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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Morning, Lunatics …

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>> The Tuesday column off Game 6 applauds Brandon Sutter. Because Sutter’s been worth applauding on so many levels.

Here’s part of the talk we had about his playoff surge:

The game story, by beat man Rob Rossi, focuses on the frantic finish.

Here’s what Sidney Crosby had to say when I asked about his role in that finish, since he hardly ever left the ice:

Marc-Andre Fleury got it done, too, by Josh Yohe.

The young Blue Jackets look to the future, by Justin Boggs.

Blogginess from the scene: Crosby and Evgeni Malkin did their thing, stepped up for their team, both skating as hard as at any point all season. Kudos to them. Seriously. Wish I could have had two columns to write off this one, because that obviously would have been the other. Great players came up big. … Malkin’s hat trick came by finishing half his six shots, and all by beating Sergei Bobrovsky low to the blocker side. Coincidence? Nope. Malkin said he saw the area open on the first and third goals, while candidly conceding ‘I couldn’t see the net at all’ on the second. … The Blue Jackets spoke openly afterward about exploiting the Penguins without Sutter and Joe Vitale. Remember that if experiencing any angst over those final few minutes. It was basically up to Crosby and Marcel Goc to man the center position for an entire period. … Crosby took 23 of the Penguins’ total 59 draws. That’s insane. And he won one more than he lost. … Goc was pretty strong out there. Usually easy to tell who are the guys coming off injury, in part because they’re fresher. … The three late goals on Fleury came on a screen and two tips. … In good times and bad: Mario Lemieux made another appearance at Fleury’s stall, this time with a firm ‘Good job.’ … Sounds like Game 1 will be either Friday or Sunday, and if it’s the latter so much the better for the home team. Sutter and Vitale aren’t the only ones who could use a breather. … Olli Maatta did some special things in that game, as far as handling players one-on-one. Cam Atkinson, a quick forward, came at him hard in the second period, and Maatta chased him all over creation before nullifying him and calmly sending the puck out. … Asked Fleury why goalies always seem to fall for Sutter’s backhand move on the breakaway. ‘It isn’t easy to read,’ he said. ‘You know it’s coming, but he’s pretty good with the stick.’ … Wrote this in the column, but it bears a repeat for emphasis here: The move of the series was made by Bylsma in uniting Crosby and Malkin. It wasn’t rocket science, but it was an adjustment. … It’s good for the NHL, good for the sport to see Columbus get this emotionally invested in the Jackets. The finishing rally had the crowd standing, roaring and chanting ‘C-B-J!’ long after the horn had sounded. Good stuff.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page, our Chipped Ice blog and our photo gallery.

Here’s Blue Jackets news from the team’s official site.

Here are full game highlights from the NHL’s YouTube channel:

And here’s the handshake line:

>> The latest on Gregory Polanco’s godlike status with the Pirates, by Rob Biertempfel.

That topic came up on TribLIVE Radio, too, with John Fedko and John Steigerwald squaring off:

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page, our Bucco Blog and our photo gallery.

Here’s Orioles news from the Baltimore Sun.

Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.

And here’s what the Subway Final Word panel had to say when asked if the 2013 Pirates were merely some aberration:

>> Our daily position-by-position NFL draft preview today looks at the linebackers, by Alan Robinson.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Steelers page and our Steel Mill blog.

>> Our weekly chat will be today at 1 p.m. right here on the blog, although you’re free to submit entries inside the chat field as soon as you the post go up this morning.

>> I’ll check in with TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m.

>> Thank you, as always, for reading.

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.

Comments

  1. Ghost says:

    Since Subway sponsors The Final Word, they should rename it The Final Stop. But Brandie probably already thought of that and Plan would surely deconstruct its meaning, too. Bill Robinson sounded like a soul mate of Groat and Daq on last night’s show. Said over winter everyone else got busy and improved while the Pirates essentially rolled out last year’s product, and that nobody should be surprised by the poor performance. But the Pirates aren’t like game balls that constantly need to be replenished. They are more like new mitts that need some breaking-in time before they truly start performing well. They are like a old BESR, full-composite bat: the more they’re used, the farther and faster they drive a ball. And soon, they will be like ‘the fiscal deficit: big enough now to take care of itself.’ (That had nothing to do with anything, but remains one of my favorite Ronald Reagan quotes of all time.)

  2. Ghost says:

    Meant ALAN Robinson, not the former Bucco left-fielder. Or Mr. Bo Jangles.

  3. Mike says:

    – Despite a horrible turnover (a blind pass towards the middle of the defensive zone), Craig Adams was not held accountable, on the ice 30 seconds later to start a PK. Given that both Kunitz and Letang were held accountable for similar mistakes in this series, one wonders if Craig Adams is one of the veterans to whom Dejan was alluding when he talked about certain players intimidating the coaching staff.

    – Evgeni Malkin played less than 16 minutes tonight. Despite the shortened bench, he played no extra time in the third period than the first two, including just 3 minutes even strength and not a second of ice time in the last three minutes, something even Pierre McGuire noticed. Short and long term, how can the Pens win another cup with what will be 9.5 million per year invested in a player the coaches don’t trust at the end of the game and utilize on the ice as little more than a glorified Jussi Jokinen. Any explanation Dejan, or just what some might call a coincidence (albeit a coincidence that happens quite a bit)?

    –When Brandon Sutter was lost, the coaches slid Joe Vitale into his place and kept the Kunitz-Crosby-Malkin line together. Things continued to go well. When Vitale went down, the coaches went back to Kunitz-Crosby-Stempniak and Jokinen-Malkin-Neal, although the former line had been invisible the first four games and the latter line proved quickly to be poorly designed for the playoffs. Two questions, Dejan, about when Vitale went down: One, why not keep Kunitz-Crosby-Malkin, which had pushed the Blue Jackets all night and could’ve made them pay for selling out, and then keep Bennett-Goc-Stempniak and run one of Glass or Adams with Jokinen and Neal? Two, if Malkin had to slide to center, why go back to a combination that has been a liability most of the series?

  4. Mike says:

    One more question, Dejan: Why the passive powerplays? Between that and the inexplicable line combinations after Vitale went down, the coaches who had done so much to game plan a 50 minute masterpiece did a lot to turn the momentum the other way.

  5. Mike says:

    Helped the Pens a lot to have two pairing that both had two puck moving defensemen the last two games. Martin-Letang and Maatta-Niskanen need to continue to be pairings, and Bortuzzo needs to continue to play. Of course, all of that is . . . unlikely.

  6. Brandie says:

    Evgeni Malkin: (as channeled by me) “I’M SCIRE!”

    Seriously,could not have happened to a nicer guy. It is good to see Brandon Sutter finding even more levels to his game. Even in the losses, it was the continual steady presence of Sutter, Fleury, Sid’s defense, etc. that kept the Pens in it. Saw the replay of Suttee’s goal. Great hands, great stick work. James Neal could take a lesson…no flash here, just solid, consistent effort. Boring, but effective.

    Aside to Ghostavo, If I am talking baseball, then I am renaming “The Final Word” “The Backstop”.

  7. Wild Bill says:

    Sutter has indeed elevated his game, and thanks for the insights on that, D.K. Hope he really is “good” for the next round.

    Columbus, with all it’s youth and high draft picks, will be doormats no longer after this series. The Pens may have to re-think their approach to player size with such a physically large team in the division year after year.

    Love to see Flyers/Rangers go 7, with a four overtime final game. Plan wanted 8, with a brawl at the end. That’d be ok, too.

    Haven’t watched the Fedko and Steigerwald video yet, but if He Who Must Not be Named is in it, I will be soon. Don’t wanna wake the wife up!

  8. JoeyBats says:

    CONGRATS to the Pens……4 wins down…12 to go!

    Happy for Geno on the HAT TRICK.

    Hope the injured corps return soon!

    Agree…..with a few comments above….I don’t think this crew (size) is built for the future.
    .
    LET’S GO PENS !! :-)

  9. JAL says:

    JAL’s Sitting on the Dock of the Bay Morning Links

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCmUhYSr-e4

    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

    Pittsburgh Pirates Organizational Probable Pitching Chart

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/probable-pitchers

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: Why Don’t Teams Tell the Truth About Super Two?

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/first-pitch-why-dont-teams-tell-the-truth-about-super-two.html

    Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo is a Doubles Hitting Machine

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/prospect-watch-andrew-lambo-is-a-doubles-hitting-machine.html

    Top Performers: Pirates Hitters Cutting Down on Strikeouts in the Minors

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/top-performers-pirates-hitters-cutting-down-on-strikeouts-in-the-minors.html

    Top Performers: Sadler, Sampson, and Glasnow Off to Good Starts

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/top-performers-sadler-sampson-and-glasnow-off-to-good-starts.html

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Huntington: Super 2 ‘not a defining factor’ in timing of Gregory Polanco promotion

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2014/4/28/5661948/huntington-super-2-not-a-defining-factor-in-timing-of-gregory-polanco

    7 Rumbunter

    Pittsburgh Pirates Fans Wanted Ike Davis….Well….You Got Him

    http://rumbunter.com/2014/04/28/pittsburgh-pirates-fans-ike-davis/

    8 Green Weenie

    How AJ, Morneau, Byrd, GI Jones & the Other Castaways Are Faring…

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2014/04/how-aj-morneau-byrd-gi-jones-other.html

    4/28: Red Lucas, Glenn Wright, Tom Sturdivant, Chipping Away, Ending A Streak…

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2014/04/428-red-lucas-glenn-wright-tom.html

    9 Pirates 101

    A Look at the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Week: 4/28-5/4

    http://www.sportsmedia101.com/pittsburghpirates/2014/04/28/a-look-at-the-pittsburgh-pirates-week-428-54/

    10 City of Champions

    Pittsburgh Pirates: Can Bucs Survive With Starling Marte Hitting Leadoff?

    http://cityofchampionssports.com/2014/04/28/pittsburgh-pirates-can-bucs-survive-starling-marte-hitting-leadoff/

  10. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 CBS Sports

    Pirates Orioles Game Preview

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/gametracker/preview/MLB_20140429_PIT@BAL/pirates-orioles-preview

    12 Chicago Sun Times

    Homer Bailey’s $105M deal raises stakes for Samardzija

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/27119074-573/homer-baileys-105m-deal-raises-stakes-for-samardzija.html#.U1-Bm0C8Bs4

    13 Beaver County Times

    Pirates Spotlight: Woeful offense needs to improve from within

    http://www.timesonline.com/sports/pirates/pirates-spotlight-woeful-offense-needs-to-improve-from-within/article_e674bd76-c9f2-5979-b312-7d44fd003368.html

    14 Pirates Site

    Volquez bested as Bucs offense stifled by Cards

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2014_04_27_pitmlb_slnmlb_1&mode=recap_away&c_id=pit

    Weiler brings inspiring vision to Hurdle, Bucs

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/pit/bryce-weiler-brings-inspiring-vision-to-clint-hurdle-pirates?ymd=20140428&content_id=73642490&vkey=news_pit

    15 Indianapolis Star

    Indianapolis Indians lose in 10 innings to Syracuse

    http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/2014/04/28/indianapolis-indians-lose-innings-syracuse/8443605/

    16 Cincinnati Enquirer

    Reds’ Price still waiting for replay explanation

    http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/reds/2014/04/28/reds-price-still-waiting-replay-explanation/8438511/

    17 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Brewers rally for comeback win in St. Louis

    http://www.jsonline.com/sports/brewers/brewers-rally-for-comeback-win-in-st-louis-b99257653z1-257097491.html

    18 St. Louis Post Dispatch

    Cards let Brewers off the hook

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/cards-let-brewers-off-the-hook/article_a84e49f9-a281-5d07-a4a2-cf932ac2e211.html

    19 Fangraphs

    Swinging Out of the Zone and Really Swinging Out of the Zone

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/swinging-out-of-the-zone-and-really-swinging-out-of-the-zone/

    20 Baseball Prospectus

    Painting the Black Singles Falling Steady

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=23433

  11. JAL says:

    Steelers Blogs

    21 Behind the Steel Curtain

    A Steelers fan walks in a player’s shoes

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2014/4/28/5660842/steelers-hines-ward-ike-taylor

    Former Steelers Pro Personnel Coordinator Doug Whaley not a fan of May draft

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2014-nfl-draft/2014/4/28/5660780/2014-nfl-draft-bills-steelers

    Soccer(football)

    22 Bloomberg Stats Insight

    Football Dynamics – Rebuilding Manchester United

    https://www.bsports.com/statsinsights/football/football-dynamics-rebuilding-manchester-united

    23 BBC Football

    Liverpool v Chelsea: Jose Mourinho’s tactical masterclass

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/27183104

    Luis Suarez: From Premier League pariah to PFA Player of the Year

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/27178793

    24 World Soccer

    Ryan Giggs compared to Pep Guardiola

    http://www.worldsoccer.com/news/ryan-giggs-compared-pep-guardiola

    PENGUIN BLOGS and NHL Links

    25 Pensburgh

    Game 6 Recap: Pens advance past Blue Jackets

    http://www.pensburgh.com/2014/4/28/5663314/game-6-recap-pens-advance-blue-jackets-evgeni-malkin-hat-trick

  12. Jandy says:

    Sutter…it’s in his blood. I’m thinking this is what Shero saw when he made that trade…even if Stahl had him against the wall. I hope his ankle is ok. dayum.

    The Backstop, I like it!

  13. d says:

    The Pens were lucky to steal this round and all it took was a scared and desperate Disco Dani and his under achieving group of spoiled “stars”.

    Nothing is safe with this team! A 4 goal lead with less than 10 minutes to go in the third and they give up 3 goals! In a playoff game none the less. This team will never get playoff hockey with the “brain trust” currently in place.

    Let’s see how this team will do against the Rangers or Flyers?

  14. DJ says:

    Nice to see Sutter finally get some love.

    Pens do not need an infusion of more “stars” this offseason. Team needs reshaping with more players like him. Sooner we realize that the better off we’ll be.

  15. bpn8pitt says:

    I’ll take it. I understand this team has blown some leads and players have underperformed.

    But some of you hockey guys expect them to win 10-0 every night…Not happening. Even in Marios day.

  16. Jandy says:

    Good post, DJ. Much more thoughtful than the one above.

    When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Sutter definitely came thru.

  17. Jandy says:

    I’m with you! I’m not a “hockey guy”, I’m a “hockey girl”

    :D

  18. DJ says:

    Difference between Neal and Sutter on breakaways is you always feel Sutter has a solid chance while with Neal you’re shocked if he scores.

  19. Dom says:

    Anyone else feel that if the Pens get past round 2, DB’s job is safe?

  20. DJ says:

    Portland Winterhawks with Derrick Pouliot against Edmonton Oil Kings with Tristan Jarry in WHL Final.

    A nice glimpse of the Pens’ future barring any silly trades.

  21. AL says:

    Hard to say Dom. But I do think the decision of who to replace him with is now a lot easier with Jacques Martin on the coaching staff and John Hynes in WBS waiting for his shot in the NHL.
    John is a younger guy who has done a tremendous job with the baby Pens.
    I guess the bottom line is that if the Pens’ brass sees the effort put forth in game 5, win or lose, then DB’s job is safe.

  22. TCB says:

    IMHO, DB’s job is safe regardless of the 2nd round results.

  23. DJ says:

    Ray nailed these two picks.

    Credit where due.

  24. hockeymonster says:

    Heard about this before but can anyone confirm that Kevin Weekes and KT picked columbus? Think I’ll find it in my heart to forgive KT but i think that weeksie guy may be suspect. ;)

  25. BillyBaduka says:

    Looked it up on NHL.com. They both predicted Columbus to win.

  26. Jandy says:

    Honestly, last season (no playoffs) I thought Neal was much better. Don’t know what’s going on with him.

  27. Jim S. says:

    I have really liked Sutter all along, and never quite understood the heavy criticism he takes at times. But, I admit I only catch probably 30-35 regular season games so maybe I am missing some bad play from him. Generally, though, when I watch he is a big contributor. He scores a lot of goals coming down the right hand side and letting it rip, and he is money on breakaways. I’ll take Sutter as a Pen for several more years and not complain.

  28. bpn8pitt says:

    Oh my! :)

  29. Jim S. says:

    I think his job is already safe, barring a complete meltdown in Rd 2, Dom. If they were to lose 4-0, which I don’t think will happen, then he might be out the door. It will need to look like he’s completely lost the team in order for him to be fired, I think.

  30. MadCow says:

    Malkin was superb last night, winning face offs and I think he scored. What do want from him? You need a hockey 101 lesson

  31. cobra39 says:

    Wouldn’t mind seeing the Rangers and Flyers beat each other up for two more games.

    But we need the Rangers to advance. Flyers have our number.

  32. GAWTS2009 says:

    I thought the same thing you said about Columbus as NYI last year. Though Columbus just looked like a more consistent team this year than NYI last year.

  33. Jandy says:

    Precisely!

  34. GAWTS2009 says:

    I second this

  35. Jandy says:

    Shout out to JAL and Bizrow for ALL they do here on this here blog. Yinz guys rock!

  36. AL says:

    That’s true but, being a lunatic, I still want another crack at the Flyers. We need to put Mr. Giroux in his place.

  37. GAWTS2009 says:

    agreed! I love a rematch

  38. Karen22 says:

    He absolutely was, jandy. Neal’s had a pretty crappy year thus far. When he does come to mind, I think of him taking dumb penalties. The time is NOW to step it up in the next round.

  39. A1C McG says:

    Serious question and maybe its just something that nobody has ever thought about or everyone has mentioned already but why dont we do a black out? i get that itmay be a little hard to track pucks but has this even been discussed or is there another reason we dont do it besides pucks being black, kind of like how batters in baseball dont like white in center field b/c they cant track the ball.

  40. NMR says:

    Count me as one who wouldn’t mind reading that second column, DK. Great work.

  41. Jim S. says:

    I’m normally a “just win, baby” guy. Any series win is a good win. But, I thought the last 10 minutes were an embarrassment. I know the home team is not going to quit there, but the Jackets were dead and buried and our sloppy, casual play got them back in it. I can’t be the only one who expected the last 10 minutes to go pretty much like it did. We’ve seen that act before. Once the Pens got a couple of power plays, I knew there would be no discipline, no effort to score again. It was just showtime by a team that no longer consistently closes out games. Predictably, Columbus scored an effort goal – and, it was on. It brought me back to the horrible playoff loss to Ottawa last year.

    Sorry, I don’t mean to be a downer. But, that was just plain awful to watch for me. I felt like what ever momentum they had built up from the solid last 2 periods on Saturday and first 2.5 periods last night was just squandered. We move on, but I have a hard time seeing how they can feel real good about themselves right now.

    These next several days of preparation are key. Can this team learn from once again taking it’s foot off the gas pedal? Can it learn that you can’t just mail it in once the playoffs arrive? They almost were taken to a Game 7 by a far less talented team who were thoroughly dominated for 50 straight minutes. Time for the Pens to display some urgency for an entire game.

  42. 38 DAYS UNTIL GREGORY POLANCO IS CONSIDERED “READY” TO BE BROUGHT UP TO BIG CLUB

    {because NOW is not nearly as important as 6 seasons from NOW}

  43. Jandy says:

    darn right Temptress!

  44. Jandy says:

    Number 2 here…

  45. Lad 9 says:

    Second this to the max!!!! Biz and JAL are truly rock stars. Now if we could get our rhythm section back with Playoffs on the bass and Drew on drums, that is a rock and roll hall of fame group!

  46. Dom says:

    Not me. We’ll get beat in six at the most.

  47. Jandy says:

    I was literally sick to my stomach watching that fiasco…

  48. Jandy says:

    Really miss those two…

  49. Jandy says:

    I think you’re right, Domski!

  50. bpn8pitt says:

    Columbus gets paid too, Jim.

  51. AL says:

    o ye of little faith!

  52. Jim S. says:

    Columbus is not a very good team, bpn.

    I know they get paid, and I know they weren’t going to quit. But, if you think that sort of meltdown is acceptable, then we’ll have to agree to disagree. It happens all too often for this team. They gave away one game in the series, and nearly gave away another. Isn’t that a bit too much? If they had played a good team, they’d be busy setting up tee times this week.

  53. Jim S. says:

    I agree with that very much, Jandy. Those guys provide a great service for us.

  54. Jandy says:

    ;) The undisciplined play in Columbus just proves that Philly can push those buttons and get the desired results.

  55. Jandy says:

    I disagree about Columbus. They’re not great, but they’re a good team, and well-coached. They lack experience. Look out next season.

  56. hockeymonster says:

    For whatever reason i cant say i had the same feeling watching last 10 minutes. Seemed like we had it locked down just needed to kill the clock. Hard to stay as dominate as we were early. That shortie didn’t help momentum wise but i liked focus and concentration we had even when columbus was digging deep at the end.

  57. Jandy says:

    Too much to drink, perhaps? ;)

  58. hockeymonster says:

    I was trying to stay as disciplined as the pens :)

  59. hockeymonster says:

    Like i said, KT will have an easier time getting off the hook :)

  60. Jim S. says:

    Maybe so, Jandy. We’ll see. I hear that about rising teams all the time from the experts on NHL Network or NBC after they play a close playoff series. Sometimes the teams do well after, and sometimes they go back to being Columbus the next season.

    But, I think we can agree Columbus earned 1 victory in this series and almost got 3. I am trying not to focus too much on Columbus because it distracts from the problems this Pens team has with effort, concentration, focus, motivation, etc.

  61. Jim S. says:

    Ok, I won’t say any more. I obviously saw something different, beginning with our power plays with the 4-0 lead.

    I hope it is all left behind for the next series.

  62. bpn8pitt says:

    Again, I dont know a whole lot about hockey. But not having Dupuis most of the year (among many other games lost), and having pretty thin 3rd and 4th line forwards compared to 2009…think the Pens have done okay.

    Sorry Jim, but Fleury bouncing back in game 5 and Mr. Malkin showing up in game 6 has me optimistic. Sid’s gonna catch fire here soon.

    I honestly want Philly too. Scores to settle on FB and at work. :)

  63. A1C McG says:

    dont know if anyone caught it or not but i think it was in the second on a powerplay geno was besides the columbus net and went down and was slow to get back to his feet. not sure what happened or if he was just fishing for a call but he definately look slower after that and that may have been a contributing factor in his low ice time. i will try and rewatch the game later to see exactly when it was and what happened

  64. Jandy says:

    Agreed Jim, fix our problems, don’t worry about Columbus…

  65. Jandy says:

    Duper was the biggest loss this team had to contend with this season and post season, and they didn’t do it very well.

  66. scapper says:

    Good stuff, but also a bit contradictory unless I’m mis-reading it.

    Bylsma is wrong not to penalize Adams for his glaring error. Fair comment and always a good argument.

    Yet when Bylsma keeps Geno off the ice for the crucial last three minutes, that move gets criticized, too. Seems that Disco was saying that Geno would be a potential liability out there at that point, so he kept him on the bench. It’s a coaching move that’s seems to be in line with what you and many others wanted him to do with Adams. Seems ol’ Danny can’t catch a break sometimes.

    Again, if I’m mis-reading it, my bad. And if my comment makes little sense (as per usual with me, unfortunately), sorry…I’m banging this out at work and had to stop and go back to it four times already. Hate this “having to pay the bills” b.s.!

  67. scapper says:

    Thirded on that one.

  68. Jandy says:

    g’mornin to ya, scapper!

  69. AL says:

    I think part of the problem was that the Pens never took Columbus seriously from the get-go Jim. I mean, who really did? They were just a stumbling block on the way to the Rangers/Flyers/Bruins; teams where a “hate factor” and/or rivalry has already been around for years.
    That’s no excuse for the sloppy end play I agree but I actually think the Pens would have been more focused playing a better team like when they beat the Blackhawks a few weeks ago; Brooksie’s hit on Toews aside. They can play with anybody if the mental preparation is there. Obviously with Columbus it was not.

  70. Jandy says:

    “I think part of the problem was that the Pens never took Columbus seriously from the get-go Jim.
    I mean, who really did? ”

    :WAVING:

    me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  71. Jim S. says:

    You are the sweetest blogger here, Jandy!

    Beat you to it today! :-)

  72. Jandy says:

    hey, I must have forgotten myself this morning, Jimster, but don’t worry, I’ll fix it ;)
    Can’t let anyone think I’m nice. lol

  73. Jim S. says:

    You did indeed, Jandy! I said we would win 4-1. Hey, we actually should have won 4-1.

    But, you are right. You said Columbus was a good team that would give us problems, and that is exactly what happened. I just hope we learned from this.

  74. Jim S. says:

    ++. Good post, AL.

  75. hockeymonster says:

    Dont get me wrong jim. Definitely not ideal to give up 3 unanswered goals but if you look around the league you’ll see that teams are finding ways to keep things interesting. Either by fortunate calls by refs or just fact that defenders can’t hook and obstruct as much as in the ol’ days. What’s important is how we maintain focus playing your position and the percentages.

  76. AL says:

    well, I guess you were right!
    I thought it was going to be a boring series like a lot of others; I guess I was wrong!
    ( : head down in shame: )

  77. Pucknutz says:

    You are one of the few that did.
    I have to admit that I was looking down the road….just get them outa the way and move on.
    And I know better. 7 and 8 seeds in hockey are not always chumps.

  78. A1C McG says:

    Agreed Jandy, being stuck in Ohio i have had the pleasure of watching them the past 2 yrs and they are honestly remind me a lot of th pirates, a team built of effort and teamwork to maximize its parts to get an amazing return. Are they the next blackhawks, bruins or pens? i doubt it, but they do have a solid team and the scary thing is they have all this when no big stars want to be there (see Jeff Carter, Marian Gaborik or even Rick Nash). Imagine after this yr, Columbus was on display to the world with a fan base as loyal as any and can definately turn a game on its heels (had it not been for the fans i think pens win last night 4-1, but i also think they win the series in game 5 after taking both in columbus). I dont know about anyone else but i would consider playing there now withthat young core, and a great rink and atmoshphere at NWA.

  79. theplanisworking says:

    You might have to revise your countdown clock, Groat.

    I think to play it safe, the PBC won’t call up Polanco until around the 20th of June, or so.

    50 DAYS UNTIL HE THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED IS FINALLY NAMED !!!!!

    :D

  80. Jandy says:

    I just knew we would have trouble with the BJ’s (cracks me up typing those initials).

    Al, great post, man, no shame.

    Jim, can we HOPE we learned something from it? You know…

  81. Jandy says:

    They’re the ones that play the hardest most of the time…

  82. Jandy says:

    This is all true, and I DO expect them to be a good team next season as well.

  83. Jandy says:

    lol

    Mornin, Planster!

  84. Jim S. says:

    That’s kind of a weird chant they do in their arena – that CBJ thing.

  85. theplanisworking says:

    Good Morning, ye who has no nails left. :)

    Happy the Pens won the series, but much more consistent effort is needed to get past the next round. Many, many similarities between this series, and the NYI series last year………… I don’t like that.

    Hopefully the Rags can close out the Philthys.
    But I am afraid the blueprint for beating the Pens is on full display. Philthy is great at it, Columbus didn’t have the talent to execute it.

  86. Jim S. says:

    I guess we aren’t the only randomly undisciplined team.

    What was that play by Tanger from the faceoff? He seems to be playing better and better, but he was totally asleep there, out of position, and gave up the breakaway that MAF had to come up big on. That was scary.

  87. Jim S. says:

    Nothing would make me happier than paying that team back, bpn.

  88. Jandy says:

    indeed!

  89. Jandy says:

    I might try to catch a bit of the Rags/Filthy game, just to see how they are doing…

  90. Jim S. says:

    Same here. A bloodbath in that one would work for me.

  91. hockeymonster says:

    Ya i’m sure he realized he made a boo boo right away. But we did a great job of holding the line(blue and red lines) with great F3 support all game so he was kind of in that mindset. We’ll work out the kinks. If we keep playing this current system i guarantee we won’t go out like lambs. Just a matter of digging deep and wanting it more than any team we face.

  92. Dom says:

    I know a lot of yinz will feel I’m an apologist for saying this but I feel Polanco is exactly 38 days away from maturing into a solid major leaguer.

  93. hockeymonster says:

    Jim between you and me, i know for a fact that columbus mgmt puts a premium on giving talented players a hard time. They weren’t going to go down without leaving it all on the ice. Columbus had all the motivation they needed to give our high end players a tough time acquiring time and space.

  94. Jandy says:

    LOL, bring it!

  95. Jandy says:

    There you go, Dom, being cute again :)

  96. Jandy says:

    Monster, mgmt.? as in contactmgmt?

  97. Jim S. says:

    Any Sutter or Vitale injury updates?

    Comcast Sportsnet here doesn’t exactly keep me updated on the Pens.

  98. theplanisworking says:

    Oh, you might be correct, Dom.

    But the Super 2 deadline is always a bit murky (see Milo’s definition yesterday), so to play it safe, the Pirates may delay it a few days.

  99. theplanisworking says:

    I am convinced that the Pens need to start playing in Subarus.
    Then, when they are about to get injured, they can walk away from everything, and say ‘they lived’.

    :D

  100. Baywatch says:

    OK, is this the day we finally get to hit against an Erik Bedard-type? Which of course begs the question: “Will we make him look like Koufax?” Morning, Y’all!

  101. hockeymonster says:

    :THWAP:

    Off to the gulag jandy! :)

  102. Jandy says:

    I’ve been looking and as yet have not seen any, Jim.

  103. Jim S. says:

    Losing those 2 centers so quickly last night was tough. I’m sure that didn’t help things in the last 7-8 minutes.

    I watched that Vitale play a bunch of times, and I honestly can’t tell if that was accidental or if he had bad intent there. I ended up thinking it was accidental, but it was a bit questionable.

  104. Jandy says:

    hey Bay! over here! :)

  105. Jandy says:

    Ouch! Hey, watch it, HM :P

  106. Jim S. says:

    Hope this series goes better than our last one in the Charm City, or whatever they call Bal’more.

    No Machado still, I guess. And no Chris Davis.

  107. hockeymonster says:

    +++

    Agree big time bout centers. But the vitale/comeau hit was purely accidental. Don’t think they saw each other till it was too late.

  108. hockeymonster says:

    I vote for new chant too.

  109. Jandy says:

    Yeah,. I agree with Monster Mash…accidental, but Joey V got the worst of it…

  110. Gene-Zo says:

    Me too … I caught most of the last NY/PHI game and though the Rangers looked rather flat, Philly was awful, taking a lot of dumb, retaliatory penalties, rarely clicking on passes, and a terrible PP (after having the supposed best road PP this year). Not even remotely the same team that beat the Pens in the regular season. I’d expect them to come out hard and win tonite at home, but I see NYR taking the series when it returns to the Garden.

  111. hockeymonster says:

    Joey V was just getting it going too. Hope he and sutter are good to go. If they got sprains, pulled muscles or bruises there is a home remedy i’ve used in the past that would fix them up in 24 hours….

  112. theplanisworking says:

    Hi RayBay!

  113. hockeymonster says:

    Behave :)

  114. Nate83 says:

    Nelson Cruz on fire. Former steroid users Braun and Paralta have hit us hard this year. Hopefully Cruz doesn’t continue that pattern.

  115. Baywatch says:

    And their players, in return, are looking at us and going “No hitting still, I guess. And no pitching.” Will it be Ground Chuck tonight or Air Morton? Or something in between where he just HITS everybody, like his other turns this year!

  116. Baywatch says:

    Hey, Plan! You Da Man!

  117. JohninOshkosh says:

    The great Otis Redding died on December 10, 1967 when his plane crashed in the chilly waters of Lake Monona, one of the two lakes that forms the isthmus on which the University of Wisconsin-Madison sits.

  118. Dom says:

    We probably should have brought him up when it looked like the team was legit. It’s apparent that we’re more than one guy away from competing.

  119. Dom says:

    Anyone here want DB to keep his job? If so, why?

  120. I miss Duper very much. His work ethic is so great, and he “completes” Kuny and Sid.

  121. MLB Rumors says the Super 2 date will be around 126 days of service this year. Last year it was 128 days.

    That date is June 5, and and thusly I am working my countdown from June 6th. Polanco will amazingly be “ready” on June 6th.

  122. Jandy says:

    That’s what I’m tellin’ YOU! :p

  123. Jandy says:

    +++++

  124. jeff johnson says:

    as a physician my best guess is that vitale is done. He hyperextended knee then writhed in pain and could not bear wt. He either tore acl or has fx of patella or tibia. he will not return this season. Sutter injury was less obvious, appeared to be high ankle sprain but could not tell if he got hurt before he hit wall or after.

  125. Jandy says:

    Depends on how the next series goes. He’s a good coach, no question. But you have to make adjsutments come playoffs time.

  126. Oshkosh b’Gosh,

    Excellent last quarter in the San Anton/Dallas game last night. Hope you saw it. Tim Duncan continues to amaze with the little things.

    My “Duke Central” team, the Bulls, are missing just what Luol Deng brought to them. I have never understood that move.

  127. hockeymonster says:

    Yes.

  128. Dom says:

    But, Why?

  129. hockeymonster says:

    I don’t like rooting for failure. Would rather just fix whats wrong. Especially with a coach that’s proven he can win and is starting to prove he can roll with the punches in the playoffs and trust his players to get it done for him.

  130. A1C McG says:

    i only want bylsma to leave if we can get john tortorella, he is the comedy relief when things dont go well, i mean how much more bearable would losses be if you had him yelling at the reporters. also think about what he did in calgary going down to the flames locker room, and then think about that in phily. actually after he gets fired in vancouver halfway through the year can we sit him behind the opposing teams bench to heckle the players and coach…might be the best money we spend all yr

  131. NMR says:

    Those darn no-talent cheaters are nothin’ withour their needles!

    Oh wait…

  132. NMR says:

    Nice, Dom!

  133. hockeymonster says:

    Knee contact was straight on and not from the side so i’m hopeful its a sprain or hyper extension of some sorts. But i’m not a doctor, just play one on tv…and the blog.

  134. bpn8pitt says:

    Agree…Melky is playing extremely well too.

  135. Jandy says:

    Dr. Kildare ;)

  136. Jim S. says:

    BTW, did any here ever comment on Braun swinging the bat on the top step of the dugout and clocking Segura in the face? WTF was he swinging the bat there for? I wonder how that went down afterward. Did Braun blame it on Segura at first? Did he eventually apologize? Apologizing would not be the narcissistic thing to do.

    As it was, Segura apparently needed plastic surgery to repair the gash on his head. Could have been much worse.

  137. Andrew says:

    He is missed on the penalty kill, that thing is still a mess.

  138. hockeymonster says:

    More like Dr. Feelgood ;)

  139. Jim S. says:

    Vitale looked bad to me, monster. Might need more than a home remedy to get him on the ice. Could lift his spirits, though.

  140. Jandy says:

    Oh my!

  141. Jim S. says:

    Uh oh, Lambo went deep. Start the watch.

  142. hockeymonster says:

    #AAAA player

  143. Jim S. says:

    +++, hm.

  144. Jandy says:

    #FreeLambo

  145. He’s only hitting .351 Jim and leading the minors in doubles with 11. It’s not time to bring him up. Tabata and Lunchie are entrenched in right.

    ;)

  146. hockeymonster says:

    Simma down jandy, it’s just a motley crue tune ;)

  147. Jim S. says:

    He might be a AAAAA by now.

  148. hockeymonster says:

    Well i did list the limits of said remedy…but hope its not something that needs surgery.

  149. Jandy says:

    Listen, sweetie, I know the tune…don’t be tellin Mother Theresa to simma down :P

  150. JohninOshkosh says:

    TD is just a terrific player. One of my favorite players in all of sports and an organization I admire greatly.

    Too bad this Clippers mess has chilled the playoffs a bit. Because, the first round games have been great.

  151. Polanco getting the day off today. His average is stuck at .400 (small sample size) after 2-5 last night. Much to improve on those 3 outs he made and his baserunning.

  152. Eman says:

    ” This team will never get playoff hockey with the “brain trust” currently in place.”
    Since 2007, the Penguins have taken 5 first round series. That’s good for 2nd best in the NHL (SJ 6, DET 5). So that assertion is false. Winning a cup has hard, but the Penguins have been consistently successful during the Shero/Bylsma era.

  153. theplanisworking says:

    After last night’s Penguin win, question arises:

    The subject of one Dan Bylsma arises frequently here.
    Yes he won a Cup, and has regular-season success, but fails in the playoffs.

    The question is, where was this Dan Bylsma that appeared in the last 2 games, calling out his players for poor effort……….. the past 4 years? i mean, he is a players coach, but just think if he would have lit into the team last year against the Bruins? Or, lit into the team against the Flyers? Instead of the mealy-mouthed hemming and hawing we got?

    I think Dan NEEDS to light into his players more often, IMHO.

    I will hang up and listen.

  154. Jim S. says:

    Oh, it was definitely accidental. But, it was very stupid and careless on his part to be swinging a bat there. Once again, someone else pays for Ryan Braun’s mistake.

  155. Good piece by 24/7 linked above by DK on the player we don’t speak of. (very often)

  156. Jim S. says:

    Nice Avatar, bpn. TW the Aviator.

  157. theplanisworking says:

    HA!

    He was freed, but was sent back to the gulag.

  158. Jandy says:

    ;snicker:

  159. Jandy says:

    pot stirrer ;)

  160. theplanisworking says:

    The Indian kid? ;)

  161. Andrew says:

    Columbus does not have pedigree, but they had 38 regulation or overtime wins, as many as Tampa Bay and one less than the feared Flyers and a better goal differential than the Flyers or Montreal. I think young and upcoming team gets overused, young players don’t always get better and when they do they have to paid and there is a salary cap, but the Jackets were a quality team with a “heavy forecheck.” It is the playoffs, games are won on slim margins, talent doesn’t always win.

  162. Andrew says:

    Yes, because if Bylsma is fired it means the Penguins have lost and failed in playoffs again which mean it is another season without reaching the Stanley Cup Finals while having a talented but flawed roster (such is the salary cap era). This means they will begin another season with a new coach and will again be a regular season plus 12 wins away from the Finals, 16 from a win.

  163. Jandy says:

    truth

  164. Jim S. says:

    :-), Lucky.

    It appears that Lambo did exactly as instructed: Went back to Indy and got himself right, it would appear. In the meantime, Ike got his job.

    The Pirates just can’t be patient and allow things to work themselves out. They had to be impetuous and go trade for a lefty 1b, after we all said there was no need. ;-)

  165. Not me, J-girl. I’m one of the ones who doesn’t understand all the reasons for not bringing him up that DK tweeted about. All 15 million reasons.

  166. Jandy says:

    you don’t agree with the reasons you understand. And that’s ok by me, Revvie.

  167. :D

    Poor old Neal. He’s darned if does and darned if he don’t.

  168. Andrew says:

    Might be Swamped Charlie, Baltimore has a 100% chance of precipitation until Thursday evening.

  169. Jandy says:

    That’s what I was thinking.

  170. I understand more than our exalted ruler gives us credit for. Milo obviously does, too. Even better than some local scribes.

    ;)

  171. Jim S. says:

    Another week or so, and his sample size may be elevated to “medium” I think, Lucky.

  172. Eman says:

    The CBJ that you saw in these playoffs were the same ones the Penguins beat 5 times during the regular season. On the year they were 2-11 vs the pens with both wins needing extra time and one miracle bounce. Look at last year’s east playoff first round losers: Devils(20th), Toronto(23rd), Islanders (26th), Panthers (29th)

    If the Caps/Devs are even competent this year, CBJ is sitting at home. Credit due to the jackets, and they are definitely trending “up”, but they are several players away from being a consistent threat. I’m really not trying to be hard on the Jackets. It’s just the reality of the NHL. They are a super fun team to watch and had they not been playing the Penguins, I would have been rooting for them big time.

    The “youth and high draft picks” thing has been overrated ever since Crosby and Malkin busted into the league, lost in 07 to the Senators and then made 2 cup finals. 87/71 by 07 had accumulated 3 100+pt seasons between them. Nowadays people get excited about 60pt rookies like Johansen and MacKinnon. It’s just not the same level.

  173. 99 AB’s, 25 games per 24/7

    Cutch had 201 games at AAA, Pedro 101, Marte 90-some.

    I think it may remain small for quite a spell, Jim.

    :|

  174. Botherhood of the Redus says:

    He is on a flight as we speak

  175. Jandy says:

    hey Dom, it’s almost chat time!

  176. 21sthebest says:

    But Lambo has no bombs. That’s bothersome to me. Not that he’s coming up anytime soon.

  177. Just stroked one today, along with a single to start a rally. Batting .359 now. Just sayin’.

  178. It’s my prayer that you’re not holding your breath. We never know if a blog contibutor dies.

  179. Jim S. says:

    Attention Yinzer Nation:

    Nice story about your town, by a Chicago Tribune writer, who loved the place!

    http://www.philly.com/philly/living/travel/20140420_Beautiful_Pittsburgh_has_plenty_to_boast_about_-_but_doesn_t_feel_the_need.html#0bXKUptbdqzGcEuw.03

  180. Jandy says:

    pot stirrer!

  181. 21sthebest says:

    Oh good!

    I still don’t think his swing translates well to the bigs but I’d be curious to see what he could do right now.

  182. Jim S. says:

    I’m calling it medium at 125-150 or so. It better never get to large.

  183. Just grounded out on a 3-2 pitch from our old friend Michael (used to be Mike) Gonzalez, as you know, a lefty.

  184. Nate83 says:

    Maybe he is getting the day off to pack his bags and join the Pirates in Baltimore today.

    Tomorrow the blog will be shut down because of lack of post.

  185. Jim S. says:

    I think he has 11 doubles also. I think line drive or fly ball doubles are often fractions of an inch on the bat away from being HR.

    A lot of times doubles seem to go up when HR go down, and vice versa. I don’t have hard data on that. Just something that seems to be the case to me.

  186. BillyBaduka says:

    +

    I’ve always liked him too.

  187. Jim S. says:

    He needed a mental health day. I think he is in a 3/8 (.375) rut since Sunday. ;-)

  188. BillyBaduka says:

    +

  189. Nate83 says:

    Jim, are you about to switch sides? Don’t go towards the light. Be strong!!!!

  190. 21sthebest says:

    Gonzo used to be one of my favorites.

  191. AJS says:

    Typically they are ranked one or two in teh conference. That means they play the 7th or 8th seed. I would hope a team with as much talent as the Pens coule over power a team that barely ranks in the top half of theconference. It is what they do when they get in there with teams that are gritty, and skilled in the second round that bothers me.

    The team needs to get younger and grittier. Not to be contradictory but it also needs a veteran presence who has been there. Billy Guerrin, Gary Roberts, those guys were leaders. I don’t think Malkin or Crosby come across as the vocal leader they need. If you don’t have that kind of guy on the roster then you need a coach who is not so much of a players coach as Bylsma.

  192. AJS says:

    Depends on how embarassing the ECF is. If Boston or Montreal man handle them in 4 I woldn’t be so sure. But, I think they could lose in round two and he keeps his job. I compare it to Bill Cowher. Dude won so many regular season games. Made teh playoffs most every year. He went super conservative and choked away home championship game after home championship game. But most guys don’t get that far that consistently so he stayed. And eventually won. Despite the fact it seemed the team had a celing there.

  193. NMR says:

    “I still don’t think his swing translates well to the bigs…”

    In that case, the Pirates current left handed first baseman must turn your stomach.

  194. Can’t argue with that one.

    :o

  195. Jim S. says:

    Nate:

    Haha! Actually, I trust what they do with Polanco. I tend to think he’s ready now, but I don’t know as much as the team does about that. So, I defer to them.

    When people say it is about money, I have to agree that is obviously true. It is silly to deny finances play a part in it. But, unfortunately, in our market, finances have to play a part all the time.

    In saying that, though, I don’t know that it is 100% about finances. I do believe in waiting maybe that extra month, because I would actually prefer that he arrives a month late rather than a month early. I think guys often progress slower if they aren’t quite ready. But, every guy is different and teams will be wrong on a lot of them, and right on a lot of them. Pirates got Cutch, Cole, Marte right. I trust their decision. And, I think your point that even if he is very good right away an extra month probably would not amount to even one extra win.

  196. Jim S. says:

    Oops! Didn’t finish the last sentence. I meant your point was a good one about how one good player can only affect so much in a month.

  197. 21sthebest says:

    “In that case, the Pirates current left handed first baseman must turn your stomach.”

    That’s a bingo. But I couldn’t find a reason not to pull the trigger on that deal assuming the PTBNL isn’t significant.

  198. Jim S. says:

    When Jandy goes into “Listen, Sweetie” mode, you better cover your privates from the 9 wides, monster.

  199. Jim S. says:

    Uh oh. Now McGuinness hit one.

    All the 1b who were passed over for Travis Ishikawa seem to be having a good day.

  200. NMR says:

    My reason is opportunity.

    Ike Davis is now the Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman, most likely for at least the 2014 and 2015 season.

    Ike Davis is not a very good baseball player right now, nor in the immediate past.

    There may, in fact, be better baseball players available as soon as this summer. I saw no reason at all for making the move at the time it was made.

  201. hockeymonster says:

    What if we win the cup with 60% PK success rate? Can he stay then?

  202. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hearing Polanco is in Baltimore. Anyone else ?

  203. hockeymonster says:

    Ha…she knows better. And we all know her bark is better than her bite…her words not mine :)

  204. hockeymonster says:

    Who?

  205. Not DK, that’s for sure. He ate somebody’s lunch on the chat about it, like he normally does.

    If he’s there, it must be to observe, like Polamalu did for a season.

  206. Baywatch says:

    I like that too, BPN!

  207. Jandy says:

    pot stirrer!

    :p

  208. Milo Hamilton says:

    Yeah. He says rightfield isn’t even one of their weakest positions. Now that I know that I can continue on with the rest of my day.

  209. 21sthebest says:

    Referring to Filliponi’s tweet?

  210. JohninOshkosh says:

    ++++

  211. Yeah, so can Tabloid and Lunchie since they aren’t the problem that Jordy, Barmes, Pedro and all the pitchers are.

  212. Milo Hamilton says:

    Yeah, I’ve been pretty much under a rock today. Then I checked twitter it was blowing up as the kids say. I was just asking.

  213. JohninOshkosh says:

    Why bother with any of this ? The Brewers are destined to win the division and the Pens can’t beat either team they play in the next round.

  214. Jim S. says:

    Can’t a guy stop in for Boog’s BBQ without causing a stir? Nothing to see here.

  215. 21sthebest says:

    :-)

  216. Jandy says:

    oK FINE, you can buy us all a round of drinks!

  217. hockeymonster says:

    Scroll up…you’ll see quality pot stirrin there :)

  218. Wayne says:

    I got really nervous during the last 10 minutes of the game last night just like everyone else, but has anyone watched any of the other series ? This year has been crazy. All kinds of meltdowns. Sure is entertaining when the Pens are not involved .

  219. They have Diet Pepsi there?

  220. JohninOshkosh says:

    I have seen some, Wayne. Seems like a number of games have been tied up or lost in the waning moments of regulation.

    A cardiologist’s nightmare…right up there with stress and salt!

  221. Milo Hamilton says:

    The NBA banning Donald Sterling for life in 2014 is like Bud Selig taking credit for ridding baseball of steroids.

  222. Jandy says:

    Ha! it’s all over the blog today lol

  223. Jandy says:

    COKE! Don’t say the P word :P

  224. Jandy says:

    POTD!

  225. JohninOshkosh says:

    Doesn’t really matter what the NBA or NBAPA does. His death certificate is being written by corporations pulling their sponsorship and advertising.

    $$$$$$

    I thought Mark Cuban has said the most interesting stuff about it as anybody.

  226. Milo Hamilton says:

    I can just see the kept girlfriends already fighting over his seat for tonight’s game.

  227. Jandy says:

    I don’t know how they look in the mirror. UGH

  228. Jandy says:

    “In no uncertain terms am I supporting what Donald Sterling said, or his position,” Cuban said. “He’s obviously racist, he’s obviously bigoted. And in this day and age when you’re in the public eye you’ve got to be damn careful — if that’s your position and that’s unfortunately where you’re at — you better be damn careful what you say, even in the privacy of your own home.

    “But regardless of your background, regardless of the history they have, if we’re taking something somebody said in their home and we’re trying to turn it into something that leads to you being forced to divest property in any way, shape or form, that’s not the United States of America. I don’t want to be part of that.”

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-mark-cuban-donald-sterling-20140429,0,3329690.story#ixzz30Io6r0uU

  229. JohninOshkosh says:

    That girl is a piece of work, isn’t she.

    I think those kookie kids deserve each other.

    At least Jerry Buss recruited his suite companions from the Playboy mansion.

  230. Andrew says:

    That would be an odd formula but I guess that would mean the Penguins didn’t take many penalties. Odd things happen, Boston down three with 8 minutes left in game 7 of 1st round, then go to the Finals, 8th seeded Oilers beat Babcock and his 124 point Red Wings in the 1st round in 2006, and this year no team can hold a 2-0 lead this year.

  231. Dom says:

    What are they banning him from? The games? The stadium?

  232. NMR says:

    Exactly, John.

    Sterling should die a death of 1,000 cuts, not one heavy-handed blow from the top.

    I agree very much with Dejan in his chat, although I’m not sure where all this criticism of the players is coming from. I don’t think it is players or coaches or fans or sponsors OBLIGATION to force Sterling out. But I believe those are the people that should do it, if it happens.

  233. Nate83 says:

    But NMR what about all the pier pressure? We couldn’t possible go any longer without filling the first base hole with something. Anything is better then what we had. Of course that is only until it isn’t better and everyone wants Carp or Smoak instead of Davis.

    To bad we can’t get like 4 first baseman in one trade and throw all them against the wall and see which one sticks. Josh Bell (hopeful) or Stetson Allie (doubtful) can’t get here quick enough so this hope that somebody else’s failed prospect will become the Pirates good first baseman process ends.

  234. Nate83 says:

    I agree 21. No reason not to see if this guy is more fixable then the previous guys as long as they didn’t give up much. His defense seems pretty good and he at least walks a fair amount.

  235. Dom says:

    I hope he sells the team as what he said was horrendous but the NBA can’t force him to, right?

  236. 21sthebest says:

    I guess he’ll be forced to divest of everything he has now. And his bank(s) will want him to withdraw everything. Cable will be shut off. Restaurants won’t let him in, etc.

  237. Andrew says:

    I think some super majority of the owners can vote to force him to sell.

  238. Andrew says:

    I will never understand how people and the press can get worked up and condemn such trivial things, but miss the forest for the trees.

  239. Sarah says:

    Nope. Past his sell by date.
    Plays favorites w the vets, punishes rookies for mistakes that are routinely ignored if a Pet makes them, ie Adams.
    Routinely fails to ice the best players.
    Routinely screws up line combos(JJ should NOT be Malkins puck retriever).
    Routinely give disproportionate TOI to the worst players and inexplicably benches the better ones.

    His stretch system has long been figured out. The stars are abused and not protected due to the roster being thinned out of the sandpaper guys (that is on RS and perhaps Mario).

    Stubborn to a fault.

    I could go on.

    But, NO.

  240. Sarah says:

    Agree he is done. Think it’s prolly tough to do an ACL with hyper ex….but who knows.
    Do not expect him back this year. The whole knee looked loose at the hit, that ain’t good….

  241. Bizrow says:

    A vote of 3/4 of owners can force him to sell the team

  242. Jandy says:

    Careful Monsta, don’t push the wrong buttons, Sweetie ;)

  243. Sarah says:

    Hey Plan!
    I guess after listening to the presser I could hardly call that “lighting into” or “calling out” his players, though to be sure Bylsma is generally soft spoken. I posted a link to it…actually thought it was sort of embarrassing….kind of a mumbling, barely coherent few sentences about “battling”.
    As our DK mentioned a few days back, the Therrian link “dey doan care. Dey pretend to care.” (Lol!) …sets the standard for actually calling out the players publicly! What Bylsma did barely qualified….

    And IMO, saying that kind of thing on a day when you (again) cancelled practice, makes Bylsma just look as soft as the team.

    But you’re spot on, that is new for Bylsma. Even if it ain’t much!
    Finally realizing he may lose his job, I guess is the main reason I could think of.

    But….sadly I think that was just a desperation flail. It’s not his style, and as far as I can see the players no longer listen to him.
    It was Crosby and Malkin who suggested the line change.
    The fortuitous ness of Orpiks injury allowed our top 2 pairings to both be good at Puck moving, which transformed the D.

    If Scuderi would be benched for Despres, and BB get some PP time and play more than 10 mins a game, and Gladams removed from the roster,nTHEN I would think DB is changing.

    But I think the fact that we all know THAT will NEVER happen, is evidence enough that not much is going on as far as learning from past mistakes between Bylsma’s ears.

  244. Sarah says:

    Torts LOL!!!

    That would make for some hilarious pressers!

    I guess I’d be OK with Lavs.

    Would love Babcock or Tipp, but that ain’t happening.

    At this point I’d be fine w Sid and Geno making up the roster.

  245. SeanAY says:

    He’s basically banned from anything resembling team operations, according to the ESPN story. No presence in the team facilities or the arena, no say in team matters, no say in league business. I’m guessing he just gets to stay at home and draw a paycheck until the league owners vote him out.

    Good riddance.

  246. hockeymonster says:

    It’s Mr. Monsta, sweetie. And i am quite the sweetie :)

  247. Sarah says:

    Apparently his wife (soon to be ex I guess) wore black to the game Sun….you go girl!
    What a putz.

  248. Sarah says:

    I’m with you Jim.
    Last 10 mins unacceptable on many levels.Maddening to watch.

    Made a win feel almost like a loss. That’s hard to do when closing out a series.

 
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