Just a few New York Rangers made the trip to Scotiabank Palace in Ottawa, Canada, for the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, but they certainly made their marks: Marion Gaborik scored a hat trick and an assist, and was named MVP of the game! In the pregame SuperSkills competition, Rangers rookie winger Carl Hagelin won the Fastest Skater competition; and Blueshirts goalie Henrik Lundqvist was a wall in the Elimination Shootout. And Rangers skipper John Tortorella was the coach of victorious Team Chara.
This year’s “Match des Etoiles” was different because two captains – Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Daniel Alfredsson of the hometown Ottawa Senators – picked teams like a schoolyard competition, making it Team Chara vs. Team Alfredsson, rather than East vs. West or some other traditional match-up. In the end, Gaborik’s Team Chara prevailed, 12-9. (Yes, 12-9… 21 goals were scored.)