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Wakeup Call: Fix the Penguins edition

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Brief and to the Point …

>> My Monday column examines whatever passes for the Penguins’ home-ice advantage.

>> After you read — and yes, that’s the toll — I’d welcome hearing your suggestions for ways to heal some of the stuff you’ve seen go wrong the past six games. Doesn’t have to be aimed at Dan Bylsma, either. Can be anyone or anything on the team, such as, say, Tyler Kennedy needs to hit the net with at least one of 10 shots attempted.

>> Peter Laviolette wasn’t the only coach or manager calling someone ‘gutless’ yesterday. Wait till you hear what usually reserved Jim Tracy had to say about Ubaldo Jimenez’s … well, gutless act.

>> Burning couches and destroying property over a collegiate athletic victory?

That once was West Virginia’s domain, but the Kentucky fans in Lexington blew that away early yesterday morning by causing rampant mayhem over a semifinal win.

Congratulations to one and all.

>> In other news, the Canucks are primed for another long playoff run.

>> Pedro Alvarez’s struggles have gotten plenty of attention this spring, but the opposite infield corner hasn’t fared much better. Alvarez will come north with a .163 spring average and 22 strikeouts. Garrett Jones will do so with a .232 average and 20 strikeouts.

This offense simply can’t afford that type of production at key spots for bats.

>> If you missed Rob Rossi’s extensive Sunday piece on the NHL burying its head on obstruction, I strongly recommend it, especially if you were less than delighted at all the hooking and holding by both teams yesterday.

>> Here was my appearance on KDKA-TV’s ‘Showdown’ last night, along with Ron Cook, Paul Alexander and host Bob Pompeani.

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