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Final: Hurricanes 4, Penguins 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (13-7) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (9-8-1)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.

TV, radio: Root Sports, NHL Network (national), 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, including what Jordan Staal had to say.

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.


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    2/28/2013 5:34 PM

  2. Sarah says:

    Good lord what a giveaway. Great poke by MAF….

  3. Milo Hamilton says:

    Give it away, give it away, give it away now.

  4. Sarah says:

    Every time they make those sloppy mistakes I envision pucks going in the net in playoffs…

  5. Sarah says:

    Depres scratched. Are the Canes that imposing?

  6. TK39 says:

    Tyngsborough Massachusetts

  7. Sarah says:

    Great pass from Sid and Kunitz all alone. Nice play but they don’t deserve to be ahead right now. Thank MAF for that.

  8. TK39 says:

    Is Eaton in or did they go with Bortuzzo? We dont get a lot of Pens games in Massachusetts so I can only follow the score on the Pens website.

  9. Milo Hamilton says:

    Bortuzzo is playing. Still no Eaton.

  10. poz says:

    The Pens are a turnover machine.

  11. Sarah says:

    Nothing like giving up a goal w secs left in the period….

  12. Sarah says:


  13. Milo Hamilton says:

    Matt Niskanen is awful tonight.

  14. Sarah says:

    Good lord. Nobody to help Fleury. Nobody.
    This is a playoff contender?

  15. Milo Hamilton says:

    3rd Carolina goal set up by great check by Vitale on Adams in neutral zone.

  16. Sarah says:

    And now Skinner untouched. Wtf?

  17. Sarah says:

    Just put Vokoun in and rest Fleury. Seriously. Send a msg Bylsma.

  18. Milo Hamilton says:

    I was thinking the same thing. For his own protection. I think if it gets to 4-1 you’ll see it.

  19. poz says:

    Pens playing like it’s an All Star game. Don’t touch anyone around the net.

  20. Sarah says:

    And nothing against MAF. Could be about 6-1 ….

  21. Sarah says:

    Repeat – not a playoff contender. This team can’t play on its own side of the red line.

  22. tcb says:

    Not doing to well on either side of the red line.

  23. poz says:

    A shot on the power play!

  24. poz says:

    Somewhere Therrien is saying soffff.

  25. Milo Hamilton says:

    OK Sarah, now you’ll see Vokoun in the 3rd period. If you haven’t found something better to do, that is.

  26. poz says:

    As I sign off to head to the other room to watch the final period, I prepare for the typical comments after the game “We lost focus. We lacked discipline. We didn’t get to our game.”

  27. poz says:

    Put Niskanen in goal. He earned the punishment with his play tonight.

  28. sarah says:


  29. DJ says:

    Dan B: Please stop overthinking it and play Simon Depres. Skill and speed should override your love of “grinders” (for example, Bortuzzo).

  30. Seems like a team playing to get its coach fired.

  31. Arriba Wilver says:


  32. Eric Bowser says:

    I just can’t see Shero firing Bylsma even though I think he should be replaced with someone who will make some key adjustments with the style of hockey. The passive penalty-killing was a huge problem against the Flyers, still an issue this season and worse because their defense isn’t as good and no Staal.

    Then you’ve got the “chip-in” offense that is highlighted by long stretch passes that are easily intercepted or because there’s no speed some to the blue line that defensemen are able to safely step up and disrupt the play. That’s not what helped the Penguins win the Cup.

    Tell me, how many times do you see tape-to-tape passing from Pens zone through the neutral zone?

  33. theplanisworking says:

    They should be careful doing that. Next coach could be worse………..

    But the Pens have a history of running coaches.

  34. theplanisworking says:


  35. CWalton_67 says:

    How is it that TK is getting time on the PP and Dupuis and Cooke don’t? Also, I wonder if Shero could hear me booing this pathetic team from clear out here in Colorado?

  36. theplanisworking says:

    This team is lacking grit.
    To much passiveness in their own zone.
    Too cute on offense.

    In this short season, they have to get tougher, fast.
    If they dont, they will be one and done.

    They need to stop reading the press clippings saying they are a “contender”.
    They need to play like one.

  37. Sarah says:

    All good points as usual Eric –
    Thoughts – I recall early last season the PK was absolutely on fire, and contrary to the style now – they were VERY aggressive, a lot of movement, pretty much the opposite of the Statue of Liberty PK we see now. It’s confounding. Why the change??

    As for HCDB – I see Rossi was mocking coach critics on Twitter last night, and I know Shero likes him….but really, if the Pens go 1 and Done again, do you see them keeping Bylsma? This group has all the earmarks of having tuned out their coach when it comes to sloppy play and poor discipline, and that’s outside critique of the Stretch Pass schemes….

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