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On location: Penguins 3, Rangers 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (20-8) vs. New York Rangers (13-12-2)

Time: 1:08 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

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

Here is the official live box score.

Here is TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Rob Rossi, Josh Yohe and I are covering.

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. radio wave says:

    On a day where baseball or college hoops should take priority, this must win game for my Rangers will be on my TV at 1 o’clock.

  2. Bizrow says:

    + 1

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  5. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Just watched DVR Leafs game last night.

    Wanted to congratulate Tyler Kennedy for achieving a career milestone by having 2,401 blocked shots in one game. Way to go Tyler.

    I sure hope Despres sits today. I don’t think his 6’4″, 214 pounds can handle the fury of Marian Gaborik on the forecheck.

  6. Iceman says:

    Anyone heard the lineups yet?

  7. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Negative, Ghost Rider. The pattern is full.

  8. Eric Bowser says:

    Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
    Bennett – Sutter – Neal
    Cooke – Jeffrey – Kennedy
    Glass – Vitale – Adams

    Orpik – Martin
    Eaton – Letang
    Despres – Niskanen

    Vokoun – backup

  9. Eric Bowser says:

    1-0 Pens

    Bennett with a slap shot flying down RW

  10. radio wave says:

    Penguins are dominating play so far.

  11. Heather says:

    Anchorage, Alaska

  12. Sarah says:

    TG Despres in. Bennett’s the deal….

  13. Sarah says:

    Lets wait for the 2nd period….they have habit of napping thru it lol!

  14. Sarah says:

    And….what is today’s definition of boarding? Good lord. Garage league, Shanny.

  15. Sarah says:

    Gah! MAF! Grab that biscuit!

  16. Sarah says:

    Halllooooo? Anybody home?…..

  17. Pucknutz says:

    Orpik looked pretty good that last shift. Whats up?

  18. Eric Bowser says:

    I’m watching… hopefully everyone likes rodeo hockey.

    February 1993, the day NHL officiating died.

  19. Sarah says:

    Ummm Bettmen era? Rangers trap?…. Help me out….

  20. Pucknutz says:

    TK hitts the net!! WHATS up?

  21. radio wave says:

    Game over. I wonder if the Rangers coach will have anything to say in the news conference?

  22. Eric Bowser says:


    Kennedy scores on PP 2-0 Pens

    Dupuis scores on a sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet backhand 3-0 Pens

  23. Pucknutz says:

    Duper with a slick move!!! OK thats normal lately !!!! LOL

  24. Sarah says:

    Good gracious that was a fast pair.
    Too bad Duper has no hands….um…wait…

  25. Sarah says:

    I for one, cannot wait. Torts can be such an entertaining D-bag….

  26. Sarah says:

    Seriously this Rangers group canNOT score. Gotta feel for Henry.

  27. Waido says:

    Like the aggressive PK.

  28. Waido says:

    Let’s get that SO

  29. Jandy says:


  30. Jandy says:

    for sure

  31. Jandy says:

    If I were the Rangers after Torts last outburst I wouldn’t score either

  32. Jandy says:

    easy now ;)

  33. Sarah says:


  34. Eric Bowser says:

    Fleury gets franchise record 23rd shutout

  35. Jandy says:

    Good to see the Flower get a shut out :)

  36. Sarah says:

    Might this be an actual “adjustment” by the coaching staff? Really, last season early the PK was super aggressive and they were on a tear.
    Then it all got passive as time went on, and has been iMO ridiculous since last spring.

    If they’ve decided to get aggressive now on PK, then Yay.
    Time will tell….

  37. Sarah says:


  38. Pucknutz says:

    Good game Pens ! Boston tommorow- Vokun maybe?

  39. Jandy says:

    we can hope!

  40. Jandy says:


  41. Pucknutz says:

    If I remember correctly colen=right parenthesis.
    Did I learn good Jandy?

  42. Jandy says:

    YUP good job lol

  43. Arriba Wilver says:

    First one this year, right?

  44. Sarah says:

    Geez I hope we see the Torts presser! Perfect end to this game lol!!!

  45. Eric Bowser says:

    PDO ranking

    58 NHL Forwards with at least 20 games played and less than 10 minutes of 5-on-5 TOI

    Pens 4th liners well represented at the bottom

    Adams – 53rd
    Glass – 56th
    Vitale – 57th

  46. Sarah says:

    Well their shooting % has to be microscopic yes?
    You sayin RS needs to go after a bottom 6er? Don’t disagree!

    I’d choose a heavy duty top 4 D first tho…..

  47. Drew71 says:

    Thus the eight game losing streak.


  48. Arriba Wilver says:


  49. Pucknutz says:

    I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I don’t have a clue what that “stat”
    means ?????

  50. Arriba Wilver says:

    I heard after the game that this was the first time – in FOUR years – that Sid has gone two games in a row at home without a point.

  51. pattonbb says:

    Did Tortorella give the Pens any credit after the game, or did the Rangers just suck again? He has to be unemployed soon.

  52. John Lease says:

    So who had the record before, Barraso?

    And why can’t anyone write it in any game story?

  53. Eric Bowser says:

    yeah, it was Tommy B’s team record at 22

  54. Eric Bowser says:

    keep laughing.

    Come playoff time, you need four solid lines and three good D pairings.

    I think the defense pairings are good, the third line should be fine once Malkin returns but that 4th line is brutal.

    Since Bylsma very rarely matches lines, teams will get their top two lines against our 4th line and it will be trouble.

  55. Eric Bowser says:

    “PDO is the sum of “On-Ice Shooting Percentage” and “On-Ice Save Percentage” while a player was on the ice. It regresses very heavily to the mean in the long-run: a team or player well above 1000 has generally played in good luck and should expect to drop going forward and vice-versa.”

  56. Eric Bowser says:

    He played well in both games too, just the way the puck bounces sometimes.

  57. Eric Bowser says:

    All the coaches in the current Atlantic division could be toast after the season.

    1 Rangers don’t get out of the first round or don’t make the playoffs, Torts will be gone.
    2 Flyers could fire Lavs now based on their atrocious defensive play.
    3 Islanders are a disappointing bunch, not sure Capuano is long for that job
    4 Penguins don’t make it out of the 1st round and no way should Bylsma be retained
    5 Devils under Lamoriello are nuts about coaches, if they struggle Deboer is scape goat

  58. Jandy says:

    I do believe so

  59. Jandy says:

    what Eric said

  60. jagoff says:

    Frederick, MD

  61. Pucknutz says:

    Root had a graphic after the game that showed the records, but for the life of me I cannot remember the last two after Barasso. Old age and Labatts Blue certainly are a factor in the memory loss!
    But I am seein somthing like Les Binkley w/like 12 and the Moose w/7.
    Someone will correct me if I am wrong! lol

  62. Drew71 says:

    Penguins leading the Eastern Conference.

    Penguins riding an eight game winning streak.

    Penguins coming off a shutout.

    So let’s talk about firing the coach.

  63. Drew71 says:

    And hockey is replete with teams that go four lines AND six defensemen deep with quality.

  64. Pucknutz says:

    Sorry Eric,
    How in the He double hockeys sticks do you calculate “on-Ice Save Percentage”.
    I am gonna regress to “mean” and say in the long run that really is a BS stat!!
    Bunch o those smiley things Eric no offence.
    Go Pens – Ya Baby I am A Homer!!

  65. Pucknutz says:

    Drew I really hate that you have absolutely no talent for sarcasm!

  66. Pucknutz says:

    I gotta line on some really good tar and feathers w/a broken disco ball thrown in, aint found the rail yet but Eric may have a line on that!!

  67. Sarah says:

    Of course not. But hockey is replete with coaches that make sure their weakest line is not out there vs the opponents best.
    Bylsma notably excluded from that group.

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