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Game3LINKS: Crosby’s brilliance, his Penguins’ un-sharpness, and the history that hovers for worse or better.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. – They’re winning.

That is the point, right?

That is the point the Penguins are trying to make, anyway.

They are ahead, 2-1, in this best-of-seven Round 1 against the New York Islanders.

A year ago, after as many games, they trailed Philadelphia, 3-0.

This year is different already, right?

Well…

Look, there is a lot to take in from Game 3, starting with the third chapter of this Penguins’ playoff story:

http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3932547-74/penguins-game-series#axzz2SW2CI2N3

Some #TribHKY chatter to chew on:

35.7 percent – That is the Penguins’ power-play over the last two postseasons. They are 15-for-42 in nine games.

Kyle Okposo’s shorthanded goal in Game 3 was the first for an Islanders player since Tom Fitzgerald in the 1993 playoffs. The Islanders beat the Penguins in the Patrick Division final that postseason. Fitzgerald is the assistant to the general manager for the Penguins.

Jarome Iginla, on the two-goal leads blown by his Penguins and the Islanders:

“Obviously, we did let momentum slip away at times. But so did they.”

= Columnist Dejan Kovacevic’s take is that the Penguins could be, uh, sharper:

http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3932545-74/islanders-penguins-sharp#axzz2SW2CI2N3

= Sidney Crosby’s brilliance is often that level he can reach, one that cannot be matched and is impossible to prevent from impacting a game. See his drawn penalty in OT:

http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3964334-74/crosby-kunitz-goal#axzz2SW2CI2N3

= Oh, by the way – these Islanders aren’t going away easily, and their stars are starting to shine:

http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3932555-74/tavares-islanders-okposo#axzz2SW2CI2N3

= Matt Cooke, Brandon Sutter and injury updates in the Pens notes:

http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3964331-74/game-matt-cooke#axzz2SW2CI2N3

= Oh, that Islanders’ PK, examined in the New York notes:

http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3964332-74/islanders-game-games#axzz2SW2CI2N3

Cheers,

Rossi

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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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