John Tavares tied an All-Star Game record Sunday, scoring four goals as Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12 in Columbus.
Tavares scored at least one goal in every period and benefited, being set up three times by Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron. Fellow Islander Jaroslav Halak was also on the winning side, playing the third period in the highest scoring All-Star Game in NHL history.
Tavares’ versatile skills were on display Sunday. Down 4-3 near the end of the first period, Tavares collected a loose puck, streaked down the right wing, beat St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk with a crafty move and dragged the puck across the crease forcing Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price to somersault across the goal line. Tavares slipped the puck past the sprawling Price to tie the game at 4-4 in the first period.
In the second period, Tavares received a pass from Bergeron at the offensive blue line and skated in alone on Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Bobbling the puck in the slot, Tavares recovered and snapped a wrist shot past Fleury to give Team Toews a 9-6 lead. Near the end of the period, Bergeron threw a pass to the slot and Tavares blew a wrist shot over the glove of Fleury to complete the hat trick and put Team Toews up 11-8.
Tavares wasn’t finished yet, as he slammed a backdoor pass from Bergeron past Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues, making the score 13-9 Team Toews.
Halak took over in net in the third period for Team Toews, preserving the lead with six saves.
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