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Penguins Report: 2011 All-Star Game

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

  • All-Star Game blog (4:05 PM…)
  • All-Star weekend wrap (9:00 PM).
  • Letang and Fleury talk to PensTV (8:30 PM).
  • Letang and Fleury All-Star warmups (3:58 PM).
  • Fleury pre-game pics (2:45 PM).
  • Pre-All-Star soccer (3:26 PM).
  • in the house (4:05 PM).
  • “I don't want to say that I wasted my days chasing instead of catching…” (2:30 PM).

9:00 PM:
Well, that's a wrap from Raleigh, North Carolina for our coverage of the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. I hope everyone enjoyed the coverage (if not, it's kinda too late now). We'll do it again next year.

8:38 PM:
PensTV talks to Letang and Fleury...



Game MVP and New Car go to: Patrick Sharp.

0:00: Game over. Team Lidstrom with a tough road victory, 11-10. Letang finished with two goals and Fleury made 10 saves in the first period.

:30: Eriksson gets an empty-netter, but Eric Staal scores with 33 seconds left to keep this game alive.

1:45: There is a guy in a Roethlisberger Steelers jersey in the crowd. Some love for the black and yellow.

4:49: Nash makes it interesting with a goal. It's now a one-goal game.

6:02: St. Louis makes it a two-goal game with a tally. Lidstrom's squad up 10-8.

9:15: Team Lidstrom strikes twice quickly and takes a 9-8 lead.

10:14: Letang scores again!! He buries a shot from the slot for his second goal of the game. See for yourself:

12:45: The Calgary Flames mascot, a giant wolf I think, tripped while climbing over seats in front of press row and nearly bit it hard. Luckily had regained balance in time. Harvey is OK.

13:47: Ovechkin throws his stick at Duchene on a breakaway. The Av is awarded a penalty shot. He tries backhand, but Lundqvist spreads the pads to make the save.

16:11: Eric Staal beats Thomas on a breakaway. The captain went five-hole. The crowd erupted. That's great for Staal and the Hurricanes fans, they deserve it. They've been a great host.

20:00: Game on! Third period is underway.

- Letang scores a goal and has 2 shots
- Sharp had 3 assists in the first. Now the score sheet has him with 1 goal and 2 assists
- Lidstrom and Weber are both a +5. In an ASG!!!

0:00: Second period comes to an end. Team Lidstrom still on top, 7-6. Letang with his first All-Star goal that period.

1:17: Eric Staal was putting on quite a show for the fans, but couldn't buy a goal.

4:29: Briere with a pretty shot that goes post-to-post and in. Team Lidstrom with a 7-6 lead.

5:49: Stamkos sneaks a shot in from a tough angle to tie the game, 6-6.

9:52: Team Lidstrom catches Team Staal pinching and scores on the old 2-on-0. Kopitar finishes off the play. 6-5 game.

13:50: Letang gets on the board. The Pens defenseman picked up a pass in the slot and buried a shot behind Hiller to give Team Staal a 6-4 lead. That's Letang's first All-Star goal and point. See it with your own eyes below:

20:00: Following a 35-minute intermission (at least it felt that way), the second period has begun


- Sharp with 3 assists
- Marc Staal a -3 rating. Maybe Eric shouldn't have picked his bro
- 0 hits, 0 defense
- Letang stat line: -2 rating, 6:22 TOI

Three Doors Down performs during the first intermission. They must have seen my chain wallet because they are rockin' them. I'm a trend setter.

And of course they played "Kryptonite." I love the fan who yelled "Free Bird." That joke never gets old.

0:00: Fleury got hit hard early, but rebounded strong. He made a number of great saves as the first period wore on, and allowed his team to get back in the game and even the score.

3:30: Team Lidstrom storms all the way back with four straight goals to even the contest at 4-4. No lead is safe in the ASG.

4:04: Fleury with a big stop on a 3-on-1. At the other Eriksson scores to make it a one-goal game.

6:43: Team Lidstrom nets a couple of goals to cut the score to 4-2. Big Buff and Kopitar scoring for the dark blue shirts.

12:01: Team Staal had a 3-on-1 and Letang had the puck on his stick above the circles. But he opted to pass instead of shoot. I though for sure he would rip it at Fleury.

14:15: Giroux with the puck on a breakaway sneaks a shot past Fleury. It's 4-0 in favor of Team Staal. My estimated guess of scoring chances are: Team Staal 42, Team Lidstrom 2.

16:40: Team Staal at it again. A little lethargic D play by Team Lidstrom and Elias has the puck all alone in the slot. Poor Fleury. He's being stranded by his teammates.

Fleury hasn't seen defense like this since he played for Cape Breton. Welcome to the All-Star Game.

17:12: Team Staal strikes again. A beautiful two-on-one connection with Stastny beating a defenseless Fleury. Team Staal leading 2-0.

19:10: Team Staal on the board as Ovechkin sneaks one in on Fleury.

19:33: Eric Staal gets a breakaway as the crowd cheers his name. But Fleury stones him with the pad.

20:00: And we're off!!!

Gotta' love Flower. As the kids were skating to the dress room, he sprinted over to give them all high fives as they exited the ice. What a gem. And he will be starting in goal for Team Lidstrom.


Nice pre-game skit with the little kids at center ice (one wearing an early 90s Lemieux jersey) picking teams with the sticks. Then they introduced Rod Brind'Amour and Ron Francis. The crowd went nuts when Brind'Amour and Francis skated to center ice.

After the captains were introduced the rest of the players lined up on ice. A much faster and more efficient way of introducing the players. I liked it.

4:05 PM:
The in-game blogs are usually done by Michelle Crechiolo, but she is currently back in Pittsburgh for a maintenance day. So I'll do my best and hope not to disappoint her. We're about the drop the puck and play some ice hockey. As Rick Flair would say, "Whooooooooo!" in the house! Represent!

3:58 PM:
The All-Star warmups are over and we're getting dangerously close to puck drop.

3:26 PM:
Pre-game soccer (All-Star edition).

2:45 PM:
Marc-Andre Fleury's locker stall for the All-Star Game.

Fleury strikes a pose in front of the "stars"

2:30 PM:
Welcome to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina at RBC Center. The puck drops around 4 p.m. and Penguins teammates Marc-Andre Fleury and Kris Letang will square off against each other.

Fleury got the best of Letang in Saturday’s SuperSkills competition by stopping him in the Elimination Shootout challenge. Letang will have a chance for revenge in today’s game. I’d expect Letang to shoot every chance he has when Fleury is in net.

We’ll start the day with one of the best bands you’ve never heard of, Planes Mistaken for Stars. Not only is the band’s name full of ironic heartbreak and symbolism, their lyrics are beautiful and powerful expressions of the human condition. And lead singer Gared O'Donnell's delivery is chilling.

Planes’ first album was released in 1999 on Deep Elm and the first song off the disc is the appropriately titled “Copper and Stars.” The entire 3:25-minute song has just 49 words, but so much is said in so little words. Enjoy.

TMI: Planes was a heavy influence on my band in the early 2000s, and one of my favorite memories was the night we opened up for them at a show in Pittsburgh. Then they crashed at my place in South Side before leaving for their next tour stop. Such is the life of an indie band.
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