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Sunday column: Five alive

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Sunday column is about the Penguins regaining some health. And not of the physical variety.

Here’s Sidney Crosby told me about Marc-Andre Fleury:

The game story, by beat man Rob Rossi, goes inside the team’s approach about meeting expectations.

Jussi Jokinen’s winning tap-in is broken down by Chris Adamski.

The Blue Jackets bemoan their net-front work, by Jason Mackey.

Brooks Orpik was lost to injury, and other notes, by Rossi and Yohe.

Blogginess from the scene: The uniting of Crosby and Evgeni Malkin came with kind of odd results: They did create some chances but, as the column notes, they weren’t dominant. So, why did Dan Bylsma stick with them? One part of that, as Bylsma acknowledged, is that the two stars originally had the idea. They wanted to bust out together. The other is that Columbus had a hard time with this. Maybe it was that Brandon Dubinsky couldn’t corner one opponent. Maybe it was that it messed up the Jackets’ line matchups. … If you’re gonna rip ‘em when they stink dept.: Kris Letang was good. Rob Scuderi did well, too. … Those quotes from Fleury in that column, read them with a healthy amount of healthy anger. He’s different, people. I’m telling you. … The Blue Jackets went into the biggest game in franchise history riding a tidal wave of unprecedented support … and gave up 51 shots on goal. Process that. OK, now add in that the Penguins also had 16 missed shots and 15 others blocked. That’s 82 attempted shots. Eighty-two! … The crowd was wonderful, front to finish. Excellent atmosphere, one befitting the playoffs in Pittsburgh.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page, our Chipped Ice blog and our photo gallery., including that shot above by Chaz Palla.

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

Here are official game highlights, from the NHL’s YouTube channel:

And here’s Matt Niskanen wired up during Chris Kunitz’s power-play goal, sound that makes you feel like you’re out on the ice:

>> I’ll be joining the crew for the drive back to Columbus later today and cover Game 6 tomorrow. Thanks, 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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