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Morning Java: Showing heart

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Thursday column both celebrates and cringes at the return of Kris Letang, and it probably splits that right down the middle.

Here’s news coverage on that topic from beat man Rob Rossi.

And here’s stuff from 58 after the game:

Here’s the game story from the shootout victory over the Red Wings, by Rossi. It meant next to nothing and played out exactly that way. Ugh.

Blogginess from the scene: This was an awful game. Deserves close to zero analysis. If it were forced upon me, I suppose it would be relevant to note that Pavel Datsyuk looked like he was getting back to full health. Which depending on your viewpoint can be good or bad, given that he hasn’t risen up much in the Stanley Cup playoffs. In Sochi, he was pretty much all Russia had. … Mike Babcock made a fool of himself in the postgame. And this from a guy renowned for his class, especially on the Olympic stage. Just embarrassing. Click on the game story up there for the details. … The Penguins at least made a somewhat spirited effort to hit Niklas Kronwall. Not a bad idea. He’d certainly return the favor in the first round. … James Neal’s getting there. He is. … Taylor Pyatt? No. There’s no earthly reason to play him ahead of anyone. Ever. … This can’t be stressed strongly enough: Other than grinders trying to find or keep jobs for the playoffs, there’s nothing to be culled from this. … Nice touch by Jeff Jimerson to ask the crowd to sing along with the Anthem, just after the Penguins asked for ‘thoughts and prayers’ for the stabbing victims at Franklin Regional.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page and our Chipped Ice blog, with much more on tonight’s matchup at Consol with Detroit.

Here’s Red Wings news from the Detroit Free Press.

Here’s Flyers news from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Here are official game highlights on

>> The Pirates hit five solo home runs! And lose! Rob Biertempfel reports from Wrigley.

Starling Marte’s promising patience, by Biertempfel.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page and our Bucco Blog.

Here’s Cubs news from the Chicago Tribune.

Here are official game highlights on

>> The TribLIVE Radio show yesterday opened with your calls and went on to be about as much fun as I’ve had doing that thing. Here’s that whole segment in glorious, riveting video:

>> Thank you, as always, for reading. I’ll have another Penguins column for Friday’s Trib.

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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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