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Penguins 5, Wild 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (25-10-1) vs. Minnesota Wild (20-11-5)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

TV, radio: Root Sports, NHL Network (national), Fox Sports Northwest (Minnesota), 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:

    BEAT MIKE YO!!!!!!!!

    And, 16 feet of snow on Oshie for rooting for the Wild!

    And, lets go 1-3-1 (for Lucky).
    And, SCIRE!!! (for Brandie).

  2. Jandy says:

    What? No FIRE BYLSMA????

  3. theplanisworking says:

    He has been doing better recently, especially with all the injuries/suspensions.
    And, I have been quick to acknowledge this.

    So he is safe for now………. but if he “dummies up” again, he is fair game.

  4. Jandy says:

    LOL! Yes, you have said he is doing better. Any coach is always fair game ;)

  5. I love that Micha avi. Much better than Mother T. Looks ornery like her grandma.

    But we’re all beautiful in God’s eyes. (Some much prettier in man’s though). No offense to the leathery saint. Scripturally, even her feet are beautiful. The Bible says “how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news that our God reigns.” Isaiah 52:7, paraphrased by me and a song. And she brought the good news.


  6. theplanisworking says:

    No mention of the 1-3-1 in the Scriptures. ;)

    “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” — Proverbs 31:30.

    Remember this the next time an ugly Nun hits your fingers.

  7. Eric Bowser says:

    Oh no…. I’m not letting this little thing (coaching AHL team) change my opinion of Bylsma’s work come playoff time. He’s doing great but I want to see this in April, May and June.

    Fleury is the team MVP but again, it will come down to April, May and June for him as well.

  8. Eric Bowser says:

    Megna out 6 weeks with lower body injury…. love new medical discoveries

    Zatkoff starts in goal

  9. Brandie says:

    Just got fired today from the job I hated. Will find out when I can start the job I have had since summer.

  10. theplanisworking says:


    I thought the job was going well?

    Prayers for you. This stinks………

  11. theplanisworking says:

    Tell us how you really feel.

  12. Eric Bowser says:

    Who fires someone near Christmas… hopefully you’ll be ok!

  13. Eric Bowser says:

    Red Alert:
    I’m sick… no thanks to my wife and tomorrow is my birthday…. yeah, I’m peachy.

  14. Arriba Wilver says:

    I thought catechism was Weds nights?


  15. Groat does. But he was remorseful.

  16. Brandie says:

    Just my opportunity to case manage for convicts instead of kids. The kids will be disappointed and it hurts that I cannot finish what I started with them, bout I will make more money and have less stress. I will get my start date tomorrow.

  17. Eric Bowser says:

    even I have a heart…. can’t say that’ll exist in January.

  18. I’m not Catholic. I can preach any time of the day or night. Just not on the blog.


  19. Good for you Brandecita. You’ll do great.

  20. theplanisworking says:

    I dont have anything for the offering plate, Reverend.
    But I am with you in spirit.

  21. Don’t worry about that.

    I never once put an offering ahead of the message.

    It comes at the end of our service.

    Kind of like the 3 stars in a hockey game.

  22. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’m just pulling your leg (and Plan’s 4 legs) Rev. I know you’re not Catholic.

  23. JohninOshkosh says:

    Happy Birthday, Eric ! Many more. Presents on the 20th and, still more, just 5 days later !

  24. I shouldn’t be preaching on here, anyway, AW, no matter what church.

    Nice to sneak one in once in a while. But not on somebody else’s blog. Don’t want to run anyone off here like we do with baseball talk.


  25. hockeymonster says:

    How dare they mess with queen of Consol Dome?!?! Glad you sound optimistic brandicita.

  26. Besides, Twitter reveals DK in Philly eating cheese steaks and visiting Independence Hall, so we can talk baseball without him getting upset. Dali must be with him. Two days in NY and sightseeing in Philly.

  27. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, DK’s facebook page has people arguing over Primanti’s vs Philly cheesesteaks.

    And the obligatory “yinzers” reference.

  28. theplanisworking says:

    Happy Birthday.
    Dont fire Bylsma tomorrow!

  29. theplanisworking says:

    Oshie, my Sixers tried to guarantee they wouldnt win another game this year today.

    There were rumors there was supposed to be a trade…… Omir Asik to Philly for Spencer Hawes and a 1st round pick. Asik is injured, and Hawes is one of Philly’s only good players. They didnt want to send the pick to Houston.

    If this trade would have gone through, Philly wouldnt have won another game this year.

  30. Dodkong says:

    I have love of few things Philadephia, but cheese steaks are one of them.

  31. Pucknutz says:


    Hi Guys and gals – lookin for a good game tonight – hopein the JV can carry on!!!

  32. JohninOshkosh says:

    Penguins 5-2 against the west.

    Wild goalie Josh Harding on IR. Niklas Backstrom in goal.

  33. theplanisworking says:

    Wow! THAT didnt take long.

    1-0 Good guys!

  34. Pucknutz says:

    That one looked good even before the Juggling act!!!!

  35. Eric Bowser says:

    That didn’t take long, Bortuzzo knocks Cooke to ice

    …even better, Backstrom fumbles the puck and Dupuis whacks the puck into the net.

    1-0 Pens

  36. JohninOshkosh says:

    Pens muscled that goal in against Backstrom.

  37. Eric Bowser says:

    Let’s give some credit to Olli Maatta for joining the rush and getting a tough shot on goal.

    This kid is good.

  38. JohninOshkosh says:

    Why are these two teams fighting ?

  39. Brandie says:

    The hockey gods demand it!

  40. theplanisworking says:

    Becuase that is what neanderthals do.
    They cant help it.
    Doesnt make any sense, but it is in “the code”……… FIGHT !!!

  41. theplanisworking says:

    And another one.
    Yep, totally necessary.

  42. Milo Hamilton says:

    Quick, more ice packs.

  43. JohninOshkosh says:

    Crowd eating it up. So tiresome. No flow to this game whatsoever.

  44. Eric Bowser says:

    Clean hit, let’s fight… stupid.

  45. theplanisworking says:

    Here’s an idea……….. lets not play hockey. Dont try to score.
    Lets just fight all night, until there is no one left.

    Then we can pick snowflakes out of a hat to determine the winner of the game.

    GENIUS !

  46. Milo Hamilton says:

    Christmas needs to come soon so Michael Bolton can go away. As Don Imus put it, “Sounds like a cat with his tail stuck in a blender.”

  47. theplanisworking says:

    Sorry, that Honda ad goes into January.
    I didnt know Bolton was alive until I saw those 1 million commercials…..

  48. theplanisworking says:

    Sorry, that Honda ad goes into January.
    I didnt know Bolton was alive until I saw those 1 million commercials…..

  49. JohninOshkosh says:

    Worst ad campaign in years. You really want to associate your product with (to quote “Office Space”) that “ass-clown” ?

  50. Pucknutz says:

    That is one of my Xmas wishes Milo – Bolton be Gone ! LOL

  51. Dodkong says:

    Less TV watching could also accomplish that ;)

  52. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’m a fan of “Jan” in the Toyota ads, though. :)

  53. Milo Hamilton says:

    So I’m not alone there.

  54. theplanisworking says:

    I am a fan of Kaley Cuoco in the Toyota ads.
    But not her dog……..

  55. Pucknutz says:

    True! :)

  56. Dodkong says:

    Errey with some questionable choice of words while doing commentary there

  57. Milo Hamilton says:

    This game is what the NHL has degenerated into. Makes your eyes bleed.

  58. theplanisworking says:

    First period score 1-0 Pens.

    1 goal, 2 fights.
    YAY !

  59. Dodkong says:

    Too much looking for that perfect pass at the end of the period. Put the puck on net. What do they have to loose?

  60. Milo Hamilton says:

    Four games have gone to the 1st intermission, 4 total goals.

  61. Pucknutz says:

    ?????? missed that

  62. JohninOshkosh says:

    This game is….nodding off…a…must not fall asleep…turkey.

    P to the U.

  63. Dodkong says:

    on Connor getting checked and going over top of the Wild Dman, “He was riding him bareback there” or something close to that.

  64. Jandy says:

    Thanks Spunky, just saw this….Mischa is adorable, if i say so myself :)

  65. Dodkong says:

    I’m happy the Pens are winning. Wild have had their number in recent meetings

  66. Milo Hamilton says:

    Mild outhit the Penguins in that 1st period 10-5. I live by a very simple axiom – home team gets outhit, home team loses. Should never be outhit in your own building.

  67. Jandy says:

    Good luck to you, Sistah, I hope all goes well for you! Hugz!

  68. JohninOshkosh says:

    Nice interview with Cooke during intermission on Fox Sports North. Called Pens fans “a great fan base.”

  69. Jandy says:

    He’s better than Bieber!

  70. Jandy says:

    He just may grow on you yet, Oshie ;)

  71. theplanisworking says:

    Time to watch quality programming………

    Charlie Brown Christmas.
    I will report if there are any fights. :)

  72. Jandy says:

    Ha! Watch out for Pigpen ;)

  73. Jandy says:

    If the refs don’t know the rules, why are they even on the friggin ice????

  74. Milo Hamilton says:

    He’s got history with Peppermint Patty.

  75. Milo Hamilton says:

    Nice work by Vitale there.

  76. theplanisworking says:

    Ok, Snoopy just kissed Lucy, and she called for disinfectant.
    No fights yet.

  77. theplanisworking says:

    3-0 Good Guys. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Back to Chuck Brown. ;)

  78. theplanisworking says:

    3-0 Good Guys. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Back to Chuck Brown. ;)

  79. twentytwo22 says:

    3 goals against the Wild. It’s a Christmas miracle.

  80. Pucknutz says:

    Kunitz hanging in front of the net made that goal ! We got one guy that ain’t afraid of the net front!

  81. Dodkong says:

    Maybe Letang should take some lessons from Niskanen

  82. twentytwo22 says:

    Zach Parise’s stats
    last year with the Devils 82 games 31g 38a 69p
    with the Wild 83 games 33g 32a 65p

    Had your chance bud.

  83. Pucknutz says:

    In all fairness my Saintly one – they blew that one down on the broken stick – close but whistle blew.

  84. Jandy says:

    These refs are friggin clueless…what an embarrassment

  85. Milo Hamilton says:

    Well, the officiating is nothing but consistent from night to night. Consistently awful, that is.

  86. Jandy says:

    the face off whistle?

  87. Jandy says:

    well said Milo!

  88. Milo Hamilton says:

    Playing for the Mild can anesthetize the best of ‘em.

  89. Dodkong says:

    Something to be said about going home and getting paid to play.

    Much like the once in a lifetime chance to play with your brother.

    Sometimes, the allure of playing with Sid and Geno just comes in second.

  90. Milo Hamilton says:

    Or coaching the Redskins with your dad. :)

  91. Milo Hamilton says:

    We are very lucky that James Neal is not seriously hurt. Dirty play by Ballard. Neal was justified going after him there.

  92. Jandy says:

    Good Job, Nealer, Ballard is an azzmunch

  93. Dodkong says:

    absolutely ridiculous that Neal is fighting. Taking a chance at breaking his hand after all the injuries this team has is ludicrous speed!

  94. Milo Hamilton says:

    Anyone seen Oshkosh ? John ?

  95. Jandy says:

    That was a simply amazing pass by Sid to Kunie

  96. Jandy says:

    Poop. WIld scores

  97. Dodkong says:

    Well, yes you are correct, if we were to cross our sports cliches. ;)

  98. Jandy says:

    way up there!!!! ^^^

  99. theplanisworking says:

    Next year, I want Snoopy and the gang to decorate my tree.

  100. Pucknutz says:

    Well …. it ain’t changed in 40 years… always has been … prolly always will be.
    But they always seem to make the “make up call”
    Does that make it right??? That’s hockey.
    Any game, any sport, always some marginal calls.

  101. Dodkong says:

    Yup, in the long run, things tend to even out. At some point in the season the Pens will have some calls go their way when they shouldn’t.

  102. Brandie says:

    I will be able to get a start date for the new job at least. At the old job, one person was responsible for way too much. I felt stressed, wasted, used, and like a failure on some level each day I was there. I helped those kids as much as I could. I was their favorite staff because I talked to them like they were human. It was much better than putting kids into restraint or yelling at them when they were misbehaving. I always let those kids know how much I believed in them. That is something I will always be proud of. I still get thanks and compliments from my past kids!


  103. Milo Hamilton says:

    Olli Maata and Matt Niskanen are both +3.

  104. Brandie says:

    Thank you all for your support.

  105. DJ says:

    As bad as Kunitz is at shootouts is as good he is at finishing.

    Pure gold.

  106. DJ says:

    Agreed. Not a hip check. More like a medial collateral check.

  107. theplanisworking says:

    You sound like a fundraising pledge break.
    Hope you do good, Brandie.

    A Merry Ho-Ho-Ho from your Hip-Hop Hippo!

  108. Jandy says:

    Another poop

  109. Milo Hamilton says:

    Fatigue is setting in.

  110. Brandie says:

    Tha quote of the day…it is getting quite sloppy!

  111. Jandy says:


  112. theplanisworking says:

    MATTA FOR PREZ !!!!!!!!

  113. toochca says:

    Johnston Chiefs are ready!!

  114. Brandie says:

    Short handed score! BEAKER!!!!! PENALTY SHOT!!!!!!!

  115. Brandie says:

    Good Evening Jandstar!

  116. Jandy says:

    lol sure is….

  117. Pucknutz says:

    Ya Plan watch your Charlie Brown…
    Kill a 5 on 3 … Ollie w/ a rare penalty shot…. score..
    Real boring hockey….

  118. Jandy says:

    What a smile, eh? :)

  119. Brandie says:

    The kid is aces!

  120. JohninOshkosh says:

    Sorry. Had to drop in a Christmas party. Made my appearance. Middle aged people getting inebriated watching Wisconsin in the women’s volleyball final four. I’m guessing inappropriate behaviour will start soon.

    Speaking of drinking, I see Dany Heatley scored.

  121. Jandy says:

    Brabdecita my sistah :)

  122. Pucknutz says:

    Speechless I am – this kid is other wordily!

  123. Jandy says:

    the Miracle before Christmas ;)

  124. theplanisworking says:

    Hey, Puckz……..
    The Charlie Brown thing was over almost an hour ago.
    I didnt watch it because the game was boring, ok?
    And, I saw the penalty shot.

    The other night, you came after me, when I was having a discussion with someone else.
    What is your general problem?
    Besides causing trouble, that is.

  125. theplanisworking says:

    Oh, and you are being “patronizing”.

  126. scapper says:

    Niskanen seems intent on supplanting Dupes as the best “throw-in” on the Pens’ roster.

  127. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Heatley line is pure blog gold.

  128. Milo Hamilton says:

    Didn’t even know Matt Cooke was playing until right then. Kinda like the last 3 or so years.

  129. Brandie says:

    I think I may have made a wrongheaded comment below. I am sorry and will also apologize to Plan.

  130. Brandie says:

    I am sorry for the comment I made above Place. I meant it in jest.

  131. Brandie says:

    Plan…not Place. I am really sucking at everything today! :-(

  132. Pucknutz says:

    Ya I was thinkin the same thing !! :)

  133. theplanisworking says:

    Brandie, whatever are you talking about?
    You didnt make any bad comments to me, silly.
    I dont know what you are apologizing for.

    You are golden, girl.

  134. theplanisworking says:

    No you didnt.
    Not at all.

    I was referencing someone else.
    You are good.

  135. Jandy says:

    nah, you’re fine sistah

  136. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, listen to your Mom, Brandie!

  137. Brandie says:

    Thank you. Not here to hurt anyone. Just making sure!

  138. theplanisworking says:

    Brandie, you are in the blog Hall of Fame.
    I do hope you have good luck at your job!

  139. Brandie says:

    Best Goal Horn In Hockey! Great Win! Must get rid of the fighting…just taints the win for me. Distasteful!

  140. Brandie says:


    You don’t know how much I needed that! Thank you for giving your heart to someone you have never seen before!

  141. theplanisworking says:

    How can one say no to a Muppet?
    Positive thoughts, Brandie.

  142. Pucknutz says:

    Hey Plan… no offence was ever intended.
    I was joking …. lame as it may have been… maybe did not put the right emoticons up.
    That said — we are just two different personality’s – I am a glass half full type guy. I see you (right or wrong) as a “glass half empty” type. (absolutely no offence intended) just different outlooks.
    I will admit to Jaggin or pokin ya on occasion …. but I am just having some fun agreeing to disagree – please never take anything I post as personal – even if I do not word things just right.
    Good blog… good people…I an’t wantin to start no sh$$.
    patronizing”- ok bad choice of words— but hey it’s a blog — sometimes the fingers get ahead of the brain.
    Looking forward to having some sparkling repartee with you in the future!!! :)

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