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On location: Bruins 6, Penguins 1, Game 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game 2: Penguins vs. Boston Bruins, Stanley Cup playoffs, Eastern Conference final

Series: Bruins, 1-0

Time: 8:10 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.

And here’s a bit of what Chris Kunitz had to say this morning …

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. theplanisworking says:


  2. Bizrow says:


    Lets go PENS

  3. theplanisworking says:


    How are you!
    Good to see you!

    I will be cheering multiple Pittsburgh wins tonight!!! :D

  4. Brandie says:

    Cheer loud and hard!!!!!!!!

  5. theplanisworking says:

    Hi Brandie!!!!

    Hope you can make it tonight! :)

  6. Dom says:

    I’m nervous.

  7. Brandie says:

    I will be there in some form or another.

  8. Dom says:

    Is JAL off today?

  9. theplanisworking says:


  10. Brandie says:

    What’s got you nervous? The team knows what it has to do…time to come out fighting. Can’t wallow in what was, now that they know that the Bruins mean business. Time to put up or shut up.

  11. Dom says:

    I’m nervous we won’t come out fighting. I’m worried the Bruins will get the breaks and we’ll go into boston down 0-2.

  12. Bizrow says:

    Good to see you too ZePlan

    We want that sweep

  13. Bizrow says:

    Wait till the finals

    This year with the PBC, wait till September

  14. Brandie says:

    Puck is in their end. We as fans can look at all the stats, make all the arguments, both cogent and not, and cheer our hearts out, but it is up to Pepto Bylsma and company to put themselves in position to win. That means playing hard, aggressive, smart hockey. Wear down Chara, keep firing pucks at Rask, and keep the puck out of your own end as much as possible.

  15. BillyBaduka says:

    LET’S GO PENS!!!!

  16. BillyBaduka says:

    I understand but I say keep the butterflies away until after this game.

    If Pens play like they did first 40 minutes and get any bounce they should win. If Rask and luck stand on their head and Pens get frustrated, this could be a long night.

    LET’S GO PENS!!!!

  17. JohninOshkosh says:

    I say Pens win tonight easily. Why? Because they are too good of a team not to make adjustments, Too veteran to be panicky. And I still believe the Pens can exploit the Bears’ defense, despite the Saturday Night Massacre Shutout.

  18. Brandie says:

    Bring the Cup back to where it belongs!

  19. BillyBaduka says:

    I hope you’re right John (love the image Abe Vigoda BTW)

    One thing that does concern me is their reaction to adversity/loss of composure/frustration.

    If they keep that in check and focus, they should win. If they let frustration get the best of them, ughh.

  20. Brandie says:

    Play with passion, not with emotion. Passion encompasses emotion and focus.

  21. JohninOshkosh says:

    Thanks, Bill.

    They will be OK. It’s counter-intuitive, being a Pirates fan and all, but I don’t worry much about the Pens.

    Not their first rodeo as the kids like to say ( I think they like to say that anyway-haven’t been a kid for awhile).

  22. JohninOshkosh says:

    Sup Brandy.

    Hope all is copacetic.

  23. Brandie says:

    It’s rockin’ , Osh Kosh! Love the Abe Vigoda.

  24. The Pirate game is about to start.

    Anybody know when the Penguins play next?

  25. Pucknutz says:

    GO PENS !!!!!

  26. Brandie says:

    Tonight at 0820.

  27. Pucknutz says:

    Love your analysis Brandie!!!!! Simple and to the point!!

    I am not much of a stats freak, most of em glaze my eyes over.
    Your last sentence says it all ! :)

    GO PENS !!!!

  28. JohninOshkosh says:

    JAL is no doubt frolicking in the surf down the Jersey Shore wearing one of those old fashioned full body striped cotton swimsuits.

  29. Brandie says:

    Penguin Power! Brought to you by Consol Energy!

  30. JohninOshkosh says:

    Either that, or he is doing charity work to help build a Morgantown Public Library.

  31. Brandie says:

    Puckster, Pens have to play simple, smart, and to the point. Time to get their rears in gear!

  32. Eric Bowser says:

    Final shameless plug of game 1’s issues for Penguins…

    Hopefully Bylsma addressed the issue with their defensive breakdowns, it was pretty bad coverage by Crosby and team tracking back into the zone.

    While they watched the video of those breakdowns, they undoubtedly saw Boston cream them in the face-off circle winning 2/3 of the draws, most of them because the Bruins just fought for the loose puck more than the Penguins wingers.

  33. Eric Bowser says:

    Expected Penguins lineup

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

    Orpik – Martin
    Niskanen – Letang
    Murray – Engelland


  34. Sherry says:

    Greetings! Same sitch for me tonight as Sat… I’ll be able to start watching the game this time, but will fairly quickly have to leave as my daughter has a band concert tonite (and I’m Prez of the Music Boosters to boot). So I won’t get to see the bulk of the game until about midnight Pgh time.

    So, do some loud cheering on my behalf tonight! C’mon boys, let’s keep our focus and TAKE IT TO THE BRUINS TONITE! Let’s Go Pens!

  35. Pucknutz says:

    Drop the Puck!!

  36. theplanisworking says:

    Gotta be kidding me!!!

  37. Eric Bowser says:

    Vokoun….. didn’t really do much on that breakaway but what is Nisky and Letang doing and bad turnover on bouncing puck by Crosby.

    1-0 Bruins with breakaway goal by Marchand.

  38. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Can I vote for Crosby as LVP of the series?

  39. Dom says:

    I didn’t see the first 28 seconds. Did I miss anything?

  40. J Walter Weatherman says:

    How do you sit Eaton and keep Niskanen in the lineup?

  41. Brandie says:

    Have to do better than this!

  42. theplanisworking says:

    Ya think Brandie??? ;)

  43. SJB says:

    Crosby sucking up a storm tonight.

  44. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Maybe Crosby should put the jaw guard back on. I’m kind of serious. He doesn’t seem right – could be mental.

  45. SJB says:

    The only net the Pens have crashed in this series is their own. Effing pathetic. Bawlz the size of gnats ladies and gentlemen…gnats.

  46. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Bounces going Bruins way again. Will be another severe test to Pens mental toughness. We’ll know very soon if this is going to be a reprise of Flyers ’12.

  47. Eric Bowser says:

    Hate Niskanen and Letang together… they play the same game and too small, Bruins are going to eat them for dinner around the net. Murray and Engelland are too slow.

    Crosby isn’t playing like the best player should be.. off his game.

  48. Dom says:

    Power play for Boston

  49. SJB says:

    Who wants to bet on how this PP will turn out for the Pens? I’ll take the minus. Bet Jagr scores.

  50. Brandie says:

    I know…tell you something you don’t know.

  51. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Pathetic. By everyone.

  52. Brandie says:

    Ugh!!!!!!!! 2-0

  53. SJB says:

    I’m sorry…I meant Letang. That worthless joke of a Norris candidate.

  54. Eric Bowser says:

    Niskanen blows it, then end of PK, Letang turnover…. just more stupidity by Pens

    DK just get out the stupid column…. re-run it

  55. theplanisworking says:

    Not looking good.

  56. Dom says:

    No try looking good.

  57. florida steeler says:

    Nice job Martin and Letang. Paul Martin stinks and why is Niskanen in there??

  58. Dom says:

    Meant to say not looking good.

  59. SJB says:

    If they offer that overrated a$$hat more than $5 million a year they are morons. Let him go be great somewhere else.

  60. theplanisworking says:

    I just do not believe what I am seeing!!!!

  61. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Game, set, series. See ya next year folks.

  62. Dave G says:

    Fleury time for me.

  63. SJB says:

    And the Norris candidate is on the ice again. Between him and Crosby they are lighting it up. Pens are a joke.

  64. cosmo says:

    where are the d-men.

  65. Dom says:

    Not blaming Vokoun but…


  66. BillyBaduka says:


    About as bad a start as we could ask for…

    They dug themselves quite a hole and aren’t showing much sign they can climb out of it.

  67. Brandie says:

    Nowhere to be found.

  68. SJB says:

    Don’t you dare leave out Letang.

  69. theplanisworking says:

    They could have 6 goalies in net, if they dont start playing better, it wont matter.

  70. SJB says:

    When your stars are black holes it’s hard to shine.

  71. florida steeler says:

    Poorly coached team. Just what has Morrow and Murray brought to this defense. The best team, not the best talent, is winning this series.

  72. drwaido says:

    doesnt matter who the goalie is the way we are playing..we are getting our *ss kicked. Looks like Islander series.

  73. Dom says:

    I’m glad DB is listening to me.

  74. Pucknutz says:

    Not the way I wanna see Flower come back but….

    maybe…. it will wake these guys up !!

    Very poor performance so far. Get your head out your a$$$s

  75. theplanisworking says:


  76. BillyBaduka says:


  77. Dom says:


  78. cosmo says:


  79. Dave G says:

    Huuuuuuuuge goal Sutter

  80. SJB says:

    Woohooo! Too bad it won’t get them a win but it’s better than being blanked again.

  81. Brandie says:

    Sutter love.

  82. BillyBaduka says:

    Oh well……

  83. Dave G says:

    Huuuuuuuuge goal Sutter

    Huger goal Marchand.

  84. Brandie says:

    Took it back. Get us to break now.

  85. SJB says:

    And Elvis has just left the building. Eff this team. Eff em all.

  86. JohninOshkosh says:


    At least there are 2 periods to claw back. I’m trying to see the positives.

  87. Dom says:


  88. drwaido says:

    nice job fleury

  89. theplanisworking says:

    Kinda tough, huh?

  90. JohninOshkosh says:

    TV honeymoon is ovah.

  91. florida steeler says:

    How bad is Fleury???

  92. cosmo says:

    unbelievable 30 second later give it right back.

  93. Dom says:

    Well that first period could have been worse…theoretically.

  94. JohninOshkosh says:

    Clear as mud and twice as muddy while they play.

  95. drwaido says:

    at some point is letang benched for being careless

  96. Karen22 says:

    NO, it could NOT have! PATHETIC!!!!!

  97. Dom says:

    It’s time to panic!

  98. Karen22 says:

    My head blew off when Sid gave up goal #1…still in shock. I’m drinking now. Heavily.

  99. JohninOshkosh says:


  100. florida steeler says:

    They love Letang and Niskanen. Letang for defenseman of the year is the biggest joke of the decade.
    Where is Crosby, Malkin and Iginla–superstars on paper????

  101. Karen22 says:

    How bad are the PENS?! This game is simply unbelievable!

  102. theplanisworking says:

    Pens are playing like they are drinking heavily…………

  103. drwaido says:

    thankfully we still have 2 periods left to “get to our Game”

  104. BillyBaduka says:


  105. drwaido says:

    way past that time:)

  106. Brandie says:

    Ladies and gentleman…we have met the enemy and it ids us!

  107. BillyBaduka says:

    Hard to argue with that.

  108. Naterosboro says:

    Bylsma better have a freakin’ heart attack reading them the riot act during this intermission.

    3 goal deficit. 40 mins. Or your season is effectively over.

    If they lose this, they’re not going to Boston and getting both.

  109. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Perspective time. You are all watching Fleury’s last minutes on the Pens. We had some good times, Flower. Too bad there were no good times in the last 4 playoffs.

  110. theplanisworking says:

    And, to add insult to injury………………………..

    Bucs losing 4-1 to the Braves……….

  111. Dave G says:

    So they show all these fancy telestrator moves on the last Bruins goal but ultimately Fleury blew it completely. Nothing else about that play or how it developed even mattered.

    Pens need to play from lockdown defense mode from the opening whistle and Letang is the biggest liability on defense right now… Because he is never back there.

  112. Naterosboro says:

    O, and a timeout call could’ve worked after the 3rd goal. Guess we’re saving it for later…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  113. drwaido says:

    should have read them the riot act before the game. came out flat and bruins look like they are on 20 min power play

  114. Dom says:

    theoretically it could have

  115. florida steeler says:

    Burnett gives up too many walks and home runs. The walks kill you.

  116. theplanisworking says:

    Um, correction………………. 6-1 Braves.

  117. Karen22 says:

    Ditto. In complete and utter shock. This is last year all over again…with a more talented team. I am EMBARRASSED to be a Pens fan today. Did NOT expect this insipid performance. Just WOW.

  118. drwaido says:

    Fleury is done. Letang is a playoff killer

  119. drwaido says:

    pacers beating heat

  120. Karen22 says:

    I’m saying words I didn’t even know I had in my mouth.

  121. drwaido says:

    maybe fleury can pitch

  122. Karen22 says:

    Maybe they should try that. Sobriety isn’t working.

  123. florida steeler says:

    Good, but will it last?? May as well watch that–not a good night for the guys in the Burgh. Pens are DONE

  124. drwaido says:

    I never studied theory

  125. theplanisworking says:


  126. Karen22 says:

    Uh huh…on what planet are you living?

  127. Karen22 says:

    FIRE BYLSMA! (Someone had to say it.).

  128. florida steeler says:

    Good one but maybe better than Burnett???

  129. drwaido says:

    how much of this is on Bylsma? Where is the dump and forecheck

  130. Karen22 says:

    Well…at least I have my son’s wedding to look forward to in a month. Hope it doesn’t rain. It’s inside.

  131. drwaido says:

    as long as they dont hit the ball at him

  132. Dom says:

    But it’s good luck when it rains on your wedding day.

  133. florida steeler says:

    Pens should hire Granato–he has ten times the fire as Disco Dan. Or, how about Billy Guerin?? He would light a fire in these prima donnas.

  134. Brandie says:

    Wishing him a successful marriage.

  135. Karen22 says:

    Inside? :)

  136. drwaido says:

    not inside

  137. Karen22 says:

    Awww…thanks, Brandie.

  138. drwaido says:


  139. florida steeler says:

    Ha-ha–the comment of the evening!!!!

  140. Dave G says:

    I hope next year Shero loads up on two-way players.

  141. theplanisworking says:

    Yes, congrats and best wishes from the Hippo Nation. :)

  142. Dom says:

    That wouldn’t be as so lucky

  143. drwaido says:

    just have him coach during the regular season.

  144. Mirosurabu says:

    Sometimes I wonder if it’s better to be a huge Pirates fan than a huge Penguins fan; it’s easier to shrug off disappointment when your expectations are so low to begin with!

    On the optimistic side, maybe this is just a setup for a repeat of Game 1 of the ’92 finals.

    Can’t say I’m holding my breath…

  145. drwaido says:

    you cant ask that…that’s profiling :)

  146. dwf says:

    According to DK’s column, all that is needed is “a tweak or two”! Why is everyone worrying? :)

  147. Jandy says:

    I need to spike my lemonade

  148. drwaido says:

    it’s the

  149. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Bylma’s highly questionable lineup changes to his defense looking very bad. Eaton is one of the most responsible defensemen on the team. Niskanen has done nothing in these playoffs that has earned him the right to be playing. I wouldn’t have had a problem with Engelland in for Niskanen, even though I think Despres is better than Engelland. Playing Niskanen over Eaton makes no sense whatsoever.

  150. drwaido says:

    according to Cook they just needed to put Fleury back in

  151. theplanisworking says:

    …………..and the Pens too.

  152. drwaido says:

    I hope Joe Morrow doesn’t turn out to be good

  153. theplanisworking says:

    It looks like they are disinterested. How can this be when you are down a game, and down 3 goals???

  154. Karen22 says:

    I’m wasting a bottle of pretty good wine on this tripe!

  155. Jandy says:


  156. drwaido says:

    apparently not

  157. Jandy says:

    I’d love to know the answer to that

  158. Milo Hamilton says:

    I just officially ran out of dogs to walk. It’s getting chilly out there.

  159. Dom says:

    Second period is about to start. Go Pens!

  160. SJB says:

    The only chance the Pens have in this series is if the Bruins wind up laughing so hard at them that by game 3 the Pens will catch them off guard and seize momentum. That and the Bruins plane crashes on the back to Boston. That might be just about enough…maybe.

  161. Jandy says:

    I need something to spike my lemonade

  162. Karen22 says:

    My hubby is so disinterested he went to BED…at 9:00!!

  163. Purple Moose says:

    That damn stretch pass is nice an cute when playing these average teams which the Sens and Islanders were but it does not work against a well coached team and Disco Dan just doesn’t get it. He lets Letang freelance out there with absolutely zero responsibility for his actions. There couldn’t be a worse combo of Letand and Niskanen and what in the world has Engellend brought to any minute of these playoffs?

    Yes we are being badly outplayed and Crosby has to wake up but we are also being totally outcoached. Get Iginla with Crosby please and pretty much all of the dmen suck so get Despres in there, at least he can add a little offense.

  164. dwf says:

    And to think they get paid for THAT!

  165. Jandy says:

    good wine is never wasted :)

  166. theplanisworking says:

    All starts at the top.

  167. drwaido says:


  168. Jandy says:

    apparently he doesn’t like your wine

  169. drwaido says:

    DB system doesnt appear to include tight,playoff defense

  170. Jandy says:

    No one said anything about tripe ;)

  171. Dave G says:

    What is wrong with Crosby tonight? Giveaway after giveaway…offsides…?????

  172. Jandy says:

    that’s fish :P

  173. Jandy says:

    I’ve been swearing at him so badly thru the television my dog is upset

  174. J Walter Weatherman says:

    The Bruins AHL team would beat the Pens at this point.

  175. theplanisworking says:

    Lets see…………………..

    The Bachelorette,
    Dr. Drew,

    National Lampoon’s European Vacation it is !!!! ;)

  176. dwf says:

    Move along folks, nothing to see here!

  177. Jandy says:

    just git your butt in front of the Pens game…no fair weather fans allowed ;)

  178. drwaido says:


  179. theplanisworking says:

    Oh, the weather is fair here!
    Just looking at options.


  180. Purple Moose says:

    I even flipped on the NBA game on to check the score. Heaven help me.

  181. Danch70 says:

    sandpaper hockey. they can’t do it. it can change, but nothing shows me they can.

  182. Karen22 says:

    He does, but he was drinking Yuengling tonight. But no amount of either has helped. I’m sooo depressed!

  183. Danch70 says:

    get letang off the ice. especially on the pp.

  184. Jandy says:


  185. Karen22 says:

    Watching “The Voice” now. Much more entertaining.

  186. drwaido says:

    malkin almost gets assist

  187. Jandy says:

    makes two of us :(

  188. Karen22 says:

    It just doesn’t make sense. We’re in the Twilight Zone…

  189. Purple Moose says:

    Wow, what a pathetic power play when they needed it the most.

  190. Jandy says:

    I can’t believe what my eyes are seeing

  191. J Walter Weatherman says:

    A lot of this is on Bylsma. The lack of structure on this team, especially when a couple things start going wrong, is a reflection of the coaching system.

  192. Bizrow says:

    Its not over yet

    It could be something we talk about for years

    Fans= Fanatics

    Never say die

  193. cosmo says:

    power play looked terrible.

  194. drwaido says:

    didnt you hear..european vacation is on :)

  195. Karen22 says:

    “Christmas Vacation” is my fav!

  196. theplanisworking says:

    Die. ;)

    You are right Biz…………

    Getting beat, not good but acceptable.

    Beating yourselves, and playing with no effort, totally unacceptable.

  197. drwaido says:

    were Pens on a power play?

  198. Karen22 says:

    Do I hear an echo in here?

  199. drwaido says:

    but it’s not on

  200. drwaido says:

    that is why God created the DVR :)

  201. Jandy says:

    lol sorry I’m just so flibbergusted

  202. dwf says:

    Careful, DD is “bullet proof” according to DK. So, better get used to this type of “play” for a verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry looooooooooong tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!

  203. drwaido says:

    playoff hockey = tight, close checking hockey.

    It kindda looks like when the Devils shut us down

  204. Danch70 says:

    Burkle, Lemieux, and Shero are off the hook. Lots of blame to share beneath that. Not ready for sandpaper hockey.

  205. Jandy says:

    Oh I don’t give up….i won’t quit watching but this is still unbelievable

  206. theplanisworking says:

    I see your lemonade got spiked! ;)

  207. J Walter Weatherman says:

    No doubt the Pens have the skill to come back in this series. What they don’t appear to have is the structure and mental fortitude to do so.

  208. theplanisworking says:

    Lemieux, Burkle, and Shero should be livid at this display of hockey.
    Losing is one thing………. beating yourself and playing with zero hustle and effort is another.

    Crosby should be the only one safe for next year.
    Many, many hard decisions must be made for next year.
    Shero will get the loafers on this roster out……… he is a great GM.

    But 19 positions, and the fate of disco Duck should ALL be on the table for next year.

    But we need to concentrate on this series.
    If we lose it, I am all in favor for a bloodletting of the roster and coaches
    Just one Hippos observations.

  209. Jandy says:

    Rask is NOT that good….but he IS that focused.

  210. Lad9 says:

    I just got home from my son’s game and I would ask what happened but it is pretty clear. Still, can’t give up on them. Lets get one before the period ends.

  211. florida steeler says:

    Why is everyone shocked by this effort under Bylsma?? Remember folks, it is the playoffs and his “talented” teams never get the job done. I am not certain the talent is as good as we think. Morrow and Murray have brought little to the team and Malkin has not had a good year.
    Still believe Malkin needs traded for two fast, big defensemen. Letang and Niskanen are not getting it done and Paul Martin has been awful. Team speed needs to be addressed–the Islanders series really proved the point about speed and Boston is teaching Bylsma a thing or two about defense–the Pens have none. Skaters go up the ice untouched.

  212. Danch70 says:

    Vitale and Morrow are playing well. Not the players we need to be playing well.

  213. Purple Moose says:

    The worst thing I saw after game 1 was all kinds of comments about how the Pens played well in Game 1 and felt it was some lucky and unlucky bounces. This told me that they felt that they had to do nothing differently or even play just a little harder after losing a game 3-0, and the results sure are showing tonight.

  214. Milo Hamilton says:

    Which goalie is to blame for scoring 1 goal in 5 periods ?

  215. Danch70 says:

    Michel Dion

  216. cosmo says:

    Better come out in the 3rd and play with desperation

  217. Naje says:

    Jerome Iginla…does he look like he wants a championship very much? Correction, does he play like he wants a championship?

  218. drwaido says:

    if DD is not replaced you will get same to worse results come playoff time regardless of player changes. Boston is putting on a defensive clinic

  219. Jandy says:

    Trolls are bothersome

  220. dwf says:

    DD simply has no answers for Julien’s game plan and the Pens players know it! And the Bruins know it!

  221. florida steeler says:

    Great question–old and slow.

  222. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’m not sure what’s worse. Watching Malkin skate right by that guy with about 30 seconds left or watching Zagurski pitch?

  223. CeeHowUR says:

    Well, at least its not a shutout, although it sure feels like it.

  224. Milo Hamilton says:

    Dunc Wilson maybe ?

  225. drwaido says:

    doesnt look like he is GM material either

  226. Danch70 says:

    What is crosby in these playoffs? A -4? He has the talent to play playoff hockey, bit he gets too frustrated. Needs to grow up.

  227. cosmo says:


  228. Naje says:


  229. cosmo says:

    Should have traded him to the Yankees before they brought him up.

  230. dwf says:

    HMMMMM, 1 goal allowed in 5 periods of hockey, yeah you probably are right, he IS not that good :)

  231. lupesanchez says:

    Give some credit to the Bruins. They are a good team with an excellent coach playing perfect hockey right now. They watched a lot of tape of the Flyers 2012 series, clearly. Adjustments are the name of the game, isn’t that what we keep hearing? Any adjustments we made after game 1 are making us look worse.

    Also Fleury pulling a Thurman Thomas in the Super Bowl routine? Come on man.


  232. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’m having trouble distinguishing between his ERA and his weight.

  233. theplanisworking says:


  234. I usually am a big defender of Dan Bylsma, but I think Bylsma made a big mistake when he decided not to dress Kris Letang and put him in the Press Box. We could use . . . . .

    Wait . . . . . . what? . . . . . . you say Letang IS dressed and playing?

    Never mind!

  235. Jandy says:

    LOL AW, hubby asked me “who is that pitcher? wow, he’s bad”

  236. Naje says:

    Seems as if the Pens try to do something they don’t like to do or do well, like aggressively forechecking and hitting defensemen, they get burned or they forget how to actually play offense.

    Wonder if we’ll read this in the coming days: “Don’t worry, the team is hitting the Boston defenders and Charra will feel all those hits later in the series…the team is wearing down the Boston defense.”

  237. Jandy says:


  238. I’d settle for his ERA being his weight.

  239. Dom says:

    We need three goals! That’s a lot.

  240. Milo Hamilton says:

    Carnac: Thirteen Fifty.
    Ed: Thirteen Fifty.
    Carnac: Mike Zagurski’s Era & his weight.
    Ed: Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.

  241. dwf says:

    Too bad, this series will only last another 2 games.

  242. drwaido says:

    Boston will be in full shut down mode in the 3rd. What are you looking for the Pens to show to set the tone for the rest of the series?

  243. lupesanchez says:

    This pretty much sums up what is going on in the Pens locker room right now:

  244. Jandy says:

    He isn’t…we’re just playing that badly

  245. florida steeler says:

    Hey, but Burnett gives up more home runs than he has tattoos!!!!!

  246. Danch70 says:

    If they do nothing else the rest of the game, they should dump the puck and hit the boston defenders. If they want to play the series at this point and not the game I understand it.

  247. Tim says:

    It still takes four to win. Go Pens.

  248. Brandie says:

    Well spoken, Hipposter.

  249. Jandy says:

    looks that way

  250. Jandy says:


  251. dwf says:

    :yawn: :) :)

  252. Jandy says:

    wow….just wow

  253. Jandy says:

    Hey girl…how goes it?

  254. Jandy says:

    I just shake my head

  255. J Walter Weatherman says:

    DD: Pushed every wrong button imaginable in this game.

  256. Brandie says:

    Just dissecting the boys.

  257. dwf says:

    Another great move by DD…Fleury to the rescue! 2 goals on what 3 shots…BRILLIANT!!!

  258. drwaido says:

    not many teams have the luxury of a backup goalie like Fleury. or a mobile defenseman like letang

  259. dwf says:

    Correction, 4

  260. Brandie says:

    Rough for our boys! Fire Pepto Bylsma!

  261. I said on this site before the series that Boston would be up 2-1 in games before Pens came back to win the series and go to the Stanley Cup.

    Unlike my friend The Dwarf here, I do not believe this series is close to being over.

    I do think tonight’s game is over though.

    Learn, Pens, Learn! Game #3 and #4 are the keys. It doesn’t matter that they are in Boston.

  262. drwaido says:

    what is that lemonade recipe

  263. cosmo says:

    a goal 30 seconds in, doesn’t look like they shut down

  264. Brandie says:

    Time for some payback in Boston. Otherwise, epic flameout.

  265. Jandy says:

    eh…there’s no execution tonight..

  266. Jandy says:


  267. dwf says:

    GOAT BOY! Where have you been? I have missed you!!!!

  268. Ed says:

    So who goes back in goal for Game 3?

  269. Jandy says:

    true dat

  270. florida steeler says:

    The best team for two games has clearly been the Bruins. Take the rose colored glasses off and be objective. “Paper talent” wins NOTHING. We were fortunate against a far inferior team in the Islanders and Quebec is not a good team.

  271. Jandy says:


  272. drwaido says:

    in all fairness they havent played as swell in front of fleury as for vokoun

  273. Brandie says:

    I am in favor of the Pens execution!

  274. Purple Moose says:

    Can we play the college kid we just signed in goal. In all seriousnes, who can he put in goal on Wednesday? If Fleury held them scoreless then he starts but he shows no improvement or indication that he can be trusted so it has to be Voukun………………..doesn’t it?

  275. J Walter Weatherman says:

    TV. Not even a question. Except who knows with DD.

  276. Jandy says:

    Don’t give up your night job

  277. Dom says:

    Hey. That last one wasn’t fleurys fault.

  278. cosmo says:

    Need Kevin Stevens to come in and wake up Pens for game 3

  279. Brandie says:

    I nominate Hipposter! He can sit on people.

  280. Jandy says:

    scorched Penguin…ewwwww

  281. drwaido says:

    eddie johnston

  282. Jandy says:

    yes it is, Groat, but us true fans are still here, and we’re not being wisecracks. I think we’ll do better on the road…more focus.

  283. drwaido says:

    Pens dont seem to play the first or last minute of the period

  284. Brandie says:

    I prefer blackened or Cajun!

  285. Jandy says:

    Hipposter. do NOT feed the trolls ;)

  286. drwaido says:


  287. Jandy says:

    grilled then…lol

  288. drwaido says:

    you are right..frustration setting in

  289. theplanisworking says:


    Thanks Jandy.

  290. Jandy says:


  291. theplanisworking says:


    Great one, Brandie!!

  292. Karen22 says:

    I don’t think wine is a good “spiker.” :(

  293. I agree, JandyGirl, that the leadership on the team, players first, then Coaches, will be able to obtain better concentration on the road.

    Players’ leadership needs to hold each other more accountable——not running all over the ice and taking stupid penalties.

    Good decision by coaches to dress Vitale tonight.

  294. Dom says:

    Now here is our chance to get back into the game.

  295. Tim says:

    Should’ve started Fleury. Vokoun played great. But you could just feel it . But seriously, the 5th goal, who stops that?

  296. drwaido says:

    defense and faceoff wins leads to goals

  297. Brandie says:

    Somebody needs to grill em’.

  298. theplanisworking says:

    I can always count on you 2 for making my night! :) :)

  299. Brandie says:

    I have a kid I work with I wish you could come sit on.

  300. Danch70 says:

    If you think this series hangs on TV or MAF, then you’re asking the wrong questions. Which forward is going to play good defense? Why is iginla sitting on the PP while letang plays? And, who is going to fight and scrap for every inch of ice?

  301. Karen22 says:

    I can put it on…have it on DVD. Christmas in June? It IS supposed to be in the 40’s overnight. Is it June? Are the Pens still playing? Is it Steelers season yet?

  302. theplanisworking says:


  303. Purple Moose says:

    I think I have seen enough of Jokinen this series as well. I think his 15 minutes are up. Lets see what Bennett can do.

  304. Jandy says:

    Amen on Vitale, Groat. he’s been solid tonight

  305. Brandie says:

    Thank you. Now Morrow is slammed headfirst into the post.

  306. Jandy says:

    I’m priming my size 9 wides!

  307. Jandy says:

    troll spray

  308. Brandie says:

    It would be worth it to me to make him a teenaged smudge.

  309. Karen22 says:


  310. Brandie says:

    I will kneecap em’ next.

  311. theplanisworking says:

    That said it all……………………….

    Disco biting his lip, looking lost and confused,
    Julien talking to his players, pumping them up.

    No wonder its 5-1.
    Can Granato coach game 3?

  312. Jandy says:

    I hate the Broons

  313. Karen22 says:


  314. theplanisworking says:

    Brandie, you are too much!

  315. One of the reasons I am certain Pens will do better in Boston is that Malkin has been giving the puck to the guys in the white shirts all night!!!

    That will work in Boston!

  316. Tim says:

    No doubt. Not on goalies, still you could tell Vokoun had peaked. Team D? Sour.

  317. J Walter Weatherman says:

    I noticed the same thing and had the same reaction.

  318. dwf says:

    Kevin Stevens is NOT walking through that door!

  319. Karen22 says:


  320. Jandy says:

    Tactical execution ;)

  321. Karen22 says:

    How about Mario?

  322. theplanisworking says:

    Yes, execution would work, in more ways than one. ;)

  323. Brandie says:

    Freakin’ Pepto Bylsma.!!!!!

  324. Karen22 says:

    Perhaps they should bring up the Baby Pens for Game 3.

  325. With 8 minutes left, unless Bylsma can send in a pinch hitter to hit a Grand Slam, this game is over.

    What’s there to be pumping up your players about on the Pens’ Bench?

    He’s probably biting his lip so he doesn’t scald one of his players in public. Take it behind closed doors.

  326. Tim says:

    Watch Bostons team D collapse low around Rask? Watch the Pens do pirouettes in their zone. Boston 5 Pittsburgh 1

  327. theplanisworking says:

    Maybe Groat, and I agree with taking it behind closed doors.
    But the HC needs to constantly communicate with his players, and not appear to give up.

    But that is just me,
    we all know Hippos like me dont know anything except how to swim………… ;)

  328. Jandy says:


  329. J Walter Weatherman says:

    I’m sorry, but I’m not understanding the calls for Fleury. Even Eddie O is throwing his hat in that ring. What has Fleury done recently in the playoffs to warrant any confidence in him whatsoever? I have way more confidence in TV.

    The bigger problem is the D anyway. Goalie doesn’t matter in games like the last 2.

  330. cosmo says:

    Crosby/Malkin, 0 points, minus 6. nuff said

  331. Jandy says:

    You don’t fool Mother Theresa, Hipposter ;)

  332. theplanisworking says:

    I never was good at fooling the Nuns, Jandy! ;)

  333. Jandy says:

    I was thinking the same thing Karen

  334. Jandy says:

    Oh, I’m furious with Sid…even more so than Geno. He needs to get his head outta his a$$ and be a leader.

  335. Brandie says:

    Pens…Exposed :(

  336. Danch70 says:

    Earlier today I asked for 60 minutes of sandpaper hockey. They couldn’t even last a minute.

  337. Jandy says:

    Well I’m no saint, but ya don’t fool me lol

  338. Jandy says:

    I wanna pinch hit!

  339. theplanisworking says:


  340. Dom says:


  341. Jandy says:

    And I wanna hit CHara right in the…

  342. Brandie says:

    By SC Johnson…A family company.

  343. theplanisworking says:

    Cover them up!

  344. Milo Hamilton says:

    Whatever Bowser has next is going to be long & scathing. And long.

  345. Dom says:

    Both commentators said they would go with Fleury

  346. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Like I said. Fleury done. Permanently for Pens.

  347. Jandy says:

    I say we play Zatkoff in goal Wednesday

  348. dwf says:

    Mario, Ulf, Ron, RT, Tommy B, not going to matter at this point!

  349. florida steeler says:

    Fleury fricking STINKS.

  350. Jandy says:

    and he’ll be right.

  351. J Walter Weatherman says:

    That’s why Eddie O is no longer a coach.

  352. cosmo says:

    Pierre McGuire ” at this point everyone in the black sweaters are just sleepwalking”

  353. Purple Moose says:

    Now really, has Fleury shown any reason that he has changed? He has given up 3 goals and Boston has really been pressing for 40 minutes.

  354. Jandy says:


  355. theplanisworking says:

    Hippos? ;)

  356. Brandie says:

    Too late. Going to bed.

  357. Purple Moose says:

    Not been pressing, should have said

  358. dwf says:

    CAN NOT wait to read DK’s column! That’s right DK, can’t wait to hear how you are going spin this ONE! :)

  359. theplanisworking says:

    If I am Lemieux and Shero, I get my scalpel ready.

  360. florida steeler says:


  361. Jandy says:

    Groat, what was that word you guys used to describe your junk that I didn’t recognize???

  362. CWalton_67 says:

    Gutless performance by a team which lacks any semblance of character. They possess the emotional maturity of 12 year olds. Going to be a very long off season for Mr Shero and company.

  363. In honor of the Penguins I just tried to slit my wrists.

    But just like the Pens, I lost possession of the knife before I got to my goal.

  364. Jandy says:

    hey now, Groat, not good, man :/

  365. Danch70 says:

    Well, Bylsma seemed to make the right adjustments in the Islanders series. He’s in a much bigger hole now. Let’s see if he has an answer.

  366. theplanisworking says:

    Night Brandie.

  367. J Walter Weatherman says:

    The Bruins don’t have as much skill as the Pens, but are a better team. What does that mean? A lot, and none of it reflects well on the Pens leadership.

  368. Jandy says:

    it’s not just Bylsma…the team leaders need to ACT like leaders.

  369. Jandy says:

    Night girl..I’m off too…night Hipposter

  370. Danch70 says:

    Letang and Fleury have all the talent and no heart. Malkin – he plays his game – but gets frustrated easily and has no dfense. Crosby is the real enigma. His game seems suited for a gritty playoff series. He should really dominate. But he also gets frustrated and starts with the no defense and the dumb passes.

    Need someone to step up.

  371. theplanisworking says:

    Agreed. But Bylsma and 19 players should be on notice.

    Pathetic effort.

  372. Milo Hamilton says:

    Kris Letang has been on the ice for more Bruins goals than either of the two goaltenders.

  373. florida steeler says:

    Defensive player of the year. What a joke!!

  374. theplanisworking says:

    Night Jandy.

  375. dwf says:

    WOW, what a BEAT DOWN by the Bruins! Now that is how a Stanley Cup contender plays at this level (take note DD and others!)

  376. Tim says:

    Danch- punk statement. Letang, Fleury have no heart? Gutless, punk statement. These guys bring it every night. Doesn’t always work out their way, but heart? You should write for the New York Post.

  377. Sounds like the comment of a person who has never pulled on a jersey, never left the couch.

  378. florida steeler says:

    Don’t know whether they have heart–I do not know them well enough to make that statement but they flat out–STINK and that is based upon real observation.

  379. Tim says:

    FS- Fair enough. I just see red when I hear people talk question an athletes heart. Total BS. Who they hell are they and how would they know. Lets see what happens Wednesday.

  380. Ermine says:

    The Pens have rallied for an 0-2 series deficit 5 times in team history, but only once when losing first 2 games at home (1996 vs WAS)

  381. Tim says:

    Thats question an athletes heart. Doh.

  382. Jason81 says:

    Roberto Romano

  383. chethejet says:

    Pens can get back in series with a win in game three, It takes four to win the series so Pens have a chance. My guess which I called the Pens in five is not worth anything but players have to know this is it and respond. If not, major changes are needed from coaching to defense and now goaltending.

  384. Ermine says:


  385. Eric Bowser says:

    Complete and total no-show by the Penguins and their stars in the first two games.

    Please check out this blog post on the illustrations breaking down the first 3 goals for Boston tonight.

    The Penguins defensive breakdowns in game 1 were even worse in game 2.

  386. DJ says:

    Unsolicited note to HCBD on needed Game 3 changes:
    In: Bennett, Kennedy, Depres
    Out: Morrow, Jussi, Engelland

    We need more speed in this line-up. Bruins clearly have taken pages — if not the whole book — from teams that have given us difficulty. Julien simplifying it and outcoaching Bylsma.

    Let’s learn from Bruins-Toronto series and hit them with speed. Would trade perceived “toughness” and a few extra hits for actual skating ability and skill. We won’t have to worry much about the 7-game series pounding we had planned to give Chara, Jagr and company if we cannot get to Game 5.

    Hate the fact that we seem married to the 4 players we got at deadline. We should determine exactly what is needed and react swiftly — in this case, speed. Let’s not make same mistake for Game 3.

  387. Danch70 says:

    Whatever it is they bring, I wish they’d leave it at home.

    I realize that I am sitting at home watching while they are out there doing – but nonetheless when the pressure of the playoffs comes, they fold. Not trying to be a gutless punk, but this is more than just things not working out their way … this is them not playing with the intelligence, tenacity, maturity, and composure that makes champions.

  388. DJ says:

    By the way, still believe we can win this series if coaching staff analyzes what is needed and makes the change to speed. At this point, doesn’t matter which goalie is in net — pick one.

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