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Thoughts after Pens’ 3-2 loss to MTL at CEC.


Something new this season for select home games. My backup Josh Yohe offers his thoughts following the Penguins’ second straight loss at home:

= C SIDNEY CROSBY hasn’t had much success figuring out Montreal in recent contests. Crosby recorded a hat trick against Montreal on Oct. 28, 2009. Since then, he’s managed only two goals in 11 games against the Habs. He wasn’t without chances Saturday, getting robbed by a Carey Price glove save in the first period and failing to convert on another of other chances. “We let it slip away,” Crosby said of Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Montreal. “That’s basically what happened.”

= Playoff series often produce villains, and that’s what has happened with Montreal D PK SUBBAN. A rookie in last season’s playoffs, Subban played a big role in Montreal’s upset victory. Fans booed the defenseman relentlessly at Consol Energy Center Saturday. Subban’s skate blade ripped through C JORDAN STAAL foot during Game 1 of that series and, 150 days later, the Penguins’ star remains out indefinitely. While fans felt outrage toward Subban when the game began, the Penguins gave them even more reason to spew negative energy in his direction by clearly targeting him throughout the night.

= G MARC-ANDRE FLEURY didn’t meet with reporters in a very rare move for the accommodating netminder. Kudos go out to D BROOKS ORPIK, who never hesitates to face the music, even after the most painful of losses.

(Still considering signoff options),



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.


  1. Shawn says:


    What has to happen for Gilles Meloche to lose his job as the goaltending coach?

    He’s been here forever and NEVER developed an NHL goalie. Fleury is still relying on his talent with no focus.

    What evidence exists that shows Meloche has ANY idea how to coach goalies?

    Fleury is the most important player on the team and signed for 5 more years. We are doomed if he fails.

    Hire Warren Strelow or one of the Allaires or anyone who is actually qualified.

  2. Maria says:

    Again, Fluery let in a soft goal. I still cannot believe it!
    He is a good goalie being paid as a GREAT one at $5 million per year. And his coach=sucks! Get rid of him. Why hasn’t MAF developed the mental toughness that is needed in the NHL?
    Why didn’t HCDB call a game time-out after the idiots scored the GWG? We could have tied it up and gone to OT and got a point.

    My only hope is that Martin will be able to assit our wonderful coaching staf , to give them ideas on how to defeat the Devils this season.
    If the Pens can win tomorrow, this smelly loss will be forgiven.

  3. diane says:

    1 for 6 & zero for 6 on the power play…

    Fleury was the reason the pens had a chance against the flyers opening night.

  4. john says:

    # Lloyd G. Lasky
    October 11th, 2010 – 12:24 am

    The lack of RW and LW goal scorers is already starting to make a difference.

    calm down its been 2 games…….the pens finished 5th in the nhl in goals for with ruslan fedentenko at winger….not to mention won the stanley cup the year before….we will get are share of goals as usual

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