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Final: Penguins 5, Panthers 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (17-9-1) vs. Florida Panthers (7-14-5)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla.

TV, radio: Root Sports, Fox Sports Florida, 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. Brandie says:



  2. Brandie says:

    Should say SCORES, not SCIRES!

  3. Lad 9 says:

    That about covers everything. Except I say don’t fire Blysma; “lend” him to USA hockey and forget to bring him back….

  4. theplanisworking says:

    GO SCIRES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. theplanisworking says:

    Pens need to sweep the Florida road trip.
    Pens need to sweep Bylsma out too. ;)

    And, no more injuries please, k?

  6. theplanisworking says:

    Anytime, Brandelion.

    At least you didnt say CRASH AND SHOOT BYLSMA!!! ;)

  7. hockeymonster says:

    Disco has evolved last couple weeks. Let’s he how he does. Maybe he can shoot n scire :)

  8. Bizrow says:

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  9. hockeymonster says:

    Crap…should say let’s see how he does. What is it with all these typos…

  10. theplanisworking says:


    I see you saw Corey’s check-in from the other thread.
    You are the best stenographer we could ever hope for.
    We bow to Bizrow The Retired.

  11. hockeymonster says:

    What about life beyond consol dome?

  12. Bizrow says:

    Thanks for checking, Roger, sometimes I do miss things

  13. theplanisworking says:

    Today is Saturday, Biz.
    You are on your own tomorrow, Steelers dont play. ;)

  14. Brandie says:

    Is there “intelligent” life beyond the Console Dome?

  15. Brandie says:

    Disco never evolved! That’s why it died in the 70’s!

  16. theplanisworking says:

    So I cant play that funky music, white boy? ;)

  17. hockeymonster says:

    Don’t call it a comeback…

  18. hockeymonster says:

    Define “intelligent”

  19. Brandie says:

    Only you can, and a few selected others, like cookie monster’s western pa brother, hockeymonster!

    By the way, scires is my best mike Lange impression of the way he says the word scores!

  20. Brandie says:

    Maatta Said Knock You Out!

  21. theplanisworking says:

    This is a family blog, so I cant here………

  22. theplanisworking says:

    HUH !!!!!!

  23. hockeymonster says:

    Gotta have that funk…

  24. theplanisworking says:


  25. Drew71 says:

    Velasco on IR. Two centers gone.

    Too bad Heath didn’t get in on the first try. The next two were costly.

  26. Brandie says:

    Discounting the knuckle dragging, booger eating mouth breathers on the four letter network. With all requisite apologies to knuckle dragging, booger eating mouth breathers everywhere.

  27. hockeymonster says:

    I like big butts and can not lie…you other brothas cant deny…oh wait sorry…wrong genre…my bad. :)

  28. Brandie says:

    Planny got back!

  29. Lad 9 says:

    Very costly. Cody Wallace your new Steeler snapper….. yikes!

  30. Brandie says:

    That is life in all major sports…better to be prepared because you never know when you will be the next man up.

  31. theplanisworking says:

    Good thing Biz is available………….. ;)

  32. Brandie says:

    Right now he is whooping Retirement’s butt!

  33. Brandie says:


  34. theplanisworking says:

    OH MY GOD!!!

    What a well played professional game in Auburn!

    107 yard missed field goal returned for a touchdown!

    Auburn 34, Alabama 28.

  35. theplanisworking says:

    Oh, that play was the last of the game with 1 second left!

  36. Lad 9 says:

    Unbelievable game even before the last play. That game will go down as one of the greatest college football games of all time. Wow!

  37. theplanisworking says:

    “Alabama doesnt have athletes on the field, they have a bunch of fat guys”.
    Man after my own heart.

  38. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks for reminding me this is a hockey thread. ;)

    Where is your Mom at?

  39. theplanisworking says:

    Lad, “college” ?? ;)

  40. Brandie says:

    My chocolate mama is in Penn Hills! My blog mama…put out the APB!

  41. Brandie says:

    Where is Sarah?

  42. Lad 9 says:

    It means the pay is not as good… :)

  43. theplanisworking says:

    Its the SEC…….. in some cases its better! ;)

  44. Eric Bowser says:

    I missed the Kunitz goal watching that insane ending between Auburn and Alabama. Who kicks a 57-yard field with that kicker?

    Then turned back in time to see the goal being ‘scired’ by Vitale.

    Pens lead the ‘scire’ 2-0 against the Panthers

  45. Eric Bowser says:

    Oh my gawd…. Errey… “a snow job”

  46. Brandie says:

    Will. Not. Live. This. Down.

  47. theplanisworking says:

    Between Brandie’s “scired”, my “Kumitz”, and Sarah’s “busty”, it has not been a banner week for the blog………….

  48. Brandie says:

    I like to baste a busty bird in Belize!

  49. Brandie says:


  50. Brandie says:

    Not banner, just business as usual!

  51. Eric Bowser says:

    Malkin with good speed into zone, Maatta with good decision to give back to Malkin and easy goal for Malkin.

    3-0 Penguins.

  52. Jim S. says:

    That was unbelievable. Two amazing wins in a row by Auburn. If there is ever such a thing as destiny, Auburn appears to be riding that wave right now.

  53. Eric Bowser says:

    I missed the “busty” moment… damn, lol.

  54. Brandie says:

    The Crimson Wave!

  55. Jim S. says:

    Go Pens! That mini-slide from a week or so ago definitely appears to be officially over.

    I know it is a hockey blog, but what a finish for Auburn and Alabama. Nick Saban lobbies endlessly for an extra second put back on the clock, so he can try a 56 yard game winning FG and it totally backfires when Auburn returns it well over 100 yards for the improbable victory.

    I also see everywhere I look that the NFL is carefully reviewing Coach Tomlin’s sideline brain cramp. I have not heard yet whether they will even bother taking another look at the play that injured our RB when two Ravens made helmet-first hits on him just short of the goal line. But, let’s definitely obsess over Tomlin’s stupid mistake.

  56. Jim S. says:

    Nice line.

  57. Jim S. says:

    Amen, lad!

  58. theplanisworking says:

    I shed not one single tear for Saban.
    The karma train has officially smashed him where it hurts….

  59. theplanisworking says:

    I shed not one single tear for Saban.
    The karma train has officially smashed him where it hurts….

  60. theplanisworking says:

    Goodell strikes again.
    Cant investigate Ray Ray’s former team………

  61. Brandie says:

    Thanks Jimster!

  62. Jandy says:

    Blog Momma’s daughter is in from DaBurgh, but we have game on…got to see our boys scire 3 goalls.:) don’t know where.busty Sarah is….I wanted to check in.;)

  63. Jandy says:

    I detest Goodell…that is all

  64. Jandy says:

    The Real Deal!

  65. theplanisworking says:

    Hi Jandy.

    Welcome to the typo blog.
    Glad you could pop in.

  66. theplanisworking says:

    Hi Jandy.

    Welcome to the typo blog.
    Glad you could pop in.

  67. Jandy says:

    Jandy typo disease is running wild!

  68. Do you see double, too, Commodore Plan?


  69. theplanisworking says:

    Tellin ya, the hamsters are almost dead.

    Interesting game for your Brutuses today, Lucky.

  70. Jandy says:

    Yes. Errey *IS* a snow lob

  71. Jandy says:

    Errr.snow job.

  72. Jandy says:

    Poor Sarah was rather embarrassed lol

  73. scapper says:

    Disco must go, stupid-high winning percentage notwithstanding!

  74. scapper says:

    Errey is the best color guy in the NHL. He’s as responsible as Sid and Geno for why I keep buying the Center Ice package. He’s every bit as wonderful as Blass.

  75. Brandie says:

    Jussi with the Scire!

  76. theplanisworking says:

    JUSSI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5-1 good guys!

  77. theplanisworking says:

    Scire: to know.

    So take comfort, it is a real word.

  78. Jandy says:

    Nice win for the boys. Malkin with a dominant showing with 4 points. Confidence builder for Zatkoff. Good night Loonies!

  79. Brandie says:

    Take care Blog Mama!

  80. Sarah says:

    Sorry Peeps…..just lurkin tonight too busy in the kitchen. Or busty if everyone prefers lol!!!

    Borts sits again.


    I hate Bylsma.

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