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Penguins 2, Senators 1, OT

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (38-15-2) vs. Ottawa Senators (24-21-10)

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 and Josh Yohe 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 up!!!


    LET’S GO PENS! I want to see 0 superstars on the ice tonight. As Seattle has proved, they are not the be all and end all.

  2. Pucknutz says:

    Second that Brandie!


  3. theplanisworking says:

    Well, after a rigorous workout shoveling 9 inches of snow (the heavy kind), it is time to relax with the Pens. Ottawa always plays the Pens tough…….. borderline dirty, so they have to be prepared from the opening faceoff tonight.

    Good thing the Senators don’t have a coach/GM as “sleazy” as Pete Carroll, right? Oh, wait a minute………..

  4. Have to agree with John on that one, plansky. He’s a Belichickian with a better personality. I don’t hate anyone, but I do dislike Carroll.

    Like the old saying, love the sinner, hate the sin. I could only like a guy like him with the love of God. My own human, natural affection is not there for him.

    Can’t argue with the job he’s done, though. Like the Harbaugh brothers.

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  6. Pucknutz says:

    Where the heck the snow come from, I thought you were like mid state. Relatively nice day here, just above freezing and a bit of sun in afternoon. Just miss the Burgh or what?
    Obviously I don’t watch the weatherman much . LOL Just look out the window once in a while.

  7. theplanisworking says:

    Just have to agree to disagree, Reverend.

    Carroll may be a snake, but that isn’t a reason to hate him. And even you have to admit, people do go overboard hating Carroll.

    As much as i poke fun at Coonelly, and Bellicheat, I don’t hate the men. It may be a fine line, but we should strive not to cross it.

  8. theplanisworking says:

    Haha, forecast here called for 2-3 inches. Oops!
    I also read in Pittsburgh, the airport got a dusting, 10 inches in McKeesport. Just north of me by about 25 miles, they got more than a foot.

    And, we are to get 2 more snows this week!

  9. Bizrow says:

    No snow at all in Beaver County, interstates were a mess to the south, in Washington Co

  10. I don’t like snakes, brother, but I know what you’re saying.

    Just like Bobby Petrino coaching down here this past season. Just a stepping stone back to Louisville, to serve his own needs. Took scholarships from some local recruits to bring in more of his own. Just not my type of person.

  11. theplanisworking says:

    I think it is important we point out bad people, like Petrino. We just have to remember they will get theirs.

    But I agree with your overall points.

    BTW, haven’t heard from the blogmeister……. no bold reamings.

  12. And now, due to a sudden snowstorm in NYC, Superbowl fans are having trouble leaving there for home. And thus, the NFL is lucky that the weather in NYC was as good as it was yesterday.

  13. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, and over in Philly, an hour away, they got rain.
    Just a goofy winter so far.

  14. Eric Bowser says:

    Pens need some capable talent that play hockey and don’t just glide around the ice. Really need some attitude on this team. Too easy to play against. Gary Roberts….

  15. Eric Bowser says:

    Letang is so sick, so concerning…. he’s allowed to be in the arena around others.

    I do not believe the sick excuse…. lies.

  16. Brandie says:

    Is there a conspiracy afoot? Perhaps there are some shenanigans being perpetrated Mr. Bowser? Perhaps he has the “Trade Me Now” flu.

  17. Pucknutz says:

    Pretty strong there Eric “lies”.
    Agree the Pens don’t disclose much about injuries etc but….
    Gotta be something there …. “sick” can cover a lot of things … some that don’t show externally that much.
    Like Vokoun got blot clot problems … does he look sick???
    Actually , I am a wee bit concerned… might be something strange and nasty … certainly hope not.
    Can’t see sitting a guy for that many games unless there really is something there.

  18. Eric Bowser says:

    I think he’s hurt… no way he would be at arena if he was that sick.

  19. Eric Bowser says:

    Sucks Bortuzzo has to show up…. and not Adams, Glass or Engelland.

    Not a fan of fighting but would someone go after Karlsson and Ryan

  20. Eric Bowser says:

    Senators aggressive, in your face, over the edge checking has gotten into the heads of the Penguins again.

    Bylsma won’t be able to stop it.

  21. Pucknutz says:

    Some one peed in some ones Cheerios this morning !! LOL :)

  22. Eric Bowser says:

    The way the Penguins refuse to say anything but he’s sick… and then I see him at the arena, I’ll just keep calling BS until they prove it differently. They lost that trust and before anyone tells me that’s just the way things are done in hockey… I don’t need to toe the company line.

  23. Eric Bowser says:

    Cherios….. yuck

  24. Pucknutz says:

    LOL …. hang in there guy – glass is half full… not empty… enjoy! :)

  25. Poz says:

    I follow the Pens, but don’t understand it as well as some of you. But after watching this talent laden team for years I wonder what they are missing to push them to the Cup finals. Sure, they look like world beaters in the regular season – but that’s not where cups are won. Switching sports, just ask the Broncos.

    And if Letang is sick, injured, or held out for some other reason. Get him off camera laughing it up while his mates are getting their brains bashed out on the ice.

  26. Wild Bill says:

    Pretty entertaining game so far. Good compete level.

    Saw on P-G chats that there’s another guy using my name. Just want you all to know in case he asks something stupid.

  27. Brandie says:

    Oh What A LeTangled Web We Weave

    When first we practice to deceive…

    Eric Bowser

  28. Brandie says:

    Thanks for the heads up…Preservative Free William.

  29. Jandy says:


  30. Jandy says:

    Bowser just calls ‘em as he see ‘em. He doesn’t lose any sleep :)

  31. Jandy says:

    Orpik and Flower both owe Maatta a beer

  32. Jandy says:

    I wonder if Bylsma and Shero know how dumb they look saying Tanger is “ill” while he’s doing all that laughing?

  33. Eric Bowser says:

    you know me well…

    see ball, hit ball…

    see stupidity, rip on stupidity…

  34. Eric Bowser says:

    Cannot imagine how bad the Penguins would be if it wasn’t for the emergence of Olli Maatta.

  35. Jandy says:

    I’m tellin ya!

  36. Brandie says:

    Jandstar! You are right on that one. I hope Beaker collects from Orpik and Marc-Andre (sounds like the name if a character from one of those Harlequin Bodice Ripper Novels) .

  37. Jandy says:

    Indeed I do :)

  38. Brandie says:

    They have found a gem in that young man.

  39. Jandy says:

    LOL! You read Harlequins Branbecita????

  40. Jandy says:

    Gold in the rough!

  41. Brandie says:

    Well they say laughter is the best medicine.

  42. Brandie says:

    No. The covers of rippled men with flowing locks and women with improbable heaving bison’s always made me laugh though.

  43. Brandie says:

    Bosoms not Bison’s!

    Oh Good Grief!

  44. Jandy says:

    LOL…not in THIS case ;)

  45. Jandy says:

    LOL! I know the ones of which you type

  46. theplanisworking says:

    The next improbably heaving bison I see, will be the first.


  47. Brandie says:

    Should really have a typo of the day contest. Have cine up with some doozy’s lately.

  48. Wild Bill says:

    Come to a Bucknell basketball game sometime.

  49. Brandie says:

    Thanks for the rescue Pardner!

  50. Pucknutz says:

    WOW! Come on people … what kind of conspiracy are we trying to concoct here???
    So Tanger is in the building … sittin in the fancy boxes … maybe somebody said something funny … guy can’t crack a smile just because he ain’t on the ice?
    Saint …why do Shero and Bylsma look dumb just because the guy laughs???? Like you have never been “ill” and someone came by and got ya to smile or laugh ? :)
    My question would be …. if he ain’t sick, injured etc … what IS the reason???

  51. theplanisworking says:


  52. theplanisworking says:

    Actually I went to a Lehigh-Bucknell game years ago in Bethlehem. Used a fake ID to get in.

    Still didn’t see any heaving Bison……… ;)

  53. Wild Bill says:

    Well, we’ve got ourselves a one period hockey game.

  54. Brandie says:

    Typed improbable heaving bison’s into Tootle search. It even suggested changing bison’s to bosoms.

  55. Pucknutz says:

    Amazing…. ain’t it!!! A real pleasure to the kids “cool” … just don’t get rattled does he?? :)

  56. Wild Bill says:

    That’s ’cause you weren’t in Lewisburg!

  57. Brandie says:

    Tootle = Google.

    I GIVE UP!!!!!!! INTERNETS YOU WIN!!!!!!

  58. theplanisworking says:

    I am going to have to go out ans shovel more snow to stay awake.
    This game is a zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    Maybe Letang was afraid of falling asleep?
    I am not subscribing to a blatant conspiracy theory, but I agree with Eric…………. the Pens aren’t being totally truthful here.

    So, where is Letang being traded to??? ;)

  59. Jandy says:

    Not much, that’s for sure…he has a lot of composure for one so young

  60. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks, Brandie.

    I will make sure I never type in “improbably heaving bisons” on Tootle.


  61. Jandy says:

    time will tell. Don’t over do, Hipposter. Be careful :)

  62. Wild Bill says:

    Maybe the Pens are holding him out so Jandy doesn’t drown in a pool of her own drool.

  63. Jandy says:

    haha we may have to start calling them Brandie typos in stead of jandy typos LOL

  64. Brandie says:

    The Pirates for a 1st Baseman or Right Fielder.

  65. theplanisworking says:

    Oh Jandy, I was kidding.
    I already shoveled a good bit of snow today, and we are supposed to get 2 more storms this week…….. Wednesday and Saturday.

    Maybe I can hitch up Brandie’s heaving bisons and have them do the work?

  66. sam says:

    Can you imagine how much more enjoyable this game would be if they actually let the talent play without all the interference nonsense?

  67. theplanisworking says:

    Isn’t the prison up there? Or am I confusing that with Lewistown?

  68. Brandie says:

    If we could get one of such demeanor and work ethic in a Winter for Sid…. :)

  69. Jandy says:

    LOL! :thwap:

  70. Jandy says:

    Sounds like a Plan…pun intended :P

  71. Wild Bill says:

    A high security federal pen, Plan. Your memory is good.

  72. Brandie says:

    Meant Winger and not Winterbut Winter actually works.

  73. Jandy says:


  74. poz says:

    Your question “if he ain’t sick, injured etc … what IS the reason???”is exactly the reason people ask.

    If he can sit, stand, moon walk, or joke it up in a “fancy box” while his mates are getting their brains beat out after a west coast trip (he sat out) then what the heck is wrong with him?

    If it isn’t a “conspiracy” when you ask then why is it when others do the same?

  75. Brandie says:

    May want to stay away from a woman with improbable heaving bison’s. Not thinking any man or industrial strength foundation garment is gonna tame those. :)

  76. Wild Bill says:


  77. scapper says:

    Thank you. Yeesh….am I the only who thoroughly enjoys this Pens teams night after night and year after year? I’m savoring this era while we’re in the midst of it. Are things perfect? Of course not. Criticism is always warranted and keeps a franchise honest. But this Pens team is giving us one of the greatest eras in Pittsburgh sports history, and I know I’m not going to spend each season gnashing my teeth and pulling my hair because they’re not 82-0.

  78. scapper says:

    Seriously. Cellar dwellers for sure. I mean, they’re awful now, but without him…Bettman might be calling for a league takeover of this mess of a team.

  79. poz says:

    Spot on. And not a lite deal like I drink in the failing endeavor to fight back my ever expanding waist line, but a quality craft beer.

  80. Pucknutz says:

    I don’t know where this one is goin to end up….
    But…. yinz obviously know more about hockey than “heaving bisons”….
    Silicon Valley is more than a zip code! :)

  81. poz says:

    To the Pirates to play 1rst base.

  82. theplanisworking says:


  83. Jandy says:

    Who said anything about not enjoying the game?
    Why is more being inferred than what is meant?

  84. theplanisworking says:

    A Plan for the bisons……….. ;)

  85. Barb says:

    Oh you guys have me in stitches. I personally like the heaving bisons. All we need is Paul Bunyon to heave those bisons.

  86. poz says:

    Slow refresh on my browser. Brandie beat me on the confirmed Letang trade.

  87. Jandy says:

    I don’t see anyone saying they’re not enjoying Pens hockey this season.

  88. Wild Bill says:

    You leave me feeling like such a boob.

  89. Jandy says:


  90. chethejet1 says:

    What God has anointed, the bison’s are pointed.

  91. Jandy says:


  92. Brandie says:

    Apologies for pulling this train off the tracks tonight…sort of.

  93. Barb says:

    Hey Jandy.

  94. Barb says:

    Sometimes you just need to go off track Brandecita.

  95. theplanisworking says:

    And I don’t see anyone going to jump off a bridge if the Pens don’t go 82-0.

  96. theplanisworking says:

    This is udderly ridiculous.

  97. Jandy says:

    :) Good to see ya

  98. theplanisworking says:

    Well, since Groat calls me Paul Bunyon, here I am !! ;)

  99. Brandie says:

    Cue the sound of the timpani…boom! Boom!

  100. Jandy says:

    None needed, it’s hilarious Sistah!

  101. Brandie says:

    Oh Barb! What a night. All I know is this tablet is naughty.

  102. Brandie says:

    My bison’s are hurtin’ as they have been heaving with so much laughter.

  103. Wild Bill says:

    Flower in full bloom on that save.

  104. Eric Bowser says:

    O. M. G.

    What a spectacular save by Fleury!

  105. Pucknutz says:

    GUMBY!!! I love it Wow…..

  106. Jandy says:

    Amen guys! Highway robbery!!

  107. theplanisworking says:

    Looking at 25 to life for that robbery………

  108. Barb says:

    MAF always amazes me with his flexibility. Oh to be so flexible. The Rubberband Man indeed.

  109. scapper says:

    You guys gotta be kidding.

  110. theplanisworking says:

    Did JJ have bisons?

  111. Barb says:

    No. He didn’t even have biceps.

  112. theplanisworking says:

    + many!!!!

  113. Brandie says:

    Bodacious! That’s why I love the blog. The blog gets me!

  114. Barb says:

    What is up with Neal? Is he afraid to shoot the puck?

  115. Brandie says:

    It slowly dawns on me that the Pirates had a minor league affiliation with the Buffalo Bison’s when I was a kid.

    See! Baseball’s never far from my mind!

  116. Brandie says:

    He needs to get over that nonsense. PDQ!

  117. Pucknutz says:

    Methinks Ms Brandie is a much better typist than her “apparent ” incompetence. Hmmm…
    Bisons – Bosoms…. couple vowels outta place … ya spell check !!! :)
    Love it Ms Brandie! :)

  118. Barb says:

    I remember the Buffalo Bisons. I just looked up the Bisons on Google and Richie Hebner is their hitting coach.

  119. Barb says:

    WoooooooooHooooooooooo. Well he answered my question. There is nothing up with him. Way to go Jimmy my boy.

  120. Wild Bill says:

    Real Deal seals it!

  121. Eric Bowser says:

    Good game…. Neal steal, Malkin great find to Bortuzzo and then Neal’s first goal in ages

  122. Jandy says:

    Nealer finally gets a goal…and at a great time :)

  123. theplanisworking says:

    Neal wins it!!!!!

    So glad I don’t have to jump off a bridge because the Pens aren’t 82-0 !!!!!!

    Next game…….. Wednesday at the Buffalo Bosoms…….. err Sabres. ;)

    RAISE IT !!

  124. Brandie says:

    Honestly, this tablet changes words as it sees fit. It is the only device I know that insists on changing naughty to haughty. It does not like the word punt as evidenced by last night’s adventures. No Nutzie…you are right. Incompetence…not at all. This tablet, like my 5th grade boyfriend, lives to get ne into trouble.

  125. Barb says:

    Well a great end to the game. Good night everyone.

  126. Pucknutz says:

    MOONWALK! Bobbys call on Mr Neals slide and shoot !!!
    Ya know, it really was sorta of a moonwalk!!! CooL!!!
    2 points Pens!

  127. Brandie says:

    Pleasant dreams!

  128. DJ says:

    Great timing by Bortuzzo on the step up.

    He and Ollie best of our D-men in deciding when to go and when to stay back.

  129. Brandie says:

    Well, this thread went down in flames rather quickly. My job is dine.

    Great win for the Pens. Check yinz later.

  130. Pucknutz says:

    SCRIE – HEAVING BISONS – My new mantra! lol
    Love ya twisted sister !! (intentional or not) :)

  131. The Pens won a solid game at the Consol Center last night despite Taylor Piatt being out with a lower body injury, and Chris Letang having to undergo further tests to see what’s wrong with him. At least James Neal scored the overtime winning goal, M. A. Fleury made perhaps his best career save, and they out shot the Senators 48-25. And now, hopefully, the Pens can beat Buffalo at Buffalo since if they can’t beat the worst team right now in the NHL, they should be ashamed of themselves.

  132. The odds just issued from Vegas have the Steelers at 33 to 1 odds to make it to and win the Superbowl. Yes, it’s a bit too soon for most of us, and they will probably change, but this is the way some gamblers like it.

  133. BillyBaduka says:

    Sick could be related to the elbow infection. He could have an antibiotic resistant staph infection. He would be sick and no threat to others.

    On the other hand, it could be BS.

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