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Kessel: Teammates are “really deserving”

Phil Kessel [1] has the second-most goals in the NHL [2] this year and could have been understandably miffed with the NHL [3] powers that be for not being named to the NHL All-Star Game’s Eastern Conference team. But instead the 21-year-old phenom mentioned how deserving veteran teammates like Marc Savard [4], Tim Thomas [5] and Zdeno Chara [6] were for again getting to the NHL’s mid-winter classic and representing the Black and Gold.

 “I think [Chara, Thomas and Savard] are really deserving,” said Kessel, who is fourth in the NHL with 24 goals scored and .  “We’re on a really good hockey club this year and our leaders and guys like that deserve to be there.”