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Monday Wakeup Call: What if it hadn’t been Kunitz?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

OTTAWA — Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Monday column from Game 3 focuses almost entirely on that blown final minute.

You know, because I’m all negative like that.

In particular, it isolates on Chris Kunitz’s stunning lack of effort on Daniel Alfredsson’s goal. I describe it in the column, so no need to pile on, but here’s the video …

Ran into some other hockey writers — ESPN, TSN — at an all-night diner here at about 2 a.m. and showed them that clip. They, like most of us watching the game from the press box, hadn’t fully picked up on Kunitz’s part in this. … But wow.

Which leads to my question for you, since I’m about out of steam after having some poutine at that diner: What if it hadn’t been Kunitz?

What if that had been Evgeni Malkin, who had his own smaller part to play in that goal?

Just asking: What do you think the reaction would have been back home?

Here’s the rest of our full team coverage from Ottawa, by beat men Rob Rossi and Josh Yohe.

>> The Pirates used a familiar formula — starter + Mark Melancon + Jason Grilli — to take a weekend series from the Astros. Rob Biertempfel reports from PNC Park.

>> The Steelers start OTAs tomorrow on the South Side, and Alan Robinson has a detailed breakdown of a roster that’s shaping up as significantly younger.

>> If you missed WPXI-TV’s ‘The Final Word’ amid all the fuss around that time last night, here are video clips to all four segments. Kevin Gorman and Biertempfel were the Tribbies.

>> I’ll visit with TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m. Assuming the alarm goes off.

The Penguins don’t practice today, but they’ll have a 1 p.m. availability from their hotel, and I’ll post any material updates right here on this very blog.

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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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