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James Neal is finally an All-Star

Jan 25, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Thanks to Alex Ovechkin deciding to sit things outJames Neal can finally say he’s going to the All-Star Game.

Neal was named as the replacement for Ovechkin to head to Ottawa to be part of the All-Star festivities in Canada’s capital and he heads there as a more than deserving candidate.

Neal has 27 goals at the break, tying his career-high total. His goal total is best on the Penguins, even beating out potential MVP front-runner and fellow All-Star Evgeni Malkin. Malkin does have the edge in points, however. For Neal, missing out on being named in the first place was a bit of a surprise, but with Ovechkin opting to not go because of his three-game suspension, Neal gets the very deserving call to play.

Neal joins up with Malkin and Kris Letang as All-Star Penguins in Ottawa and is the fourth player named as a replacement for the game. Letang replaced Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien, Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle replaced Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu, and Philly’s Scott Hartnell is taking the place of Chicago captain Jonathan Toews.

 

  1. letangshair - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    AS IT SHOULD BE

  2. richardparksdong - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    congregations james!!!! ^___^

  3. xxshookonexx - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Well deserved. Glad to see Ovechkin is taking his suspension like a man by skipping the All Star game. (He’ll show you NHL!!!)

  4. blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Finally!!
    He deserved it from the get go.
    Now what he should do is decline to go to rest up for the final stretch.

  5. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    This should have happened from the start. Especially over dumbass giroiux. well deserved james you are the man.

    • vismund11 - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      “Especially over dumbass Giroux”? Dude is second in the league in points. he’s been on a slump and he’s STILL second in points. Giroux is a phenomenal player, two way forward that kills penalties, makes plays and scores goals. You got you James Neal fantasy to come true, he’s going to play in an over-hyped boring game and skills competition. I wish they had a one on one competition, Giroux would put on his dancing shoes and Fred-fucking-Astaire on James Neal.

      • har21441 - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        Hoping he meant Hartnell, who was also recently added as a replacement (ahead of Neal) Giroux is a very deserving all star, and Hartnell better fits the “dumbass” description.

    • dsd3 - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      Hahahahaha “dumbass Giroux.” As I can tell from your username, this is a totally unbiased, rational comment.

  6. philsosexy - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Fuck all you Pittsburgh fans, all you do is suck eachother off every time Neal or Malkin score a goal. You probably won’t make the playoffs this year

    • mattcmcpherson - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      What tremendous insight.

    • miketoasty - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      How did you know what my girlfriend does when we score? Damn stalker.

  7. fthepens - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    You all need to make your minds up…first you bitch that Ovie should not be there, then when he excuses himself, you bitch that he is disrespecting the NHL. You all are a bunch of crybaby bitches. Get over it. The All-Star game is a joke.

  8. napoleonblownapart6887 - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    The Real Deal James Neal makes the ASG finally. Regardless of the game itself its still good to see a guy recognized for a fantastic 2011-2012 campaign thus far. Well deserved.

    and philsosexy… I don’t recall anyone ask you what you thank about when you’re in the shower, but thanks for the update.

  9. jamesmakesurmomneil - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    If pens fans sucked eachother after Malkin or Neal scored the entire city would shut down. This is the city of champions, unlike Filthy. Giroux is junk, and is only getting secondary assists on goals by former pens like jagr n talbot. My retarded cousin Scott could score with those kind of linemates, and he can’t figure out the toilet

    • richardparksdong - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      exactry

    • vismund11 - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      Giroux does not play on a line with Talbot, sir. Therefore he collects no assists from Talbot.

    • vismund11 - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      Giroux does not play on a line with Talbot, sir. Therefore he collects no assists from Talbot.

  10. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Vismund, you would know all about fred astaire. You got a lot of time to catch up with your dancing programs when your favorite filthadelphia teams exit their seasons early like usual. Pittsburgh wannabes

    • vismund11 - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      Yeah cause The Flyers are so terrible. Check the stats of the second best winning record of all teams behind the Canadiens, bro.

  11. broadstbully33 - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    who??? its an allstar game not ugliest penguin competition

    • pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Deep down inside you know how shitty it feels to be involved in anything filthadelphia. Admit it. Your town is bred with born losers. Come to the light side, the city of champions.

  12. dcent87 - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Hartnell>neil

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