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On location: Penguins 6, Senators 2, Game 5

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game 5: Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators, Stanley Cup playoffs, second round

Series: Penguins, 3-1.

Time: 7:40 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.


  1. Dom says:

    Go Pens!!!!!

  2. Dave G says:

    LET’S GO PENS !!!!!

  3. Kevin says:

    Go penguins!

  4. theplanisworking says:

    GO PENS!!!!

  5. theplanisworking says:

    Here is a good gameday read…………………..

  6. theplanisworking says:

    Just remember to come back for the next series…………. ;)

  7. Bizrow says:

    Lets Go Pens

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  8. Pucknutz says:

    GO PENS !!!

  9. BillyBaduka says:

    LET’S GO PENS!!!!

  10. Eric Bowser says:

    I want to see a winning handshake line at CEC…..

  11. BillyBaduka says:

    Hope the Pens continue where they left off in periods 2-3 of game 4.

    Don’t let Ottawa back in this. Get some rest for Boston.

    Time to close one out at home.

    LET’S GO PENS!!!!

  12. BillyBaduka says:

    Me too.

  13. Pucknutz says:

    Double ditto Eric & Billy !!!!!

  14. Pucknutz says:

    Looking for the Sens to come out hot and smokin, lot of desperation. If the Pens can hold em off and keep it close into the second I am thinking they will fold up and the Pens bury them thereafter.
    Need to get this one over and move on.

    GO PENS!!

  15. Eric Bowser says:

    I think Paul MacLean is making a mistake putting Spezza, Michalek, and Alfredsson on the same line. It puts all their eggs into one basket and easier for Pens to put a checking line and top defense pairing against them.

  16. Pucknutz says:

    Could be right Eric. Poor guy gotta do something, not that I really feel sorry for him.

  17. Eric Bowser says:

    Pens lineup

    Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis = 18 goals
    Iginla-Malkin-Neal = 10 goals
    Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy = 3 goals
    Morrow-Jokinen-Adams = 2 goals

    Orpik – Martin
    Eaton – Letang
    Murray – Niskanen


  18. theplanisworking says:

    No Hippo analysis for the pregame.

    I just want a W. Then plenty of rest.

    GO PENS !!!!!!!!

  19. theplanisworking says:

    Oh, and a mute button for Kenny Albetr. ;)

  20. Sherry says:

    Let’s Go Pens!!!! Close it out tonight boys!

  21. theplanisworking says:

    Welcome Sherry. :)

  22. theplanisworking says:

    MORROW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  23. Dom says:

    1-0 good guys!

  24. theplanisworking says:

    Closer to the handshake line !

  25. Sherry says:

    Cookie’s on fire.

  26. theplanisworking says:

    Awful penalty call there.

  27. Dom says:

    Some might disagree but I am not a fan of that call on Crosby.

  28. theplanisworking says:

    Why would we disagree? It WAS an awful call.
    Refs better not be playing “even up” for the Sens tonight.

  29. Eric Bowser says:

    awful call…. officiating in the NHL sucks.

    Inconsistency within the same game, let alone game to game.

  30. theplanisworking says:

    There has been talk of “robots” umping in MLB.
    Maybe we need “robots” in the NHL??

  31. theplanisworking says:

    After one period………….

    We are up 1-0.
    2 periods closer to that handshake line.

    This has been the “Cliff’s Notes” version of the 1st period tonight, lol. :)

  32. Jandy says:

    me three

  33. Jandy says:

    robots would do better than these striped dorktards

  34. Jandy says:

    haha good job Hipposter :)

  35. Jandy says:

    he’s definitely on a mission, Sherry and I love it!

  36. theplanisworking says:

    Bout time you got here!
    I thought I smelled everyone out of the room!

    Boys looked good the first period.

  37. theplanisworking says:

    I am being “minimalist” tonight.
    Placed $5 bets on Playoffs window tonight, in keeping with that theme.


  38. Jandy says:

    I was watching :)
    Miss me, eh Hipposter?

  39. Jandy says:

    I haven’t had time to stop in there, so I missed the bets, bummer

  40. theplanisworking says:

    Was mighty quiet in here.

    I thought I chased Sherry, Dom, and Eric off. :(

    And who doesnt miss you and your good vibes? ;)

  41. theplanisworking says:

    His lines tonight were as tough as a 4 day old steak.

  42. Jandy says:

    I doubt you could chase anyone off, silly Hippo :)

  43. Jandy says:

    well since I’m already losing my a$$, good thing I missed it lol

  44. theplanisworking says:

    Thank goodness its all in fun, eh?

    Speaking of fun………. found andouille sausage at the store today…………….. SCORE !!!

  45. theplanisworking says:

    Hey, havent seen Brandie on here recently.’
    Hope she is ok.

  46. Jandy says:

    Yeah I think she is busy..and I hope it’s that..but would be nice to see her check in…what is andouille sausage????

  47. theplanisworking says:

    Andouille sausage is a spicy, Cajun suasage that looks like Kielbasa. It is to die for, but is hard to find here up North……

    It is a staple of food in Louisiana.

  48. Jandy says:

    I’ve never heard of it but it sounds good

  49. theplanisworking says:

    Trust me, it is.
    Best if grilled or baked……… served with dirty rice, or jambalaya.

    I had some tonight.

    Happy Hippo here! :D

  50. theplanisworking says:

    Man, refs are getting worse by the minute tonight.

  51. Jandy says:

    mmmmMMMmmm jambalaya :)

  52. Jandy says:

    at least we got a call in our favor

  53. theplanisworking says:

    +1 for small miracles…….

  54. Jandy says:

    Malkin is frustrating me

  55. Jandy says:


  56. theplanisworking says:


    HAVE NO IDEA WHO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. Jandy says:


  58. Jandy says:

    Neal cool :)

  59. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Nice plays by Letang and Neal on that goal.

  60. theplanisworking says:

    Ruthless aggression !!!

  61. Eric Bowser says:

    Call 800-FAT-LADY…. this is about to be over.

  62. Jandy says:

    the bug-eyed walrus doesn’t look too happy lol

  63. Jandy says:


  64. Jandy says:

    anderson has to be rattled

  65. theplanisworking says:

    Throw him a fish………..

  66. theplanisworking says:

    Why are you calling my g/f for??? ;)

  67. Jandy says:

    the other thread is just as quiet…off night

  68. Jandy says:

    smack him with a fish lol

  69. Does your hubby know you talk about him like that?

    I know, it’s either MacLean or Drew you’re talking about, not your husband.

  70. Jandy says:

    lol Hipposter, my hubby is 8 years younger than I am, I am a very lucky lady :)

  71. Ah, robbing the cradle.


  72. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Pierre McGuire LOVES the Pens. I can hear Kenny Albert rolling his eyes.

  73. Jandy says:

    I’ve been accused of that ;)

  74. Jandy says:


  75. Jandy says:

    How the heck are ya Spunkster?

  76. theplanisworking says:

    I can hear Kenny Albert’s toupee rolling its hair………

  77. Jandy says:

    sorry, multi-tasking and didn’t see it was you, called you Hipposter…silly Mother Theresa

  78. theplanisworking says:

    Lucky, good to see you in here!

  79. J Walter Weatherman says:


  80. Jandy says:


  81. Jandy says:

    WOOT!!!!! TANGER!

  82. theplanisworking says:

    TANGER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I HEAR MY G/F SINGING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  83. theplanisworking says:


  84. Eric Bowser says:


    Just beautiful move and shot by Letang

    wheel her out… because the fat lady is warming up

  85. Drew71 says:

    This is kinda fun

  86. J Walter Weatherman says:

    That was a filthy play by a defenseman.

  87. Jandy says:

    Oh yeah :) he’s wired…all the guys are pumped

  88. Jandy says:

    hey Drewster…sure is…

  89. Jandy says:

    lalala lalala

  90. theplanisworking says:

    Hi Drew.

    Welcome to the Fat Lady Fan Club.

  91. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Pens top D prospects are playing against each other in the Memorial Cup semifinal tonight. Pouliot (Portland Winterhawks) vs. Harrington and Maatta (London Knights). Word is, these guys are really good. Probably a couple of years away from Pens.

  92. Jandy says:

    FaceOffFactor has columns on those guys….back a while ago…but very good stuff

  93. Jandy says:

    I think I chased Spunky off :/

  94. theplanisworking says:


    My g/f just stopped singing……

  95. Jandy says:

    eh..yeah that was crappy

  96. Drew71 says:

    Tell the fat lady to go eat some bacon.

    Not quite ready for her.

    But man. Is she hot.

  97. theplanisworking says:

    yes her singing is……………. ;)

  98. Jandy says:


  99. Sherry says:

    The Sens got one – I’m puttin’ on my Pens socks. Gotta push the mojo…

  100. Jandy says:


  101. theplanisworking says:

    I love smoking bacon…….. ;)

  102. Jandy says:

    Man, these refs are pathetic

  103. Jandy says:

    do it!

  104. Drew71 says:

    Great. Take a penalty when Sid is breaking on net.

    But you showed him.

  105. Drew71 says:


  106. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Game Over … I think …

  107. theplanisworking says:

    MALKIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WARM THE FAT LADY BACK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  108. Drew71 says:

    That was kinda nice

  109. Jandy says:

    He smoked him like a bad cigar!!!!

  110. Jandy says:


  111. Jandy says:


  112. theplanisworking says:

    Or Drew’s bacon. ;)

  113. theplanisworking says:

    Closer to the handshake line !!

  114. Lad9 says:

    That is Vladimir and Natalia’s boy! That was a killer.

  115. Sherry says:

    It’s the socks! I AM wearing the same clothes I had on on Wed btw… :)

  116. Jandy says:

    lol wear them for every game

  117. No, relaxing on the couch.

  118. Not a hockey expert. Just a fan.

  119. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Just saw on the replay of the Neal goal that Methot suplexed Crosby in front of the net. Dude has a possible WWE career ahead of him.

  120. Drew71 says:

    Ottawa is going to take chances when the third period starts, right?

    Could get interesting. And fun. Pens are a dangerous team to take chances against.

  121. theplanisworking says:

    You can be our good luck charm ! :)

  122. Jandy says:

    I’m too pumped to relax lol

  123. Jandy says:

    we like fans :)

  124. theplanisworking says:

    I look forward to it.

    I dont think the Sens will go out meekly, will they??

  125. Drew71 says:

    How exactly do you warm a fat lady?

    Pictures please.

  126. Jandy says:

    I’m looking for Neil to get ugly…just can’t help himself

  127. theplanisworking says:

    Gotta get me a very big oven, and lots of butter…………… oh wait!

  128. Jandy says:

    I wish someone would knock Methot into next season

  129. Jandy says:

    :covering my eyes:

  130. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, I do that also………… ;)

  131. Jandy says:


  132. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah he IS ugly………… what is your, oh nevermind.

  133. Jandy says:

    Better play it smart

  134. Jandy says:

    Cookie is having a blast

  135. Jandy says:

    I told ya! Neil can’t help himself

  136. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Good call.

  137. theplanisworking says:

    Here is that chippy play I thought we would see earlier in the series.

  138. Jandy says:

    when Neil comes out of the box I hope Murray is on the ice.
    OK Boys, now SCORE!

  139. theplanisworking says:

    Dorktard and the Choking Dog.

    What a pair!, huh?

  140. J Walter Weatherman says:

    He should’ve been tossed for that. Kinda glad they didn’t, because I’d like to see someone tag him before the game is over … or in the handshake line.

  141. Jandy says:

    lol yup!

  142. Jandy says:

    Oh I want Murray to dish it back

  143. theplanisworking says:

    I chased Drew with the fat lady/butter talk. :(

  144. Jandy says:

    nah, he’s lurking ;)

  145. J Walter Weatherman says:

    I’ve never seen a player have his shot blocked more than Niskanen.

  146. J Walter Weatherman says:


  147. Jandy says:


  148. theplanisworking says:

    NEAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LA LA LA!!! LA LA LA !!!
    DO RE MI FA SO LA TI DO !!!!!!!!


  149. Drew71 says:


  150. theplanisworking says:

    Jandy the Owl ! ;)

  151. Jandy says:

    Poor Gonch got fleeced

  152. Barb says:

    Okay who has the fork? I think the Senators are done!

  153. Jandy says:

    They’re already in

  154. Jandy says:


  155. Sherry says:

    The. Real. Deal. James. Neal. Pretty awesome that he’s found his offensive game, eh?

  156. Lad9 says:

    Turn out the lights….the party’s over….they say that all good things must end…. Bring on the Bruins!

  157. theplanisworking says:

    Hippos dont need forks!

  158. theplanisworking says:

    Better late than never.
    He is needed !

  159. Drew71 says:

    I was stuck to the butter

  160. theplanisworking says:

    Ottawa wasnt a good thing, lol.
    They stink!

    Time to set Bear traps………….. :)

  161. Drew71 says:

    Not fleeced. He didn’t try.

  162. Barb says:

    Okay who has the baster because the turkey should be on the table. Thanksgiving is here!

  163. Jandy says:


  164. Jandy says:

    I guess he took Alfredsson’s words literally eh?

  165. Jandy says:


  166. Barb says:

    Come on Letang wake up!

  167. Jandy says:

    Tanger, please pay attention

  168. Jandy says:

    I don’t want to know ;X

  169. theplanisworking says:

    I knew he liked the fat lady with butter !!!!!

  170. Drew71 says:

    I don’t mean this to sound as whiny as it may come across, considering they are about to clinch this series. But I wonder why the Pens seem to lose concentration at times.

  171. Jandy says:

    It’s their biggest weakness

  172. Barb says:

    I think it’s past their bedtimes.

  173. theplanisworking says:

    Has been this way for a while now, Drew.
    Maddeningly inconsistent.

    Theya re so talented, I think they take plays off……….. like an on/off switch.

  174. theplanisworking says:


  175. Barb says:

    JAMES IS ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  176. Jandy says:

    HAT TRICK NeAL!!!!!!!

  177. theplanisworking says:

    HAT TRICK NEAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  178. Sherry says:

    Hattie, Hattie, Bo Battie!

  179. Eric Bowser says:

    OH my GOD

    What a goal by James Neal…. lookout NHL, he’s alive!!

  180. Jandy says:


  181. theplanisworking says:

    GMTA :)

  182. Jandy says:


  183. Lad9 says:

    The Real Deal!

  184. Drew71 says:

    Nice slump

  185. theplanisworking says:

    I do think the Sens are battie from playing our Pens. :)

  186. Steelag70 says:

    I feel bad for Stars fans…we fleeced them for Neal…lol.

  187. Jandy says:

    finally! Lordie, eric, it’s high time :)

  188. Drew71 says:

    Now you put in guys like Brandon Inge

  189. Jandy says:

    Ray Shero is awesome

  190. Steelag70 says:

    I live hear in DFW…their former GM was a much better player than personnel man…lol.

  191. theplanisworking says:

    In Shero we trust!

  192. Jandy says:

    he was suited up the other day :)

  193. Barb says:

    Love the song the crowd is singing :)

  194. Jandy says:

    I want Crankshaft on the ice

  195. theplanisworking says:

    OOh, I ama playing Jandy now……

    Biz will see where you live, and will add you to the Lunatic List! :)

    And welcome !!!!

  196. Jandy says:


  197. theplanisworking says:

    Can we put Mercer in? ;)

  198. Jandy says:

    Bring on the Boston Brooooooons (as errey would say)

  199. Steelag70 says:

    Methinks the REAL Pens have finally showed up. :)

  200. Barb says:

    Go Pens Go!

  201. Barb says:


  202. theplanisworking says:

    And not a minute too soon.

  203. Steelag70 says:

    They finally got used to playing with each other…

  204. theplanisworking says:

    Peaking at the right time !

  205. Jandy says:

    Lunchbox ;)

  206. Steelag70 says:


  207. Jandy says:

    good job, Hipposter :)

  208. Drew71 says:

    For all the angst following game three, the Pens were one defensive lapse from a sweep.

  209. theplanisworking says:

    With the risk of sounding I am drinking too much Kool-aid…………………..

    This team is coming together at the right time. They have put the struggles of the Islander series behind them, have put the brainfart that was Game 3 of this series behind them.

    Solid goaltending, pressuring the other teams zone, Neal awakens.

    Gonna be tough to beat, tough to beat.

  210. theplanisworking says:

    There is one of those maddening inconsistencies again.

  211. Steelag70 says:

    It’s ok…we can celebrate this win!

  212. theplanisworking says:

    Good Night everybody.

    Welcome to the newcomers here tonight. Would be nice to hear from you guys/gals again.

    Off to the Bucs thread.

    Hippo Out. ;)

  213. CWalton_67 says:

    Pens “getting to their game”. A nice, but expected and required win.

  214. Drew71 says:

    They just showed the crowd that was watching outside Consol.

    I don’t get it.

    They were wearing COATS

  215. Jandy says:

    hush Drew, it’s not nice to rub it in :P

  216. Barb says:

    Okay Florida Boy. Yes it is Freeze Butt cold here. I wish Canada would keep its cold weather and we’ll keep her hockey players.

  217. Jandy says:

    Night Hipposter :)

  218. Jandy says:


  219. Barb says:

    It’s been fun but I must call it a night. I have an early wake up call tomorrow. Night!

  220. TJ says:

    I really don’t know why but I really had just as much hatred for the Senators in this series as I’ve had with teams like the Flyers and I’ve come to a conclusion on why that is… That whack job of a paper they have up there in Ottawa. Has to burn Melnyk and Brennan to see Cooke putting up assists in 3 straight games. Guess Brennan will now have more time to play with that package now that the Senators are done!

  221. Danch70 says:

    The Senators were easy pickins for the Pens. I’ve heard it said before that you need one easy series on the way to the cup. Well, there it was. Broons will be much more difficult.

    Let’s Go Rangers!! Make it a 7 game series!! After that i don’t care who wins.

  222. Dom says:

    Just kidding around.

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