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» The Penguins' first practice after the All-Star break included their two players who participated in All-Star Weekend at in North Carolina. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and defenseman Kris Letang each took the ice Monday at Consol Energy Center less than 24 hours after playing in the All-Star Game at Raleigh's RBC Center on Sunday afternoon. Fleury said he "really didn't sweat a lot" over the weekend, and Letang added that "there wasn't any time to relax." However, both players wanted to get in a practice with the Penguins starting a stretch of four games tonight through Sunday. "Talking to both players, especially Marc, he felt like he did a lot of stuff, but not a lot of hockey stuff," coach Dan Bylsma said. "He wanted to get some work in to get back up to speed. He wanted to get on the ice and get some shots."

» The "mustache boy" for February is defenseman Zbynek Michalek, who succeeds forward Mike Rupp. Michalek lost the monthly shootout that determines which player must grow a mustache. This shootout included a believed-to-be-first for the competition: forward Craig Adams invoked "immunity" that he earned by winning an earlier shootout.

» Regional ratings for Penguins games broadcast on FSN Pittsburgh topped all U.S.-based NHL teams for 2010, according to the Sports Business Journal. The Penguins' rating was 8.0 - better than the Buffalo Sabres (6.3), Detroit Red Wings (3.9), Chicago Blackhawks (2.6) and Boston Bruins (2.3).

» The Penguins' AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will pay tribute to the Steelers at its home game Friday against Manitoba. The Baby Penguins will paint the Steelers emblem at center ice, and fans will be encouraged to wear the jersey of their favorite Steelers player.

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