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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 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.

139 Comments

  1. First up!!!

    Whee!

    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. 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………..

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

          • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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!
        Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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  4. 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.

  5. 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….

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

    I do not believe the sick excuse…. lies.

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

    • 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.

      • 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.

  7. 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

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

    Fact:
    Bylsma won’t be able to stop it.

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

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

  10. 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.

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

      • Well they say laughter is the best medicine.

      • 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???

        • 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?

        • 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Orpik and Flower both owe Maatta a beer

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

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

  15. 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??? ;)

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

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

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

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

  20. Flower in full bloom on that save.

  21. O. M. G.

    What a spectacular save by Fleury!

  22. GUMBY!!! I love it Wow…..

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

  24. 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!

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

  26. Real Deal seals it!

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

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

  29. 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 !!

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

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

  32. 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.

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

    Great win for the Pens. Check yinz later.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

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