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Latest on injured Senators, and post-practice stuff from Wednesday.

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A quick update after optional practices for the Penguins and Senators at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday:

= No injuries to report on the Penguins’ end – just bumps and bruises, coach Dan Bylsma noted.

= Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said that rookie defenseman Eric Gryba (upper-body injury) has not been ruled out for Game 2 on Friday night. Gryba did not finish Game 1after a collision with Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik.

= Center Jason Spezza (back) is skating in Ottawa, but MacLean said he is not likely to play in Game 2. Spezza has not played since having surgery in February.

= The Selke Trophy finalists are out, and in a switch for NHL Awards finalists season there is no Penguins among the three. Should there be, though? Read the Trib on Wednesday. The finalists: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=670684&navid=nhl:topheads

= The New York outdoor games – at Yankee Stadium during Super Bowl week – were made official by the NHL today: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=670867&navid=nhl:topheads

= As always, complete #TribHKY playoffs coverage can be found here: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/

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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