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Final: Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (7-3) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (7-4)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: Air Canada Centre, Toronto

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, 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. Bizrow says:

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    • 10/26/2013 5:23 PM

  2. Sarah says:

    So after Maatta-Nisky blew chunks last night, will DB bring in Borts who’s been so solid with Maatta?

    Or do I dream??

  3. Poz says:

    I’m posting just so our leader DK and folks like Eric know I’m still around. I will start engaging during games later in the season.

    Tonight I watch to see how the Pens respond to a bad loss.

    And one other reason I comment. I’m an old guy (other side of 60) who came to hockey late in life. Two sports writers – one being DK – helped me to understand the game.

    I asked a lot of questions. Along the way I became the antidote to the phrase “There is no such thing as a dumb question.” But regardless of the question, DK always took the time to respond. I thank him for that.

    DK is one of the best in his business. I have the coherent answers to my dumb questions to prove it.

    Go PENS!

    Go DK’s blog!

  4. theplanisworking says:

    + many, Biz.
    5 days to go!

  5. Eric Bowser says:

    Friend… great to see you on the blog….

    Should be a good one tonight.

  6. theplanisworking says:


  7. Sarah says:

    Welcome Poz!

  8. theplanisworking says:

    Based solely on stubbornness, and resistance to change, I think you know the answer before you even ask the question.

    Oh, and good post on the Pitt-Navy thread.

  9. Good to have some more on the other side of 60.

  10. theplanisworking says:

    DK is posting pictures and videos to Facebook of his time in San Francisco. It is one of the few cities on the planet that can compare to Pittsburgh’s beauty.

    If DK wasnt a columnist, he could be a professional photographer. Seroiusly.

  11. hockeymonster says:

    Hope letang shook off the rust last night. Our dzone coverage as a whole wasn’t great but letang was he fighting the puck on the 4th GA but on the 2nd he didn’t switch with sutter and left the goal scorer wide open for the redirect.

    If bylsma wants to know who he can bench to put in Jeffrey how bout kobasew? Other than costly turnover last night hasn’t done much. Pens record with Jeffrey out isn’t great either…just saying :)

    Have a good night all

  12. I’ve said that many times. You’re right, Planetoid.

  13. hockeymonster says:

    Were they that bad? Maatta was out of position that one play but only after kobasew turned it over.

  14. Eric Bowser says:

    Expected Pens lineup

    Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
    Jokinen – Malkin – Kobasew
    Glass – Sutter – D’Agostini
    Adams – Vitale – Engelland

    Orpik – Martin
    Scuderi – Letang
    Maatta – Niskanen


    JVR – Kadri – Kessel
    Raymond – Bolland – Clarkson
    Ashton – McClement – Orr
    McLaren – Smith – Bodie

    Gunnarsson – Phaneuf
    Rielly – Franson
    Ranger – Gardiner


  15. Sarah says:

    Well….I think no comparison the chem between Maatta and Borts vs Maata and Nisky. But we couldn’t expect DB to play Borts over Niskanen…..

    I thought neither played well.

  16. theplanisworking says:

    Jandy would be so proud………… typos all the time!

  17. Sarah says:

    I’m still mystified why Tanger played so many mins last night. Coming off a knee injury? Crazy.

  18. hockeymonster says:

    Those lazy forwards didn’t help much either :)

  19. Sarah says:

    Naturally DB is keeping the combo.
    Chem in D pairs really matters, Dan.

  20. Sarah says:

    I’m still POd at Kunitz.

  21. hockeymonster says:

    Ya saw that…malkin n joki took off waaaay too soon before kobasew turnover too. They just lost focus late. Think flower will have to be huge tonight.

  22. theplanisworking says:

    You know, it is going to be very interesting to see how he coaches in Sochi.

  23. Sarah says:

    I believe JM has described the Pens as “impatient”…

  24. Brandie says:

    Good news. Mom is better and Dad is doing well. We had a nice visit.

  25. hockeymonster says:

    Good to hear/read.

  26. theplanisworking says:

    + Muppets.

    You give us better news all the time! :)

  27. Sarah says:


  28. Eric Bowser says:

    must have missed what is going on but glad to see positive news.

  29. Brandie says:

    We were able to cook them a nice healthy lunch and reminisce with my Dad about Aunt Barbara. It was good.

    Let us now see what the power play can do.

  30. theplanisworking says:

    LETANG !!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Brandie says:

    Thank you to everyone for your support.


  32. Sarah says:

    Goodness, finally. Great pass by Geno.

  33. theplanisworking says:

    Is LeTang the drink of Muppets? ;)

  34. Brandie says:

    French Astronauts swear by it.

  35. theplanisworking says:

    Are you French? ;)

  36. Brandie says:

    Actually, my maiden name is French.

  37. Sarah says:

    Lack of discipline…..

  38. Brandie says:

    Hockey Goddess. Good to see you.

  39. theplanisworking says:


    Not a good hmmmm.

  40. Brandie says:

    Thanks Monster Man!

  41. Sarah says:

    What was Letang doing there??

  42. Sarah says:

    Knee maybe?

  43. Brandie says:

    Marcia Wallace, voice of Edna Krabappel, passed away today at age 70.

    RIP Miss Krabappel!

  44. Jandy says:

    That’s NOT good.

  45. Jandy says:

    Ya did fine, Hipposter, I’m always proud of you :)

  46. theplanisworking says:

    The hit didnt look that bad, maybe he twisted it?

  47. Sarah says:

    Replay looked more like an ankle….dunno.

  48. Jandy says:

    Poz, always good to see a Pens fan and a Dejan’s Lunatic on the blog. And if you’re a friend of Eric, you’re good to go :)

  49. Jandy says:

    Hubby thought he heard someone say he took a skate to the back of the leg…I didn’t hear that tho…

  50. Jandy says:

    I’m happy to see things are much better for you and yours, Sister :)

  51. theplanisworking says:

    Well, you know Hippos dont see too good………. ;)

  52. Jandy says:

    what he said!

  53. Jandy says:

    This Hippo sees more than he lets on ;)

  54. hockeymonster says:

    Ya looked like he landed on ankle. Dirty play.

  55. theplanisworking says:

    That is definitely not good.

  56. Jandy says:

    Wow. Nice save by Flower

  57. Jandy says:

    Dayum, Duper, that has to go in!

  58. Barb says:

    Good evening all. Well I see the PP is working its magic again.

  59. theplanisworking says:

    PP looks sick.

  60. Jandy says:

    Hi Bodacious! Well, it netted one…but looks like that was a fluke

  61. Jandy says:

    It *IS* sick

  62. Sarah says:

    If not for Letang, this is a 0-0 game.
    He giveth and he taketh… ….

  63. Sarah says:

    No worries. Another 15 and we’ll bury one.

  64. Barb says:

    I didn’t realize that Letang’s goal was on the PP.

  65. Jandy says:

    shots or games? lol

  66. Jandy says:

    Indeed it was

  67. Sarah says:

    PP opps!

  68. theplanisworking says:

    Seasons……… ;)

  69. Barb says:

    Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.

  70. theplanisworking says:

    Evening Barb………….. from PP heaven. ;)

  71. Barb says:

    Evening Hipposter how goes it?

  72. Jandy says:

    Reimer and Flower are taking turns showing each other up

  73. theplanisworking says:

    Goes good.
    Always nice to be in here with good peoples.
    Need Lucky and Eric and Sarah, and others back in here.

  74. theplanisworking says:

    I may have missed it………. any word on Scuds?

  75. theplanisworking says:

    I may have missed it………. any word on Scuds?

  76. Barb says:

    I think we are all being schooled on how to be a goalie.

  77. Barb says:

    It’s the infamous LOWER BODY INJURY!!!!

  78. Sarah says:

    What the heck is up w Sid tonight?

  79. Barb says:

    Sarah is here but you are right about Lucky and Eric.

  80. Barb says:

    Good question. His head certainly isn’t all there.

  81. hockeymonster says:

    Gotta go five hole on reimer n look for rebounds. He sits back in net but plays big with good angles. Clarkson needs to pay in 3rd after we get 2 more goals.

  82. Eric Bowser says:

    Pens now have 53-37 advantage in shot attempts, which means Pens are doing good job of controlling the puck and getting shots off but unable to convert some real good chances like Dupuis’ with Vitale, Glass in tight, and a few others.

  83. theplanisworking says:

    Just as I read this, she appears down below…….. lol

  84. theplanisworking says:

    Oh, that means he will be out for 2 weeks, with a bad thumb. ;)

  85. theplanisworking says:

    Eric, do you think that the advantage in SOG every game is in any way related to the change in D?

  86. I see the old 1-3-1 is working to perfection tonight.


  87. Barb says:

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Gotta love the NHL. Afraid to give anyone an edge.

  88. Jandy says:

    Sid and Malkin both smh

  89. theplanisworking says:

    Maybe I need to say we need “x” people more often? ;)

    Lucky, your Buckeyes are looking good………

  90. Eric Bowser says:

    Puck possession from an offensive philosophy has been the Bylsma mantra for a few years now but it made little difference as he didn’t build off that belief with a defensive approach that limited time and space in the neutral zone that takes advantage of his team’s best players asset, their skills.

    Now, we’re seeing more counter-attacking and long-term, that’s going to give their top two lines many more opportunities to convert and more importantly, get their bottom two lines more involved offensively as well.

    I don’t believe Bylsma made the change because he connected the dots, rather I believe the defensive changes were forced because of the NHL’s rule changes on icing.

    The Penguins can’t simply chip-n-chase anymore and that took away the stretch pass as one of his main breakouts, which required deeper passes from the defensemen down low in the zone to forwards too far up the ice.

    Less turnovers, more possession. Less gap… which means, easier ability to get back on defense by forwards and track their men better and create turnovers.

    Simple really but something Bylsma flat out refused to do… until now and even then, I wonder how much of it was the inclusion of Jacque Martin on the coaching staff.

  91. theplanisworking says:

    2-1 bad guys……….

  92. hockeymonster says:

    PM no help there.

  93. theplanisworking says:

    I was thinking along these lines, but didnt say anything til I got a confirmation of sorts. It really is simple……….. good D creates more opportunities.

    I think the changes were made in that “meeting” after the season between Mario, Shero, and DB. I am sure the Martin hiring was crucial also.

    Even though we are getting more SOG, the conversion rate seems to be lower than previous years. So many times the Pens get shots……… into the goalies chest.

  94. sarah says:

    Its groundhog day with this team. Geez.

  95. theplanisworking says:

    Peeks in, sees no one around.

    Makes it more comfortable for my party…….. ;)

  96. Brandie says:

    Thanks for all of the good vibes Jandy-woman!

  97. theplanisworking says:

    Good Night, hockey loonies.

    Be safe.

  98. Jandy says:

    you got it Sister :)

  99. Jandy says:

    NIght Hipposter :*

  100. Eric Bowser says:

    All the criticism about Despres’ conditioning… Pens don’t look all that well conditioned tonight in Toronto. Pathetic performance.

  101. Barb says:

    Gee whiz what the heck happened? I leave for a while and the game goes to he$$ in a hand basket?

  102. DJ says:

    Even though he’s the team’s conscience, and he’s one of my own and the media’s favorites, I think we may be witnessing Orpik’s last year with the Pens.

    Considerably slower stick, rare to see tape-to-tape passes anymore, not anticipating passes of the rush . . . the list grows longer each year.

  103. Sarah says:

    I wouldn’t mind Nisky or Orpik leaving even with an injury to Scuds.
    I was one who was hoping they’d let Letang go and try to get some wingers, or better bottom 6.

    Let’s face it, our teenager on D has better composure and higher hockey IQ than Letang.

  104. Sarah says:

    And as for the “offense”….I believe that is 4 goals on 115 shots on goal last 3 games.

    In the process making the likes of, um, Giguere, Nabby, and Reimer look like Tretiak.

    At this point, til we get real wingers back (Neal/Bennett) I’d be OK with just throwing SId and Geno together and hoping for something. Unless those 2 carry the team, we don’t score much. Jussi I think could help too. But really, our depth on O right now beyond our top 2 guys is nil.

    And Sid looked like he was concussed last night. Hope it was just the flu.

  105. DJ says:

    Yes, Sarah, I know you were on record on that.

    I want to be patient about this since the D was looking pretty good until 3 games ago. That said, our offensive “stars” are aging and so I would like to see more of our defensive corps turning over right now — particularly early in the season — getting more than just one D prospect NHL game experience under his belt. Keeping Maatta is certainly progress. But is Depres really that far in Bylsma’s doghouse that he has no ability to help this club? How about Dumoulin?

    As I see it, if the NHL game experience gap between our O and D grows wider then the window of years for legitimate Stanley Cup contention will be going with it. I’m not enamored with our balance right now. I think it should be further tweaked.

    Perhaps this won’t be as much of an issue when Neal and Bennett come back and we are putting up a few more goals and we’re not as focused on the D play. My fear, however, is that it is going to be an issue that persists.

  106. DJ says:

    Correct that . . . until 2 games ago. I thought the defense actually played well in the loss to the Avs. I will give this some more time. However, this is the natural reaction when you see the same signs of what you saw last spring from Letang, Orpik, etc.

    Need to take a deep breath. It’s early.

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