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Morning Java: Pittsburgh 2, Ohio 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Tuesday column recognizes the Penguins’ third-period push but doesn’t exactly go ga-ga over the Game 3 victory.

Here’s a question I had for goal-scorer Lee Stempniak on that count:

And here’s some stuff Brandon Sutter had to say:

Marc-Andre Fleury stood tallest again, by beat man Rob Rossi.

Brooks Orpik didn’t just score … he did it with style, by Josh Yohe.

Sergei Bobrovsky faded late in the Columbus net, by Justin Boggs.

Jayson Megna makes his playoff debut and other notes, by Rossi and Yohe.

Blogginess from the scene: Coincidence or not, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal got going after a shift in which Joe Vitale gave them a hard forecheck. Not to take away from Jussi Jokinen after the guy got the winning goal with those two. Just saying. … Chris Kunitz had been almost invisible through two games, but he not only set up Stempniak’s goal but also quietly led the Penguins with six hits. … Easy to get the sense the Penguins are tired of answering questions about being outhit by the Blue Jackets. The most common counter is one akin to Sidney Crosby’s postgame line about ‘having the puck a lot.’ That’s a fair counter, but it’s got to be a whole lot more obvious than last night to negate the hit advantage. … A steady sight for road playoff games: Mario Lemieux waiting for the team as they enter the locker room. … Please tell me the Root Sports broadcast didn’t try to justify Crosby and Malkin not scoring in six games (now seven) by pointing out that it once happened to Lemieux. Please tell me that didn’t happen, because that would mean someone would have left out that Lemieux was a decade older at the time. Besides, if that happened, it would have been pretty petty. … Forget Brooks Orpik’s goal and appreciate instead how solid he’s been defensively. His critics have fallen silent. … The Blue Jackets mostly bemoaned their bad luck and bad bounces for the loss. Uh-uh. Look in the mirror, fellas. Three goals in less than three minutes is a gag and a half. And everyone in that building, I’m telling you, could feel it. … Still wonderful to see the city come alive for hockey. Great scene outside, even better inside. Imagine what a healthy Ohio franchise could mean for the NHL over the long term.

A full video recap from the NHL’s YouTube channel:

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page, our Chipped Ice blog and our photo gallery.

Here’s Blue Jackets news from the team’s official site.

Here are official game highlights on, including footage of Matt Cooke’s ugly kneeing incident in St. Paul. Hate to see that on a whole lot of levels.

>> Neil Walker is the walkoff king, by Rob Biertempfel. And don’t forget about Ike Davis’ grand contribution in there, as well, in beating the Reds.

If you’re scoring at home, that’s Pittsburgh 2, Ohio 0.

Wandy Rodriguez to the DL with knee trouble, by Travis Sawchik.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page, our Bucco Blog and our photo gallery.

Here’s Reds news from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Here are official game highlights on

>> Comings and goings with Pitt hoops, by Kevin Gorman.

>> Reminder: Our weekly chat will be today at 1 p.m., live from Nationwide Arena.

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

>> Thank you, as always, for reading.

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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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