jump starts Philly…..

  107. Jandy says:

    I’m so angry I could just scream.

  108. JohninOshkosh says:

    If these two meet in the playoffs, not sure my cardiologist will let me watch it. Sorry about the outcome but that was a heckuva way to spend 2 1/2 hours!

  109. MadTurk says:

    I agree, with all the good and bad in the game I was impressed we came back after being down by 2 goals. We showed a little heart which I was not counting on. Still wish we won the game. It it was a good one to watch.

  110. DJ says:

    Two points:

    1. I hate to say it, because I have loved the guy’s character and locker room presence over the years, but Orpik is just too slow anymore — particularly laterally and in puck reaction time — to continue on the PK. Thought some of it was attributable to an undisclosed injury towards the end of last year, but now convinced otherwise.

    2. Note to Danny B: Please stop overthinking this and play Simon Depres on a consistent basis. This business of not playing him against Buffalo and Philly because Bortuzzo is perceived to have a greater physical presence has to stop. Speed and skills count for something.

  111. diehard says:

    Gee, why? Just because Brooks was on the ice for 4 of the Flyers goals, pretty much all scored with him nearby?

    DK: Had an awful game. But context is fair: Orpik’s been very good this season.

  112. lupesanchez says:

    Agreed on the heart. But I just don’t see how we beat these guys in the playoffs. Seems like they can score at will when needed the most.

  113. CWalton_67 says:

    Despite the rosy picture painted recently by resident Pens ‘expert’ Rob Rossi, this club is no closer to being a contender than it was last spring. And that is to say it isn’t one at all. Lack maturity, fall apart at first sign of adversity, and zero killer instinct–all clear signs of a team which lacks leadership.

  114. DJ says:

    Have isolated on Brooks this year and just not seeing it on PK. It’s not just his lateral movement — which is nil — his reaction time to loose pucks around the crease has deeply fallen off. Just calling it like I see it, and as one of his bigger fans.

  115. hap2009 says:

    PA – Greencastle

    Small world…

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