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Morning Java: Oh, those perimeter Penguins

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Thursday column misses the mark. Badly. Which is to say it’s probably a perfect fit for the subject matter.

Here’s some of what Chris Kunitz had to say afterward …

Random randomness from the event: There’s really not too much to analyze in a game where the home team misses 19 shots and has 12 others blocked, but hey, I’ll give it a shot. … You can live with role players so long as they’re, you know, filling roles. I have no idea what Matt D’Agostini does. I really don’t. Not being mean. I see nothing. And yet, I saw him on the ice with three minutes left, down a goal, missing a stretch pass by putting himself offside. … Starting to look like Evgeni Malkin’s exasperation is spilling over to Jussi Jokinen. The latter needs to get back to playing his own game rather than worrying about 71. … Kris Letang is just maddening. Really is. And for all the Norris Trophy talk that constantly surrounds him — deserved when he’s at his peak — he’ll never get to any next level until he can stop having so many of his offensive plays blocked, shots and passes. … There’s no way Pascal Dupuis isn’t playing through some kind of pain. … The Flyers have played better of late, in fairness, but you also could see the loose defense that’s been there all along. And the lack of offense. … The ice at Consol is inexcusable. You can’t pour $300 million into a facility and call it first-class unless that’s addressed. And spare me complaints about the workers. There’s always a way.

The game story is by beat writer Rob Rossi.

Here’s our full Penguins coverage.

Here’s Flyers news from the Philadelphia Daily News.

Here are official game highlights from

>> The Steelers really do have a shot, by beat writer Alan Robinson.

Couple Qs I had for Ben Roethlisberger yesterday about red-zone issues …

Evaluating the greatness that is Calvin Johnson, by Ralph Paulk.

Here’s our full Steelers coverage.

Here’s Lions news from the Detroit Free Press.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Pitt braces for North Carolina’s gifted QB, by Jerry DiPaola.

>> Penn State has a gifted QB of its own, by Chris Adamski.

>> Duquesne goes down to New Hampshire, by Chris Harlan. Have to love Jim Ferry’s candor.

>> I’ll check in with TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m.

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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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