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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:48 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Backes still on the board, not happy about it

David Backes is still on the board as of round 10. He's not pleased about it.

He realizes that perhaps fighting everyone at the All-Star Game probably didn't win him any friends for an event like this, but he's not backing down. He said whoever doesn't pick him can look forward to getting drilled on Sunday.

Of course, he might have to hit Nick Lidstrom, something Backes said he hasn't done in 5 years.
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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:40 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Staals will play together as will Kane, Toews

You have to love the Staal boys. Man do they love sticking it to each other.

Eric stepped to the mic, ready to make the 11th overall pick, and perhaps it was time to take his little brother.

"Our next pick, from the New York Rangers...Henrik Lundqvist."

Burn! Man, I bet Marc was crushed. Actually, Marc said countless times he'd rather play against him, so there was probably some sweet relief. He probably wanted to lay out Marc if he got the chance.

But with his next pick, Eric took Marc, bringing the drama of Marc potentially going last to an end.

There was some playful tension on the stage once he was up there, but it's probably best for their parents that they're o the same team for once.

Picks 15 and 16 were Blackhawks -- Team Staal took Patrick Sharp and Team Lidstrom and Pat Kane took Jonathan Toews.

Kane seemed to be really against the idea of Toews being on his team, but they decided to take the best available player. Maybe Toews will get Kane back by shaving some grooves into the side of his head while he sleeps to teach him a lesson.

Wait. Never mind.

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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:28 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

The biggest breakup in NHL history: Sedins separate

Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin go together like spaghetti and meatballs or lamb and tuna fish. But with back-to-back picks by Team Lidstrom and Team Staal, they were separated for this year's All-Star Game.

I'm not really sure how they'll go on living. Everyone knows the Sedins do everything together, even though they are adults with families. But they're twins, and we've been told they must do everything together.

I remember where I was when I found out Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston were breaking up. I was in the checkout lane at a supermarket. I was crushed. Devastated. Now I have to live in a world where the Sedins won't play a game together? How will I function?

Are you picking up on my sarcasm? Good, because I'm laying it on pretty thick. This is going to be fantastic.

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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:28 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

The biggest breakup in NHL history: Sedins separate

Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin go together like spaghetti and meatballs or lamb and tuna fish. But with back-to-back picks by Team Lidstrom and Team Staal, they were separated for this year's All-Star Game.

I'm not really sure how they'll go on living. Everyone knows the Sedins do everything together, even though they are adults with families. But they're twins, and we've been told they must do everything together.

I remember where I was when I found out Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston were breaking up. I was in the checkout lane at a supermarket. I was crushed. Devastated. Now I have to live in a world where the Sedins won't play a game together? How will I function?

Are you picking up on my sarcasm? Good, because I'm laying it on pretty thick. This is going to be fantastic.

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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:15 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Homer picks highlight the first two rounds

Eric Staal won the puck toss and took Cam Ward with the first overall pick. As far as homer picks go, you might not find a bigger one in the history of this draft. Of course, this was the first pick ever in the first draft ever, but you get my point.

Nick Lidstrom took advantage of Staal's bias toward his teammate and got a steal in Steven Stamkos, who will pair with teammate Martin St. Louis.

Then Team Staal assistant captain Mike Green stepped to the mic and took teammate Alex Ovechkin. That started a run on the phrase "my boy" in the early going.

The homerism continued with the fourth pick, as Team Staal allowed Patrick Kane to announce the selection of defenseman Duncan Keith. I always though the All-Star Game was a way for guys to play with other elite players on different teams. It's like working in a pizza shop with your wife and ordering pizza for dinner on your anniversary.

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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:00 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Bruising Backes ready to show his speed

David Backes isn't a finesse player, so when the St. Louis Blues forward was asked what he'd like to do during Saturday's skills competition, he didn't mess around.

"I'm hoping there's a hitting competition or something," Backes said.

Backes said he's willing to do whatever is asked of him, even if it winds up embarrassing him.

"Apparently the fastest skater isn't something guys like to do," Backes said. "If that's what I have to do, that's what I have to do. I'll record the highest time ever. Hopefully our timer's a sundial and not a stopwatch."

Backes' physical style doesn't endear him to other players, but he said everyone's been pretty cordial so far.

"The guys I've frankly tried to make mad my whole career, to see them on a night like this, they've been pretty nice," Backes said.

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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 7:45 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Ovechkin thinks he'll be No. 1 pick in fantasy draft

The last time Alex Ovechkin was in Raleigh for a draft, he was taken No. 1 overall at the 2004 Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals.

Almost seven years later, he could be the No. 1 pick again.

Ovechkin is on the short list of potential players who could be taken first at the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco. He's got a big advantage with teammate Mike Green serving as an alternate on Team Staal.

"I told Greener he's probably going to pick me," Ovechkin said less than hour before the draft. "So we'll probably be on the same team."

Nicklas Lidstrom said he had an idea of what he was going to do if he has the first pick, but wouldn't give specifics.

"I have some ideas. I have to run them by my assistants at first," Lidstrom said. "I got some general ideas."

Would he lean toward offense or take a fellow blueliner?

"This is a high-scoring game, so I think that says a lot about who you're going to pick," Lidstrom said.

"You can't go wrong with any of the players that are here. They're all All-Star players for a reason.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.01.2011 / 1:00 AM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2011 Winter Classic Blog

Staal effective in his first game of season

Jordan Staal hadn't played a competitive hockey game in nearly seven months, but you couldn't tell during his 2010-11 season debut Saturday night.

The 22-year-old had two golden scoring chances early in the first period and didn't look out of place at all during the Penguins' 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. He had two shots, an even rating, and won 11 of 18 faceoffs after spending the past two months on IR with a broken hand.

"Great trade by (Genaral Manager) Ray Shero getting that guy," Pens coach Dan Bylsma cracked. "I didn't know what to expect from Jordan tonight and what level he'd be at, but his first period was phenomenal, given the circumstances and the fact that he hasn't played.

"I think he had two or three scoring chances, was outstanding on the penalty kill. And so I thought he had an exceptional game. As the game wore on, maybe didn't have the same jump as he had there in the first period with the adrenalin, but he was a factor. He was good in the faceoff and penalty kill, and his skating was great, got to the net a few times. He was good defensively down low. The times he got the (Alex) Ovechkin/(Nicklas) Backstrom and (Mike) Knuble line he was a force down there as well."

Staal not only missed two months because of his hand injury, but he suffered that setback after he spent two months recovering from an infection following surgery on his foot during the offseason. H e admitted to feeling a little sore toward the end of the contest.

"The hold hip flexors were getting a little tight," Staal said of playing his first game back with slight rainfall. "The ice was a little soft, but it sitll turned out alright. Both teams were playing on the same ice. It was still a memorable experience."

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Posted On Friday, 12.31.2010 / 11:44 AM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2011 Winter Classic Blog

Wait, who's that No. 8?

PITTSBURGH -- Alex Ovechkin is synonymous with No. 8 and the Washington Capitals. But for about an hour during the alumni game, the No. 8 belonged to right wing Mark Lofthouse.

The 53-year-old Lofthouse played 181 NHL games from 1977-83, 141 of them for the Capitals. He ended a 27-year goal drought by scoring during the Caps' 5-5 tie with the Pens on Friday morning at Heinz Field in front of 10,000 fans.

Lofthouse added two assists and said he felt the pressure to honor the Ovechkin name and number. He also said he considered putting "Ovech-house" on the back of his jersey.

Following the game, Lofthouse could be seen purchasing Winter Classic memorabilia outside the temporary locker rooms where media had gathered to talk to the alumni. He said he has spent about $600 on hats, shirts and the like since getting to Pittsburgh.

After his three-point performance and a tie against a team loaded with Hall-of-Famers, he'll take home some pretty special memories too.

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