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Rossi: Crosby snagged scoring title – and rest

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Sidney Crosby has his second scoring title.

He also had off two of the Penguins’ final four games.

Which is more important to the big picture that will be the Penguins’ 2014 postseason?

The club is off Monday. The playoffs open Wednesday with Game 1 against Columbus at Consol Energy Center. Our #TribHKY team is hard at work on stories that should get the Dear Readers prepared for the playoffs.

We dropped the puck on our expanded coverage Monday, and it begins with this Melanie Wass designed info graphic on “The New Guys” for this playoff party:

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>> The Blue Jackets admit they have paid the Penguins too much respect. Will the awe-factor be in play for Round 1? http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5905514-74/penguins-blue-jackets#axzz2yjWLnbAC

 

>> Notes on Crosby’s nearly complete season, a puzzling scratch of Brandon Sutter, and the Evgeni Malkin watch: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5905526-74/crosby-penguins-games#axzz2yjWLnbAC

 

>> It was hard to watch, as was most of the final few weeks. Josh Yohe reports on a meh finale to an otherwise outstanding regular season: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/pensgalleries/5942787-74/penguins-game-ottawa#axzz2yjWLnbAC

 

>> Jason Mackey did some deep digging to scout the Penguins-Blue Jackets matchup. You’ll like this, PuckHeads: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5925543-74/penguins-game-blue#axzz2yjWLnbAC

 

>> Oh, you didn’t know? Well, here is the Round 1 schedule: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5943112-74/game-april-games#axzz2yjWLnbAC

 

>> Columnist Dejan Kovacevic is of the opinion that Round 1 is win-or-get lost for the Penguins: http://triblive.com/sports/dejankovacevic/dejancolumns/5905530-74/penguins-blue-jackets#axzz2yjWLnbAC

 

>> FROM SUNDAY, columnist Joe Starkey witnessed the unofficial return of Kris Letang: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5905341-74/letang-game-hartnell

 

>> Also, FROM SUNDAY, contributor Jonathan Bombulie’s look at the AHL depth on defense: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5904836-74/season-goals-penguins

 

>> Also, FROM SUNDAY, Trib editor/designer Mark Stevens with a wonderful graphic take on my reasons the Penguins will/won’t win the Cup:

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Be EXCELLENT to each other,

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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