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Final: Penguins 3, Bruins 2, No. 1 seed in East clinched

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (33-10) vs. Boston Bruins (26-11-5)

Time: 12:38 p.m.

Site: TD Garden, Boston

TV, radio: Root Sports, NHL Network (national), TSN2 (Canada), RDS (Quebec), WXDX-FM 105.9

Here is the official live box score.

Here is TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Rob Rossi will cover what should be a spectacular scene, given all that we as a nation were witnessing last night. This was his coverage from Boston yesterday.

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. I’m queasy about the surveillance creep in our society, but this week and tonight were awesome displays of American hi-tech know-how put to good use and some real intensive hard work by a whole lot of police and F.B.I folk.

    • And the poor soul who lost both of his legs but yet still scribbled on paper when he woke up that he could identify the bomber and allowed himself to be interviewed by police while in ICU.

        • Good to hear from you today, Drew.

          • Good morning, Brandie. I was all fired up yesterday.

            Yeah. In more ways than one, I suppose.

            But I mean by work. I was renegotiating a $130M contract for my company that took all day and into the evening. Actually it was the culmination of a six week process. The end result: the new contract improves our financial position by $22M/year.

            Yeah. $130M. That’s an ANNUAL figure. Wow. Seriously WAY out of my league. Don’t my bosses know I’m an idiot??

            (Place inevitable, tiresome Pirates payroll comparative posts HERE [X])

            I was so wired I had trouble getting to sleep last night. Especially after coming home to learn about the capture. Had to watch that when I should have been sleeping.

            And then I awoke depressed.

            My commission?

            You guessed it.

          • Note to self: keep negotiations going beyond 5:00 PM on Fridays. We do better. Or more accurately, the other side does worse.

            Baseball note to self: Never again complain about Scott Boros or Pirates or any side at the table taking the negotiations to the wee hours of a deadline. It works.

  2. Let’s Go Pens!

  3. Pregame “fesitivities” (because that’s really what it will amount to) should be nauseating, but looking forward to the game. What I’m really looking forward to is news about 7, 18 and 87 making huge strides toward their returns.

  4. Beautiful spring morning in Western Pennsylvania. It’s snowing. Bleh.

  5. Is it safe here today ;-)

  6. Huge game in Manitoba today.

    If the Islanders defeat the Jets today then I think: 1, The Rangers will hold off the Jets for the last playoff spot and 2. The Islanders will hold off the Rangers for the 7th spot.

    May the force of Neil Young and the Guess Who be with the Jets

    I would much rather see the Pens play NYI in the first round. The Rangers are a worry,

    Are Kathryn Tappen and Kaherine Heigl the same person?

    Oh, and did I mention-the Chicago Blackhawks are a good hockey team.

  7. Flyers officially eliminated from playoffs last night! Ahhhh, that’s nice.

    Gotta love this quote from Bozo the Clown: “It’s the first time in a long time for Philadelphia, for myself, to be eliminated not by your own doing”

    Uhhh, Scott it was by the Flyers own doing. All those games you lost, remember? That’s why you’re out, not the Rangers outburst against Florida. That’s just one game.

    And Claude, it’s overdue that you pass the Best Player in the World baton back to Mr. Crosby.

  8. If the Pens win today they clinch home ice against everyone except Chicago.

  9. Glad to see you Drew Dahling. I was concerned. :-*

  10. Went to the Buccos game last night. Also went on Sunday afternoon. Probably the 2 best games of the year. (AJ’s 1 hitter was a good one too…did I just type a drug reference?)

    The team looked really, really good.

    Btw? Is it ok to talk baseball here or do I wait until the ge thread

  11. I am guessing not everyone is an ESPN insider so I will put this up; its a little bit of information pertaining to Cooke’s return to Ottawa on Monday.

    Erik Karlsson may be close to returning from the torn Achilles tendon that has kept him on ice since mid-February, but don’t expect that to have any impact on the way Ottawa Senators fans welcome the man who injured him, Pittsburgh Penguins pest Matt Cooke.

    On Monday, Cooke will pay his first visit to Ottawa since his skate sliced through Karlsson’s heel back on Feb. 13. Despite the good news concerning Karlsson’s recovery, at least one group of locals are preparing a decidedly hostile reception.

    According to CBC’s Doug Harrison, about 60 members of Sens fan group Red Scarf Union are finalizing plans for a “Matt Cooke Hatefest,” which will include organized chants and the distribution of Western-style “Wanted” posted emblazoned with a picture of Cooke’s face.

    “There will be quite a few of us carrying that [poster] around,” one RSU member told CBC. “You can chant and everyone hears that, but if some of our signs can get caught on TV, then the message is clearly seen.”

  12. 58 being physical! jagr & Chara

  13. It’s taken me a long time, but I’m starting to like Tanner Glass. I think he’s been more comfortable, effective and noticeable since the new guys arrived

  14. Someone please clean up after Kris Letang please. Yikes.

  15. I’m not sure fate will allow a Bruins loss today.

  16. Pretty weak defense by Letang.

    Watching NESN feed on NHL Network. They didn’t show a replay of the Cooke penalty. Looked pretty suspect. Announcers all over Cooke about Pens nomination of him for Masterson award, showing more ignorance. They still haven’t gotten over his hit on Savard a few years ago.

  17. Bruins announcer just compared Matt Cooke to Sirhan Sirhan. What a tool.

  18. Wow!

    Bruins TV crew just rips the Pittsburgh press on national television.

  19. Wow, this is getting pretty bad by the refs. Bad enough that the Pens are playing with no energy, but getting iffy calls against them will be too much to overcome.

    • There is only so many teams you can beat without the likes of Crosby, Malkin, Neal, and Martin. Those are go to guys that carry teams at times. And when they don’t you get contributions from other guys; well now our other guys are the go to guys.

  20. Thank God for the 1st Amendment. But you really can’t just say anything. I really believe in a legal sense he might have just crossed the line.

  21. I love city of Boston. Not so much their sports teams.

  22. Horton been looking for fight whole game……Iginla such a pro!

  23. Next time you hear Bob Errey say something stupid, which is often, just be thankful he doesn’t say anything as stupid as comparing Cooke to Sirhan Sirhan.

    • I think the Commish should look into this a bit.

      BTW-this Edwards guy is awful, putting aside his stupidity for a moment. Might have to do that sync thing Milo does for last 2 periods.

  24. These refs are something else today

  25. Is some of this vitriol coming from the fact that Iggy chose the Pens over the,?

  26. It will be very hard for the pens to win or even have a real power play today. Bad enough with all the chaos the last few days but the refs are all for Boston today. Seems they want them to win to help lift the city.

  27. DK……..What’s your take on the boston announcers? I’m watching the Root feed, so haven’t heard it, but in light of current events, comparing a hockey player to sirhan sirhan seems a bit over the top, and extremely insensitive.

    I feel good to get out of 1st down 1-0. I think we’ll see better, more inspired play from the Pens remainder of game.

  28. Edwards just gave a lame apology on twitter and of course played the “bad week” card. This isn’t the first time he’s done this sort of thing. He’s a repeat offender. He’s got serious issues. Maybe he should get some help.

  29. And as far as Boston announcers go, I love listening to Don Orsillo & Jerry Remy. They do an excellent baseball broadcast.

  30. The Senators have just hired Jack Edwards for Monday night’s game.

  31. He just apologized on air. Said his conscience got to him.

  32. Tying goal changes everything.

  33. Nice effort in front of the net. Need those grinder goals today.

    I agree with Dejan. Edwards apology seemed sincere. Back to the game.

  34. Are there any referees at this game today?

  35. Vokoun is bailing out the team today. Very uninspired effort by the Pens so far. Lots of bad habits from earlier this season resurfacing.

  36. Wow.. they called a penalty on Boston

  37. Was that not a clean legal check?

  38. When you watch some of the better teams play it’s easy to see the advantage the Pens have when everyone is healthy. The Bruins have dominated play but they struggle to score. Same with the Rangers. A lot of toughness, not a lot of touch.

  39. Completely clean hit by Cooke. Typical overreaction by B’s.

  40. Has anyone informed Letang that the game started – over an hour and a half ago?

  41. While Brendan Sutter is a superior offensive player to Jordan Staal, he’s been very disappointing defensively.

  42. such a ray of sunshine

  43. I see some new posters here, welcome,

    If you haven’t posted where you are currently residing, please add a reply to this post

    We’re up to 332 locations, I think

  44. Brandon Sutter has 5 game winning goals of the 11 he’s scored.

    • You calling Sutter for the gamewinner…..If i’m not mistaken you’ve called your shots in the past with some success!

  45. Marchand is a friggin tool

  46. Since I was on Letang’s case earlier, I will give him credit on that PP. Nice job to keep the play in the offensive zone.

  47. Nice play by Tanger to keep puck in play

  48. Tyler Kennedy, annoyingly durable.

  49. See above.

  50. Any more complaints about Letang?

  51. Again, Vokoun has been huge in this game

  52. Player of the game Vokoun

  53. McQuaid got nothing to complainabout after that garbage

  54. Dupuis, Glass, and Adams…Gettin it done.

  55. The Penguins look like the Red Wings of 5 years ago.That’s the highest compliment I can pay them.

  56. These last 2 games(Montreal & Boston) have me at the point where I can’t wait for 7 game series hockey. The Cup is far from a guarantee, and I don’t see Chicago or the West play much hockey…..but I don’t see any team in the East that can hang with the Pens thru 3 periods of hockey, let alone 7 games

    • Trust me Chicago is more than capable. They have a great team

      • Agree. I’ve watched the Hawks quite a bit. They’re the only team that can match the Pens skill line-for-line. Their goaltending has been playing above their talent, so that may become an issue in the playoffs. Would love to see a Pens-Hawks Finals.

  57. Wow. All I can say is wow. This is turning into a TEAM. Last night I watched Miracle one of my favorite movies. And if it was ever clear that it takes a TEAM to win it was that team but man do the Pens look like a TEAM.

  58. Dejan, no Vokoun in your 3 stars? I thought he was the reason the Pens won this game. Outdone on every stat line, outshot pretty significantly, and really outplayed for most of the first 2 periods. Vokoun was the difference.

  59. Nice win and good to see the officials show up as well.
    They do look like a team that can win it all.

  60. Saw the first period, then had to go do some stuff. Appears the Pens continue to rolll!!

    Shero for MVP! LOL

    GO PENS!

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