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Final: Bruins 3, Penguins 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (20-9-1) vs. Boston Bruins (18-8-2)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: TD Garden, Boston

TV, radio: Root Sports, NHL Network (national), NESN (Boston), 105.9 The X

Here’s the official live summary.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Rob 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 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.

155 Comments

  1. Ah. That’s better.

    Auburn or Missouri?

  2. Big letdown for Auburn. Missu wins it.

    • That would be my bet, Luck. Then the BIG questions of the day…

      1. OSU offense vs MSU defense. When great O faces great D, I’ve historically gone with the D. Penn State – Miami, Jimmy Johnson’s worst memory (he claims); Ohio State – Miami (I see a losing trend). But the game has changed. We’ll see. I will go against my Pick D tendency and predict OSU.

      2. If MSU pulls it off, Missouri to the championship? Unlike Auburn, Missouri didn’t beat (or play) Alabama. But Many will say that Alabama is the clear #2 team by quality. I don’t. I think Alabama, a very good team was floating on the air in their sails from the last two seasons. The Tide gets too much of the benefit of the doubt. I think Missouri-Alabama is a pick em game on a neutral field. So if MSU and Missouri wins, the BCS championship should be FSU-Missouri. With Saban whining. ESPECIALLY when FSU mops up Missouri…he’ll be “shoulda been us” insufferable then.

      Sadly the BCS championship game may be a letdown after all this. So much great football this and last week. And FSU should crush anyone standing. After my anti-Tide diatribe, this may surprise: I think Alabama would give em the best game just because of their defense. But not to the point that I’d seriously consider picking the Tide.

  3. go penguins! beat those dam bbb’s.

  4. LEST GO PENS!!!
    SHOOT THE PUCK!!! (Not into Rask’s chest!!)
    HIT SOMEBODY!!!
    WIN IT FOR GENO !!!
    FIRE BYLSMA!!!

    CHECK THOSE SEC FOOTBALL PEOPLE INTO NEXT WEEK !!!

    :D

  5. Zdeno Chara = Fezik

    “Anybody wanna doughnut?”

    “Sleep well and dream of large women!” said the masked man.

  6. Holy crap!

    What an awesome ending to the Colorado-Kansas bb game.
    35-foot shot for 3 at the buzzer.

  7. The boys are testy early.

  8. Does anyone know when the Olympic rosters are announced ?

  9. Crosby is an absolute joy to watch!

  10. I am a bit late to the party on our DK’s Letang interview but I had a couple of thoughts…apologies if they have been played out already…..
    First….yikes, he does seem in a bit of denial about the state of his game. I guess he won’t be totally up front about that when talking to the press, but, geez…..
    Second – he sounds like he’s dedicated to watching tape and trying to improve. KUDOs, but…..
    1) sometimes that makes you even more tight when out there and trying to react. There is a point where attention to minutiae becomes counterproductive
    And
    MORE important
    2) he mentioned he’s watching tape with Todd Riordan….my goodness, are NONE of his mistakes being pointed out to him by the coaching staff? This goes to Accountability. The guy is turning the puck over repeatedly …..are these errors being addressed in the apparent hours or tape-time?

    How could he watch that much tape and have that evaluation of the state of his game? If he can’t see it, shouldn’t the coaches see it?

    It all just seemed kind of weird to me.

  11. KUNIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOP WOOP!

  12. Kunitz!!!!!!!!

  13. YAY for Chara’s shin pad!!!!

  14. Engo takies on Lukic ! Brave man.

  15. I really need to get a TV in my bathroom.
    Missed the goal.

    2014 wish list………….

  16. Boo the bad guys tied it!

  17. Bruins score on their first shot on goal and, just like that, it’s tied.

  18. This is going to be a nasty game. Lot’s of bad ju ju out there.

  19. Yeah. I think the Bs will just play their regular game against us….

  20. I hope Thorton is thrown out of the game for the sucker punch to Orpik. I hate the Bruins.

  21. Scary image of Brooksie. Does not look good. Off on a stretcher.

  22. What will the knuckledraggers say now?

  23. I think that the Pens should play the Bruins 5 on 3 for the rest of the game for that punch.

    • C’mon now, as ugly as that was, Neal’s knee to the head was vicious and an attempt to injure. Not justifying the assault on Orpik one bit, but it’s pretty even. Sickening all around.

      And while this might catch some crap, the whole tone of this game was set by Orpik’s legal but wholly unnecessary and pretty cheap hit to start the game. Guy was turned around and didn’t play the puck. Again, I know it was legal, but so was Cooke’s hit against the B’s a few years ago.

      NOT SAYING ORPIK DESERVED WHAT HE GOT. Don’t make that jump. Just saying it’s not all “poor poor Pens” here.

      • Agreed. Pens set the tone here. No innocents here.

      • The rules enable way too much.

      • Hey Scapper – I agree 100 percent with what you wrote above and was about to punch in a similar comment. Really hoping that Brooks is ok, It got ugly fast with the first hit in the game and then escalated from there. Thorton was totally out of control assaulting Orpik like he did, but Neal’s knee to Marchand’s head was really dirty too.

        Garage league all around for this type of crap.

        Take it easy guys and gals.

        Randy in RVA.

      • boston’s very.good at dishing it out but they can’t.take it

  24. Thornton was given a match penalty.

  25. Take that Bruins. Jimmie my boy!

  26. Did they actually issue a game misconduct ? Didn’t know the refs knew how to do that anymore.

  27. NEAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. I agree with some of the comments above. It looked like Neal’s knee to Marchand’s head was intentional and he should expect to be suspended. That said, Thornton was worse, and he has to get 5-10 games for that, at least.

    Both teams guilty of the escalating play. It just got out of hand.

    Most of all, best wishes to Brooksie. Scary stuff.

  29. I’ve thought for a long time that inactive players should still be allowed to dress for games, and then be immediately active if an injury occurs due to a foul by the opposition.

  30. I missed the Orpik hit .
    Can someone tell me what happened, please?

    • Missed it myself, Hippo. The broadcasters said something about a sucker punch.

    • Thornton knocked him to the ice after whistle had blown play dead, then punched Brooks in the face twice while he was down. Knocked him out. Brooks never tried to defend himself.

      • Wow!

        Thanks.
        Hopefully Thornton will get a lengthy suspension, but Jacobs will grease Bettman’s palms to make sure that doesn t happen.

  31. Thornton is a p*ssy.

  32. teams and refs were milling after one of the Pens dropped Chara I think. Thornton beeelines for Brooksie, uses his stick behind his knees to drop him and when he’s fown sucker punches him

  33. Ok. So the B’s announcers are morons…I am watching via NHL network and while I sorta agree that if Orpik go a penalty on the first hit, maybe it would have diffused things. Ok, that’s possible. But, then they said that maybe if Brooks “manned up” and fought Thorton, he basically wouldn’t be in the situation that he is…really? What a absolutely barbaric comment. That is what is wrong with the NHL – it’s ruled by a bunch of cavemen. Until that changes, it will be a garage league…

    Randy in RVA.

  34. Hipposter this was in retaliation for the knee to head by Neal.

    • You could be right, but not sure about that. Thornton had tried to fight Brooks on the previous shift, so I think it was carryover from that (and carryover from the Orpik hit on Eriksson). The Neal hit happened seconds before Thornton went after Brooks – not even sure that he saw that.

  35. Boston can dish it out but they sure as hell can’t take it.

  36. Really I don’t know how you don’t just arrest Thornton.
    How is that not simply an assault?

  37. As bad as some of Cookie’s hits were none of.them were as cheap as what Thornton did.

  38. So the Thornton / Orpik incident serves to remind us what is blatantly wrong with the NHL’s handling of fighting and such.

    When a group of ex-players files a suit against the league for compensation for long term damage due to concussions and similar injuries, and then the league permits to occur the incidents like those that happen tonight, you can’t label it anything but hypocrisy- from BOTH sides of the issue.

    A) Players want to police themselves, and
    B) the league just looks the other way.

    If a player chooses to be a goon, what defense does he have against concussion damage when he retires? And if the league chooses to permit fighting and general goonery, when will these incidents ever end?

  39. well, a 4 minute power play and the Pens look pathetic.

  40. It’s not a good thing when Engelland is on the PP. Crosby has passed up shooting on two great chances tonight. Niskanen looks really bad on the PP, and would rather see Maatta in that role, given the injuries.

  41. The Bruins feed is apparently blaming Orpik for not manning up and fighting Thornton.
    Honestly it’s nauseating.
    I’m done for the night.

  42. Marchand is a p^ssy too

  43. Great save by the Flower.

  44. I recently read 98% of NHLPA is against outlawing fighting. 98%!

    Fine. Then in the next CBA, have the players agree that they hold the league harmless now and in the future for concussion related conditions. Ridiculous. Truth is nobody seems to want to eliminate fighting-management, players and fans. I don’t mind fighting as much as some on this blog, but I’ll never be sympathetic to the NHLPA when then talk about safety in the game, etc.

    • Well they want their cake and eat it too. Either you keep fighting or you don’t and then don’t complain after you have retired about concussion symptoms. It’s all or nothing.

    • I don’t mind the real fights. The staged ones are rather stupid. What Thornton did wasn’t a fight.

      • Thanks for pointing that out, Jandy. This was not fighting. I’m the biggest Boxing fan I know. Boxers are taught from early on not to punch below the belt, hit the kidneys, hit the back of the head or hit a man falling down or who is already down.

        This was felonious assault. Nothing less.

  45. Go to the main DK blog page.
    He just put up an “instant” column whacking Bettman.
    A must read.

    <——————————————

    • Could not agree more. That happens on the street and there will be a sentence involved. I do think DK is wasting his time calling out Bettman though. He will never step up and be a good leader. I call on the NHL Board of Governors to please, finally, remove this poor excuse for an executive, this man who has done more to boost other sports by driving people away from his own, this piece of dung, this… you get my drift. Get him out! NOW!

    • He write with a lot of passion because he knows that “no stones” Bettman will do next to nothing.

  46. Sill is really showing me something. Tanger is back.

  47. Was out with the family at Kennywood and then dinner…. seeing what I saw on my cell phone is disgusting. I’ll have much more to say on this later… to say I’m ticked is an understatement.

  48. For Boston to get any points out of this game would be so wrong………

  49. Who couldn’t see that coming? Too many chances missed by Pens. Crosby having a bad game.

  50. Charo grrrrrrrrrrrr!

  51. Fudge…they really need to win this one and that goal by the B’s with the goalie pulled…

    Grrr…

    R.

  52. Yep

  53. This is so wrong.

  54. that they could not hold onto thi game for Brooksie is sad

  55. Crosby loses yet another faceoff against Bergeron, then wanders aimlessly in his own end as the Bruins finish off Pens.

    Pens may go into a little funk after this game. Disheartening all the way around.

    • Exactly right Walter, second game in a row against Bruins that Crosby lost the game. How many times is Bylsma going to let Crosby lose faceoffs to Bergeron in his career before he tries somebody else but that’s right, Disco Dan doesn’t believe in matching lines or coaching tendencies.

    • Sutter, with Sid on the ice, took the last one in the left FO circle in the D-zone and won it cleanly.

      Where was Sutter on the last one? Where was a timeout from HCDB if we needed it to get Sutter on the ice?

      • Didn’t have to call a timeout since the Bruins iced the puck, we could have put anybody on the ice that we wanted. Our head coach chose to go with Crosby on the FO knowing that his percentage against Bergeron sucks. It is little decisions or lack of decisions like this is the reason that nothing will change come this playoff season when it takes little coaching decisions to give the edge against teams that are your equal.

  56. Fleury comes up big again … oh wait, nevermind.

  57. I can’t believe that we lost that game. That is criminal too.

  58. HCDB takes his foot totally off the pedal in the third and there you have it. The result we deserved.

    Bergeron eats Sid’s lunch in FO circle again.

    What is with Sid’s new upright “side-saddle swipe” in the face-off circle? Has he gotten his chin popped once too often this year that he has totally changed from his his low stance? He’s been terrible since he has been going with this new approach.

  59. What a bunch of malarkey that they lost that game…I had to deal with kids that were awake way past their bed time right after the game tying goal and then came back and put on the DVR to see Chara score…what a crock…

    Sid, Sid, Sid…bury the break away and we’re not here…win the faceoff and maybe not either…I can’t stand the Bruins, almost as much as I can’t stand the Flyers…

    Real shame that they couldn’t hold on and win this one…

    Randy in RVA.

  60. That turnover by maatta in corner late in 3rd tilted the ice their way. Never recovered after that post. Too bad…maatta and defense was real good. Let’s hope brooksie is ok.

  61. Had to leave the house right after the assault on Orpik.

    Jandy, you’re aces, but I think you’re wrong on the “dish it out but can’t take it” thing. It all started with that first-minute hit by Orpik. I love when he crushes people with the puck, but this one, while rightly not penalized, was just cheap and easy. And that set the tone for the game. The Brooooons (as they say up north) were crushing bodies after that, and the Pens can’t play that type of game.

    And this isn’t something I’m saying after the fact. I was yelling at the TV when he did it and for the next 20 minutes or so after that.

    Again, this does not mean that 44 “got what was coming to him” or any crap like that. What happened to him was, as DK has already said, pretty much criminal.

    Here’s hoping one of the all-time great Pens is okay.

    • I don’t agree, scapper. the bruins have ALWAYS played us hard, and at times, illegally nasty. Don’t even bring Cooke into this. Marchand is a turd. Lucic is a pulverizing monster. Brooke can’t hold a candle to either of them. And that’s not even bringing up what Schenn did to Crosby as mentioned above. The Bruins are fast becoming the new Flyers of the east.

    • but hey thanks for the complement :)

  62. And one more thing. The comment above by someone ripping Fleury for not making the save on the go-ahead or tying goal….seriously? Pens sitting atop the East. MAF is as responsible for that as any Penguin. Then they blow an away game in Boston in heartbreaking fashion…after winning 5 in a row and losing, what…1 of their last 10? And it’s time to rip Fleury again?

    I always remember fickleness like this when fans rail about feeling so jilted by the “disloyalty” of players who leave via free agency.

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