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Morning Java: Of great players, great games

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

BOSTON — Morning, Lunatics …

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>> The Thursday column off Game 3 is about greatness. And whether or not the Penguins’ two great players truly match up to that definition, as compared to those who have performed at their peak in the toughest times.

I’m guessing not everyone will like this, but this is quite the pivoting point for the franchise.

There’s going to be plenty enough angst over all this in days to come, and I get that. It’s an extraordinary collection of talent up front, and it’s an extraordinary disappointment that they’ve managed a ridiculous two goals in the equivalent of 3 2/3 games.

But I’d still advise, if you can muster it, saving a small slice of your emotion today for appreciating what we saw last night and into 12:13 a.m. today: That was a beautiful hockey game, front to finish. Fantastic stuff.

Speaking personally, one of the most passionate competitions I’ve ever covered.

Our full Penguins coverage for the day …

>> Backs against the wall, by beat man Rob Rossi

>> The 0-for-a-dozen power play, by Josh Yohe

>> The lineup did, indeed, change, by Yohe

>> Craig Adams hates the visor rule, by Yohe

>> Complete playoff photo gallery, by our Chaz Palla

>> More on the Bruins from our news partners at the Boston Herald

>> If that’s not enough, the weekly chat, today at noon, will happen right here on the blog.

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>> Another pitcher goes down with an elbow injury, and another loss in Atlanta. Not a particularly pleasant visit for the Pirates, Rob Biertempfel reports.

>> Ben Roethlisberger has minor knee surgery, Alan Robinson reports, but the prognosis is that it shouldn’t cost him a day of activity in Latrobe.

Teams sometimes just say stuff like this, but I watched Ben participate in drill after drill just a couple days ago on the South Side, right to the end, and I have a hard time imagining something serious developed in the handful of hours after that.

>> Hope to have you on board for the chat!

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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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