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On location: Senators 2, Penguins 1, 2 OTs, Game 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

OTTAWA — Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game 3: Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators, Stanley Cup playoffs, second round

Series: Penguins, 2-0.

Time: 7:40 p.m.

Site: Scotiabank Place, Ottawa

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.

UPDATE 1:11 p.m.: Some notes from this morning’s skates … Joe Vitale won’t play tonight because he’s unavailable, Dan Bylsma announced, which was striking in and of itself. Bylsma wouldn’t say who will replace him, but Tanner Glass came off the ice with most of the regulars — for a change — and spoke as if he likely will play. … If Glass plays, let that strengthen the growing notion that Jussi Jokinen is hurt. Because he probably is. … Very strong indication that Mark Eaton will replace Deryk Engelland, as I’d expressed hope would happen in the Sunday column.

Some videos I took this morning, beginning with Bylsma …

And Tomas Vokoun, also discussing the crowd factor …

And Daniel Alfredsson, on why the Senators won’t quit …

I’ll be part of WPXI-TV’s pregame show tonight, live at 6:39 p.m.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and more, including his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.


  1. I’m not sure if he is hurt but he doesn’t play well with less than top notch talent.

  2. LETS GO PENS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I thought we were playing the Astros?
    With those orange unis, they look like the Giants.


  4. Unavailable? WTH does that mean?
    Passport issues maybe?

  5. And I have been feeling since early Rd 1 that JJ is hurt.
    Possibly that knee hit and end of Game 1.

  6. Go Pens! A city and its diaspora takes vicarious pride in your work.

  7. 05/19/2013 4:00 EDT temperature (Fahrenheit) Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (per Google) 63 degrees

    01/27/2013 (Dejan’s visit) Low Temperature (Fahrenheit) Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (per Google) -25 degrees

    Difference in temperature in 105 days: 88 degrees!

    How’s that for spring!

  8. Interesting info there DK that Jussi may be hurt and Vitale is “unavailable”….


    Looking forward to the drop of the puck….got the DVR all fired up and set the bonus record time to the 1 hour mark tonight! Looking forward to a Pens win. As I mentioned in the earlier thread, think the Sens could get a little too emotional and start doing some silly stuff – if that happens, I hope the Pens’ PP will rise the the occasion and crush them!

    Is Spezza set to go tonight? Hope the Pens take advantage of that and Orpik or Murray get a nice clean hit on him to let him know that he is now in the 2nd round of the playoffs!

    Let’s go PENS!

    Take care all,
    Randy in RVA.

    DK: ‘Unavailable’ is hockey parlance for injured.

    • Thanks DK…

      Figured as much…hopefully, Vitale will be available later in the series…think the Pens have the depth to deal with things like this…


      Randy in RVA.

    • I used to hear that word a lot when I was single. M

      And then again now that I’m married.

    • DK is our suspicion that JJ was injured at end of Game 1 on target? That was a nasty hit…..

      DK: I think so.

  9. Pretty good, chippy hockey game going on right now. Tied at 2.

    During breaks, all they seem to do is talk about Sid Crosby.

    Seek the Sid.

  10. C’mon Rangers!

  11. We’ve seen how teams with outstanding speed (Leafs/Isles) were able to push the Penguins and Bruins but Senators and Rangers just can’t match it so Pittsburgh and Boston are having an easier time in the second round.

  12. Have no idea how those Nokia phones are but love the ad.

    Said to elderly woman “Aren’t you a little young to have an iPhone?”

    Love these phone wars. Harken back to my high school days when the kids would argue Chevy v Ford.

    Put a fork in the Rangers. They’re done.

  13. Expected Pens lineup….

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

    Orpik – Martin
    Eaton – Letang
    Murray – Niskanen


  14. Since Crosby had the hat trick and attention is on Jason Spezza, I’m thinking Malkin has one of those physically dominating games to just show that he’s the most dominant player in the NHL when he’s on top of his game.

  15. Pens will have their work cut out for them, DK just perdicted a 4 to 2 win. OUCH!!!

  16. Anybody know who is announcing ? Kenny Albert ?

    • If it is Kenny Albert, at least we won’t have to deal with his obvious excitement when the other team (who happens to be from NYC area) does something, such as when we played the Islanders. If the Rangers somehow find their way past the Bruins, Albert will be insufferable.

  17. I’m going on record before the game for accountability,

    I would start MAF tonight in goal.

    • Why chance that? He was as bad in goal for 2 games as any playoff goalie I have ever seen. I never saw so many soft, horrific goals in such a short amount of time. I used to love MAF, but his head leaves his body in the playoffs lately. He should only play in case of a Vokoun injury, or in the unlikely event that Vokoun plays at least 2 awful games in a row.

      • Well I could be wrong, js; That’s why I posted it before the game. If I’m wrong, I’m wrong. But if I’m right I don’t want to say it after the fact. But here’s why I think this:

        1. This is a much bigger game for the Sens. The crucial game for the Pens is game 4. If TV looks bad tonight I would not want MAF considered for game 4.

        2. I would rather have MAF get a start to rest TV and to give MAF an opportunity to rebuild his confidence in a lower pressure game. Was not that impressed with TV in game 2. I am not in panic mode by any means but I believe, when his head is right, MAF is the better goalie.

        3. I certainly understand starting TV tonight. But if the plan is to give MAF another chance in the playoffs, and I certainly do not know if that is the plan or not, then tonight seems to be the best night for MAF to test the hot waters again.

        • I believe at this point the plan is to use MAF to spell TV. He’s not played this many games in a row for a couple years.

          If mgmt really wanted to give MAF another chance, he’d have been in by now.

          It’s TVs net til he poops the bed I think.

  18. Well, the series is in Ottawa for the next 2 games. Never underestimate the importance of the final line change.

    Much has been made of the Sens not having enough to play with the Pens. I dont know about that, but I do have to question McLeans strategy so far. I fully expected him to disrupt the Pens, especially in the neutral zone, going after players to get them off their game. That hasnt happened so far in this series.

    Ottawa has to try something different tonight. I look for relentless forechecking. I look for them to dump the puck and make our D work harder. I look for more physicality on Crosby.

    For the Pens, like Eric said above, they have to play 60 minutes of smart hockey. But as we have seen all too often these playoffs, dumb penalties and turnovers come at the worst time. Crosby has been Crosby this series, hopefully he continues his great play.

    These 2 game sin Ottawa will show how good Vokoun is. I think he will be a calming influence for the team. I just dont see Fleury returning unless TV implodes. Anderson seems spooked by our O, it will be important to pressure him some more.

    I look for a tighter game tonight, mainly because Ottawa is desperate. If they cant win tonight, they are toast.

    That said, I see a 3-2 victory tonight. Pens just have too much going for them.

    GO PENS !!!

  19. Who the heck is Rick Beckam???

  20. Announcers are Rick Peckham and former University of Wisconsin Badger Brian Engblom.

  21. Whew doggy, what a start!

  22. I agree. Just a great fast start. A lot of scoring chances for the Pens.

  23. Penguins power play coming up…

  24. Ottawas arena has to be the brightest in the NHL. The seats are illuminated as much as the ice…………. a rarity in the league.

  25. Good start for both teams, Pens had 3 good chances but no goals.

    PP time after tv break.

  26. Kyle Turris gives TV a cheap snow shower.

  27. Can someone please tell the tv announcer that Sutter and Neal are not the same person and wear different numbers. Second game in a row that the guy has gotten them mixed up multiple times. It is annoying.

    • Sloppy! Little to no preparation.

    • When I first started doing hockey a wise man told me before even learning numbers learn which way each guy shoots, right or left. It eliminates half the players. For example if all you see is a 4 & the guy shoots right you know right away it can’t be Orpik. You should never mix up Neal & Sutter. One shoots left & the other right.

  28. So glad to see Glass back in the lineup. Guess he needs to get on the score sheet some how

  29. Wow did Alfy miss a golden chance.

    If Glass does anything tonight I hope its drop the gloves at some point

  30. WTF is Crosby doing

  31. PENALTY SHOT… C’mon

  32. Let’s see if we can score on the PP in the 2nd period.

  33. Clean sheet of ice for the power play to start the second period, hopefully they’ll skate and pass a little better than they did in first period.

  34. Lots of nasty hits that first period. Time for someone to give Spezza a nice one. Neil didn’t mind popping Sid in the jaw…

    • Absolutely. He needs to be put on his wallet.

    • Pens weathered a storm or a slight drizzle; and still had the better scoring chances. Letang needs to stay out of that crap; seems like the Sens know he’s and easy target to bait into a stupid penalty.

  35. After one Hippo………… ;)

    Very odd first period. No real flow to the game. Both teams had some chances, Pens actually had the better chances.

    Without jinxing the team, I now think that the Sens canNOT hang much longer. They just seem to be lacking.

    Need to capitalize on this early PP.

  36. These smoking commercials freak me out. I wish you had the option to fast forward if you are not a smoker.

  37. Just curious; is anyone else curious why Bylsma is not a COY finalist? Seems like a couple Pens were snubbed for finalists.

  38. which corner is Brandie hiding out in?

  39. She was here earlier………. I think she went back to camping. ;)

  40. Sorry but 5 on 3 and then 5 on basically 2 1/2 and you still don’t score…your gonna lose. Just gave them all the momentum in the world.

  41. Power play is getting lazy and sloppy. Really, Anderson is not this good.

  42. DK already working on his “and Anderson was the difference in the win” story for tomorrow. Doesn’t look like the Pens stars are going to be the difference if they can somehow pull out a win tonight. I’m putting my bets on Adams scoring if any Pens do at this point. Sens in rope a dope mode right now but will surely score the 1st of this contest at this rate.

    Pens face off percentage in the dumpster in this series and Jokinen not playing?

    Pens don’t score on this PP and it’s all the Sens game to lose.

  43. Got Sens taking cheap shots at you and you don’t make them pay then you deserve to be punched in the back of the head IMO.

  44. We look like a bunch of bumbling idiots

  45. Really?!?!?!

  46. Sens will score on the PP

  47. dumb penalty by Crankshaft

  48. The Sens are starting to get under their skin. They need to stop it!

  49. why did Murray go back to the dressing room?

  50. He blocked a shot and it hit him in the forearm. Hope it isn’t broken.

  51. What was Karleson’s penalty for?

  52. Pens not getting any second chances. Not getting bodies to the net. Guys like Morrow, Iginla, Kunitz and Cooke need to get a dirty goal or two.

  53. And Crank is back

  54. Vokkkoooouuunnnnn!!!!!

  55. Crank is being too easy on Neil

  56. TK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. Matt Cooke is having a great playoffs…

    TK shoots…. TK Scores!!!!

  58. TK with a goal and the Walrus isn’t happy

  59. Alright TK! Knew it wasn’t going to be Sid or Geno

    Next game they need to sit Iginla for Jokinen. Sounds stupid…don’t think so.

  60. TK is deserving every min he gets right now. Wicked shot.

  61. The Senators are going to pay Tyler Kennedy way too much money this summer.

  62. At even strength, Cooke hasn’t been on the ice for 1 goal against…

  63. My plus for the game so far:

    +1 to Malkin’s look into the camera after being taken down on a breakaway. Can someone help me figure out what a guy’s gotta do to get a penalty shot?

    +1 also to the refs for calling that dive by Karlsson. That guy owns an original copy of the football (soccer) penalty embellishment handbook. Good to see him finally get called on it.

    +1 to Craig Anderson. He got pulled last game and the otters stuck with him and he’s been fantastic so far through 2 periods. He is THE only reason the penguins aren’t up 7-0 right now. :D

  64. Well, after 2 periods, I am a confused Hippo.

    No flow to this game at all.
    Neither team seems to be able to do much.

    Late goal by TK looks huge.

    I see Ottawa playing ultra-desperate in the 3rd period.
    They cannot go down 3-0, if they want to have a chance in this series.

    The way both goalies are playing, it may be safe to say goals will be hard to come by………. which of course benefits us.

    GO PENS !!!

  65. Vooookkoooouuunnn!!

  66. wow just wow

  67. What a save by Vokoun… thankfully that was Neil shooting.

  68. and here we go :sigh:

  69. Sutter is still not Neal!!! 16 and 18 are different numbers! When do we get Doc Emerick so we finally have a real play by play man.

  70. Karlsson is extremely frustrated

  71. You have to be kidding me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  72. I hate Alfredsson

  73. How the heck does Alfredsson get in behind you for a SH goal?

    • When you are lazy, very easily.

    • not only did Alfredsson get behind him but there were 2 senators behind malkin on that play… why you have Malkin on the ice at this point I have no idea. If you’re going to play defense for a minute and half on a power play.. I would think you’d put all def out there.

  74. That had to be the worst strategy in the history of the game

  75. You want a reason why I dislike Bylsma… that goal against is why.


  76. They had five offensive guys out there not sure what to do, absolutely stupid coaching

  77. Exactly what I expected from this team.

  78. After 3 periods…………………

    That goal was a killer. Pens on PP, play a “prevent” defense, and Alfredsson sneaks in untouched for the tying goal. Just unreal.

    Now the Pens have to step it up. Have to take the momentum back.

    Old rule always applies………….. when you have a team down, and you dont finish them off, bad things happen.

    Time to step it up.

  79. Can we all stop the talk about Letang for the Norris already. A great defenseman doesn’t allow a player to go to the net like he did did there. Defenseman of the year my a$$. They lose this game it’s ALL on Letang. He and Karlsson can go get room together for all I care.

  80. I literally can’t think of one good reason why Malkin was on the ice there. I’d like to hear Bylsma’s explanation for that.

    • The same reason Bylsma never has benched Malkin for one of his 1000 stupid plays or penalties

    • At that point they are on the PP and are looking for guys who can force a turnover and maybe get an empty netter, if not score a goal on the PP. At the worst it’s 5 on 5 and the Pens aren’t shorthanded, so why NOT put Malkin out there.

      • That is exactly why you dont put Malkin out there. You know the Sens are going to pull the goalie and it will be 5 on 5 so you just put the next line out there and not a mish mash line to go 5 on 5 with 30 seconds left.

  81. When Bylsma preaches about a system that keeps the puck in the offensive zone, why does he go to the prevent defense with a man advantage in the closing 1:30?

    • Bigger question: if you’re putting a prevent defense on the ice, why is Malkin part of that unit?

      • The Pens only sent 1 player into the Senators zone the entire time with that man advantage. All the rest sat back in a zone prevent porous defense. Agree with you in wondering why he has Malkin playing in that capacity?

    • “Prevent” This ain’t football. They’ve been playing a solid shutdown defense for most of the last 10 minutes and taking advantage of the Sens press, what’s this 1:30 crap?

  82. Totally mixed messages by HC DB cost us that last goal. Team told to play responsibly defensively last 7-8 minutes of game and our one goal will be enough. We get on PP and so who is he sending out? Of course, our top PP line! How about just sending Sid out to take the face-off and have balance of our penalty killers out there (Dupuis, Adams, Cooke)?

  83. Well lets see if this team can bail Bylsma out yet again

  84. Indescribably stupid.

    Still cant believe it.

    How bad do they want this cup?

  85. Let’s pick it up boys in OT. Vokoun is looking whipped. . . and who wouldn’t? Last few times to his knees it was a good bit before he got to his skates. Let’s do it here and get this one!

  86. The sky is falling, the sky is falling!!!

  87. Wow, Malkin tried to make up for it there.

  88. How fast can we get Kennedy out there ?

  89. How many of us has see this situation before? One team gets a billion chances to score to start OT and results in nothing, and then the other team get’s their small opportunity and bang, they win. Looking like that now.

    • I missed the beginning of OT (was dealing with slight spider problem)… since I been watching it looks like Ottawa has all the momentum. Although Malkin did just generate a good chance.

  90. Iginla needs to score here. If not, lets trade him for Bill Guerin.

  91. C’mon Pens

  92. Total combined career playoff overtime goals by Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby – 0.

  93. I’ve said it before. I both love and hate playoff overtime hockey.

  94. son of a.. dupwee hit post D:.. thought that would be the game.

  95. getting plenty of chances. :|

  96. Something like that Morrow shot is how this game will end

  97. Alfredson.. focused or dazed.. hard to tell :\

  98. It’s now WWE match by Sens

  99. Ouch…that will leave a mark

  100. about time someone hits Spezza

  101. come on pens! we want a mario moment from someone :|

  102. Has any game gone to 2 OT’s in this year’s playoffs ?

  103. there will be no penalties

  104. Why is Craig Adams on the ice so much all of a sudden? He’s the one should have been on during the last 2 minutes of regulation

  105. Pens haven’t lost a road OT playoff game since 1995 in New Jersey. Neal Broten. Have won 9 straight since.

  106. Well that one worked that time.. really wish Malkin wouldn’t behind-the-back drop pass in his own zone.

  107. Sens have blocked a lot of passes this game

  108. I’m shutting computer, gonna turn this on upstairs. I hope I get some sleep tonight! G’night…go Pens!

  109. I’m glad I’m not a goalie.

    Or a hockey announcer.

    Much respect for both!

  110. This game should already be over by now.
    Very disappointing.

    Disco duck lost his feathers tonight.

    • Not hindsight because I said at the start of the PP but it should have been the third line with Orpik and Martin playing that PP. You knew the Sens would pull the goalie and it would be 5 on 5 and not really a PP so why have your PP unit on the ice???? Very poor decision and lack of strategy by Bylsma.

  111. Sutter needs to go to Gary Roberts’ conditioning school in off season. Being outskated by his older linemates.

  112. Anyone else feel like the penguins could have won it 5+ times already? (not including the time right before regulation when the penguins decided not to play defense for 1.5 mins)

  113. I think both Kunitz and Iginla are having sub par games. Would like to see them trade places and get Iginla with Crosby.

  114. Awwww, the effing creep got banged up. Scuze me if I don’t feel bad at all for the douche.

  115. bs.. that guy just jumped on Nisky’s stick.

  116. Here’s the game folks, Pens sh!t the bed on the PP and the Sens will capitalize on theirs.

  117. Tough call. Refs were waiting for something to call on Pens.

  118. Damn.. oh well get em next game.

    • Eaton should have boxed out greening when he lost his stick. He retrieves his stick and Greening crosses the crease and scores.. right?

  119. Bylsma should get one of the 3 stars for Sens.

  120. This loss was on Disco Duck.

    Had a chance to go up 3-0, but now series on.

    PP seemed horrible tonight.

    Oh well, see you Wednesday.

  121. Good going Letang. All on you buddy

  122. So now the Senators are back in the series and the older guys will be exhausted from playing and extra 30 miinutes. Way to go Bonehead of a coach…..that has got to be one of the worst strategy moves I have ever seen in all my years watching sports. Cant wait for the tough questions the meek Pittsburgh sports writers will ask about that.

  123. This is on DB. Playing to not lose on the PP at the end of the 3rd. So what happens? They lose the game. STUPID!


  124. One last thing. I’d like to see Despres in for Niskanen next game. Niskanen has been absolutely horrible in the playoffs. Good move putting Eaton in for Engelland – leave Eaton in the lineup.

    • Agreed. We could use some young legs after this one. How about Vitale (if healthy) or even Bennett for Glass while we are it?

  125. Vokoun was impressive tonight, Hope HC DB doesn’t overthink this and stays with him. Next game is Wednesday so Vokoun will get the extra day, and he will need it.

    • When you play an OT game, sometime it’s good to rest a goalie if you have the option, especially an older one like Vokoun. I know people hate to hear it, but if this team is going to win the cup, they will have to get Fleury back in their at some point and Vokoun could use a break after a tough loss that wasn’t his fault to begin with.

      • Don’t disagree we will eventually need Fleury, but with a 3-day break I would not make that move just yet. I did not see any pucks bouncing in tonight on shots from behind our goal. And if Fleury comes in and he is horrible, what then? I say ride Vokoun out. He’ll get plenty of additional rest if we need to turn to Fleury sooner rather than later.

  126. A bad effort by the Pens and Bylsma. Niskanen is really bad, Murray is old and slow and Iginla can’t buy a goal. What a give away by Byslma. He always sits on a one goal lead. this could be a devastating loss.

    • Don’t think sitting on the lead was the problem. We were playing a very responsible defensive game for like the last 7-8 minutes, and looking great at it. In that last PP situation, would have preferred our penalty killers for the last 1:40, or whatever it was.

      • Agreed; no idea why you line up with your PP guys when your trying to protect the lead. Absolutely dumb. Malkin and Kunitz in their own world on that tying goal.

        • Why no blame on Letang? He was the guy who turned his back and forgot about Alfredsson skating right to the net. Letang was the one player with the play in front of him at the time and he’s at least a defenseman (so they say). In order of who effed that one, it should go Letang, Malkin and then Kunitz. Either way, the team for whatever reason decided to have a collective brain fart after playing exceptional defensive hockey for all but that last 30 seconds of the game. How do they even do that? I don’t know.

          I’ll be surprised if the Sens don’t capitalize on this and with the next game to even the series.

          • Kunitz and Malkin both let Alfredsson skate right past them and never looked at him. Kunitz even picked him up at center ice and then pulled off and Alfredsson kept going full speed. No one was looking. Absolutely ridiculous.

            • Looks like Martin crossed over to front Karlsson and then appeared to be half-heartedly passing him off to Letang, taking no one himself. Kunitz doing absolutely nothing between Sens’ blue line all the way back to our defensive zone. Malkin just wandering aimlessly between Alfredsson (ahead of him) and another Sens player trailing the play.

              • . . . meant Martin crossed over to front Gonchar, not Karlsson (who was in the box, of course). Brain freeze after you see a play like that one.

          • And the Sens should capitalize on this and win game 4. But and this is a very big BUT; you need Andersen to stand on his head again; and you might be playing another man down depending on how bad the Neil injury is. Pens had plenty of chances to score tonight but were just flat out stoned. Just unfortunate that the Pens lose on a goal scored around the net but the goalie is 5 feet away from it.

  127. Both players inserted into the lineup tonight did nothing to help this team. Glass took a dumb penalty in the first; and Eaton was no match on the game winner. No idea why Bylsma decided to insert those 2 into a lineup that had won 4 straight games.

    Vokoun looked good tonight but man do I hate how far he gets away from the net when there are players around. Game could have been won man times tonight by the Pens; you just have to put this one on Anderson as he played probably the best game he’s going to play.

    • I thought Eaton played a very good game overall. Just because he was on the ice for the game winner doesn’t take away from his game. I seriously don’t think Engelland would have been a better option.

      • I bet ya Engelland doesn’t man handled at the end of the game like Eaton did. But my main question is; why after winning 4 straight games do you put Glass and Eaton into the games? Is Fleury next? Just saying I don’t understand the need to mess with whats been working.

        • Word is that Vitale was not “available” — meaning injured. That explains Glass. Eaton was in because Engelland was below average in Game1 and horrible in Game 2. Personally would have preferred Depres, but we all know HC DB doesn’t trust him as yet, so no need worrying about him getting in.

          • . . . btw, I have not seen the OT goal again so cannot comment on Eaton specifically on that one (someone commented his stick was grabbed), but I thought he played a pretty solid game tonight.

  128. How did Eaton lose his stick? I think in one replay t showed a guy ripping it tight out of his hand. Don’t know for sure cause I can’t see it again. But, really, to win the game like that? Shameless.

  129. We may have just seen the Pens lose the Stanley Cup tonight. I can’t believe that they (or anyone else) could overcome a loss like that. This was easily the worst loss in franchise history; makes 1993 look tame in comparison. What a downer.

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