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On location: Avalanche 1, Penguins 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (7-1) vs. Colorado Avalanche (7-1)

Time: 7:38 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

TV, radio: Root Sports, NBC Sports Network (U.S. national), TSN2 (Canada), RDS2 (Quebec), 105.9 The X

Here’s the official live summary.

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

If you missed WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word late last night — early this morning, actually — here was our segment on the Penguins’ hot start/lousy division …

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. theplanisworking says:

    GO PENS!!!!

    Pumpkin Cheesecake for everybody!
    (But Triple Chocolate Cherry sounds good too.) :D

  2. Pucknutz says:

    GO PENS!!!
    Ain’t done that for a while.

  3. 1 portion of pumpkin c/k

    3 of triple c/cherry

    1 of Alka Seltzer

    The old 1-3-1


  4. JohninOshkosh says:

    Excellent early season matchup.

    The Av’s kids are exciting to watch.

  5. theplanisworking says:

    This is classic, Rev. Nice job on the bold, too.


  6. theplanisworking says:

    Over/Under on Roy smashing the glass, or berating the Pens coaches.
    I got 1.5

  7. JohninOshkosh says:

    No Doc tonight.

    Kenny Albert and Regis on the national feed.

    Orpik tells Regis that Maata is “the hardest working 18 year old I’ve ever seen.”

    Crosby and Av’s Nathan MacKinnon both from Cole Harbour, Novia Scotia! Population of Cole Harbour: 25, 161. Amazing.

    Should be a fun game.

  8. Milo Hamilton says:

    That’s Orr-peck.

  9. theplanisworking says:

    Have you thawed out from Saturday nights game, Milo?

  10. Milo Hamilton says:

    You’re gonna love this Plan. We park downtown, same garage as for the Pirate games. It wasn’t really that cold except for the wind was just howling. We usually make the walk but my buddy suggests the subway. Fine by me, nice & warm in there. So we get to the car & I’m just starting to thaw when he tells me, “Oh, did I mention my heat’s not working. It’s going in on Monday.”

    No wonder he suggested the subway. :)

  11. CWalton_67 says:

    Go Pens.

  12. theplanisworking says:

    HA! :D

  13. Sarah says:

    Giggy came to play

  14. theplanisworking says:

    I also made a comment on the game thread, that you were amongst the 10,000 in attendance. Was I accurate?

  15. theplanisworking says:

    Gigglypuff? ;)

  16. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’d say there were a few more than that, but not many.

  17. JohninOshkosh says:

    Since Roy is on the bench, how about Giguere/Fleury fight just for old times sake.

  18. Eric Bowser says:

    just got home….

  19. theplanisworking says:

    F I R E _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ;)

    For you………

  20. Ghost says:

    gurgle, gurgle, pop pop (underwater bubbles floating to the surface ;) )

  21. Sarah says:

    This is PP 4 and they can’t crack JS

  22. Eric Bowser says:

    I see the Penguins PP continues to be frustrating as he_double hockey sticks.

  23. Milo Hamilton says:

    4 power plays to none, and there’s no score. And that’s no good.

  24. Eric Bowser says:

    refs will balance it out in 2nd period… which isn’t good.

  25. Sarah says:

    Well they have gend some opps. JSG is just on crack right now.
    But these are the period that come back and bite ya in the arse.

  26. theplanisworking says:

    Giggy looks like 2007 all over again.

    4 PP’s, lots of shots, no goals.


  27. Milo Hamilton says:

    What do you want, 50% ?

  28. Sarah says:

    Count on it

  29. Milo Hamilton says:

    Daniel Bryan should play for the Red Sox. Yes. Yes. Yes.

  30. JohninOshkosh says:

    Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup winner in Av’s goal.

  31. Sarah says:

    Very tough to be the G standing around down the other end…..

  32. theplanisworking says:

    +1 for the wrasslin’ reference.

    So we change the names to the Boston Goat Sox?

  33. Milo Hamilton says:

    So old he played for the Whale. And that Conn Smythe was so long ago, Dan Bylsma was on the team.

  34. Milo Hamilton says:

    Mark Madden has hijacked Rob Rossi’s twitter. Hurry up & read it before he deletes it. Priceless.

  35. Jandy says:

    My only complaint so far this season…the PP

  36. Jandy says:

    Ewww…right in Hippo’s pond….

  37. JohninOshkosh says:

    What American players off the Pens do you think Bylsma will take with him to Sochi ?

    Orpik for sure, I would think. Anybody else ?

  38. Milo Hamilton says:

    24% including the 0-4. There’s just no pleasing some people ! :)

  39. Jandy says:

    LOL +++++

  40. Jandy says:

    In included in that not pleased grouping ;)

  41. Jandy says:

    engelland! ;)

  42. Sarah says:


  43. JohninOshkosh says:

    As I get older, I like the older players. Bylsma doesn’t seem old to me. He’s so fit. My wife has a thing for him.

  44. Sarah says:

    And here we go.

  45. Jandy says:

    oh my! really???

  46. Eric Bowser says:

    Crap penalty… Malkin had nowhere to go as Giguere was outside the crease.

  47. Sarah says:

    Is Adams American?

  48. Jandy says:

    That’s what I just said. sheesh!

  49. Jandy says:

    Isn’t he from Bahstshn?

  50. Milo Hamilton says:

    Rafael Landeskog.

  51. Jandy says:

    hey hey Hipposter!

  52. Jandy says:

    wow…rossi gets in enough trouble on his own, he doesn’t need any help!

  53. JohninOshkosh says:

    Good stuff. Never leave your twitter account open!

  54. Jandy says:


  55. theplanisworking says:

    Who didnt see that one coming?

  56. JohninOshkosh says:

    He’s Canadian. Born in Brunei, but I don’t think they will be fielding a team in Sochi.

  57. theplanisworking says:

    Hi Jandy!

  58. Jandy says:

    Still pi^^es me off. Our PP 0/5 GrrRr!

  59. Milo Hamilton says:

    Who is the only Penguins forward to play in all 9 games and not have a goal ?

  60. Jandy says:

    Thanks Oshie :)

  61. Sarah says:

    A mile of ice and then Orpik as a screen….

  62. JohninOshkosh says:

    The Presidents Trophy is on the line here tonight.

  63. Sarah says:


  64. Jandy says:

    Glass ?

  65. theplanisworking says:

    Speaking of the Whale……………. oh wait…….

  66. Milo Hamilton says:

    Winner !

  67. Milo Hamilton says:

    Glass has one. Only other player is Scuderi. And we don’t care if he ever scores.

  68. theplanisworking says:

    Gigiere playing out of his mind, among other things………

    He is doing to the Pens tonight as Roy used to do to LeMieux………

  69. Jandy says:

    that was my second choice lol

  70. Jandy says:

    agreed on Scuds

  71. Jandy says:

    sure feels like it Oshie

  72. Jandy says:

    Pens are doing it to themselves. 0/5 PP and most of their shots right at his chest Grrrr!

  73. theplanisworking says:

    I want the chicken dinner………… ;)

  74. Milo Hamilton says:

    This is deteriorating rapidly.

  75. Jandy says:

    Would somebody PLEASE board Austin Mahone into next season????

  76. theplanisworking says:

    Sometimes, one must give credit where credit is due.
    I agree with the shots to the chest, I have complained about this for 2-3 years now………… big difference between a shot on goal, and a quality shot on goal.

  77. Jandy says:

    It’s early. No reason the Pens can’t take control.

  78. JohninOshkosh says:

    The French Canadian accent. Hands down my favorite.

  79. Jandy says:

    OK I’ll give due credit…the Pens are making JS look like the second coming of Roy ;)

  80. theplanisworking says:

    I thought you liked him? I thought I saw you with a t-ahirt of his on………….. ;)

  81. Jandy says:


  82. theplanisworking says:

    : thwap :

  83. Jandy says:


  84. Milo Hamilton says:

    I say we send Brandon Merriweather after him. He’s not doing anything for a couple weeks.

  85. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’m not being entertained.

  86. Jandy says:

    Ha! Works for me!

  87. Jandy says:

    I’m getting p*ssed

  88. Eric Bowser says:

    what… team is 7-1 and you aren’t happy?

    Geez, you are like those PP complainers…..


  89. theplanisworking says:

    Hey, only about 120 days til pitchers and catchers report.

    About 180 days til the RiverPuppies play.

    Now, THATS entertainment. :D

  90. Milo Hamilton says:


  91. Jandy says:

    Well, now that you put it THAT way, Eric….they should be 8-0!
    :P :P :P

  92. Jandy says:

    Ha! Glass laughing at that clown, Downie lol

  93. Jandy says:

    pfffft! :P

  94. Eric Bowser says:

    They probably would be if they had a real backup goalie…

  95. Milo Hamilton says:

    Looking like Washington High School, currently 7-1, is going to have to forfeit it’s entire football season for using an ineligible player & be left out of the playoffs. Player transferred from Michigan after the 9th grade & then repeated the 9th grade at Washington. Meaning this is his 5th year playing,a no no. The WPIAL will let them know in the morning.

  96. Jandy says:

    Ouch that hurts

  97. theplanisworking says:

    I believe I read that Wash High also has a player that the WPIAL claims transferred from Monessen. Program seems to be a mess there…………….

  98. Milo Hamilton says:

    And their best player, Shai McKenzie, blew out his knee mid season. A year they’d like to forget.

  99. Milo Hamilton says:

    Chris Conner – quiet room.

  100. Jandy says:

    dang that was nasty. Now the PP is 0/6
    Let’s try to make it 1/7 PLEASE!

  101. Jandy says:

    Wonder if there will be a hearing on that one?

  102. JohninOshkosh says:

    How sad for those kids. Any coach or administrator in trouble ?

  103. theplanisworking says:

    At the high school level, sadly no.

  104. theplanisworking says:

    Looking at giggy, and the Avs PK tonight, I think it is safe to say the 1976 Canadiens PP wouldnt score tongiht.

    Pens could watch the film and learn a few things here.

  105. Milo Hamilton says:

    Especially the seniors. Someone has to be responsible.

  106. Eric Bowser says:

    Avs are packing the house and blocking everything.

  107. theplanisworking says:

    Something like this happened in baseball near my hometown a few years back. The coaches denied any wrongdoing, the administrators said they were unaware of anything. Nothing done, year lost. Quite sad.

  108. theplanisworking says:

    Looks like the Boston playoff series, huh?

  109. Milo Hamilton says:

    Maybe we could try Spider 3 Y Banana ? Sorry, too much Gruden during commercials.

  110. Eric Bowser says:

    Just from the perspective of being on the outside, no odd-man breaks.

  111. Milo Hamilton says:

    Next time they play real stinky & win, remember this one.

  112. theplanisworking says:

    Just saw my cousin and his 2 daughters right behind the bench.
    Maybe he can play?

  113. Jandy says:

    Flower has kept them in this game. Up to the rest to score…sheesh

  114. Milo Hamilton says:

    This team should never be shut out. Especially with 7 power plays.

  115. JohninOshkosh says:

    Sometimes you just have to tip your helmet to their goalie.

  116. Milo Hamilton says:

    Then shower it off ?

  117. Jandy says:

    dayumm right

  118. scapper says:

    Too old and slow for Olympic hockey. Still an NHL stud.

  119. Jandy says:

    THIs one leaves a bad taste in the mouth

  120. theplanisworking says:

    No matter how much anyone wants to “homer” tonight, Colorado was the better team tonight. Their PK was excellent, Giggy played out of his mind. Dont be fooled by the 34-14 shots on goal advantage……….. many shots went in to his chest.

    Bylsma should keep this film and learn from it. Textbook PK……. which would help the Pens later in the year.

  121. scapper says:

    “If it weren’t for Fleury, they’d have gotten a point tonight!”

    “Bylsma once again has the PP all screwed up!”

    “‘Bout time for Shero to make a move of some sort!”


    My favorite segment of the Pens fan base.

  122. Jandy says:

    We’ll get ‘em next time! Night Loonies.

  123. scapper says:

    Just one of those nights in an 82 game schedule. Even the 78 Habs didn’t win a quarter of their games.

    Now, if this game were played in April, I’d be borderline ER-bound. That’s what I love about pre-March hockey. I can just enjoy the hell out of it without all that March and playoff angst.

  124. Arriba Wilver says:

    That’s hockey.

  125. Milo Hamilton says:

    Reds to hire Bryan Price as manager. Alrighty then.

  126. Milo Hamilton says:

    Watching this Jeff Locke punt for Minnesota. I swear when he went to the sidelines, AJ Burnett was there waiting for him.

  127. theplanisworking says:


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