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Final: Panthers 6, Penguins 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (3-0) vs. Florida Panthers (1-3)

Time: 7:38 p.m.

Site: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla.

TV, radio: Root Sports, 105.9 The X

Here’s the official live summary.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins pageRob Rossi is 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 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.

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  1. Raise the Jolly ShuttlePuck!

  2. GO penguins… sending Jandy-like good vibes for a good first game for Jeff Zatkoff. I am only assuming he will be the starter tonight as they’ll probably save Fleury for the TB lightning.

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  4. On the morning thread, I posted a link describing Adrian Peterson’s 2 year-old son was in critical condition due to abuse from the boy’s mother’s boyfriend.

    Here is the astonishingly horrible conclusion…………..

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9809579/adrian-peterson-son-dies-injuries-suffered-alleged-assault

    • There is a special place in hell for monsters and animals who hurt and/or kill children.

      • Agreed! Coward doesnt begin to describe him.

        And thank you for being another person in here! ;)

        • You’re welcome Hipposter. I think everyone has deserted us. Oh well at least they have lives on a Friday night. And as far as that monster coward seems to be too kind of a word for IT.

          • Yeah.
            Raining/flooding here……… roads closed, so I am in til Sunday.

            Need to go round up the usual suspects here.

            Unless the Trib site gets attacked again…… like this morning.

            • Oh I hope the flooding doesn’t affect your pond. I was wondering what happened to the site this morning until I read when I got home about the cyber attack.

              • I live on the top of 2 huge hills……… so my Pond is safe. But there is mega flooding all around……. just talked to a friend and it took her 2 hours to get home…. a 2 mile trip because of all the closed roads….

                AND WE SCORE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

              • Yes – Adams has more goals than Malkin. Who’d a thunk it?

  5. If anyone is in here………………………..

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

    If no one is in here, sorry I woke you up………. ;)

  6. Dear Tonight’s Director:

    Can you PLEASE order the person manning the main center ice camera to pull back and stop zooming in so close? I know it’s a low setup in Florida, but all he has to do is keep a wider shot. This is maddening. He’s giving us really small segments of the ice most of the time.

    Guess I can look at the bright side and say that I AM spending most of the game surprise. “Whoa, where did he come from? Oh, there IS someone coming down that lane!”

  7. Worst period of the season so far and gotta be happy to be even, 2-2.

    Crosby was bad… don’t say that often.

    Glass was good… can’t believe I’m saying that.

    Adams scored rebound goal because of Glass’ power move to net.

    Finally good to see Evgeni Malkin get a goal.

  8. Watch out, Ovie. Adams is comin’ hard for that Richard trophy.

    • Speaking of Ovie…….. havent heard anything about him.
      Hope he is enjoying another year of nothingness………..

  9. Could have sworn I saw a Nun around here…………..

    with a Nun and a Reverend here tonight, I feel safe.

  10. That was a terrible shift by Orpik

  11. Is it me, or is Malkin pressing too much?

  12. Zatkoff owes Martin a beer

  13. Florida was selling tickets to this game 60% off.

    Home opener. Against a league marquis team with the greatest player in the world. 60% off.

    • Man oh Man. I feel bad for Zatkoff. Where or where is the D? Oh that’s right they don’t play D and can’t stay out of the sin bin. Sheesh.

  14. FIRE BYLSMA! ;)

  15. Might be the game there, folks……….
    you cannot, I say cannot! give up back-to-back PP goals.

  16. So how does the old 1-3-1 work down a man? (kidding)

  17. well we can still come back from a two goal deficit, IF the guys help Zatkoff out

  18. Why does Steigerwald always say “cleared but not out” ??
    If it isnt out of the zone, it obviously isnt cleared !!!

    UGH!

  19. SUPER DUPER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. This team gave up 7 goals to Tampa Bay last night. Plenty of time to get things squared.

  21. I get the feeling Zatkoff is a bag of nerves….he just needs to settle down

  22. Eric will be here with our 2nd period analysis in a moment. Right now, a word from our sponsor, Carling Black Label Beer, now available in Pony bottles.

  23. I have not been able to post in a while. I see the Pens are hanging in there. Go Pens!

    Good Vibes to all my fellow posters!

    Condolences to Adrian Peterson and his family.

  24. Just wet here. Love the Pens. Miss baseball. Good to see you all!

  25. If you take away the 2 power play goals… Panthers didn’t really do all that much in the period. Of course, Pens didn’t as well.

    Good thing Dupuis kept his head on and scored that goal.

    Strange game… Panthers seem to be quite aggressive on the offensive side of the ice but their defensive zone play has a lot to be desired. If Pens can get an early goal, that might open up the flood gates.

  26. UGH!

  27. Pens need a backup goalie…. Zatkoff sucks

  28. Memo to the Pens:
    You’re NOT going to score shooting the puck right into their goalie’s chest.

  29. Nice job Martin

  30. My simple observations on this 1st road game of the year (Eric, please correct me if I am wrong…)

    The Pens new 1-3-1 D is predicated on shutting the other team down in the neutral zone. Tonight, Florida put pressure on our D, which is one way to defeat the 1-3-1. They need to work on staying focused.

    Zatkoff is indeed slow. To be fair, no one was counting on him this year, but with Vokoun’s health issues, we now see he is the equivalent of a AAAA player…………… great in the minors, bad in the Big Show.

    We have some of the best offensive talent in the world, yet we insist on shooting the puck into the opposing goalies chest. Need to crash the net more. Need to stop pressing, thinking that will help………… that is how mistakes are made, and odd-man rushes against us happen.

    But, we have to remember it is early in the season, and we do have 3 wins already.

    :D

  31. Well, you can’t win them all…but man, the entire team looked pretty bad tonight…not just Zatkoff.

  32. Well we just told the Lightening their good.

  33. Zatkoff just sat there and watched the puck move around the ice.
    He is slow, and scared.

    Problem with the goaltending situation is this………………….
    team is up against the cap.
    Unless a trade is made, any goalie acquistion will result in cutting/dumping a player.
    Its a messy situation………

  34. When your player of the game is Craig effn Adams…you have issues lol

  35. Popping in. Had to take care of my youngest tonight who had his wisdom teeth out. Had a bad feeling about this game too and I was right for once. Sounds like we need a backup goalie.

  36. well, friends, hubby has work tomorrow and I have to get him up and his lunch packed….this Pens fan is off to bed…good night all :*

  37. That was some of the slowest goaltending I’ve seen in a long time. No side-to-side push or quickness up and down. Everything was slow. You can’t play that bad… nerves would be first few minutes of a game… not a whole 60 minutes, so let’s stop that conversation right now.

    That said… the team in front of him didn’t play all that well.

    Defensemen were turning the puck over, not tying up their man around the net (Orpik, looking at you). I thought Crosby line was abysmal, which you can’t spell without having a Bylsma coaching your team.

    *Bad joke*

    The power play was bad again… really tired seeing Crosby up high and on LW… they need a RH shooter on LW… how many times do I need to say this?!? Get Beau Bennett on the LW, put Malkin at right defense, Crosby down low, Martin left point, and Kunitz in front of net. If you don’t have a RH shooter for 1-timer option, teams won’t respect the left-side of the ice.

    Only one game, let’s see what the team does against Tampa with a real goalie.

  38. I’m finally ready to take some notice of hockey and I check in for this clunker.

  39. Couldn’t watch the game too closely, had to do that durn parenting thing (and throw up from the camera work). Penguins defensive discipline lasted 3 games, not bad. Zatkoff is an AHL goalie. Shero is going to have an interesting couple of weeks. On a positive note, it is comforting to know that, when faced with an underperforming goalie, the Pens can still play as they did in the 2012 Flyers series.

    Bad hockey is better than no hockey!
    Shecky.

  40. Anyone have Jose Theodore on speed dial?

  41. A shout out to 21sthebest. Tomorrow is his birthday. Have a good one :)

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