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Daily Links for Wednesday, Jan. 5

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A shortened version of links today, with some All-Star game news and WJC analysis after the break.

Game 40 Recap: Avalanche Edge Sabres in OT, 4-3 - Mile High Hockey
A running recap of last night's game.

Ennis: 'Very unlucky today' - Sabres Edge
The Sabres were tantalizingly close to victory against the Avalanche, but Tyler Ennis' stick stopped teammate Luke Adam's shot from completely crossing the goal line late in regulation. Ennis then took a high-sticking penalty in overtime, allowing the Avs to score and earn a 4-3 victory.

Enforcer McCormick returns to familiar turf - The Buffalo News
Cody McCormick remembers Denver as the place he got his start, the town where he learned to become a professional.

Fans vote Crosby, Malkin, Toews, Letang, Keith and Fleury the first six All-Stars for the 2011 All-Star Game presented by Discover - 2011 NHL All-Star Game
Fans vote Crosby, Malkin, Toews, Letang, Keith and Fleury the first six All-Stars for the 2011 All-Star Game presented by Discover.

Has the NHL All-Star Game made fan balloting irrelevant? - Puck Daddy
Something remarkable happened in the NHL this week: Kris Letang(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins was voted into the All-Star Game despite not having his name on the ballot.

Not all great WJC performances translate to NHL success - THN
While a lot of stars have excelled at the WJC, there are also a lot of promising prospects who performed well at the tournament, but didn't make it in the big leagues.