Kovacevic: In spite of OT loss, visible progress brings Sullivan praise


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Jake Guentzel can't beat the Flames' Mike Smith on the backhand in the third period Thursday. - AP

CALGARY, Alberta -- They aren't exactly the all-the-way-for-real Penguins yet, but it's entirely possible that this is as close as they've come.

Close isn't good enough, of course, and the outcome of this 2-1 overtime loss to the Flames on a snowy, freezing Thursday night on the Albertan plains didn't result in satisfaction, much less celebration. That much was clear all through the Scotiabank Saddledome's visiting quarters.

As Sidney Crosby told me afterward, "You're looking to get better, but you're always looking for results."

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