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-Marc-Andre Fleury comes up big as the Penguins beat the Blues in a thriler, 3-2. "From where our team was two weeks ago, having lost six in a row, to answer by winning seven in a row going into the break was a significant answer by our team." - Dan Bylsma.-Highlights:
-Matt Cooke's hit on St. Louis' Barrett Jackman:
-It was a homecoming for the great Joe Vitale.
-"His goal was to get back in the discussion for being one of the best players in the league, and that's where he is." - Ray Shero on Evgeni Malkin.
-Steve MacIntyre and Eric Tangradi are heading to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
-Neal is heading to Ottawa.
-Defenseman Alex Grant has had quite a rebound season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.-With Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews dealing with an arm injury, Flyers forward Scott Hartnell was added to the All-Star Lame Game roster.
-The Rangers recalled former Penguins forward Erik Christensen from Connecticut of the AHL.-"Everybody makes their decisions. He chose not to come. Whether we support him or don't support him, that has nothing to do with hockey. What we are is a team and we'll continue to be a team." - Bruins coach Claude Julien on defenseman Tim Thomas' decision not to attend a ceremony honoring his team's Stanley Cup Championship.
-“It doesn’t represent us. We all have our views but we wanted to go and be a part of it. (Thomas) can make his own decision. The rest of us were excited and happy to be there. It was very cool.” - Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference (right).
-Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin opted to not attend the All-Star game declairing: “My heart is not there. I got suspended, so why I have to go there?. I love the game, it’s a great event, I love to be there but I’m suspended. I don’t want to be a target. I feel I’m not deserving to be there right now. I got suspended, I have to be suspended, so that’s why I give up my roster [spot].”
-Penn State mourns Joe Paterno.
-Bill O'Brien steps into some big shoes.
-Will Ben Roethlisberger be able to co-exist with a new offensive coordinator?
-Ryan Clark heads to Hawaii.
-Will the Ravens keep offensive coordinator Cam Cameron?
-The Giants denied suggestions they were trying to injure 49ers punt returner Kyle Williams.
-Pitt is three losses short of tying a school record for consecutive losses.
-Former Brewers first baseman Price Fielder joins the Tigers.
-Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada announces his retirement.
(Photo: Penguins/Blues-Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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