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Game 1 (Flyers) — Pregame

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Some quick notes Wednesday before Game 1 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers:

• Scratches: Penguins – D Philippe Boucher, and RWs Miroslav Satan and Eric Godard; Flyers – LW Riley Cote and D Luca Sbisa.

• Penguins LW Chris Kunitz will play. Kunitz did not participate in the morning skate because of the birth of his first child. Zachary James Kunitz was born locally at 9:41 a.m.

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Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

 
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