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On location: Sabres 4, Penguins 1 … streak ends at 15

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (28-8) vs. Buffalo Sabres (13-17-6)

Time: 7:38 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

TV, radio: Root Sports, NBC Sports (national), WXDX-FM 105.9

Here is the official live box score.

Here is TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Rob Rossi and I are on the scene.

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. Pucknutz says:

    GO PENS!!

    Wonderful – got one of my new superstitions outa the way.

  2. SJB says:

    Here’s hoping Murray puts Ott on his A all night long.

  3. SJB says:

    Miller must be ecstatic that his Daddy (I mean Crosby), is not playing tonight.

  4. Gee, what should I watch . . . . . Duke Women’s Basketball in NCAA versus Notre Dame or the Pens?!?

    I guess I’ll watch the team in the blue jerseys!

  5. SJB says:

    Enjoy the Duke game. ;)

  6. TJ says:

    Clowe to the Rangers for a 2nd, 3rd and a conditional 3rd in 2014

  7. TJ says:

    It looks like Dallas and SJ will be the only teams drafting in Round 2 this year

  8. theplanisworking says:

    For those who wondered about chemistry………….
    Iginla looks very, very comfortable out there. :)

  9. Sarah says:

    Close all that’s left after RS pilfered the pokey lol!
    Has he scored a goal this year?

  10. Sarah says:

    On LW?

  11. Drew71 says:

    Just turned into a good game.

    But I have a question.

    You can “knock down a three” or “knock down shots”, but why do they never say “knock down a two” or a free throw? Why are threes knocked down and twos made?


    I have to know.

  12. SJB says:

    Clowe hasn’t scored a goal in the last 28 games…just what the Rangers need.

  13. theplanisworking says:

    no, he is on the RW tonight.
    Neal on LW

  14. Sarah says:

    Ridiculous. What a giveaway. Nisky??

  15. SJB says:

    What the hell is Iginla doing on the point? Bylsma being a sped again.

  16. Sarah says:

    Cos they don’t want to put Orpik there and there’s nobody else. Plus Iggy has played point before.
    Was that a behind the back thru the legs blind pass giveaway by Niskanen? Not what you like to see in front of your own net…..

  17. theplanisworking says:

    YAY!!! IGGY !!!

  18. Eric Bowser says:

    Jarome Iginla!!!

  19. Sarah says:


  20. theplanisworking says:

    Is this a bad time to debut the “Iggy Pop” when he scores? ;)

  21. Eric Bowser says:

    just got home a few minutes ago…. just had a really cold hour of soccer practice for Perry. He struggled with conditioning and such, not sure how much he’s going to be able to do this with all his health problems but he’s trying.

  22. Mark says:

    Send it in, Jarome!!!

  23. SJB says:

    Glad Iginla got that first goal out of the way. Now he can breath a bit. The longer it takes the more he would pressure himself.

  24. Drew71 says:

    This Jarome guy is pretty good.

    Where’d he come from?

  25. Knocking down a shot is always better than being knocked up!

  26. Arriba Wilver says:

    Fire Bylsma.

  27. SJB says:

    Nice hit buy Iggy on that puke Kaleta.

  28. theplanisworking says:

    He came from Ray Shero’s bag of tricks. :)

  29. Arriba Wilver says:

    I think they call him the “Bus.”

  30. Not a bad pass from Kunitz.

  31. SJB says:


  32. Sarah says:


  33. SJB says:

    Speaking of Pukes, Barnaby is in the house tonight…yeah, i know..but he was our puke. ;)

  34. theplanisworking says:

    I didnt know Rushel Shell played basketball?

  35. SJB says:

    Pens defensive discipline is a second thought tonight. This is the kind of team they will lose to…one they don’t take seriously. If I was Bylsma, I’d be calling a timeout early tonight.

  36. Eric Bowser says:


    Pitt center Steven Adams is declaring for NBA draft

    Ray Fittipaldo ‏@rayfitt1 1m
    Steven Adams will declare for the NBA draft and intends to sign with an agent. Pitt statement coming.

  37. Drew71 says:

    Now you’re just guessing.

    Can you imagine how they’d pronounce his name in West Virginia?

  38. Milo Hamilton says:

    No truth to the rumor that Pitt has hired Moses to lead the exodus.

  39. Eric Bowser says:

    What is going on?

    Shell, Ziegler, and Adams are gone.

    Just read Dixon has 4 scholarships to fill…

    I don’t blame Adams, staying around another year in a robotic system probably hurts his value as NBA prospect.

  40. SJB says:

    Dixon > Moses?

  41. SJB says:

    Think he’ll get a shooter? lol

  42. theplanisworking says:

    Adams is gone too?

  43. theplanisworking says:

    Well, loks like Pitt’s first season in the ACC is going to be bad…….

  44. SJB says:

    lol, I’ve been there many times…don’t need to imagine.

  45. Naje says:

    Groaty….tried wishing you and the Duke team luck for Sunday’s game, but didn’t see on the blog this weekend…

  46. Drew71 says:

    Didn’t Moses get an extension for, like, 40 years?

  47. Eric Bowser says:

    Pens seem to be off and Vokoun just up a wrap around goal… 3-1 Sabres

  48. SJB says:

    Orpik on his game tonight.

    Well, at least when Buffalo wins they’ll move two more points ahead of the Flyers.

  49. SJB says:

    Streak over.

  50. Naje says:

    robotic system or robotic center? not sure just how much game Adams actually had this year…and he had a steep learning curve…he’s got plenty of room to progress.

  51. SJB says:

    Now he’s really off…the ice I mean.

  52. Drew71 says:

    Notre Dame was 6 down at the break, now up by 8.

  53. Reading says:

    Everytime I watch, Vokoun is out of the net and gets burned.

  54. SJB says:

    Don’t anyone think Buffalo will back off now. They are juiced…this is they’re season defining moment. They aren’t going to the playoffs and they have nothing else to play for except this.

  55. SJB says:


  56. Dr Waido says:

    I dont mind the loss. It just looks like the same problems they were having earlier in the year. They look bad.

  57. SJB says:

    Proof why Despres needs to stay in the minors a bit longer.

  58. Stuart says:

    Puck in Pens end just about the whole game so far.

    Sounds like SJB is blaming Despres. Not seein that.

    Nothing doing on Sid’s line.

    Missing Sid big time.


  59. Where’s Jandy? She’s not on here. That’s why the Pens are down.

  60. Jandy says:

    I guess it was time for the Pens to have a stinker game. Doesn’t mean I have to like it.

  61. Jandy says:

    hubby was on e-bay, Spunky. I’ve been yelling at the television for some time now :(

  62. Dr Waido says:

    I hope the Tyler Kennedy experiment is over. Also, it appears “bad” Vokun may have reappeared.

  63. Jandy says:

    Not really, SJB, he’s better than some of the others out there tonight. Don’t blame him for one mistake.

  64. SJB says:

    Not blaming, just saying you don’t take that stupid, selfish boarding penalty just as one expires, especially down 4-1. He’s got some learning and growing up to do.

  65. One full period to go, right?

  66. Jandy says:

    yup, Anything is possible….

  67. TJ says:

    So Pitt loses Ziegler and Adams from the basketball team today. Should be a fun first season in the ACC. But then again even if these guys stayed we all know the outcome of the season. 21-11 in regular season; seeded between 6-9 and lose in the first round.

  68. TJ says:

    Rumor has it that the Pens called the NHL offices to see if they could have the 2nd intermission extended by 20 minutes so Crosby could give the team a pep talk. They were unable to find a person that can do sign language for a mumbler

  69. TJ says:

    I think we have a better chance of Jamie Dixon heading to Minnesota than the Pens coming back in the 3rd.

  70. Jandy says:

    You’re a ray of sunshine :)

  71. TJ says:

    But the one thing about Moses; he atleast accomplished his goal

  72. SJB says:

    lol Yeah, maybe he can have Garret Morris do it instead.

  73. TJ says:

    Any chance Notre Dame can take the ice in the 3rd for the Pens; we are only down 3.

  74. TJ says:

    its past my bed time; plus I’m down in Tampa. I blame this performance on me not being in town.

  75. TJ says:

    Could you imagine if the Pirates took that stance; they wouldn’t have enough guys to fill the starting lineup

  76. SJB says:

    Be nice if maybe even one of our role players could get an even strength goal against this joke of a team. Is that asking too much?

  77. TJ says:

    Ok so Vokoun stood up in Philly and chewed out the players; who stood up tonight?

  78. deb says:

    This is the Pens without their MVP…Sid….for anyone who mentioned how “skilled and amazing” Kunitz and Duper are….Sid just makes them look like jagr…

  79. Jandy says:

    true dat!

  80. Jandy says:

    Nice selfish penalty by Jimmy Neal…do we send him down or sit him?

  81. SJB says:

    Looking like a typical Flyers game loss, Neal and everyone else going after Kaleta the trouble maker. Undisciplined play tonight.

  82. Jandy says:

    yeah, it’s all the Teddy Bear’s fault ;)

  83. Jandy says:

    I was kinda hoping Jeffrey would get a goal.

  84. Boise Bucco says:

    Maybe Tony Granato convinced Disco Dan that they needed more practice on the PK so they’re treating this whole game as one big PK practice session. If that’s the case they’re actually doing pretty good…

  85. Jandy says:

    now THAT’S optimism lol

  86. SJB says:

    I was hoping Morrow.

  87. SJB says:

    They obviously stopped caring about wanting to win. Everyone want’s penalty box time.

  88. Boise Bucco says:

    Seriously as soon as one ends another one begins, like they’re planned. And for real, the PK has been on point tonight. Haha now Kunitz is in the box!

  89. Jandy says:

    I don’t feel he’s a role player lol

  90. Jandy says:

    I wish someone would tell this team they’re playing Buffalo, not Philly

  91. Arriba Wilver says:

    What? They weren’t going to finish the season undefeated?

    Fire Bylsma!

  92. Jandy says:


  93. Adams is ready for the NBA?

  94. Jandy says:

    The more I see of Doug Murray, the more I like him.

  95. Jandy says:

    Good grief! How in the heck did Jeffrey miss that?

  96. SJB says:

    What’s that got to do with squat? They had plenty of opportunities to lose to better teams over this streak, but to play like crap against Buffalo? This isn’t even about bad breaks, this is about not bothering to show up. This is not earning a paycheck. If this team really cared, they’d put the money they made from playing this game into a sin jar…and yes, it would be one big jar.

  97. SJB says:

    Agreed. One bright spot this evening.

  98. Jandy says:

    They were due for a loss. It sucks, but it happens. that’s what squat has to do with it

  99. MadTurk says:

    I was hoping anyone would score.

  100. Jandy says:

    Everything bad I read about him, he disproves

  101. MadTurk says:

    You really want a replay of it?

  102. Jandy says:

    he** no lol

  103. Jandy says:

    Suit me up! ;)

  104. MadTurk says:

    4:07 to go, I think I will try to get more then 6 hours sleep tonight. If I dream will they come back in this game? I guess I will find out n he morning.

  105. MadTurk says:

    Could not get any worse

  106. Jandy says:

    another PP chance squandered. And a great save by Flower

  107. SJB says:

    What happen to Neal? Couldn’t hit the net with a shotgun anymore. Obviously faceoffs aren’t important to the Pens anymore either, and by scratching Vitale, Bylsma could care less.

  108. Jandy says:

    this one’s lost. Sleep well, madTurk

  109. SJB says:

    Sorry, keep dreaming. ;)

  110. Jandy says:

    thanks, I think :P

  111. SJB says:

    Too bad the same can’t be said about Orpik.

  112. Pucknutz says:

    WOW SJB 15 straight wins- one bad game- and they did not “bother to show up” and don’t care – gimmie a break!! With all due respect you are full of it!

  113. Jandy says:

    he’s having a tough season for sure. But he still makes good plays….he had several nice blocks tonite

  114. I think you could get the job done with those size 9’s, J-girl.

  115. Jandy says:

    Mother Theresa is off to bed..let’s hope the boys do better tomorrow against the Rangers.

  116. SJB says:

    I’m due to hit the lottery too. Why’s that not happening? If this is how this team plays against teams they should beat, then the rest of the schedule is looking bad.

    Like I said though Jandy, due for a loss is one thing, losing to a team you have no business losing to, is another.

    Not even caring about the streak, I care about how they ended it. Not acceptable. Like I always say: It’s not if you win or lose…

  117. SJB says:

    So you thought they did show up? If I’m full of it, you’re delusional.

    What 15 straight have to do with this mess of a game? You live in the past?

  118. deb says:

    Ha…without playing Sid passes Kunitz to take the lead on the plus/minus….Ha.,,,

  119. Pucknutz says:

    Sit and stew in your negitive vile bile- tommorow is another day -GO PENS!

  120. Milo Hamilton says:

    In other transfer news – WPIAL all time 3 point leader Micah Mason transfers from Drake to Duquesne.

    I believe I had that. A week ago Saturday.

  121. DemonDachshund says:

    I wonder if seeing what happened to the Louisville kid had any impact on Adams changing his mind. Has to strike a chord when it happens to someone you’ve played against…

    We’ll see if the gamble pays off. I don’t think he showed enough to be a lottery pick, and that to me should be the deciding factor.

  122. Stuart says:

    SJB are you an upperclassman, and do you plan to stay around here after you graduate?

    if you move to say Philly you could be even unhappier.


  123. DemonDachshund says:

    Crosby’s jaw breaks. Shell leaves. Ziegler and Adams leave. Winning streak ends. Pirates start up again.

    Rough week so far.

  124. Jandy says:

    Spunky has a foot fetish ;)

  125. Jandy says:

    Sure sounds like it, friend ;)

  126. Jandy says:


  127. No, my name is not Rex Ryan.

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