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Gaborik MVP caps big All-Star Weekend

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Rangers’ players Marian Gaborik, Henrik Lundqvist, Carl Hagelin and Dan Girardi participated in the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend festivities on Saturday, January 28, and Sunday, January 29, at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

Marian Gaborik captured MVP honors in the All-Star Game earlier today after posting a hat trick and tallying the lone assist on the game-winning goal for a four-point effort.  Gaborik opened the game’s scoring at 4:34 of the first period and registered his second goal at 10:09 of the first.

He completed his hat trick at 1:23 of the second period.  Gaborik, who was making his third NHL All-Star Game appearance (2003, 2008), is the fifth New York Ranger to capture MVP honors in the NHL All-Star Game -- Don Maloney (1984), Mike Gartner (1993), Mike Richter (1994) and Wayne Gretzky (1999).

Rangers forward Marian Gaborik scored three goals and added an assist to become the fifth Blueshirt to be named MVP of an NHL All-Star Game.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped nine of 12 shots in the first period while starting in net for Team Alfredsson.  Two of his three goals against were tallied by his Rangers teammate, Marian Gaborik.  Lundqvist, who was making his third NHL All-Star Game appearance (2009, 2011), helped Team Alfredsson win the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday by stopping an event-best, six of seven shootout attempts in the Elimination Shootout.

Carl Hagelin, who was one of 12 rookies participating in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, also contributed to Team Alfredsson’s victory in the Skills Competition by winning the Fastest Skater competition with a time of 13.218 seconds.

In addition, Dan Girardi registered the primary assist on Team Alfredsson’s first goal of the game at 10:36 of the first period earlier today. Girardi, who was making his first NHL All-Star Game appearance, was the second-leading vote-getter among skaters, and first among defensemen, as a write-in candidate in the final fan balloting.

The last time the Rangers had three players selected for the All-Star Game was during the 1996-97 season, when Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Brian Leetch represented the Blueshirts.  Rangers’ Head Coach John Tortorella also served as head coach of Team Alfredsson, becoming the first coach in franchise history to coach in the All-Star Game.

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