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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:

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:


= 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:


= The #TribHKY Penguins notes has an update on Brooks Orpik, kind of:


= Bob Cohn with a look at LARGE television ratings in Pittsburgh and Boston, a couple of killer hockey markets:


OK, that is about all for this AM.

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







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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