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Final: Panthers 6, Penguins 4

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (13-6) vs. Florida Panthers (5-9-4)

Time: 7:38 p.m.

Site: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla.

TV, radio: Root Sports, WXDX-FM 105.9

Here is the official live box score.

Here is TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Rob Rossi is on the scene. Here’s Rob’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. stuart66 says:

    Greatly enjoyed the content on the Trib Live Show today. I lasted until about midway through the final section.

    By way of feedback though: There are Way Way Way Way Way too many “commercials”. The fact that it is just one person “reading” all of them makes them less effective also. Hearing the same voice over and over tends one to tune out this portion. Since there are so many of them, it takes a huge effort to last through all of them to hear the content.

    Bottom line: Content was interesting and generally great. Too many commercials.

    just sayin.


  2. Bizrow says:

    Greetings lunatics from a dreary and wet day in the Burgh

    Please post a reply to this post if you don’t see your current residence below, should have an * next to your location or want to nominate someone for honorary membership


    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, Hallandale Beach
    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***
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    New Hampshire – Barrington
    New Jersey – Chesterfield, Princeton, Roxbury, Lebanon, Lincoln Park, Berkeley Heights, Somerville, Hammock, Barrington, Delran, Pennsville
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    North Carolina – Asheville, Hickory, Charlotte, Raleigh, Charleston, Wilmington, Chapel Hill, High Point
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    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
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    Wyoming – Caspar, Lander

    315 locations represented in the blog,
    Honorary members, people that have, in our opinion, made a difference
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    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, and the Space Station
    Honorable mention, England – London – Lisa
    Asterisks denote confirmed hero’s, military, police officers or firemen/ladies
    2/26/2013 5:48 PM

  3. stuart66 says:


    BTW, that is the most energized Chryst has been. Rossi was good also. Looking forward to your reports from Fla.


    DK: Thanks, Stuart, regarding the show!

  4. Is this Drew’s Pitt-South Florida thread?

  5. Eric Bowser says:

    - NHL realignment – love it!

    – Marc Bergevin with great trade to deal Erik Cole with 2-yrs remaining to Dallas for 2013 3rd round pick and future unrestricted free agent Michael Ryder.

    – Not sure what the Flyers are thinking re-acquiring Simon Gagne from the Kings as they take on salary and give up a conditional fourth round pick. Philadelphia has zero cap space now according to Capgeek.

    – Penguins signed Mark Eaton putting the team at eight defensemen. Someone has to be on the block or Despres is going to be sent to WBS since he can be sent without having to clear waivers.

    – Hopefully Penguins play the Panthers smart and don’t get themselves mixed up with revenge for a hockey hit on Evgeni Malkin by Erik Gudbranson.

  6. Eric Bowser says:

    Penguins D pairings tonight…

    Orpik – Martin
    Niskanen – Letang
    Engelland – Bortuzzo

    …. Despres scratched again.

  7. Eric Bowser says:

    Kunitz – Crosby – Neal
    Bennett – Sutter – Dupuis
    Cooke – Jeffrey – Kennedy
    Glass – Vitale – Adams

  8. Eric Bowser says:

    There’s no one in Florida for this game… terrible.

  9. JAL says:

    I just wonder if when the Pitt- South Florida thread does return whether the comments from its early appearance will still be there.

  10. sarah says:

    You sure Eric? Bennett demoted to 3rd line?

  11. Jandy says:

    If it is, it’s in camoflage ;)

  12. Jandy says:

    Lots of north-south skating…not much else….yet…

  13. Eric Bowser says:

    1-0 Panthers
    Kennedy penalty (dumb) for checking on an icing. Campbell with half slapper on goal, easy easy rebound off Vokoun and Kopecky has easy tap-in.

  14. Jandy says:

    looked pretty bad

  15. tcb says:

    Sleep walking, so far. I don’t see much energy.

  16. Eric Bowser says:

    Pens are sleepwalking in Florida.

  17. Eric Bowser says:

    Seriously, I didn’t see this as I didn’t hit refresh when I posted my comment.

  18. Milo Hamilton says:


    DK: One gets the idea they’re doing that right now in the visitors’ locker room, too.

  19. tcb says:

    Great minds think alike, I guess.

  20. Jandy says:

    Man I hope someone wakes these guys up. They look like Penn State could beat them

  21. Drew71 says:

    No sir. This is my Duquesne thread.

  22. Jandy says:


  23. Milo Hamilton says:

    Just got a look at the realignment. Hate it. The playoffs are so convoluted, only the NHL could think this is a good idea. Hate it. Switch Winnipeg & Columbus & leave the rest alone.

    The big “concession” from the league is that they’re going to call them divisions instead of conferences. What a clustermess.

    DK: What don’t you like?

  24. tcb says:


  25. Jandy says:

    Thank goodness Vokoun got yanked. I like the guy…but wth is wrong with him the last couple games??

  26. Milo Hamilton says:

    Leave it to the NHL to try to reinvent the wheel & make it square. Why so set on 4 whatever they’re calling them this week – divisions or conferences. And what’s the allure of the 80’s playoff set up ?

    Obviously Detroit were made promises (that’s Canadian).

  27. Milo Hamilton says:

    Speaking of goaltending, Theodore hasn’t exactly been Ken Dryden tonight.

  28. Jandy says:

    no he hasn’t. luckily for the Pens

  29. Milo Hamilton says:

    Now, there will be no goals scored until the shootout. :)

  30. Jandy says:

    DAYUM! Ice storm killed my Dish reception. no game :/

  31. JohninOshkosh says:

    Did anyone hear if anything happened between Troy Brouwer and Alexander Semin during the Caps/Canes game? Brouwer really threw him under the bus with his comments to the media. Don’t see dirty laundry aired publicly like that very often in today’s sports world.

  32. Milo Hamilton says:

    The penalty killing is a real concern. They had dropped to 17th before this mess tonight. I’ll blame it on what I all of their problems on. Managements refusal (unless you count Mark Eaton) to address their substandard defense corps.

  33. Jandy says:

    Troy spoke truth ;X

  34. JohninOshkosh says:

    Florida’s hockey television studio broadcaster is named Allsion Williams.

    NBC news anchor Brian Williams has a daughter named Allison Williams who stars in HBO’s “Girls.”

    That is your odd pop culture note for the day.

    New net minder for Fla in the third.

  35. Jandy says:

    Are you kidding me??

  36. JohninOshkosh says:

    Ugh. And the tens of people at the game jump up in excitement as Fla goes up 5-4

  37. Nancy52 says:

    Should have left the TV off.

  38. JohninOshkosh says:

    Jonathan Huberdeau won’t be twenty years old for 3 1/2 months.

    Going to be a good one.

  39. Eric Bowser says:

    While folks are happy with the Pens, I see a team with a terrible PK 17th, 10th most penalties PK chances, blown 2-goal leads, a statue for 6th defenseman (Engelland) getting ice time over Despres, Vokoun has given up too many goals (PHI/FLA games not exactly all on him), Tyler Kennedy is a lost soul without Jordan Staal, too many pucks just given away by stretch passes that creates counter-attack chances for opposition, and Beau Bennett scores 5on3 goal against Lightning but sees little PP time tonight.

    I could go on… but I’m going to just cross my arms like Bylsma does behind the bench and go into my passive mode like the PK.

  40. sjb says:

    I’ll say it until I can says it no mo…Regardless of the score at the end, this is why the Pens won’t be successful in the playoffs and if I’m Bylsma, I’m throwing $hit in the locker room after the game. No excuse to play that kinda of road game against a struggling team who’s out key players. They just don’t get it, or don’t care, or both and will never learn at this rate and if I’m Mario and Shero and Bylsma doesn’t rip into them, then he should be putting his house up for sale and looking though the help wanted ads now.

  41. Milo Hamilton says:

    And Tanner Glass brings what exactly ?

  42. JohninOshkosh says:

    How did they not score during that flurry?

  43. Eric Bowser says:

    another Arron Asham…

  44. Jandy says:

    heck yeah!

  45. Jandy says:

    he’s looks darn good tonight

  46. sjb says:

    How dare you see the obvious! Now, drink your kool aid, squint your eyes and watch the game with the rest of the obtuse, stepford zealots…I mean, Pens fans. ;)

  47. Jandy says:

    If I had the answer to that Pens would win nearly every game…

  48. Eric Bowser says:

    After this performance, I’m labeling this the 4th installment this season for “it is just one game” or so some will want to say.

  49. sjb says:

    Let’s all gush over Letang’s skating abilities with Lange. Who care if he turns the puck over like it’s his job.

  50. Jandy says:


  51. JohninOshkosh says:

    It’s just one game. :)

  52. sjb says:

    Captain Obvious Mike Lange says that empty netter “might” have put the Pens out of the game. Really? Ya think?

  53. CWalton_67 says:

    Pathetic performance. This team is an extreme disappointment from the front office on down.

  54. Milo Hamilton says:

    The perfect end to the perfect day.

  55. Jandy says:

    a very ugly one at that….on that note ~ good night!

  56. sjb says:

    Yup, don’t know what’s worse, that, or “it’s still early”. But don’t worry, “They’ll get em next time”. lol

  57. sjb says:

    Can’t wait for Crosby’s tired, old and predictable statements after this one. Yet another player on a sub .500 team nets a hat trick against the Pens.

  58. Eric Bowser says:

    When you lose 6-4 to the Florida Panthers…. you’ve got problems.

  59. CWalton_67 says:

    Have always been a Bylsma supporter, but I think it is time to give Tony Granato a shot.

  60. sjb says:

    They just need more offense. If Geno was healthy, it coulda shoulda been 7-6 Pens. ;) I’m sure the injury excuse will be rolled out there by those who refuse to see clearly…namely; the talking heads on The Fan’s morning show. Don’t believe me, just listen tomorrow.

  61. Arriba Wilver says:

    Oops. Thought this was the Penguins thread, but apparently I stumbled onto another Pirates thread where there is talk about Koolaid and the FO. My bad.

  62. sjb says:

    I think what this team needs is a Mike Keenan. They need someone to crack the whip again. Someone who will demote a player or cut his ice time regardless of who it is if he does something stupid or fails to listen because this team just isn’t getting it.

  63. Eric Bowser says:

    After 4 years, I think Byslma has very little to offer the Penguins that the league hasn’t already figured out about this team under his guidance. The players are tuning him out, there’s no accountability, no discipline, and just the same old problems.

    Come playoff time, you can’t hide the third D pairing, you can’t have a PK more passive than Switzerland, can’t keep taking penalties, and can’t have a backup goalie unable to stop the puck.

  64. Eric Bowser says:

    Outstanding stat that shows how passive the Pens are on the PK

    …they don’t have a SH shot on goal in the last 15 games…..


    DK: No way! For real?

  65. sjb says:

    This team lacks aggression…on either end of the ice. When’s the last time this team just forechecked the other team into submission and really just out worked them? That used to be more the identity of the 2008-2009 teams. Now, it’s get in, get a shot on goal and chase the other team up the ice (while getting caught flat-footed and drawing a dumb penalty to boot). No sustained attack to speak of. Someone’s always sure to make a bad pass, or lose a battle for the puck along the boards, or in the corners and it’s heading the other way in numbers. To much finesse, not enough testicular fortitude, or what we used to call “work ethic”.

  66. Pittsburgher in Winnipeg says:

    Did the NHL learn nothing from the MLB NL Central. Why would you do all this realignment to leave one conference with 14 teams and one with 16. Detroit should be in the midwest but I can see they want in a division in the same time zone. Maybe just find anywhere in the central timezone to send florida and put them in the midwest division. How can you have that many empty seats with Crosby playing and deserve to keep a hockey team!

  67. Jag7 says:

    yes yes and yes, couldn’t have summed it up better myself Eric. Why Crosby is ever on the left wall on the power play is mindboggling. Let’s see, a righthanded shot would be nice over there, hmmm, do we have anyone like that? Oh Bennett, and he scored last game? well let’s not do that again!

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