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Final: Devils 3, Penguins 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (35-11) vs. New Jersey Devils (18-18-10)

Time: 7:38 p.m.

Site: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.

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

Here is the official live box score.

Here is TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Josh Yohe is younger than either New Jersey netminder.

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.

46 Comments

  1. The PG reports (via whoever) that Sid has been given medical clearance to resume practice. Don’t shoot the messenger DK, just passing along the info since there’s no mention of on the Trib. ;)

    • Also reporting he will not play in the 2 remaining reg season games. Ist playoff game not ruled out.
      I see no need to rush. 1st playoff game would be nice but not absolutely necessary.

      Sid can play on any line – it will only take him 2 -3 shifts to get back up to game speed.

      • I’m probably in the minority on this but I was hoping he could get some regular, meaningless game action in, even if it’s small minutes to get up to speed a bit more before starting his first game in the playoffs – no matter when that game is – so he didn’t cause much disruption in the lines or drag things down as he and whoever his linemates will be try to adjust.

        At this point I’d rather they play a playoff game or two without him, rather than him thrown into the mix game 1 when everyone/thing is more on edge. As weird as it sounds, adding players of his pedigree back into the mix after so long out of it doesn’t always go as smoothly as say; reintroducing Martin or Neal especially with the injury he had and having to get used to the new equipment.

        I think it will take him at least a couple games minimum to get comfortable enough to be anywhere close to how he was before the injury.

        DK: Sid’s practicing tomorrow, if you haven’t heard. Strong sign he’ll play Saturday.

        • Don’t really disagree w/ya SJB. a few minor quibbles maybe. :)

          Sid is such a great player I do not see to many “adjustment” problems in the lines. Most of these guys have played w/Sid and those that have not Sid will adjust to them rather quickly. They have been mixin and matchin lines for almost the last month and done pretty well.

          I certainly would like him to get some “meaningless” game action, but it ain’t gonna happen. As I said above I don’t think it will take him long to get back to game speed – allright – maybe 1 or 2 periods at most.

          The PG report also mentioned that there was some “shattering” of the jaw, not a clean break. I am not a doctor nor do I play one on TV and I have not seen the actual medical reports, but that leads me to believe that there is no reason to hurry him back on the ice.

          And I really, really, hate to say this. Don’t want to stir up some bad juju,
          but I think this team can get through the first round without Sid.
          They have plenty of depth and Geno needs to pick up his game and be dominant as he is capable of. Throw in the way Iggy, Morrow, and Murrey have come on so strong, I am cautiously optimistic.

          Gonna need Sid down the stretch, rather have him 100% healthy rather than come back too early and get hurt again.

          Anyway…. GO PENS!

  2. GO PENS !!

  3. Based on tonight’s forward lines…
    1st: Iginla – Malkin – Bennett
    2nd: Kunitz – Jokinen – Dupuis
    3rd: Morrow – Sutter – Cooke
    4th: Glass – Adams – Kennedy

    I have to think the Penguins forward lines with Crosby and Neal would be…
    1st: Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
    2nd: Iginla – Malkin – Neal
    3rd: Morrow – Sutter – Cooke
    4th: Glass – Jokinen – Adams

  4. Pens playing slow, not getting to loose pucks, giving up too much room to skate and are not forechecking. Defensively they look piss poor.

  5. Kennedy misses an open net by 40 feet, What’s new.

  6. Please, someone stop me before I say something negative. ;)

  7. Jack Edwards & Mike Milbury rejoice.

  8. Cookie! Somewhere Melnyk just had a stroke.

  9. Weak effort by most in that period, especially the d-men. Too much standing around watching while the puck and being caught out of position. Fleury solid or they could be down by 2 easily.

  10. Jokinen for Life….

    2-0 Penguins… PP goal by Jussi Jokinen

  11. The old “stand around and watch them skate around you and score” defense fails the Pens.

  12. Kennedy fails along boards to get puck chipped out and Zajac scores

    2-1 Pens

  13. Malkin’s timing is just not quite right. He needs to start shooting more and stop trying to make the perfect play.

    On the flip side, Iginla is looking much more comfortable.

  14. Rangers win in OT…

    Really don’t want to see Pens-Rangers matchup in first round

  15. Despite the Pens players and coaches saying all the right things about working on the small things and wanting to be playing well going into the playoffs, they sure have a funny way of backing up that talk. No way am I going to hit the panic button … just the concerned button.

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