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Penguins' James Neal leaves with injury

Thursday, 10.03.2013 / 9:06 PM / News
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Penguins' James Neal leaves with injury
James Neal left the Pittsburgh Penguins' season-opener against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night in the first period with an injury.

James Neal left the Pittsburgh Penguins' season-opener against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night in the first period with an injury. He saw 3:49 of ice time in the opening period before heading to the dressing room and was not on the bench for the second period. The team said he will not return.

Beau Bennett took Neal's place on a line with Jussi Jokinen and Evgeni Malkin. Pittsburgh won the game 3-0.

Neal was questionable entering the game after leaving practice early on Wednesday with what the team called an upper-body injury. He did not take part in the morning skate Thursday.

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I look forward to the process, the battle, the pain, the fun, the journey.  It's going to be a long one but it's going to be a lot of fun. If you think there is no pain coming, there is pain coming.

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