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Rossi: Latest on St. Louis and Orpik


It’s a hockey night in Pittsburgh (credit: Mike Lange), but a thought on this Friday for Rangers winger Martin St. Louis.

His mother, France, died unexpectedly on Thursday – casting doubt as to if he will play in a possible elimination Game 5 against the Penguins.

Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News has the story:

Thoughts and prayers with the St. Louis family; a loss like this is never easy, that it happened a few days before Mother’s Day cannot make it any easier.

Life – specifically, the families we are born into then build – is bigger than hockey, work, everything. Everybody, myself included, loses sight of that far too often.


>> Defenseman Brooks Orpik did NOT participate in the morning-skate practice on Friday. He did not finish Game 4 on Wednesday night after returning from a five-game absence.


>> The Rangers are not practicing at Consol Energy Center on Friday morning.


>> Josh Yohe reports on the Best Year Ever for Jussi Jokinen:


>> The Insider examines why the Penguins now look like a club establishing an identity:


>> The Penguins want to wrap this series now, as Jason Mackey reports in his notes from Thursday:


>> Contributor Denis Gorman looks at the struggles of Rick Nash that personify those of the Rangers:


>> A special treat from one of the Trib’s most gifted scribes, Chris Togneri, on a local tailor to the stars (hockey players included):


Be EXCELLENT to each other – (and call your parents, if you can),





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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