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Penguins 5, Canucks 4, shootout

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (31-12-1) vs. Vancouver Canucks (23-13-8)

Time: 10:08 p.m.

Site: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia

TV, radio: Root Sports, 105.9 The X

Here’s the official live summary.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Josh Yohe is ready to riot.

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. I hope Luongo plays.

    I hope Neal gets 3 and Letang gets 2.

  2. Jandy says:


  3. 1-3-1 better be better than it was the other night.


  4. Wild Bill says:

    Man I hate west coast swings. Usually see one period before bed.

    But, if the Pens are going to go all that distance, they might as well win.

  5. Pucknutz says:

    Ya ,me two—- see anything after he first through my eyelids !!! lol
    I like to see the West teams but just don’t make it.
    Detroit and Columbus are certainly glad to be in the East now. Fans espc.


  6. Milo Hamilton says:

    Does anyone know what brought on Letang’s infection ?

  7. Bizrow says:

    No, the only thing I heard was he got checked

    Must have been a skate?

  8. Bizrow says:

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  9. Milo Hamilton says:

    Just found a piece by Rossi on December 21. Nevermind.

  10. Milo Hamilton says:

    That’s it, and then surgery to clean out the infection.

  11. Pucknutz says:

    Pretty cool – 7 Pens (so far) playing in the Olympics !!! Plus 2 coaches ! Believe Shero has a piece of the action also.
    So far I say – injuries ya know.
    Real Deal and the Flower have the stats – 4 guys from one team – maybe too much.
    Olympics are gonna be a fun watch – gonna have to root for the last man (men) standing!
    Hey DK – we may be a little jaded- but deep down we know we are blessed!

  12. Sarah says:

    Actually not uncommon to get rashes and sometimes serious infections from the equipment esp elbow pads. I’d bet on that. Lots of mrsa in locker rooms too.

  13. scapper says:

    Is there anyone else out there who hates that NHL players are in the Olympics? Anyone? [Tumbleweeds….sound of empty wind blowing…crickets…]

    I wish no Pens were going. In fact, I wouldn’t mind mild ankle sprains for every one of them about three days before the trip to Sochi. Then they could all stay home and rest and not be a part of it.

    Oh well, I’ll be rooting for a final with the likes of Sweden and the Czech Republic…or Finland or someone like that. Let the Big Three go home medal-less. Olympic hockey was so much better when you didn’t really know the players.

  14. Milo Hamilton says:

    Amen brother.

  15. theplanisworking says:

    Milo, on the morning thread, said he didn’t want any Pens playing in the Olympics, due to possible injuries while over there.

    Don’t know if that counts…….

  16. JohninOshkosh says:

    Then you ought to really enjoy the Women’s Olympic tournament, Scapper.

  17. JohninOshkosh says:

    It’s hard not to call you Scrapper. :)

  18. theplanisworking says:

    Sorry, didnt see your post here.

  19. Milo Hamilton says:

    What’s up Plan. Apology not accepted cause it’s not necessary. :)

  20. Thundercrack says:


    Like the avatar. A lot

  21. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks, Milo.

    When 2 people post at the exact same time, I cant see the other post. Just a little slow on the uptake.

  22. Pucknutz says:

    Ya , lets go back to the days when the college boys were playing the Eastern Block “amateurs”

  23. Milo Hamilton says:

    The hazards of simultaneous posting.

  24. Eric Bowser says:

    Good evening…

    I’d like to thank Steve Yzerman and Team Canada for not picking Fleury, Neal, and St. Louis as it helps Team USA win gold. Seriously… if the selection process was serious about taking the best players, who selects Rick Nash?

    What an overrated bum!

    Yet, the inclusion of Kunitz is the bad move? Ok Canada….


    No Engelland on defense…. CELEBRATION TIME!

    Orpik – Despres
    Maatta – Niskanen
    Scuderi – Letang

  25. theplanisworking says:

    Seeing the harmonica was a first for the anthems…….

  26. Milo Hamilton says:

    All time leading goal scorer in Canucks history is Markus Naslund – 346. Glad we could help.

  27. Arriba Wilver says:

    Who is it?

  28. JohninOshkosh says:

    Thanks, TC.

    AW, it’s Joe Strummer.

  29. theplanisworking says:

    Alex Stojanov we hardly knew ye.

  30. Eric Bowser says:

    hated that deal (Naslund for Stojanov) when it happened and really hated it over the years.

  31. Eric Bowser says:

    Gibbons is taking advantage of his opportunity.

  32. theplanisworking says:

    That was impressive by the Hobbit.
    Beat an Olympian for the Canucks too.

  33. Milo Hamilton says:

    He always seemed like an all around classy guy. I like Craig Patrick, that might have been his worst.

  34. theplanisworking says:

    Funny how Patrick had his best and worst trades within 5 short years of each other.

    The Jagr “trade” was pretty bad also.

  35. Milo Hamilton says:

    Sid’s hurt. Right foot.

  36. Eric Bowser says:

    I appreciate the work Craig Patrick did from 90-94 but afterwards, blah.

  37. JohninOshkosh says:

    How bad is it ?

  38. Eric Bowser says:

    1. Naslund for Stojanov
    2. Sticking with Tom Barrasso, not paying Patrick Lalime.
    3. Craig Hillier as number one pick (23rd)…. what a horrible goalie.
    4. Robert Dome as number one pick (17th)…. didn’t bring this kid along right.
    5. Acquiring Frantisek Kucera… what a terrible defenseman
    6. Trading Jagr & Kucera for Beech, Sivek and Lupaschuk
    7. Refusing to trade Hrdina to Caps for Zubrus – ah, the story on this one is great.

    The drafts from 94-98 were horrendous, that’s why the team had to crash and burn until Whitney ’02, Fleury ’03, Malkin ’04, and Crosby ’05.

  39. Milo Hamilton says:

    He started the period, looks OK now.

  40. JohninOshkosh says:

    Thanks, Milo. (No TV here).

  41. Milo Hamilton says:

    Everyone’s in bed. Cup of hot chocolate. Leftover Christmas candy cane to stir. West coast Pens game. Mike Lange.


  42. Milo Hamilton says:

    … and Bowser just crushing Craig Patrick. :)

  43. theplanisworking says:

    Well, technically today is still Christmas, so…………. :)

  44. theplanisworking says:

    Why, with the Olympics coming up, do I see the Snickers commercial about “Win One for Mother Russia”, when Malkin scores?

  45. Milo Hamilton says:

    Eddie Lack is no Eddie Shack.

  46. Milo Hamilton says:

    I really like Deryk Engelland, the 4th line right winger.

  47. Eric Bowser says:

    yeah…. front of the line when it comes to Patrick. I said it for years and got criticized for it but the failures were the lean years, the failure was 94-98 drafts.

  48. Eric Bowser says:

    how many chances does Letang need…. ugh

  49. DJ says:

    Letang? Don’t worry everyone, he’s doing just fine.

  50. DJ says:

    0 for 3 on point blank chances.

  51. Milo Hamilton says:

    Sid get an assist on that ?

  52. Eric Bowser says:

    Crosby’s work defensively has taken a step back this year. He’s made some really bad plays like that one more than a few times and too many times caught gliding back into zone when other team scores.

  53. DJ says:

    Agreed. It’s almost like Mario told him he needs to pick his spots moving forward — due to injuries.

    I’ll be looking up Sid’s faceoff stats as well. I think he’s taken a step back there as well. He’s much higher off the ice and is using a side swipe move now. Too many pops on the jaw is my theory.

  54. DJ says:

    As I was stating above, too many pops to Sid’s jaw on FOs.

    He’s 51% this year to 54% last year on FOs.

  55. DJ says:

    Crazily, Sid may be more at risk to the butt end of sticks with his new, more upright FO stance.

  56. Milo Hamilton says:

    Quiet room for Letang.

  57. Milo Hamilton says:

    So glad I stayed up.

  58. Eric Bowser says:

    What a waste of time watching this joke of a response by Penguins after Letang gets hit in the head. After the failed and lame PP… Pens didn’t respond finishing any hits and Canucks just got all the momentum and boom, 2 goals.

  59. Drew71 says:

    Dejan jinxed em. He put the morning thread up DURING the game.


  60. Eric Bowser says:

    Now that’s a response…. 4-4 game!!!

  61. DJ says:

    The sheer arrogance of our organ-I-zation in scoring those last 2 goals.

  62. Drew71 says:

    Maybe I ticked off Dejan and the jinx breaks.

    I should do that more often.

    No more Mister Nice Guy from me, Dejan.

  63. Eric Bowser says:

    arrogance….. LOL

  64. Drew71 says:

    That’s ok. It’s not Toronto.

  65. DJ says:

    Sweet two points.

  66. Eric Bowser says:

    Crosby stunk the joint for two periods, didn’t really do much positive in third period and then boom. Game-tying goal with minute to go and then game-winning goal in shootout. Not a bad day for someone who was below the line for him.

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