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Jonathan Quick

Jonathan Quick talks All-Star game, fantasy draft

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Jonathan Quick was in good spirits after the Kings 4-1 win at Staples Center on Monday night. It was the Kings last game before the all-star break – they don’t play again until February 1 – and the team ended on a relatively high note. While the rest of the team will have a week off before their next practice, Jonathan Quick will have the honor of heading to Ottawa for the All-Star Game festivities.

After the game, Quick talked about facing off against Daniel Alfredsson – one of the all-star captains – in his final game before the break:

“Yeah, he scored, so I don’t know if he’s going to pick me now,” Quick said. “I didn’t have a good showing against Boston either, so I might go in one of the later rounds. We’ll see…”

It’s all fun and games until he’s picked last, Alexander Ovechkin takes a picture of him with his cell phone, and he heads home with a brand new car.

Even if he’s the last goaltender picked, either Daniel Alfredsson or Zdeno Chara will be getting a steal. He’s fourth in the league in both goals against average (1.93) and save percentage (.934). His league-leading six shutouts aren’t hurting his case either.

“It’s exciting,” Quick said about his first All-Star appearance. “It’s something, especially for me, I’ve never been a part of. I’m just looking forward to taking it all in. Obviously, they’re not going to keep you too busy. You’re going to play in the skills competition and the game; but you’re going to have time off to relax—so I’m looking forward to that too.”

Maybe someone should tell him that the skills competition isn’t all that relaxing for goaltenders.

PHT Morning Skate: Where we respect John Tavares

John Tavares

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Islanders play-by-play man on MSG really likes John Tavares—and really dislikes a blogger. (Islanders Point Blank)

Steve Yzerman said from the beginning that he has a long-term plan for the Lightning. Just because their struggling this year, it doesn’t mean he’s going to lose sight of the plan. (Tampa Tribune)

Remember Mark Bell? Well, he’s back in the NHL—and he’s appreciating every minute of it this time. (LA Times)

Olli Jokinen wants to retire as a member of the Calgary Flames. But will they want to re-sign him at the end of the season? (QMI Agency)

Minnesota Wild fans enjoy it when their team scores three goals in 59 seconds. Who knew? (Hockey Wilderness)

Speaking of the Minnesota/Dallas game, Steve Ott probably won’t be happy to hear that the Wild thought he was their MVP on Saturday night. (Dallas Morning News)

There will be plenty of rumors and moves between now and the trade deadline. But maybe it would be in the Avs’ best interest to avoid the silly season altogether. (Denver Post)

Logan Couture is good at hockey. (CSN Bay Area)

The Hawks were dominated, Corey Crawford was pulled, and Jonathan Toews was forced to leave the game early in Nashville. All in all, it was an awful night for the Blackhawks in Nashville. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Despite the loss, this is a pretty sweet goal from Marian Hossa. But when you realize it’s Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne that he’s abusing in this highlight, it makes it all the more impressive. (NHL)

Red Wings win 16th straight game at home

Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes

It may have taken an extended shootout and it may have come against the worst team in the NHL, but the Detroit Red Wings escaped with a 3-2 shootout victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets for their 16th straight win at Joe Louis Arena. The win extends the new franchise mark—a record that had previously stood for 47 years. Who knew it would take a Valterri Filppula goal in the fourth round of shootout to earn the victory?

Detroit’s head coach Mike Babcock displayed a little clairvoyance when he warned that the game against the Blue Jackets had all the makings of a trap game. The Red Wings had to come back in the second period to tie the game; then they were forced to hold on at the end of regulation while they killed a five-minute major handed down to Henrik Zetterberg for boarding. Still, even without their best effort, they were still able to avoid the upset.

“We haven’t been as efficient as we’d like to be,” Babcock told Ansar Khan at, “but we’ve found a way to grind out points.” They’ve been able to grind out enough points to surge to the top of the league with 65 points.

The Red Wings will have an opportunity to extend their record home winning streak when they face off with the red-hot St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. They’ll need a far better effort if they want to the streak to reach 17 games though.