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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 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. 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


  2. Lets Go Pens!
    “Play your Game”

    I know yinz just love that DB quote!!

  3. 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.

    • … 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.

      • 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.

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

    • 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!

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

  12. 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?

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

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

  15. 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.

    • 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.

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

  17. 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

  18. This team is sick

  19. woah! That’s 2 for Duper tonight!

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

  21. Pope Francis comes through for the Pens!

  22. empty netter to cap it off :)

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

  24. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

  30. Just got home… 15 hours at work later….

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

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