Tag: 2012 NHL All-Star Game

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Team Alfredsson wins All-Star skills competition, Stamkos captures shootout crown


On Thursday night, Daniel Alfredsson’s GM skills were called into question during the All-Star Fantasy Draft.

On Saturday night, Alfie’s picks made a lot of sense.

Team Alfredsson put forth a commanding performance at the 2012 All-Star Skills competition, beating Team Chara by a 21-12 score.

See: Best of the Night — NHL All-Stars skills competition

Alfredsson built his team largely on Senators teammates and fellow Swedes, which included his first-round selection, Erik Karlsson. That was in stark contrast to Chara, who loaded up early in the draft — Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin and Marian Hossa were among his first four picks — and seemed to take the GM gig quite seriously. (“When his playing days are over, he may want to get into NHL management, so this is good training for him,” said his agent, Matt Keator.)

As for the competition itself:

Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin won the fastest skater over Ottawa’s Colin Greening.

Dallas’ Jamie Benn captured most accurate shooter over Matt Read.

Chara beat Nashville’s Shea Weber in the hardest shot contest.

Patrick “Superman” Kane received the most fan votes to win the breakaway challenge.

— Team Alfredsson beat Team Chara in the skills challenge relay.

— And, in an impressive performance, Tampa Bay Lightning sniper Steve Stamkos went three-for-three to win the elimination shootout:

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Stamkos also impressed during the skills challenge replay, hammering one-timers into the net from acute angles.

“You kind of incorporate everything into that with one-timers, passing, accuracy and stick-handling and mobility,” Stamkos told NHL.com. “It’s kind of all the aspects that you need to be a successful hockey player in the NHL.

“It gives the fans something to look forward to and for the guys it allows everyone to get involved.”

Video: Chara’s 108.8 mph blast sets hardest shot record

Zdeno Chara

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara broke his own record Saturday night, firing a 108.8 mph blast en route to winning the 2012 NHL All-Star hardest shot competition.

Chara, who has now won the last five hardest shot events, defeated Nashville defenseman Shea Weber in the final. Weber recorded blasts of 104.9 and 106 mph — the latter also breaking Chara’s old record of 105.9 — but couldn’t top the 6-foot-9 Slovakian rearguard, who wowed the Scotiabank Center crowd with an absolute bomb in the opening round:

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Chara’s lazer wasn’t the only one stunning the largely pro-Ottawa crowd. A pair of Senators — Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza — both clocked triple digits on their shots, much to the surprise of those in attendance. Spezza slammed a 100.5 mph shot into the cage while Alfredsson, Ottawa’s 39-year-old captain, hit 101.3 on the gun.

In the rookie battle, Buffalo’s Luke Adam (98.3) beat Carolina’s Justin Falk (95.9). Alfredsson defeated Washington’s Dennis Wideman (95.3) in his head-to-head matchup while Spezza pulled somewhat of an upset in defeating Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf, who owns one of the hardest shots in the game.

Patrick Kane dons cape, wins All-Star Breakaway Challenge

Patrick Kane

Much like burritos, Patrick Kane knows breakaways.

The namesake of Qdoba’s Kaner Con Queso won the second event of the 2012 NHL All-Stars skills competition — the Breakaway Challenge. Three shooters (one Rookie and two All-Stars) and one goalie from each team took part, attempting three breakaways. The “winner” was chosen by fans voting via text message and Kane’s Clark Kent-inspired getup proved to be their favorite.

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Team Chara: Ryan Johansen, Patrick Kane, Corey Perry

Team Alfredsson: Sean Couturier, John Tavares, Logan Couture


Team Chara: Carey Price

Team Alfredsson: Brian Elliott


As mentioned above, Kane won with his “Superman”-inspired costume (47 percent of votes), earning Team Chara one point.

“I was just thinking about it the past day or so,” Kane told NHL.com about his trick shot. “I thought all the shooters did a great job. It’s a tough even for us, too, because you don’t want to look stupid. I put some things together and lucky enough, I won.”

Alfredsson, Chara pick All-Star skills lineup

2012 All-Star Game logo

All-Star Game captains Daniel Alfredsson and Zdeno Chara have selected their participants for the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills competition (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

There are six events — fastest skater, breakaway challenge, accuracy shooting, challenge relay, hardest shot and elimination shootout — in which both All-Stars and rookies will compete.

Bridgestone Fastest Skater

Team Chara: Brian Campbell, Jimmy Howard, Colin Greening, Phil Kessel, Marian Hossa

Team Alfredsson: Kris Letang, Jonathan Quick, Carl Hagelin, Keith Yandle, Erik Karlsson

Allstate Insurance Breakaway Challenge

Team Chara: Ryan Johansen, Patrick Kane, Corey Perry, Carey Price

Team Alfredsson: Sean Couturier, John Tavares, Logan Couture, Brian Elliott

Canadian Tire Accuracy Shooting

Team Chara: Cody Hodgson, Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Marian Hossa, Phil Kessel, Ryan Suter, Jordan Eberle, Brian Campbell

Team Alfredsson: Matt Read, Jason Spezza, Steve Stamkos, Daniel Sedin, Alex Edler, Dan Girardi, Claude Giroux, Henrik Sedin

G Series Skills Challenge Relay

Team Chara: Ryan Suter, Dennis Wideman, Jarome Iginla, Joffrey Lupul, Patrick Kane, Pavel Datsyuk, Gabriel Landeskog, Marian Gaborik, Jordan Eberle, Dion Phaneuf, Zdeno Chara, Jamie Benn, Kimmo Timonen, Raphael Diaz, Evegni Malkin, Phil Kessel

Team Alfredsson: Nick Johnson, Shea Weber, Kris Letang, Steve Stamkos, Henrik Sedin, Milan Michalek, Logan Couture, James Neal, Alex Edler, Keith Yandle, Scott Hartnell, John Tavares, Daniel Sedin, Craig Smith, Claude Giroux, Jason Pominville

Blackberry Hardest Shot

Team Chara: Luke Adam, Dennis Wideman, Dion Phaneuf, Zdeno Chara

Team Alfredsson: Justin Faulk, Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, Shea Weber

Tim Hortons Elimination Shootout

Team Chara: Colin Greening, Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin, Corey Perry, Tyler Seguin, Marian Gaborik, Patrick Kane, Jarome Iginla, Jamie Benn, Joffrey Lupul, Kimmo Timonen, Ryan Suter, Carey Price, Tim Thomas, Jimmy Howard

Team Alfredsson: Carl Hagelin, Steve Stamkos, John Tavares, Jason Spezza, Claude Giroux, Daniel Alfredsson, James Neal, Milan Michalek, Jason Pominville, Kris Letang, Erik Karlsson, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Lundqvist, Brian Elliott, Jonathan Quick

Of note

— Chara set the hardest shot record last year with a 105.9 mph blast.

— Daniel Sedin won the accuracy shootout last year, hitting all four targets in 7.3 seconds (took him five shots).

— The fastest skater record is still held by Mike Gartner, with a time of 13.386 seconds in 1996.

Joe Thornton gives Logan “Mr. Irrelevant” Couture the gears

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CSN Philadelphia’s Tim Panaccio caught up with San Jose forward Logan Couture shortly after the sophomore was taken last overall at Thursday night’s All-Star Fantasy Draft.

So, Logan…anybody chirping you about being Mr. Irrelevant?

“Jumbo is all over me,” he said. “He loves it.”

That’s “Jumbo” Joe Thornton, in case you were wondering. The San Jose captain and six-time All-Star send Couture a text shortly after the 22-year-old got a sympathy Honda on national television.

That said, Couture didn’t seem to mind going last overall.

“I had fun with it,” he said. “You can’t take it personally. Being a young guy here for the first time, playing on the west coast, it was something I knew was a possibility. I just wanted to have a good time with it, and I did.”

Just to confirm how good a time Couture had with it, check out what he tweeted last night:



And he had some more fun with it this morning…


As for Couture’s family? They didn’t seem to mind either, according to David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News:

The entire Couture family handled it well, not just Logan. I’ve gotten to know his parents a little over the past year and sent a quick text out to his dad, Chet.

“We loved it!” he said, probably referring as much to the way his son dealt with the situation as anything else. And he said Logan’s younger brother, Judson, would probably end up with the new Honda Crosstour, in case you were curious.

The only question now is how the Coutures came up with the name “Judson.”