Kovacevic: Simon, Aston-Reese revved up to step up


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Dominik Simon and Zach Aston-Reese at the Wednesday morning skate. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

PHILADELPHIA -- Zach Aston-Reese and Dominik Simon, the two rookies the Penguins will expect to make a real difference in Game 4 against the Flyers tonight, were seated at adjacent stalls in the Wells Fargo Center visitors' room after this morning's skate, simultaneously stripping off their pads, carrying the same NHL status, even sporting matching smiles ... and they still couldn't have come across with greater contrast.

Both will be needed, each in his own way, to replace Patric Hornqvist, who's out with an injury. And both were clearly looking forward to it, each in his own way: One was wired, the other a wreck.

Man, it was wonderful to watch.

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