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Final: Penguins 3, Senators 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (34-10) vs. Ottawa Senators (23-15-6)

Time: 7:38 p.m.

Site: Scotiabank Place, Ottawa

TV, radio: Root Sports, WXDX-FM 105.9

Here is the official live box score.

Here is TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Josh Yohe is skating down the Rideau Canal.

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 !!!

  2. Jandy says:

    HECK YEAH !!!!

  3. Pucknutz says:

    Shero for MVP!!!

  4. Iceman says:

    “It’s a Great Day for Hockey!”

  5. TJ says:

    So lets get this right… No crosby, no malkin, no neal, no martin, no letang, no bennett, no fleury. Thats the starting line for any team in this league that is on the shelf.

    We got to make some predictions….

    Eric set the early over under on misconducts at 4.5

    I’m going to go with the OVER on that. I see Macintyre, vitale, glass getting the boot

  6. Brandie says:

    Badger Bob…In love it.

  7. tpbco says:

    I don’t wanna see us start anything…but FINISH anything that does get started.

  8. tpbco says:

    I’m going to take the under.

    IMO, the fact that the sens need points is going to be the deciding factor, unless….

    1.) they have a serious bounty put up
    2.) somebody (on either team) does something really stupid, early
    3.) the score gets out of hand and the refs lose control

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  10. Brandie says:

    Should say I love it.

  11. Pucknutz says:

    Agree w/ya tpbco. What I would like to see is – First shift Cookie is out someone starts some sh** – drop the gloves – little bit o rasslin – throw them both out.

    Sens save their “honor” and quiet the neanderthals, Cookie don’t back away from anything, and is out so no idiot can take a cheap shot at him later in the game. Don’t need no more injuries.

    Then the Sens can attempt to beat the team as TJ notes has an entire “starting line” out.
    Game on!

    GO PENS!!

  12. Brandie says:

    That does seem to be the gentlemanly way to handle things. Then we all save face.

  13. Pucknutz says:

    Golf is a “gentleman’s” game – hockey, not so much!

    But you got my point exactly!! lol

  14. theplanisworking says:

    In Shero We Trust!

  15. theplanisworking says:

    Jandy disease?
    Or are you becoming a fellow Hippo, and cant type?? 8-)

  16. theplanisworking says:

    This has the potential to be a Slap Shot game…….

  17. JohninOshkosh says:

    Pretty jacked to see what, in the end, is a meaningless hockey game.

  18. Brandie says:

    I told Jandy before, all keyboards need a “duh” key for use when mistakes are made. ;)

  19. TJ says:

    Amen John. I got my nachos and beer ice cold and ready to roll.

    I may have to use this post in a few years when I’m applying to be a contestant on the biggest loser after reading my above statement.

    But then I think back to when the NFL draft was a weekend event; spent all weekend on the couch chowing down on every unhealthy food imagineable. Its probably a good thing for me that they have spread it out over 3 days now. Gives me time to restock and perhaps pick a different menu for the 2nd or 3rd days.

  20. theplanisworking says:

    Or, in the Great Catholic School tradition………..

    they should smack our hands automatically! :)

  21. TJ says:

    I wish we could call in missed penalties in Hockey like you can in golf. Nothing worse than a guy sitting at home who probably has never played a sub par round of golf in his life calling in to complain that a golfer broke a rule and should be DQ’d. Could you imagine the NFL hotline if fans could do that. Or if you could call in a missed ball or strike in baseball. Has to be one of the worse rules in sports. Right behind the previous rule that coaches could not challenge a scoring play since all scoring plays were reviewed and if you challenged the replay was taken away. Honestly who came up with that idea?

  22. Brandie says:

    They’d have to catch me first…

  23. Pucknutz says:

    Or as I vividly recall – Sister Mary Mean had the trained hands to twist an ear in the most painful way possible!!
    Not that I deserved it ! LOL

  24. theplanisworking says:

    if you remember it, you probably deserved it…………….. 8-)

  25. Brandie says:

    Guess you all have fond memories of Sister Mary Rasputin.

  26. Brandie says:

    Can you imagine how long the games would take? Yeesh!

  27. Pucknutz says:

    No, no, no, girl you don’t run, really bad move, they worked in pairs at least – you are toast. After capture it was on to Mother Superior – really deep doo-doo!

  28. Brandie says:

    That’s why I was a public school kid.

  29. Pucknutz says:

    Cookie showing some poise – dumb penelty by the Sens!!!

  30. Brandie says:

    Coming after Cookie already.

  31. theplanisworking says:

    So Was Eye.

    Thatz wheye Iz gottiz a gud edicashun. ;)

  32. Arriba Wilver says:

    Looks like the hormones are controlling over the brain for the Senators so far. Hope the Pens can take advantage.

  33. TJ says:

    Curious about something; Cooke draws the penalty but the faceoff was outside the offensive zone. What gives??

    Was it because the defensemen joined the scrum?

  34. Brandie says:

    Cuz reedin iz funduhmentuhl.

  35. Brandie says:

    Dang. Dustin Jeffrey getting it done. Pens 1-0.

  36. Pucknutz says:

    All BS aside – they really were sweethearts and excellent teachers – they just did’t take no sh**!

    And when we got it we absolutely deserved it – knew it- took the punishment and moved on! Better a twisted ear than a note home – Oh My – double trouble!!

  37. JohninOshkosh says:

    Brendan Morrow is good.

  38. theplanisworking says:

    IGGY !!!

  39. JohninOshkosh says:

    This lead is really going to agitate the Sens.

  40. Brandie says:

    IGGY!!!!!!!!! 2-0 Pens.

  41. Pucknutz says:

    V – MAN !!

  42. JohninOshkosh says:

    Sorry to you, *Brenden. Never have gotten this typing on the fly thing down.

  43. Brandie says:

    You do The Voky Pokey and you turn yourself around…

  44. JohninOshkosh says:

    This team is unbelievably fun to watch. Never give up on any shift or get flustered by any activity in front of the goal. No team will out hustle this group. They just want to win this game out of spite!

  45. Pucknutz says:

    SPITE!! I love that!

  46. Brandie says:

    Spite…the great motivator.

  47. theplanisworking says:

    isnt Spite a beverage by Coca-Cola?

  48. Brandie says:

    It’s all about the taste of Limon.

  49. Brandie says:

    Here come the “gentleman”…

  50. JohninOshkosh says:

    Bortuzzo was having a good old time getting punched in the face.

  51. JohninOshkosh says:

    Ottawa announcers call out Cooke-say he will instigate but will not fight unless “absolutely cornered.” “Does it everywhere.”

  52. Brandie says:

    How is he instigating?…Sounds like a man crush to me.

  53. Jandy says:

    Pariochial school for 8 years here. Built the intestinal fortitude ;)

  54. Jandy says:


  55. Jandy says:

    Puckers,you said it all….golf is a “game” but hockey is a sport!

  56. Brandie says:

    Could Pep to cure that? :-)

  57. Jandy says:

    Gotta love these guys!

  58. Brandie says:

    Hope things went well getting the bid submitted.

  59. Brandie says:

    Bustin tail to get it done…it’s about pride.

  60. JohninOshkosh says:

    Matt Cooke is controlling this game. Sens were so concerned about him in the first period that they find themselves down 2-0.

    If this get to 3-nil or 4-nil, I might get Cooke out of there. If Bylsma gave the marching orders to Cooke not to mix it up, or if Cooke made that decision on his own, either way it has gotten into the Sens’ heads.

  61. Jandy says:

    Just “good”??? :P

  62. Jandy says:

    Sounds more like they’re talking out their butt ends!

  63. theplanisworking says:


  64. Jandy says:

    They are doing it to themselves. Cookie is playing the game. They are looking for trouble….which would you say is the recipe for success? ;)

  65. theplanisworking says:

    What do Ottawa and Boston have in common?

    Announcers talking out of their butts.

  66. Jandy says:

    Darn straight. lookin’ out for their own.

  67. theplanisworking says:

    Need a lot more than Pep.

  68. JohninOshkosh says:

    On that goal by Iggy, Jandy, the Sens had no idea what to do with Morrow as the play developed.

  69. Jandy says:

    Still a work in progress. It will take me the better part of the next 2 days to get it done. An entire hospital. 2 floors. Patterned sheet flooring. 7 colors. UGH! My head still hurts lol. Thanks for the well wishes :)

  70. Brandie says:

    Freak in’ awesome! Better?

  71. Pucknutz says:

    Right you are John. Either way it works.
    Cookie is playing really smart- just be a little burr under the saddle!
    Ya I would get him outta there if it gets outta hand either way.

  72. Jason81 says:

    Right, and Chris Neil never does that.

  73. Jandy says:

    I love it when you all take my name in vain.

  74. Brandie says:

    Great avatar plan…football player with a hockey mouth.

  75. Jandy says:

    I love it, OshKosh….and Morrow is an old fart…weaving circles around them :)

  76. Jandy says:

    Heck yeah!

  77. Pucknutz says:

    Hey, Sister Mary Jandy-
    Where ya been – on the BMTIB blog?
    Shame on you! LOL

  78. Brandie says:

    I will say a billion Hail Jandy’s until the Buccos bring home a pennant.

  79. Jandy says:


  80. theplanisworking says:

    Another +1 for the vain reference, Mudder Teresa.

    Hippos arent very vain…… just look at us……… ;)

  81. Jandy says:

    I was watching, hubby was on e-bay. Gotta let him on once in a while too ya know ;)

  82. theplanisworking says:

    +2 for you.

    -2 for the a**hats………..

  83. Jandy says:

    +1 (on the hockey mouth LOL)

  84. Jandy says:

    one or two will do ;)

  85. Jandy says:

    at least you can count with yer toes lol

  86. theplanisworking says:

    ………..there you go flaunting that edumacation of yours………… I will just tap my hippo toes for good luck. 8-)

  87. theplanisworking says:

    who said I could count? :/

  88. Pucknutz says:

    Ain’t enough Hail Jandy beads in the universe for that flag to fly!!

  89. Pucknutz says:

    WOW – Just taking a quick scroll up and down the blog by the time stamps you posted like 20 in less than 10 min!!
    Where the he** did ya get those magic fingers??? :)

  90. Jandy says:

    worked in an office for over 35 years lol Gotta keep up with you guys, ya know ;)

  91. Jandy says:

    What are you doin anyway, Puckers, stalkin’ me???

  92. JohninOshkosh says:

    Priceless image of smiling young girl slapping on the glass as Neil and Despres scrum in front of her.

  93. Brandie says:

    Despres just elbowed to head by Neil. Should get…wait for it…Shanabanned. What a Delta-Bravo (DB).

  94. Brandie says:

    Borque is livid.

  95. Jandy says:


  96. JohninOshkosh says:

    Actually it was Adams dusting it up with Neil as he defended young Despres. Four minutes for Adams.

  97. Jandy says:


  98. Jandy says:

    How does Neil get away with that chit?

  99. Jandy says:

    I just love that Ottawa is taking themselves out of this game :)

  100. JohninOshkosh says:

    They should just play 4 on 4 the rest of the night. Can go two consecutive minutes in this game without someone going to the sin bin.

  101. Brandie says:

    Where can I get some of those beads???

  102. Jandy says:

    Good point Osh Kosh

  103. JohninOshkosh says:

    Survive (literally) and move on.

  104. Drew71 says:

    A burr under the saddle. I can only aspire

  105. Pucknutz says:

    Na, only a real creep would stalk a Saint!
    Just amazed how fast some people can type, like its is taking me about 3 min to do this. Plus you always add a little spice to the conversation!!
    You also taught me colon right para!!

  106. Pucknutz says:

    “aspire” excellent choice of words!! ROLF

  107. Brandie says:

    Jeffrey hit in face with stick. No penalty. Borque is about to blow.

  108. Jandy says:

    LOL Spunky, you counting?

    Puckers, you’re all right, friend :)

  109. Jandy says:

    Drew is always first!

  110. JohninOshkosh says:

    That second intermission can’t come too soon.

  111. Jandy says:

    How the heck did Smith not get a double minor there????? Grrrrr!!!! Garage league!!!

  112. JohninOshkosh says:

    I bet the refs just groaned when the league assigned them to this game.

  113. Jandy says:

    St. Laurent is an idiot anyway lol

  114. Jandy says:

    This penalizing us is getting ridiculous.

  115. Jandy says:

    Gotta give Vokoun some love for standing on his head killing all these penalties right along with the PK

  116. JohninOshkosh says:

    Where is Bill McCreary and his mustache when you need them?

  117. theplanisworking says:

    Ya think??

    Garage league is too good a description………….

  118. Pucknutz says:

    Ya John, but I have a feeling the third is really gonna be messy!
    Move on indeed – don’t need anyone hurt!

  119. Jandy says:

    friggin garbage league

  120. Iceman says:

    This Neil character is a joke. I know Cooke deserves his dirty player reputation. He brought that upon himself, but Melnyk talking about how players like Cooke shouldn’t be in the league needs to look at his own bench. Neil tries to scrap with Orpik who doesn’t fight and then charges Despres in the head. What an absolute joke.

    Oh and someone needs to tell Neil that it isn’t working. 2-0 Pens.

  121. Jandy says:

    Gotta ask Puckers, I dunno!

  122. theplanisworking says:

    there you go insulting garbage now…………… ;)

  123. Jandy says:

    No , don’t tell him, let them keep taking penalties lol

  124. Jandy says:

    lol smelly stuff, eh?

  125. theplanisworking says:

    I still say Vokoun was/is Shero’s best/most important signing.

  126. Jandy says:

    he’s been very good for sure

  127. Jandy says:

    You do the Vokey Pokey and you turn them inside out…that’s what it’s all about …

  128. Jason81 says:

    They picked two guys that couldn’t control games in the ECHL when they officiated there. Another fantastic job by the NHL offices.

  129. Pucknutz says:

    You got it right, the V may be the smartest move.
    Not that the others are just chopped liver! :)

  130. Jandy says:


  131. Pucknutz says:

    I was gonna say “poop” but crap works!
    Stiegy and Bob say the Jets won, jut a point between em.
    Love to see the Jets get in. Not so DK can have a paid semi vacation in the peg , just for the fans up there.

  132. Jandy says:


  133. theplanisworking says:

    TK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  134. Jandy says:

    WOOT Beautiful set up by COokie

  135. theplanisworking says:

    Since Cooke is hated by other teams/fans/announcers, can we start calling him Cookie Monster???

  136. Jandy says:

    LOL I’ve been callin him that for years

  137. Pucknutz says:

    Murrry pounds a guy into the ice – Bobby says “He wasent brought in here to score goals and dance and look pretty” – Priceless!!

    Go Pens!

  138. Jandy says:

    200th win for Bylsma :)

  139. theplanisworking says:

    300th win for Vokoun.

  140. theplanisworking says:

    Bylsma, Vokoun, or us?

  141. Pucknutz says:

    Gotta be feelin good about this team. Played extremely hard in a essentially meaningless game. Never lost focus. V man is a gem.
    Long way to go but this team “is” on an mission.
    300 for the V man.
    Blysma gets the quickest wins.
    Go Pens Go!!

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