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Wakeup Call: Resilient, remarkable Penguins

Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …

>> My Wednesday column honors the Flyers … kind of. Go ahead and click, anyway.

>> Talking about the Penguins’ resiliency can sound like a broken record, but it’s worth it: They’ve lost one game all season by more than a goal. Even when they lose, they come right back and make a game of it.

This isn’t about moral victories, though. That huge rally last night to beat Colorado, 6-3, came against the NHL’s top road team and improved the Penguins’ overall record to 11-4-3, tied with Chicago for best in the league. And all this has happened a) with a really hard schedule that’s sent them all over creation and b) without the best player in the world.

>> On a negative note, Paul Martin has played at an abysmal level this season, now minus-12. The plus-minus stat usually is about as hollow as pitching wins in baseball, but this figure really jumps out on a team whose starting goaltender has a 1.93 goals-against average.

Martin is prone to extended bouts with confidence, but this one is pretty bad, especially for a guy making $5 million. That third Colorado goal last night by David Jones was about as poorly as a defenseman can handle a simple one-on-one.

>> I’m no fashion icon, but I can’t stand the Penguins’ blue sweaters. This is Pittsburgh.

>> The amount of comments from various Penn State parties contradicting their statements to the grand jury grows by the day. Mike McQueary joined the parade last night on CBS by saying the opposite of what it’s in the report.

The least you’d think would come of this is that someone, at least one person, would sound like they’re telling the truth.

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