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Postgame thoughts from Pens loss to TOR at CEC.

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Greetings, Chipped Ice fans. It was yet another somber postgame scene at Consol Energy Center, where your Penguins are now 0-3.

Here are some tidbits.

= D BROOKS ORPIK might not be out of the lineup for too long. He was in the locker room following the Penguins’ 4-3 loss to Toronto Wednesday and was walking without a limp. He is currently out with a groin injury and while he might not play against the Islanders and Flyers this weekend, he isn’t expected to miss an extended period of time.

= It was always said that former Penguins RW BILL GUERIN knew the appropriate times to be serious, and the appropriate times to crack a joke. Maybe he thinks the Penguins need a good laugh. Even though C SIDNEY CROSBY was hardly in a good mood following the Toronto loss, the Penguins’ captain broke into a couple of smiles when talking with Guerin in the locker room.

= During a TV timeout in the first period, the Consol Energy Center crowd gave Guerin, who was sitting in owner Mario Lemieux’s private box, a thunderous standing ovation. Guerin has not retired and is still possibly open to employment, but was released after a training camp run with the Philadelphia Flyers.

= A number of Penguins again openly complained about the Consol Energy Center’s ice surface.

= C MIKE COMRIE was a surprise healthy scratch after failing to score in the team’s first three games. His replacement in the lineup, RW ERIC GODARD, was given only 3:24 of ice time in his first game of the season.

Rob Rossi will be back with you Friday night when the Penguins host the Islanders. Maybe he’ll be able to deliver a win in the new barn. It’s about time, eh?

You stay classy, Pittsburgh.

– Yohe

(NOTE FROM ROSSI: Josh, we’re American. Also, Guerin deserved a Springsteen song on his video tribute, not one written by a Brit, though a great one in David Bowie. Missed opportunity by the Penguins to honor a Cup hero and a musical icon on the day that the Cup hero’s favorite musical icon celebrated the 30th anniversary of a great album, “The River.” Talk about a true wreck on the highway.)

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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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