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Iginla, Bylsma discuss his power-play usage

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

OTTAWA — The Penguins’ practice didn’t reveal lines, but a couple things became eminently clear: Jussi Jokinen will be back for Game 4 tomorrow. Brenden Morrow left the session early and might not play. And Dan Bylsma still doesn’t have a compelling reason for not using Jarome Iginla on the power-play point.

At least not with the first team. Iginla and Paul Martin worked points with the No. 2 unit.

I asked Iginla his thoughts on that …

And I asked Bylsma a few minutes later for his …

I appreciate the thought process, but that strikes me as a little more fear-driven than necessary for a power play built of such world-class talent. You don’t adjust for an opponent when you’re that loaded.

Besides, even if the Senators pressure the points — and they do — that’s what you want. You want to have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin benefiting from more room to work down low.

Anyway, I’m working on something else entirely for tomorrow’s column. Just wanted to kind of follow up on all this for you, given what I wrote this morning.

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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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