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Pens-Sharks Postgame: Ugh!



The Trib’s Terrific Trio:


Key stats: 1 goal, 2 points, plus-3 rating, 8 attempted shots, 3 blocked shots

Rossi: I’ve been contending for years that he’s one of the most impressive players in the NHL that seemingly fails to impress casual fans.


Key stats: 27 saves

Rossi: I asked PENGUINS D SERGEI GONCHAR before this game which player should be Russia’s goalie at the Olympics. “I think whoever is playing the best will be the guy,” he said. “But Nabokov has a history in these things, and when he’s at his best he’s one of the best in the world.” Nabokov is a guy PENGUINS C SIDNEY CROSBY – possibly Canada’s captain – probably would least like to see in the net for Russia.


Key stats: 1 goal, 8 attempted shots

Rossi: I’m sorry, but for all his baggage from those final months in Ottawa, the Heatley I spoke with before the game appeared relaxed and quite comfortable in San Jose – looser than I can ever remember during my trips to Ottawa while he was a Senator. He said this lack of pressure theory is nonsense, though. “I mean, there isn’t any place where there is more pressure to win the Cup than here,” he said. This is true. A local Sharks writer described the regular-season as “a six-month exhibition to the only games that matter for this organization.” It’s too early to tell, and I’d dare not base anything off what they did against that injury-sacked Pens lineup, but these Sharks should be the favorite this year in the West. (Weren’t they last year and the year before, though?)

“Play harder. Play smarter.”

Penguins LW MATT COOKE, on how his club can avoid falling into a funk amid all these injuries


The Penguins are traveling today, and I’m back in San Jose trying to monitor for updates on D KRIS LETANG, who did not return for the final 50 minutes on Saturday night after falling hard on his right shoulder near the Sharks’ goal. Letang was to be re-evaluated by doctors today, and there may be work when the club arrives at Boston this afternoon.

Please check the Trib site for details, as I will post them here:

–BY ROB ROSSI (11/7/2009, in San Jose, Calif.)

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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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