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Caps (Game 3) – Off-day Post

Some thoughts and observations from Game 3 of the Pens-Caps Superstar Summit Series:

Trib’s 3 Stars:

1 – Simeon Varlamov, Capitals: Dominik Hasek of his generation? He gets something on everything!

2 – Evgeni Malkin, Penguins: Now THAT was a response, brother.

3 – Sidney Crosby, Penguins: Sure, Kris Letang scored the OT winner, but Crosby was strong all game and his faceoff win made Letang’s shot possible.

Again and again and again: The Penguins have cut the Caps series lead to 2-1. They are now 12-2 all-time against the Capitals in the playoffs when trailing a best-of-seven series by two games.

Believe it or not: The Penguins have not swept Games 3 and 4 of a playoff series at home since the 1991 Wales Conference final against Boston. The Pens are 0-5 in home Games 4s after winning Game 3 at home since.

Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

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