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Final: Penguins 5, Lightning 4

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (3-1) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1)

Time: 7:38 p.m.

Site: Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Fla.

TV, radio: Root Sports, RDS2 (Quebec), 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, 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. Go 1-3-1!

    And that’s all I’ve got to say about that, said Forrest, before my friends on here get mad at me.

  2. scapper says:

    I hope everyone got a chance to see the clip of Jason Grilli talking to the Consol crowd at the Pearl Jam concert. His final words? I think the Pirates have their new marketing slogan all set for next year. Just change “next” to “this” and start making commercials. Dude is hilarious.

  3. Barb says:

    I just saw it Scapper. I am so glad that Jason Grilli will be around next year and I can’t wait until Spring Training. Go Buccos.

  4. scapper says:

    I’m probably the biggest cynic I know of (I’m sure many who know me would substitute a few other choice words in place of “cynic”), but I believe Grilli meant every word he said and that he wasn’t just pandering.

    Or maybe it’s just that I’m still high on #82, and the playoff clinching, and the home playoff game clinching, and that most magical of Tuesday nights when they beat the Reds, and the two wins against the Cardinals. This long-time Bucco fanatic is seriously still buzzed on the past month.

    Now howzabout them Pirate PR folks start making the commercials right now. “This year is our [family newspaper redaction] year!”

  5. Barb says:

    Well you could say “Freakin'” year!

  6. Barb says:

    So we are alone again. Where is the gang?

  7. Lad 9 says:

    Good evening Barb. Missed most of the first because my dearly beloved “can’t follow the puck” and it is easier to change stations than die on that hill in October. Go Pens!

  8. Barb says:

    Good Evening Lad. The Pens aren’t with it again tonight. Taking too many stupid penalties. I just don’t get it.

  9. Lad 9 says:

    I just watched the clip. So awesome! I love Grilli.

  10. theplanisworking says:

    Any team that has Crosby and Malkin should never have this said about them…………… the Penguins look slow. Other teams are pressing in our own zone, and creating havoc. We dont have the speed to carry the puck out.

    Nice to see the refs sucking so soon in the season. 3 or 4 PP’s for the Lightning, 1 for us. If this is going to be the way they call games this year, I will be watching fewer games. It is a very sad state of affairs when one can say the NBA has the best refs/umps. All the major sports leagues have a reffing crisis on their hands, and they dont seem to care.

    I have been helping people clean up flooded basements most of the afternoon, so I am going to bow out gracefully here tonight. Hope all the crew pops in to greet everyone.

    Barb, thanks for keeping the faith in here.
    See everyone on the Steeler thread tomorrow.

  11. Barb says:

    Okay Hipposter get some rest. Sounds like you worked hard today. I will talk to you tomorrow.

  12. Lad 9 says:

    You would think they would learn. The 2 minutes I did see they looked totally uninspired. Hope they wake up between periods.

  13. Lad 9 says:

    Good night my friend. Very proud to call you friend. Get some rest.

  14. Barb says:

    I thing they all need to drink that 5-hour energy drink.

  15. Sarah says:

    2 thoughts …..where TH was Engo on the goal? Is he not RD?
    And….where was BB? stats says he had 3 mins that period?
    Is he injured?

  16. Eric Bowser says:

    just got home, took kids with my family into town to see the giant Rubber Ducky at the point since my wife is sick and needed a quiet house.

    I see the house wasn’t kept clean for the Penguins in the first period with 1-0 deficit to Tampa Bay.

  17. Dom says:

    Goal!!! Tied game!

  18. Barb says:

    Goal Sid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Barb says:

    Hope your wife gets well soon. See Eric we needed you here for our first goal.

  20. Hope it doesn’t stay 1-1 for the rest of regulation now.

  21. Sarah says:

    It won’t. Poor shift by Geno there.

  22. Barb says:

    Hey Sarah. I just can’t figure Geno out. He frustrates me.

  23. Dom says:

    Tied game again!

  24. Eric Bowser says:

    soffffffffffff goal, we’ll take it.

  25. Barb says:

    Super Duper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Eric Bowser says:

    or not, big time deflection

  27. Sarah says:

    Hey Barb. Geno has not been the same IMO since Sarge left. Much less disciplined. Of course he has had musical chairs for line mates….

    The way you feel about Geno, I feel about Bylsma.

  28. Sarah says:

    Was it Dupes or Orpik??

  29. Eric Bowser says:

    Orpik deflected the shot.

  30. Sarah says:

    Where TH is BB??? I think I saw him one shift this period?

  31. Eric Bowser says:

    Going to keep YELLING this until it happens.


  32. Eric Bowser says:

    he was out there very late on PP….

  33. Barb says:

    Why would they want to do that? Why would they listen to us? FIRE BYLSMA. :)

  34. Barb says:

    When I wrote that they couldn’t figure who scored and when.

  35. Sarah says:

    Awful call

  36. Barb says:

    Oh come on. This is getting ridiculous.

  37. Eric Bowser says:

    Same problems…. but let’s keep Bylsma because that works so well come playoff time.

  38. Sarah says:

    Wow a PP with actual puck movement. It looks so….unfamiliar.

  39. Sarah says:

    Don’t get me started Eric. It’s early…..

  40. JohninOshkosh says:

    Peter Laviolette is available.

  41. Sarah says:

    So is Jacques Martin.

  42. Sarah says:

    So I guess BB is benched. Will we see Matta again?

  43. JohninOshkosh says:

    0 SC as General Manager

    2 Conference Finals in 18 years as coach. No Stanley Cup Final appearances.

    Same criticisms can be applied to Martin as Bylsma-good regular season coach who can’t get it done in the playoffs.

  44. Eric Bowser says:

    I’m not in favor of Martin replacing Bylsma…. I doubt Shero would ever fire Bylsma in the next two years after recent commitment.

  45. Sarah says:

    What are young favor of?

  46. JohninOshkosh says:

    How big is the duck, Eric ? I’ve only seen a picture of it in Tokyo, I think. Bigger than a UPS truck, for example ?

  47. Sarah says:

    Oops “you”

  48. Barb says:

    I see they’ve tied it up.

  49. Eric Bowser says:

    Haven’t really thought about who because it won’t happen.

  50. Eric Bowser says:

    Pretty big, definitely bigger than a UPS truck from a height perspective.

  51. Jandy says:

    amazed it’s a tie game

  52. Jandy says:


  53. Barb says:

    Hey Jandy! Finally we have a lead!

  54. Jandy says:

    Hat Trick :)

  55. Lad 9 says:

    Throwing hat into blog. Sid!

  56. Eric Bowser says:

    Now that’s a pretty PP goal.

    Great movement up top from Maatta and Niskanen, then outstanding passing from Malkin to Jokinen to Crosby for the goal.

  57. Jandy says:

    Hi Barb! yeah they haven’t looked good…then some of the dumb calls didn’t help either.
    And Steigy and errey are driving me nuts…

  58. Jandy says:


  59. Jandy says:

    indeed….about time….

  60. Lad 9 says:


  61. Jandy says:

    I also wish they’d take that kid and stick the microphone up his…


  62. Lad 9 says:

    Hey I figured out how to get italics!

  63. Jandy says:

    care to share?

  64. Lad 9 says:

    Same as bold but use an I instead of a b.

  65. Wild Bill says:

    On another front, Penn State had a nice, easy win.

  66. Jandy says:

    ahhhh..wisdom :)

  67. Jandy says:

    sweet! Hi Wild Man !

  68. Wild Bill says:

    Finish ‘em now, Pens!

  69. Jandy says:

    so, why is BB benched? I must have missed it…helping hubby find a pattern match on line for sheet vinyl

  70. Wild Bill says:

    Jandy!!! I can barely breathe.

  71. Lad 9 says:

    Quite so, Grasshopper :)

  72. Barb says:

    I agree with on Steigy and Errey. Give me Doc Emerick.

  73. Jandy says:

    Eric, is your other half feeling better? I see you survived the day lol

  74. Jandy says:

    LOL Wild Bill, why????

  75. Jandy says:

    A Grasshopper Nun, interesting lol

  76. Lad 9 says:

    Unfortunately, bold italics don’t work. I would have reserved that for a few of our more negative types that only come out when we trail.

  77. Jandy says:

    Mike Lang, please :)

  78. Wild Bill says:

    43 to 40 in four overtimes, that’s why.

  79. Lad 9 says:

    We dabble in eastern mysticism too here on this blog….

  80. Jandy says:

    Haha Trolls

  81. Jandy says:

    oh we dabble in a lot on this here blog ;)

  82. Lad 9 says:

    Helluva comeback

  83. Jandy says:

    WOW!!!!! I didn’t know lol.

  84. Jandy says:


  85. Jandy says:

    think maybe the PP is missing Cookie?

  86. Lad 9 says:

    Why would an official help a player recover from an equipment mishap?

  87. Jandy says:

    good question.

  88. Lad 9 says:

    OK we need Sid to get number 4

  89. Jandy says:

    errrr PK

  90. Jandy says:

    I really don’t mind who scores for the Pens next :)

  91. Lad 9 says:

    Hipposter offered a theory earlier that the major sports have serious officiating issues. I believe he is correct, but I also believe it is probably not anything new. The technology and the exposure just throws the spotlight on it more than it used to IMHO.

  92. Lad 9 says:

    Completely agree. Cookie is a huge loss.

  93. Barb says:

    Niskanen yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  94. Jandy says:


  95. Lad 9 says:


  96. Eric Bowser says:

    never argue with me about needing a RH shot on PP…. Nisky scores

  97. Wild Bill says:

    Sweet power play goal after an idiot penalty!

  98. Jandy says:

    There are definitely issues. And it stinks.

  99. Jandy says:

    Oh we’d never dream of arguing with you Eric :)

  100. Barb says:

    Why would we argue?!?!?!? :)

  101. Lad 9 says:

    Raise the Jolly….Iceburgh??

  102. Jandy says:

    Thanks Panik ;)

  103. Eric Bowser says:

    When you design the play to get open space for RH 1-timer, if he gets on net, it opens up a ton of space for your stars on RW side in scramble but pfft, what do I know.

  104. Jandy says:

    Sounds good to me lol

  105. Eric Bowser says:

    No one here but there are segments of the fan base who think everything Bylsma does it the right thing.

  106. Dave G says:

    Well, wasn’t THAT a boring game.


  107. Jandy says:

    Bowser for Coach!

  108. Jandy says:

    I happen to like Bylsma, but I see his shortcomings

  109. Wild Bill says:

    Two nail biters in one night….I need a cold beverage.

  110. Jandy says:


  111. Lad 9 says:

    Jandy this is off topic, but did you read that the blog outage yesterday was caused by a cyber attack on the Trib? Hmmmm. Can you think of any suspects? :)

  112. Wild Bill says:

    You bet….forgive me, sister.

  113. Jandy says:

    Oh dear Lord, Lad, no I missed that….but yeah I can think of several suspects ;)

  114. Jandy says:

    lol it’s all good, Wild Man :)

  115. Wild Bill says:

    Probably no more than ten or so; sorry for sticking my nose in, Lad.

  116. Jandy says:

    That stupid commercial is making me crazy

  117. Lad 9 says:

    LOL. Same here

  118. Lad 9 says:

    No need. Your nose is always welcome Wild William!

  119. Jandy says:

    Sometimes people suck. lol

  120. Jandy says:

    indeed, so is his…errr…typing ;)

  121. Wild Bill says:

    I noticed that it’s harder now to find the blog links – have to hit he word “blogs” on the sports page.

  122. Jandy says:

    well, I gotta get my butt to bed. Have to get hubby up for work again in the morning…he’s finishing up the flooring for a live set for the local television station :)

  123. Wild Bill says:

    If the Cards blow the Dodgers away, I’m gonna be ticked.

  124. Jandy says:

    I have this blog saved to my favorites. it comes up immediately Bill, try it.

  125. Wild Bill says:

    Triple time and a half, right?

  126. Lad 9 says:

    Night Jandy!

  127. Lad 9 says:

    I do the same

  128. Wild Bill says:

    But what happens when a new thread is posted by DK?

  129. Jandy says:

    He’s in business for himself, WildMan, he’s a sub…so it’s how he bids the job, or what it usually pays in the area….this one he bid, and he bid it pretty decent so it’s worth it.

  130. Jandy says:

    Just click on the top where it says Dejan Kovacevic’s Blog….then click on the thread of your choice…simple :)

  131. Wild Bill says:


  132. Lad 9 says:

    Just go the Kovacevic page and save that to favorites and the threads should come up on the right when the page loads.

  133. Wild Bill says:

    Thanks to you both.

  134. Jandy says:

    Sweet hockey dreams, Lad…night :)

  135. Lad 9 says:

    My pleasure

  136. SheckyW says:

    I think Bylsma can be fixed, but he ain’t fixed yet. It would be nice to adjust to what other teams are doing. But that’s not “Penguins” hockey.

  137. Drew71 says:


  138. Drew71 says:

    Where’s the Cellar Dwellers’ thread this morning?

  139. Jandy says:

    Now, Drew Dahling you know we <3 Revvie!

  140. Drew71 says:

    I wondered if anyone would notice.

  141. MrB says:

    Attended this game last night. Thought it was very sloppy with bad passing, little hitting and little fore-checking with the exception of the 4th line in the final period. Martin got beat horribly on Tampa’s PP goal in the 3rd. Crosby was…well, Crosby, which was fantastic.

    Anyone have any idea why Malone was so fiesty against his former club this time around? In addition to the opening face-off fight and misconduct, he whipped Stamkos’s broken stick into the Pens bench last night.

  142. MrB says:

    Oh yeah, Malkin really looks out of sorts right now.

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