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Final: Penguins 4, Lightning 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (14-8) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (9-11-1)

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 TribLIVE’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 more, including 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 top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.

176 Comments

  1. Bennett sent to WBS per Penguins Twitter

  2. I have no words…does that mean there are only two scratches tonight? (Martin and Bortuzzo)

  3. The FAN reported that as well, thats odd, what with Boykin or whatever his name is being reported to be on waivers?

  4. Wonder if Playoffs has a line for whether the Pens have more goals tonight than the Bucs had hits.

    Shouldn’t be hard.

  5. I don’t get it. Why waive Boychuk if you were sending Bennett down any way?

    Wait… I can hear it now “Well we felt that it was in the best interest of Boychuk if he went to a team where he had an opportunity to play.”

    So who is next in line Kostopulous?

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  7. Just got home, I really need to understand this demotion for Bennett. I mean, I know Bylsma’s handling of Bennett hasn’t been all that great but this… come on man!

  8. I’m starting to get curious about something… Sending Bennett to the minors and waiving Boychuk does more than just clears 2 players off the roster it also clears their salaries off the cap. No matter how small an amount they were making per game its still money thats saved and could be useful a month from now when the trade deadline rolls around.

    • Good point

      ESPN is reporting, no ties in hockey

    • But why cut the salaries now? Wait until later….sheesh!

      • Every day on the roster a pro-rated portion of their salary goes toward the cap; so by removing them today the money they would have earned from here to the end of the year is essentially freed up. Your not really cutting salaries as much as you are creating cap space by sending Bennett to the minors and waiving Boychuk.

  9. I despise the Lightning. And that wormy guy who coaches them.

    Win

    WIN

  10. I just read that Malkin being active forces someone off the 23-man active roster, so Boychuk to waivers until Tuesday at Noon doesn’t open up a spot so Bennett to WBS for paperwork reasons.

  11. Gonzaga pulls down the #1 ranking for the first time ever. And for the presser, they send out ASSISTANT coach Tommy Lloyd. He was subbing for coach Mark Few, who was said to be fly fishing and unavailable for comment.

    Think somebody was sending a message about the value of rankings and the risk of head swelling?

    DK: That’s hilarious.

    • having lived in Spokane for a few years and having met Mark Few, that decision doesn’t surprise me in the least. Great guy.

      • Can’t imagine you living anywhere else, Eric. You, Milo and 21 are quintessentially Pittsburgh to me! (I mean that as the highest compliment).

    • Considering how many times the top ranked team in a particular week has lost this season its a great message to send.

      I don’t know why Jamie Dixon didn’t have one to explain his new method of offense called “just play ball”.

      • I like Dixon

        He’s still relatively young

        He has time to learn

        Gettin more talented guys every year

        Hope, but expect

        Much more hope with him

    • That means they’ll lose this week.

  12. 5 game suspension for Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta is about where I thought the NHL would go but it isn’t enough.

    Amazing how Cooke sets the standard for repeat offenders, then this decision for a third time offender.

  13. Penguins lines

    1st: Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
    2nd: Cooke – Malkin – Neal
    3rd: Jeffrey – Sutter – Kennedy
    4th: Glass – Vitale – Adams
    Scratched: Boychuk (on waivers)

    DP1: Orpik – Niskanen
    DP2: Eaton – Letang
    DP3: Despres – Engelland

    Starter: Fleury
    Backup: Vokoun

    Tampa Bay lines

    1st: Conacher – Stamkos – Purcell
    2nd: Killorn – Lecavalier – St. Louis
    3rd: Palat – Thompson – Pyatt
    4th: Crombeen – Hall – Panik

    DP1: Hedman – Carle
    DP2: Aulie – Brewer
    DP3: Lee – Bergeron

    Starter: Lindback
    Backup: Garon

  14. Stan Savran said the Bennett RA just a paper formality. Very wise to sit him for a game. Maybe it’s just a precursor to RA’ing Despres to Wheeling and naming Vokoun the #1 starter. At least Tyler Kennedy wasn’t scratched. He’s sooooooo much better than Boychuck.

    Sorry TJ. Goalkoun.

  15. I guess Bylsma didn’t think four goals was bad, he’s got Orpik and Letang as the top defensive pairing.

  16. So, who do you think the first cuts in Pirates’ camp will be?

  17. Strange things going on in Texas with Nolan Ryan. It seems he is being pushed aside and may leave.

  18. So was the one hitter today sort of like jmac’s homer party where he was just focused on throwing fastballs or whatever it was? Maybe they were just trying to clearly identify the strike zone?

  19. 1-0 after one period of play.

  20. Good to see Engelland muscling up on the gateway to the west. Now if one of our other D get physical on a guy tall enough to ride the thunderbolt I’ll be really Impressed.

  21. 1-0 after first. Chippy. Even St. Louis got into it. Twice.

    Just thought I’d give an update to you baseball-soccer-Gonzaga fans.

  22. NBC announcer just, um, announced that Kunitz’s goal at 4 minutes in was the Pens’ 12th goal this season within the first 5 minutes of a game, by far leading the NHL.

    Conversely, the Pens (he announced) have only given up 1 goal in the first 5 minutes of a game.

    And just, um, announced that today would have been the 82 birthday of Badger Bob. With a nice tribute.

    Though you are all probably watching the same thing.

  23. TB amazing tending in that power play. Now the goalie is hurt.

  24. Is anybody watching?

    don’t MAKE me get naked again.

    (though it did bring a victory, didn’t it?)

  25. so we don’t know where Stamkos is?

  26. Friggin Stamkos

  27. I wanna see the replay

  28. goal waved off. right call.

  29. second clank shot. Letang earlier.

  30. EYE am getting p***ed off Grrrr!

  31. “It wasn’t necessarily about the money. It was, at that point, about earning that respect and feeling like I was respected around here,” Flacco said Monday just minutes after signing the contract that includes $52 million in guaranteed money.

    That’s sickening enough to make me put my clothes back on.

  32. Didn’t know Drew was such a Puckhead.

  33. Wouldn’t be a Pens game without Orpik writing welfare checks all night long.

  34. Pens getting defensively sloppy again…Fleury keeping them in the game

  35. i didn’t like that. i need to put on my rally poodle. even if i have to shower again.

  36. Pens with a chance to tie it up on the PP…sounds like a recipe for failure, no?

  37. we need to score on this PP

  38. Dayum, Lindback looking good

  39. Great. Goalie #2 is now starting to get it together.

    We need another groin pull.

    Too bad Dejan is in Bradenton.

  40. I guess the Pens objective on the PP is to shoot lots of pucks into defenders legs so they’ll be bruised up enough to weaken as the game goes on.

  41. What is it with the second period?

  42. Tyler Kennedy can’t even dump the puck effectively.

    Liked Cutch’s new commercial.

  43. That last goal deflected off a NOSE. Gave him a bloody nose.

    He’s a bloody hockey player.

  44. they’re killing me

  45. Fleury has been feistier than Orpik tonight.

    • You mean waving your stick at the puck carrier isn’t feisty enough for you? I will say this, no one can keep a consistent gap like Orpik…always exactly 15 feet of ice between him and the forward…that’s got to be worth something, right?

      • Love the Orpik criticism, I thought I was the only one noticing. No one screens the goalie better than Orpik. This went on pretty much all of last year too.

        DK: A net-front defenseman has to be in front of the net, right?

  46. nice check by Letang

  47. These guys couldn’t score if presented with an open net :/

  48. Was that Craig MacTavish out there?

  49. For all the complaining Brooks Orpik did during the lockout I’d say he should be giving some of his salary back. I can’t remember a “shut down” defensemen consistently giving up goals right in front of his own net. Its absolutely ridiculous the way he’s played lately.

    • Paul Martin last year.

    • Back to the tic tac toe cross ice passes on the PP again. Even Steigerwald mentioned the amount of times the Pens passed the puck across the ice through the seam of the Lightning defense. And all those cross ice passes accounted for ZERO goals. The plan is obviously working.

  50. Watch everyone how a PP is supposed to work.

  51. I just watched Engelland make 3- 4 good plays in the last few minutes. Imagine that!

  52. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. Brooksie is p^^^ed

  54. Holy freakin geno!

  55. What’s Orpik bitching about?

  56. Wow; hello Sidney

  57. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. Nice setup for that goal.

  59. WTF is Malkin doing with a drop pass at center ice. DRIVES ME NUTS.

  60. Did everyone see that…. Kennedy actually shot the puck while in front of the net. I think thats his first shot on net this season that wasn’t from behind the goal line

  61. Guy Boucher’s scar is very upset.

  62. hey, where is Sarah?

  63. I’ll be happy if they can hold onto a one goal lead for a change…oh, and have someone kick St. Louis in the vag.

  64. Notice how Eaton actually makes the effort to skate the puck out aggressively instead of taking the limp-wristed apprehensive approach of making a pass from 20′ inside his own end like a certain no. 44 likes to do…and like a certain player who’s name rhymes with Jay Britney used to do as well.

  65. Sorry meant rhymes with “Brian Britney”…got my Britney’s mixed up. lol

  66. Loving the compete level by Despres

  67. Pens actually looking like they know how to play with a lead in a close game. Love the two amazing goals, but this development means even more for the future.

    P.S. I’ve been impressed with Eaton tonight.

  68. that seals it

  69. Malkin gets loose puck, finds Neal and he buries it into the empty net.

  70. I love Guy Boucher. He’s completely insane.

  71. If Drew can take credit for Pirate wins I’m claiming credit for the Pens win tonight. Did not turn the game on till right after the Malkin goal.

  72. The blade of that stick was above the goal post

  73. The stick is above the crossbar.

    • Anyone but Stamkos and thats not a goal. That review was wayyyyyy to quick for something that looked pretty freaking close to me.

  74. Pens have now given up 3 goals or more in 14 of 23 games.

  75. I just read a great article on ESPN. Dusty Baker must be the most immature manager in all of sports. He might be the only guy I know that would start an arguement with the opposing manager when they met at home plate to exchange lineups.

  76. Mark Eaton + 100. Brooks Orpik and Tyler Kennedy + -100.

  77. Engelland was pretty good too.

  78. Every time I see the clips of the Pens passing out pizza to the kids standing in line for the Student Rush tickets I just say to myself “how cool is that”! (and I am a really cynical old fart that always figures there is a sinister motive to stuff like that)

    The Pens “really do” enjoy doing it. The smiles on their faces are real.
    Great org from top down!
    GO PENS !

  79. @DK: You think its time to start asking shero about Martin’s no trade clause? Defense looks more playoff ready with martin out and despres is looking legit. If you think back to letang at his age and its pretty clear despres has a chance to be a top 4 guy for many years if he keeps his head right. Also threw up a lil bit when i read rossi’s post about despres for johnson…

    DK: Tried to figure out what you were asking. Read this a couple times. Sorry.

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