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Recap: Vets day show; Morehouse update

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BRUINS 3, PENGUINS 0

The Trib’s Terrific Trio:

1 – G TIM THOMAS, BRUINS

Key stats: 27 saves

Rossi: Call me crazy, but I actually thought the Penguins were better over the final 40 minutes.

2 – G MARC-ANDRE FLEURY, PENGUINS

Key stats: 26 saves

Rossi: He’d allowed seven goals on 26 shots coming in, so making 26 saves was no small accomplishment. Plus, he had at least three dandies by my count.

3 – D ZDENO CHARA, BRUINS

Key stats: plus-2 rating, 25:09 ice time, 3 blocked shots

Rossi: Every time I watch him play at TD Garden, I leave asking myself if I realize what I just witnessed. Chara covers more ice than anybody, and he dictates at both ends.

SAY IT, SIR
“That’s the way we’ve tried to approach the good games, the wins, and the games we haven’t played so well. We try to evaluate what we did and what we could do better.”

PENGUINS HC DAN BYLSMA, on his players’ refusal to make too much of a three-game losing streak.

Rossi: How many people woke up June 13 with the Penguins’ poor stretch from Dec. 3, 2008-Feb. 14, 2009, on their minds? You’ll probably hear me say this on the radio over the next few days, but IT’S A LONG SEASON.

SOMETHING TO SEE

I know what I’ll be doing around 10 p.m. on Wednesday, and I hope most readers join me in watching Discovery Military Channel – don’t think DirecTV has booted that from my channel lineup yet.

A few weeks back I wrote about Pittsburgh police officer STEVE MITRISIN, who was given a pretty sweet surprise by his wife: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_646763.html

Well, the story behind that story will be broadcast at 10 p.m. on DMC, which will air the inaugural “Return Salute” program featuring Mitrisin and two other citizen-soldiers. I can think of no better way to cap Veterans Day than watching this program. Trust me, you can skip JAY LENO for a night.

ON THE BEAT ROAD: DAVID MOREHOUSE

My Tuesday began with text messages from many media colleagues, all of whom were blown away by news that PENGUINS PRESIDENT DAVID MOREHOUSE had a heart attack on Sunday in San Jose. Details can be found here: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_652385.html

An update: No news is good news for David, who could return to Pittsburgh on Thursday. I’m sure readers will join me in praying for his swift recovery.

David and I first came to know one another in 2006. I’d joined Trib colleague ANDREW CONTE on coverage of the Penguins’ quest for a new arena and how it tied into the PA gambling licenses. That story remains the favorite of any I’ve covered, for reasons I won’t bore readers with at this point.

Anyway, over those months and in the months since he was named team president after the 2006-07 season, David became one of those guys with whom I’ve never regretted having a conversation. He is one of the sharpest tacks I’ve found in this strange world of sports I’ve come to know all too well, and it’s no accident that the Penguins have expanded their brand presence both locally and nationally with him at the helm. (You’ll see what I mean when reading my piece on “Defy Ordinary” in Thursday’s print editions of the Tribune-Review.)

David and I spoke Saturday morning in San Jose about some of the technological advances the Penguins would use to their advantage – actually, for the benefit of paying customers – at Consol Energy Center. He was fiddling with a HD camera he’d been given by a company, and we both laughed at the prospect of needing somebody to show us how to operate it properly.

Needless to say I was fairly shocked Monday morning to hear David had a heart attack only a few hours later. He looked pretty healthy to me on Saturday morning. This has been quite a reminder that looks can be deceiving and time is precious.

Anyway, I’m happy to report David is seemingly in great spirits. I sent him an email Tuesday night. The email contained a note of well wishes, but the subject line read: “Clinton to drop puck in Wheeling.”

David, of course, is a former big guy within the Democratic Party, and I knew that subject line would catch his attention.

His response to my email: “Didn’t see the Clinton stuff. What r u talking about?”

At this point I’m talking about relief – mine that David is going to be OK.

–BY ROB ROSSI (11/10/2009, in Boston)

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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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