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Finale: Penguins sept, Canadiens six, OT

By Dejan Kovacevic | Le Media de Trib Totale

Vivement le mise au jeu …

Match: Penguins (13-8) v. Canadiens de Montreal (13-4-3)

L’heure: 7:08 p.m.

Site: Le Centre Bell, Montreal

TV, radio: Root Sports, NHL Network (U.S. national), CBC (Canada English), RDS (Canada Francais), WXDX-FM 105.9

Il’y-a le box score officiel.

Il’y-as le page Penguins de TribLIVE. Josh Yohe est la-bas. Voila l’article de Josh ce matin.

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. Bizrow says:

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  2. Pucknutz says:

    DK parley voos the francais. Cool !

  3. scapper says:

    20 years ago today, 66 came back from the Hodgkins layoff. I was lucky enough to be in the Spectrum for that game. Made sure to see the pregame warmups, too. By far the most emotional live sports event I’ve ever attended. Watched the clip on Seth’s blog today and felt it all over again.

    Was hoping I’d see Root do something on it tonight, but looks like it’s the NHL Network for me.

    Oh well…tant pis pour moi. Eh, je ne parle pas du francais ou. Je suis l’Americain laid. Je me deteste. (Hell no I’m not taking the time to insert the accented characters!)

    Allez Pens!

  4. Drew71 says:

    Ništa više nego je bilo nezgodno Yinzer pokušavaju da govore francuski.

  5. Sarah says:

    Interesting test tonight, for both Habs and Pens.
    And may I say – if our Birds can’t get up for this match, heaven help us all…..

  6. Eric Bowser says:

    Penguins lineup
    1st: Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
    2nd: Cooke – Sutter – Neal
    3rd: Bennett – Jeffrey – Kennedy
    4th: Glass – Vitale – Adams
    Scratched: Boychuk
    IR: Malkin

    DP1: Orpik – Letang
    DP2: Eaton – Niskanen
    DP3: Engelland – Bortuzzo
    scratched: Despres – Martin (injured)

    Starter: Vokoun
    Backup: Fleury

    Canadiens lineup (13-4-3, 1st in Eastern Conference)
    1st: Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher
    2nd: Prust – Plekanec – Gionta
    3rd: Galchenyuk – Eller – Ryder
    4th: Moen – White – Armstrong
    Extra: Dumont – Nokelainen
    IR: Bourque

    DP1: Markov – Emelin
    DP2: Bouillon – Gorges
    DP3: Kaberle – Subban
    Extra: Weber
    IR: Diaz

    Starter: Price
    Backup: Budaj

    By the Numbers:

    Canadiens (rankings are Eastern Conference)
    Goals for: 58 (6th)
    Goals against: 43 (3rd)
    Home record: 8-3-1 (2nd)
    Power Play: 19.6% (7th)
    Penalty Kill: 82.9% (6th)
    Minor Penalties per game: 4.8
    Faceoffs: 48% (12th)

  7. Sarah says:

    Cripes bennet on 3rd line?

  8. Eric Bowser says:

    that’s what the lines were in practice…

  9. Sarah says:

    Wow. Guess I am not sure what they are expecting from this kid….

  10. Eric Bowser says:

    Bylsma’s not a coach that wants to develop, he’s coaching to win and in coach speak that means play the veterans at almost any cost.

    How else to explain using Bennett as a third line winger and little to no ice time on the top PP with Crosby and Neal.

    The same applies to how he’s using, better yet, or not using Despres.

    I have no issue with Eaton in the lineup but Engelland provides what exactly?

  11. Ghost says:

    I might have thought someone imbibed a little too much French bubbly, except that I’ve seen him state he never does such.

  12. Sarah says:

    Well IMO not much.
    Can only assume they don’t think Depres is ready physically for the tougher teams.
    I don’t agree that Bortuzzo for ex is a better option however.

    Be interested to see if Eaton settles things down…before he gets injured again that is….

  13. Eric Bowser says:

    Dejan probably wishes he was in Montreal…. he’s suffering in Florida.

  14. Ghost says:

    “Canada? Why would I want to leave America just to visit America, Jr.?” — Homer Simpson

  15. Eric Bowser says:

    Despres in, Bortuzzo out.

  16. Eric Bowser says:

    Still not pleased.

    Despres in, Bortuzzo out, Engelland in.

    Engelland provides what exactly?

  17. Eric Bowser says:

    Montreal offsides entering zone…. of course they score a goal on another rebound off Vokoun.

  18. Sarah says:

    Does Orpik know how to tie up a stick?

  19. Eric Bowser says:

    He’s been pretty soft around the net.

  20. Sarah says:

    Price looks extremely sharp. Going to be tough to get one by him tonight.

  21. Sarah says:

    …unless we get a lucky bounce or two. Sutter!

  22. Eric Bowser says:

    Hot potato as Sutter knocks in a pinball of the puck off the skates, ties 1-1.

    Now Dupuis into the box… penalties

  23. Eric Bowser says:

    Orpik visibly gave up on the play, flat out, gave up and Montreal scored. That’s not acceptable and yet, Bylsma’s idea about accountability is to send him right back out there.

    -2 each for Letang and Orpik.

  24. Eric Bowser says:

    look at that… Neal in front of net, Cooke shot from high LW circle. Great hustle by Letang to keep that puck in. 3-2 Pens

  25. poz says:

    Team is not good enough defensively to be considered a contender. Pens could be up by five goals and it’s not a safe lead.

  26. Bizrow says:

    Pens are playing ugly

    4-4, ugh

  27. poz says:

    The last few minutes of the period looked like last game.

  28. DJ says:

    Orpik having horrible game…again…frequent occurrence these days. 12 seconds to go, uncontested pass out of defensive zone, two Pens going up left side, tries the favorite stretch pass along the left wall, misses the blade…boom, icing 9 seconds to go. Face-off lost…goal. Terrible. Simon Depres, on the other hand, having solid, very sound game, which can only mean he’ll be sitting the next one.

  29. poz says:

    I think I will log off and retire to the couch to watch the third period. When I do I will be exerting the same energy as the Pens in front of their net. My goodness, this team cannot protect a lead. Can’t win in the playoffs like this.

  30. Eric Bowser says:

    I’ll be posting a column here after the game…

  31. Eric Bowser says:

    Title: This isn’t Nashville, Time to change tune in Pittsburgh

    The Nashville Predators first played in the National Hockey League (NHL) on October 10, 1998 and behind the bench that night was head coach Barry Trotz. Since that opening game, Trotz has been the only man fans in Nashville have called coach. That’s something cute and interesting in this day of being hired to be fired but the expectations in Nashville are not exactly on the same level as those for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    In Pittsburgh, great expectations hang over the heads of everyone in the organization from owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux, franchise centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to rookie winger Beau Bennett.

    Since winning the Stanley Cup during the 2008-2009 season after losing in the finals the year before, many expected the core of Crosby, Malkin, Jordan Staal, Brooks Orpik, Kristopher Letang, and Marc-Andre Fleury to win another Cup or two before the roster would have to be changed due to the salary cap.

    The man behind the bench during the lifting of that Stanley Cup was rookie head coach Dan Bylsma.

    Bylsma orchestrated key adjustments with the Penguins style of play by deploying an aggressive 2-man forechecking system, a more aggressive penalty-killing unit that prided itself on getting the puck out of the zone within a few seconds of entry into the offensive zone, going to basics on the power play by getting forwards like Chris Kunitz and Bill Guerin in front of the net and slight change to the way the Penguins went back to play the puck in the defensive zone in order to move the puck out of the zone.

    Many were quick then as they are now to discount the importance of Michel Therrien’s defensive system and demand for being hard to play against. Therrien’s coaching had that team trained and ready to battle and win the Stanley Cup. Few recognize that the day the Penguins and General Manager Ray Shero fired Therrien on February 15, 2009, the team reassigned assistant coach Andre Savard and added Tom Fitzgerald to the coaching staff.

    Little is said that the team Bylsma took over didn’t have key veteran leaders such as Kunitz (acquired 2/27), Guerin (acquired 3/4/09) or Craig Adams (3/4/09).

    After Therrien was fired, Shero said, “It wasn’t so much the outcome as the way the game was played. It’s not always so much the score. It’s just the direction we were going.”

    That direction was a team who couldn’t maintain leads, gave up too many goals, and had the appearance the players were tuning out the head coach as they were getting lax in their approach to the little things demanded just a year earlier en route to a Stanley Cup finals loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

    Fast forward to 2013 and you’ve got a team who has had three consecutive playoff disappointments, the last two in the first round to Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. The Penguins have been a team this season that has been easier to play against, blown 2-goal leads like it was some candy giveaway on Halloween, given up more goals than should be expected (17th – 2.76 goals per game), and just like Therrien’s final season, a group that appears to be tuning out the coach.

    All of which made tonight’s decision to start backup goalie Tomas Vokoun over Fleury a questionable decision, which he explained after the morning skate as “This is a game Tomas has been scheduled to play for a couple of weeks.”

    Adjustments anyone?

    Think Fleury was taken aback by the decision and possibly disappointed? He said as much after the morning skate, “I’m not going to lie. Yeah, a little bit. Friends and family are going to be here. Montreal’s a good challenge. They’re first in the East.” And did he understand the surprise decision, “A little bit, but it’s fine.”

    That’s about as mad as you’ll ever hear Fleury on the record.

    Meanwhile, the Penguins had lost two straight games coming into tonight largely due to the skaters in front of Vokoun and Fleury but when you need a goalie to stop the losing, be that stopper, isn’t that the job of your number one franchise goaltender?

    Like Shero said over four years ago, the direction of the team is important and after blowing another two goal lead in the second period and giving up 6 goals in their wild 7-6 OT win in Montreal, it might be time to change the tune.

  32. DJ says:

    Simon Depres should never be scratched again. . . never. . . meaning never. He’s earned his way into the line-up and he’s only going to get better. Grow with him, Dan. Let him keep learning, but on the job every game.

  33. MadTurk says:

    I was watching a hockey game and a baseball game broke out.

  34. MadTurk says:

    You want a vilian for the night Orpik is the one.
    You want a hero, Sutter played extremly well.

    DK: Turk-man … !

  35. Eric Bowser says:

    The good – Despres, Eaton, Sutter, Cooke, Crosby, and Kunitz

    The bad – Vokoun, Orpik, and Kennedy

  36. Jandy says:


  37. Pucknutz says:

    Meanwhile, the Penguins had lost two straight games coming into tonight largely due to the skaters in front of Vokoun and Fleury but when you need a goalie to stop the losing, be that stopper, isn’t that the job of your number one franchise goaltender?

    Eric, I agree w/most of your post but…”largley due to the skaters in front” I see no problem starting Vokoun Its not a goaltender problem.
    Blysma-adjustments- Yea maybe. But , and I know I am gonna take alot of flak on this..”Play the system”.
    Have they “tuned” BD out? If so bad juju.
    I may be a “homer” but I am not ready to panic just yet
    2 points -A win is win dirty or not!

  38. Pucknutz says:

    Hey DK – What you shillin for Gravatars or what!

    Is there I law that I am not aware of that requires a person to have an avatar, That by the way on this particular site an electron microscope might be usefull to see the AV.

    Love the blog – just bitchin!! LOL

    DK: I hear you. No, I just worry that people come along who don’t know how to get them if they want them.

  39. Eric Bowser says:

    Vokoun did very little to change the perception that he’s part of the problem.

    Vokoun – 9 games, 28 goals, 1 goal every 8.5 shots
    Fleury, 15 games, 34 goals, 386 shots, 1 goal every 11.3 shots

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