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Rossi: Sunday Morning Pops N’At

Good morning from Columbus, Ohio, to the Dear Readers…

Something to chew on with the Penguins taking a day off: Jeff Zatkoff, on Saturday night, became only the ninth goalie not named Marc-Andre Fleury to win a regular-season game since the 2005-06 season. (Buy the paper and you’ll find nuggets like that EVERYDAY on the #TribHKY banner. Shameless plug complete.)

 

THE READ

A rundown of our Sunday coverage:

 

= Quoth the Flower: “Awesome” win for Zatkoff, and not just because a certain beat scribe kept his hearing on a cannon-less night: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/pensgalleries/4962258-74/penguins-zatkoff-blue#axzz2jPOLnyNd

 

= Columnist Dejan Kovacevic does double duty to call out the NHL commish: http://triblive.com/sports/dejankovacevic/dejancolumns/4993538-74/bettman-nhl-emery#axzz2jPOLnyNd

 

= Said NHL commish was hardly pleased by that riot-like game in Philadelphia on Friday night, as he explained from Nationwide Arena on Saturday: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4962260-74/bettman-nhl-game#axzz2jPOLnyNd

 

= A couple of chats with players last week showed how the communicative skills of Dan Bylsma help the Penguins: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4962262-74/malkin-boston-bylsma#axzz2jPOLnyNd

 

= Our AHL correspondent Jonathan Bombulie looks at what goes into an NHL promotion for the Penguins’ prospects: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4962272-74/call-nhl-pens#axzz2jPOLnyNd

 

 

HEAR HERE

 

I will be on the Subway Final Word tonight after Sunday Night Football on local NBC affiliates. That means WPXI for those in Western Pennsylvania. The show takes your Tweets, so go at it.

 

 

Be Excellent to each other,

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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