57th National Hockey League All-Star Game

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57th NHL All-Star Game
2009 NHL All-Star.svg
1 2 3 OT SO Total
West 2 6 3 0 0/2 11
East 4 4 3 0 2/3 12
Date January 25, 20091
Arena Bell Centre
City Montreal, Quebec
MVP Alexei Kovalev
Attendance 21,273
← 2008 2011 →

The 57th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, home of the Montreal Canadiens, in conjunction with the Montreal Canadiens centennial celebrations on Sunday evening, January 25, 2009.1 The game was held between two teams, each representing a conference (Eastern and Western) of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Eastern Conference team won the game 12–11, decided by shootout. The next NHL All-Star Game, the 58th, was held in 2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina, instead of 2010, due to the 2010 Winter Olympics, which were held in Vancouver, an NHL city.2

The game was part of a weekend of activities. On Saturday, a game featuring NHL rookies and sophomores preceded a skills competition among the NHL players, called the NHL All-Star Game SuperSkills Competition. In a first for the All-Star Game, the "Breakaway Challenge", a part of the skills competition, had fans voting for the winner using their mobile phones, with the real-time voting results posted on the NHL's website.3 The game was preceded by a circus arts display and a concert was held between the second and third periods.

With a combined 23 points, the 57th All-Star Game holds the record for the most goals by two teams in a single NHL game, beating out the 21 goals set by both the Canadiens and Toronto St. Patricks on January 10, 1920, and the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks on December 11, 1985.


Skills Competition

Unlike previous years, the Skills Competition did not have players playing on the behalf of their respective conferences (thus, there was no conference-based scoring) and the team-based Obstacle Course was removed. In addition, YoungStars players became eligible to play in the Fastest Skater, Hardest Shot, Shooting Accuracy, and Breakaway Challenge events.

In reaction to the changed format for the skills competition the year before, the Fastest Skater event reverted to the traditional one-lap format. The breakaway challenge used Jason Maggio, a local minor hockey goaltender defending the goal (to answer criticisms that the all-star goaltenders simply poke-checked the players as they were making the shot) as well as the player being able to take as many shots as possible in one minute (instead of only one shot). Finally, instead of being a judged competition, the breakaway challenge allowed the public to vote for the winner via text messaging. The public chose Alexander Ovechkin, whose highlight was a shot using two sticks while wearing a series of props provided by Evgeni Malkin, by a landslide, with 47% of the votes. Evgeni Malkin won the shooting accuracy over Dany Heatley in a sudden death shoot-off after both scored 4-for-4 in the preliminaries. Malkin shot 3-4 missing the last target while Heatley hit his first two but missed on the third. Andrew Cogliano walked off as the winner of the Fastest Skater competition.

The Hardest Shot competition was played for charity, with each competitor contributing $1000, to be matched by their team and the league, as well as the NHL Players' Association (NHLPA), for a total of $24,000 to the charity chosen by the winner of the competition. Zdeno Chara won the event, with a record 105.4 mph shot (eclipsing Al Iafrate, who had set the record the last time the All-Star game was in Montreal). The Elimination Shootout involved all 40 skaters (but only four of the six goaltenders - leaving Roberto Luongo as the only player to not participate in any of the skills events), with the goaltenders being able to choose which skaters they will face off against. The field was narrowed from 40 to just 12 after one round, and Shane Doan eventually outlasted Marc Savard after 7 rounds (including two rounds in which none of the three remaining players — Doan, Savard, nor Milan Hejduk — scored).

YoungStars Game

For the first time, the YoungStars game, part of the Skills Competition featured a three-on-three rookies versus sophomores format, consisting of three six-minute periods with the clock stopping only within the last minute of each game.4 Coaching the rookies was Luc Robitaille and for the sophomores was Pete Mahovlich. Unlike last year, YoungStars goaltenders have been named, though sophomore goaltender Carey Price volunteered to do double duty after Erik Ersberg withdrew from the game due to injury. The game saw rookie goaltender Pekka Rinne (who replaced Steve Mason) make 20 saves in a 9-5 victory for the rookies. Rookie Blake Wheeler was named the MVP of the YoungStars game after scoring four goals.

Roster

Rookies Sophomores
Coaches Luc Robitaille Pete Mahovlich
Roster

Finland 35 – G Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators)
Canada 8 – D Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings)
Canada 2 – D Luke Schenn (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Sweden 21 – F Patrik Berglund (St. Louis Blues)
Denmark 19 – F Mikkel Boedker (Phoenix Coyotes)
Czech Republic 67 – F Michael Frolik (Florida Panthers)
Canada 18 – F James Neal (Dallas Stars)
Canada 91 – F Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Canada 32 – F Kris Versteeg (Chicago Blackhawks)
United States 26 – F Blake Wheeler (Boston Bruins)

Canada 31 – G Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)
Canada 58 – D Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Canada 18 – D Marc Staal (New York Rangers)
Canada 36 – F Dave Bolland (Chicago Blackhawks)
Canada 13 – F Andrew Cogliano (Edmonton Oilers)
United States 17 – F Brandon Dubinsky (New York Rangers)
Canada 10 – F Bryan Little (Atlanta Thrashers)
Canada 57 – F David Perron (St. Louis Blues)
Canada 21 – F Mason Raymond (Vancouver Canucks)
Canada 16 – F Devin Setoguchi (San Jose Sharks)

Final Score
Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Final
Sophomores 1 3 1 5
Rookies 3 4 2 9
  • Milan Lucic was named to the YoungStars game, but did not play.
  • Erik Ersberg was named to the YoungStars game, but did not play.
  • Steve Mason was named to the YoungStars game, but did not play
  • Nicklas Backstrom was named to the YoungStars game, but did not play.

Absentee punishment

Due to a growing number of otherwise healthy players choosing to skip the All-Star Game to 'rest', the NHL began to enforce the understanding that players that are named to the All-Star Game must participate in some capacity. Those who choose not to participate must miss a game, either before the All-Star game or after. Players named to the YoungStars game will not be subject to this policy, as their consent is required for participation. Thus, due to Red Wings players Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Lidstrom having declined to attend the festivities due to injury,5 they were forced to miss one game. Sidney Crosby, who was also ruled out due to injury, participated in off-ice activities and was not forced to miss a game.6

Rosters

Fan voting for the All-Star Game starting line-up was closed on January 2, 2009. The rosters were announced on January 3 by retired Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame player Jean Beliveau, who played in 13 All-Star games during his career.7

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Coach: Canada Claude Julien (Boston Bruins) Canada Todd McLellan (San Jose Sharks)
Assistant Coach: Canada Guy Carbonneau (Montreal Canadiens) Canada Mike Babcock (Detroit Red Wings)
Captains:8 Russia Alexei Kovalev Canada Joe Thornton
Starters:

Canada 31 – G Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)
United States 44 – D Mike Komisarek (Montreal Canadiens)
Russia 79 – D Andrei Markov (Montreal Canadiens)
Russia 27 – F Alexei Kovalev (Montreal Canadiens) - (C)
Canada 4 – F Vincent Lecavalier (Tampa Bay Lightning)[1]
Russia 71 – F Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Canada 35 – G Jean-Sebastien Giguere (Anaheim Ducks)
Canada 51 – D Brian Campbell (Chicago Blackhawks)
Canada 27 – D Scott Niedermayer (Anaheim Ducks)
Canada 15 – F Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
United States 88 – F Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
Canada 19 – F Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)

Reserves:

Sweden 35 – G Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers)
United States 30 – G Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins)
Canada 3 – D Jay Bouwmeester (Florida Panthers)
Slovakia 33 – D Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins)
Czech Republic 15 – D Tomas Kaberle (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Switzerland 2 – D Mark Streit (New York Islanders)
Canada 7 – F Jeff Carter (Philadelphia Flyers)
Canada 51 – F Dany Heatley (Ottawa Senators)
Russia 17 – F Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta Thrashers)
Russia 8 – F Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
United States 9 – F Zach Parise (New Jersey Devils)
Canada 91 – F Marc Savard (Boston Bruins)
Canada 26 – F Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning)[2]
Canada 12 – F Eric Staal (Carolina Hurricanes)
Austria 20 – F Thomas Vanek (Buffalo Sabres)

Finland 32 – G Niklas Backstrom (Minnesota Wild)
Canada 1 – G Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks)
Canada 22 – D Dan Boyle (San Jose Sharks)
Canada 3 – D Stephane Robidas (Dallas Stars)[3]
Canada 44 – D Sheldon Souray (Edmonton Oilers)
Canada 6 – D Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)
United States 24 – F Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings)
Canada 18 – F Shane Doan (Phoenix Coyotes)
Czech Republic 23 – F Milan Hejduk (Colorado Avalanche)
Canada 12 – F Jarome Iginla (Calgary Flames)
Canada 10 – F Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks)[4]
United States 9 – F Mike Modano (Dallas Stars)
Canada 61 – F Rick Nash (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Canada 97 – F Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks) - (C)
United States 7 – F Keith Tkachuk (St. Louis Blues)

Referees: Canada Marc Joannette and United States Brad Meier
Linesmen: Canada Greg Devorski and Canada Pierre Racicot9

Notes

Summary

WEST 11 – 12 (SO)
(2-4, 6-4, 3-3, 0-0, 0-2)
EAST Bell Centre (21,273)
Montreal
First period
Tkachuk (Nash, Hejduk) 1:16 Referees:
6:26 Ovechkin (Savard) Marc Joannette
9:30 Staal (Bouwmeester, Kovalev) Brad Meier
16:34 Kovalev (Kaberle)
19:23 Markov (Ovechkin, Savard) Linesmen:
Marleau (Thornton, Niedermayer) 19:48 Greg Devorski
Second period Pierre Racicot
1:21 St. Louis (Kaberle)
2:11 Parise (St. Louis, Streit) MVP:
Souray (Hejduk) 3:29 Alexei Kovalev (Montreal)
Boyle (Doan, Campbell) 5:14
7:45 Malkin
Nash 8:27
Hejduk (Boyle, Nash) 9:02
Souray (2) (Thornton, Marleau) 10:34
13:35 Kovalev (2)
Iginla (Thornton, Marleau) 16:46
Third period
Doan (Modano, Brown) 0:32
2:17 Heatley (Savard)
Toews (Kane, Souray) 2:32
13:19 St. Louis (2) (Streit, Bouwmeester)
Kane 15:18
16:21 Bouwmeester (Ovechkin)
Overtime period
no scoring
Shootout
MISS (SAVE) Vincent Lecavalier
Shane Doan MISS (SAVE)
GOAL Alexei Kovalev
Rick Nash MISS
GOAL Alexander Ovechkin

W - Tim Thomas L - Roberto Luongo

Features

A pre-game performance featured acrobatics and music by circus arts group Cirque Eloize. The U.S. national anthem was sung by Alan Prater and the Canadian national anthem was performed by the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, under the direction of its founder Trevor Payne. Simple Plan and Marie-Mai performed during the intermission.13

References

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  2. ^ Adami, Hugh (2008-06-21). "Ottawa All-Star Game is in works, NHL chief says". The Gazette. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  3. ^ Klayman, Ben; Jeffrey Benkoe (2008-11-04). "NHL to offer real-time results in all-star voting". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  4. ^ "NHL YoungStars roster announced". NHL.com. 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  5. ^ Kreiser, John (2009-01-21). "Datsyuk, Lidstrom to miss All-Star Game". NHL.com. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  6. ^ Darren Dreger (2009-01-23). "NHL threatens to suspend absent All-Stars". TSN. Archived from the original on 1 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  7. ^ NHL Public Relations (2009-01-02). "Montreal Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau to announce starting line-ups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  8. ^ The Sports Network (2009-01-22). "Kovalev, Thornton named All-Star team captains". TSN. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  9. ^ Montreal pair among NHL all-star game crew
  10. ^ a b The Canadian Press (2009-01-21). "Marleau, Robidas added to Western All-Stars". TSN. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  11. ^ TSN (2009-01-22). "Penguins' Crosby withdraws from All-Star game". TSN. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  12. ^ Hometown hero Lecavalier added as Eastern starter
  13. ^ "NHL.com - 2009 NHL All-Star Game: Quebec performers rock, roll and spin the Bell Centre - 01/25/2009". NHL.com. January 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 

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