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Kovacevic: Four ways to upgrade for Game 4

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Sidney Crosby and Eric Fehr share a laugh at practice in San Jose. -- DKPS

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Penguins were "good but not great" in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, as Ben Lovejoy pointedly put it, so they'll need to push that much harder in Game 4. Because championships, with precious few exceptions, require greatness.

Oh, and because, you know, the Sharks won Game 3.

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So, how to improve upon an offense that's outshot its playoff opponents for an absurd 12 games in a row by an equally absurd average margin of 12.1 shots?

How to improve upon a defense that's confined the playoffs' top point producer, Logan Couture, and the top goal-scorer, Joe Pavelski, to a grand total of two assists?

Or goaltending that's ... uh, OK, that one won't be any mystery:

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Yeah, sorry. Had to go there.

But the emphasis stands all the more, because there's ample room for the visitors to improve for Game 4, and here are four principal ways that can happen:

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