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2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

2011 NHL All-Star Game tune-in info

Sunday, 01.30.2011 / 12:33 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Compiled By - NHL.com Staff

Tune in on Sunday to catch the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover. Game starts at 4 PM ET on VERSUS and CBC.

Don't miss the opportunity to see Team Staal face Team Lidstrom in the first NHL All-Star Game to utilize a fantasy draft format. New York Rangers' defenseman Marc Staal will join Carolina Hurricanes' captain and older brother Eric Staal as a teammate, while the Vancouver Canucks' Henrik Sedin (Team Lidstrom) and twin brother Daniel (Team Staal) will be on opposite teams for the first time in their NHL careers.
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Toews and Sedin excel in Challenge Relay

Sunday, 01.30.2011 / 12:06 AM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Bob Condor - NHL.com Editor-in-Chief

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The newest SuperSkills event, the G Series NHL Skills Challenge Relay, impressed marquee All-Stars Jonathan Toews and Henrik Sedin. It went deeper than the two competitors wanting to win at least one event for Team Lidstrom, even though that is exactly what happened.

Sedin and Toews were both part of the winning squad that earned five points.

"I thought it was a pretty cool event," said Toews, who hit four of five targets in accuracy shooting to finish off his squad's winning low time of 2:09. "One part I liked is with eight skills in the relay, one part can really kill you but you can make up ground."
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Ward-Thomas match race provides new wrinkle

Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 11:56 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- One has to wonder what was going through the mind of Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli as he watched star goalie Tim Thomas plunge to the ice in his attempt to lap an ice rink in the fastest time possible during the Honda NHL SuperSkills competition.
 
"Ah, he sees that five times in practice, one way or another," Thomas said. "I don't think he was worried one bit. That's why I was able to get up so fast … because I have plenty of practice at falling."
 
It was all in fun, of course, but no team needs an injury in the wake of a second-half surge to close out the season entering the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
 
Still, there was the 36-year-old Thomas, attempting to go stride-for-stride against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater competition at RBC Center on Saturday night.
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Daniel Sedin wins accuracy with 8-for-9 effort

Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 11:45 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The 2011 Honda SuperSkills delivered many memorable moments for fans to savor for years to come, but there are a few players who will be talking about the McDonald's NHL Accuracy Shooting for quite some time.

Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane came away victorious in their individual matchups against fellow Blackhawk Patrick Sharp and Carolina's Eric Staal, respectively. But the wins came in such a manner that the sell-out crowd at RBC Center hurled boos at Toews and Kane.

Toews was overmatched by Sharp, seemingly giving Team Staal a point. But Toews didn't hear the whistle and failed to start on time. After officials talked things over, Toews was given another chance and smoked Sharp to steal that point back for Team Lidstrom.
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Grabner bests Hall in rookie speed-skating duel

Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 11:32 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The opening act of the Honda NHL SuperSkills was entertainment personified.
 
Not only did fans witness a pair of equipment-clad goalies huff and puff their way around the rink, they also saw a pair of rookie speedsters battle in a rematch to determine a champion at RBC Center during the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater event.
 
In the end, New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner of Team Staal took care of Edmonton's Taylor Hall, 14.238 seconds to 14.715, to win the crown.
 
"I never practiced it or worked on it … I guess it's just natural," Grabner told NHL.com. "It's not a skill everyone has, so I'm lucky, I guess. I was hoping I would be in the event. That's what my game is based on -- speed. So I was excited when heard I was in the event."
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Ovi threepeats in BlackBerry NHL Breakaway Challenge

Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 11:22 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Attempting to use push-ups and jumping jacks as a way to distract the shooters, Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury tried to steal the show away from the creative combatants in the BlackBerry NHL Breakaway Challenge.

He couldn't take it away from one of his archrivals.

Despite P.K. Subban pulling off the most memorable moment of the event by wearing Carolina rookie Jeff Skinner's jersey, Alex Ovechkin retained his crown as the League's premier breakaway artist by earning his threepeat in the event.

Ovechkin originally won the Breakaway Challenge title in Atlanta three years ago and successfully defended it in Montreal in 2009 by using sunglasses and a fishing hat as his props to go along with Evgeni Malkin's services as his assistant.
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Subban makes name for himself at SuperSkills

Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 11:19 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

RALEIGH -- P.K. Subban continues to master the big stage with relative ease. The only difference now is very few people are still surprised by the precociousness of the 21-year-old Montreal Canadiens defenseman.

Saturday morning, almost a full 12 hours before the Honda NHL SuperSkills competition got under way, former NHLer and current NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes, predicted Subban would be the breakout star of the show.

"One guy that is going to surprise is P.K.," Weekes told NHL.com. "He has a great skill set and he is made for these types of moments. Last year, he just took over the AHL All-Star Game. He's a great kid. I've known him for a long time. He started going to my camp when he was 8."
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Ovi shares the spotlight at Honda SuperSkills

Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 11:10 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Instead of stealing the show as he did in Montreal two years ago with his sunglasses and fisherman's hat, Alex Ovechkin was only part of the star-studded performance in the Honda SuperSkills competition Saturday night at the RBC Center.

He had a blast -- and the Carolina fans roared for him, too.

"You know, when you're involved, you of course enjoy it," said Ovechkin, who won the BlackBerry NHL Breakaway Challenge for the third straight time. "All the guys, you can ask them, they enjoy it. Even when they weren't doing something they were still watching it and laughing and seeing some skills."
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Chara does it again with 105.9 MPH blast

Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 11:10 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was on the ropes. The three-time defending champion in the XM NHL Hardest Shot was outgunned by Nashville's Shea Weber, 104.8-104.1, during their head-to-head battle in the first round.

But when the chips were down in the final round, Chara rose to the occasion, setting a record with a 105.9 MPH blast to vanquish the upstart Weber and send the RBC Center crowd into a frenzy.

Chara made the most of a second opportunity he wasn't even sure was available after Weber got the better of him in the first round.

"I wasn't exactly sure what the rules were," Chara said. "I knew there was some kind of final or something, then I realized, 'OK I have one more shot.' I tried to do my best and it did happen, so I was glad."
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Bettman encouraged by decrease in hits to head

Saturday, 01.29.2011 / 7:30 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Saturday that preliminary analysis suggests concussions as a whole are up this season in the NHL, but those caused by blindside hits to the head and legal hits to the head are in fact down.
      
"It appears, and again I want to emphasize that it is a preliminary, the increase in concussions appear to be in the area of accidental and inadvertent situations as most did not involve any contact with the victim's head by an opponent," Bettman said prior to the Honda SuperSkills competition at the RBC Center on Saturday. "I'm not saying no concussions came from hits to the head, but it appears the increase is coming from somewhere else."
      
Bettman said most of the concussions being analyzed this season are a result from when players collide with each other or when they "were hit legally and without head contact after which their heads have struck either the ice, the boards or the glass."

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