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Kovacevic: Sullivan’s response to Chicago focuses on — gasp — effort

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Empty rink on a Friday afternoon. - DEJAN KOVACEVIC / DKPS

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa.  Aside from the hum of the Zamboni, the whoosh of the overhead ventilation and the groans of dozens of disappointed fans, there was barely anything audible about the Penguins' scheduled practice Friday at the Lemieux Sports Complex.

Other than the shrill, piercing horror-flick screams that might as well have been emanating from the players' locker room.

I kid, of course, but maybe not.

Mike Sullivan decided upon returning from Chicago and that 10-1 debacle Thursday night to utilize the originally scheduled noon practice -- one that almost surely would have been optional or even canceled after opening the season with back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday -- not for standard drills but for a half-hour afternoon video meeting aimed primarily at upgrading, of all things for a two-time defending Stanley Cup champion, their effort.

Because ... you know:

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