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Morning Java: Second wind

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics, for a special Saturday edition with so much going on …

>> The Saturday column from Game 5 wonders if the Penguins wouldn’t just be better off facing the worst possible situations.

Here’s some of what Sidney Crosby had to say afterward:

The game story, by beat man Rob Rossi.

Play of the game, by Chris Adamski, by the Penguins’ only player in the game.

The Rangers’ reaction, by Jason Mackey.

News and notes, by Adamski and Mackey.

Here’s that Evgeni Malkin goal from the NHL’s YouTube channel:

And here’s the Rangers’ postgame scene inside the locker room, worth watching for the appreciation of Marty St. Louis showing up the day after his mother died:

Blogginess from the scene: Wonderful gesture by the Penguins to give St. Louis the official third star, even though, candidly, he didn’t play at that level. … Marc Staal’s stick assault on Sidney Crosbythe first one, in Game 3 — drew a harsh rebuke from former NHL ref Kerry Fraser in a piece for TSN. And make no mistake: These people in the NHL offices see the same thing. They know the game. They know what happened. There’s just no guts and no leadership from Gary Bettman. … Staal was on his best behavior in this game and, by no coincidence, the early booing the fans were doing with each touch of the puck faded once the Rangers took command of the game. … There’s next to nothing additional I can think to write about the actual game from the Pittsburgh standpoint, at least not beyond what’s in the column. Just a totally nothing game for the Penguins, who are now — get this — 1-7 under Dan Bylsma when having a chance to close out a series at home. … I’ll throw this in, but only for the billionth time: Bylsma and staff embarrass themselves with every single power play that Matt Niskanen watches from the bench.

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

Here’s Rangers news from the New York Daily News.

>> The Steelers go defensive end and … uh, running back? Alan Robinson and Mark Kaboly report from the South Side. And here are official pages for Stephon Tuitt and Dri Archer. Both of the videos on those files are very much worth the watch. Good stuff.

Ryan Shazier has faced his share of hardship, by Ralph Paulk. And here’s some of what this exemplary young man had to say upon making it to Pittsburgh yesterday and meeting with media:

News and notes, by Paulk.

So, no corner, no wide receiver, and no clear pattern at all to what the Steelers are doing so far, right?

Eh, who knows just yet? Still the rest of the draft to go.

But the one thing that can be surmised from the first and third picks alone is that Mike Tomlin’s pronounced use of the word ‘speed’ when he spoke to us Thursday wasn’t by accident. We’ll know more once the draft ends, but I wonder if there wasn’t some broader organizational push made toward just plain old getting faster. It’s a great way to get — or even just look — younger in a hurry.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Steelers page and our Steel Mill blog.

Here’s the official NFL Draft Tracker, set to the Steelers tab for you. All of their picks are there at a glance, with tons of accompanying info and video.

>> The Pirates get another big bop from Neil ‘Babe’ Walker to bury the Cardinals. Rob Biertempfel reports from PNC Park.

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

Here’s Cardinals news from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.

>> Another loss and more controversy for the Riverhounds against Orlando City. Matt Grubba reports from Highmark Stadium.

>> It’s right back on the road again today, bound for New York by midnight or so.

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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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