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Penguins 6, Islanders 4

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (35-13-2) vs. New York Islanders (21-24-7)

Time: 7:38 p.m.

Site: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y.

TV, radio: Root Sports, NBC Sports (national), TSN2 (Canada), 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 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.


  1. Allright Lunatics, you are in trouble, I can type again

    • • Welcome Lunatics, if you don’t see your current location below, please add a reply to this post

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    • Argentina, Buenos Aries
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    Alaska – Anchorage
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    Brazil – Vitoria, São Paulo
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    China – Beijing
    Crete – Vlites
    Colorado – Ft Collins, Estes Park*, Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs
    Connecticut – Cos Cob, Bridgeport, Wallingford, Norwalk, NEWTOWN
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    France – Strasbourg,
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    • 1/23/2014 6:01 PM

    I’m psyched

    Frank says in my granddaughters lifetimes ( one is 6 the other is 2), the PBC will have a 100MM player

    Earth to Frank, drop the MD2020, we already have one in Cutch

    Hi, BTW, Frank

  2. Dejan, please be careful over there

    I don’t think Lisa will be giving you a cab ;-)

  3. I too urge Dejan to watch his back in Sochi, and I will also be praying for the safety of our athletes who’ll be competing there as well.

  4. And now I’d like to know if you all have any opinion about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s announcement that he might allow marijuana to be used to treat concussions.

    • NFL should have absolutely nothing to say about any marijuana use by its players. None. This is a league that tolerates (and tacity encourages, really) the use of PED’s. Almost every NFL arrest seems to involve alcohol. Most of them get by week to week because of ridiculously strong painkillers.

      And yet the league tests for and suspends guys who want to toke up now and then. Believe me, if you let these guys smoke more weed without having to worry about getting caught and suspended, you’ve have fewer arrests, less domestic violence and maybe even less drinking.

      • I totally agree, Scapper. Marijuana should be legalized and prescribed by prescription.

        • Heck yes, and no need to even require prescriptions. To think that the NFL can suspend a player for this is such hypocrisy. Best thing for these guys would be easy, legal access to marijuana. It’d chill their uber-testoteroned, steroided selves right out, not to mention be better for their season-long aches and pains than all those pills they pop.

            • I see on my scroll that Real Sports has segment on marijuana use in the NFL on this newest episode. Haven’t seen it yet, but can’t wait to see how they treat this issue. I’m telling you, people will look back at this era and wonder just what the heck this reefer madness was all about.

  5. LETS GO PENS !!!!

  6. The Pens have indicated that they will use Jeff Zadgeff as goalie tonight, so there’ll be no repetition of the near square off last night.

  7. Dropping you a line from Chesapeake, VA for your geography drill. THANK YOU for taking such a smart, grounded, reasonable, correct and righteous position on the NHL’s unnecessary fighting and players’ risk of long-term head & brain injury. You use your platform exceedingly well, and my family and I staunchly support your “provocative” position. Please continue to call out the NHL on their cro-magnon man safety philosophy and the “goon-ism” that needs to be eradicated from the greatest game on ice! Keep up the great work, good sir!

    DK: Thanks so much, Tom, and welcome to our little place. Biz will take down the hometown, and I’ll extend an open invitation to pop in anytime, whether for pucks or … well, whatever it is we do down here!

  8. Hayley Wickenheiser will carry the flag for Canada. Controversy nipped in the bud.

    • First thing I had to do was google her.
      Then I had to try to think of why there would be a controversy.
      Then, I had to wonder if she would wear kevlar.

      Then, as I was typing this, Pens down 1-0.
      Now, I am exhausted. ;)

      • Breathe through your eyelids.

        • That goes right up there with my husband’s father’s favorite saying from his baseball coach Nails Davis. If a player was injured, he would tell that player to “Rub some dirt in it!”

        • Ha!
          Speaking of breathing through your eyelids…… imagine the poor AD at North Hills. New Castle asked for over 300 additional tickets for tomorrow night’s game. North Hills gym isn’t that large…… they remodeled it a few years back, and it’s nice, but small for a AAAA school. The 300 tickets are for buses to go to the game…… it doesn’t include the allotment they already received, or the lunatics that will drive down and buy them at the door.

          Breathe deep…………..

          • Last time I had them for basketball, I got 2 pages of material before the game from fans just wanting to help out. Good stuff too.

            • Yes. Very knowledgeable fans up there.

              Urban Meyer was at New Castle Tuesday night to see Malik Hooker. Caused a little bit of a stir……….

              • I met Meyer many years ago while he was here recruiting. Very forgettable.

              • Yeah, I have always wondered about that. Didn’t really buy his “burnout” story……… and he just seems a bit duplicitous on TV……. but I do feel sorry for your encounter with him.

                I will say this……. from the reports I got, he seems to know how to glad-hand a crowd……

  9. Ralph Lauren really swung and missed on Team USA’s uniform.

    Looks like the Christmas sweaters my Gramma wore to the family Christmas….excep for the obnoxious corporate logo imprinted on it.

  10. Well, tied at 2!
    Now the real game can begin.

    Kunitz looking good so far…….

  11. Mr. Errey may be correct at this point …. calling a 6-5 game ….. run and gun so far…..

  12. I’m going to miss the Coliseum. I really am. Last of the charmless dumps in professional sports. Always thought it was awesome that the Big City with all its Tiffany types and sophisticates on that “other” island had to endure the national shame of one of its professional teams playing way out on Long Island in that horrible ruin. I’m going to miss the Long Island ladies in their garish mascara.

    I was there once. Felt like I was in communist Eastern Europe. It was great.

    • And we have another Egg-zactly for Oshkosh. Went there once. You nailed it. Won’t go back again. I’d sooner go to Philly wearing a “Bobby Clarke was a wuss” shirt than contend with the fan ugliness I encountered there. Just an awful fanbase in a cramped arena in desolate area. (But man, not a bad seat in the house and you’re right on top of the action.)

  13. Good Evening Everyone. Looks like the makings if a real barn burner tonight.

  14. Evening ladies….. quite so far …. now it gets rowdy !!! LOL :)

  15. Holy Olli!!!!

  16. Mattaa!

    3-2 good guys……

  17. Olli says “Whatsa Maatta U, Poulin?

  18. Olli Määttä —– 3 umlauts — must be a good thing !!!
    If I could figure out how to do it ….. I would put at least 4 in Pucknutz !!!! coool !!! lol

  19. Oh yeah, Niskie just rocked Hickey with a good hit

  20. Why isn’t Bortuzzo playing ? This Maata thing will never work.

  21. I think the Isles got dizzy from all those passes!
    I did……

  22. This power play stinks.

  23. TANGER!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Pens toy with the Isles like a cat with a mouse.

  25. 50 shots at least on that PP !!!! LOL

  26. Wow. Great pass by 87 to 58. That was great puck control on that power play.

  27. In other good news, the Jackets lead the Flyers, 5 – 2 in the third.

  28. Jandstar, what’s the score?

  29. Holy crap, I’m having fun watching the Flyers gettin the rented mule treatment.

    Hartnell has gotten a haircut lately, and he still looks like a dork.

  30. Kunitz & Crosby both +3. Sid is 13 out of 17 on faceoffs.

  31. And there’s a dang Genover

  32. Oh bother…..I went to the fights and a hockey game broke out.

  33. Poop. Zats, can you stop a puck?

  34. Lotsa time here…Pens better settle.

  35. Now that was nice!
    Malkin from Neal.

  36. Was someone grousing about Malkin?

  37. GENO!!!!! Makes up for the Genover!

  38. The Leechburg girls scored 11 tonight. Things are looking up.

  39. We seem to have this discussion every year about the Pens needing ti forge an identity and having the two biggest superstars in Sid and Genoa on the team.

    Nuts to that. Superstars alone do not win championships. If this team is going to forge an identity it will be based, in large part, on the contributions of the lunch pail kids, those who know their role, play hard, and play with disciplinE.

    I now return you to my regular blog silliness!

  40. Z has not had a great game.

  41. Well the Pens must have heard Bob Errey’s score prediction at the start because they certainly are trying to make it come true.

  42. you tell ‘em DB!!!!

  43. somebody better buy the penalty kill drink

  44. The linesmen were atrocious tonight.

  45. Amen! There’s the one we want!

  46. Even the empty netter ;)

  47. time for some ZZzZs night Lunatics!

  48. Z made a couple when it counted.

  49. Gooooooooooaaaaaaaaallllll !!

    Isles pesky as usual, but a W is nice.

  50. Sleep tight Pens fans …. W…. not real pretty but a fun watch…. Zats was not alllll that bad…. not a lottta help there…
    ont to the lone star…

  51. Lots of guys with multi-point games, but James Neal played a beast of a game tonight despite that one assist. He was relentless on the forecheck all night. Joy to watch.

  52. These high school posts remind me of Bob Hasis.

    Hope he is doing OK.

  53. Who’s got Slick Frank??

    Hi Frank, hope you are not in the top half tonight ;-)

  54. Sidney showed how he owns the Islanders and Jeff Zadkoff redeemed himself late in the game after that rough start, the Pens won, and now it’s on to Dallas on Saturday. Good night, all! It certainly is cold enough tonight down here in Florida.

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