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On location: Penguins 3, Ducks 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (12-8) vs. Anaheim Ducks (15-5-2)

Time: 7:38 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center.

TV, radio: Root Sports (local), NBC Sports Network (national), 105.9 The X

Here’s the official live summary.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Josh Yohe and I 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 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.

178 Comments

  1. LETS GO PENS!

    SHOOT THE PUCK!!
    HIT SOMEBODY!!
    CRASH THE NET!!
    FIRE BYLSMA!!!
    DONT PLAY SOFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!!

    :D

  2. I like Ben Lovejoy.

    Hope he has a — 3 tonight!

  3. The game is at 7:30.

  4. Catch Yinz all later on. Gotta get this pile of work off my desk!

  5. I love it when teams are properly named after the suburb in which they are located.

    Foxborough Patriots

    Flushing Mets

    Arlington Bowboys

  6. Looking forward to watching some real man-on-man violence tonight.

    I’ve had to watch John F. Kennedy killed 50 times in the last 10 days. Sad every time.
    I’ve begun to cheer for Jack Ruby.

    I can’t take it any more.

    • It’s too much for me too, Groat. Watched a number of them. I had avoided seeing Zapruder film, frame 313, my entire life, until this very past weekend. I was very fascinated with the glimpse of the time period but, man, I’ll be glad when the “anniversary” passes.

      I think I’ll watch Duke tonight. :)

    • Still a few days to go. Bob Schieffer said Sunday he didn’t think Ruby getting where he was on that Sunday was significant. He said the reporters, including him, would try to look like Detectives so they could get close with the police. Different time. And Ruby being around there wasn’t unusual. I know that isn’t your point, but I hadn’t heard the Schieffer thing before.

      The other thing I got from the Sunday shows was that the 50th anniversary may be the last big deal because the next ones won’t have many living people to comment on it. I don’t have a problem with it. I remember where I was when I heard the news . . .

      • Arriba, I learned that legendary news producer, Don Hewitt, told Dan Rather to go to Abraham Zapruder’s house and punch him in the face, if necessary, to take the only print of the film not in authorities possession, and let CBS lawyers handle the fallout. Then, Hewitt changed his mind.

        I wasn’t around but the story to me has been a story of journalism, as much as anything else.

        • It was a story of lots of things, Osh. Lots of things. Journalism is certainly one, and as a kid, my whole family was glued to the black and white TV that whole weekend, and that Monday. But the story is about a lot more than journalism, IMO, but it’s definitely a big part of it. And we were a Republican household. Didn’t matter.

      • I was only 3 years old…

  7. I see Disco is toying w lines….and I’m sorry but this is hilarious….

    Lines for Wednesday’s game:

    Bortuzzo – Crosby – Niskanen
    Glass – Malkin – Engelland
    Adams – Vitale – Adams
    Jokinen – Sill – Bennett

    Orpik – Dupuis
    Letang – Adams
    Maatta – Adams

  8. H/t Hockey Forums…..

  9. Dan Bylsma + Dan Potash = Frick ‘n Frack
    :D

  10. About time Bylsma changed up the lines. I don’t care if Crosby thinks he’s great playing with Kunitz and Dupuis, the last ten games have been pretty average at best for that line and after a complete no-show in the conference finals against Boston, it was beyond time to make the change.

  11. It’s a gibbon suit.

  12. Dump
    Chase
    Cycle
    Cycle
    Cycle
    Lose the puck

    What a lame system this is….

  13. So Bela Karolyi is at the game ? If someone gets hurt he’s going to run onto the ice, scoop them up & carry them off.

  14. 0 shots in first 15 minutes, yep way to come out flying at home

  15. awww man, Bennett!

  16. Hope the fans don’t leave early.

  17. 3 shots on goal in that period?
    3.

    3.

    Good Lord.

    At least its 0-0.

    I think we need to cycle more, and shoot less. ;)

  18. Oh my…he looks like a Hobbit!

  19. This team is in trouble. Mediocrity is tolerated and there is no accountability. This was evident at the end of last season, the repercussions of bad goaltending and terrible post seasons was awarded by giving Bylsma a 2 year extension, Letang a huge contract and a endorsement of Fleury. Prediction – things will get so bad that Byslma will not be here next year.

  20. Stagnant roster and coaching staff = stagnant play

    This is on Shero… I’m done boring everyone about Bylsma.

    • Couldn’t agree more Eric. We are in 15th place in points in the league with a fairly easy early season schedule. We don’t belong in the same sentence with the elite teams in the league currently and this coach shows no indication that he has any solutions……same issues as the last 4 playoff years.

      • It’s been said that if the Pens were a western team, they wouldn’t qualify for the playoffs, at least not now, but then, they are indeed the leading team in a weak eastern division, and hopefully, they’ll improve as the season goes on.

    • Isnt this what teams look like right before someone makes a Antoinette reference.

  21. According to Ian Rapoport, all the Penguins have requested a trade.

  22. If the Pens fire Bylsma in the next month, does he still coach in the Olympics?

    I know he really won’t be fired … unfortunately.

  23. This is how great Mario was – he made any winger a star – Malkin and Crosby can only be stars if they have great wingers. Case in point Rob Brown and Warren Young.

    DK: Many more than that, Viv. He even did it for Terry Ruskowski.

  24. So…..BB finally with Sid….and he gets what? 5 mins of ice time? seriously WTF Disco?

  25. And did Engo get a shot?
    That should keep Borts in the press box another 10 games.
    Good God this is awful.

  26. Can the Pens please get a right-handed defenseman who can actually hit the net with a shot?

  27. Johnny Wilson’s back, isn’t he.

  28. Perimeter play…. glad to see the team learned the hard lessons of losing to Boston.

  29. Is anyone on the NBC feed? Apparently DB was somewhat delusional in the in-game interview w Pierre….

  30. Put a tall white hat on Karolyi, and we could have our own Swedish Chef!!!

    Bork, Bork, Bork. :D

  31. Things really starting to pick up. There was nearly a rebound there.

  32. Wow these Ducks play dirty.

  33. Pierre with a great line:

    “Viktor Faseth has been spitting out pucks like a Pez dispenser”

  34. Engo needs no puck support…just leave him on island…he’ll be fine.

  35. Geno has turned into Craig Janney.

  36. Crosby-Adams-Glass. I’m concerned for Sarah.

  37. All we need is some stretch passes to break out of this scoring slump.

  38. I wouldn’t say Fleury has been phenomenal, but he’s been much better than Fasth. Especially in the rebound control dept. Of course, you need to have someone in front of the net to score on a rebound.

    • Yep, Fasth hasn’t controlled one shot cleanly tonight but not a Pen within a mile of the rebound and the few times that they were, they of course missed the net.

  39. Well there’s 90 minutes of my life I’ll never get back.

  40. I dont care what the standings say, I dont care the Pens were in 1st place in a weak division……… this is simply not a good hockey team. Star players not shooting the puck, coach that says there is nothing he can do, constant turnovers in the offensive zone, maddening lineups…….. also not matching lines, players look lost.

    I dont know what Shero sees in this, but I have to feel he cant be happy. And, if he was listening to the NBC feed, he might have a question or 2 for his ” I cant do anything” coach… the same one he rewarded with an extension.

  41. Just hand the Stanley Cup now to the Western Conference representative.

  42. I have seen this story before. Pens will not capitalize on their PP and then somebody like Malkin or Orpik will take a dumb penalty and the Ducks score within first 30 seconds of their PP

  43. PP 0/2…hope that doesn’t bite us in the butt…

  44. Its fun watching highlights of the other games and seeing teams who actually score goals

  45. Search “going thru the motions” and pens team picture pops up

  46. Highest scoring forward drafted by Shero and still on the team…

    Bennett with 3 goals in 35 games.

    Pathetic.

  47. Well I’ll be dayumed

  48. The midget scores, Brian Gibbons….. unreal

  49. A Gibbon suit !

  50. GIBBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  51. Malkin can mesmerize at times. Beautiful 15 seconds of hockey.

  52. Holy Crap! Stop the presses!

  53. MATTA SUTTER!!!!!!!

    ITS A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE !!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

  54. It was clearly a strategy. We lulled them to sleep.

  55. Nice bunt!

  56. Sweet deflection by Sutter…..

  57. And the Hobbit is a +2

  58. friggin Getzlaf

  59. Bottom 6 on fire.

  60. This is more like it

  61. CROSBY!!!!!!!!!!

    2 CHRISTMAS MIRACLES :D

  62. That’s why you get traffic around the net and shoot the puck.

  63. Pens shooting on net, having people at the net; who is this team and where have they been the last 5 games?

  64. Pens winning, Patriots losing and the Steelers a game out of the playoffs. Bout time the world gets straightened out.

  65. Brooks Orpik has certainly had better games.

  66. Nice save by Fleury!

  67. Letang has been almost invisible tonight which is not necessarily a bad thing………means no mistakes.

  68. Fleury still no chance for team Canada? I think not…

  69. I don’t how they’ve been able to manage this outburst without Dustin Jeffrey.

  70. YAY!!!!!! Pens win!!!

  71. Good night everyone…4am comes way too quickly :)

  72. Great 3rd period for the Pens tonight.
    Much needed win.

    If they play like they did in the 3rd period every game, they will go far.
    If they play like they did in the first 2 periods, they wont.
    I know I am over-simplifying things, but its true.

    Everyone have a great night, and be safe.

  73. Is it me, or did Malkin flip the switch after Kunitz was placed on his line (along with Neal) for a spell?
    Or was it my change of avatar? Whatever it was, I’ll take it!

  74. I’m going to try to critique tonight’s Pens game. Please feel free to correct me if I say something wrong.

    Thoughts of the game:

    -the analyst was terrible. So let me get this straight, one of the Pens gets smacked in the face and “its just hockey” but Vitale’s penalty in the 3rd was a good call with an added high stick? Riiiggghhtt.

    -Fluery looked awesome, except for the goal he gave up that made him look silly. Made up for it big time late in the 3rd with a sick save. Star of the game for sure.

    -congrats to Brian Gibbons on his 1st career goal. Love seeing those types of milestones.

    -Malkin all over the ice.

    -Sutters deflection on Maattas shot was just ridiculous. How the heck those guys do that is just plane awesome.

    -I thought the defense did well tonight and eliminating a lot of rebounds by the Ducks.

    -I agree with Bylsma. I think his scheme is there and gives the players the opportunity to score, they just aren’t hitting their shots. Except for the 1st period, which I missed.

    I’m sure I missed a few things, but that’s my take on tonights game.

  75. Fewer stretch passes = more goals

    All 3 goals off zone time we got not by stretch passing and chasing but by puck support and moving puck up ice as unit then chipping to corner with numbers. Malkin swoops in on 1st goal n makes gibby look like brownie. 2nd n 3rd goals similar situation with then traffic in front. Fancy that…

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