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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 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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