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Round 2
Round 3
Stanley Cup Final

Staal wins puck flip, thanks fans, quickly ends drama

Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:10 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

1. Cam Ward, Carolina, G (Team Staal)
2. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay, C (Team Lidstrom

Eric Staal won the puck flip and just as I suspected he went with his buddy

"With the first pick in the NHL Fantasy Draft," Staal says, "I'm going to take my boy, Cam Ward."

Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward told James Duthie from TSN that he must have been the best player available.

This isn't surprising, and I'll just have to say here and now that I had this pegged in our Mock Draft III when I was playing the role of Team Staal.

Nicklas Lidstrom, who admitted that there is pressure involved in this, went with the safe bet and chose the NHL's leading scorer Steven Stamkos. Lidstrom said that Marty St. Louis, his assistant captain, had a big say in it.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild