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Posted On Sunday, 01.25.2015 / 2:49 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Lightning center Johnson to miss All-Star Game

Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson will not play in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) because of a lower-body injury.

Johnson was injured during a Jan. 12 game against the Philadelphia Flyers but played in the Lightning's final three games before the All-Star break. He was drafted by Team Toews on Friday but was unable to participate in the Gatorade NHL Skills Relay as a mini net passer on Saturday.

Johnson's 48 points are first on the Lightning and eighth in the League, with his 31 assists placing seventh.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.24.2015 / 10:41 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Flames forward Gaudreau to play in All-Star Game

COLUMBUS -- Calgary Flames rookie forward Johnny Gaudreau will play for Team Toews in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Nationwide Arena (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Team Toews was a player short following the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft presented by DraftKings on Friday.

"I'm really excited. It's going to be a great experience for me," Gaudreau said Saturday night. "This whole weekend has been a blast so far. I'm excited to get a chance to play in the game."

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Posted On Saturday, 01.24.2015 / 9:29 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Team Foligno survives shootout, wins competition

COLUMBUS -- The final event of the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition was the Discover NHL Shootout.

It was a new format for the shootout. Here were the official rules laid out before it started:

"All players will participate in this three-round shootout. During each two-minute round, seven skaters and one goalie from each team will take the ice. The goalies will take their place in net, and the skaters will line up in the offensive zone, facing their opposing goalie. Each player is given 10 seconds to take a shot. Teams will alternate after each shot until the two-minute clock runs down. Every third puck will be a Discover card puck, which is worth more points. Each scoring attempt is officiated following NHL shootout rules. Points available: one point for every goal scored; two points for every goal scored with a Discover card puck."


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Posted On Saturday, 01.24.2015 / 9:18 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Weber wins Hardest Shot competition

COLUMBUS -- Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators won the AMP NHL Hardest Shot competition at the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, yet he still managed to come up just short to Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, who isn't even in Columbus.

Weber's final shot of the competition was clocked at 108.5 miles per hour, beating Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin's speed of 101.4 mph in the first heat to claim the overall hardest shot crown.


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Posted On Saturday, 01.24.2015 / 9:02 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Team Foligno extends lead in Skills Challenge Relay

COLUMBUS -- Team Foligno increased its lead to 12-2 by taking two of three points in the Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay.

Team Toews and Team Foligno split the heats with the latter winning the first and Team Toews winning the second, but Team Foligno got the bonus point because it posted the best time in the competition at 1:37.979.

Team Foligno got off to a good start in the first heat when Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber, Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk and Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin scored on six consecutive one-timers off of passes from New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias.


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Posted On Saturday, 01.24.2015 / 8:28 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Kane tops Toews, wins Shooting Accuracy contest

COLUMBUS -- Bragging rights in the Chicago Blackhawks' dressing room belong to Patrick Kane.

Kane and his captain in Chicago, Jonathan Toews, went head-to-head in the DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting portion of the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills competition Saturday, and Kane came out ahead by nearly three seconds against Toews.

Kane needed six attempts to hit the targets in each corner of the net, taking 13.529 seconds to do so. Toews was on target to match Kane's number of attempts and challenge his time when he hit three targets on his first four attempts, but he then hit the goal post on three straight attempts before hitting the final target and finishing with a time of 16.307 seconds.

Kane also had the fastest overall time, giving the team of captain Nick Foligno four of a possible five points in the competition and a lead of 10-1 overall after three competitions.


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Posted On Saturday, 01.24.2015 / 8:15 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Johansen lifts Team Foligno in Breakaway Challenge

COLUMBUS -- The entertainers were on display in the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge on Saturday, but Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen stole the show with three unique attempts that were good enough to sway the fans who voted for the winner on Twitter.

Johansen got Team Foligno the point available in the Breakaway Challenge to give Team Foligno a 6-0 lead in the Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition.

Johansen used a prop, six fellow all-stars, and even the son of Blue Jackets trainer Mike Vogt to win the event.

Before going in for his first shootout attempt, Johansen played to the Columbus crowd by pulling off his Blue Jackets sweater to reveal an Ohio State football jersey. The No. 5 he wore belongs to Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller.


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Posted On Saturday, 01.24.2015 / 7:38 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Team Foligno sweeps Fastest Skater competition

COLUMBUS -- The trade made at the 2015 All-Star Fantasy Draft presented by DraftKings had an impact on All-Star Weekend right from the start.

The first event of the 2015 Honda All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday was the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater, and the first heat pitted Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs against Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars.

A night earlier, team captains Nick Foligno and Jonathan Toews orchestrated a trade that sent Kessel to Team Foligno in exchange for Seguin.

The trade was put to the test right off the bat, and Kessel made his captain look good.


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Posted On Saturday, 01.24.2015 / 6:48 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Lightning center Johnson out of Skills Competition

Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson will not participate in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday at Nationwide Arena because of a lower-body injury.

Johnson, who was drafted by Team Toews on Friday, was picked to be in the Gatorade NHL Skills Relay as a mini net passer. He was not expected to participate in any other events.

It is not known if Johnson will play in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Posted On Friday, 01.23.2015 / 5:12 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Canucks' Vrbata credits Sedins for first All-Star Game

COLUMBUS -- When Radim Vrbata signed with the Vancouver Canucks as an unrestricted free agent last summer, the hope was that he would be the perfect fit to play with Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

It's safe to say Vrbata has been exactly that, so much so that he is attending the first All-Star weekend of his NHL career.

And the Sedins aren't.

"That's what I said when I was selected, that I just feel I'm the beneficiary of how that line works and how everything went for us as a line," Vrbata said during NHL Media Day presented by DraftKings on Friday. "They could as easily be here instead of me, and nobody would say a word. I don't think it's just my game, it's the whole thing. They deserve lots of credit."

That may be true, but Vrbata's addition in Vancouver has put an end to what was a bit of a revolving door on the right side of the Sedin twins during the previous two seasons.

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