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On location: Penguins 2, Blue Jackets 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (20-10-1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (12-14-3)

Time: 7:38 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

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

Here’s the official live summary.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Rob Rossi, Josh Yohe and i an 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.

123 Comments

  1. LETS GO PENS!!
    SHOOT THE PUCK!!
    HIT SOMEBODY!! ( But dont get suspended)…….
    FIRE BETTMAN AND SHANAHAN!!!

    WIN IT FOR BROOKSIE !!!

  2. Well, Neal got 5 – Bettman and Co. need to get real serious with Thornton.
    Should be thrown out for the entire season – never happen.

    • I say 26………. takes him out til the Olympics.
      Actually, he should get 3 to 5……….. in jail.

      • Just had time to scroll through the early Java thread – lotta great posts on the subject there ! (yours included Plan :) )
        Bottom line seems to be that the NHL really needs to clean up it act.
        I have been on the fence about outlawing fighting completely. Never did like the send the goon out type of fights – did not really mind too much the lets call them “instant reaction” type fights between two guys with some hockey skills.
        But , I have have been slowly slipping off the fence. And it’s not just the Orpik incident that has pushed me that way. Way too many chances for serious injury. Hockey is a tough enough game – injuries are gonna happen in the normal course of play. Why take a chance on getting key players hurt ?
        Players and Owners will get used to it. When was the last time ya saw a bench clearing brawl ???

        • I just watched PTI, have read many sites, and outside of Pittsburgh, this has little traction, which is quite sad.

          DK has been beating the drum, but the neanderthals are just too numerous. I dont see meaningful change until someone gets paralyzed, or killed.

          Thanks for the shoutout, Puckz ! :)

          • Ya Plan, it is sad!
            DK beat the living He$$ outta the drum but unfortunately he is going to be just shrugged off as a local “homer” . (Which we all know he certainly is not)
            Wow,the guy wrote one of the strongest no punches pulled columns I have ever seen. Shoulda been linked all over the intertubes – maybe it was – I have no data on that. Still would be shrugged off.
            Meaningful change ? Maybe, just maybe, if someone dies, God forbid, maybe.
            Love the game (baseballs ok) have been a bit “old school” for a while – but it IS time for a change!

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    • 12/9/2013 5:36 PM

    No more injuries, please

  4. LOL.
    Anybody just watch Savern “grill” Errey?
    Poor Bob was sweatin bullets trying to be diplomatic !
    Good job Bobby!!!

  5. What a depleted lineup

    1st: Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
    2nd: Jokinen – Malkin – Megna
    3rd: Conner – Sutter – Vitale
    4th: Adams – Sill – Kobasew

    Defense
    1st: Maatta – Letang
    2nd: Niskanen – Engelland
    3rd: Despres – Bortuzzo

    Fleury starter

  6. That intro was lame….

    yes…

    bah hum bug

  7. The hell is Engo doin?

  8. Send out Happy Gilmore so he can try to stab someone with his skate!

  9. Pitchers Duel as Potash calls it.
    Couple questions bout the Jackets…..

    Ya think the move to the East is going to or already is helping the franchise?
    On that note – attendance – getting better or what? (I attempted to find att figures but got lazy and quit, I know they are there somewhere , found em before, but 3 tries and I quit)
    Possible good OH – PA rivalry there down the road ?
    Northern team – NHL need this franchise to be successful?
    Ya, old ?,s but for some reason I like this team.
    ?

    • I like their Arena District in Downtown Columbus.
      The team will benefit from moving to the East, but it will tale a lot of time.

  10. Hey hey lunatics :)

  11. You would think Mario Lemieux would want the best sheet of ice in the NHL at CEC, instead they have the worst. That has to change.

  12. Looks as though Sid has lost his mojo…

  13. GENO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I’M SCIRE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ;)

  14. GENO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Go to net and good things happen.

  16. Goal! Malkin is the man

  17. Cut in like an alpine skier – Geno did – per Mr Errey.
    Sorta like that description!

  18. Last time I saw that goal Jordan Staal was scoring shorthanded in the 09 Finals. Looked exactly like it. Just beautiful.

  19. Good to see the good guys up 1 to 0! Must maintain increased net presence!

  20. Good Evening Blog Mamma, Brother Scapper, Nutzie, Sarah, Hip Hop Hippo, Bowser from Sha-Na-Na and Revvie and others!

  21. This clown says Thornton should only get 10 games, minus 2 for “good behavior”.
    THIS is why the NHL will never evolve.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/2013/12/09/globe-how-many-games-should-thornton-suspended-for/FKuq6fDZVowLaZDa5jXSHJ/video.html

    • Throw the dang book at him. Stuff like this ius such a turn off for the casual fan to constantly see the game evolve into such knuckle dragging, monosyllabic grunting, booger eating savagery!

  22. Sounds like my family gatherings…

  23. Enough with the dayum fighting!

  24. WOOT WOOT!!!!

  25. MATTA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    DUPER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    CROSBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. We can have dance off on center lane drive.

  27. Another good night for hockey. Glad to see the good guys are winning.

  28. Good evening Sistah Cita and Hip Hop Hippo (that’s a keeper).

  29. I have a question. Since Neal was suspended he can’t be at the arena right?

  30. Well, poop. Fleury lost his SO

  31. Best goal horn in hockey! Good guys chalk up another win!

  32. Fleury was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO close to scoring a goal. Then Crosby out on the ice to “protect” a lead and boom Jackets ruin the shutout.

  33. So this imperfectly structured, injury riddled team has won six of seven.

    Bodacious.

  34. Did Engo get an assist on the Columbus goal?

    I only saw 2 periods but thought Bortuzzo played well. He did look a little gassed, another argument for playing him occasionally.

    Stuart

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