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Final: Penguins 3, Panthers 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (11-6) vs. Florida Panthers (5-7-4)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

TV, radio: Root Sports, 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. Drew71 says:

    Anyone going to the game tonight?

  2. LuckyNKentucky says:

    You mean the ST opener tomorrow, right?

    This is the Pirates’ thread, right?

    Just kidding. I’m gone.

  3. Bizrow says:

    If you want to sign into the ledger for Dejan’s Lunatics, if you don’t see your current residence below, please submit a post to this entry

    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
    Minnesota – Yinzer
    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, Chambersburg, Green Castle, East Freedom, Leechburg, Banksville
    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, El Paso
    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

    314 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
    Mike Emerick
    13 countries
    44 states, plus the District of Columbia, missing 7 states, 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
    2/22/2013 5:51 PM

  4. Sarah says:

    Nope! On couch!
    Hoping for 60 minutes of focus and discipline.

    ….oh, from the Pens.

  5. Harvey Mangad says:

    Florida-Hallandale Beach

  6. Drew71 says:

    You BETTER run

    You know how Jandy gets

  7. Sarah says:

    Bennet w Neal and Geno…

  8. Milo Hamilton says:

    They obviously don’t have barbers in Bloomington, Minnesota.

  9. Milo Hamilton says:

    Someone wake me for the shootout.

  10. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Jandy must be drag racing or pulling an engine or something tonight. Too busy to watch and blog.

  11. Milo Hamilton says:

    Figured that would take care of it.

  12. Sarah says:

    Ugh jinx em whydontcha Milo!

  13. Milo Hamilton says:

    It works the other way too, Sarah. Who would you like to score ?

  14. Jandy says:

    now Spunky, don’t get me going! ;)

  15. Jandy says:

    Jandy is here, just kinda lazy tonight…long week, I’m movin slower…

  16. Jandy says:

    Kinda disappointed the Panthers got the first goal after all that dominating play by the Pens

  17. Jandy says:

    I like this

  18. Jandy says:

    formidable list, Biz

  19. Sarah says:

    Their G is solid…

  20. Milo Hamilton says:

    Beau Bennett & Andy Toole could be brothers.

  21. Jandy says:

    very…and a big boy too sheesh

  22. Jandy says:

    Lord, Milo you’re right

  23. Jandy says:

    welcome to the Lunatic nation :)

  24. Sarah says:

    Hah! Bennett!
    Make it so!

  25. Jandy says:

    well, end of the second, the Pens worked their butts off, with not much to show for it so far

  26. Jandy says:

    and just where is Bowser????

  27. Sarah says:

    TK riding pine….

    DK: Deservedly.

  28. Jandy says:

    you won’t hear a complaint from me on that one ;X

  29. Jandy says:

    who needs barbers? Just let the hair flow lol

  30. Sarah says:

    Thanks mostly to that big boy Markstrom IMO…

  31. Jandy says:

    see? Even Dejan agrees!

  32. Sarah says:

    Did they dress an extra F?

  33. Jandy says:

    no Boychuk is siting as well

  34. Jandy says:


  35. Jandy says:

    and Vitale

  36. Sarah says:

    Wonder if boychuk gets plugged in next game Bennet doing well on 2nd line….

  37. Jandy says:

    and there’s TK

  38. Sarah says:

    Ah TK back just in time to get nabbed for a slash….that should please the coaches.

  39. Sarah says:

    Good Lord watching this PK is hard to do.

  40. JohninOshkosh says:

    It’s kinda weird to see a player skating without a helmet. Shades of Craig MacTavish.

  41. Jandy says:

    yeah OshKosh…he was one of the last to do that….resisted it till the very end

  42. Jandy says:


  43. Sarah says:

    That’s gonna hurt in the morning.

  44. Jandy says:

    he won’t be kissing his girl for a bit

  45. JohninOshkosh says:

    I don’t think the blue unis are ugly, but the Pens shouldn’t wear them. Florida’s unis are fugly.

    Hope Geno is OK

  46. Jandy says:

    Friggin Kopecky

  47. Milo Hamilton says:

    For Sarah-

    How long’s this Bennett stiff going to keep getting a free ride ? I think Harvey Bennett scored more often than this guy. What a California pretty boy. Get your nose dirty surfer dude

    That oughta take care of it..

  48. Sarah says:

    Whiplash wow….ugh.

  49. Jandy says:

    i don’t mind the blue, Osh Kosh, but I prefer black n gold…geno will be fine…he can put some borscht on it

  50. Jandy says:

    good job Milo!

  51. Jandy says:


  52. Jandy says:


  53. Sarah says:

    Yikes Milo you jinxed Markstrom!! He simply whiffed on that shot! Just….whiffed.

    Keep up the good work!

  54. Milo Hamilton says:

    1st career point for Bennett. You’re welcome.

  55. Sarah says:

    Well done!

  56. Sarah says:

    Hope Geno OK. That could easily be a concussion.

  57. Sarah says:

    Pens really grinding the forechecking. Good stuff.

  58. Jandy says:

    let’s hope not

  59. Jandy says:

    love the way Niskie is playing

  60. Milo Hamilton says:

    They took Bennett’s assist away. But then again, he could get it back in 3 or 4 days.

  61. Jandy says:


  62. Dom says:

    My man Fleury is having quite the game.

  63. Jandy says:

    dang the more I see that fall malkin took the more i dont like it

  64. Jandy says:

    lol Dom, yes he is

  65. Jandy says:

    and hey, plug Dustin Jeffrey in he scores a goal…go figure

  66. sarah says:

    Thatwas maybe his 3rd shift whole game!

  67. Dom says:

    What a goal!

  68. Jandy says:

    I know…amazing lol

  69. Pucknutz says:

    Any word on Malkin?
    Looked awfull nasty to me.
    Hope he is OK.

  70. Milo Hamilton says:

    Bylsma says Malkin is being evaluated this evening & they’ll know more tomorrow. I wish he wasn’t so specific.

  71. Bizrow says:

    We had em all the way

  72. Jandy says:

    yeah, all these details are killing me

  73. theplanisworking says:

    Any word on whether Malkin has a concussion?

    Just saw the replay on, looked like he hit that head hard…..

  74. Craig says:

    Halfmoon, NY ….bringing the burgh lifestyle to upstate NY.

  75. Sarah says:

    Translation – no concussion symptoms…yet.
    I foresee at min a really stiff neck Saturday…

  76. Deb says:

    Malkin has a history of concussions. Not widely discussed but in his draft year 2004, Malkin was out months with a severe concussion. Starkey wrote a piece on it as i recall.

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