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Postgame thoughts after Pens win vs OTT.


Greetings Chipped Ice fans,

All of a sudden, the Penguins can’t lose at the Consol Energy Center, or anywhere, for that matter. Tonight’s game had a surreal feel because of the guy wearing No. 55 for the visitors. Senators D SERGEI GONCHAR was back in town for the first time, and was given quite a warm reception.

Here are some tidbits.

= Gonchar received a standing ovation in the first period after the Penguins honored him with a video. The normally stoic defenseman admitted to feeling emotional during the tribute. “It was very nice of them,” Gonchar said. “I’m quite thankful for the cheering. It meant a lot to me. It was a very special moment.”

= Count Ottawa coach CORY CLOUSTON among those impressed by Penguins G BRENT JOHNSON. “Obviously he is giving them a lot of confidence,” Clouston said. “He’s playing very well.”

= RW PASCAL DUPUIS, after being complimented about his mustache before tonight’s game: “Yeah, it does look pretty good.”

= A number of the Penguins have complained about the Consol Energy Center’s bad ice. Former Penguins star RW ALEX KOVALEV also was displeased with the ice, but took a more philosophical view. “It will get better. Ice needs time to mature.”

OK then, Kovy.

Until next time, you stay classy, Pittsburgh.

— Yohe




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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