Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/25/12
Pittsburgh Penguins left winger James Neal will replace Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game this weekend.

Neal goes into the All-Star break tied for second in the league with 27 goals, and tied for the league league lead with 13 power-play goals.

The 24-year-old scored his 100th career marker on Tuesday night against St. Louis and has tied his career high with 27 goals this season, which he set in 78 games in 2009-10.

Neal will join teammates Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang in Ottawa.

Ovechkin removed himself from the All-Star Game on Tuesday. Capitals general manager George McPhee said Ovechkin didn't feel comfortable going to Ottawa as a suspended player.
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