By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media
Morning, Lunatics …
>> The Wednesday column calls for the Penguins to change the GM and the coach. It isn’t written lightly. Ray Shero and Dan Bylsma are fine men.
Ownership is ready to act, by beat man Rob Rossi.
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and others on what went wrong, by Josh Yohe.
The Rangers’ early goal proved pivotal, by Chris Adamski.
And Henrik Lundqvist made it stand up, by Jason Mackey.
Blogginess from the scene: The Consol crowd takes its knocks, some deserved, some not, but the place was fantastic for this one, and let no one tell you otherwise. Sad to say, but they wound up more invested in these playoffs than the participants. … That said, the scene at the end spoke volumes about the dissatisfaction with the franchise right now. Boos were loud right at the final horn. A couple of objects made it to the ice. But then, in what was most striking, all through the handshake line, the boos built up, then topped out as the Penguins left the ice. In other words, people stayed to boo. … The Penguins gave up 15 total goals in a seven-game series and lost. If you think this was about Marc-Andre Fleury, you’re chirping an old narrative. … We’ve almost surely seen the last game in a Pittsburgh sweater from Brooks Orpik, the franchise’s all-time most tenured defenseman. What a first-round pick, what a force, what an outstanding person. … Farewell, too, to Jussi Jokinen, barring some surprise. Someone will pay him a ton based on those seven playoff goals. The Penguins don’t have the cap room. … Matt Niskanen? Well, let’s see how this GM/coach thing plays out. … Lundqvist was magnificent in that third period. Won the game by sheer force of will, all with his heels patently back in his net. I’ll never forget it. … Be very, very glad that puck didn’t get poked through Fleury’s pads for an own goal by Olli Maatta. Hard to imagine the impact that would have had on both. … Niskanen threw a game-high six hits, yet stood before reporters and blamed himself for the loss. Because his shot was blocked that led to New York’s four-on-two rush for the opening goal. … The Penguins had a four-on-two in the second period. One of the four, Brian Gibbons, went to the bench. I’ll never forget that, either. … Worst playoff collapse in franchise history? Well, the numbers will forever point to the 1975 Penguins blowing a 3-0 series lead to the Islanders, of course. But in the context of these Rangers being so beaten down by the schedule, this should at least be in the discussion.
In the other bracket, the Canadiens and Bruins have their Game 7 tonight, by the Montreal Gazette.
Here are Penguins-Rangers highlights from the NHL’s YouTube channel:
And here’s the only kind of handshake line Consol knows:
Here’s Rangers news from the New York Daily News.
>> Gerrit Cole, meet House of Horrors, by Travis Sawchik in Milwaukee. That AP pic up there is taken from the roof, by the way. Pretty neat.
Andrew McCutchen’s seeing more pitches, by Sawchik.
Here’s Brewers news from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.
>> My TribLIVE Radio show will air at 2 p.m., and it will feature nothing but your calls, wall to wall, given the nature of the news with the hockey team. All topics are welcome, though.
I’ll have all the necessary info up in a separate post at noon.
>> Thank you, as always, for reading.
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