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Final: Penguins 5, Hurricanes 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (29-10) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (16-20-2)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.

TV, radio: Root Sports, WXDX-FM 105.9

Here is the official live box score.

Here is TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Josh Yo’he needs a Rod Brind’Amour-style apostrophe in his name.

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.

95 Comments

  1. go penguins… get that W… and clinch that division tonight. Then you can worry about all the other bs over the remaining 8 games.

  2. Just like against Buffalo, the Pens very well could lose this game and I wouldn’t be surprised if they did. The Pens are in a weird spot right now.

  3. penguins did struggle last time they played… and our lines are all mixed up. Wonder who’s in goal… probably Fleury.

  4. 20 years ago today Mario scored 5 goals in the Penguins 10-4, and record setting 16th straight win against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

    His stats at that point were 67 goals, 90 assists and 157 points, in only 58 games in a season that he battled back from cancer.

    At 1.52 points per game, he could have scored 97 goals and 128 assists for 225 points had he played all 84 games.

    There’s great and then there’s Mario.

    • +1. And beyond

    • Anyone who watched him play…knew he was the greatest talent ever to skate with a stick. Even Gretsky (eventually) admitted it.

      • Not to pick nits…but 157 points in 58 games is 2.71 ppg. You may have typed and thought that it was too ridiculous (and it was) cause your projected total was right. He averaged right at 2 ppg for his career when he retired the first time, which was the highest in league history.

        • Yeah, I thought it sounded off when I typed it knowing what his points per game career average was. I think I was averaging goals per game, not points. 99.8% of all players would be thrilled with 1.52 ppg. ;)

          • For a month….

            • In the QMJHL for Laval in his last year, he scored 133 goals and 282 points in 70 games. Now, granted, that league was all about offense, but the logistics of those kinda numbers are mind boggling to comprehend just because you would think it’s gotta be hard to score that much anywhere unless the other team is always down 2 men and the goalie is a dwarf with one arm. ;)

  5. Gotta post my superstitious GO PENS!
    I feel much better now.

  6. They are playing without 4 of their best players in Crosby, Neal, Martin and Letang. The Canes must be playing pretty poorly to be the under dog at home. I think this is a “trap” type game.

    • Agree, even DK called them quitting, choking dogs…I imagine J Staal will try to get them going.

    • Agree w/ya TJ.
      Of course I am well aware that they are playing without 4 of their best players seeing it written out in black & white sorta sent a strange chill down my spine.
      Tonights game is by no stretch a must win game and I feel they still oughta win it but I am not going to panic if they do not. I would really like to one of the lines start really clicking. Iggy,Geno, and Kunitz would be “real” nice.
      I think they just need to play a solid game win or lose and not get anyone else hurt!! `

  7. If you haven’t logged in where you live, or are not sure, please post a reply to this post.

    Yes, I should have been a census taker, but I love the fact that so many different places follow this here blog.

    Posting the whole list takes up space ;-)

    • Hey Biz, I am from “not sure”!! LOL
      Ya I know what you ment – just being a smart-a** !
      Mars, Pa.

    • NJ…14 years now and still hoping it’s just a temporary thing.

      • Well, where I NJ? A neighborhood will be fine, no, I’m gonna add SBJ as a location, thanks

        You gotta go where the streams of life drifts you, and I was lucky

        I’ve been lucky in many ways, I will live in Western Pa for my whole life

        You run into Burghers/WPA folks all the time out there, that’s one reason I keep the list.

        Maybe I should start listing lunatic names?

        • I added those, thanks, I sure hope no one audits my list

        • Mullica Hill, NJ. Outside of Philthy, PA.

          Yup, Gotta go where the jobs are anymore.

          I envy people who can stay where they grew up. Wish I could have. The world is nice to visit but not necessarily a better place to live in.

  8. Westgarth is Bill Cowher’s son in law.

  9. My take (for what it’s worth) is the Canes are desperate. They are trying to just make the playoffs.

  10. Geez it’s a penalty box parade. Not good

  11. Carolina is 1-11-1 in their last 13 games.

  12. Penguins missing $22.2 million of their $66.4 million payroll tonight due to injury. Roughly one third.

    • That’s a really interesting stat. I was trying to think of a good way to quantify how much they’re playing without right now. Losing their top guys means more to the Penguins than it does to some other teams because their top guys are who they are and their salaries limit their ability to sign depth players (though they’ve done a fantastic job and are loaded this year). The salary cap stat illustrates that fairly well.

  13. Morrow finally on the board!

  14. MAF looking bad…again.

  15. Hope you all had the over.

  16. For a 2-2 game, this one sure lacks much excitement.

    • Has an early regular season feel about it. Lots of slop and careless play.

      • Did we bring Bennett up just to put him on 4th line?

        • That infuriates me

          • And sat Depres too, at least Bortuzzo scored….

          • I think I’d still rather see him in Pittsburgh than in WBS, especially come playoff time. Even just practicing with the group they have in Pittsburgh has to be good for his development. It looks like he might see some time on the PP too. The lines were a mess last night anyway. It’ll be really interesting to see what happens if/when they get healthy.

            Kennedy, Jeffery, Vitale, Jokinen, Glass, Bennett, and Adams all competing for fourth line spots? That’s rough. You have to figure Adams is a lock, I would think Jokinen has to play somewhere and Bylsma seems pretty enamored with keeping Glass in the lineup. That leaves Kennedy’s skating, Bennett’s skill, and Vitale’s faceoffs in the press box.

            Remind anyone on Miro Satan not being able to crack the lineup?

  17. Canes PK 28th in the league and this is all the Pens can muster with the likes of Mallkin, Iginla, Kunitz, Morrow and Dupuis?

  18. Another PP, another instance of Malkin forcing passes.

  19. Cripes is this sloppy

  20. Nice block by Murray :)

  21. So 4 goals in the first period and none in the 2nd?

    Could it be “overtime”?

  22. Like for more hitting and scoring in the third period.

  23. Look not like but I would like to see that happen.

  24. Pathetic in their own end.

  25. Bortuzzo doing his best to make up for that goal he scored.

  26. They’re playing very poorly tonight but it’s also been a weak effort in goal. A true team effort against this awful team.

  27. And so much for that “Malkin really picks his game up when Sid’s out” thing.

  28. And the 4th liner scores!

  29. Tanner Glass!!!!

  30. Yaaay! Malkin gets off the milk carton!

  31. Seriously, does it have to be this hard? I just don’t get the mindset of athletes who should by all means know better to let themselves fall or struggle against teams that they should beat. Short term memory issues? They knew the situation coming into this game especially after the Buffalo fiasco and boom…it’s happens all over again.

    I just hope they have woken up enough to hold onto this lead and build on this going into the next game if they can.

  32. Can’t believe I’m rooting for the Habs to beat the Caps but I really don’t want that team to succeed again…ever!

  33. Does Jordan Staal still play ?

  34. That’s the Penguins 1st division title since 2008.

  35. Whew! Not a great win but I’ll take it. Atlantic Division Champs!

  36. Being a Pirate fan, I will never scoff at winning a division-even if 16 teams make the playoffs.

    Everything set for a Pens/Wild final.

  37. Their MO for the last several games has been to play a little open in the first, start a little hitting in the second, and hit more in the third.

  38. I really didn’t need another reason to read the Trib over the PG; but if you go to their main page and breaking news it reads the following:

    http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/penguins/penguins-clinch-atlantic-division-championship-with-5-3-victory-over-panthers-682755/

    I was really impressed with the Pens ability to shut down Cam Newton tonight. That guy isn’t nearly as good on skates.

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