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The Winter Classic marked the first game Staal has played this year due to injury problems.
Prior to the 2010-2011 season, Staal had not missed a regular season or playoff game for the Penguins.
Unfortunately, Staal could not keep up his streak this year.
In the 2010 offseason, he had surgery to repair an infection his foot. The infection came as a result of an injury he suffered in the playoffs when he got cut with the skate of Canadiens rookie P.K. Subban.
Then in November, just as it looked like Staal would be ready to come back soon, he broke his hand in practice. He was clearly frustrated, slamming a door to the locker room and was even shown near tears in an episode of "24/7."
However, Penguins fans and players got good news in time for yesterday's Classic when Dan Bylsma announced that Staal would play.
Staal didn't exactly make a splash statistically, but you can tell the Penguins are happy to have him back.
Last season, Staal had 49 points, matching his output from the 2008-2009 season.
With 42 games left in the regular season, can Staal come close to his performances from the last two years, or will 2010-2011 be a lost cause?
Only time will tell.