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Final: Penguins 3, Maple Leafs 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (19-8) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (15-11-1)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: Air Canada Centre, Toronto

TV, radio: Root Sports, WXDX-FM 105.9

Here is the official live box score.

Here is TribLIVE’s Penguins page. It’s as if Rob Rossi never left. Because he didn’t. Here’s Rob’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.

Comments

  1. Bizrow says:

    Need some help from a Lunatic

    We had a fantasy baseball draft scheduled for 730 tonight.

    Need an even number, but someone dropped out at the last minute

    Its an auction draft, you get so much $$ and bid on players

    Yahoo League ID 25558

    Password is 1203

    Name of League – Dejans Lunatics

    Thanks

  2. Pucknutz says:

    Lets Go Pens!
    “Play your Game”

    I know yinz just love that DB quote!!

  3. TJ says:

    God I can’t stand Pitt basketball. Any guesses on how far the go in the tournament? I’m guessing they don’t make the 16.

  4. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Letang is a great defenseman with every individual attribute necessary to be one of the best PP defensemen in the league. This is why it’s so frustrating to watch him continue to struggle in that role. Maybe he’s trying to do too much?

  5. Pucknutz says:

    Where the heck is everyone?
    Halfway through the first and no comment!
    Hockey every other night wearin yall out or what ?? LOL

  6. TJ says:

    At least the MLB the Show commercial is funny

  7. J Walter Weatherman says:

    … or this is the year they defy all odds, actually beat a higher seeded team, and march to the Final Four!

    Yeah, that’s a nice dream. Nothing about this team that’s any different from the past disappointments. Just wait until next year! The familiar refrain for Pitt Bball and the Pirates.

  8. Jandy probably drank a LaBlatts Blue and fell asleep again.

  9. TJ says:

    Where is Eric tonight?

  10. TJ says:

    Final Four? Not as long as Jamie Dixon is the coach. Only guy I know that does not know how to make adjustments at halftime; so much so that he used an offense called “play ball” this season.

    I still can’t believe that kid is at Butler. I would love for him to come to Pitt and coach.

  11. Pucknutz says:

    Well just popped # 3 LaBB and must have missed the Show commercial letting # 1 pass through. I think Jandy can handle more than 1!

    LaBB is putting a bottle opener in the case “4 Penguin Greats Collect them all”.
    The “Greats” are Coffey,Trottier, Caufield and Wregget.
    First 2, Yes, 2nd ????

  12. TJ says:

    I thought Jandy gave up LaBatts for Lent

  13. TJ says:

    Did anyone see the end of the Charlotte/Richmond game today? Charlotte won 68-63 thanks to 8 Free Throws with 4.7 seconds left in the game. HORRIBLE technical foul calls.

  14. TJ says:

    Guess who came into the picture after the goal was scored… Brooks Orpik.

  15. TJ says:

    I think I can count on one hand how many shots TK got on the net that was not from a ridiculous angle. He had room to work and got that freaking shot blocked.

  16. Jandy says:

    who’s been taking my name in vain????

  17. TJ says:

    I seriously cannot stand Brooks Orpik. Ever since he shot his mouth off during the lock out he’s had a target on his back for me and his poor play this season has only magnified the whining he did.

  18. Jandy says:

    TJ, here, you could use a Labbatt’s ;)

  19. Jandy says:

    No way!

  20. Jandy says:

    pass me one ;)

  21. Jandy says:

    Not tonight, Spunky, hubby was playin on e-bay

  22. TJ says:

    better make it a boilermaker

  23. Jandy says:

    maybe 2 :P

  24. Jandy says:

    prolly spending some time with his better half :)

  25. TJ says:

    Jandy does Pope Frances speak English?

  26. Jandy says:

    Blasphemy!!!! Francis is a man! A woman cannot be Pope!!!

  27. Jandy says:

    I really wish the boys would make something happen the third period. Their passing is atrocious…puck control is nil. What happened between Tuesday and tonight?

  28. TJ says:

    Oh thats right they prefer boys!

  29. TJ says:

    A new pope! Its all his fault!

  30. TJ says:

    Seriously…. The old 29′er looks sickly thin in this tom clark commercial; almost like someone who is hooked on something

  31. Jandy says:

    LOL! Frances with an “e” is female, you silly dork

  32. Jandy says:

    wash your mouth out with Labbatt’s!

  33. TJ says:

    Waiting for the patent comment from Steigerwald… “Boy the next goal in this game is huge”.

  34. TJ says:

    If thats what I wash my mouth out with then I got the cleanest mouth in Pittsburgh

  35. TJ says:

    You got a team on a roll and what does Bylsma do? Lets change the lines. Lets put Sutter on a line with Bennett and Neal.

  36. Thomas Jefferson,

    Dude, you must be having a bad day!

    You’re ragging on Jamie Dixon and you’re ragging on Orpik; next you’ll be ragging on JandyGirl or, worst of all, on the Pirates!

    Pitt started 2 freshmen all year and ended up in 4th in the Big East after finishing 5-13 last year. I think that’s some pretty good coaching, especially when he has no “go to” guy in the last minute. Dejan wrote yesterday that it needed to be Tray Woodall, but Woodall doesn’t have it in him. He is a complementary player at best. I think it took some serious coaching to get this Pitt team to 4th in the Big East with no trusted scorer.

    Pit will probably be around a 6th seed . . . . . which also means that they will NOT be favored to win in the round of 32 and get to the Sweet Sixteen. Still, an excellent season after what we saw last year! Don’t shoot the best thing Pitt has going for it. Pitt ranked higher all season than Ben Howland with all his recruited superstars and the weak Pac 12. Jamie Dixon is not your problem!

    As to Orpik, by the time the playoffs come along, I want him on my team. He has been more consistently good that Geno Malkin, who was MVP last season. I expect Geno to get his act together, and I trust Orpik to get better as well.

    Please give Brooks Orpik a break. Haven’t the Pens won 6 in a row? They’re only down a goal after 2——last game they were down 2 after 2. One goal given up ain’t too shabby!

  37. If I recall the game with the Bruins, when Bylsma moved Sutter to the line with Neal and Bennett late in the 3rd period, Sutter got two goals.

    Here, Thomas Jefferson——take an Excedrin! Your headache is causing you not to see straight.

  38. Jandy says:

    who was that friggin linesman who failed to get outta the way???? Someone board the moron! GrrRRr!!

  39. JandyGirl,

    You are such a feminine little pacifist!

  40. TJ says:

    Well then Bylsma is 1 for 2; which is good enough to be an every day player for the Pirates

  41. TJ says:

    Dupuis!

  42. TJ says:

    Ok… now its time for Steigerwald “The next goal in this game is huge” C’mon steigy don’t let me down

  43. Jandy says:

    YES!!!!

  44. Jandy says:

    I am??? Hmmmmm….is that bad or good????

  45. TJ says:

    Take off the visor brooks; its meant for guys who are part of the play; not johnny come lately or ones sitting in the box

  46. TJ says:

    This team is sick

  47. Jandy says:

    woah! That’s 2 for Duper tonight!

  48. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Mr. Lange, I don’t care to know how much fried chicken I can eat, but I’m sure excited about that goal too.

  49. TJ says:

    Pope Francis comes through for the Pens!

  50. Jandy says:

    empty netter to cap it off :)

  51. Thomas Jefferson,

    See my lengthy comment to you about Dixon and Orpik above a little after 8:30

  52. TJ says:

    Something else to point out… 2 straight games with less than 3 goals scored against.

  53. Jandy says:

    Just wow

  54. Jandy says:

    now you’re postive…your peckerhead

  55. I know some of you complain that Mike Lange is not on TV . . . . . . but he is so much better on radio; the best I know. I think he’s better than Doc Emrick on radio. He paints the game!

    I travel a lot so I love Lange on the radio!

  56. Jandy says:

    he’d better not rag on me, my size 9 wides will be after him ;)

  57. Jandy says:

    Groat, dear, I miss Lange on TV so much I could cry. Steigy makes me want to scream.

  58. Sorry to steal Lange, but I get to hear him frequently on the radio, and he allows me to “see” the game while I’m in my car or stuck still in my office like tonight.

  59. Jandy says:

    that’s why he’s so special, Groat…he calls the games like magic

  60. TJ says:

    Did I just hear the Pens being compared to the Miami Heat? 7 game streak vs 20 game streak?

  61. Jandy says:

    TJ,you’re right…there is no comparison, the Pens are waay better than the Heat ;)

  62. MadTurk says:

    Super Duper! Time to fired DB for having him on the ice and lets trade Super duper while his value is high. :-)

  63. TJ says:

    Unfortunately at this point in his career Lange reminds me more of a bob uecker; guy with his bottle of jack in the booth where no one can see

  64. Jandy says:

    TJ, I’m smack you upside the head, man :P

  65. Jandy says:

    jeez! Don’t be eggin TJ on ;)

  66. TJ says:

    At hockey you would be correct Jandy

  67. Pucknutz says:

    PECKERHEAD -love It- I aint heard that one in a long time!! LOL
    That does refer to an overly agressive chicken bogartin the corn don’t it?

  68. Jandy says:

    Over all, TJ, over all :)

  69. MadTurk says:

    Gee if that would happen I would have egg on my face.
    And probaly your size 9 wides somewhere else

  70. Jandy says:

    Pucknuts, LOL…sorry, hubby says that and I picked it up from him ;X

  71. TJ says:

    Super Duper is 1990 Robbie Brown

  72. Jandy says:

    LMAO!

  73. Jandy says:

    good analogy

  74. TJ says:

    Don’t act like its not true. I hope I go to heaven; my ideal booth for a sporting event would be Cope, Cossell, and Lange. Yes I know different sports but could you imagine Cossell trying to figure out what each of them was saying.

  75. If Duper gets 48 goals, I’d settle for him being Robbie Brown.

  76. TJ says:

    Jandy talk like that might cost you your seat at the next conclave

  77. Jandy says:

    that’s ok, I’ll happily give it up for you so you can earn your way to heaven and that booth with Cope, Cossell, and lange ;)

  78. Jandy says:

    don’t hold your breath Groat lol

  79. Pucknutz says:

    Sorry TJ I am with the Saint here- “I’m smack you upside the head,man”
    Figurativly of course, we would never resort to actual violence on this blog. would we???
    (one of those smiley things that I dont have a clue how to put here)

  80. Other than Mario’s 5-goal game, I think my favorite hockey play of all time is when Robbie Brown scored against the Flyers and Hextall the goalie chased him up the ice to hit him!

    I’m laughing here just picturing it!!!

  81. Jandy says:

    OMG! I so remember that!

  82. Pucknutz says:

    “We had em’ all the way” Nuff said.

  83. Jandy says:

    smiley = colon : and a right parenthesis )
    : ) :)

  84. Pucknutz says:

    Me to. Hextall- had to love em.What a nut case!

  85. Jandy says:

    Mother Theresa is off to bed….4 am comes very early. Night guys and thanks for the banter ;)

  86. Pucknutz says:

    Sorry Jandy you put colon and parenthesis together an it sorta scares me, right or left – get me twitchy- need another LaBB !!

  87. TJ says:

    If they let me vote for Pope; I might have to vote for Nutting. Would be the best way to get him out of Pittsburgh

  88. Eric Bowser says:

    Just got home… 15 hours at work later….

    watching 3rd period of Pens game… no interest watching first 2 periods.

  89. Eric Bowser says:

    1-1 tie: Kunitz won battle along boards, SICK SICK behind the back pass by Crosby to Dupuis and slam dunk goal for Dupuis.

  90. Eric Bowser says:

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    DVR stopped w/ around 5 minutes to play

  91. Eric Bowser says:

    watch game highlights on Pens.com

    oh well… time for bed.

    Just pretend this day never happened.

  92. Jandy says:

    Eric, you have my condolences. Tell your boss I said he has to let you go home for these games!!!!

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