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On location: Penguins 8, Hurricanes 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to the final regular-season faceoff …

Game: Penguins (35-12) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (19-24-4)

Time: 7:38 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

TV, radio: Root Sports, WXDX-FM 105.9

Here is the official live box score.

Here is TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Rob Rossi, Josh Yohe and I are unrelated to the various Staals.

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. DAve G says:

    Let’s go Pens… one last time this regular season!

  2. Bizrow says:

    Welcome Lunatics, if you don’t see your current location below, please add a reply to this post

    Dejan’s Lunatic Nation – at the Trib,
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    Canada – Toronto, Winnipeg, Moncton – New Brunswick, Ontario – Muskoka
    China – Beijing
    Colorado – Ft Collins, Estes Park*, Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs
    Connecticut – Cos Cob, Bridgeport, Wallingford, Norwalk, NEWTOWN
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    337 locations represented in the blog,
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    4/27/2013 4:57 PM

  3. Bizrow says:

    Rangers up 4-0, won’t be facing them first round

  4. Pucknutz says:

    GO PENS !!

  5. Finish it off with a good note to go into the Playoffs riding high. Go Pens!

  6. Eric Bowser says:

    Pirates game won’t be over by start of Pens game, what is Root Sports doing?

  7. Eric Bowser says:

    Pens lineup vs Canes

    Kunitz-Malkin-Neal, Iginla-Jokinen-Dupuis, Morrow-Sutter-Cooke, Glass-Adams-Kennedy

    Despres-Martin, Eaton-Letang, Murray-Niskanen

    Fleury – Vokoun

  8. DemonDachshund says:

    Can’t wait for hockey season to start!

    Just hope it lasts more than one round this time.

  9. Pucknutz says:

    Root has done the correct thing.
    GO PENS!!

  10. Eric Bowser says:

    Let’s hope that Malkin goal is the start of his dominance.

  11. Dave G says:

    There are 3 Staals. Please tell Steigy when he’s making the calls.

  12. Eric Bowser says:

    Yeah, nightmare game with Eric, Jordan and Jared.

  13. Pucknutz says:

    Thank you Eric, I was gonna post that on the Bucco thread but I am a happy guy. Why stir the pot, plus I woulda got a lottta hate mail. :)

  14. Naje says:

    @DK…. no other city in America can claim to be the Mecca, either… so really, can’t have it both ways. PBC ratings are pretty high, Pens ratings are higher than any NHL team in the U.S., right? I mean, think about this if you’re a tv executive…who’s going to watch the games from beginning to end? what’s the demo? how can I turn that demo into dollars?

    Pens win in every category and they would in nearly every market in the US v. a MLB team.

  15. Eric Bowser says:

    Welcome back James Neal… PP goal (I think)

  16. Dave G says:

    Chris Neal!

  17. Dave G says:

    James Neal!

  18. Dave G says:

    Been a while lol…

  19. Dave G says:

    Iginla should have shot there.

  20. Eric Bowser says:

    A few shifts now where Iginla is playing with Jokinen and Dupuis.

    Jokinen scores again.

    3-1 Pens

  21. Eric Bowser says:


    now game tied 3-3….

  22. CWalton_67 says:

    Write this down: Pens will not win another Stanley Cup with MAF in goal.

  23. Eric Bowser says:

    If he struggles this year, Bylsma better go to Vokoun.

  24. CWalton_67 says:

    Can’t see it happening.

  25. Eric Bowser says:

    I don’t either.

  26. Dave G says:

    Perfect timing award of the night:

    Carolina scores two goals in :37 right after Steigerwald beams about the Pens playing some of their tightest defense ever this season.

  27. twentytwo22 says:

    I remember KDKA am 1020 airing the Pirates game instead of Game 5 Penguins-Flyers in 1989. April baseball over playoff hockey. The baseball game was also on KDKA tv 2 and that’s where Lanny updated the game with a score graphic… 4-0, 5-0, 6-0 Mario has 8 points.

    I was way young and may not have known the Penguins were moved to a different radio station, but the flagship didn’t carry it. Now THAT was ridiculous.

  28. Jason81 says:

    Nice to see all it took was a two game losing streak and a three-goal period in a mostly non-contact game for this to come up. When do we start the “Fire Bylsma chant again? 6 minutes in to game one next week if they are behind?

  29. KenKopp says:

    Bucs win! Another team win, playing for each other. A.J. got late support instead of no support to get the W. Imagine him being 1-3 with a 2.83 ERA. He is the leader and the rest of the team got it done for him. Don’t know how long this fun is going to last, but I’m going to sit back and enjoy.

  30. Dave G says:

    Hat trick for Neal!

  31. CWalton_67 says:

    It is not possible to justify not putting Kunitz with Neal and Malkin.

  32. Dave G says:

    Morrow! 6-3 Pens. Carolina just wants to go home.

  33. Eric Bowser says:

    wow… James Neal… you are ready.

  34. Eric Bowser says:

    I would have no problem with it.

    Dupuis – Crosby – Iginla
    Kunitz – Malkin – Neal
    Morrow – Sutter – Cooke
    Glass – Jokinen – Adams

  35. Dave G says:

    C’mon Pens fans… final home game—


  36. Kevin says:

    I know its just the canes.. but.. good to know we have a healthy James Neal and Malkin going into the playoffs. Just curious, what is the point of the tinted visor? If he still has light sensitivity (concussion symptom), he should probably not be playing.. so it must be something else, right?

  37. CWalton_67 says:

    Totally agree, Eric. Though I think I would give Bennett some time as well.

  38. Eric Bowser says:

    Some other players have come back and stuck with the tinted visor, after this game, he should stick with it.

  39. Kevin says:

    also, if we end up playing ottawa first round I say we sit Crosby for the first round. Let him practice and get up to contact speed.

    Malkin power move by Cookie. Lovin it. Again, its just the canes but dam thats pretty. :|

  40. Eric Bowser says:

    yeah, I’d rather have Bennett playing than Glass but it won’t happen.

  41. Dave G says:

    Matt Cooke makes it 7-3 with 4 minutes to go

  42. Dave G says:

    Dupuis bangs in number 8 for the Pens in final minute

  43. Dave G says:

    Jokinen gets that goal off defenseman

  44. Eric Bowser says:

    Sidney Crosby to the 4th line

  45. Jandy says:

    Ewwww chris neal? Slap yourself! Lol

  46. Dave G says:

    So tomorrow night decides two series, and Boston kind of holds its own fate.

    If Boston prefers to play the Islanders, they tank against Ottawa
    If Boston wants the Ottawa match-up, they compete hard.

    Conversely, if Ottawa wants to avoid the Pens and Play the Bruins, they come out fighting.

    Very interesting scenario.

  47. Jandy says:

    Iit’s obvious Malkin is the catalyst for James Neal playing well. They feed off each other.

  48. Jandy says:

    After the debacle last night…good to hear!

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