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Final: Canadiens 3, Penguins 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (15-8) vs. Montreal Canadiens (12-9-2)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: Bell Centre, Montreal

TV, radio: Root Sports, CBC (Canada), RDS (Quebec), 105.9 The X

Here’s the official live summary.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Josh Yohe 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. theplanisworking says:

    YAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I thought maybe Macy’s kidnapped DK for a window display!

    CRASH THE NET !!!!
    FIRE BYLSMA !!!!


  2. Pucknutz says:

    Lets Go Pens !


    Whew….. I feel much better now !!!

  3. theplanisworking says:

    Slacker………………. :D

  4. kr70 says:

    where can you find + – ratings? I was wondering about Letang.

  5. Lad 9 says:

    If you go to Stats the whole league is there.

  6. theplanisworking says:

    LAD !!!!!!!
    Good to see you made it over from the Pitt thread!

  7. theplanisworking says:

    Where is your MOM?
    Her 9 wides are needed!

  8. Pucknutz says:

    Nah, I ain’t slackin… ya beat me by 2 min cause I got a slow connection and got the spinny whirlpool for about 3 min ! LOL

    DK’s the slacker today – gotta put this thread up BEFORE THEY DROP THE PUCK !!! :)

  9. Brandie says:

    I am not My Jandy’s keeper!

  10. Lad 9 says:

    With a stop a the PSU thread in between. I am a thread slut tonight! :)

  11. Sarah says:

    Borts in the lineup?
    I have to go lie down…..

  12. Sarah says:

    ..but Letang back on the PP?……

  13. theplanisworking says:

    In other words………… YOU’RE A SLACKER !!!! :D

  14. theplanisworking says:

    Family blog, Lad, family blog……………

  15. Pucknutz says:

    Wow — these guys are flying around the ice – are we gonna have another wack em and hack em run and gun again tonight ???

  16. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, somtimes I feel ill from the line changes…………

  17. theplanisworking says:


  18. Lad 9 says:

    Sarah are we in a minority that really likes Bortuzzo, or is he just in the disco doghouse?

  19. theplanisworking says:

    We are all in the Disco Doghouse !

  20. Brandie says:

    Isn’t that where Snoopy lives?

  21. Jandy says:

    sluts on the blog??? Say it aint’ so! ;)

  22. Jandy says:

    LOL Yinz kill me!

  23. Jandy says:

    Nice try, Borts!

  24. Jandy says:

    Gibbons sure can skate fast for a Hobbit :)

  25. Jandy says:

    Nice stick on puck by PM there

  26. theplanisworking says:

    THERE YOU ARE !!!!

  27. Jandy says:

    Nice save there by Brooksie

  28. Pucknutz says:

    “Snow in the crease” – whadda ya think Sarah ??????

  29. Steve says:

    Kunitz is wearing the captain A and Orpik without tonight, ever reported why?

  30. Pucknutz says:

    I cannot confirm or deny that statement at this time.

  31. Lad 9 says:

    JANDY!! Good evening Blogmother!

  32. Sarah says:

    Lol….I hate snow in my face!!! Happens sometimes…

  33. Sarah says:

    Disco has his faves. Loves him some Engo.

  34. Jandy says:

    LAD!!! Good to see you friend :)

  35. Lad 9 says:

    Entertaining period. The Pens did everything except put one behind Price.

  36. Pucknutz says:

    Nah, – Bobby was saying that the “pile” of snow that accumulates in the blue by the end of the period slowed that puck down enough for Brooks to clear it – clean ice – maybe it trickles in?

  37. Jandy says:

    yes, exciting. They keep Price off balance, one should go in.

  38. Pucknutz says:


  39. Sarah says:

    Oh yah maybe…..some Gs will purposely stack it up around the posts to stop tricklers….can save you sometimes! Sorry I turnoff Steigy/Errey!! Can’t take’em…..

  40. Jandy says:

    Has anyone heard what injury Bennett has? Website said DB said he’s out for more than days….wth?

  41. Sarah says:

    Dunno I thought I saw wrist? Is the kid a potato chip? Geez, our best chance tO change up the lines…..sigh….

  42. Jandy says:

    well that would suck…dayum

  43. Jandy says:

    well poop

  44. Eric Bowser says:

    Guess my post was lost….

    and now it looks like Fleury was… or was that Tommy Barrasso?

  45. Sarah says:

    Well I guess Maataa will be on a bus back to Ontario.

  46. theplanisworking says:

    1-0 Bad Guys.

    For as much publicity that Philthadelphia gets as a house of horrors for the Pens, montreal has been far worse over the years. Think about that.

  47. theplanisworking says:

    Maybe Wheeling…………………….

  48. Pucknutz says:

    BLOGMOTHER – Wow, gotta write that one down – sounds scary and cool at the same time!!!!
    I am flashing grade school pics in my head of the Mother Superior that even Sister Mary Mean chilled a bit when she entered the classroom. Scary and cool all at once!
    Ya I am not right. :)

  49. Jandy says:

    we’re freakin snakebitten tonight

  50. Sarah says:

    They’re physical and they have understood the stretch pass.
    We can’t beat Price from the perimeter.
    And as usual one bad TO is in our net.

  51. hockeymonster says:

    Sid geno n kuni time

  52. Sarah says:

    Gonna track Ollie’s IT from now on….

  53. Jandy says:

    we can hope

  54. theplanisworking says:

    Great to see the Pens playing undisciplined, and not thinking tonight.
    Add in the shots from the blue line, and you get what we see tonight.

    Maddening team.
    Million dollar talents, 10 cent heads.

  55. Sarah says:

    Ginormous open lane for that shot. Good lord.

  56. Eric Bowser says:

    Brian Gionta dives, acts injured, and whines more than any player in the NHL.

  57. Sarah says:

    They are toying w us.

  58. Jandy says:

    Him and Briere, the Two Munchkins

  59. theplanisworking says:

    Both teams played last night, so the Pens cant use that excuse.
    Just simply undisciplined play.
    Coaches have no answers.

    I picked the wrong week to give up quaaludes………… ;)

  60. Jandy says:

    LOL Puckers, you’re cracking me up!!!

  61. hockeymonster says:

    Kinda think they’re playing well actually. Gotta shoot high though. Goals are there. 3 out of 4 last GA are self inflicted.

  62. Sarah says:

    They are not playing a team that is sh-t on D tonight, big diff from the last 2 games I’m afraid…..

  63. theplanisworking says:

    How did the Pens get another penalty?
    I missed that……

  64. Sarah says:

    PP after PP….

  65. Sarah says:

    They are getting schooled. Cannot clear the zone even. Hope Disocs takin notes on how to run a PP.

  66. Jandy says:

    Our freakin PK deserves a standing ovation for that kill.

  67. Jandy says:

    Hooking on the Hobbit

  68. Jandy says:

    I said ^^ there, we are snakebitten. Getting the shots, not going in

  69. Sarah says:

    Sorry but JJ is awful on Malkins line tonight.
    Missing BB more than we know….

  70. Jandy says:

    Dang, Sutter!

  71. scapper says:

    …and I’ve love to see him in a pens uniform.

  72. scapper says:

    Serious question: Subban for Letang…would you take that swap?

  73. theplanisworking says:

    I have to disagree with both of you on this.
    Undisciplined play, giving the Habs hundreds of PP chances, and on and on………..

  74. Jandy says:

    I don’t know if you mean Briere or Gionta, but no thanks.

  75. Jandy says:

    Didn’t say they were playing disciplined. But we’ve gotten chances, and did not finish

  76. theplanisworking says:

    Not even up, but Subban would bring toughness………
    would have to be a package for Letang…………

  77. theplanisworking says:

    Being the Pens arent crashing the net, and shooting from the Red Line, that will happen……………. ;)

  78. Sarah says:

    In a heart beat.
    Sorry Jandy!

  79. Jandy says:

    No worries, Sarah, we can agree to disagree :)

  80. Jandy says:

    I hope something goes down in the locker room this intermission. It’s only 1-0. Plenty of time to buckle down and win.

  81. theplanisworking says:

    Even up, Sarah?

  82. theplanisworking says:

    Now THAT is the positive Nun we have come to know and love !!! ;)

  83. Barb says:

    Good evening all. Had a very enjoyable evening last night at the game. It was great to see Geno finally score a goal and see The Kid do the same. Wow. Now we need them to pick up their game tonight.

  84. Sarah says:

    No. I’d give up more.

  85. Jandy says:

    Bodacious Barb! You caught an entertaining game last night…good to see you here :)

  86. Sarah says:

    Speaking of PK, still waiting for Disco to find a way to get Sid even one shift away from the guy.

  87. Jandy says:

    but it’s true Hipposter…but they gotta get their heads outta their butts ;)

  88. theplanisworking says:

    That is EVERY game, Jandy !

  89. Sarah says:

    I know, I know….sorry!!!!

  90. theplanisworking says:

    I thought for a Norris trophy finalist, Montreal would be the ones throwing in additional player (s).

    But I would still do the trade.

  91. Jandy says:

    Now who’s being negative? ;)

  92. hockeymonster says:

    Plays behind the d are there too. Cross corner murphy dumps are our friend.

  93. Jandy says:

    PK WAS the winner last season

  94. Jandy says:

    well…forget it..

  95. Brandie says:

    Blog mother will make you an offer you can’t refuse!

  96. scapper says:

    I’d take either or both in a minute. Pens need guys like that.

  97. Sarah says:

    Yep. Tanger the finalist…..

  98. scapper says:

    I’ve loved Letang since he arrived. Always said that if I were going to be one of those guys who wore a jersey to the game (and I’m an adult, so I won’t), I’d wear a 58. But I think I’d make that trade. Subban just has that something extra all over the ice on a more consistent basis.

  99. JohninOshkosh says:

    Barely finish reading the e-mail and Letang would be on his way to Quebec.

  100. theplanisworking says:

    I just call em as I sees em………. labels be damned.

    And since I am so big, labels wont fit. ;)

  101. Sarah says:

    Gang these are the types of teams we need to find a way to beat when it counts.
    Not NYI, not even WSH.

  102. Barb says:

    Thanks Blogmother (I like that). Yes it was much better than tonight’s which is quickly going to hell in a hand basket.

  103. theplanisworking says:

    Ok, got it.
    Good points to both of you…….. ( and I am not talking about the ones on top of your heads……..) ;)

  104. Jandy says:

    I <3 you just the way you are :)

  105. theplanisworking says:

    But, but, but dont you like the pretty cycling? The pretty passes? ;)

  106. Jandy says:

    yup, Montreal gives us way more fits

  107. scapper says:

    Now that’s funny.

  108. Jandy says:

    Indeed it is :(

  109. Jandy says:

    well, we’re not skunked :)

  110. Brandie says:

    This team is maddeningly inconsistent and inconsistently maddening! Cycling and pretty passes amounting to nil…Blog mother, who can we whack around here to get the Person a sustainable winning streak?

  111. DJ says:

    Awful pass by Letang up the boards to Malkin . . . turnover . . . goal.

    Whoever started the Letang for Subban discussion, would make that trade in an NY minute.

    Playing too soft on PK all night.

    Has anyone else noticed how bad Sid has been on face-offs lately, particularly in D-zone? And thinking pass all night as well. Not good.

  112. Jandy says:

    I wish I had that answer, Brandecita…I am frustrated! But I’m not disassembling the team…

  113. Sarah says:

    Sid has been awful on faceoffs. No clue.
    Sorry the return of the old lines has just sucked tonight.

  114. Brandie says:

    Why can’t they just play hockey? Why must everything be so complicated and dramatic?

  115. DJ says:

    Picking corners . . . cutting it too fine . . . over passing . . . lousy results.

  116. Barb says:

    That’s just what they like to do. Be maddeningly complicated with a side of the dramatic.

  117. Brandie says:

    No grit! Too many pretty boys! Disco Dan becomes Drama Dan! Preferring Mike Tomlin and the cliches right now as the Steelers are showing signs of life!

    Simon Despres…thinks he’s too talented to huystle. Just pure lazy…disgusting!

  118. DJ says:

    Sutter needs the Gary Roberts School of Off-Season Conditioning.

    Seems too content on what he is and not bothered by the fact he could be much better.

  119. theplanisworking says:

    You want fries with that, Barb? ;)

  120. Brandie says:

    You just described a Bylsma Sandwich without slaw and fries on it!

  121. Brandie says:

    R U Reading My Mind?

  122. Jandy says:

    The Anti-Primanti Sammich ;)

  123. JohninOshkosh says:

    Los Pingüinos need a goal to make the finish interesting!

  124. theplanisworking says:

    Yes, Brandimal, it was a short, but interesting read ! ;)

  125. scapper says:

    Looked too tired to do the between-periods interview.

  126. Sarah says:

    Yes that’s why the 4th line is out there.

  127. Brandie says:

    Thank You Plan! He will be here all week! Don’t forget to tip him over ion you way out! :-D new sport…Hippo Tipping!

  128. Jandy says:

    Oh. My. God

  129. Jandy says:

    Oh My God

  130. Jandy says:

    Sell since Geno and Sid aren’t finishing, maybe they thought they’d give someone else a chance

  131. Brandie says:

    I can feel your intake of breath from here!

  132. Jandy says:

    That scared the BeJeezus outta me

  133. Barb says:

    Well crap. Another end of a game penalty.

  134. Brandie says:

    You okay now? Am I gonna have to call 911 to come to D-ville?

  135. Jandy says:

    Not Neal’s best game

  136. Jandy says:

    nah..I’m ok LOL

  137. Jandy says:

    Did I just see Player of the game James neal???

  138. DJ says:

    Maybe it just seems this way, but I swear Sid was 0-6 on his last 6 face-offs.

    Will look for the stats later.

  139. theplanisworking says:

    Well, I know some will say “we didnt bury our chances”.
    If the Pens didnt give this game away, it wouldnt come down to that.
    But, that’s hockey, I guess. ;)

    There are many games left in the regular season……….. and many more opportunities for me to quickly read Brandie’s mind ! ;)

    Good night everyone, be safe in the snow, and ……………

  140. Jandy says:

    Have a swimmingly nice night, my friend :)

  141. Brandie says:

    Disappointment on so many levels. At least I was the majority of the blog traffic on the Penn State thread. Good night!

  142. Barb says:

    Good night all!

  143. DJ says:

    Two points:

    Cannot have your best player breaking free between two Canadiens with a clean shot on net and then kicking the puck backwards to someone he believes may be there but isn’t.

    Letang is incapable of a consistent one-timer on net. We saw the bad result again early in Period 1. When you have a trigger man on PP who needs to settle the puck, you have a major flaw in your game.

  144. hockeymonster says:

    They’re fine. Maatta got carried away but too many fixable mistakes from letang repeating. Getting old. Overall they’re moving puck well. Can’t win em all.

  145. DJ says:

    Not worried about Maatta. Quick learner. Likely believes this loss is totally on him right now.

    Two positives, Neal starting to finding a rhythm and Geno dominating again.

  146. The Pens have got to keep scoring goals, not slack off again like they did last night versus Montreal, when only James Neal did anything.

  147. Bennett has a lower back injury, and it’s pretty severe and he’ll be out for some time.

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