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2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

'All-Star World Changers' rewarded for hard work

Sunday, 01.29.2012 / 4:12 PM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA, Ont. -- Three very special kids found themselves in Ottawa this weekend for the All-Star festivities, and their unique achievements are on par with any elite NHL player.

Neha Gupta, Wes Prankard, and Ishan Mandani were the winners of All-Star World Changers Contest. This is the first season for the awards, which were a partnership between the NHL, the National Hockey League Players' Association, and Free the Children – an organization that empowers youth to make a difference for their peers through education. Gupta, Prankard and Mandani were selected as the winners and were each awarded a trip to the 2012 NHL All-Star game in Canada's capital.

"I'm so excited to be chosen as one of the award winners for the All-Stars World Changers contest," Gupta said. "I was chosen for this because of my work with children. When I was 9 years old, I started helping underprivileged children in India and the U.S., and my charity (Empower Orphans) has supplied 15,000 children with proper education and health care, and most importantly, love."

The 15-year-old Pennsylvania native is looking forward to taking in as much as she can during her first visit north of the border.

Suter counters perception he will test free agency

Sunday, 01.29.2012 / 3:46 PM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

KANATA, Ont. -- Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter's comments Friday regarding his ongoing contract negotiations and his pending status as an unrestricted free agent created a bit of unintended controversy at the NHL's All-Star weekend. As a result, the Nashville defenseman felt the need to clarify exact comments he made at 2012 NHL All-Star Media Day presented by Allstate. Suter told reporters he didn't want to sign a new contract prior to the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

Suter said he felt the media portrayed his comments to mean that he will test the open market when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Prior to Sunday's 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game, Suter told NHL.com that portrayal is inaccurate.

Goal leader Stamkos prevails in Elimination Shoot Out

Saturday, 01.28.2012 / 11:55 PM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

KANATA, Ont. -- It had been a while since Steven Stamkos scored during a shootout -- two full seasons to be exact.

The NHL's leading goal-scorer has been strangely unreliable during the post-overtime competition. He's 0-for-3 this season after going 0-for-7 last season. His last shootout goal came near the end of the 2009-10 season.

But Stamkos more than made up for it during the Tim Hortons NHL Elimination Shoot Out.  He went 3-for-3 in the contest, beating Montreal's Carey Price twice and Boston's Tim Thomas once to win the event against 23 other shooters.

Chara sets record while keeping Hardest Shot title

Saturday, 01.28.2012 / 11:43 PM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent

KANATA, Ont. -- Patrick Kane may have been Superman at the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star
Zdeno Chara
Defense - BOS
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 20 | PTS: 27
SOG: 135 | +/-: 26
Skills Competition on Saturday, but Zdeno Chara was the master of speeding bullets.

Chara set a new record in the BlackBerry Hardest Shot event, shooting the puck at a blistering 108.8 mph. The Bruins' captain beat his own record of 105.9 mph, set last year. He beat Nashville's Shea Weber in the finals of the event, which has been dominated by the pair for several years. Weber also broke the old mark by firing a slap shot that hit an even 106 mph.

"Sometimes you don't look exactly at the numbers," Chara said after winning the hardest shot title for the fifth straight time. "Sometimes you just want to win Obviously (Weber's) a great player in this League, and he has a really hard shot. We've been in the (hardest shot) finals together for the past few years. Really, I don't go out there and try to get motivated that much. You just try to go out and do your best."

Stars' Benn shines in Accuracy Shootout

Saturday, 01.28.2012 / 11:42 PM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

KANATA, Ont. -- It was a field that featured two defending winners and the NHL's leading goal scorer.

But despite the competition, Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn and Philadelphia Flyers rookie Matt Read surprised the capacity crowd at ScotiaBank Place in the Accuracy Shootout Event at the Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills competition, with Benn winning the event.

With previous accuracy winners Daniel Sedin and Marian Hossa also participating, along with the NHL's leading goal scorer, Steven Stamkos, Benn and Read set the pace early. Read eliminated fellow rookie Cody Hodgson when he hit all four targets in an impressive 14.011 seconds. From there, the only player capable of topping Read's opening-round time was Benn, who hit his targets in 13.583 seconds.

Kane's 'Super' move wins Breakaway Competition

Saturday, 01.28.2012 / 11:39 PM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

KANATA, Ont. -- Patrick Kane had only one day to plan his costume and routine for the Allstate Insurance NHL Breakaway Challenge. That was enough time for him to turn into a hero Saturday night.

Kane took the puck at center ice and skated toward goaltender Brian Elliott. The Blackhawks star came to a stop at the blue line, where he was presented with a Superman cape and Clark Kent glasses by teammate Marian Hossa. Now costumed, Kane skated toward Elliott, dove onto his stomach, knocked the puck with his left glove over to the stick in his right hand, and beat Elliott in the night's most memorable moment.

"Our PR guy, Brandon Faber, I told him about the idea," said Kane, who won the event by receiving 47 percent of the fan vote via text. "He went out to a costume shop with my mom and dad, and they got the cape and got the glasses. They had some other ideas for sparklers on my skates, but I wasn't going to try to burn myself on the ice out there. They did a great job of getting everything for me."

Rookies steal show in Fastest Skater competition

Saturday, 01.28.2012 / 11:05 PM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

KANATA, Ont. -- The rookies stole the show in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater event Saturday night at Scotiabank Place.
Carl Hagelin of Team Alfredsson and Colin Greening of Team Chara blew away the field in the first event of the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition. Hagelin, the Rangers' rookie speedster, emerged as the overall winner in the final heat by edging the Senators' Greening with a time of 13.218 seconds. Greening was clocked at 13.303 seconds.
Team Alfredsson was credited with the overall win in the competition by winning four heats to Team Chara's two.

Stamkos, Sedin twins impress during Challenge Relay

Saturday, 01.28.2012 / 10:59 PM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

KANATA, Ont. – Perhaps the two or three most difficult aspects of the 2012 Molson Canadian All-Star Skills Competition are all encapsulated in a single event – the G Series NHL Skills Challenge Relay.

With the sharp-angle one-timers, the saucer passing into tiny nets and the puck control competition, Team Alfredsson needed some of their best elements to take the competition easily.

The Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos was called on to shoot one-timers into an empty net from a near impossible angle, and made it look easy.

All-Stars tweet their thoughts on Skills Competition

Saturday, 01.28.2012 / 10:01 PM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

Davis Harper - NHL.com Staff Writer

The fans at Scotiabank Place weren’t the only ones atwitter with excitement for the 2012 Molson Canadian All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday night.

Sixteen of this year’s All-Stars agreed to populate their Twitter timelines as the skills competition played out, providing a unique play-by-play format for their followers. The commentary was filled with compliments, chirps and unbridled wonder at the performances of their peers.

The night started with the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater, in which Team Alfredsson prevailed by a 4-2 score. Team Alfredsson’s Carl Hagelin beat Colin Greening in a skate-off for the win, and New York Rangers teammate Henrik Lundqvist gave him a shoutout on Twitter.

Hagelin wins fastest skater competition

Saturday, 01.28.2012 / 8:22 PM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game


New York Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin of Team Alfredsson won the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater competition, the first event in Saturday night's Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Scotiabank Place.

Hagelin beat Ottawa rookie Colin Greening in the final, a match between the two players with the best times. Hagelin became the second straight rookie to win the fastest skater competition. Michael Grabner of the New York Islanders was the fastest skater last year.

In all, Team Alfredsson took five of the six points available in the competition. Toronto's Phil Kessel was the player to get a point for Team Chara, beating Keith Yandle in his heat.
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