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Friday Wakeup Call: Ottawa Sun, bastion of journalism

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

>> There’s no Friday column because of the Stanley Cup playoffs messing with our schedules. I will, however, write a column each of the next five days, covering Game 2 tonight, Games 3 and 4 on Long Island, and everything in between.

>> The chat transcript covered pucks, plus plenty of Steelers and Pirates.

>> This hardly qualifies as news anymore, but the Ottawa Sun is just pathetic …

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That’s real, not something out of The Onion.

If you didn’t see it, the Canadiens’ Lars Eller suffered a brutal injury last night that brought a pool of blood to the ice in Montreal. The Ottawa Sun not only elected to display a gruesome image of Eller after he fell motionless and face-first to the ice but also to come up with a clever play on words involving blood to denote that, hey, our Senators won!

So, I wondered, if the Trib’s sports staff ever felt so compelled as to swim around in the sewer like that, how might we have handled Erik Karlsson’s ugly injury here in Pittsburgh earlier this season.

I then tweeted out what a fake cover might look like, accompanied by a fake headline. And sure enough, reader Evan Duncan followed through with this photo-shopped gem …

Thanks, Evan. That’s magnificently done, even if only as satire.

In real life … man, unthinkable. Just can’t picture the editors’ meetings at the Ottawa Sun.

>> To me, the most striking aspect of the Penguins’ Game 1 body slam was how they not only bullied John Tavares at every turn but also how they essentially got away with it. Really, other than Matt Martin taking a couple runs — including one where he bounced off Crankshaft — nobody did much of anything to Matt Cooke, Brenden Morrow, Kris Letang or anyone else who put No. 91 on his wallet.

That’s bound to change.

Jack Capuano doesn’t have a ton of roster options, but he can get a little tougher, and he can certainly cajole a little more toughness out of the ones already in the lineup. I’ll be stunned if we don’t see both play out tonight.

Here’s a couple Qs I had on this topic for Brenden Morrow

Here’s our full coverage of the teams’ off-day practices yesterday.

>> Here’s our look ahead to the Pirates hosting the Nationals this weekend.

>> And finally, here’s video of Kevin Colbert discussing the Steelers’ draft yesterday on TribLIVE Radio …

>> I’ll be up at Consol morning, noon and night.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

 
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