All-Star weekend was back for the first time in three years. It started off with the All-Star draft between Team Toews and Team Foligno. Which featured the best line by Brent Burns. When asked what look he was going for, he replied, “I’m trying to keep my wife at bay.” Not sure why’d you want to do that but I’m sure it’s working out really well for him. Nothing else noteworthy happened except for Ryan Getzlaf ribbing Team Foligno after the first few rounds of picks by saying, “You know you can pick players from other teams.” They also had the firs trade featuring Phil Kessel and Tyler Seguin which I guess was cute. But than that means that Team Toews traded away their first pick which is weird. Team Foligno also traded away the leading NHL goal scorer. Neither would make really good GMs. I know it’s all for fun but still.

On Saturday Night they had my favorite part, the skills competition. My favorite event has always been the NHL Skills Challenge Relay. The mini nets are the best part of the Skills Challenge. And while it looks and is really hard, it’s funny when someone like John Tavares really struggles at it and then everyone else that does it, like Ryan Getzlef and Anze Kopitar, only need a few pucks to finish the event. I find the breakaway challenge to be the lamest. The NHL’s version of the slam dunk contest just fails to deliver sometimes. There’s only so many things you can do, given the limitations of the contest. Some of them like the trick shots between the legs or balancing the puck on the stick are neat but others like wearing another jersey is just, well lame. I think at this point they’ve run out of most gimmicks. Maybe props or other balls, instead of pucks, needed to be added. Using the little kid and then Johnny hockey to score goals was cute though. Team Foligno just crushed Team Toews until the final event. Which was surprising, since I thought Team Toews had a little bit more talent. Overall another fun Skills Competition.

As for the All-Star game it missed a little bit of star power with all the injuries, especially in regards to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Despite the NHL’s best efforts to get a player from each team the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings didn’t send anyone to the All-Star game. A new record of most goals scored was set with 29. I’m kind of surprised that’s the most goals scored. There were two goals in 32 seconds to open the 2nd period and two more added for four goals in less than two and half minutes. Overall there was some really nice passing that led to some nifty goals and a few good saves. John Tavares had the most goals at 4 and Jakub Voracek had the most points at 6 for the winning team of Team Toews. But somehow Ryan Johansen of the losing team was named MVP anyway. Alrighty then. What’s the point of playing if you’re just going to give the award to the hometown boy anyway? All the players on Team Toews scored at least one point and all but three on Team Foligno had at least one point as well.

Things I like

1. Not necessarily something I like but if I don’t put it here, then I have nothing in this section for the first time ever. The Philadelphia Flyers were up to their old tricks of fighting to win games. Apparently this was hatched over a team dinner, The Flyers decided to pummel their arch rivals into submission to try and save their season. Racking up 93 penalty minutes in the game where most of the came during the second period. As for the actually game the Flyers won in overtime so I guess it worked, kind of. But it would have been better if they had won in regulation or if the win didn’t come right before a long break. O well.

Things I don’t

1. I’ve been an NHL GameCenter subscriber for the past three or four years. But this past week when I logged in, they actually showed ads when I switched between games. Really NHL? I hope that’s a glitch. I already pay $180 dollars or whatever it is for the whole season. And now you want more money from me?

2. The Kings are really struggling as they limp to the halfway point of the season. The Kings have lost four in a row and are 2-3-5 in their last ten. They lost key games to their rival the Sharks and the Flames both of whom are ahead of them in the standings. They are only one point behind for 8th place but they won’t finish higher than that. Which means if that were to hold true, they would face the Ducks in an interesting 1st round rematch. But they still need to get to 8th place first. They’ve lost all three games to the Flames so far this season and they have two left. If they end up losing both of those that would spell trouble. They open up after the break playing Chicago and Boston. Not really the easiest start.

3. I’m not sure I get the whole Alex Ovechkin really needs a car so he wants to be picked last at the All-Star draft. Doesn’t he make almost 10 million dollars? Unless he was afraid he was going to be picked last and then just came up with that bit to mask it. But is being picked last in a room of All-Stars that are doing the picking themselves really that bad?

Fights of the Week

Special thanks to hockeyfights.com for making this section a lot easier to do.

Not much going on in the way of fighting because of the all-star game, so we will just feature a few fights from the aforementioned Flyers vs. Penguins game.

Steve Downie vs Luke Schenn

Bobby Farnham vs Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

Goat of the Week

No goat during the short week.

Stat Line of the Week

1/19/15 Columbus 3 vs Minnesota 1

Skater

TOI

G

A

+/-

SOG

PIM

Hits

J. Wisniewski

21:00

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2

2

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3

James Wisniewski did it all for the Blue Jackets in their win over the Wild. He scored the winning goal on the power-play and assisted on the other two goals. He also figured into many key defensive stops on the Wild.

Numbers, Numbers

20 – Straight home wins for the Ducks over the Flames
.614 – Face-off winning percentage for Manny Malhotra, the leader with at least 200 face-off attempts
0 – Goals for Manny Malhotra in 42 games
6 – Game winning goals for Oliver Ekman-Larsson, not bad since the Coyotes only have 16 wins
9 – USA born players in the All-Star game

This Week in Hockey History

Special thanks to the Hockey Hall of Fame site for making this section a little easier to do.

January 19, 1932 Toronto’s Charlie Conacher scored five goals (his sixth career hat trick) and added an assist to lead the Maple Leafs to an 11-3 win over the New York Americans.

January 20, 1983 Pete Peeters made 20 saves as the Bruins beat the Sabres for the 10th straight time in Boston, with a 4-0 victory. It was Peeters’ third shutout in four games and his seventh of the season.

January 21, 1954 Terry Sawchuk became the first goaltender to record 40 shutouts in a Red Wings uniform as Detroit beat the Canadiens 1-0 at Montreal.

January 22, 1995 Flames’ defenseman Phil Housley scored his 250th NHL career goal as Calgary won 4-1, at Detroit.

January 23, 2004 Vaclav Prospal scored his first career hat trick and added an assist, all in the third period as the Mighty Ducks scored 5 unanswered goals for a 6-2 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild.

January 24, 1998 Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne scored his 250th career NHL goal in the Mighty Ducks’ 3-3 tie against the visiting Los Angeles Kings.

January 25, 1982 Hartford’s Pierre Larouche began a team-record 9 game goal scoring streak in the Whalers’ 6-5 win at Chicago.

Rankings

The rankings are based on how the teams are currently playing.

Top 5
1. Anaheim
2. NY Rangers
3. Detroit
4. Montreal
5. Winnipeg

Bottom 5
30. Buffalo
29. Toronto
28. Arizona
27. Minnesota
26. Los Angeles

Alex Mueller

Author: Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller graduated from Temple University with a minor in journalism over a decade ago. He’s been writing about NHL hockey, on and off, since the Fall of 2009. He’s written for Pucking Awesome, the Checking Line and now Hockey Recaps. He played goalie at San Diego Ice Arena. His first novel, Bobby Sterling vs Truth, is available on Amazon now.

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All-Star weekend was back for the first time in three years. It started off with the All-Star draft between Team Toews and Team Foligno. Which featured the best line by Brent Burns. When asked what look he was going for, he replied, “I'm trying to keep my wife at...