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Penguins 3, Devils 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (21-10-1) vs. New Jersey Devils (12-14-6)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

TV, radio: Root Sports, MSG Plus (New York/New Jersey), 105.9 The X

Here’s the official live summary.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Rob Rossi and Josh Yohe are on the scene.

Also, from earlier today, here’s part of the talk I had with Jaromir Jagr following the Devils’ skate …

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.

93 Comments

  1. LETS GO PENS!

    Rest is all yours Plan!

  2. LOVE the Pens’ new Stadium Series jersey.

    Outstanding design.

  3. C’mom hippo….pucknutz doesn’t have all night….

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  5. Hey Biz,
    Nominations for ya:
    This mornings thread got me thinkin bout these two
    Vince Lascheide and John Barbaro

  6. I can’t ever forget these immortal words from David Puddy, especially when we’re playing the Devils.

    “No, I said no more face painting, and as you can see this is not my face.”

    • Sorry, David Puddy does not make the HOF ;-)

      Who the heck is David Puddy?

      Frank’s hair coordinator?

      • LOL

        I don’t think 21 was nominating Puddy (as he referred to himself).

        David Puddy is a Seinfeld character and Devils fan that went from painting his face to his chest when Elaine Benes told him not to paint his face. Great episode, if that show is up your alley.

        I think 21 was just mentioning him because Pens play the Devils tonight.

        This new blog format makes it more difficult to tell which posts are a response on some mobile devices.

  7. Rays resign James Loney

    Sigh, is Jeff Clement still playing ;-)

  8. Thornton situation still pending. If the NHL was in charge of an investigation on whether Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, it would probably take them a week for that too.

    Sorry, this Jagr was once a Penguin superstar and we shouldn’t boo him theme in the last two days seems awfully weak in the face of that Jagr video above where he had ample opportunity to be reflective on his career in Pittsburgh and maybe lend a hand out to the fans for his pouting and ‘dying alive’ attitude in the last year of his tenure. Maybe he would acknowledge his decision to select the Flyers over a third line role on the team wasn’t the best way to endear himself with the fans. Let’s remember, many of those fans at Consol were not fans back in the 90s.

    So if you boo Jagr, I think you are well within your right to do so. Just sucks it had to come down to this after #JagrWatch.

  9. Loney 3/$21 million. Are you effing kidding me, Pirates?

    Tabata and Gaby Sanchez it is then. Cheapest owner in sports.

    • I really don’t mind right-field situation being Tabata, Snider and Lambo until Polanco is up in June. The issue is first base being a disaster but 3-years for a player (Loney) that has been a career disappointment at the plate is too many years for me.

      The issue that I have is the length of time Huntington is taking to address their desperate need for first base. Now free agency options are gone and every other GM knows the team needs a 1B and will demand much more for their bat than what is deserved.

      Fully expect to see Justin Wilson moved.

    • Breathe pal. Offseason ain’t over yet. Think about it this way…if they signed James Loney, he would replace Martin as the richest FA contract the Bucs have given out. Don’t think he’s worth that.

  10. Anyone see that card carrying member of the KDUU known as Burke emerge from his cave in Calgary? Flames are in great hands…

  11. Penguins lineup…

    Defense:
    Maatta – Letang
    Niskanen – Engelland
    Despres – Bortuzzo

    Forwards:
    Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
    Jokinen – Malkin – Megna
    Conner – Sutter – Vitale
    Adams – Sill – Kobasew

    Goalies:
    Starter – Fleury
    Backup – Zatkoff

  12. Outsider’s view on Jagr here. I’m a Rangers fan (dodge, dip, dive, duck, and dodge the rotten vegetables thrown at me) and I’d like to take issue with a few comments that people said he never “carried” a team to a higher place than it should have been. Jagr basically made me a hockey fan after the previous lockout. The Rangers were widely thought of to be the worst team in hockey coming out of the lockout, and Jagr stated that they would surprise people. He had perhaps one of his best years, finishing 2nd in the league in points and leading them to a very surprising playoff birth. Basically, him and Lundqvist were the primary reasons for the Rangers becoming relevant (or semi-relevant) again.
    As far as Pittsburgh fans booing him, that’s before I moved here, and I suppose I just don’t understand it. He’s been a great player for the franchise (probably the best European player ever) and I feel a bit odd judging him by decisions he’s made to not come back or to leave in the first place. To each their own, but I think DK is right in that his contributions to the franchise shouldn’t be minimized because of how he left.

  13. Wow! That didnt take long.

    1-0 good guys thanks to Duper.

  14. Ye old pickle stabber!!!

  15. Great officiating as Schneider never had the puck frozen.

    Dupuis pokes it in, 1-0 Pens.

    … if Malkin scores there…

  16. I would just like to say that the 2 big trades this offseason/ beginning of the season, Vanek to the Isles, and Schneider to the Devils…………… they dont appear to be too good.

    Early quotes were the devils and isles were “huge winners”.
    Now, it doesnt look like that is the case.
    Thoughts?

    • I think Schneider has done well, I thought Errey said that his losses have mostly resulted in little support. The Vanek trade was just odd by the Isles and looks really stupid as the Sabres might get two top 10 picks this year, I think.

      • I just get a little curious about any trade that is considered a “sure thing” when its announced.

        Just was thinking out loud, I guess.

  17. Great beginning let’s keep it going.

  18. Yes! Love hearing that horn!

  19. SUTTER?

    2-0 good guys.

  20. Devils running around, very strange to see them this bad defensively. Conner wide open for a goal.

    • Eric, to your point about the slowness about Thornton’s hearing/punishment………….. I just searched multiple websites, and nothing. Wonder why the delay?

      Only thing I could find is it is supposed to be announced tomorrow.
      I would say thats odd, but its the NHL.

      • According to Rossi on the pre-game the NHL is being very cautious with this because of the concussion law suites. He says they do want to get this one right. Especially because this one was (and I don’t know if I am saying this correctly) “in the course of play related”.
        He made it sound like he expects the NHL to come down VERY hard on this one. May not even be till Sunday.
        That is my take on it — anybody else see it – comments?

        • Thats NOT in the course of play- correction

        • I am all for them delaying it until March, if it means they come down hard on Thornton.
          Just eager to see what they do.

          • I have to say I have NO IDEA why the NHL would continue to delay. Of course the concussion lawsuit is out ther….as it was before the incident, and after…..
            They have had a WEEK to review this.
            What on God’s earth could cause further delay ? Are they just hoping for a slow-news weekend?

  21. The breakout being used by the Penguins a few times tonight has been outstanding.

  22. Tape to tape – sniper shot -Connner
    For some strange reason (couple of those just stunned not dead brain cells of mine kicked in for a second)—
    Chuck Conners of the old Rifelman TV show flashed for a sec …..
    Ya , I am not right.

  23. Well, the days off certainly have helped the Pens.
    Megna! 3-0 good guys.

  24. Okay what odds do you give that Schneider will be in goal in the 2nd period? Hmmmmmm?

    • If he gives up another goal. zero % chance.

      If he doesnt, 90% chance.

      And, I cant think of any good Yogi Berra quotes to apply here……..

  25. Pens top 2 lines are unstoppable at moment… imagine if they had a 3rd line… oh wait, they even scored tonight.

    Megna, great work for 3-0 lead.

  26. Where’s Jandy? Waxing the pitbull or brushing the Shelby? Or versa visa?

  27. Pirates have officially signed Edinson Volquez and Clint Barmes, thus DFA’s Jerry Sands and Ryan Reid.

  28. Pens almost had more zone time than the Devils on that kill !!!
    Cool

  29. Okay let’s not see how fast that the Devils can tie the game. Sheesh!

  30. Dupuis takes a shot up high… no call.

    Want to sue the NHL, great way to win is saying they have officiating that isn’t prepared or willing to enforce the rules.

  31. These refs are intent on getting the Devils back in the game, and maybe giving it to them

  32. And I LOVED the hit Sill put on Volchenkov :)

  33. What the heck is going on??? A 3 – zip lead and that was one of the worst periods I’ve seen the Pens play this season.

  34. Off to the races – Flower holding the fort !!!

  35. is the blog broke???

  36. WOW oh WOW. MAF playing out of his head. Yikes.

  37. Thanks everyone who commented, bold and otherwise on the morning thread. A wild and wonderful day, though glad to be back. Just about ready to crash.

  38. Well, that was a furious final 10 minutes.

    Fleury should be first star of the game.
    Now, off to Detroit tomorrow night.

    Tomorrow is supposed to be Thorntons announcement.
    Night all.

  39. And I see that little kiss I had broke the blog.

  40. 2 Points – lousy second period actually made the third quite entertaining!
    Did they think they had in the bag after the first? Or did jersey just suck it up?
    Flower saves em – tighten up guys – Hockey Town on the morrow!

  41. I’m just sorry that the last encounter with the Devils this season is on December 31 in New Jersey since we’re 3-0 against them and the Pens have played some of their best hockey against them.

  42. I just read that Steelers fans are the saddest fans in pro football right now for obvious reasons, and that article also says they’re the happiest when the Steelers win and the most unhappy when the Steelers lose, or so it’s been said, anyhow.

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