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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 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.


  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. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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!”

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

  3. So we are alone again. Where is the gang?

    • 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!

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. Goal!!! Tied game!

  9. Goal Sid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  11. It won’t. Poor shift by Geno there.

  12. Tied game again!

  13. soffffffffffff goal, we’ll take it.

  14. Super Duper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  16. Going to keep YELLING this until it happens.


  17. Oh come on. This is getting ridiculous.

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

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

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

  21. I see they’ve tied it up.

  22. amazed it’s a tie game

  23. Hey Jandy! Finally we have a lead!

  24. Throwing hat into blog. Sid!

  25. 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.

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


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

  28. Finish ‘em now, Pens!

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

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

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

  32. OK we need Sid to get number 4

  33. Niskanen yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  36. Sweet power play goal after an idiot penalty!

  37. Raise the Jolly….Iceburgh??

  38. Well, wasn’t THAT a boring game.


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

  40. 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? :)

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

  42. 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 :)

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

  44. Where’s the Cellar Dwellers’ thread this morning?

  45. 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.

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

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