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Neal named to All-Star Game in place of Ovechkin

Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:15 am
Edited on: January 25, 2012 11:16 am
 
Neal has 27 goals this season, 13 on the power play. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

It took way too long in almost everybody's estimation, but James Neal was finally named an All-Star on Wednesday. He was given a spot in the game thanks to Alex Ovechkin abstaining after his suspension.

From the moment the All-Stars were announced, people immediately wondered why the Penguins' leading goal scorer wasn't on the list. As of Wednesday, he's only tied with Jonathan Toews for the second most goals in the league with 27.

"We thought he was an All-Star when they first named the team," coach Dan Bylsma said on Tuesday.

Better late than never, I suppose.

It's funny to me how people feign disinterest in the All-Star Game but then get worked up when players don't get the nod to play in it. Neal's exclusion put that whole idea on display.

Neal gets the late addition to the game the day after Scott Hartnell had the same happen with him, replacing Jonathan Toews. Both players are in the top 10 in goal scoring this season and were seen as probably the two biggest omissions to the initial list. Circumstances allowed that to be corrected.

Neal will now join Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang as representing the Penguins in Ottawa.

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Hartnell replaces Toews for game
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Comments

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 27, 2012 7:24 am
 

Neal named to All-Star Game in place of Ovechkin

If they were replacing Ovie they should have sent Matt Cooke.  Replace a goon for a goon.



Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:57 pm
 

Neal named to All-Star Game in place of Ovechkin

So happy to see this.  Neil definately deserved it over ovie.   I bet Ovie skipped it cause he was scared of being picked last after he was such a goof last year.   What a little suck.  Have fun pouting this weekend you classless baby.



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:25 pm
 

Neal named to All-Star Game in place of Ovechkin

Neal deserves the spot either way.



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:04 am
 

Neal named to All-Star Game in place of Ovechkin

There are 38 players in the league with more points than OV, and somehow #8 is a -4 on a division-leading team.  The NHL doesn't need this classless selfish player anywhere around the all-star game.



Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:00 am
 

Neal named to All-Star Game in place of Ovechkin

The All-Star Game gets a big bump up in class here.  Neal is the real deal and a team first type player.  When he was passed over he didn't whine, just said he was disappointed but was more concerned about the Pens staying on their roll.



Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 6:27 am
 

Neal named to All-Star Game in place of Ovechkin

He wore #19 as a junior playing for the Plymouth Whalers, nice to see a really good kid make it as far as he has. Congrats to James Neal.



Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:24 am
 

Neal named to All-Star Game in place of Ovechkin

AHHH DUH.... Its about time.....



Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:49 pm
 

Neal named to All-Star Game in place of Ovechkin

how was neal not in the game over ovagkin to begin with???



Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:14 pm
 

Neal named to All-Star Game in place of Ovechkin

Finally! Ovechkin didn't deserve to go anyway. Dirty player who appears to be already past his prime due to his Wendel Clark reckless style... 



Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:58 pm
 

Neal named to All-Star Game in place of Ovechkin

Definitely should have been named originally like the others have mentioned. It's a well-deserved honor for one of the best snipers in the league.


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