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Shero should say this to Mario, and other #TribHKY Game 3 coverage.

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BOSTON — Ray Shero should say something Thursday.

Five words would do.

Five words are necessary.

Dan Bylsma is my coach.

And Shero should say those words to Mario Lemieux, who has looked awfully disappointed after losses by the Penguins in Game 2 and 3 of the Eastern Conference final.

There will be enough to do this offseason as the Penguins move into the unofficial second half of the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin Era. A coaching search is not necessary, and it would not be productive.

Speaking of that era, it looks a lot different today than it did four years ago – and, as columnist Dejan Kovacevic opines, it’s not dark yet, but… http://triblive.com/sports/dejankovacevic/dejancolumns/4138047-74/malkin-crosby-done#axzz2VPxRwUBi

 

= A 2-1 loss to the Bruins on Wednesday night – actually, the game ended Thursday morning – pretty much ended this East final.

For what it’s worth, and it’s probably worth nothing to fans, this was the second greatest playoff game I’ve covered of the 98 I’ve reported on since 2007.

I really – really – thought going into Game 3 that I would get to at least 100 this postseason. Now, well, I am far from confident.

The Game 3 recap: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/pensgalleries/4138042-74/penguins-game-bruins

 

= Josh Yohe looks at the power play that has is more Prince Adam than He-Man against the Big Bad Bruins: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4146527-74/power-penguins-letang#axzz2VPxRwUBi

 

= Another Yohe gem, about the visors coming to the NHL: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4138058-74/adams-penguins-wear

 

= Tuukka Rask is a lot better than at least one idiot (Yours Truly) thought: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4138098-74/rask-game-penguins#axzz2VPxRwUBi

 

= Bylsma promised changes, and made some – because, well, it wasn’t him who made these Penguins slower: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4138088-74/game-winger-penguins#axzz2VPxRwUBi

 

Will close with this, and it is not intended as a shot; but it is also not second guessing, either.

My column from March 16: http://triblive.com/sports/nhl/3655870-74/rob-rossi-iginla#axzz2VPxRwUBi

Think about it.

 

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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