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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Saturday night in the desert, there was a brief intersection of young Olympic dreamers and Olympic decision-makers who are on the clock. Eric Staal, Paul Mara and Keith Ballard -- all bright lights hoping to burn just a little brighter on this night -- show a little bit more given a rare opportunity to impress opposing coaches who just happen to be the head coach of the U.S. Olympic team (Peter Laviolette) and the executive director of Canada's Olympic squad (Wayne Gretzky). "I don't think one game is going to make or break you," insisted Staal, the 21-year-old sensation who entered Saturday's game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Phoenix Coyotes tied for eighth in NHL scoring. "But obviously you want to leave a good impression."
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