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Penguins 5, Sabres 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (39-15-2) vs. Buffalo Sabres (15-32-8)

Time: 7:38 p.m.

Site: First Niagara Center, Buffalo, N.Y.

TV, radio: NBC Sports (national), TSN2 (Canada), RDS2 (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.

330 Comments

  1. So, Dejan found a Starbucks, as some kind soul walked a mile with him to show him where it is in Sochi. Talk about a lucky guy!

    Here’s hoping the Pens don’t play down to their opponent tonight.
    Go Pens!

  2. The initial reports coming out of So Chi Minh City indicate our intrepid reporter might be in for a bumpy ride. The NHL still has time to pull its players from this crapfest.

  3. JAL’s Letter Morning Links

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1Kygcxsbi8

    GENERAL DAILY UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

    1- MLB Transactions

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/pittsburgh_pirates/

    3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsjN0zO-DxI0dDNkaWxFNWIwNDVUQzEwYXp5SlpGNkE&usp=drive_web#gid=0

    4 Pirates Prospects Spring Training Tracker

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/st2014

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: This is Where the Pirates Need to Spend Money

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/02/first-pitch-this-is-where-the-pirates-need-to-spend-money.html

    Prospect Links: Gregory Polanco, Austin Meadows, ZiPS

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/02/prospect-links-gregory-polanco-austin-meadows-zips.html

    6 Rumbunter

    Looking at Pirates Predictions in 2014 Lindy’s Baseball Preview

    http://rumbunter.com/2014/02/04/looking-pirates-predictions-2014-lindys-baseball-preview/

    7 Bucs Dugout

    Mets sign Kyle Farnsworth

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2014/2/3/5375388/mets-sign-kyle-farnsworth

    8 Saber Bucs

    What Numbers Would Stephen Drew Post as a Pirate?

    http://saberbucs.com/blog/2014/02/04/what-numbers-would-stephen-drew-post-as-a-pirate/

    Fangraphs is Wrong about the Pirates Rotation

    http://saberbucs.com/blog/2014/02/04/fangraphs-is-wrong-about-the-pirates-rotation/

    9 Green Weenie

    Position Battles In Camp…

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2014/02/position-battles-in-camp.html

    10 MLB-Pirates Site

    Pipeline Perspectives: Bucs boast top duo of hurlers

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article/pit/pipeline-perspectives-pittsburgh-pirates-have-top-duo-of-pitching-prospects-in-jameson-taillon-tyler-glasnow?ymd=20140204&content_id=67431978

    11 Pirates 101

    Who Will Be the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Most Improved Player in 2014

    http://www.sportsmedia101.com/pittsburghpirates/2014/02/04/who-will-be-the-pittsburgh-pirates-most-improved-player-in-2014/

  4. NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    12 Fox News Latino

    Big League Fingerprints Are All Over Caribbean Series Squads, Even In The Dugouts

    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/sports/2014/02/04/big-league-fingerprints-are-all-over-caribbean-series-squads-even-in-dugouts/

    13 Boston Herald

    Risk assessment: Will post-37 David Ortiz more closely resemble Frank Thomas or Carlos Delgado?

    http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/clubhouse_insider/2014/02/risk_assessment_will_post_37_david_ortiz_more_closely

    14 Yahoo Sports

    Chicago Cubs: Why Signing James McDonald Is the Best Move of the Entire Offseason

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/chicago-cubs-why-signing-james-mcdonald-best-move-162800581–mlb.html

    15 Slate

    William Edward White, the first black player in major league history, lived his life as a white man.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2014/02/william_edward_white_baseball_s_first_black_player_lived_his_life_as_a_white.html

    16 Fangraphs

    The Pirates Outfield

    http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-pirates-outfield/

    17 SB Nation

    Freddie Freeman, Braves agree to 8-year, $135 million extension

    http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2014/2/4/5378046/freddie-freeman-braves-multi-year-contract

    18 Sports on Earth

    Mint Condition

    http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/67423618/father-daughter-baseball-card-collecting-forges-connections

    19 Baseball Prospectus

    Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=22746

    20 Sweetspot

    Braves bet big on Freddie Freeman’s future

    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/44087/braves-bet-big-on-freemans-future

  5. Steelers Blogs

    21 Behind the Steel Curtain

    Let the legacies of this era’s great quarterbacks be established when their careers are over

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2014/2/4/5378216/let-the-legacies-of-this-eras-great-quarterbacks-be-established-when

    I owe Peter King an apology

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2014/2/4/5375040/steelers-jerome-bettis-hall-of-fame-voters

    22 Steelers Depot

    Leveon Bell Grades His Rookie Season a B+

    http://www.steelersdepot.com/2014/02/steelers-rb-leveon-bell-grades-his-rookie-season-a-b-plus/

    Soccer(football)

    23 Bloomberg Stats Insight

    Transfer Spending: The Premier League’s lead across Europe

    http://www.bsports.com/statsinsights/football/transfer-spending-the-premier-league-lead-across-europe

    24 London Telegraph

    Politics and personalities are likely to get in the way of a return to England arms for Chelsea captain John Terry

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/england/10618273/Politics-and-personalities-are-likely-to-get-in-the-way-of-a-return-to-England-arms-for-Chelsea-captain-John-Terry.html

    PENGUIN BLOGS and NHL Links

    25 Pensburgh

    Tuesday Pens Points: Pens Win Tight Game vs. Ottawa, Stamkos Returns

    http://www.pensburgh.com/2014/2/4/5377370/tuesday-pens-points-pens-win-tight-game-vs-ottawa-stamkos-returns

  6. This late announcement from yesterday:

    The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Harry Zolnierczyk from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

  7. 7 DAYS UNTIL PITCHERS & CATCHERS REPORT TO THAT EARTHLY SLIVER OF HEAVEN AT PIRATE CITY IN BRADENTON FOR SPRING TRAINING

  8. It’s very hard listening to Ron Cook talk about hockey.

    That’s all I’ve got for now.

  9. Here’s to the Pens winning no. 40 tonight, if possible.

  10. I thought Matt Diaz retired in 2010.

  11. Sarah, if you’re out there i just got around to replying to your interrogation yesterday :)

  12. At least Sidney isn’t bothered by the concededly deplorable housing in Sochi, with the brown water, the double toilets, and no doorknobs on some of the doors, since he says it’s pretty similar to Vancouver in 2010 when there was three to a room.

  13. Have we confirmed reports that dejan procured starbucks coffee?

    • Doesn’t bother me but do wonder why we are making it more difficult to buy tobacco at the time we are making it easier to buy marijuana

      • I much prefer marijuana (medical) than cigarettes. Cigarettes have NO benefits whatsoever.

        • Medical is fine, but states making it easier for recreational use and that has no benefit and many of the same harms as tobacco.

          • I guess my vision is colored by the fact that my mother suffered from emphysema for more than 8 years before she died. She was basically a prisoner in her own home, as she refused to go out with an oxygen cylinder. I’m not asking for pity, just saying what I saw and why I hate cigarettes.

            I myself have never tried marijuana. So I really don’t know if it’s worse or not as bad as cigarettes.

            I just know I hate cigarettes.

            • I can understand that. I see them as similar in health problems. This is from the Univ. of Oregon

              Findings so far show that regular use of marijuana or THC may play a role in some kinds of cancer and in problems with the respiratory and immune systems.

              Cancer. It’s hard to know for sure whether regular marijuana use causes cancer. But it is known that marijuana contains some of the same, and sometimes even more, of the cancer-causing chemicals found in tobacco smoke. Studies show that someone who smokes five joints per day may be taking in as many cancer-causing chemicals as someone who smokes a full pack of cigarettes every day.

              Lungs and airways. People who smoke marijuana often develop the same kinds of breathing problems that cigarette smokers have: coughing and wheezing. They tend to have more chest colds than nonusers. They are also at greater risk of getting lung infections like pneumonia.

              Immune system. Animal studies have found that THC can damage the cells and tissues in the body that help protect against disease. When the immune cells are weakened you are more likely to get sick.

              • Five joints a day would describe why some people drive (or walk) the way they do here in KY.
                Probably more to do with meth here, though.

              • Thanks for the info, Joe.
                In that case, we need to limit the marijuana to medical purposes.

                This cancer causing stuff is nasty, and causes our health insurance costs to escalate.
                So does the other health issues…and I’m tired of my health insurance always going up!

              • Spunky, “they” tried to put a meth clinic in about 2 miles down the road from where I live.
                WOW. Our neighborhood rose up and got it shot down. I am thankful.

                I can imagine some days it looks like a Zombie movie set there!

              • Whatever you do, SPunky, don’t ask for autographs ;)

            • Oh man, Ms. Jandster, you gotta give that stuff a try!

        • Never pictured you as a grass blower, Jandy.

          :P

  14. Okay, the #&*@^%!!!! snow is shoveled. What’d I miss? Some pregnant defensemen, some Russkie potties, and some more bisons.

    Looks like Pitt and PSU are doing all right with their signing days so far.

    • That looks to have about covered it, Bill. The Pens are in town for me (I’m up around Buffalo), and the snow just keeps coming. I haven’t even bothered to try shoveling yet.

    • Good to know that the signing days are going off without a hitch so far. Good day to you Bawdy Bill!

      • Well, at least Pitt has signed that top cornerback recruit from Indiana, although you wish the Panthers could’ve signed that top quarterback instead of Vanderbilt. Anyhow, here’s to the Pitt basketball team hopefully beating the Miami Hurricanes tonight.

        • The kid that flipped was not Dan Marino…Bill Stull at best.

        • The recruiting rankings for that kid were as high as a 4 star and as low as a 2 star.

          I dont understand people getting upset about losing a kid they just heard about.

          The other QB, Adam Bertke, won three state titles in Ohio. More teams might have been in on him, had a not gotten hurt playing defense and missing 4 games this season.

  15. I’ll give you my thoughts on Pitt’s recruiting class in 4 years.

  16. Dejan is pro Olympics so he may not be apt to find fault with Sochi despite what others have said about the place thus far.

  17. “The SEC enters the day with seven teams ranked in the top 10 of RecruitingNation’s class rankings.”

    - ESPN.com

    They’re not going anywhere.

    By the way. Welcome to Miami where it is a brisk 82.

    Oh wait. Forget the welcome thing.
    I’m here, you’re probably not.

  18. I have a hockey question. Forgive the ignorence.

    Again, I do not understand hockey sometimes. Teams play a certain style for 3/4 of the year. The trade deadline rolls around. Much like baseball, teams are dumping salary and impending free agents, in some cases maybe more. But at that point, contending teams acquire 3-4 new players, change the chemistry of their team. Then they enter the playoffs. At that point, the game becomes very defensive. If a team like the Penguins, trades for an offensive player, a forward, like everyone is crowing about, all of a sudden that players impact is lessened by the defensive playoff style of hockey that will be played. Also, its seems as if the officiating changes to allow more obstruction. Especially late in the games, when some whistles are swallowed because no one once to make a call that would determine the outcome of the game.

    Why? Why trade for offensive players when the game becomes about defense? Why change the chemistry of a team that has lead its division since the beginning of the year? Why does the league abrubtly change from promoting open hockey during the season to permitting such ugly hockey at times during the most important phase of a year?

    If im running the Penguins, I think another blue line defenseman and defensive forward would be the way to go.

    • Ask Gary Bettman.

    • Hi bpn8pitt –
      Great post!

      You’re spot-on that the game becomes more defensive and close/tight checking in the playoffs. Additionally the officiating allows for more obstruction, so the “skill” teams generally have a harder time, and the “hack/slash/grab” teams have more success. Unfortunately.

      IMO the reason the Pens need better help for Crosby/Malkin on respective RW/LW is exactly because of the defensive tightening that occurs, as you noted. The success of for ex) Duper with Sid in regular season is erased completely in the last few playoffs (as with Geno’s LW du jour) precisely because those guys are not skilled enough to create On Their Own. The playoffs come around, teams collapse completely on Crosby or Malkin, dare their Ws to actually do something, and there is just not enough skill on wing to make teams pay for putting 2 (sometimes 3 even) guys on our stars. You see it happening more often now in regular season as the Beat Pens Blueprint becomes more obvious. (NJ was even triple-teaming Sid as he came through NZ a couple weeks back. Funny.) The patterns I see are : Sid tries to come with speed, whilst Malkin tends to dump the puck/then is forced to retrieve on his own. Sid needs someone to get into open space created by his own speed and then actually do something with the pass he dishes up (Duper, love the guy but he doesn’t have the hands) whilst Malkin more needs a puck retriever to get the dump and allow room for creation. None of this will occur in the playoffs with the current RW/LW config for Sid and Malkin. As we have seen repeatedly.

      There’s myriad other reasons the Pens have issues in playoffs….failure of breakout schemes, out-coached, lack of toughness, the ease with which other teams seem to get inside our stars’ heads and the resulting discipline breakdown/bad decisions/stupd penalties….Bylsma’s mysterious refusal to create good matchups by actually “matching lines” when Home Team creates even more frustration, as Sid/Malkin are constantly forced to go up against Chara or whoever is the top shut-down pair on the opponents. Completely un-necessary, stupid, stubborn, and hurts the team. No other coach would do that.

      The Pens have plenty of depth and skill on D, however they rarely play their best 6 D IMO. Engo is better on W than D, but if there’s any injuries, he’ll be getting 20+ minutes top 6, whilst better players such as Depres and Borts are super-glued to the press-box. That’s on Byslma also. His use (mis-use IMO) of personnel is mystifying, and we’ve been over that too last couple of playoffs…..

      We’ve had more discussion re the effectiveness of Orpik and Letang…..there’s much disagreement as you may have noticed….I’m in the camp that would never have given Letang the contract and still hopes they deal him, though I doubt Shero has the fortitude to do that. I think his unpredictability/low IQ/poor turnovers de-stabilize the D as a whole. I believe they play more reliably on defense without him (18-3 without him I think?) , than with him, though admittedly there is less offensive threat (at times). With a team that has Crosby and Malkin, I’d trade that Letang-offensive-threat for D-stability every time, especially in playoffs. I think Orpik is (sadly) past his Sell-By date, much as I admire the guy and the great contributions he’s made to the team on and off the ice. I think there’s 6 D right now I’d play ahead of either of them, every night.

      Having said all that – I’m in agreement another net-moving D and/or defensive forward would be a boon. But not before elite wingers for Sid and Geno. Sid’s playing with Glass for Cripe’s sake. It’s way past time.

  19. Thanks Sarah. That is fair, what you mentioned with some of the wingers, Sid and Geno have played with. Maybe some of that will improve when Neal gets going again and Bennet, Vitale other get healthy.

    I also think the Penguins should try to make moves that match them up well with Boston and Chicago.

    • I have hopes for Bennett! If he can stop being a potato chip LOL!
      Vitale, not so much.

      Really think we need elite guys or guys that fit really well….Kane, Wheeler….Kulemin w Malkin, who loves playing with him in KHL.

      But I believe with Shero and the CC atmosphere, that is all a pipe dream. !….

      • Vitale is what he is. A 4th line grinder. He has a ton of heart tho.

        I’ll give Bennett another go before I give up on him too :)

    • And y;know CHicago is a great model. Speed and skill across all four lines.
      That would be nice.

  20. Josh Yohe just tweeted:

    Kunitz and Niskanen questionable tonight. Fleury to start.

    I guess Engelland would move back to D to fill in

  21. Question for the other hockey nuts: What do you think the Olympic break is doing to the trading season so far? Seems like little is happening league wide. Are the two related?

    • Indeed it is related, Wild One. And Shero more than what you might think, as he likes to make his trades/moves in the week or so before the deadline. With all the Olympic activities, it puts a cramp in his plans.
      There’s also the injury factor that is messing things up for the Pens in particular. Not being sure if Bennett is going to be able to come back and be a factor is disconcerting to say the least.

  22. Just popping in for a quickie.
    What I’ve learned today on the Blog:
    Letang is pregnant.
    Jandy is an export commodity.
    DK will be coming home with buckets of used TP (because he’s “pro Olympics” and wouldn’t insult his hosts).

    I’m out. ;-)

  23. Got in late today. Two reasons:

    1) 6″ or more of snow here – again! Terrible commute!

    2) Was at the Signing Day ceremony at my daughter’s school. She officially signed her NLI to play soccer in college next year.

    This day has been a long time coming, since she verbally agreed after Soph year.

    • Congrats to your daughter, you must be proud, Jim :D

      We have about 3 – 4 additional inches of snow/ice mix today. This really is getting old fast.

    • Congrats!

    • A great day for a parent, Jim. Congrats.

    • Congratulations to you and your daughter, Jim. That’s great.

    • Congrats Jim. You must be proud and I’m sure a lot of hard work was involved leading up to this moment for not only her but you and your wife as well.

      • Thanks, Nate. Yeah, lots of hard work and sacrifices along the way – just like all families, in one form or another. But, it has been great fun and we have met most of our best friends through the teams/clubs where our kids have played.

        The best thing about daughters playing sports, IMO, and I think a lot of people here can probably attest to it from their personal experiences, is they end up better students and more confident young women. Doesn’t even have to be sports, for that matter. Our younger daughter played some sports, but now found her niche in singing and acting. I can’t believe how much she changed for the better in the past year alone. They’re both great students, and, I think, great kids. I’m very blessed. My wife is the absolute best!

    • Something I can cheer about regarding soccer!
      Jim’s daughter gets a college scholarship from it.

      :-)

      Congrats Jim.

    • Awesome. Congratulations to your family. Maybe she is a future Olympian?

    • Congratulations

      I’m glad they still give scholarships where she wanted to go.

      Schools are cutting them, and that IMO is wrong

      • It’s a B1G school, biz. So, fortunately, they are still funded pretty well.

        • If you’re interested Jim, I just read a pretty good article about the state of NCAA athletics, the cutting of programs, etc. Just google, “Runner’s World. Can Running Save the NCAA.”

          • I’ll do that, 21. I have a sister who has a daughter that runs CC as a sophomore at Bucknell. Her son signed his Letter of Intent to run there next year as well. They got pretty good deals.

            My brother’s son graduated from Davidson a couple of years ago, and ran for them. He was Captain by Senior year.

            None of my kids run track or CC because other sports always get in the way from a timing standpoint.

        • Still congrats, well earned and well deserved.

          Many years ago, my late wife and I coached youth soccer (don’t tell TC)

          We taught em to stay in lanes, with basically traffic cones and worked on passing

          We went undefeated

          For anyone coaching little league, you can teach kids to catch flyballs by using tennis balls and a tennis racket, the balls don’t hurt and they will often pop out of of the glove if you don’t use two hands and squeeze.

          Wish someone would have used that with Marte ;-)

  24. I’ll take this Weather Report any day:

  25. The Orioles are supposedly one of three final teams for Arroyo

    That would take them out of the AJ hunt??

  26. When I saw that Freddie Freeman just signed a 8/$135M extension with Atlanta, I wondered what Cutch is thinking.

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

    Dejan’s Lunatic Nation

    Afghanistan – skeetermc*
    Arizona – Tucson, Chandler, Phoenix, Sunnyslope, Davis-Monthan AFB*, Lake Havasu City
    • Argentina, Buenos Aries
    Arkansas – Rogers
    Alaska – Anchorage
    Australia – Mackay, Gold Coast, Geelong, Sydney
    Brazil – Vitoria, São Paulo
    California – Bakersfield, San Francisco, UNION CITY, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Yuba City, Solana Beach, Yorba Linda, Yuba City*, Edwards*, Long Beach, Modesto, Davis, Santa Monica, Solana Beach, Canyon Country, Burbank, West Hills, Encino
    Canada – Toronto, Winnipeg, Moncton – New Brunswick, Ontario – Muskoka, Perth – home of the Ottowa RedBlacks
    China – Beijing
    Crete – Vlites
    Colorado – Ft Collins, Estes Park*, Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs
    Connecticut – Cos Cob, Bridgeport, Wallingford, Norwalk, NEWTOWN
    Costa Rica
    Czech Republic
    Delaware – Newark
    Denmark – Greenland – Thule*
    District of Columbia
    England – London
    Florida – Palm Harbor, Orlando, Valrico, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Oviedo, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Palm Beach Gardens, Cape Coral, Coco Beach (Major Nelson and Mary Ann), Niceville (Red Neck Rivera) and a*, St Petersburg, Pembroke Pines, Ft Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, W Melbourne, Melbourne, St Johns, Wesley Chapel
    France – Strasbourg,
    Georgia – Marietta, Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Acworth, Savanna, Hoschton, Grayson, Newnan, Macon
    Germany – Leverkusen/Cologne, Ramstein*
    Hawaii – Honolulu
    Idaho – Mountain Home, Coer d’Aline, Mountain Home AFB*
    Illinois – La Salle, Peru, Payson, Chicago, Palatine (3 inmates there), Lincoln Park, Grayslake, Algonquin, Chicago, Naperville
    Indiana – Indianapolis, Burns Harbor, South Bend, Bicknell, Ft Wayne, Westfield, Munster, Jasper
    Iowa – Bettendorf, Humboldt, Maquoketa, Urbandale
    Ireland – Dublin
    • Israel – Ginot Shomron
    Japan – Tokyo
    Kentucky – Louisville, Bowling Green, Lexington, Georgetown
    Kuwait – Relyks76*
    Louisiana – Slidell
    Maine – Bangor
    Maryland – Arnold, Odenton, Severn, Baltimore, Waldorf, Hagerstown, Chevy Chase, Hampstead, Elkridge, Frederick, Bowie, Sykesville, Columbia
    Massachusetts – Boston, Tyngsboro, East Gloucester*, 617 Strong*, Medford
    Mecca – Slienmann*
    Michigan – Kalamazoo, Eaton Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Mason, Battle Creek
    Minnesota – Yinzer, St Paul
    Mississippi – Biloxi, Ocean Springs
    Missouri – St Peters***
    Montana
    Nebraska – Omaha, Lincoln
    New Hampshire – Barrington
    New Jersey – Chesterfield, Princeton, Roxbury, Lebanon, Lincoln Park, Berkeley Heights, Somerville, Hammock, Barrington, Delran, Pennsville, Hammonton, Mullica Hills, JERSEY SHORE, Montclair, Monmouth Beach
    New Mexico – Mike, Albequeque, blazer
    New York – New York, Smithtown, Manhattan, Long Island, Nyack, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, Lewistown
    Nevada, Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno
    North Carolina – Asheville, Hickory, Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, Chapel Hill, High Point, Winston Salem
    Ohio – Cincinnati, Columbiana, Westerville, Green, Hilliard, Toledo, Louisville, Columbus, Perrysburg, Pickerington, Youngstown, Cleveland, Olmsted Township, Liberty Township, Warren, Oregon, Wintersville, Austintown, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base*, New Philadelphia, Powell, Canton, Salem, New Albany, Bloomingdale, Powell, Howland, Grafton, Northwood, Middletown, Dayton, Cambridge, Martins Ferry
    Oklahoma – Tulsa – OKLAHOMA CITY/MOORE ,,
    Oregon – Roseburg, Eugene
    Pennsylvania – Downtown, Hopewell, Indiana, North Wales, Franklin Park, Forest Hills, Lansdale, Philadelphia, Du Bois, Reading, Crafton, Arnold, Wexford, Mt Lebanon, Canonsburg, Lancaster, Huntington, York, Boiling Springs, Philly suburbs, Morningside, Harrisburg, Lawrenceville, Bradford Woods, Norristown, Hanover, Clearfield, Sewickley, Plum Boro, Slippery Rock, Wilkes-Barre, Sharpsville, Bessemer, Greensburg, Washington, Imperial, South Side, Duncansville, Newville, Sheppton, Grove City, Butler, Allentown, Ross Township, Blairsville, Flood City (Johnstown), Overbrook, Danny’s Hoagies, Baldwin, Economy, Sharpsville, Erie, North Huntington, Bellfonte, West Mifflin, Kennywood, Pleasant Hills, Beechview (Mad Turk, No 200), Macgunie, Mechanicsburg, Uptown, Cambria County, Mon Valley, Salisbury, Coraopolis, Emsworth, Cranberry Twp, Garrett, O’Hara Township, McCandless Township, 115 Federal Street, Bethel Park, Harrison City, Penn Hills, Kittanning, Dover, Lebanon, Upper St Clair, Rennerdale, Oakland, Scranton, Moon (RMU), State College, Erie, Penn Twp, Stowe, Elizabeth, Hermitage, Easton, Carlisle, Finleyville, Belle Vernon, Madison, Sellersville, Waynesburg, Warren, Beaver Falls, Chambersburg, Green Castle, East Freedom, Leechburg, Banksville City, Ellwood City, Hollidaysburg, Bethlehem, Mars, Verona, Philipsburg, Phoenixville, Hippos Pond, Oil City, Verona, Hookstown, Squirrel Hill, Natrona, Charleroi, FREEDOM, Denver, Midland (the home of good food and many bars), Selinsgrove, Dormont, Scott Township, Blawnox, Arnold, Ligonier, Wells Tannery, Swoyersville, St Mary’s, Titusville, Shippingsburg, Sharpsville, Brookville, Mountain Top, Mt Joy, Bloomsburg, Portage, Carnegie, Homer City, Allepo Township
    The Philippines
    Rhode Island
    Serbia – Subotica
    Singapore
    South Carolina – Duncan, Longs, Columbia, Bluffton, Greensville, Charleston, North Charleston
    South Korea – Seoul, Mike
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    Tennessee – Smithville, Nashville
    Texas – Tyler, San Antonio, Belton, Houston, Katy, Plano, El Paso, Cedar Park, Pleasanton
    United Kingdom – Haslemere
    Utah – Salt Lake City, Provo
    Uzbekistan
    Vermont – North Bennington
    Virginia – JAL, Hampton, Rescue, Richmond, Front Royal, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Warrenton, Springfield*, Virginia Beach, Fairfax, Arlington, Yorktown, Henrico, Aldie, Manassas, Newport News, Clifton, Glen Allen, Roanoke, Vienna, Alexandria, Lynchburg
    Washington – Seattle, Nine Mile Falls, Spokane, Sammamish
    West Virginia – Martinsburg, Morgantown, Wheeling, Mt Olivet, Huntington, Parkersburg, Clarksburg, Grafton
    Wisconsin – Madison, Oshkosh, Hortonville
    Wyoming – Caspar, Lander
    Unknown – killa_cam7*
    447 confirmed locations represented in the blog, and a couple of strange places
    Lunatic Nation Hall of Fame, people that have, in our opinion, made a difference, either thru talent or character or deeds.
    Nominations are always welcome
    Any Allegheny, Pirate, Crawford, Gray, Steeler or Penguin player in the League’s Hall of Fame, although if Jagr makes it some day, we gotta talk
    Stan “The Man”, from Donora
    Beano
    Lemonade Guy
    The Gunner, Mr Bob Prince
    The Great One, he stays regardless
    Mike Lange
    Myron Cope
    The Honorable Mayor Richard Caliguiri
    Kevin Mcclachety
    Mike Emerick
    Commander Hadfield, courtesy of the Space Station
    Fred Rogers
    Mario Lemieux, ditto to the Great One, he stays as an owner
    Chuck Noll
    Eddie Johnston, aka EJ
    Badger Bob
    Chuck Tanner
    Dick Groat, the best darn multi-athelete and announcer from Wilkinsburg/Swissvale
    Steve Blass
    Danny Murtaugh*
    Rocky Bleier*
    John Challis – Courage + Belief = Life
    All Servicemen and women that have been in battle, ever
    Sgt Doug Vitale
    Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band
    Barney Dreyfuss
    George Benson
    Phil Coyne
    • Tony Dorsett
    • Vince Lascheide
    • John Barbaro
    • Art McKennan
    • Steve Dirt Denardo*
    • K9***, Rocco
    First Responders***
    27 countries
    46 states, plus the District of Columbia, missing 4 states, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alabama, and Kansas
    Three planets, at least confirmed, and the Space Station
    Then there was that Cold day in Hell place
    Honorable mention, England – London – Lisa
    “Terrorists will always lose in America, the sooner they figure that out, the better”- truer words have never been spoken
    Asterisks denote confirmed hero’s of any species, military, police officers or firemen/ladies
    • 2/5/2014 5:39 PM

  28. DK posted his report for Channel 11 news on Twitwell out in front of the Pittsburgh restaurant. Neat piece. We need a Pittsburgh restaurant down here, but people here would probably think it was Pittsburg, Kansas.

  29. LETS GO PENS !!!!

    SCRIE !

    And lets hope the boys from Bison are the ones heaving !
    (well….. its ok if some other thing are heaving also…. ) :)

  30. So who is playing RW with Crosby tonight?

    I vote for Peter Lee, he has good straight ahead speed from what I remember

  31. Just saw a picture of the “crowd” in Buffalo.
    I think that the players should go up into the stands and introduce themselves. No need for the PA announcer to say anything.

  32. Not to pile on, but Orpik’s run with the Pens ends this season. If not sooner.

    Zero reaction on that goal.

    • Agreed. If he plays in the Olympics, USA is in deep trouble with him on that big ice. Hard to believe his is one of the 8 best dman in the country when his isn’t one of the 6 best on this team.

      • It’s as if there are a few synapses not firing on him.

        He’s lethargic-looking and I ‘m wondering about the toll from the head shots — including Thornton’s.

  33. Nice to see Engo gettin a bit gritty w/Ott after the hit on Z

  34. HARRY Z !

  35. Harry Z !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Great effort!

  36. And Harry Z gets his own revenge!

  37. Z has done more in his few games than Kobasew and Ebbitt have done combined all year.

  38. There’s a considerable goon factor to this game. As long as the score is close, it shouldn’t get too bad.

    • Buffalo has no skill, so they goon it up.
      They have really fallen apart since Ruff left.

      But, Pens playing down to the opposition’s level, so the game is unnecessarily close…….

  39. * DK’s Sochi Report for Channel 11 (NBC-WPXI) and Trib just cracked me up.

    * Brooks Oprik… he was already having a down year and since the sucker punch, he’s been nowhere near a top four defensemen. It is really unfortunate about Team USA as I don’t think he’s going to show well based on prior experience.

    * Rob Scuderi and Paul Martin, need to be better.

    * Harry Zolnierczyk > Chuck Kobasew…. time to send Chuckie to the minors/waivers, I’ve seen enough.

    * Dirty play by Ott on Harry Z to lift and target the head.

    * Stupid, pointless fight by Engelland

  40. Sid isn’t scoring, eh?

  41. Ha, Pens get lucky on Buffalo SH chance and then Crosby just does his thing against Miller.

    Real nice snipe shot

  42. Pens are doing a much better job in second period with puck support in D zone and transition up the ice to cycle around Miller.

  43. I do not understand why this game is still close after 2 periods. Good to see the Pens on top anyhow.

    BISON AWAY!

  44. Borts is not a finished product.

  45. All these missed chances better not come back to bite us in the butt

  46. Genooooo!

  47. MALKIN!
    SCIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HEAVE THE BISONS !!!!!!!!!! ;)

  48. Just beautiful

  49. What a beauty by Malkin…. power, size, speed, hands…. WOW

  50. Useless goon factor moment.

  51. Neither Miller or Quick looking good in goal for the US team.
    Just a thought………

    But I have 1000% faith in the Duck to do the right thing………

  52. I see Pitt won. A spendable “w” on the road.

  53. Good to see Pitt finally come back against the Miami Hurricanes and win by 4 points. After all. the Panthers had lost 2 straight and hadn’t played that great as they did so.

  54. I blinked, and Gibbons scored!

    4-1good guys.

  55. A hobbit snapper!

  56. Jimmy Howard anyone ?

  57. Who scores from that spot at RW…. Gibbons with nice goal but that was weak by Miller.

    4-1 Pens.

  58. Right now I don’t have much faith in Miller in the Olympics. Of course, Pgh or should I say Sid has his number.

  59. Now a list of all the big games Ryan Miller has ever won.

    Gee, that was easy.

  60. Another snapper by the real deal!

  61. Geno showing who is boss and getting ready for the Olympics.

  62. NEAL SCIRES!

    AND, BRANDIE’S BISONS ARE A-HEAVIN’ !!

    :D

  63. “Rivalry Wednesday” indeed. A hammer vs. nail rivalry.

  64. And it looks like the Pens have their game well in hand against Buffalo at home, just as it should be.

  65. Pens shrugged off the malaise of the 1st 35 minutes of this game, and Heave the Bisons into Lake Erie.

    Next up, Friday against the Rangers, then immediately to Sochi.

  66. So Plan,

    When the Pens win, will the victory chant be…

    HEAVE THE HEFTY BISON!

  67. And now, the Pens will be playing their last game before the Olympic break versus the Rangers, and then, it’s off to Sochi to compete in the most fortified Olympics in history. May God be with them for the next three weeks after Friday night’s game.

  68. I am going to sleep now before I type something else that is sure to get me banned or committed. I would not want to have to sneak back onto the blog like Bobby Valentine when he got tossed from the Mets game some years back.

  69. Nice game by Gibbons. Jandy commented above that he’s smart in addition to being speedy. I agree.

    He makes the small plays, hustles his rear-end off, has a knack for making the pass to open ice where the puck is picked up in stride by a teammate and he mostly puts the puck on net when he gets his chances. Great one-timer off the face-off tonight.

    It looks like that line is just starting to click so it’s a shame the break is almost here. I’d like to see how that line develops when they’re back from Sochi.

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