The 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover comes to Carolina for the first time with a new format -- teams picked by captains Nicklas Lidstrom
and Eric Staal
will compete against each other at the RBC Center on Sunday (4 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS).
The game has evolved quite a bit from its early days, when defense and goaltending dominated. For most of the past two decades, it's been a shooter's delight and a nightmare for the goaltenders -- happily for the goalies, however, they now only play one period each.
But it hasn't always been that way. Here's a look at some All-Star history … by the numbers.
Goals-against average by Gilles Villemure
of the New York Rangers
in his three All-Star appearances, the best of anyone who's played two or more games and 60 or more minutes.
Shutouts in All-Star Game history -- a total that's not likely to be enlarged any time soon. The Montreal Canadiens
blanked the All-Stars 3-0 in 1967, the last game of the Original Six Era -- and the first played at midseason rather than before the start of the season.
Fewest goals scored in an All-Star Game. The 1952 game at Detroit ended in a 1-1 tie between the First-Team and Second-Team NHL stars. This is another mark that's not likely to be topped any time soon.
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Largest deficit overcome to win an All-Star Game. The North American stars trailed 3-0 in the 1998 game but rallied for an 8-7 victory against the World team in Vancouver.
Most wins without a loss by an All-Star goaltender. Hall of Famer Frank Brimsek
won all three All-Star games in which he appeared (1939, '47, '48).
Goals scored by Alex Ovechkin
in his three All-Star appearances. He had a goal in his first game in 2007, scored twice in 2008 and had a goal and a pair of assists in the 2009 game in Montreal.
Players who have scored 4 goals in an All-Star Game. Wayne Gretzky
was the first, in 1983; Dany Heatley
was the most recent, in 2003. Gretzky is the only player to get four in a period; Heatley scored four in regulation and added another in the shootout.
Most points scored by one player in an All-Star Game. Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux
had 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points in the 1988 game in St. Louis. Montreal's Mats Naslund
set up all three of Lemieux's goals and finished with 5 assists, also an All-Star record.
Power-play goals scored by Gordie Howe
, the most in All-Star play; no one else has more than three. This is another record that figures to last a while: The penalty called against the East's Mike Komisarek
in 2009 was the first since 2000, and no one has scored with the man advantage since Keith Tkachuk
did it in 1998.
Most goals in one period of an All-Star Game, a mark set by the Wales Conference in the first period of the 1990 game in Pittsburgh. Eight teams, most recently the West in the second period in 2009, have had six.
Seconds needed for the fastest two goals by one team in All-Star play. The record actually was set by one player -- San Jose's Owen Nolan
, who scored at 18:54 and 19:02 of the second period for the Western Conference in 1997.
Consecutive games played in goal by Glenn Hall
, the most by a goaltender in All-Star play. Hall took part in every All-Star Game played from 1960 through 1969. His 540 minutes played also is an All-Star record, as are his 13 appearances.
Most shots on goal by one player in an All-Star Game, a mark set in 1955 by Detroit's Earl Riebel and matched 42 years later by San Jose's Owen Nolan
. Though Nolan outscored Riebel 3-2, Riebel's Red Wings were 3-1 winners against the NHL All-Stars, while Nolan and the Western Conference stars lost 11-7 to the Eastern Conference. In 2009, the most recent game, San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle
led all players with seven shots.
Points scored by Brett Hull
in his eight All-Star appearances (3 goals, 8 assists). That's one more than his father, fellow Hall of Famer Bobby Hull
, managed in 12 appearances -- he had 5 goals and 5 assists. Bobby's 5 goals came on 42 shots; Brett scored three times on 19 shots.
Seconds into the 2008 game in Atlanta that Rick Nash
scored the first goal. Nash broke the mark set by Detroit's Ted Lindsay
, who scored 19 seconds into the 1950 game, for the fastest goal from the opening faceoff in All-Star play.
Fewest shots by a team in All-Star play. The Campbell Conference managed just 12 shots in the 1978 game, but took the Wales Conference to overtime before losing 3-2.
All-Star coaching appearances by Scotty Bowman, easily the most in the game's history. Toe Blake
is second with nine. Not surprisingly, Bowman is No. 1 in wins (seven) and losses (five).
Goals scored by the Eastern Conference in a 16-6 victory in 1993, the most goals scored by one team in All-Star history.
Years since a goaltender has been named the All-Star Game MVP. Mike Richter
of the New York Rangers
was the fifth and most recent, in 1994 -- he played the second period in the East's 9-8 win.
Consecutive All-Star Games played by Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque
, the most in the game's history. Bourque is second in total games played to Gordie Howe
, who took part in 23.
Seconds remaining in the 2008 game when Marc Savard
scored the winning goal for the East in an 8-7 victory. It was the latest game-deciding goal in All-Star history.
Points by Wayne Gretzky
, the most by anyone in All-Star play. Gretzky had 13 goals and 12 assists in 18 games for his 25 points, two more than Mario Lemieux
, who finished with 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points in only 10 games.
Goals scored in the 2001 game, the most ever. Bill Guerin
scored 3 goals and added 2 assists to earn MVP honors in North America's 14-12 victory against the World team at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The 23 goals scored in the 2009 game in Montreal are the second-highest total.
Goals allowed by Patrick Roy
in his 11 All-Star appearances (250 minutes), the most by any goaltender. Roy started 10 times in those 11 games and won his only two decisions.
Most combined shots in one period during an All-Star Game. The East and West each had 21 shots in the second period in the 2009 game. That's three more than the mark set in 1993 and matched in 2001.
51 -- Gordie Howe
's age in the last of his record 23 All-Star appearances. Howe was 51 years, 10 months, 5 days old when he skated in the 1980 All-Star Game in Detroit as a member of the Hartford Whalers.
Most shots on goal in an All-Star Game. The East outshot the West 56-46 in its 9-8 victory in New York in 1994, and the West outshot the East 54-48 in 2009. The East's 56 shots in 1994 are the most by one team in All-Star history.