Sunday, January 30, 2011

Penguins' Letang scores twice in NHL All-Star debut

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Penguins defenseman Kris Letang scored two goals in his first NHL All-Star Game, while Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had a rough time -- which is normal in these exhibitions, thanks to little defense or hitting.

Letang, playing for Team (Eric) Staal, scored in the second and third periods of an 11-10 Team (Nicklas) Lidstrom win today at RBC Center.

His first goal, on a rising shot past Team Lidstrom goaltender Jonas Hiller of Anaheim, gave Team Staal a 6-4 lead at 6:10 of the second period. At 8:46 of the third period, Letang was right in front of the net when he took a feed from Patrik Elias of New Jersey and beat goaltender Tim Thomas of Boston for an 8-7 Team Staal lead.

Fleury, like Letang playing in his first All-Star Game, started for Team Lidstrom. He gave up four goals in the first 5:41 of regulation before Team Lidstrom came back with four unanswered goals of its own for a 4-4 tie at the first intermission.

With three goalies a side, they play one period each. Fleury's game was done after the first period. He gave up four goals on 14 shots.

The Penguins had four of the six All-Stars voted in by fans, but forwards Sidney Crosby (concussion) and Evgeni Malkin (sinus/knee) withdrew.

The Penguins resume the regular season Tuesday against the Rangers in New York.

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