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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 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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