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Final: Penguins 3, Oilers 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (4-1) vs. Edmonton Oilers (1-4-1)

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.


  1. Kevin says:

    go penguins!

  2. Iceman says:

    Expected Lines:

    Pittsburgh Penguins

    Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
    Jussi Jokinen – Evgeni Malkin – Chuck Kobasew
    Dustin Jeffrey – Brandon Sutter – Harry Zolnierczyk
    Tanner Glass – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams

    Brooks Orpik – Paul Martin
    Rob Scuderi – Matt Niskanen
    Olli Maatta – Robert Bortuzzo

    Marc-Andre Fleury

    Edmonton Oilers

    Taylor Hall- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Ales Hemsky
    Ryan Smyth – Mark Arcobello – Jordan Eberle
    David Perron – Boyd Gordon – Nail Yakupov
    Luke Gazdic – Will Acton – Mike Brown

    Nick Schultz – Andrew Ference
    Ladislav Smid – Jeff Petry
    Justin Schultz – Anton Belov

    Devan Dubnyk

  3. tpbco says:

    Yikes, looks more like a preseason roster.

    Did you run spell check over the Pens lineup?

  4. Kevin says:

    I was watching some of the Washington-Edmonton game last night (between switching between MNF and Minnesota@Buffalo). Can recognize a couple of those.. obviously Ference used to be penguin/bruin. Eberle used to play for the sabers. Yakupov – russian first overall pick in 2012 and thinking of going back to Russia (KHL). Also saw stats on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.. He has been struggling lately (-2) last night.

    Hopefully the penguins will come out fresh and sharp and knock the stuffing out of dubious Dubnyk.

  5. Kevin says:

    bah… eberle’s never played for the sabers… who am I thinking of?

    DK: Don’t seen any former Buffalo guys on Edmonton’s active roster.

  6. Karen22 says:

    Let’s go, PENS!!

    Thought I’d try that out in the middle of my Pirates’ hangover.


  7. JohninOshkosh says:

    Ho hum. Another pitcher in the playoffs pitching a no no into the middle innings.

  8. Wild Bill says:

    Rested Pens playing a team on their third game in four nights. No excuse to get anything less than two points tonight.

  9. Milo Hamilton says:

    Roger Goodell was responsible for the power outage, wasn’t he ?

  10. theplanisworking says:


  11. theplanisworking says:

    WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!
    A game thread!
    Now we dont have to talk about DK’s vacation til tomorrow!!!

    GO PENS! ;)

  12. Karen22 says:

    LOL! What a silly guy!

  13. theplanisworking says:

    I figured that would remind you of baseball season. :)

  14. Milo Hamilton says:

    Could someone please ask Les Miles what he thinks of Nail ?

  15. theplanisworking says:

    DUPER !!!!!!!!!!!


  16. Milo Hamilton says:

    Super !

  17. theplanisworking says:


  18. Milo Hamilton says:

    I heard the Eberle Brothers didn’t get along.

  19. Eric Bowser says:

    Missed the first 3.5 minutes of the period…. work called…

    nice to see a 1-0 lead against one of the worst run hockey teams.

  20. theplanisworking says:

    True fact…………..

    where I live, Eberle Brothers is a car dealership………. and they dont get along.

  21. Eric Bowser says:

    Seriously… why is Engelland playing again?

  22. JohninOshkosh says:

    Few sadder things in sports than what has become of the Edmonton Oilers.

  23. Milo Hamilton says:

    Because it’s October & it doesn’t matter ? Only 77 exhibition games to go.

  24. Dave G says:

    WHAT a save by Fleury!

  25. theplanisworking says:

    They keep getting the #1 overall pick every year, but they cant do anything with them.
    Very strange.

  26. Sarah says:

    Because Marta and Borts looked too promising. Seriously, WTH?

  27. Sarah says:

    Actually I’m just glad Matta wasn’t sent down after taking a penalty last game.

  28. JohninOshkosh says:

    Florida is better run and making wiser decisions.

  29. theplanisworking says:

    Isnt Yzerman running the Panthers?

  30. theplanisworking says:

    Are you suggesting Duck would ever do that? ;)

  31. JohninOshkosh says:

    Tampa Bay

  32. Milo Hamilton says:

    Tampa. Dale Tallon runs the Panthers.

  33. Sarah says:

    Geno really? Dumb penalty.

  34. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks guys.

  35. Sarah says:

    Don’t get me started.

  36. Milo Hamilton says:

    I needed to see one more game after the Tigers implosion the other night before I could draw any conclusions. I did. Series over.

  37. Jandy says:

    Ya done good, Temptress! :)

  38. Sarah says:

    I’m hoping its because they are marketing Engo to EDM.

    I suspect it is because DB actually prefers Engo to Borts.

  39. Wild Bill says:

    They said on the broadcast that in three of Verlander’s last four starts, he’s lost 1 to zip. Talk about snake bitten.

  40. Jandy says:

    Na-hill is beginning to sound like a spoiled brat

  41. Jandy says:

    :poke, poke:

  42. Jandy says:

    Borts is waaayy better!

  43. Jandy says:

    same old….

  44. theplanisworking says:


  45. Jandy says:

    …is for horses ;)

  46. theplanisworking says:

    Evening, Nun.
    How was it being in charge today? ;)

  47. Jandy says:

    Hey Hipposter…since the Loonies were on good behavior, it wasn’t too shabby ;)

  48. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yeah, Verlander threw more than 120 pitches. He had to throw a shutout just to hope that the game got to extra innings.

    Tigers are toast. Hard for many clubs to get beyond that disaster the other night.

  49. Jandy says:


  50. Eric Bowser says:

    Mount Bowser is about to explode…..

  51. Milo Hamilton says:

    Wasn’t somebody mentioning Deryk Engelland earlier ?

  52. Jandy says:

    everybody DUCK!

  53. theplanisworking says:

    I hope this isnt another time when the Pens “play down” to their opponent.
    They need to concentrate.

  54. Jandy says:


  55. Jandy says:

    for sure

  56. theplanisworking says:


  57. Sarah says:

    Hey who am I to question Coach Jack Adams judgment?

  58. Milo Hamilton says:

    Just a general observation. When the shots are 15-3, the score needs to be more than 1-0.

  59. Sarah says:

    Or tied

  60. Jandy says:

    Whatever floats your in your Hippo pond ;)

  61. The old 1-3-1 doin OK?


  62. Jandy says:

    A very astute observation at that!

  63. Jandy says:

    Spunky just loves the ol’ 1 – 3 – ;)

  64. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, I am a venerable nature reserve over here……..

  65. theplanisworking says:

    FIRE …………. ;)

  66. theplanisworking says:


  67. Jandy says:

    HE SCORES!!!!!!

  68. Milo Hamilton says:

    Being the shortest guy, I had to play the baseline. Oh, wrong sport. :)

  69. Jandy says:

    double mercy

  70. Milo Hamilton says:

    LaBarbera’s a little leaky tonight.

  71. Jandy says:

    just a wee tad…

  72. theplanisworking says:

    Did he shoot first? ;)

  73. JohninOshkosh says:

    I get NHL Center Ice for free until 10/19. Not sure I’ll get this year. Pens are the Red Sox and Yankees of hockey. Always on NBCSN and NHL Network. I get my Wild through my local regional sports cable network.

    Should I get the package and not eat out until December or punt it ?

  74. Jandy says:

    yup,and asked questions later ;)
    (had to)

  75. Milo Hamilton says:

    That’s two games in a row. Just don’t make ‘em like they used to.

  76. Eric Bowser says:

    Let’s play hangman…. we officially have the F on the board tonight.

  77. Jandy says:

    Can I buy a vowel?

    (wait…wrong game….)

  78. Jandy says:

    Fire the refs!

  79. Milo Hamilton says:

    I have a buddy that has it. He’s single, no kids. I just happen to show up there Saturday nights so I can see Coaches Corner. Works out for me.

  80. theplanisworking says:

    Oh, the possibilities…………… ;)

  81. Milo Hamilton says:

    Yeah, that ref helped the Lightning player off the ice Saturday night & the guy that replaced him set up the tying goal. Notice tonight they avoided Ference like he had the plague. I have a feeling there was a memo.

  82. Jandy says:

    How bout giving FLower a little help guys…clear the crease! SHEESH!

  83. Jandy says:

    there had better have been a memo…no kidding….that was ridiculous…

  84. No, right. On the Box and 1.

  85. Eric Bowser says:

    FLA, TB, and EDM…. 3 straight games against bad teams and Penguins are playing sloppy.

  86. Jandy says:

    hey it’s a Boss sighting ;)

  87. Jandy says:

    they’re playing down to them….smack them upside the heads…

  88. JohninOshkosh says:

    Western Kentucky is playing a football game tonight. Go figure.

  89. theplanisworking says:

    I think the “I” is on the board………….. ;)

  90. Would have been a nice night here to go and watch it. They have played in 12 days, so might be a little sloppy.

    Both my boys that graduated from there had to work, so old dad will have to stay home.

  91. “haven’t played in 12 days.”

  92. JohninOshkosh says:

    It’s starting to get chilly here. I think I’ve only seen snow here before Halloween once.

  93. Jandy says:

    LOL..good one!

  94. Jandy says:

    PA gets snow often times the first or second week of October….it just doesn’t stay.
    It was 72 degrees here this afternoon.
    Tomorrow is to rain…be 54 degrees (high) by Thursday.

  95. theplanisworking says:

    When I was little, first snow came to western Pa. around my birthday……… mid November. 2 years ago, we got first snow Jan 16th.

    Dont like the weather in Pa.?
    Just wait 15 minutes……… it will change.

  96. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Oilers had 16 shots in the 2nd period.

  97. Wild Bill says:

    Pens don’t seem to know what to do with a team that’s as fast or faster than they are.

  98. Eric Bowser says:

    Board can only have 1 letter per game….

    9 more letters, 1 space, and 1 exclamation point to go…. 11 more games before this becomes official.

    Will be honest, every game that involves Engelland will net another unless they have an injury that forces him to play.

  99. theplanisworking says:

    Hell, I would have the board filled after 2 games. ;)

    Roster management has been goofy at best the past 2-3 years…….

  100. Jandy says:

    Might we get a double minor?

  101. Jandy says:

    friggin refs

  102. theplanisworking says:

    GENO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  103. Dom says:

    Score!!! That is what I’m talking about. Let’s go pens.

  104. Jandy says:


  105. Eric Bowser says:

    Thanks Martin…. lol

  106. Jandy says:

    Geno roofs it….

  107. Sarah says:

    Good lord Labarbera. I can recover faster than that.

  108. Jandy says:

    Quit knocking yourself, Sarah!

  109. Dom says:

    Why don’t they wear mouth cards?

  110. Dom says:

    3 minutes till victory.

  111. Dom says:

    That was supposed to be “guards” and not “cards.””

    I was referencing the cut Sid got in his mouth.

  112. theplanisworking says:


  113. Jandy says:

    Pen win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  114. Jandy says:


  115. Jandy says:

    got ya Dom ! Your man fleury should be player of the game for standing on his head!

  116. Wild Bill says:

    The miserable Flyers are next!

  117. theplanisworking says:

    Just one of them? Who decides who gets the win? Bylsma? ;)

  118. Jandy says:

    think Harry will play?

  119. Wild Bill says:

    He got dinged there near the end, but I bet he’ll play if he can.

  120. Jandy says:

    I want him to play tough against his former team ;)

  121. theplanisworking says:

    Its the Philthy Flyers, thank you.

    1975 forever……….. ;)

  122. Jandy says:

    darn straight!

  123. Wild Bill says:

    I hate ‘em, Hippo.

  124. theplanisworking says:

    Well, that was THE definition of winning ugly, but we will take it.

    Everyone have a great, wonderful, blessed, happy night.

    See everybody tomorrow, when we get to discuss DK’s vacation some more.


  125. Wild Bill says:

    Later – enjoy the pond.

  126. Jandy says:

    Night Hipposter, happy Hippo dreams~! :*

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