TribLIVE
Blogs | Sports | News
Dejan Kovacevic's Blog

Pittsburgh sports talk with the Trib columnist

« Font size »
Decrease | Reset |Increase

Friday Wakeup Call: Road map to success?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Friday column summarizes Game 5 by pointing to … a scoreless first period? Yeah, it’s kind of reached that point with these Penguins. Less is, indeed, more.

Except when it comes to one of Sidney Crosby’s most sensational goals …

Not too bad, huh?

Remind you of anything?

We are so terribly spoiled in this city with the quality of hockey we witness. Really are.

A full written breakdown of the goal, plus much more can be found in our full Penguins coverage, by Rob Rossi, Josh Yohe, Kevin Gorman and Jerry DiPaola.

And here’s what the captain himself had to say about it …

>> The chat transcript covered a plethora of Pittsburgh sporting activity.

>> Even a closer as superb as Jason Grilli’s been is no match for a most unfortunate flurry of small ball, as befell the Pirates last night in New York, per our Rob Biertempfel.

On the brighter side, Jeff Locke continues to be … not spectacular, but steady. I have my doubts about him long-term, but he’s had a handful of encouraging starts now.

>> Good stuff about the Steelers’ younger D on the Steel Mill blog from Mark Kaboly.

>> I’ll be flying back up to Long Island this afternoon to cover Game 6 tomorrow. Before that, I’ll pay a visit to TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m. to talk pucks.

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.

Comments

  1. theplanisworking says:

    For brevity’s sake, and because I am a tired Hippo, who needs to get his butt in bed, I am going to copy my last post from last night’s game thread.

    DK nailed it yet again in his column.

    And this Hippo loves simple analysis, too. :)

  2. theplanisworking says:

    ” With apologies to Sarah, Eric, Pucknuts, and anyone else who is far more able to break down games in great detail……….. I offer the following……
    Tonights game was won before the game. Goaltending change, 12 on 87′s line.
    Turnovers are the key to this series. Games 2 and 4, turnovers killed us. Other games, no. If we play a disciplined game saturday, we will win.
    Pressuring the Islanders in the offensive zone is key also. They turned the puck over tonight due to pressure. They also spent very little time in our zone the last 2 periods.
    Vokoun has the Isles number this year. He needs to stay in goal until he falters, whenever that may be.
    Keeping in mind that the Isles have the last change next game, it will be crucial for Disco Duck to get the proper people on the ice. But effort remains very important.
    I always joke that this Hippo likes to keep things simple. Tonight, the Pens kept it simple, and a great result occurred. We tend to over-analyze things sometimes………… but sometimes it is good to just go back to basics.
    Was it perfect tonight? No, especially the first period. But asd long as the Pens focus, we should be alright. “

  3. Skip says:

    Vokoun was a little shaky at first but he setttled in well enough to put up a zero in the first period, which was huge.

    Next biggest moment of the game and maybe the series was Bylsma FINALLY getting the top two lines correct. Instant chemistry on both lines. A lot of folks on this blog have been calling for that for quite awhile.

    DK – on the chat, it sounded to me like you were NOT in support of putting Iginla on Crosby’s line. You said you were “okay with leaving Sid’s line alone.”

    Finally, I’m so glad Joe Vitale finally got a chance to play. I’d still like to know: why isn’t he a penalty killer? Seems like a perfect role for him.

    DK: I was OK with it. Still am. The objection was having Iginla play on the wrong side, regardless of line.

  4. Vette60 says:

    Well, much better results for sure…had a long chat with my Penguin-fan coworker today here in Richmond and we agreed that it would be great to see Iggy on the right side…FINALLY! Vokoun looked good as well…Thought the Pens improved after a slow start in the first, but it was a great start to me since the score was 0-0. No changes in lineup for me going into game 6….thought TK added a nice bit of energy to the group….

    Here’s to a Pen road win in game 6 to close it out! Let’s go PENS!

    Have a great Friday – time to hit the sack!

    Randy in RVA.

  5. Ghost says:

    Happy that Jeff Locke continues to perform. Less happy about the lack of offensive support. One would have thought we faced King Felix for the second game in a row. The Bucs are 10th out of 15 teams in the NL in runs scored. Two of the teams below us, the Nats and the Dodgers, will eventually leapfrog us. (Yeah, yeah — and the Padres will probably sink below us.)
    And the optimist in me says, hey, Pedro just had a good game. The pessimist in me says now he’ll have one of his long string of 0′fers. Between hits on May 1, and May 9, he sandwiched a bunch of 0′fers along with a day he was benched.

    But Jeff Locke — he’s been the boy who held his finger in the dyke.

  6. charles8842 says:

    What a 9th inning by Hurdle! Marte doesn’t bunt and after NY’s sac bunt, Hurdle doesn’t IW the next batter to set-up a double play. Now here’s one you all missed – on the NY bunt, their runner was running CLEARLY out of the lane in fair territory going to 1st. All Martin had to do is pick up the ball and throw and HIT THE RUNNER!!! Interference would then be called for being out of the running lane. The batter-runner would be out AND the runner from 1st would have to GO BACK TO 1ST BASE. No runners may advance under pro rules when interference is called. You would think that Martin would know this and recognize this for as long as he has been around. Nice job again Jeff Locke! Maybe these guys will score some runs for you some day!

  7. BillyBaduka says:

    Great article DK.

    As you said, the first set the stage.

    While the Islanders ended up with 14 shots, the Pens didn’t give up a goal. They weren’t turning the puck over with regularity.

    The second felt great.

    The Islanders were the ones that ended up chasing the play. The Islanders ended up looking frustrated, taking cheap shots.

    Pens played a solid third. Islanders got chippy. The Pens got under their skin. Hamonic ends up loosing composure instead of Malkin.

    Here’s hoping the Pens can use this blueprint and win game 6 and build some special memories in the weeks ahead.

    LET’S GO PENS!!!!

  8. Ed says:

    - Vokoun did exactly what the Pens signed him for in last night’s game. Be a stopgap in case Fleury struggles. He should play the rest of this series, unless, for some reason, he’s absolutely horrible in Game 6.

    - Locke deserves to stay in the rotation until he falters, even when other pitchers get healthy. He’s never going to be a big strikeout guy but you can’t ask for much more that what he’s done the last few starts.

    - Pedro has been poor most of the year but last night showed why he can be a valuable asset. It’s still fairly early in the season, Let’s see where he’s at in a few weeks.

    - Pens need to snuff out the Islanders in the next game and close out this series. We don’t want a Game 7. All three prior series went to a deciding game, with the results not good for the home team. I know that it’s a new era, new players, etc. But still, it’s a bad omen.

  9. Brandie says:

    Good game, guys. Obviously, reinventing the wheel does not work for these Pens. Keeping it simple does.

    Please keep Vokoun in goal. He put up a solid effort.

    Please leave the lines alone. The only way the system works is for everyone to play their natural positions so all the parts of the Mighty Pens Machine have the optimum chance to work properly.

    Please Skate Responsibly.

    Remember, to quote Herm Edwards: “You play to win the game!”

  10. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Besides winning….The next best thing the Pens were able to do was to keep the Islanders off the scoreboard.
    Momentum is what NY has thrived on, and the Penguins gave them “zero momentum” to take into Saturday’s game.

  11. Deb says:

    Anyone notice that Malkin’s time on ice was cut significantly? Part of the reason the team looked so much better 5 on 5. He had less time to make stupid turnovers. He still managed to take a stupid penalty. His temper was well chronicled on 24/7 and still hasn’t improved 3 years later.

  12. JoeyBats says:

    3 wins down … 13 to go !!!

    Let’s Go Pens ;-)

  13. scapper says:

    The Workings of a Hockey Fan’s Mind During the NHL Playoffs:

    Pens lose 5-4: “Fire Bylsma AND Shero. Trade 58 and 71. Blow up the team. Rebuild. Force Mario to sell. I’m done with these guys.”

    Pens win 4-0: “Will the parade be on the Boulevard of the Allies again this year? Think they’ll have it on a different street in 2014?”

    And believe me, I’m so guilty of this type of thinking that I should be typing this from a white Bronco.

    As for Sid, while the goal was ridiculous, I think the feed to Letang was maybe more impressive. Backhand saucer pass right on the tape while moving forward into traffic? Stunning.

  14. NYRpete says:

    Great goal by Crosby, but it wasn’t in the same league as Lemieux’s in the Cup finals. Actually, Tavares’ undressing of Paul Martin was the best move of Game 5, but he couldn’t finish.

  15. cherokee23 says:

    First of all, very nice game!….as for Malkin’s temper & composure, I think they should consider anger management. He’s got to get it through his head that the more he reacts to this stuff the worse it’s going to get! I think even late in last night’s game they got under his skin a bit. Make it past this round and other teams are going to continue to handle him this way. I think this reputation is going to haunt him much longer and make his play much more difficult than when Crosby was labeled a diver/whiner early in career. Even if he does gain the composure/maturity to not react, it will be several seasons before other teams change their tactics against him….Neal may not be far behind Malkin in this regard……Another thought I have, in what other sport is it an accepted practice for the losing team to throw temper tantrums & fight at the end of each game once the outcome is determined?….enough nitpicking…….very good game, close it out Saturday

  16. Jandy says:

    Amen Hipposter!

  17. Jandy says:

    +1

  18. Jandy says:

    Just curious,why do you say Sid’s goal wasn’t in the same league as Mario’s?

  19. Jandy says:

    Dejan, I got goosebumps when Sid did a 2013 version of the Mario Statue goal. Did it affect you like that? I know you try to be … impartial … but … did it affect you at all?

  20. Phillypoke says:

    Actually, DK…the play reminded me more of a certain play memorialized in bronze out in front of the building than the clip you showed. Who knows, maybe someday four Islanders’ backsides will be out on Centre Avenue.

  21. Drew71 says:

    Hello!

    Road map to success?

    They lost to the mets. The METS!

    HELLO??

  22. Dave G says:

    The video of the Mario goal above (which is against the North Stars, not the Islanders) isn’t the moment depicted by the statue.

    But what a beauty by Crosby. 1000 percent determination, including the shot. Epic. There was simply no way that Sid was NOT going to score.

  23. JAL says:

    JAL’s MacArthur Park Morning Links

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WHx0B90FUc

    GENERAL DAILY UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

    1- MLB Transactions

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/pittsburgh_pirates/

    3 Go Buccos- Pirate News (from external sources)

    http://gobuccos.com/pittsburgh-pirate-news/

    4 Pittsburgh Pirates Stats

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsjN0zO-DxI0dHVOMzdPYm9wUEJtdVJ0WWUzVWhFc2c#gid=0

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: Thoughts on Curry, the Draft, Pimentel Hitting 98, and Liriano

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-thoughts-on-curry-the-draft-pimentel-hitting-98-and-liriano.html

    Prospect Watch: Cole Has His Best Start While Pimentel Has His Worst Start

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/prospect-watch-cole-has-his-best-start-while-pimentel-has-his-worst-start.html

    Draft Preview: More Mock Drafts, Key Match-Ups Highlight College Weekend

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/draft-preview-more-mock-drafts-key-match-ups-highlight-college-weekend.html

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Clint Hurdle lets Jason Grilli pitch tie game; Grilli allows winning run

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2013/5/9/4317528/clint-hurdle-lets-jason-grilli-pitch-tie-game-grilli-allows-winning

    Matching relievers to leverage
    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2013/5/10/4317932/matching-relievers-to-leverage

    7 WHYGAVS

    Game 35: Mets 3 Pirates 2

    http://www.whygavs.com/pittsburgh-pirates/april-2013/game-35-mets-3-pirates-2.html

    8 The Green Weenie

    Bucs Lose 3-2

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2013/05/bucs-lose-3-2.html

    9 Rumbunter

    When Will Gerrit Cole Make His Big League Debut?

    http://rumbunter.com/2013/05/08/when-will-gerrit-cole-make-his-big-league-debut/

    10 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Mets 3 Pirates 2

    http://raisethejollyroger.com/2013/05/mets-3-pirates-2/

  24. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 New York Daily nNews

    Mets beat Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on clutch 9th inning pinch-hit by Mike Baxter

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/mets-baxter-cuts-core-pirates-gw-hit-article-1.1340074

    12 Rant Sports

    Trading Joel Hanrahan is Turning Out to be a Great Move for Pittsburgh Pirates

    http://www.rantsports.com/mlb/2013/05/09/trading-joel-hanrahan-is-turning-out-to-be-a-great-move-for-pittsburgh-pirates/

    13 Yahoo Sports

    What Are the Pittsburgh Pirates Getting with Francisco Liriano?

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/pittsburgh-pirates-getting-francisco-liriano-134700957.html

    14 New York Times

    Collins’s Lineup Changes Pay Off for Mets

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/10/sports/baseball/terry-collinss-lineup-changes-pay-off-for-mets-against-pirates.html?_r=0

    15 Washington Times

    Bobby Bonilla, lifetime New York Mets employee

    http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/wells-baseball/2013/may/9/bobby-bonilla-lifetime-new-york-mets-employee/

    16 CBS Sports

    Pittsburgh at New York Game Preview

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/gametracker/preview/MLB_20130510_PIT@NYM

    17 Sweetspot

    The day the pitchers went 26 innings

    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/35687/the-day-the-pitchers-went-26-innings

    18 PBC Site

    Mets rob McCutchen before Grilli allows walk-off

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2013_05_09_pitmlb_nynmlb_1&mode=recap_away&c_id=pit

    Hurdle makes right call, but gets wrong result

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130510&content_id=47119928&vkey=news_pit&c_id=pit

    SPORTS WEBSITES

    19 Baseball Prospectus

    Should I Worry About My Favorite Pitcher?

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=20516

    20 Fangraphs

    Nothing to Say About Angel Hernandez

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/nothing-to-say-about-angel-hernandez/

  25. JAL says:

    Steelers Blogs

    21 Behind the Steel Curtain

    Steelers hire Dan Colbert, Mike Butler as BLESTO and college/pro scout

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2013/5/10/4318124/steelers-scouting-blesto-history

    Steelers Draft Breakdown: Jarvis Jones produces highlights

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2013/5/9/4317034/steelers-draft-jarvis-jones-highlights

    22 Steelers Depot

    - Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey Says He Has To Become A More Vocal Leader In 2013

    http://www.steelersdepot.com/2013/05/steelers-maurkice-pouncey-vocal-leader-2013-sirius-interview/

    Soccer(football) Will T

    23 Daily Telegraph

    Alex Ferguson retires: world’s press pay tribute to ‘true visionary’ Manchester United manager

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/manchester-united/10045487/Alex-Ferguson-retires-worlds-press-pay-tribute-to-true-visionary-Manchester-United-manager.html

    24 World Soccer Daily

    World Soccer Daily: 10 stories you need to read, 9th May, 2013

    http://www.worldsoccer.com/247/world-soccer-daily-10-stories-you-need-to-read-9th-may-2013

    PENGUIN BLOGS and NHL Links

    25 Pensburgh

    Game 5 Recap: Pens fire back to win 4-0, take series lead.

    http://www.pensburgh.com/2013/5/10/4317796/game-5-recap-pens-fire-back-to-win-4-0-take-series-lead

    26 New York Daily News

    Islanders can’t best backup goalie Tomas Vokoun as Pittsburgh Penguins take 3-2 series lead

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/isles-best-goalie-vokoun-pens-3-2-series-lead-article-1.1340024

  26. JAL says:

    MacArthur Park Richard Harris 1968 Well known actor Richard Harris took this Jimmy Webb song to number 2 in June of 1968. The song has been recorded by others, including Donna Summer and Waylon Jennings. It was also parodied by “Weird Al” Webb wrote the song about his breakup with Susan Ronstadt , a cousin of Linda. Webb and Susan often met for lunch in MacArthur Park, which is in Los Angeles

  27. Dave G says:

    The other day I said TK would be a difference maker if he played because of his forechecking tenacity and battle skills along the boards.

    Great job last night. Don’t know why they waited this long to play him.

  28. NYRpete says:

    Because Mario’s goal was one of the best of all time.

  29. Jandy says:

    So it is…but when Sid scored, I immediately thought of the statue out front of Consol :)

  30. Jandy says:

    And this one wasn’t?

  31. Drew71 says:

    “I have my doubts about (Locke) long-term.”

    Ok. I really hate to admit this. But I agree with you. (bleeding from tongue and lip)

    From watching him pitch his soft-toss lollipops in Bradenton and at Pirate City…especially PC where he would throw in the Elroy Face pen next to two other pitchers who invariably through MUCH harder no matter who they were…Locke kinda reminds me of another Zach Duke.

    Two fairly slight lefties…Locke at even less stature: 6-0 vs 6-2, 185 vs 210…both leftie soft tossers who used accuracy to their early advantage. Look at Zach Duke’s “Greg Maddux” break-in year of 2005 before hitters figured out that if you wait six seconds before swinging, the ball will be around the plate and moving kinda slow.

    In his rookie campaign, Duke was 8-2, 1.81 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, a certain hall of famer.

    The next year he gave up a league leading 255(!) hits, 1.50 WHIP (vs league average of about 1.36), 4.47 ERA…and compared to later years that was a fairly GOOD campaign for him, eating up the most starts (34) and innings (215) of his lackluster career.

    I hope I hope I hope I’m wrong about the similarities that I predict. So throw Locke out there every fifth day and prove how stoopid I am.

    I’ll celebrate my stoopidity…if.

  32. Thundercrack says:

    I think Jeff Locke can be very good at what he is: a fifth starter.

    He needs to throw more strikes. His ERA is under 3.
    He doesn’t have much swing & miss stuff but what fifth starter does….that is why they are at the back end of the rotation.

  33. Jandy says:

    Joe Vitale 9 for 10 on faceoffs….:) :) :)

  34. SJB says:

    Either way, Iginla on Malkin’s line means either he or Neal will be playing on the wrong side. Moving Iginla to Crosby’s line makes everything better. That goal last night by Crosby not only was great by him, but was helped by the respect the other players had for Iginla in that situation as well, which gave Crosby the space to do what he did. If Iginla’s not there, they roadblock Crosby. I don’t think Kunitz (as good as he is) would have had the same impact on that play.

  35. Thundercrack says:

    Have you learned yet: don’t trust what you see in March and September?

    And you’re right in that the guy isn’t going to break any radar gun.

    And yes, EYE will include one of these for you: :-)

  36. Drew71 says:

    Unfortunately with Liriano not yet/almost back, McDonald out, Sanchez GONE, and Jenny an emergency starter, at least for this week he’s their third starter. To be fair, he’s pitched up to the level.

  37. Jandy says:

    May 5 game Malkin TOI 18:12
    May 7 game Malkin TOI 17:24
    May 9 game Malkin TOI 15:08

  38. BillyBaduka says:

    LOL

    Nice.

    You are certianly not alone.

  39. Drew71 says:

    Loved him as Handsome Harry in “Hazel”.

  40. BillyBaduka says:

    Glad they listened to you. You were spot on.

  41. AL says:

    Must be those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches his wife makes for him before he leaves for the rink! Sooooo good to finally see him back in the lineup.

  42. Drew71 says:

    Somehow Thunder and Smiley Faces seem to be a mismatch.

  43. SJB says:

    Since when is it ok in MLB to have a player with a girls arm (no offense to the ladies out there) playing right field? That throw last night by Snider made me want to puke…had more arc on it than the Arch in St. Louis. I know not everyone is Parker or Clemete, but who taught Snider how to throw…this guy?

  44. Thundercrack says:

    And yes, we celebrate it every day

  45. gregenstein says:

    Jeff Locke is nothing spectacular. He’s proving me wrong though. I didn’t even think he could be a starter in the big leagues. He’s settling in nicely though. He’s a left handed Josh Fogg, and I mean that as a complement. Fogg had a pretty long career throwing meatballs in the right location.

  46. Drew71 says:

    Are the RiverRocks still playing?

  47. Eric Majeski says:

    Neal can play either side. Many people forget that James Neal was exclusively a LW and had posted 20+ goals from that side in each of his first 3 years in the league before coming here. I know he jumped up to 40 on the right side, but a lot of that increase can be chalked up to him continuing to improve and having off-the-charts chemistry with 71.

    I like the lines they ended up with, but Neal playing LW is much better than putting Iginla there.

  48. Jandy says:

    When Iginla was struggling (regular season) DB should have moved him to Sid’s right side. I love DB to death, but he’s more stubborn than most women YOU know ;)

  49. Jandy says:

    Coolest oxymoron I ever saw ;)

  50. 21sthebest says:

    Walker went 1-4 in Altoona last night. I hope he’s heading to New York this morning.

  51. Jandy says:

    ZING!!!

  52. Jandy says:

    I had to look that up…never watched Hazel lol

  53. Jandy says:

    I’m beginning to think Walker is a wuss.

  54. dwf says:

    One of the funniest commercials out there! Priceless!!

  55. SJB says:

    Sorry, before the Yinzer police arrest me. “Clemente” My fingers tend to skip keys in the morning. ;)

  56. Patrick(RI) says:

    Secret word for the day: Tabata. I remain convinced Marte, Cutch and Jose = our best outfield combo.

  57. Drew71 says:

    He’s not a Hockey Player.

  58. Jandy says:

    Mine do it all the time lol

  59. Patrick(RI) says:

    I think we would have won last night with a reasonably healthy Walker at 2B. Inge gave it his best effort, though.

  60. Jandy says:

    very astute observation 8-)

  61. Jandy says:

    Wild and Habs are out.

  62. Thundercrack says:

    I don’t know if he is a wuss but I think he could be injury prone.

  63. SJB says:

    I also find myself reversing letters a lot anymore too, in words like becuase, aobut and Steerls…must be the Alzheimer’s kicking in. What were we talking aobut?

  64. Jandy says:

    My word I reverse a lot is jsut. I just do it.

  65. dwf says:

    Hey DD, I am proud of you! Ney, an entire city is proud of you! Change should not be something that is feared, it should be embraced. Look what happened last night after you so bitterly and stubbornly fought making the very changes, that may’ve ultimately secured your return for another winter in Pittsburgh? YOU WON a very important game! See how that works? So what if the changes you made were ones that even the most novice hockey fans were calling for. The important thing is that YOU made them and you are to be commended!

    Now, let’s see if you can get the team to stay focused enough to play a second game in a row just like that one?

    Oh yeah, you owe TV a huge debt of gratitude because with his play last night, he may have just saved your job!!

  66. SJB says:

    Don’t feel sorry for Subban, Pacioretty, Gionta, or the Habs. Kinda feel bad for Therrien though. Would have been nice to see him advance to play the Pens. Would have been a great story line. That team just fell apart heading into the playoffs and then the injuries further buried them.

    Ottawa playing to maim right now it seems. If the Pens can advance, they better keep their heads on swivels or at least take it to them before they can set the tone.

  67. SJB says:

    Me too! What is it with that?

  68. SJB says:

    Excuse me…jsut.

  69. Dom says:

    Yep and we get the pleasure of facing Ottawa if we win tomorrow.

  70. SJB says:

    Now it’s time for Malkin to answer the bell and by that I mean NOT answer the fight bell and be sucked into the bush league instigating tactics the Isles are attempting and succeeding with him. He needs to show he’s a pro and contribute only positively for a change and let that crap go for at least one very important game 6.

  71. Iceman says:

    As much as we complain about Bylsma’s stubbornness (rightfully so), might this be his way of punishing Malkin for his undisciplined play. No way do they bench a talent like Malkin in the playoffs, but maybe this was Bylsma’s message to get it under control or continue to see less minutes.

  72. wally says:

    Loving Iginla on Crosby’s RW.

    WTF took so long ????

  73. Milo Hamilton says:

    We really won’t know for sure until tomorrow, but I’m hoping the Islanders had their Admiral Stockdale moment last night.

  74. Jandy says:

    ZING!

    But yeah, I feel for Therrien too. I can’t STAND Punk Subban. Sens we can handle, as long as the dirty play is kept under control by our D-men.

  75. Jandy says:

    like

  76. Jandy says:

    I second that emotion.

  77. Jandy says:

    Jandyitis

  78. Jandy says:

    I thought so.

  79. Jandy says:

    I sure as heck hope so.

  80. Iceman says:

    Well that was a much more fun game to watch. Seems that all of Bylsma’s adjustments paid off in this game.

    - Despres didn’t make an terrible mistakes and by having him paired with Letang, Letang was forced to play a little bit more stay at home which I don’t think is necessarily a bad thing.

    - Vokoun was solid in net and was an obvious calming factor for the team.

    - Kennedy and Vitale brought some awesome energy and both were on a mission last night. Great forechecking and cycling which has been missing on this team.

    - Line switch for Iginla and Kunitz was much needed. The top two lines as a whole looked much mroe solid and seemed to click much better.

    - As mentioned by DK, the minor system changes to slow down the Islanders play was awesome.

    Now for some other things:

    - While Crosby’s goal last night was incredible, I may have been more impressed with the 40 foot, backhand saucer pass right to the stick of Letang. I don’t know if any other player in the history of the game makes that pass. WOW!

    - Matt Cooke played an incredible game last night. He was hitting everything that moved and was playing with great speed. Hate to say it, but maybe having Kennedy on his other wing is something that needs to stick around. That Cooke – Sutter – Kennedy line looked wicked last night.

  81. CWalton_67 says:

    RE: Sid’s goal. We are indeed incredibly spoiled by the otherworldly skills that we have witnessed over the years by Pens players. Unbelievable play by Sid. Perhaps more important was the play made by Iginla. Not many would have had the vision and then patience to get that puck to Sid as he did. A clear demonstration of why they must play together. That play, in and of itself, may be the deciding factor in a successful spring or early tee times.

    TK and Joe Vitale were both huge factors in this game. Can they keep up that intensity? And while I would like to see Morrow get more minutes, both the 3rd and 4th lines became more effective once he moved to the 4th line.

    WWTVD?

  82. Thundercrack says:

    Not a good night for Lincoln last night. He really seems struggling
    —————————————————————————–
    The] Jays lost it 5-4 in the worst way imaginable as in the 10th inning, Brad Lincoln came on with two on and two out and walked both batters he faced to hand the Rays a 5-4 victory. It was their most bitter loss of the season. Manager John Gibbons was seething. “You shouldn’t lose games like that, you’ve got to throw strikes,” he said. “It’s pretty simple you know. Let them hit their way to victory.

  83. 21sthebest says:

    Actually Walker can’t come off of the DL until Sunday.

  84. scapper says:

    Molinari tweeted that the NHL will “go dark” for two weeks next February so that NHLers can participate in the Olympics. Guessing I’m in the minority here, but I HATE NHL players in the Olympics. I always watched so much more Olympic hockey when it was mostly guys you’ve never heard of. The whole thing was more fun.

  85. Garrett Cole pitched well last night. ERA is down to 2.23. Only 2 walks in 7 innings. 97 pitches, 68 strikes.

  86. Sad. I can still see him stare down Thome. He needs Ray Searage and soon.

  87. CWalton_67 says:

    Agree on every point. Well stated.

  88. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Since I wasn’t hopped up on benadryl and actually got to watch the whole game last night…

    1. I still can’t stand Tyler Kennedy. Where has THAT effort been the last 2 years? To be fair, I acknowledged yesterday afternoon he would score to spite me. I’m ok with that for now. Guy got paid, relaxed, then woke up after a good benching (see necessary steps to motivate LaMaar Woodley). We’ll see if it sticks. As I said 2 years ago- don’t re-sign him this offseason!

    2. Vokoun played really well. I’m saying now we will see Fleury again this playoffs. Not a knock on either guy. Just how it will go. Especially if we advance.

    3. I’m hardly ready to visualize the victory handshake after this series. The Isles aren’t going to be that passive in New York. No disrespect to the Burgh, but their crowd even had me amped up. Game 6 will be about as easy as game 4.

    4. Malkin needs a Dr. Phil session or something. Or a common sense beat down. Instead of going out and stupidly taking retaliatory penalties because you’re frustrated, hit someone on a forecheck and do it legally. Take some initiative. You got some borscht angst to get out? Throw a hip check.

    5. Glad Bylsma made some adjustments. Let’s see if they stick. It was nice to see, you know, a semblance of 4 lines instead of 3. Not only is he stubborn; accountability is hardly in his repertoire.

    6. Paul Martin is the best stick-on-puck defenseman. Ever. Just ask Tavares. At least he threw a check (on camera nonetheless) and drew a penalty.

    7. We haven’t won anything yet. We’re not that far removed from squandering a 3-1 series lead. TB had an MVP quality player. The Isles have one, too.

    8. There’s no penalizing Crankshaft!

  89. Dom says:

    Does anyone know the exact date when we would be allowed to promote Cole while still prolonging a year of arbitration? I believe it is in June or July.

  90. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Yeah, Paul Martin just scares the crap outta everybody. :-)

  91. Jandy says:

    dittos

  92. Can’t come soon enough for my liking.

    But you know, Dom, he’s “working on things”.

    Truly, he needs work on his command, but doesn’t everyone?

  93. Jandy says:

    I have to say I LIKE seeing our NHL players in the Olympics. Why shouldn’t they have that chance? Also, they’ve been playing in them, and to stop doing it without warninig would be hypocritical. The Russian players have been looking forward to it for years now.

  94. AL says:

    I agree scapper…..and I don’t think you’re in the minority at all. The Olympics should be about amateur athletics not professional. Nothing is as exciting as a bunch of unknown college kids rising up to become a miracle on ice team.

  95. Jandy says:

    Impressive, indeed. He should come up sooner than later.

  96. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    What about the best professional basketball players in the world beating up on every other country’s amateur players before basketball was even really a worldwide sport? (note my sarcasm)

  97. BillyBaduka says:

    It was a great pass but it was on the forehand.

  98. NYRpete says:

    A great goal but not even sure it’s Crosby’s best.

  99. Dom says:

    His past few starts haven’t been so impressive so I am comfortable waiting for the time being.

  100. Jandy says:

    Malkin, and to a lesser extent Neal, need to learn some patience and discipline. if it takes benching for a period, do it. Both are star caliber players, but their STUPID penalties hurt the team way too much.
    That said, I’m happy with the outcome of Game 5. Game 6 will be a war zone. Count on it.

    I just LOVE seeing Islanders bounce off Crankshaft and fall LOL

  101. Jandy says:

    I detest basketball lol

  102. Sarah says:

    Hey dwf,.,…is that curious vililfication of DB’s schemes til last night? :-D

  103. Jandy says:

    He doesn’t have to. Let Crank handle that. Tanger can throw an awesome check too. Morrow and Cookie will help as well :)

  104. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    To be fair IHTB (incredibly huge tool box) Matt Martin didn’t fall on impact.

    Thank goodness Dupweeeeee doesn’t have to hit him. He’d go flying into the first row.

  105. Sarah says:

    DB

  106. Jandy says:

    Just the fact that it mirrored Mario’s so closely puts it in that category :)

  107. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Of course now we get embarrassed because our players don’t know the S word or the D word.

  108. scapper says:

    Yep. Have always rooted against the “Dream Teams” in the Olympics. Now I pull for teams like Finland and Sweden in Olympic hockey.

  109. Seems to be getting more efficient.

  110. Jandy says:

    No but he took a good jarring. Duper throws some good checks too….gotta give that guy credit. He’s so versatile, the Pens gotta find a way to keep him.

  111. Milo Hamilton says:

    Don’t get me started.

  112. scapper says:

    Good point about the Russians. You can’t all of a sudden pull that rug out from under them. It’s going to be huge for them to play there. But sure hope they nix it right after these Olympics.

  113. Jandy says:

    sink and destroy?

  114. Dom says:

    Snider has a .274 BA. We’re the winners in that deal.

  115. Jandy says:

    To be fair, an accouncement should come from the NHL that as of **** year, the NHL players will no longer be participating in the Olympics. That’s the only way to do it. Some will still be upset, but you can’t please everyone.

  116. Jandy says:

    announcement….darn I think I’m dyslexic this morning

  117. Jandy says:

    I agree Dom. Despite his horrid throw last night…he’s still got a decently hot bat.

  118. Jandy says:

    DING DING DING…the correct answer :)

  119. Jandy says:

    :poke poke:

  120. dwf says:

    Sarah,

    Look out, anything is possible now :)

  121. Drew71 says:

    Don’t confuse our minds with facts. Just don’t.

  122. Dom says:

    About what?

  123. dwf says:

    Brad,

    Watching TK play a solid game must have been just tearin your heart out :)

  124. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    I was thinking shooting (not dunking) and defense. But that works too.

  125. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    I love Dupweeee. One of my favorites. I think he’s one of the best 2-way players we have. It just makes me laugh when he throws a crushing check and then goes flying all over the place.

  126. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    It was!

  127. Thundercrack says:

    I’m not so concerned about if we won that trade, or the Hanrahan trade.

    Both of those players seemed like good guys – and like being a Pirate.

    Just stinks when they are injured or perform poorly.

  128. Sisyphus says:

    More likely that it’s a natural result of having a fourth line that is actually playing well.

  129. gregenstein says:

    Crosby’s only played 4 games since Iginla was acquired. They just so happen to be playoff games.

  130. Milo Hamilton says:

    I don’t think he’s pitched well enough to this point to merit a recall. That looks like it’s changing. But his ERA could be 0.00 & he’d still be down there just to save a few bucks. Great way to run a ballclub.

  131. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    I’m rooting for Belarus.

  132. Arriba Wilver says:

    +1

  133. hockeymonster says:

    Wow jandy and iceman agree with my assessment about bylsma’s stubbornness?!?! Am I on the right blog? :)

    Look at the minutes for pens roster last night and previous games. Balanced minutes up and down compared to previous games…4 lines played and everyone looked fresher with no fatigue induced penalties.

    If I need to explain why PM is an over sized pylon AGAIN…i’ll just refer you to the video last night… :)

  134. Milo Hamilton says:

    See that Dom, you got me started. :)

  135. Iceman says:

    Check it again. Go to this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt1Q6RQ8O1Y and go to about the 3:30 mark. Crosby flips the puck over to his back hand to send it the whole way across the ice to Letang.

  136. Deb says:

    I agree that that The Goal by Crosby was eyepopping excellent!!! I also agree Sid has had several eyepopping excellent goals in his career. The fact that this one is similiar to Mario’s makes it extra special.

  137. hockeymonster says:

    You forgot to mention rolling 4 lines and the balanced minutes up and down the lineup compared to previous games…that and mixing in the trap when nyi had clear possession while being aggressive on the 50/50 pucks is the key to unlocking pens talent while not hanging defense and goalies out to dry….we were even able to overcome PM looking like a solid high school player… :)

  138. idontworkinthisvan says:

    Been said…but props to DB for making adjustments and to the players for taking advantage of their opportunities.

    Vokoun was definitely 80% of this one, but also hard to overestimate the impact of the speed and energy from that 4th line.

  139. Jandy says:

    Just goes to show you, he puts all he has into it lol

  140. Jandy says:

    Didn’t take much :P

  141. hockeymonster says:

    Some of the best hockey I’ve ever seen has been played in the last few Olympics…NHL would be doing themselves a huge disservice by not letting them play.

  142. Zico says:

    I was at the game last night. Loudest I’ve ever heard the building since it’s been built. I sure hope it sounded loud on TV too. I’m one of those people who think our fans aren’t as rowdy as other teams’ fans.

    I agree with Brad. The TK of folk lore has rarely been seen since his contract signing. Then, when we need it the most(after a multi-game benching), TK of yesterday shows up and does what he does best. He was visible every shift, in a positive light! I wouldn’t ‘hate’ on TK so much if he played like that all the time.

    As for Sid’s goal, that was pure magic. Some Pens fans may yawn at it, but only because we’re used to Mario/Jagr/Malkin/Sid highlight reel goals. But in the playoffs, a minute after Tavares displays near magic? That’s what great players do.

    Overall, incredible game. Good team effort, and I hope they carry that into game 6 in NY.

    One question though, as I saw the play live and don’t understand why a penalty was called. Crankshaft’s interference? Looked like he clobbered the guy(legally). Why the call?

  143. 21sthebest says:

    I don’t think any of that is true.

  144. Iceman says:

    You mean when he took out Matt Martin, league leader in hits, and drew a penalty?

    I will give you that he got owned by Tavares. Three swings and misses on that one. Thankfully Vokoun bailed him out, but Tavares is cream of the crop in the league and it was a sick move.

  145. Jandy says:

    Check it at the 3:33 – 3:34 mark. Backhander.

  146. Jandy says:

    The point is, Iginla should have been put on the line with Duper and and not forced to play his left wing. That would have shifted Kunitz with Malkin before the playoffs started.

  147. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Lol and then some. That’s why I love that guy. Waaaaay more than Tyler Kennedy. Consistent effort vs. “eh I think I’ll shoot the puck a bajillion times and forget how to play a relatively complete game until I’m benched for almost a whole series.”

  148. I’m looking forward to a rotation with A.J., Wandy, Cole, Lirano if he can regain decent form and whoever is #5. Locke, Karstens, Morton, Gomez, whoever.

    Should give us a chance to win every night. As it mostly has been so far this season.

  149. Jandy says:

    Paul Martin is one of our steadiest defenseman. That penalty he drew against him was icing on the cake. The p^ss^ Matt Martin couldn’t handle the hit legally, and ended up holding him in a necklock. Yeah…real professional.

  150. Jandy says:

    I agree that DB is stubborn. Nothing more, nothing less.

  151. Scott says:

    I don’t think this was any kind of message to Malkin. It was just the natural outcome of playing the fourth line more. When you give the fourth line a regular shift all game, instead of just sporadically, everyone else’s ice time goes down.

    Bylsma must continue to do this. Against a fast team like the Isles, we need everyone who dresses to play a regular shift so the big guns can be fresh and rested at all times. Have faith in the guys you put on the ice. Look how much better Despres played yesterday after his coach showed the willingness to give him a regular shift.

  152. Jandy says:

    I want to see Crank shaft Neil

  153. Scott says:

    Agreed, Martin has been very good. I assume hockeymonster is referring to the move Tavares put on Martin. But few defensemen could have stopped that. Tavares happens to be a world-class player.

  154. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Definite perhaps.

  155. Jandy says:

    it was definitely a BS call, Zico. Shouldn’t have been a penalty.

    I do believe TK has a history of coming up with big plays in the playoffs. Glad he did last night cuz it got us started :)

  156. BillyBaduka says:

    Excuse me. My fault.

    I thought you were referring to the Letang pass to TK.

    Crosby’s was backhand and amazing. I started rewinding immediately while watching last night because the pass and Letang’s release were so quick.

  157. Milo Hamilton says:

    The guy had the puck ! Just awful.

  158. steelercrazy says:

    Malkin’s Game 4 even-strength time: 17:24 (He had 21:05 TOI)
    Malkin’s Game 5 even-strength time: 12:04

    Message sent, easier done with a viable fourth line.

  159. Milo Hamilton says:

    Crosby, Ovechkin & Tavares are finalists for the Hart.

  160. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Maybe Murray’s aura interfered with him?

  161. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    He also has a habit of disappearing for the 80 or so games that get us to the playoffs. Just saying.

  162. Jason says:

    My twitter isn’t agreeing with me today…
    Did I read correctly that Dana Heinze said Sid has a new helmet/jaw guard? Can anyone post a screen cap of this from Twitter?

  163. theplanisworking says:

    did you what say?? ;)

  164. theplanisworking says:

    Is that my long lost cousin, walrus? :)

  165. hockeymonster says:

    Come on guys seriously? Anyone ever play the game? I’m glad PM responded with that hit…but that was only after Tavares AND okposo challenged his manhood by skating right at him MULTIPLE times and Tavares attempting and succeeding on moves that are usually reserved for practice cuz they had no inkling or semblance of fear that PM would hit them.

    And I think we can all agree that those hits or even attempted hits by PM are few and far between…i’ll set my sun dial for the next one…

  166. Jandy says:

    Scott, hockeymonster hates Paul Martin and will take any opportunity to bash him :)

  167. theplanisworking says:

    Pimentel’s ERA is miniscule, and he hasnt been promoted yet……..

  168. theplanisworking says:

    Does it ever? ;)

  169. Jandy says:

    ahh my bad…thanks Steelercrazy.

  170. Pucknutz says:

    I don’t have a whole lot to add to the discussion of last nights game. Well and fairly covered already above.

    One strange thing though, I think I am starting to think like DK. I was very pleased with the first period last night and was spouting off the crowd in my cave watching the game that that first period was just what the Pens needed. Keep playing solid hockey and the the scoring will come ect.

    Lo and behold this morning’s column basically says just what I was yammerin last night!

    Spookey, wondering if a good thing or bad thing?? :) :)

  171. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Dejan doesn’t comment on his lineup.

  172. Jandy says:

    Totally agree with Depres. The kid wasn’t getting enough playing time. His confidence has been boosted big time.

  173. Jandy says:

    Paul Martin plays his game stick on puck. Brooksie plays his game hitting (even he is hitting less these days). Either way, if you play smart, you will be successful. A skilled opponent will make you look bad every now and then. It happens.

  174. Jandy says:

    lineup?
    :scratching head:

  175. Jandy says:

    Oops, all is good :)

  176. Jandy says:

    Hey Hipposter :)

  177. Pucknutz says:

    LOL Really good one.

    I think I would run from that aura!!!!

  178. Jandy says:

    nope lol

  179. theplanisworking says:

    Puckz…………

    read my 7:47 entry in last nights thread.
    I was a lone wolf it seems feeling good about that first period.

    But something (at the time) felt different about that period as I was watching it.
    Maybe the lack of 50 turnovers? I dont know.

    Give credit to Disco Duck.

  180. Jandy says:

    You’ll get no argument from me on that point.

  181. Jandy says:

    I’m not a Twit so I can’t help ;)

  182. theplanisworking says:

    Hey Jandy!

    Feeling chuffed as chips about my predictions last night as the game progressed. Rarely does the Hippo do that, you know.

    Hope you and Brandie have a great day today!
    I am out of here soon…….. much to do.

    Now if only I was as good at the lottery as last nights game……….

    it was much fun in that thread last night……always like fun amongst people in the thread……..

  183. hockeymonster says:

    Jandy, you’re being totally unfair…I praise PM when he plays his style well but how comfortable should we be when vokoun had to bail him out multiple times? What would you guys be saying about PM if Okposo and Tavares each scored on one those rushes?

  184. theplanisworking says:

    I am twit……………. LOL ;)

  185. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    The only thing about much of the praise for PM this year that I have to point out is that I think it gets amplified by the fact that he’s been so bad the past several seasons. Can’t deny he’s played better, not saying he’s played all that horribly. But it’s quite similar to all the praise for Ovechkin this season- he was worthless the last couple seasons. Part of that Penguin mentality we seem to have that scapper pointed out.

    “Fire By…oulevard of the Allies?!”

  186. Sisyphus says:

    Zach Duke career strikeouts per 9 innings: 4.7.

    Jeff Locke career strikeouts per 9 inning: 6.1.

    They’re both skinny lefties who don’t light up radar guns, but that’s all they have in common. Locke can make guys swing and miss; Duke could not. That’s a huge, huge difference.

  187. He got hit pretty hard last night. Walked about 6, too, I think it was.

  188. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    bad Disco reference.

  189. twentytwo22 says:

    Crosby (98) and Malkin (90) closing in on 100 playoff points. Both have played 73 games. Malkin needs 10 points in 9 games to have 100 points in 82 games or fewer.

    100 point players in the playoffs in this era. Special players and we are fortunate to have them.

  190. Sisyphus says:

    How about giving us a list of all the billionaires out there who are desparate to piss away they’re fortunes to provide you with better entertainment?

  191. Zico says:

    Is Liriano definitely starting for the Buccos tomorrow?

  192. Bizrow says:

    Great minds think alike ;-)

  193. Sorry. Walked 5, gave up six hits and 6 runs, threw 100 pitches in 4.1 innings. Still, his ERA is only 1.99 FWIW in AA.

  194. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Ovechkin… Apparently you don’t have to actually skate into your own defensive zone to be eligible for the Hart.

  195. Pucknutz says:

    Ya Plan, something did feel good about that period. Not to be overly dramatic about it but it was like the “demons” had been exorcised and we are good to go now.

    Still gotta win another game and move on, NYI ain’t gonna just lay down now but I feel much more confident that they can take it in 6. Hate game 7′s.

    GO PENS !!!

  196. Bizrow says:

    Everything I’ve seen says yes he is

  197. Bizrow says:

    Yes, the FAN reported that this am. The old helmet was restricting Sids vision, so he whipped out a new one. Can’t help with the twitter though, I don’t follow the guy, only Dejan

  198. Jandy says:

    and how many shots has PM deflected away stick on puck doesn’t matter who is in goal? I give credit where it’s due. The guy plays big minutes every game. You want perfection? That’s unfair.

  199. Jandy says:

    Dittos on the fun….and you predicted well! have a great one, my friend.

  200. Jandy says:

    One dimensional player.

  201. Jandy says:

    And when he does hit, it’s usually dirty.

  202. Jandy says:

    uhhh…yeah…
    :still scratching head:

  203. Milo Hamilton says:

    So do the Pens hate Game 7′s. Especially at home. Double especially after losing Game 6. And you can look it up.

  204. Jandy says:

    I’m going to lunch, play nice kids :)

  205. Jandy says:

    Milo’s the one said last night that the tide was turning…boy was he ever right!

  206. Jandy says:

    You are not, you’re a Hippo :P

  207. JohninOshkosh says:

    Even though it brings back painful memories, it made me smile to see that footage of the North Stars being bamboozled and clowned by Mario.

    When I was a kid my Dad and I would drive 4.5 hours one day each winter to the Met Center to see the North Stars play. That modern yet outdated arena, that hideous green and yellow combination of uniform colors. Aww…I loved it all!

    Now despicable Dallas is their home and the Met Center is an IKEA.

    Dino Ciccarelli, I salute you!

  208. Iceman says:

    No problem.

  209. Patrick says:

    Yea I played. Spare me.

    But go ahead and take the worst plays you can find and label his entire game. I get tired of stickin up for defensemen when they just RECORDED ANOTHER SHUTOUT. But yea…PM is just THE WORST EVER.

    He got turned inside out by Tavares? He does that to everybody. He did that to Letang AND Orpik on the same play to score the game winner on tuesday. So does that mean 58 and 44 suck as well? You know other teams are actually allowed to have good players too. Despite what everyone in Pittsburgh thinks, we dont have ALL of the best players. And other teams are actually allowed to make good plays. This narrative that the only time anybody beats the Pens is because they play poorly and not because the other team is..you know….also a group of skilled professional hockey players, is absurd.

    And look up the stats on hits for gods sake. PM has more hits than half of the team this series.

    “Has anybody else played?” my god…Where did you play? XBox?

  210. Jandy says:

    :yawn:

  211. Jandy says:

    like

  212. Vinny Giardina says:

    Can anyone tell me why in the world you wouldn’t call for the intentional walk there? Perhaps I’m having a brain fart, but what possible reason could there be for not calling it? Bottom of the ninth, first base open, tie game. ?????

  213. Patrick says:

    I’m a big Therrien fan. Thought he got a bit of a raw deal at the end of his time in Pittsburgh. He deserves more credit than he gets for the 09 cup. He was a big part of it.

    And I know for a fact he really regrets the whole “soff” comments. Not just because he said them in an emotional post game out of frustration but because they have come to be what he is most remebered for. That line has become his legacy, and thats not right IMO

    I remember that he took a bunch of kids that couldn’t even grow mustaches and turned them into professionals. That he taught them what it took to be champs. Michel Therrien is a great coach.

  214. Naterosboro says:

    I’m pretty sure there’s a fair few beer drinkers on this blog.

    Check this out: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2322591/Thats-way-pint–Student-filmed-drinking-beer-EAR.html

  215. Patrick says:

    I never thought I would see the day when I saw the Pens playing a trap. Was one of those moments i kinda stopped and wondered if i was really seeing what I thought was going on…

  216. Milo Hamilton says:

    Norman Green.

  217. theplanisworking says:

    +1

  218. hockeymonster says:

    Ok lets give out gold stars for basic dman functions…

  219. Jandy says:

    like

  220. Brotherhood of the Redus says:

    Walker will be coming around soon. Freak accident with that finger…might have opted for DL in order to get a look at oldMcD vs. inge for the utility infield belt title…My money is on Inge….however, Mercer “made me feel good” like Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball.

  221. hockeymonster says:

    Xbox? I never even owned a Nintendo…don’t worry bout where I played…I’ve held my own against players still cashing checks to play…but that’s besides the point….

    My point earlier on Patrick was that we played much smarter by not over committing on the forecheck with the 2nd guy unless there was a 50/50 or 60/40 puck to be won…we mixed in the trap and were able to overcome very “SOOFFFF” defense from PM. My point since last season before the philly series is that we MUST be smarter on forecheck and we must incorporate the trap to be successful and NOT overexpose our defense to too many high speed 3 on 3 and 4 on 3 rushes.

    I think some of you guys are looking at some of my individual posts and not taking into account my point from a big picture perspective.

  222. hockeymonster says:

    Brad in Indiana had a good perspective above on the PM situation.

  223. theplanisworking says:

    Sis…………..
    How about giving us a list of anonymous bloggers who bi*** and moan about other bloggers?

    Dont forget to start with your name at the top, please.

    I am not a billionaire, yet I approve this message. ;)

  224. Arriba Wilver says:

    What gives you that idea? :-)

  225. theplanisworking says:

    *Hic* what ideer?

  226. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yes. John Deere Green and Gold. Although the gold looked liked a dirty yellow or mustard.

    Milo, fess up. Is that guy sporting the stellar mullet when the video first cuts to the crowd you?

    Twenty two years ago and that video feels like watching a Maurice Richard video or something. Seems like yesterday.

  227. Chris says:

    Sid was injured for every regular season game iginla played for the penguins… Except for the 50 seconds of ice time he had before breaking his jaw! :)

  228. hockeymonster says:

    One more thing Patrick…go back and look at replays of the MULTIPLE Okposo and Tavares rushes on PM…he did everything but skate to the bench when okposo got a full head of steam coming at him….if you played please let me know if your 100% comfortable with PM facing Boston, Ottawa or Chicago?

    And to be clear…if we play the way we played last night and mixed in all 4 lines and a trap when necessary then I think we can beat anyone…but we need PM to not avoid contact. If you guys disagree with that then that’s your perogative but i’m going to still believe that our highest paid dman cant be avoiding contact if we’re gonna beat the above teams to win the cup.

  229. Arriba Wilver says:

    I thought the Walker DL was very simple. The stitches weren’t coming out for 6 days, they knew they were a better team with Walker in there, so they waited to see if he responded quickly. Before the time was up that they could backdate the DL they realized he wouldn’t be ready in time, so they chose the DL. Some stuff is pretty simple and straightforward.

  230. Arriba Wilver says:

    +1

  231. I thought the same thing, John. Wondered if that was Milo.

    Dangerous for you, brother, having the same thoughts as me.

    ;)

  232. Naterosboro says:

    Sports fans are beer drinkers.

    Or so I was told.

  233. I quit drinkin a long time ago. Does that make me less of a fan?

    (Kidding)

  234. hockeymonster says:

    See how you are jandy…I suggest we play the trap and you hiss at me…Patrick mentions trap AFTER the fact and you give him bloggin lovin :)

  235. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’ll have you know I haven’t had a beer in at least 12 hours.

  236. Arriba Wilver says:

    Lightweight.

  237. JohninOshkosh says:

    I could do far worse than thinking like you, my friend.

  238. Naterosboro says:

    +whatevers!

  239. Naterosboro says:

    Was it imbibed thru the ear?

  240. hockeymonster says:

    I thought therrien was outstanding too considering the circumstances he took over…I think it can be argued that he got the pens to over achieve more than bylsma has. But it also became apparent that the pens tuned him out and it was clear a change was needed at the time and bylsma was obviously the fresh voice they needed.

    However it was a different team then and now thunder dan needs to tailor his system to the roster he has now.

    The “sooofff” press conference was a needed attention grabber for the team and hit a nerve due to the brutal honesty he delivered. All he did at the time is voice the obvious…I don’t think people or atleast I don’t discount his results just cuz of an entertaining press conference.

  241. JohninOshkosh says:

    It was a wild video to be sure, but your link directed me elsewhere. I just had to read about Kate Upton defending her breasts. Now, that is news that is fit to print!

  242. Jandy says:

    You’re absolutely right, and I replie to gregenstein below like this:
    “The point is, Iginla should have been put on the line with Duper and and not forced to play his left wing. That would have shifted Kunitz with Malkin before the playoffs started.”

    Had Iginla been on that line, it would have gone so much smoother. Malkin wouldn’t have been so frustrated. Kunitz really settles that line.

  243. Dom says:

    Here is how I see the 2014 rotation shaping out:
    Cole
    Liriano
    Morton
    Locke
    JMac

    The following will be waiting in the wings or in the Pen:
    Jameson Taillon
    Stolmy Pimentel
    Phil Irwin
    Kyle McPherson
    Andy Oliver

  244. Jandy says:

    And there in lies your beef with PM: HIGHEST PAID defenseman. Leave it rest, monster, leave it rest.

    Murray tripped over his own two feet and feel, allowing I forget what Islander to go in on Vokoun uncontested. I guess Murray’s a pylon too.

    Please.

  245. Jandy says:

    Darn typos…Murray FELL.

  246. Kevin says:

    I think you are oversimplifying. If the penguins play every game like last night, there’s nobody we can’t beat. BUT, this is just the beginning… this is the re-definition of the answer to “what is penguins hockey?”

  247. Kevin says:

    I have a question for everyone. Since the trade deadline, is that the first game where we had a full health penguins team? I get you have to deal with injury and all that… it is a very violent game.. but its super hard to develop a team identity if you are always missing a big piece and having to mix-match lines. Last night was the beginning of a real penguins “as team” identity.

  248. Jandy says:

    like

  249. Jandy says:

    Just laughing and shaking my Mother Theresa head gear at this funny stuff lol

  250. Jandy says:

    I’d say yes and we are now getting some chemistry.

  251. Kevin says:

    Prior to jaw mangling, Crosby-Kunitz-Duper were unstoppable though. And the question all season was “who can we get to play on Malkin’s OTHER wing”. I don’t blame Bylsma. I just blame him for waiting until game5 to make all these changes. Shoulda put iginla on Crosby’s wing in the first game back. There was no chemistry to mess up by doing that.

    With Vokoun’s success in the regular season against the islanders, I would have played Voky in Gm2. And take the same approach as the regular season to keep Fleury fresh. OR at the latest Gm3. OR at the very extreme latest Gm4.

  252. Kevin says:

    *googles Admiral Stockdale* bah still dont get the reference :(

  253. Kevin says:

    can explain the trap to me and when it happened? I thought I saw 4 – 1 trap at the start of the third. The D were definitely getting lots of forward backpressure help throughout the game last night.

  254. Sisyphus says:

    And my point is proven once again.

    Question: On what date did Stephen Strasburg make his first start?

  255. Bizrow says:

    They have an option next year for Wandy, and I think if they pick it up, the Astros have to pay for part of it

  256. Milo Hamilton says:

    I was there. Section C 32. Mario was coming right at me. We had Paul Stanton’s tickets. My buddy worked with a guy that went to college with him. He’s a Badger you know. He took care of us on multiple occasions. Sitting right next to me was Phil Paek, Jim Paek’s brother. I scanned the video, I’m not in it. But I did have lots of hair.

  257. Jandy says:

    ~yawn~

  258. Jandy says:

    I only take exception to you when you’re being a spoiled monster brat.

  259. Jandy says:

    Oh I agree, Kevin. We’re all great at being “armchair” coaches, but some things are just simple common sense. :)

  260. hockeymonster says:

    Hmmm….by voicing my opinion? Interesting….sorry you feel that way :(

  261. hockeymonster says:

    The trap is basically a 1-2-2 formation when the opposing team has clean possession of the puck with the one guy going in to pressure the 2 opposing dmen to move the puck. To translate to basketball lingo…bylsma a lot of times will have a 2-1-2 when he wants 2 guys to go in and pressure the dmen to move the puck with the 3rd guy backtracking and dmen stepping up to strip the puck away. But that gets us in trouble against teams with good forwards cuz 2 guys going in will open up passing lanes behind them and in front of our defense which leads to high speed rushes up ice against our defense.

    With the 1-2-2 you basically force more punts by the other team and any rushes up ice are usually with a lot less speed.

  262. JohninOshkosh says:

    Anybody else going to see “The Great Gatsby” this weekend?

    How ironic that Dejan is headed to Long Island this weekend!

    It’s getting uneven reviews but Leo Dicaprio seems spot on as Jay Gatsby. Looking forward to it. In laws are here to babysit-so a rare dinner and movie with my wife.

    “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

    In college I had to write an entire paper on just that one line!

    Have a good weekend everyone. Lets Go Bucs! Go Pens!

  263. Sisyphus says:

    Right, like nobody gets tired of reading the “cheap Nutting” posts.

  264. Kevin says:

    I see… tyvm for that explanation.

  265. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Murray tripped over his aura.

  266. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    I just meant he’d deny it even though deep down it had to be a little warming- it’s not humanly possible to be COMPLETELY unbiased in anything. It made sense in my head (quizzical looking yellow face).

  267. Dom says:

    I am not. I wish I would have read that book in high school instead of Tess of the Dubervillies.

  268. Sarah says:

    Under Bylsma , Pens have NEVER closed out a series at home. I think it’s 0-7?
    Anyway…..hope for a win In game 6, is what I’m sayin’…

Other blogs
Sports: Rob Rossi | Steel Mill | Chipped Ice | Bucco Blog | Sitting Ringside | Pitt Locker Room | Penn State Sports | H.S. Sports Insiders | Trailing Off
News: This Just In | Trib List
» Top TribLIVE.com Sports
» Top TribLIVE.com News
» Top TribLIVE.com Breaking News