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Penguins back, ready for stretch drive

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -Kris Letang doesn't want to bring up the Olympics to Pittsburgh Penguins teammates Brooks Orpik, Sergei Gonchar or Evgeni Malkin.

He'll be more than happy to discuss the hockey tournament with Sidney Crosby, though, after his countryman helped Canada defeat the United States 3-2 in overtime Sunday in the gold-medal game at the Vancouver Olympics.

Now, the five of them - along with Team Canada's Marc-Andre Fleury and the 17 non-Olympics players on the Penguins' roster - are back together for the stretch drive and into the playoffs, where they hope to defend their Stanley Cup title.

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