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Final: Penguins 4, Sabres 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (1-0) vs. Buffalo Sabres (0-1)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

TV, radio: Root Sports, 105.9 The X

Here’s the official live summary.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins pageRob Rossi and Josh Yohe are on the scene.

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.


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    And that other team that is representing the burgh this weekend ;-)

  2. Jandy says:

    420!!!! Way to go Biz!!! :)

  3. Drew71 says:

    So much for that theory of David Price, the Rays’ ace, turning the series around.

    I guess he’s just no Cole.

  4. theplanisworking says:

    Biz, I forgot to post this for you yesterday………………..

    Jeff King………
    Martins Ferry , Ohio.

  5. theplanisworking says:

    Biz, I forgot to post this for you yesterday………………..

    Jeff King………
    Martins Ferry , Ohio.

  6. theplanisworking says:

    Maybe DK’s column should have given credit to the 9 wides?
    For keeping the pressure on Cole and Pedro?


  7. Jandy says:

    That’s strictly behind the scenes ;)

  8. theplanisworking says:

    Good evening.
    Lets see what Jacques Martin does for the D tonight.

    And, the Bucs sent Duke Welker to the Twins to complete the Morneau deal.

  9. Jandy says:

    Hey Hipposter! if the last game was any indication, Martin has had an inpact on the D and also how the offense plays :)

  10. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, just read it.

    Duke Welker was the PTBNL.

    BTW………. havent seen Brandie recently.
    Hope she is ok.
    Prayers to her.

  11. Jandy says:

    she prolly needs the space, God bless her. I am worried about her too, just sending up more prayers.

  12. theplanisworking says:

    Maybe if I post one of the dancing Hippo videos, it will bring her out of hiding??


  13. Jandy says:

    LOL you can always try ;)

  14. Jandy says:

    There’s only one Cole Train Drew Dahling :)

  15. theplanisworking says:

    As you wish……….

  16. Jandy says:


  17. KenKopp says:

    Getting ready to watch the Pens and I feel like I’m not fired up. I am, but the second game of the season just doesn’t compare with postseason baseball. Maybe Sid or Geno will do some magic. It’ll help me pass the time until 4:30 tomorrow.

    Go Bucs, Go Pens.

  18. Dom says:

    Big save!

  19. Barb says:

    Good evening everyone. I survived (barely) my trip to the House of Mouse. I am so glad to be back. I kept up with the blog while I was gone but it was hard to add my 2 cents on my NOOK.

  20. Barb says:

    I so agree with you KK.

  21. Dom says:

    Goal by Sid!!!

  22. Jandy says:

    YEAH SID!!!!!

  23. Barb says:

    The Kid scores!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Jandy says:

    Assist for Duper :)

  25. KenKopp says:

    Hey Barb. Hope you enjoyed your stay down here. You had pretty decent weather huh? Little humid to what your used to. Did “It’s a small world after all…” get in your head.

  26. Jandy says:

    Hey Barb :)

  27. theplanisworking says:

    Since Brandie isnt around, I will have to do the nickname honors for you.

    Welcome, Keystone Kopp. :)

  28. Jandy says:

    Hey KK :)

  29. theplanisworking says:

    Hi Barb, welcome back.

  30. Jandy says:

    YOur boy is on his game, Dom :)

  31. theplanisworking says:

    The Crosby Show scores!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Jandy says:

    Good job, Planimal

  33. Barb says:

    Actually it wasn’t too bad. I survived the humidity but my feet didn’t. Actually the song that is in my head is “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast. Weird.

  34. Barb says:

    Hey Jandy. Our baby boy does it again!

  35. theplanisworking says:


  36. Jandy says:

    Yes, he sure did!

  37. Barb says:

    Thanks Hipposter.

  38. Jandy says:

    LOL Nice check by Kobasew

  39. Jandy says:

    De Nada

  40. Lad 9 says:

    Good evening Crüe. Good vibes out to our girl Brandie.

  41. theplanisworking says:

    Kobawho? ;)

  42. KenKopp says:

    You guys are Kool!

  43. Barb says:

    Hi Crue. I hope everything is okay with our dear girl. Sending XOs her way.

  44. Jandy says:


  45. theplanisworking says:

    And, if you have little ones, they can be Keystone Lite. ;)

  46. theplanisworking says:

    Helloo Laddy.

    I posted the Dancing Hippo above, in an effort to smoke her out. ;)

  47. Lad 9 says:


  48. Lad 9 says:

    I saw him. If there is anything that an cause her to surface, that will be it. Good job my friend!

  49. Jandy says:

    Heeeellll yeeaahh!!!

  50. theplanisworking says:

    Hahahahaha! :D

  51. Lad 9 says:

    Hey Barb. We have had a better Pirate ride up here than they do in mickeyworld these days! :)

  52. theplanisworking says:


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

  53. Jandy says:

    GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kobasew!!!!

  54. Barb says:


  55. theplanisworking says:

    You know, it is very comforting to see Scuds back on the team.

    Just sayin’.

  56. So now, with this new defense-first scheme, 1-3-1 thing or whatever it is, the game will now end 2-0?

    It’s OK with me. I love defense in any sport.

    College football called and wonders how defense is played.

  57. Drew71 says:

    If Georgia could play a little D they’d be a great team.

    Oh well. They won.

  58. Lad 9 says:

    To quote Johnny Cash (sort of) “There sat the dirty mangy dog that named me Kobasew”

  59. Jandy says:

    You got that right, Hipposter

  60. Barb says:

    Well just saw Russell Martin, Cutch and Morneau taking in the game. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  61. Jandy says:

    Haha Lad, you’re reading my mind…I was thinking of “A boy named Sue” too lolol

  62. Lad 9 says:

    I caught the last 10 minutes and the OT of that game Drew. Heck of a game. Really like Murray for Georgia.

  63. theplanisworking says:

    Good points, Reverend.

    I believe this 1-3-1 lock is meant to stop the Breakouts against Fleury.
    Our offense will take care of itself, its the D in front of Fleury that was a major problem.

  64. Jandy says:

    No way it’s 2-0 Spunky Rev

  65. Jandy says:

    well said!

  66. Barb says:

    How do you do, my name is Kobasew!!!!!!

  67. theplanisworking says:

    Tennessee really took it to them.
    Felt bad for the kid that fumbled out of the end zone for the Vols.

  68. Lad 9 says:

    Now I’m gonna score!

  69. Jandy says:

    LOL Yinz are nuts!

  70. I did read that somewhere. Why couldn’t they have figured that out last season?

  71. KenKopp says:

    Kool! I have this gut feeling that Justin’s first homer is going to be a big one. He’s been getting some key hits, but I gotta feeling he has a big dinger comin’ soon. Maybe tomorrow?

  72. Lad 9 says:

    Same here.

  73. theplanisworking says:

    Or 2012, 2011, 2010………….

  74. theplanisworking says:

    Down Tiger……………

  75. Barb says:

    ++++++++++++++++++++++ :)

  76. Jandy says:

    THey didn’t have Jacques Martin

  77. theplanisworking says:

    Jandy Girl, Martin doesnt have the lock on the 1-3-1 trap.
    Just sayin’

  78. Barb says:

    Everyone has the Pirates on their minds tonight including Paul Alexander.

  79. Jandy says:

    I’m just sayin’ he pointed out the obvious, Hipposter

  80. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, mathces that point on top of yer head! ;)

  81. theplanisworking says:

    Sorry, I am not a Johnny Depp fan…………. ;)

  82. Jandy says:

    Bennett really wanted that one!!!

  83. Jandy says:

    Duper, you gotta bury that!

  84. Pucknutz says:

    Really bad Plan LOL

  85. Barb says:

    Well shiver me timbers.

  86. Dom says:

    The best baseball player to go to a pens game.

  87. Barb says:


  88. Pucknutz says:

    Ya Ken,
    Feeling the same way. And I am a true Hockey Fanatic…… but 4:30 tomorrow is the focus for sure.
    GO PENS !

  89. theplanisworking says:

    Raise the Jolly Penguin?

  90. theplanisworking says:

    I really like this “hybrid” icing.
    Will eliminate players boarding each other over the puck.

  91. Jandy says:

    I agree

  92. Pucknutz says:

    Ya Plan, I think I like it also.
    I don’t have the stats, but I believe very seldom was it beat.
    Don’t need guys getting hurt for no reason. (Don’t have the stats on that either but one is too many)
    Gonna be a little bitchin early on but I think the refs will get right most of the time.
    GO PENS!

  93. theplanisworking says:


    ( – – – – for the refs )

  94. theplanisworking says:

    If Reverend Lucky is reading this……… dont watch the Ohio State game.
    They are trailing for the first time all year.

  95. Pucknutz says:

    Ok Plan splain the Morse code for the refs to me! :)

  96. theplanisworking says:

    Just a whole bunch of minuses for them. :)

  97. Pucknutz says:

    Saint have halos , not points!

  98. Jandy says:

    Good job Flower!

  99. Jandy says:

    Jeffrey with a nice chance…dang

  100. JohninOshkosh says:

    Tough game for the Buckeyes.

  101. Pucknutz says:

    After I finish this beer I am going to start studying Morse Code. Ya go head laugh but I could really rip you guys and those people in interrogation or what ever it is called wold have a heck of a time filtering out my “bad” words.
    First thing in the morning I am gonna dit -dot -dash !
    Well… maybe :)

  102. theplanisworking says:


  103. Eric Bowser says:

    The always scary 2-0 lead heading to third period.

    Five solid periods of goaltending by Fleury and team defense in front of him.

  104. Eric Bowser says:

    Looks like he has a little more jump… maybe he’s finally over the knee injury.

  105. Dom says:

    Did the flyers change the color on their jersey?

  106. Jandy says:

    I hope so!

  107. Jandy says:

    Not scary tonight :)

  108. Jandy says:

    Why do you say that dom?

  109. Jandy says:

    UGH! Sid and Geno, two on one…and no score…

  110. Pucknutz says:

    There are exceptions my Saintly one.
    Cant’ tell fur sure what is under that blue and white scarf. :)

  111. Jandy says:

    Trust me, Puckers, I’m no Saint ;)

  112. theplanisworking says:

    FIRE SID AND GENO !!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

  113. Pucknutz says:

    Me neither.
    Although Saint Pucknutz does have a nice ring to it!

  114. theplanisworking says:

    KUNITZ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3-0 Good Guys. :)

  115. Jandy says:

    YES! Kunitz scores on a Penalty Shot :)

  116. Jandy says:

    Silly Hippo!

  117. Pucknutz says:

    Love it – need to call that more often – 66 did it sooooo well !!!

  118. theplanisworking says:

    Now I understand that NJ and Beefalo arent Chicago and Boston when it comes to offensive power and crashing the net, but the Pens new D alignment is proving to benefit Fleury a ton. It seems when we get a 2-0 3-0 lead now, I dont see us giving up 3 quick goals.

    It remains to be seen how it fares against better scoring teams.

    Just my .02 cents. :)

  119. theplanisworking says:

    I think he was 6 of 8 for his career.

  120. Jandy says:


  121. Lad 9 says:

    I wanted to see another shutout too!

  122. Jandy says:

    woop woop!!!

    Craig effn Adams :)

  123. Jandy says:

    yeah I’m kinda bummed about that

  124. theplanisworking says:

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


  125. Jandy says:


  126. theplanisworking says:

    Great performance by the D again.
    Jacques Martin for MVP. ;)

    Good night all, or some,

    Tomorrow, LETS GO BUCS !!!!

  127. Lad 9 says:

    2-0. Great start Pens. Lets go Bucs!

  128. Eric Bowser says:

    Pens win 4-1

    Another solid team victory.

  129. Lad 9 says:

    Night Plan

  130. Jandy says:

    G’night Hipposter, sleep well friend :*

  131. Jandy says:

    woop woop!

  132. Jandy says:

    Ha! MAF wavin the Jolly roger!!

  133. Jandy says:


  134. Jandy says:

    Dom, your boy had a good game :)

  135. Kevin says:

    Crosby, Kobasew and Adams all on pace for 82 goal season. Just saying. If they can get a Sid goal, a Koby tip-in, and an Adams empty netter every night, they should win most.

  136. KenKopp says:

    Still no Brandie? Hope you’re OK kid.

    Check out the OSU at N’Western game in a few. It’s halftime now, but a good game. The fans are remiinicence of the Buc fans a few nights ago. Good Pens win. To bad The Flower didn’t get his 2nd shutout.

    Man if Frankie can pitch a good game tomorrow and we can score a few. We would be in the drivers seat.

  137. Jandy says:

    Shout out to Brandecita! <3 ya sistah!

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