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Getzlaf and Team Toews Defeat Team Foligno, 17-12, in 2015 NHL All-Star Game

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


COLUMBUS -- Team Toews outlasted Team Foligno 17-12 in a record-setting 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena on Sunday.

The Columbus Blue Jackets' infamous goal cannon went off 11 times, for all but one of Team Foligno's 12 goals, but it didn't scare Team Toews the way it likely did some of the fans in the stands and the media in the press box.

Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen was named MVP. He scored two goals and had two assists for four points to lead Team Foligno.

New York Islanders center John Tavares scored a game-high four goals; Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek, who played for the Blue Jackets from 2008-11, had a game-high six points on a hat trick and three assists; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron had five points on a goal and four assists; and Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews also had five points on a goal and four assists.

Florida Panthers rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad and St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko each had four assists. Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin had four points on two goals and two assists.

Every skater on Team Toews had at least one point.

Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, Flyers center Claude Giroux and Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin each had three points for Team Foligno.

The 29 goals set an NHL All-Star Game record, topping the 26 scored in the 2001 North America vs. the World game in Denver. The combined 11 goals in the second period also set an All-Star Game record. The previous record of 10 goals had been achieved four times, with the latest coming in the 2009 game in Montreal.

The cannon surprisingly did not go off when Kane scored at 13:09 of the third period.

Team Toews built on its 11-8 lead after two periods with six more goals in the third period. Team Foligno answered with four goals in the third, but couldn't cut the deficit any lower than three goals at any point.

Team Toews built its lead thanks to seven goals on 16 shots in the second period. Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who played the second period for Team Foligno, finished his second All-Star Game appearance with a .562 save percentage.

Team Toews' seven goals in the second tied an All-Star Game record for most goals by one team in a period.

Tavares finished off the first hat trick of the game with one minute remaining in the second period, when he scored his second goal against Fleury from the right hash marks to give Team Toews an 11-8 lead. Bergeron had the assist on Tavares' hat-trick goal, giving him a game-high four points through 40 minutes.

Tarasenko, Ekblad and Toews each had three assists by the end of the second period. Seguin and Voracek also had three points by the end of the second period.

Johansen was the only player for Team Foligno who had at least three points after 40 minutes.

The second period even featured a bit of animosity, even if the post-whistle scrum was only an act. Team Toews defenseman Brent Seabrook took exception to Johansen getting in a few extra pokes at goalie Corey Crawford, his Blackhawks teammate, after a whistle with 13.8 seconds left, so he pushed him away and it started a scrum that added to the entertainment value of the game.

Team Toews scored four consecutive goals in a span of 5:14 in the second period. New York Rangers forward Rick Nash, Nashville Predators rookie Filip Forsberg, Tavares and Voracek scored in the span to give Team Toews an 10-6 lead.

Ekblad had an assist on Voracek's goal at 9:22, giving him his three assists in the first 29:22 of the game.

Team Foligno got the next two goals; its captain, Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno, scored at 11:59, and Stamkos scored his second of the period at 16:35. Stamkos held off Seguin to score on Crawford.

Team Toews and Team Foligno traded goals eight seconds apart at the start of the second period. Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter scored from the left circle at 24 seconds, and Flyers captain Claude Giroux answered eight seconds later, scoring on a one-timer off a pass from Kane after Team Foligno went in on a 3-on-2 off the faceoff.

The teams traded the next two goals -- Seguin scored for Team Toews off some nifty passing with Tarasenko and Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf at 2:27, then Stamkos scored on a breakaway for Team Foligno at 4:08 -- before Team Toews went on its four-goal run.

Team Foligno and Team Toews went goal-for-goal in the first period and finished the opening 20 minutes tied at 4-4.

Vancouver Canucks forward Radim Vrbata got Team Foligno on the board first at 3:09 with a breakaway goal. Getzlaf answered off a cross-circle pass from Tarasenko at 6:33.

An ex-Blue Jackets forward and current Blue Jackets forward traded the next two goals. Voracek scored from the high slot at 9:51; Johansen scored his first goal with a wrist shot from the hash marks at 11:05.

Johansen scored again at 16:24, this time with a one-timer off a pass from Ovechkin.

Tavares scored his first goal at 19:03 of the first period. It was a highlight-of-the-night candidate as he put the puck through his legs, skated through the slot, and scored on Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who did a cartwheel roll in an attempt to make the save.

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