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PostPens log: An impressive win, and why Brendan Shanahan will be reading #TribHKY on Sunday.


This blog update comes to the dear readers from just outside of Philadelphia and an Amtrak train headed for Washington, D.C., where the Penguins will play the Capitals on Sunday.
Looks like somebody (cough, cough) missed a fine performance by the local club. Josh Yohe has the details on the Penguins’ 5-1 win over The Devil:

= The TribHKY team has some pretty special stuff coming Sunday, if we dare say so:
Yohe has coverage of Penguins’ second straight win, and first at home. He also will have a notebook off the game.
The #TribHKY Sunday page – we like to think Sundays are a Hockey Day in Pittsburgh – will feature the following:

–A column looking at the last time GM Ray Shero spent an entire season retooling the Penguins. A hint, that season ended well. Is the same thing playing out in this truncated campaign?

–Yohe catches up with Matt Martin of the Islanders, who gets the Q&A treatment in the “PuckSpeak” spot.

–For a sixth straight season the region’s best AHL coverage is part of the Trib’s Sunday section. Jonathan Bombulie, one of the finest hockey scribes in North America (TRUTH), covers the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for The Citizen’s Voice. He is a must follow on Twitter: @CVBombulie and his weekly AHL (don’t call’em “baby”) Penguins column is this blog author’s favorite Sunday treat.

–Another Trib correspondent, Chris Adamski, brings the college hockey heat with his weekly report. Pittsburgh’s most tireless reporter – dude covers everything – also does fine Penguins-specific stuff for, and should be followed on Twitter: @BuzzsawPGH.

Along with photographer Chaz “Uncle Charlie is Too Cool for Twitter” Palla, I spent Wednesday night inside the NHL’s Player Safety Video Room in New York. It was quite an experience, and one not documented by any publication … until Sunday, when TribHKY brings an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the work done daily by NHL Sr. VP of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan and his staff.
An excerpt from the package that will start on the front page of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Echevarrieta and Shanahan are attempting to perfect the Player Safety process for reviewing a hit like Frolik’s. For now, it is a work in progress.
It was efficient Wednesday night.
A coordinator clips the hit, a sequence that takes about 15 minutes. Shanahan receives an email with a subject line similar to this one from Wednesday: RE: Frolik board minor on Granlund.
The email includes details to convey a sense of urgency for deciding on a possible hearing. The email Wednesday noted the Blackhawks’ next game was at 10 p.m. Friday at Vancouver.
The email also contained a link that directed to various angles of the hit from NBC Sports Network cameras, including ones never viewed by the public.
Finally, the email noted Frolik’s past history. He had received a warning for hits on Boston’s Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly in the Blackhawks’ game against the Bruins on Oct. 15, 2011

Check online at midnight for the full stories. But you will want to BUY A PAPER, because Palla’s photographs are outstanding and Trib designer Melanie Wass did a super-sharp job making it all look pretty n’at.





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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