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Kovacevic: Sullivan, Rutherford never wrong

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Olli Maatta scores on a slap shot ahead of a diving block attempt by the Predators' Yannick Weber. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Rule No. 1 of following the Penguins: Mike Sullivan and Jim Rutherford are never wrong.

Rule No. 2: If they ever are wrong, they actually aren't. It just takes a little while for all of us to see the light.

OK, we're on the same page there?

Good, because it would be a gross oversimplification of this weird gaggle of these first three games, in particular this 4-0 pounding of the Predators on this Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena, to presume that everything's just swell now. It isn't. It probably isn't close. It was nothing more than the first victory, the first real show of competence after coughing up 15 goals in the first two.

That said ...

"We were better," as Jake Guentzel would tell me afterward. "We were a lot better."

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