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Cup final – Game 2, post-game


Quick thoughts after Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, which the Penguins trail, 2-0, after a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena:



My three stars from Game 2:

1. G Chris Osgood, Red Wings: Another 31-save effort has him two wins from the Hall of Fame.

2. RW Marian Hossa, Red Wings: His two assists and at-time dominant play was an example of why the Penguins wanted to keep him last summer.

3. LW Justin Abdelkader, Red Wings: He’s going all Jack Nicholson-Joker in the Final, “Wait ’till they get a load of me?”



Dear readers ask, I get to answer …

From Kevin Samuel Haber, senior at the University of Pittsburgh:

“Why did (Penguins coach Dan) Bylsma change the lineup? Having (seven defensemen) and double-shifting (centers Evgeni) Malkin and (Sidney) Crosby alternatively on the fourth line was brilliant, and (the Penguins) were unbeatable against Carolina and in Game 7 against Washington.”

Rossi Rants: Bylsma has led the Penguins to a 30-10-4 record since replacing Michel Therrien on Feb. 15, when the Penguins were 10th in the East. His team is a handful of weird goals-against and a few hit posts from a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. He owes not one Penguins fan an explanation for anything.

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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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