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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