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— 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:


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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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