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On location: Penguins 4, Senators 1, Game 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game 1: Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators, Stanley Cup playoffs, second round

Time: 7:38 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

TV, radio: NBC Sports Network, CBC (Canada), RDS (Quebec), WXDX-FM 105.9

Here is the official live box score.

Here is TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Rob Rossi, Josh Yohe and I are covering.

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. Kevin says:

    go penguins!

  2. Pucknutz says:

    GO PENS !!!

  3. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Go Pens!!!

    I know nothing about the Sens, but I think this has the making of a pretty good rivalry.

  4. Dom says:

    Who is everyone rooting for tonight? Personally, I’m a diehard Pens fan.

  5. BillyBaduka says:

    LET’S GO PENS!!!!

  6. Sarah says:

    Rooting for 60 minutes of hard nosed, defensively responsible play by our Birds.

    You could say I Dream….

  7. CWalton_67 says:

    +1

  8. CWalton_67 says:

    Is Eaton in the lineup?

  9. Brandie says:

    Like your thoughts. Get ready for the gritty.

  10. theplanisworking says:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh……….. the Hippo likes it when the room is empty. Makes it easier for me to fit in here. ;)

    I have seen many “experts” predictions on this series..Sens faster than the Isles. No they are not. Sens have momentum. No they dont. Pens will have tough time against Sens D. No they wont. Enough to make a Hippos head explode.

    Here is one Hippos simple analysis for the upcoming series:

    First, Evgeni “the sieve” Nabokov isnt in goal this series, Anderson is. He was good down the stretch, but Montreal really didnt test him that much. Pens have to bury the puck obviously, and cannot count on Anderson to give up soft goals. His achilles (pun intended) is facing a left-handed shot. James Neal has to have a big series.

    The Sens have some speed, but not like the Isles. And Montreal was so bad, and injured, that they looked faster than they really were. Pens cannot turn the puck over, just like the Islander series, leading to odd-man rushes.

    The Sens have the top-ranked penalty kill. Their D is solid, but they gave up the 2nd most shots in the league this year. Obviously, the Pens have to put the puck on net.

    the series will come down to “smarts”. The Sens will repeatedly run at Cooke, he has to be disciplined and NOT retaliate. The Pens should have a significant edge in PP opportunities, if they dont retaliate.

    I see this series going to the Pens in 6 games. Anderson will steal a game for Ottawa, and Fleury will lose a game for us. (Yes, he will be back in this series). Disco Duck has to make the right adjustments. Team has to play smart. No turnovers. The Islanders gave Ottawa a blueprint to beat the Pens. I think the Pens learned their lessons from the 1st round.

    GO PENS !!!

  11. theplanisworking says:

    BRANDIE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Eric Bowser says:

    just got home… really wish I didn’t have to watch NBC Sports…

    Not a fan of hearing Engelland looks to be in and Despres out.

    Hope Vokoun continues to play strong in net.

    Let’s Go Pens!

  13. Brandie says:

    HIPPOSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Sarah says:

    Is Vokouns rec against ott any good? Thought I heard he was not so good v them but was that w FL?

  15. theplanisworking says:

    Hope my PR machine is ready for this series!

    Need Jandy and you to give out the good vibes!

    I found a new rabbit for my TV’s ears, so I am ready to go.

  16. Brandie says:

    The key ideas are to play with discipline and play with passion. Preach on, Brother Hippo!

  17. Eric Bowser says:

    1 game this year vs Ottawa, 35 shots, 1 goal against.

  18. Eric Bowser says:

    I don’t think so

  19. Brandie says:

    Sending out the good vibes to the Pens, to Mama Jandy, to Brother Hippo Dejan’s Traveling Lunatic All-Stars. From the Greatest Hype Machine of All Time. I am like Flava Flav, minus the tacky neck clock! YEA BOY!

  20. Brandie says:

    Whole heartedly agree, sirs! Now, Matt Cooke, play with your head. Winning the Cup is the best retaliation.

  21. theplanisworking says:

    Brandie, you are NOT the Public Enemy !!! ;)

    And I hope you dont have a gold tooth! ;)

  22. theplanisworking says:

    Brother Hippo?

  23. Brandie says:

    No gold tooth, alas!

  24. Eric Bowser says:

    Penguins Lineup

    Dupuis – Crosby – Iginla
    Kunitz – Malkin – Neal
    Cooke – Sutter – Kennedy
    Morrow – Vitale – Adams

    Orpik – Martin
    Niskanen – Letang
    Murray – Engelland

    Vokoun
    Fleury

  25. Pucknutz says:

    Agree w/most of your analysis cept for the Flower.

    Yes, he will be back, no matter how well Vokoun plays. I look for him to come back strong, if he gets a little bit of decent D in front of him and does not think he has to start overplaying , he will be fine.

    This team is going to need both of them to win the Cup. I don’t think his psyche is that fragile that he can’t handle sittin a bit. I am sure he would love to start tonight but I am bettin he knows hockey 101 says stick w/the hot hand. I expect him to play Fri or Sun
    no matter what happens.

    Thats my 2 cents. :)

    GO PENS!!

  26. Brandie says:

    Thanks for the updated line. Looks awesome.

  27. Pucknutz says:

    Cmon Eric, gotta have Engelland in there considering the potential nastiness. :)

  28. Brandie says:

    Aren’t you Head Brother in Charge of The Church of The Fighting Kovacevic’s? Dejan is The Blog Father, after all.

  29. theplanisworking says:

    Oh no, I am not in charge of anything!!

    I am just a simple Hippo wallowing in the mud.

    Thanks for the kind words, but I couldnt lead milk out of a jug. ;)

  30. theplanisworking says:

    Boy, Puckz, I hope you are right.
    I just feel Fleury is toast.

    Hope I am wrong.

  31. Brandie says:

    Too modest. Hey, you put up with me, no mean feat.

  32. Eric Bowser says:

    I just don’t prescribe to that line of thinking.

  33. theplanisworking says:

    I think I would rather face a firing squad than listen to the NBC clowns.

    And I will definitely change the channel when the “Experts” Milbury and Roenick come on! 8-)

  34. Eric Bowser says:

    Intermisssion = Turn on Pirates game

  35. theplanisworking says:

    + many.

    I am so tempted to mute the sound and listen to music…………..

  36. Brandie says:

    Listening on I Heart Radio so I can hear Bourque and Lange.

  37. theplanisworking says:

    Most lunatics here are easy to deal with.
    You are no exception.

  38. theplanisworking says:

    need a napkin? ;)

  39. Jandy says:

    Amen!

  40. Eric Bowser says:

    Geez, 2 great chances already for Sid and now PP

  41. theplanisworking says:

    GOAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Jandy says:

    WOOT!!!!!!!

  43. Jandy says:

    where are all the Paul Martin bashers?

  44. theplanisworking says:

    JANDY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. Jandy says:

    hey you two :)

  46. Jandy says:

    man that goal felt good

  47. J Walter Weatherman says:

    That was very Fleury-like.

  48. theplanisworking says:

    Man, just by an inch! :(

  49. Brandie says:

    Need a cigarette now.

  50. J Walter Weatherman says:

    I never wish injury on players, but I hope Neil’s leg falls off.

  51. Sarah says:

    Yup

  52. Jandy says:

    Nooooo cigs!

  53. Jandy says:

    That’s NOT what she said ;X

  54. Jandy says:

    ;X

  55. Jandy says:

    ahhh good :)

  56. Jandy says:

    just slap me upside the head

  57. Jandy says:

    they sure came out flying :)

  58. theplanisworking says:

    Really you 2?

    Fleury lets goals in off the boards, looking like a dead fish.

    That goal had a Senator hacking at it almost the whole time, eventually getting it across the line by an inch or two.

    Sheesh.

  59. theplanisworking says:

    HA !!!

  60. theplanisworking says:

    :thwap: ;)

  61. Jandy says:

    ok that’s better now lol

  62. Sarah says:

    Sorry no sale. Vokoun has to have that one.

  63. Jandy says:

    problem was he had no idea where the puck was…and it’s his job to know

  64. theplanisworking says:

    GENO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Nice play. Let’s hold onto the lead now.

  66. Jandy says:

    Nealer to Geno and BAM!

  67. Eric Bowser says:

    YES

    bad turnover behind Sens net… Kunitz fires puck to net and looked like Malkin’s stick on ice for deflection

  68. theplanisworking says:

    Agreed Vokoun has to know where it is, and get it.

    It was NOT a Fleury-like goal. Sorry, no slae.

  69. Jandy says:

    oops had Kunitz in there too…sweet

  70. theplanisworking says:

    sale too. ;)

  71. Brandie says:

    WHAM, Yes MA’AM!

  72. Eric Bowser says:

    Malkin and Crosby playing freely, like a world of pressure off their shoulders.

  73. Jandy says:

    oooh yeeahh!!!

  74. theplanisworking says:

    Need a napkin now?? ;)

  75. Jandy says:

    I hope this Malkin sticks around

  76. Brandie says:

    We are the Moe, Larry, and Curly of this thread.

  77. Eric Bowser says:

    Absolutely HATE these D pairings by Bylsma….

    Murray-Engelland are too slow and Niskanen-Letang are too weak around the net.

  78. Jandy says:

    shhhh! ;)

  79. Sarah says:

    Best news is they have way more time and space through neutral and in Otts zone. Way different than Isles….

  80. Brandie says:

    Good Geno vs Malcontent Malkin.

  81. Sarah says:

    Yah what happen to Nisky Murray?

  82. Jandy says:

    who’s the D coach? Can’t he speak up>?

  83. Eric Bowser says:

    prefer Murray-Letang and Niskanen-Engelland

  84. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Letang is letting Sens fly by him on this PP. Not good.

  85. Jandy says:

    yup me too

  86. Jandy says:

    I just said that to hubby….wth is up with that?

  87. theplanisworking says:

    Neil is head-hunting Crosby.

  88. Jandy says:

    did I see Morrow just level Neil??

  89. Jandy says:

    haha see below

  90. theplanisworking says:

    I am big enough to be all 3. ;)

  91. Jandy says:

    C’mon Todd speak up

  92. J Walter Weatherman says:

    He’s every bit as inconsistent as Malkin.

  93. Eric Bowser says:

    The always dangerous Tyler Kennedy…. Pens go to PP

  94. Jandy says:

    +1

  95. Jandy says:

    sure looks that way sarah

  96. Jandy says:

    lol

  97. theplanisworking says:

    Dumb penalty. Why did he even touch him???

    This is what will cost the Pens.

    Not too smart………..

  98. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Neal should never touch the puck unless he’s set up in the offensive zone. Turnover machine.

  99. Jandy says:

    like

  100. Jandy says:

    can I ask you a question?

  101. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Do I ever say anything positive? No.

  102. Jandy says:

    no the question was don’t you make yourself sick?

  103. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Negative. You confuse skepticism for caring too much. I’m just effective at pointing out faults. Making a snarky comment is probably better than kicking the dog.

  104. Eric Bowser says:

    Penguins had the obvious physical advantage from a talent perspective but when you turn the puck over at the blue lines, you reduce that advantage and allow teams to stay with you.

    The Penguins defense didn’t go a very good job of boxing out and that allowed a few quality chances for the Senators.

    The good news is they have 2-1 lead, had scoring chances and can still play better defensively and puck management.

  105. SJB says:

    Vokoun sketchy at best tonight. Gotta control those rebounds and cover up…reminds me of another Pens goalie.

  106. Jandy says:

    You shouldn’t be allowed to have a dog

  107. Kevin says:

    I second your thoughts about NBC sports. Yuk.

    However, we need Engelland in there. Ottawa is super dirty. I am seeing flying ottawan elbows and retaliatory penguins already.

  108. theplanisworking says:

    That was cold……….. ;)

  109. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Sens had 14 shots in the 1st period and many good chances. If that was tightening things up, I’m concerned. Offense looked great though.

  110. Kevin says:

    I agree.. and Im not the guy that say “I told you so” cause frankly it just sounds bitter. But, Fleury’s not the only one capable of soft goals and that one just seemed to turn the tide a bit.

  111. Jandy says:

    hey someone has to look out for the dog

  112. Sarah says:

    Yeah fighting puck a bit and losing rebounds. Hope he settles down.

  113. SJB says:

    This shocker just in…Pirates losing to the Brewers. Who da thunk it?

  114. Jandy says:

    yup that’s been mentioned lol

  115. Jandy says:

    That just pissed me off. No reason for it. Mental.

  116. Brandie says:

    The Brewers just own them.

  117. J Walter Weatherman says:

    I will only write happy things from now on. Do you give Dejan a hard time for his negativity?

  118. theplanisworking says:

    After one period……………………..

    Pens have an advantage in the offensive zone. Ottawa hasnt faced an offensive team like the Pens. They have to keep creating chances and burying pucks.

    D was sketchy again in that period. I dont know if it was Ottawa’s speed, or just indixciplined play.

    Smarts werent on display yet again. Turnovers, Malkins dumb penalty, sheesh…

    Wasnt able to get a feel for that period. Teams seemed to be cautious most of the period. Obviously if the Pens reduce the turnovers, and continue to press the play in the offensive zone, they will win. Need to get their heads in the game. :)

  119. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Stop saying negative things.

  120. Jandy says:

    all it would take is just one win…to break that cycle.

  121. Kevin says:

    Is it just me or do both teams look sloppy as all hell? Penguins enter the Ottawa zone and turn into puck seeking phenoms and then the Ottawa takes the puck into the penguins zone and the penguins turn into.. well.. Ottawa? Also, if not for Anderson, this game is easily 4-0 right now.

  122. Brandie says:

    The glass is never half full. It’s a half empty dribble glass with a crack in it.

  123. Jandy says:

    As a matter of fact I give Dejan a hard time every day. Write what you want, Weatherman. I don’t care, i don’t have to read it.

  124. SJB says:

    Team needs to start forcing some turnovers at center ice. Right now (and just like against the Isles), they are too busy playing the puck and not the body, which usually leads to chasing and being out of position.

  125. Kevin says:

    by the way, patrick, if you’re here.. and not that I believe in pace, but penguins are on pace for dinner for Kevin for a year (6 goals) :D jk

  126. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Both teams are playing hard. That’s all that matters. It doesn’t matter who wins or loses – everyone is a winner.

  127. SJB says:

    They won the last game of the last series, didn’t seem to help them much.

  128. Kevin says:

    I agree playing hard is important. I still don’t think the penguins look right. Fantastic in the offensive zone but much much weaker everywhere else. Malkin looks the same. Everyone praises him for pts/game (he has 2 already) but he’s already made atleast 2 mistakes I’ve seen so far.

  129. SJB says:

    Thanks Mom! ;)

  130. Jandy says:

    :yawn:

  131. Brandie says:

    Time to find the collective hockey smarts of the team. The Sens are ready to exploit any perceived weakness, get in your heads, and try to dominate through mental manipulation. Pens play sloppy, they are just falling into that trap.

  132. J Walter Weatherman says:

    I don’t really think that. I’ve been told by the blog police that I need to be more positive.

  133. theplanisworking says:

    This is an advantage to being a Hippo……….. dont have to worry about glasses.

  134. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Your welcome. Now go do your homework and clean your room!

  135. Jandy says:

    :eyeroll:

  136. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Truce? We can’t have hard feelings in this blog – there’s no Flyers fans here.

  137. Jandy says:

    like

  138. theplanisworking says:

    this is why I like you 2………….. 8-)

  139. Jandy says:

    ZING!

  140. Brandie says:

    It’s been said before…best line up on paper but if the coaches and the team are not putting themselves in the best position to win the game, then what a waste!

  141. Brandie says:

    I’d say The Hipposter would look good in John Lennon glasses.

  142. Brandie says:

    Somebody needs to snap Chris Neil like a twig.

  143. Jandy says:

    true dat

  144. Jandy says:

    +1

  145. Jandy says:

    I nominate Murray or Morrow

  146. Sarah says:

    Did Vokoun not see that? Cripes.

  147. Eric Bowser says:

    When you go for a stretch pass and it is intercepted… it is automatic odd-man break, Pens start panicking in their D-zone coverage and Sens can control the puck in the zone.

    You don’t need speed like Islanders to expose this stupidity (stretch passes).

  148. J Walter Weatherman says:

    I find it quite ironic that the Sens management went to great lengths to orate their belief that Matt Cooke is a dirty player. He’s a saint compared to Neil.

  149. Jandy says:

    need to stop them then…logic, no?

  150. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Nice save by Orpik

  151. Brandie says:

    Why not both?

  152. Jandy says:

    lol

  153. Jandy says:

    the dog might be ok after all

  154. Brandie says:

    On that we can agree.

  155. Jandy says:

    isn’t that a penaltyfor third man in?

  156. Jandy says:

    yup

  157. Brandie says:

    Astute observation. Getting’ chippy.

  158. Brandie says:

    Only on days with “R” in them.

  159. Jandy says:

    are you kidding me? How did Neal get the only penaly there?

  160. theplanisworking says:

    what was the penalty on Neal again? I didnt see one……..

  161. Jandy says:

    darn he missed

  162. Jandy says:

    I just don’t understand how they do that over and over again when it bites them in the butt

  163. Brandie says:

    Just adding more dram a to the fray.

  164. Eric Bowser says:

    ref pointed right at Turris…. and then late Neal gets pointed at… yet, Neal is the only one going off. NHL officiating at its finest.

  165. SJB says:

    Looking more and more like the Isles series. Pens can’t get the puck through center and are letting the Sens transition from D to O uncontested. Pens also not dictating the physical play but only retaliating to it after the fact and getting penalized in the process.

  166. Jandy says:

    who’s the officials? Koharski in there?

  167. Brandie says:

    It’s that “He may be jerk, but he’s our jerk and out ranks your jerk” mentality.

  168. Jandy says:

    devorski?

  169. Brandie says:

    Sloppy hockey= we’ve got to out thug them. It never works.

  170. Jandy says:

    ahhh silly me ;)

  171. Eric Bowser says:

    I’m pretty sure it was Wes McCauley

  172. Sarah says:

    When they do chip it in, Anderson’s doing a great job of stopping it and dishing to his D

  173. Jandy says:

    thanks, eric

  174. Jandy says:

    we knew coming in Anderson was gonna be tough

  175. SJB says:

    Pens again awful at keeping any offensive pressure on. No forecheck at all. The other team simply stands on their blue line, forces a turnover and it’s back in the Pens end with numbers immediately. This reminds me of the pond hockey years of the late 90′s

  176. SJB says:

    That’s the few occasions that they can even chip it in. When they do it’s usually to get a line change.

  177. Jandy says:

    Nice hit on Grybna by Brooksie

  178. Eric Bowser says:

    Thunderous open ice hit by Orpik

  179. SJB says:

    As critical as I’ve been of Orpik, he’s the best Pens player on the ice so far tonight. Hopefully every one else can follow his example.

  180. theplanisworking says:

    Kunitz !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  181. Jandy says:

    WOOT!!!!!!!!!

  182. Eric Bowser says:

    Smart play by Letang to push puck over to Iginla to work east-west and Kunitz!!!

  183. theplanisworking says:

    Woot? You an owl?? ;)

  184. Sarah says:

    Yay! A 2-goal lead!! Oh, um…..

  185. Jandy says:

    nah I’m Mother Theresa, you silly Hipposter :P

  186. Jandy says:

    shhhhh lol

  187. theplanisworking says:

    O.o

  188. Jandy says:

    very smart indeed

  189. theplanisworking says:

    That was a Fleury-like goal.

    oh, wait………….. ;)

  190. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Subtle play by Malkin on that Kunitz goal. Puck in skates – gets it to stick in one motion and gets the shot on goal that Kunitz knocks in for rebound. He might be the best player I’ve ever seen at using his skates to control pucks.

  191. SJB says:

    They gotta keep the pedal on the gas and get at least one more! 2 goal leads are the worst…unless you’re Toronto. ;)

  192. Jandy says:

    KK I’m taking a break. Gettin the hubby and myself a piece of lemon cake with cream cheese icing YUM! see ya later

  193. J Walter Weatherman says:

    You are correct, sir.

  194. theplanisworking says:

    Eat one for me !!!!!

  195. Kevin says:

    I swear.. sucker punching must be legal only for Neil. Just seems he finishes every hard check with a lil extra head shot.

  196. Kevin says:

    Is it me or are the senators very good at getting their bodies in the way of the puck? Just seems like 80% of clearing attempts hit a senator.

  197. Sarah says:

    Yes, the 2 goal lead….
    Really, what could happen?

  198. theplanisworking says:

    After 2 periods………………..

    These teams just dont seem to have their heads in the game.

    The Pens reduced the turnovers, which is good, but they had only 6 shots on goal. They scored another PP goal, and need to keep that up. The Sens PK is overrated, I feel.

    Vokoun has made some good saves tonight. Needs to continue.

    I think the Sens will look to up the chippy play in the third period. You saw some of that in the last part of the second period. Also, reference that mega-brawl they had with Montreal last series.

    As long as the Pens stay disciplined, they win this game.
    Would love to see the D improve, but I just think they arent hard-wired to do that.

  199. theplanisworking says:

    That happened last series against the Isles, also.

  200. Sarah says:

    Crosby with 5 mins and change that period. Is he ok?

  201. Jandy says:

    it was!!!

  202. Jandy says:

    they got a lotta BIG guys

  203. Jandy says:

    really? Well, I hope he’s ok

  204. SJB says:

    He did get hit earlier in the game. He should be up around 7+ mins normally.

  205. Sarah says:

    Hisvfaceoffs tonight are awful wonder if that is part of it….

  206. SJB says:

    Sens pinching, gotta make em pay.

  207. Dom says:

    I’m surprised to see that he only played so little. I thought he was playing well.

  208. SJB says:

    Someone has to knock Neil the F out, or shove him face first into the boards. Tired of his crap.

  209. Jandy says:

    just do it legally so no penalty

  210. SJB says:

    Could care less really. Wanna see him carried away on a stretcher…win or lose.

  211. Jandy says:

    and they thought *I* was mean ;)

  212. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Vitale will need an ice bath after this game. He’s taken some hits. Love the tenacity he and Kennedy are showing though.

  213. Eric Bowser says:

    Pens have 3-1 lead… Neil punches Crosby in face going to bench… no penalty called.

  214. theplanisworking says:

    Need me to sit on him??? ;)

  215. theplanisworking says:

    Surprised????

  216. SJB says:

    Outside of Orpik, TK has been the most physical tonight. Looks like Morrow decided not to show up.

  217. Jandy says:

    lol

  218. Jandy says:

    agreed

  219. Eric Bowser says:

    What a BRUTAL turnover by Letang…

  220. SJB says:

    According to Milbury, it’s the Hockey Gods.

  221. Eric Bowser says:

    Not in the least

  222. Jandy says:

    not on Morrow tho, he gave Neil a few earlier in the game. he’s fine

  223. Jandy says:

    ugh

  224. SJB says:

    Yup, and Mr. Norris never does that.

  225. theplanisworking says:

    Maybe Ovechkin had a point about the refs…………

  226. J Walter Weatherman says:

    James Neal is having a pretty bad game. Need to pick him up again…

  227. Jandy says:

    hahahahaaa

  228. SJB says:

    Who shot the other Mr. Norris? Went down like he got hit with a bazooka.

  229. Jandy says:

    I honestly don’t remember his last good game

  230. Eric Bowser says:

    You are being too easy on him.

  231. Jandy says:

    are they auditioning for a movie part?

  232. Jandy says:

    lol

  233. Jandy says:

    if the hockey gods are involved, Chris Neil will take a puck to the face

  234. theplanisworking says:

    DUPER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  235. SJB says:

    Duper!

  236. Eric Bowser says:

    Oh baby…. what a shot by Duper!!

  237. Jandy says:

    SUPEr DUPEr!!!!

  238. Eric Bowser says:

    Hat trick game when he returned and that’s been it for awhile.

  239. theplanisworking says:

    why the little r’s?

    You gotta problem with them??? ;)

  240. Jandy says:

    darn straight!

  241. Jandy says:

    LOL no, I can;t type when I’m all wound up

  242. Dom says:

    I guess the senators are now 12-1 in 3rd period goals of this post season.

  243. Jandy says:

    I rest my case lol

  244. SJB says:

    If this is still 4-1 in another 2 minutes, time to start kicking aSS and taking names. Especially those of Neil and the fiesty smurf Conacher

  245. J Walter Weatherman says:

    He’s not on the #1 PP unit, so his effectiveness greatly diminishes. Just an above average 5-on-5 player, but exceptional PP with his shot.

  246. Tim says:

    Dupuis. Best pens playoff beard since Jock Callander.

  247. Jandy says:

    sit Neal down for the rest of the game

  248. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Since Neal isn’t on the #1 PP unit right now, I think about sitting him for Bennett or Jokinen next game. He needs to get his head straight.

  249. Tim says:

    Thoroughly impressed with the 327 people at the Buccos game tonight

  250. Jandy says:

    if he gets it outta his butt he’ll get oxygen to the brain so he CAN think

  251. SJB says:

    Karlsson flopping for Neal again…what a douche soaked puss Karlsson is.

  252. Jandy says:

    lol

  253. theplanisworking says:

    down girl !! ;)

  254. Jandy says:

    like

  255. SJB says:

    He didn’t do anything wrong for the second time in a row IMO.

  256. Jandy says:

    smurf lol

  257. Jandy says:

    he must have looked at the refs crooked then

  258. Tim says:

    Neal hasn’t been much of a factor thus far in the playoffs albeit in a negative way

  259. SJB says:

    Tied up 3-3. Against the Brewers, that’s as good as a win, right?

  260. Jandy says:

    sure is

  261. Jandy says:

    where’d Brandie go?

  262. Dom says:

    This game is OVER.

    It should have been a shutout for Vokoun.

  263. Jandy says:

    he did pretty good eh Dom?

  264. Jandy says:

    bug-eyed Walrus doesn’t look happy

  265. Jandy says:

    Neil’s in the pig pen

  266. Jandy says:

    scratch that, he’s gone lol

  267. Jandy says:

    someone tell the azz clown refs too little too late

  268. theplanisworking says:

    camping again ;)

  269. theplanisworking says:

    throw him a fish……………… and another donut ;)

  270. theplanisworking says:

    HEY REFS………. TOO LITTLE TOO LATE, YOU AZZ CLOWNS!!!!!

    How’d I do?? ;)

  271. Jandy says:

    lol

  272. Jandy says:

    GREAT! ;)

  273. SJB says:

    I’m totally PO’d that Neal was allowed to leave the ice breathing through his nose…or upright for that matter. Am I gonna have to drive up there and teach them how things are done?

  274. Eric Bowser says:

    Pens didn’t play well defensively in first half of game but last half, did much better.

    4-1 winners!

  275. SJB says:

    Sorry…Neil. lol

  276. SJB says:

    I might have to have a word with him while I’m at it. ;)

  277. Jandy says:

    lol

  278. Jandy says:

    like!

  279. Jandy says:

    I hope she’s ok. We’ll see her in the morning likely

  280. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Other than the penalties, the 3rd period was solid. Nice job by Vokoun to settle down after letting in that soft goal – not used to that from a Pens goalie. Actually, I have a weird feeling that Fleury’s role in these playoffs is not over.

  281. SJB says:

    I’m sure someone’s missing child can be found somewhere in that stache.

  282. Jandy says:

    ewwwwww lol

  283. Jandy says:

    G’night all :)

  284. theplanisworking says:

    The Pens looked iffy early, got much better as the game wore on.
    Fewer turnovers, improved D.
    Vokoun showed why he is in net…………… sure he had a bad goal early, but was calm the rest of the way………….. which is what a veteran should do.

    I said before the game that Montreal really didnt test the sens that much. The Pens are a whole different animal……….. especially on the PP. Anderson has to worry about more scoring threats with the Pens.

    I look for the Sens to increase the chippy play next game. Pens must stay disciplined, dont take foolish penalties, convert opportunities. I know it sounds too simple, but the Pens have shown when they do it, thbey cant be beat.

    Vokoun deserves yet another start…………… and will do so until he puts up a stinker of a game.

    Go Pens !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  285. Jandy says:

    Good job Hipposter…night :)

  286. theplanisworking says:

    Night Jandy!

  287. CWalton_67 says:

    No more talk of Fleury. Vokoun has stabilized this team, something MAF can never do.

    Pens still giving too much room on defense, but did seem to improve in the 2nd half of the game once they realized Sens do have same speed as Isles.

    Good win.

  288. theplanisworking says:

    +1

  289. SJB says:

    Pirates update: Tabata doubled with one out and they intentionally walk Cutch to load up for the double play and what happens? Jones grounds into a double play. Pirates are like clockwork

  290. Officer Mancuso says:

    Go Pens

 
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