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An inevitable collision for #pens, and Crosby’s Period 3 drought, plus #TribHKY links.

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OTTAWA — Don’t look now, but…

Barring something strange happening, the Penguins – IF they close out the Senators in Round 2 – will have an Eastern Conference showdown with the Bruins in the conference final. (Really, hasn’t it seemed like the Penguins and Bruins were on a collision course since winger Jarome Iginla chose one over the other in March?)

The Bruins won at the Rangers on Tuesday night to take a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven semifinal, putting them on the brink of a conference final berth. This is probably the spot to mention that many of the players on this Bruins squad were there in 2010, when Boston blew a 3-0 series lead to the Flyers.

So, epic comebacks are possible. Still, only three teams have rallied from 3-0 series deficits.

Per information provided by NHL.com, clubs have trailed 3-1 in a best-of-seven series a total of 229 times and have come back to win the series on 20 occasions or 8.7 percent of the time.

So, history would very much be on the Penguins’ side if they were to win Game 4 at Scotiabank Place on Wednesday night.

Some #TribHKY stuff to chew on:

  • Sidney Crosby has gone 22 consecutive playoff games without a third-period goal. His last one came in Game 5 of a Round 1 series against Ottawa in 2010.
  • The Penguins, held to a goal in Game 3, have not gone two playoff games without scoring at least three goals since Games 6 and 7 of Round 1 in 2011.

And, now, the links to get you ready for Game 4 between the Penguins and Senators:

 

= Evgeni Malkin said “forwards need confidence,” and he believes James Neal is playing with some despite a goal drought: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4053772-74/games-goal-neal#axzz2U1WCfbE4

 

= Josh Yohe has the story of Jussi Jokinen’s impending return for the Penguins: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4053726-74/jokinen-penguins-game#axzz2U1WCfbE4

 

= Columnist Dejan Kovacevic places the improving Penguins under a microscope: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4053726-74/jokinen-penguins-game#axzz2U1WCfbE4

 

= The Senators’ win in Game 3 was a vote of confidence for the spunky club: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4053779-74/game-senators-ottawa#axzz2U1WCfbE4

 

= Brenden Morrow’s status leads the Penguins notes from Tuesday: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4053736-74/penguins-morrow-practice#axzz2U1WCfbE4

 

= The shadowing of Crosby leads the Senators notes from Tuesday: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4053727-74/senators-defenseman-rome#axzz2U1WCfbE4

 

Off to the AM skate.

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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