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Wakeup Call: Fatal flaw, funny Flyer, flustered Fleury


VOORHEES, N.J. — Brief and to the Point …

>> My Tuesday mini-column, part of the Trib’s playoff Insider feature, looks at the Penguins’ fatal flaw. And who exactly might have figured it out.

>> Scott Hartnell, the self-confessed most unpopular man in Pittsburgh these days, is pretty funny for a Flyer, as our reports all week have shown.

But Hartnell and everyone else in the Philadelphia organization would be foolish to go too far in rubbing the Penguins’ faces in anything. For one thing, the Penguins have been plenty capable of embarrassing themselves. For another, the Flyers have everything to gain from a clean, quiet, healthy victory in Game 4.

>> Just for fun, complete the following sentence: If I blame Marc-Andre Fleury for what’s wrong with the Penguins in these playoffs, I also …

>> I obviously haven’t been able to watch the Pirates out here, but reading our coverage, checking the boxes and going over video highlights … wow, how are you people watching this?

Look at these Elias numbers our Rob Biertempfel got. They’re astounding.

Here’s one of my own: That lineup card Clint Hurdle carried out to the umps Monday in Phoenix finished the night with seven of the Pirates’ nine starters having averages below .200. And four of them have lower averages than Erik Bedard, who singled to raise his figure to .167.

That’s not Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee out there anymore.

>> I’ll be hanging with Flyers today, probably coming up with a column there. Not sure.

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