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On location: Penguins 6, Islanders 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (17-8) vs. New York Islanders (11-11-3)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

TV, radio: Root Sports, MSG Plus (New York), WXDX-FM 105.9

Here is the official live box score.

Here is TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Josh Yohe and I are on the scene. Here’s Josh’s online-only recap of the Penguins’ news 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:

    This must be doubling as the Pirates-Twins thread, too.

  2. No, this one will double as tomorrow’s Wakeup Call.

  3. Eric Bowser says:

    Malkin will be out due to upper body injury. Bylsma says it isn’t another concussion but the way he reacted and looked on the bench, wouldn’t surprise me if he did. Which makes Malkin playing one shift after the hit a major concern. What were they thinking?

    Vitale gets a stick today, let’s hope he gets some time on the PK as I’ve seen enough of Glass and Adams. Team is getting killed on the PK with 45% faceoff percentage. Crosby, Sutter, and Vitale should be the three centers.

  4. Sarah says:

    I guess my question is – if Malkin was unable to withstand a hit…then why did they let him out there at all?

  5. kr70 says:

    We have all been complaining about the defense and the PK. I’m starting to wonder about the goaltending. I couldn’t tell you the difference between what they call a “soft goal” and a regular one. How about someone in the know, How’s the netminding?

  6. Sarah says:

    The netminding has been fine for MAF, spotty for Vokoun. He started well but has been inconsistent last 3-4 starts, including a couple of stinkers, a wild 7-6 win v Habs and then a solid 2 periods in relief in Philly.
    MAF has plenty of haters around here, but he’s not the issue.
    The Pens have very poor defensive awareness in their own zone, routinely allowing opponents loads of room unmolested around the net. That canNOT continue once playoffs start or it will be another short spring no matter who’s in goal.

  7. Who’s in goal tonight?

  8. Sarah says:

    Vokoun. Fingers crossed….

  9. Sarah says:

    Bylsma says head injury not a concern w Malkin.
    Though I believe Dan also said that Malkin was not experiencing headaches or memory loss a couple weeks back. Shortly before the team said he was out w concussion.
    So who knows.

  10. Hope the one shows up from the other night.

  11. Sarah says:

    Isles swarming to start…

  12. Jag7 says:

    It’s a miracle…engelland is scratched! What’s next, an aggressive penalty kill?

  13. Eric Bowser says:

    1-0 Pens
    What a nasty 1-timer shot by Dupuis (Kunitz, Crosby) from a sharp angle.

  14. Eric Bowser says:

    Truly amazing Bylsma finally scratched Engelland.

  15. JohninOshkosh says:

    2 man advantage coming up for Pens for 1:21

  16. NastyNate82 says:

    Possibly because it wasn’t evident that something was wrong. Or Malkin didn’t say anything. Not all concussions show right away.

  17. JohninOshkosh says:

    Goal!!! 2-0 Pens Kunitz with the goal. Officially a 5 on 4 goal.

  18. JohninOshkosh says:

    You know, the Pens could have been excused for coming out flat tonight. Late game last night before night air travel while losing an hour of sleep to DST. Not the case, really. Up 2-0 in the first despite the announcers commenting on how fired up the Islanders bench looked at the onset of the game.

  19. Eric Bowser says:

    2-0 Pens… love the movement on the PP. What a world of difference a quality RH shooter does down low on the LW side of the ice with Bennett manning that sheet of ice.

    Neal pass down low setup Kunitz on deflection at top of crease.

    What a season Kunitz is having.

  20. JohninOshkosh says:

    Kunitz from Neal again. PP goal 3-0 Pens.

  21. Eric Bowser says:

    OMG.. what a play by Crosby to dish to Neal, who floats it to Kunitz for slam dunk. 3-0 Pens

  22. JohninOshkosh says:

    Islanders would be wise to avoid penalties for rest of the game.

  23. Eric Bowser says:

    One of best periods by the Penguins this season.

    3-0 lead, 12-4 advantage in shots on goal, and 1/3 on PP

  24. Eric Bowser says:

    Crosby has 18 points in the last 19 periods of play…. that’s sick!

  25. Eric Bowser says:

    No, I want them to keep doing it. I want to see an absolute blow out.

  26. Jandy says:

    rub it in, guys :P

  27. sarah says:

    Yep.heres hoping they put together 3 full periods.

  28. Jandy says:


  29. Jandy says:

    So far I’m thrilled with how the guys look :)

  30. Jandy says:

    Now all we have to do is beef Bennett up a bit!

  31. Jandy says:


  32. Eric Bowser says:

    3-1 Pens
    Despres was having a good shift, then falls down at blue line and Brad Boyes converts. Vokoun just stood there, too deep in his net. He had another few inches to move out and cut down the angle.

  33. Eric Bowser says:

    The Flying Monkey Hat Trick by Chris Kunitz… that’s 17 on the year.

    4-1 Pens

  34. Eric Bowser says:

    Neal breakaway is a no brainer…. 5-1 Pens

  35. Drew71 says:

    Not Vokoun’s fault. He was checking his iPhone for the Bucs-Twins thread when the puck flew by

  36. Drew71 says:

    Islanders must be Twins fans

  37. Jandy says:

    YOu asked for a blow-out Eric, they’re tryin to oblige you ;)

  38. Eric Bowser says:

    I’m enjoying it… stress free game.

  39. Eric Bowser says:

    Crosby has 44 points, same as Giroux (24) and Ovechkin (20) combined.

  40. Jandy says:

    Now THAT is sweet~!!

  41. Eric Bowser says:

    sick Sid… just sick.

    5 points for Crosby… Dupuis goal

    6-1 Pens

  42. Eric Bowser says:

    For those tracking, that’s 20 points for Crosby in 20 periods of play.

  43. Jandy says:

    I’m gonna say good night now…gotta get hubby up at 2AM. he’s driving to DE to work.

  44. Eric Bowser says:

    good night…. I think this one is wrapped up.

  45. Jandy says:

    yeah I think it’s safe lol.

  46. TJ says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m starting to like the nickname “Sidneyland”.

    My oh my are they on a roll right now. Steigerwald may have hit the nail on the head tonight when he mentioned how Sid and Kunitz worked together during the off season. Who knows; maybe the lockout was a blessing in disguise for that top line.

    Not to be a debby downer but I still have no excitement once you get past those first 2 lines. 3rd and 4th lines have little to no scoring.

  47. Drew71 says:

    It’s 9:59 PM. Where the heck is the morning thread??

  48. MadTurk says:

    If you wore clothes you would know where the threads are.

  49. Jandy says:


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