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COLUMBUS, Ohio - One thing Tyler Seguin was looking forward to at the NHLs all-star w
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - One thing Tyler Seguin was looking forward to at the NHLs all-star weekend was meeting Sidney Crosby. Brandan Wright Jersey . In five seasons in the league, the Dallas Stars centre has never had a conversation with the Pittsburgh Penguins captain.That wont happen after Crosby withdrew from the event with a lower-body injury.Crosby is the biggest name of the injured to pull out, a list that includes teammate Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Bobrovsky of the host Columbus Blue Jackets, MVP candidate Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators, Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings and Erik Johnson of the Colorado Avalanche.Goaltenders Rinne, Howard and Bobrovsky are out long term. Crosby, Malkin and Johnson were scratched from the game Thursday on the eve of the festivities.All the other names, were going to try to do a good job to help fill (Crosbys) shoes, Seguin said. You cant control when guys are hurt and cant come.Not having those injured stars takes some of the lustre off the first all-star game since 2012. And while younger players are getting their first all-star experience out of the situation, veterans are mixed on how injuries should be treated for an event like this.I think the thing to remember is guys can play through injuries, but injuries are still there, Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook said. Guys are a little more banged up than they want to lead on.Rookie defenceman Aaron Ekblad, who was bumped up from skills competition duty to the game in Johnsons place like Filip Forsberg is filling in for Malkin, said you cant hassle players for being hurt.Thats the way of the game, Ekblad said Friday. If youre injured and youve got to take some time and rest, then so be it.Not everyone agrees. Ryan Getzlaf, like any veteran with a heavy workload could have used a few days off, but after meeting with Anaheim Ducks management the decision was made that his body was in good enough condition to play in the all-star game.Getzlaf sees it as a matter of loyalty, but thats split between team and league.I think its important that were here, Getzlaf said. As much as some guys need the break and stuff, it is important that you be here. This is a big event for the league that you want to have all the superstars.And at the same time, your loyalties lie with your hockey team and being able to perform in the second half and at some point you do need that extra three or four days rest that can make a big difference down the road.Ekblad was awestruck at his first all-star weekend. He quipped that theres quite a few superstars here, and hes right.Even in Crosbys absence, the all-star game will feature Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers.The other thing the NHL couldnt help was timing. Injuries to Rinne and Howard came with enough breathing room to name Jaroslav Halak of the New York Islanders and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Penguins as replacements.But the time the injuries piled up this week, it was too late. Most of the viable candidates, or those who mightve been snubbed from the original rosters, were already out of reach on vacation.Goaltender Brian Elliott left his Caribbean vacation to replace Bobrovsky. St. Louis Blues teammate Kevin Shattenkirk would have done the same thing.You cant really deny this, Shattenkirk said. You dont know how many times this is going to happen in your career. I think some guys have the luxury they know they might be here every year. This is an experience you cant really pass up on and something that 20 years from now you dont want to say you skipped an All-Star Game because you wanted to stay on the beach for an extra day or two.Seabrook feels the same way. Voted into the game by fans along with teammates Toews, Kane, Duncan Keith and Corey Crawford, he knows opportunities like this are limited.Im just saying theres a lot of guys that are deserving of being here, Seabrook said. For me being my first one, it never crossed my mind (to not come).When the regular all-stars pulled out, it was also a no-brainer for Forsberg and Ekblad to move up.Obviously it sucks that Malkin is not here, but Ill take that, Forsberg said.---Follow @SWhyno on Twitter Custom Memphis Grizzlies Jerseys . 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When the boys were born earlier than expected, Federer consulted with his wife and team about playing the Italian Open. "And they all said I should quickly come and play here. So I was like, OK, if you dont want me around Ill go away," Federer recounted Tuesday. "That was basically it. "Things went well, the boys are healthy. Mirkas good, too," the 17-time Grand Slam champion added. "So its a great time in our lives right now." The boys names are Leo and Lenny. "Boys names are hard. It was all last minute," Federer said. "Girls, I feel like theres so many nice names and theyre all cute but with boys its totally a different story. "I miss them a lot already and also the girls," the fourth-ranked Swiss player said. "Its a different type of week but Ill get through it and I hope I can still play some good tennis." The couples twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, will turn 5 in July. "This time around, we kind of know how to handle kids on the road," the 32-year-old Federer said. 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