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Morning Java: More Dupuis than meets the eye

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Monday column is about Pascal Dupuis, who really is that good.

I get into some of Dupuis’ soaring confidence in there, but I had a couple of extra — and really kind of off-the-beaten-path — examples of that I can share here:

One morning in February at Consol, the Penguins were engaged in a silly game of long shot. That involves nothing more than sailing the puck into the net from the other end of the rink.

Dupuis’ first attempt found twine on the fly.

Play-by-play man Paul Steigerwald, seated near me, shook his head and said, “Everything that guy touches turns to gold.”

A month later at another skate in Winnipeg’s MTS Centre, I set my coffee on one of the end boards, just outside the glass. Dupuis thought he’d give it a shot.

Nailed that one, too.

And when the puck failed to actually knock over my drink — that glass is thick — he skated over to devilishly try to use his stick to do it. That’s when I rushed to the rescue of my morning’s caffeine allowance.

No real reason to share either of these, I suppose. Just having fun.

Anyway, here’s the rest of our full team coverage, by beat man Josh Yohe.
You’ll also find on that page two fine pieces on Ray Shero and Dan Bylsma by Rob Rossi and Kevin Gorman, respectively. Well worth your time on both counts.

From yesterday’s skate, here are a couple questions I had for Brooks Orpik

And for Tomas Vokoun

>> The Pirates took two of three in Milwaukee, of all places, thanks yet again to Jason Grilli and Mark Melancon. On Sunday, columnist Joe Starkey opined that Neal Huntington has ‘never looked so good.’

>> WPXI-TV’s ‘The Final Word’ aired last night, and here are video clips to all four segments, three on the Penguins and one on the Pirates. I was joined by Rossi and WPXI’s Alby Oxenreiter and Bill Phillips.

>> I’ll visit with TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m., right when the Penguins’ practice is set to start.

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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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