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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.

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