-The Penguins say Sidney Crosby required an injection to treat a lingering "lower-body" injury.
-Marc-Andre Fleury (above) was selected by the all-star team captained by Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno.
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-Two goals by Andrew Ebbett led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 4-2 win against the Norfolk Admirals. Scott Wilson netted a goal and an assist for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while teammate Matt Murray made 27 saves in the victory.
-Franky Palazzese made 34 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-4 win against the Fort Wayne Komets.
-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Norm Schmidt. A fourth-round pick in 1981, Schmidt spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1983-84, Schmidt appeared in 34 games and scored 18 points. After spending all of 1984-85 with Baltimore of the AHL, he returned to Pittsburgh in 1985-86 by setting career highs in games (66) and points (29). In 1986-87, he was limited to 20 games and six points. After five games and three points in 1987-88, he was forced into retirement due to a back injury. In 125 games with the Penguins, Schmidt scored 56 points.
-Happy 36th birthday to former Penguins forward Tom Kostopoulos. A seventh-round pick in 1999, Kostopoulos spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2001-02, Kostopoulos appeared in 11 games and scored three points. In 2002-03, he was limited to eight games and one assist. Kostopoulos finally broke through as an NHL regular in 2003-04 by playing in 60 games and scoring 22 points. After the 2004-05 lockout, he joined the Kings as a free agent. He is currently a member of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. In 79 games with the NHL Penguins, Kostopoulos scored 26 points.
Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins forwards Chris and Peter Ferraro. The only set of twins to play for the Penguins, they each joined the organization when they were claimed off waivers from the Rangers prior to the 1997-98 season. Chris appeared in 46 games for the team that season and recorded seven points. Peter only played in 29 games for the Penguins that season also recording seven points before the Rangers re-claimed him off waviers in January, 1998. Chris left the Penguins when he signed with the Oilers in the 1998 offseason.
-Happy 70th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Bobby Taylor. Acquired late in the 1975-76 season along with Ed Van Impe in a deal which sent Gary Inness and future considerations to the Flyers, Taylor's Penguins amounted to two games, a 0-1-0 record and 5.38 goals against average that season. He was released in the 1976 offseason. He is currently a broadcaster with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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-“It’s kind of obligation and it’s fun. I’m pretty sure if I would have right now six days off, I’ll take it right away. But I understand for fans and what I have to do and what different players do. We have to help the fans, because they want to see not only Capitals or Columbus, they want to see everyone together, all the best players together, play one game. It’s fun.” - Capitals captain/forward Alex Ovechkin on participating in the All-Star Game.
-Rangers forward and former Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash (right) expects boos in Columbus during the All-Star Game.
-Devils president, general manager and co-coach Lou Lamoriello has been sued for $2.3 million by former Devils Arena Entertainment President Rich Krezwick for lost wages stemming from his firing in August 2013.
-Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is eager to sign a long-term contract extension this summer.
-Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad, the first overall pick last year's draft, was named as an injury replacement for the All-Star Game.
-The Stars signed forward Travis Morin to a two-year contract extension. Financial terms were not revealed. He is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $550,000. Morin, 31, has appeared in five NHL games this season and has no points.
-Sharks defenseman Brent Burns flashed a classic hockey smile at the All-Star Game media day:
-Former Flames forward Akim Aliu has joined the Bakersfield Condors, ECHL affiliate of the Oilers.
-Former Avalanche defenseman Ray Macias has joined the Utah Grizzlies, ECHL affiliate of the Ducks.
-Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid can lean on Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Orr for advice.
-Devin Williams made 30 saves for the Erie Otters in a 3-2 win against the Guelph Storm.
-Two goals by Brady Ferguson led Robert Morris to a 4-3 win against Holy Cross.
-Dylan Richard had two goals and an assist for Penn State in a 5-4 win against Northern Michigan.
-Brandon Wildung made 36 saves for Mercyhurst which tied Sacred Heart, 2-2.
-Ian Spencer had a goal and an assist for the Johnstown Tomahawks who lost to the Janesville Jets, 4-2.
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