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Preview of Wednesday story on MVP debate …


— A budding steroid controversy involving the Capitals? Blogging Beast and Washington Post beat reporter Tarik El-Bashir has the latest details.

— The Penguins did not practice Tuesday, so there is no word as to the availability of C Evgeni Malkin for a showdown with the East-topping Capitals on Wednesday. How important is Malkin to the Pens? They are 3-7-0 without him this season, and in those games they are 0-for-34 on the power play. Oh, and C Sidney Crosby has only three assists in those games.

Speaking of Crosby, in Wednesday’s Tribune-Review I am running a piece about his candidacy for league MVP compared to the candidacy of Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin. I teamed with Trio Founding Member Corey Masisak, now of, for a poll of  NHL national and local writers. Were this the TV business I would call what comes next a teaser:

Ovechkin received 54.2 percent of votes. Crosby came in at 29.2 percent. “Other” received 16.7 percent.

Again, look for more details in Tuesday’s Trib or on the Penguins Page.

You can check out Corey’s story on the results at:


Happy Birthday, Mom. There aren’t enough thank yous, but add another one to the list.

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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