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On location: Penguins 5, Canadiens 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (34-13-2) vs. Montreal Canadiens (27-17-5)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

TV, radio: Root Sports, TSN (Canada), RDS (Quebec), 105.9 The X

Here’s the official live summary.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Rob Rossi, Josh Yohe and I are 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. Brandie says:

    FIRST IN!!!!!!

    LET’S GO PENS!!!!!!!

  2. Pucknutz says:


    LETS GO PENS !!!!

  3. Church night. Hold down the fort.

  4. Barb says:

    It’s too cold to go to church. Cancelled my church choir practice because of it. God will understand, I hope.

  5. Pucknutz says:

    As much as I dislike Suban… somewhat of a goon and dirty player… the guys got a pretty good skill set.
    The Saint ain’t gonna like this but…. if he was playin for the Pens… he would be a big fan favorite!

  6. It’s 20 here. But He understands, Barb.


  7. Barb says:

    Scire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jussi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Pucknutz says:

    Well, Malkin just made him look like a pylon !

  9. Pucknutz says:

    Now he tries beatin on Geno and goes to the box !! :)

  10. Barb says:

    Brandecita keeping warm tonight I hope?

  11. Brandie says:

    Very warm. Hope all is good in Barb land. Good to see a SCIRE!

  12. Barb says:

    Absolutely keeping warm and toasty.

  13. Jandy says:

    Not a fav of mine. The guy is a punk. he’s dirty. When he hurts someone, tell me how good he is.

    I can’t repeat what I said when Malkin passed to Jussi and Jokinen scored.

    This is a G rated blog :D

  14. Jandy says:

    It’s quiet in here. Where’s the Hipposter?

  15. Barb says:

    Good question Jandy. Hope he didn’t freeze in the pond.

  16. Jandy says:

    Pray for us Revvie.

  17. Jandy says:

    I’m puttin out an APB on one Purple Hippo!

  18. Brandie says:

    I was wondering the same thing. Chat is missing something without Hipposter and Bowser firing someone.

  19. theplanisworking says:

    You rang?

  20. Brandie says:

    Purple Hippo sounds like something that will get you drunk.

  21. Jandy says:

    You know Bowser is in Disney, right?

  22. Jandy says:

    Hey, hey, there he is :)

  23. Jandy says:

    Haha, good one, Sistah :)

  24. Brandie says:

    Yes. I do remember that. He and his dry sense of humor are definitely missed.

  25. Brandie says:

    The two eyed, one horned, flying purple hipponator!

  26. Jandy says:

    very much so

  27. Jandy says:


  28. Jandy says:

    OOps Jussi!!!!

  29. Brandie says:

    Boone’s Farm Purple Hippo!

  30. theplanisworking says:

    Rhinos have horns silly!

    I come in just when Jussi scires again!

  31. theplanisworking says:

    Drunk on Purple Hippos, huh?

  32. theplanisworking says:

    No, Barb, pond is frozen, but I am safe. ;)

  33. Barb says:

    Hey hey Planimal so glad you joined us.

  34. Brandie says:

    Excellent. I hope this team continues to carve an identity of one that is balanced both offensively and defensively. I want to see better Puck management from all players, not just the rookies or the WBS Crew. Getting weary of Scatter Shot, Throw Someone In A Slot To See If He’ll Stick Hockey.

  35. Jandy says:

    not tonight…drinking my own brewed iced tea :)

  36. Brandie says:





  37. Jandy says:


  38. Brandie says:

    Dandy Don Meredith would be proud! :)

  39. Jandy says:

    Another penalty for Punk Subban

  40. Barb says:

    Alrighty then a PP goal by our El Capitan.

  41. Jandy says:

    And another goal for the Pens

  42. Jandy says:

    Penalty on Chicken Cubes

  43. theplanisworking says:


  44. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks Barb.
    Good to be here.
    And, Pens lighting the lamp multiple times.

  45. Jandy says:

    Scire Geno and the rout is on! Price is chased :D

  46. theplanisworking says:


  47. theplanisworking says:

    Glad they got that stinker out against the Panthers.
    I think they were rightly embarrassed…….

  48. Brandie says:

    So does PK stand for Punk Knucklehead?

  49. Brandie says:

    As well they should have been. I take some credit for tonight’s performance…after all, I told em’ to SCIRE! :)

    If they didn’t, the nun was coming after them with her size 9 Wide Behaviir Correcting Shoes!

  50. Brandie says:

    Correcting to say Behavior.

  51. theplanisworking says:

    Little wound up tonight, eh Brandie?
    Jandy typos, giving me a horn, chatterin like a set of dentures with Mexican jumping beans in it…..

  52. Jandy says:

    They were primed and ready!

  53. Wild Bill says:

    Not happy about Neal and Kobasew getting hurt again. Otherwise, all good.

  54. theplanisworking says:

    Evening, Bill.
    Welcome to the ladies’ party tonight.
    They are a little bit wound up…….

  55. Wild Bill says:

    They’ve been on a roll for a couple days now. I had to warn off hockeymonster yesterday.

    In other good news, Carolina beat the Flyers tonight.

  56. Brandie says:

    Good Evening Rugged William!

  57. Brandie says:

    Are they SOFFF?

  58. theplanisworking says:

    Always a good day when Philthy loses.

  59. Wild Bill says:

    Hey Plan, sounded like you had a high old time watching Pitt last night.

  60. Jandy says:

    that works

  61. Brandie says:

    They meaning Neal and Kobasew.

  62. Wild Bill says:

    Greetings Brandie! When you and Jandy team up, the Pens seem to respond.

  63. Wild Bill says:

    Sure hope not.

  64. Brandie says:

    I will try to tame myself.

  65. Brandie says:

    We should take our act in the road. With Jandstar and Brandstar…the Pens can’t Lose.

  66. theplanisworking says:

    No, don’t change. ;)

  67. theplanisworking says:

    Oh yeah, always a good time when Pitt is winning.
    They look good……….. even in the loss to Syracuse, they had chances.
    Got a big one with Dook next Monday.

  68. Wild Bill says:

    Hope they can win it – my kiddos are huge Dook fans, and I’d love to be able to dish out some doo doo.

  69. Jandy says:

    Fleury seems to be focused well

  70. theplanisworking says:

    Should be an interesting game.

  71. Wild Bill says:

    Big one for him against the goalie who will represent Canada instead of him.

  72. Jandy says:

    Motivation indeed

  73. hockeymonster says:

    This reminds me of the caps game back in november.

  74. hockeymonster says:

    Ok that wasn’t what I meant

  75. Brandie says:

    Fleury is great when focused on the herexand noe. I worry when he obsessed on what’s been and gone. Done bun can’t be undone.

  76. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, the goalies fighting would solve all the world’s problems……. lol

  77. Bizrow says:

    So far so good

    A sweet lady I worked with just pulled a signed Malkin jersey out of a bag on TV

    She is such a sweet lady and such a fan, I gave her my Mike Lange bobblehead when I was cleaning out my office

    Seeing her smile was pretty cool

  78. Brandie says:

    Should be here and now. I type like I have Edward Scissorhands.

  79. Brandie says:

    Now that’s what I call Awesome!

  80. Jandy says:


  81. Jandy says:

    who was that suckerpunched brooksie?

  82. Jandy says:

    Hiya Monster Mash

  83. hockeymonster says:

    Team USA disco bobblehead is made in China. Can you believe it?

  84. theplanisworking says:

    Biz, did you see a Lunatic posted from Aleppo Township the other day?

    Nice about your friend. That charity bag thing is yet another great idea from the Pens.

  85. hockeymonster says:


  86. scapper says:

    Check out someone on this blog referencing Macbeth.

  87. scapper says:

    Had to love Iron Mike Fleury. “You wanna go? Okay, let’s go!” Then skates at 30% speed to the left instead of toward the goalie he was so ready to dance with. Hilarious. Man, I love that dude!

  88. Wild Bill says:

    Orpik got a misconduct for being attacked. Only in the NHL.

  89. Jandy says:

    actually I do believe it

  90. Jandy says:

    effn Prust is tryin to keep up with Punk Subban

  91. theplanisworking says:

    Garage league.

  92. Wild Bill says:

    Now that was Penguin ice hockey, as Bylsma would say it.

  93. Bizrow says:

    No, thanks

    I’ve been laid up the past few days, slipped on black ice on Sunday, my left hand has not been working much, but its coming around. thanks again, will add that to our list

    I am excited for my buddy, Tommi

    She is a season ticket holder, but with outages and her job, often misses going

    I’ve been missing that smile ;-)

    A good win

  94. Brandie says:

    Does Hockey Monster look like Cookie Monster with a goalie mask? Just curious.

  95. Bizrow says:

    That location makes 444

  96. Jandy says:

    yes indeed!!

  97. Brandie says:

    You Tell Em’ Thrill Billy!

  98. Jandy says:


  99. Jandy says:

    we don’t know cuz he won’t get an avatar!!!

  100. Pucknutz says:

    Really don’t matter… aint figured out the penaltys yet but Orpik got 10 … for what . recieving!
    Refs did a good job keeping the goalies apart. Guy did call the Flower out….
    No need for goalie fights …. maybe the Neanderthals have started to see some light….. hmmm
    Typical end to a “blowout” type game – code ya know. Is the Code puttin people in the seats ???? Doubt it.

    Pens win…. Sleep well fans!!!

  101. Pucknutz says:

    30% speed to the left
    LOL Love it !!!

  102. hockeymonster says:

    Retirement sounds rough

  103. Bizrow says:

    I think Tommi just made more on Root than the Pirates do ;-)

    Hi Frank

  104. Bizrow says:

    You miss the people

    And its tough to not be involved in stuff

    Its not tough, however to not get up until you want to in the am ;-)

  105. Pucknutz says:

    Garage league

    Even though the icon Mr lemieux coined the phrase … getting rather trite . don’t ya think? :)

  106. Brandie says:

    Shakespeare by way of Stephen King’s Insomnia.

  107. The Penguins just won tonight 5-1 although late in the third quarter, the refs had to separate the Pittsburgh and Montreal goalies, so all is fine with the world again.

  108. theplanisworking says:


  109. Barb says:

    Well I just woke up and missed all the banter. I am going to say good night since I have been looking at the inside of my eye lids for the past hour. Nite all.

  110. Pirates’ President Frank Coonelly proclaimed this afternoon that the Bucs will someday sign a $100 million dollar player, although he couldn’t tell us when, and, hopefully, this won’t turn out to be just a pleasant dream.

  111. Bizrow says:


    Also, he forgot to mention that someday the sun will blow up, that might happen sooner

    PS, they already signed a 100mm player, only cheaper, much cheaper, No 22

    Frank, IMHO, should stay on wine and off the hard stuff

    Hi Frank

  112. Bizrow says:


  113. theplanisworking says:

    Agreed. He should never, ever speak, because he just makes a bigger fool of himself when he talks. Amazing he is the president of this ballclub………

  114. Oh hi ya to you too…4am coming soon.

  115. Bizrow says:

    He is good at picking up dining/booze checks :-)

  116. Jeff says:

    Great article on Letang, but I disagree. I’m left with questions:
    -Shero’s obviously foreseen this scenario, at least from a general perspective, since Letang has a limited clause rather than a no trade clause. What vibe do you, Rossi, or Yohe get from the organization on trading Letang for the pieces that would solve the offense depth issue?
    -Despres is obviously the black sheep of the prospect pool nowadays, and it’s been reported that everyone has ‘soured’ on him. How would a Letang trade impact that? Could both of them be packaged, or would giving up Letang AND Despres be too harmful to the Pens’ pool of D prospects?

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