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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Tuesday column wonders what, if anything, will change for the Penguins with a Game 7 victory tonight. Other than the obvious, of course.

The Game 7 history of the Penguins is no point of pride, by beat men Rob Rossi and Josh Yohe.

Here’s a breakdown of that history.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin strikingly showed up at the podium yesterday afternoon — Crosby hates podiums, and Malkin just hates media sessions of any kind — and tried to give off a jovial feel. Jason Mackey was at Consol.

Here’s some of that session:

Rob Scuderi talks trust, by Yohe.

Deadline pickups Marcel Goc and Lee Stempniak hope to leave a mark, by Chris Adamski.

The Rangers have their own Game 7 history. Denis Gorman guarantees it.

Henrik Lundqvist squirts his way to a fine, by Yohe.

And in the other bracket, the Canadiens force a Game 7, by the Montreal Gazette.

Here’s Habs-Bs highlights from the NHL’s YouTube channel:

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

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

>> Gerrit Cole could take another step toward ace status tonight in Milwaukee. Kevin Gorman reports. Quality line from Neal Huntington in this piece: ‘There are some guys in this league when they get sent out there, you expect to win. Gerrit certainly has that potential.’

Here’s what WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word panel had to say about the series:

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

Here’s Brewers news from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez are out, but Ryan Braun is coming back.

Here are official game highlights on

>> Kevin Colbert went one-on-one with our Mark Kaboly on his TribLIVE Radio show yesterday. Some good stuff about the Steelers’ draft in here.

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

>> Here’s how to subscribe to the various versions of the Trib, including the e-Trib edition.

>> Our weekly chat will come at 1 p.m. right here on the blog. Once you see the post go up, which should be around 11 a.m., feel free to submit entries. All topics welcome.

>> You know where I’ll be tonight. 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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