2012 NHL All-Star Game: James Neal Replaces Alex Ovechkin

Pittsburgh forward James Neal has been added to the All-Star team to replace Alex Ovechkin, who is sitting the game out by choice.

Typically Pittsburgh Penguins fans are not fans of the Washington Capitals, particularly forward Alex Ovechkin. But when Ovechkin elected to not play in the All-Star game this weekend because of the suspension the NHL levied over his hit last weekend. But because of his absence, Penguins forward James Neal has been named to the squad.

Neal is having a monster of a year, and it wouldn't have been out of the question for him to be named to the roster outright. He has 27 goals and 20 assists so far this season.

As hard as it is for Penguins fans to be happy about anything that any Capital or Alex Ovechkin does, it may be time to thank him for Neal's roster spot.

For more on the Penguins, please head over to Pensburgh, our Pittsburgh hockey blog.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.