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Problems still plague All-Star event

Updated: January 26, 2009, 1:48 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

MONTREAL -- You have to love Joe Thornton. And Alex Ovechkin. And every other NHL player who gets the All-Star Game.

Thornton seemed genuinely baffled Friday when asked about players who bow out of the event -- something that came to a head this season when the NHL went to the rather extraordinary lengths of essentially suspending (with pay) Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk for the first game following this weekend's All-Star break because they blew off the event.

Thornton ...

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