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A road map for how the Penguins make things interesting, and #TribHKY links.

BOSTON — The road map to a comeback exists.

There are a lot of what ifs, though.

Still, there is a way the Penguins rally in the Eastern Conference final, which they trail, 3-0, with Game 4 at Boston’s TD Garden on Friday.

Win that, obviously. It does not really matter how.

A performance similar to the one from Game 3 – certainly a performance topping it – would get the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Sunday. There, a power play that is 0-for-12 in the series figures to show some sign of life. It has to eventually, right?

It is not inconceivable that the Penguins could win the next two games and force a pressure-packed home Game 6 for the Bruins. Of the nearly 11 full periods of hockey played in this series, the Bruins have owned four. The Penguins have dominated two. The rest have been 50/50.

A clunker from the Bruins would be needed for this Boston squad to become the second Boston squad four years to blow a 3-0 series lead.

However, over the last few years, the Bruins have had a bit of Penguins in them in that they sometimes surprise with how quickly they cooperate with making themselves look bad.

So, basically, were the Penguins to get it to a Game 6 – with a Game 7 the next night – and their superstars-in-silence Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin still due. By then, those Bruins defensemen will be worn and, well…

OK, getting ahead of ourselves, clearly.

This feels like a Big (maybe Bad) night for the franchise.

Coach Dan Bylsma is not treating it like such, however.

 

= What may be on the line for him: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4144759-74/bylsma-coach-penguins#axzz2VXQ1BD00

Check out that fact box on the side of the screen. You, as a GM, would ignore all of that?

Dejan Kovacevic’s accompanying column on the topic of what lay ahead for these Penguins, including Bylsma: http://triblive.com/sports/dejankovacevic/dejancolumns/4144756-74/bylsma-coach-really#axzz2VXQ1BD00

 

= Josh Yohe looks at the carousel of partners for Kris Letang during these playoffs, and why having only three heavy-minutes men on the backend may be catching up with the Penguins:  http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4144771-74/letang-minutes-martin#axzz2VXQ1BD00

 

= The #TribHKY Penguins notes has an update on Brooks Orpik, kind of: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4144775-74/game-penguins-orpik#axzz2VXQ1BD00

 

= Bob Cohn with a look at LARGE television ratings in Pittsburgh and Boston, a couple of killer hockey markets: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4151026-74/game-conference-final#axzz2VXQ1BD00

 

OK, that is about all for this AM.

Twenty-four hours from now a lot of this may feel different.

 

Cheers,

Rossi

Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

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