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PostPens log: Road is where their game is.


Good evening, dear readers.
Not a lot more to say about the Penguins’ 3-0 win at the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
The local club has won six in a row against the Rangers, and is on a 9-2-0 run at Madison Square Garden.
The local club is also 4-1-0 on the road during this truncated NHL season. Those wins came against playoff teams from last season.
What a baffling start for the Penguins, who are 4-0 against playoff teams and 0-3 against clubs that missed. That is a trend.
D Brooks Orpik summed up this victory best:
“I don’t think we gave up an odd-man rush until the mini 3-on-2 we gave up with two minutes to go.”
The Devil – You Know What To Expect – is next, Saturday at Consol Energy Center. A big game, as early on, New Jersey, is still, well, New Jersey.
= Do not discredit this victory.
The Rangers were looking like a club beginning a roll.
Instead, they found nothing against the Penguins.
Rangers D Marc Staal talked of the Penguins as though the were The Devil.
“They sit in that neutral zone and they just kind of wait and hang out. … We couldn’t really find any speed through the offensive zone or on the rushes.”
Uh, yeah – clip that one and save it for a later date.
Makes a certain blog author glad he focused on the defense in his GAME STORY:

= LW Zach Boychuk is a Penguin.
He might play with C Evgeni Malkin and RW James Neal, HC Dan Bylsma said Thursday.
Hey, anything is worth a shot, right?
The NOTEBOOK examines that waiver claim, and a curious comment about LW Eric Tangradi from GM Ray Shero:

= Josh Yohe will have the club Friday, as somebody is sticking around The City.
Why stay away from Pittsburgh, the dear readers may ask?
Uh, it’s The City!
Actually, there is a reason, and you can read all about it in the Sunday Trib.
Follow Josh via Twitter: @JoshYohe_Trib for all your Penguins coverage through Saturday.
Catch up with everybody on Sunday from Washington, D.C.
(Somebody doesn’t have to watch the Super Bowl. That said somebody wore the winner’s colors during his Root Sports Pittsburgh Penguins Pregame Show on Thursday.)




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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