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Friday Wakeup Call: Road map to success?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Friday column summarizes Game 5 by pointing to … a scoreless first period? Yeah, it’s kind of reached that point with these Penguins. Less is, indeed, more.

Except when it comes to one of Sidney Crosby’s most sensational goals …

Not too bad, huh?

Remind you of anything?

We are so terribly spoiled in this city with the quality of hockey we witness. Really are.

A full written breakdown of the goal, plus much more can be found in our full Penguins coverage, by Rob Rossi, Josh Yohe, Kevin Gorman and Jerry DiPaola.

And here’s what the captain himself had to say about it …

>> The chat transcript covered a plethora of Pittsburgh sporting activity.

>> Even a closer as superb as Jason Grilli’s been is no match for a most unfortunate flurry of small ball, as befell the Pirates last night in New York, per our Rob Biertempfel.

On the brighter side, Jeff Locke continues to be … not spectacular, but steady. I have my doubts about him long-term, but he’s had a handful of encouraging starts now.

>> Good stuff about the Steelers’ younger D on the Steel Mill blog from Mark Kaboly.

>> I’ll be flying back up to Long Island this afternoon to cover Game 6 tomorrow. Before that, I’ll pay a visit to TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m. to talk pucks.

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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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