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Saturday column: Thank you, Penguins fans

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

BOSTON — Morning, Sad People …

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>> The Saturday column attempts to illustrate how the Penguins’ way is always the right way … even when it’s so very clearly not.

I have something else I want to share with the team’s fans this morning …

Thank you.

I’ve spent the better part of my life around the world’s greatest sport, and the local franchise in particular. And that connection peaked when I covered the Penguins as a beat writer in 1997-2004.

Until this past season and these playoffs.

I appreciate beyond words your readership, your trust, your questions (even the annoying ones about Mike Milbury), your criticisms, your challenges and, above all, when you’d keep reading even after you strongly disagreed with a given column. There is no universal agreement on anything, and I never pretend otherwise when sitting down to write.

That meant a lot to me this particular year, more than I can say.

And, in general, it felt great to be back in the game.

Our full (and final) Penguins coverage for the day …

>> They aren’t kids anymore, by beat man Rob Rossi

>> 87 +71 = 0, by Josh Yohe

>> Complete playoff photo gallery, by our Chaz Palla

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

That’s it for me up here. Flying back this morning, with one small detour between the airport and home …

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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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