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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 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.


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

  2. 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.

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

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

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. Isles swarming to start…

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

  7. 1-0 Pens
    What a nasty 1-timer shot by Dupuis (Kunitz, Crosby) from a sharp angle.

  8. 2 man advantage coming up for Pens for 1:21

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

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

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

  14. One of best periods by the Penguins this season.

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

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

  16. 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.

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

    4-1 Pens

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

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

  20. sick Sid… just sick.

    5 points for Crosby… Dupuis goal

    6-1 Pens

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

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

  23. 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.

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

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