RALEIGH NC - JANUARY 30: Team Staal player Alexander Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals reacts against Team Lidstrom in the 58th NHL All-Star Game at RBC Center on January 30 2011 in Raleigh North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

NHL All Star Game 2011: Alex Ovechkin Scores, But Team Lidstrom Beats Team Staal 11-10

Alex Ovechkin started the scoring spree with the game's first goal and would add an assist later. Mike Green had two assists.

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NHL All-Star Game 2011: Team Lidstrom Defeats Team Staal 10-8

Team Staal entered the third period down a goal, and that's also where they finished it. But there was plenty of scoring in between.

Captain Eric Staal tied the score just three minutes into the final period and Kris Letang put the squad on top five minutes later, but Henrik Lundqvist could not keep Team Lidstrom out of the net. Danny Briere, Jonathan Toews, and Martin St. Louis all scored in the next few minutes to put their team permanently in front. Rick Nash brought Team Staal back within one, but Loui Eriksson added an open net goal for Team Lidstrom, and Staal's final minute tally wasn't enough to send the game to overtime. Team Lidstrom won the game by a final score of 11-10.

The two Capitals failed to reach the scoreboard in the third period, but Alex Ovechkin did manage to be responsible for the first penalty shot in NHL All-Star Game history. As Matt Duchene was on a breakaway for Team Lidstrom, Ovechkin threw his stick across the ice in front of Duchene.

Team Staal can still take solace though in having the game's MVP on their side. Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks won the award, scoring a goal and two assists, surprisingly edging Letang, Briere, and Staal, who each had two goals.


NHL All-Star Game 2011: Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green Each Have 2 Points As Team Staal Trails 7-6

The 2011 NHL All-Star Game has been exactly what you'd expect from an exhibition with a collection of stars. No hitting, not much defense, and some of the best passers and scorers in the sport just having fun.

The first goal of the period for Team Staal was a perfect example. Team Lidstrom turned the puck over in its defensive zone to Claude Giroux, who sent a perfect pass across the face of the net to Patrick Sharp. Sharp's slapshot looked like it would have beat even his best efforts from last night's Hardest Shot competition. Sharp is making a strong push to win the MVP Award, as he also has two assists today.

Five minutes later, Alex Ovechkin got the second assist on a goal for Kris Letang, which might be the first time a Capitals player has done anything nice for a Penguins player this season.

But Team Lidstrom came back, scoring three goals unanswered against Carey Price, with goals coming from Anze Kopitar (his second), Steven Stamkos, and Danny Briere. Nicklas Lidstrom's squad finished the period with a 7-6 lead.


NHL All Star Game 2011: Alex Ovechkin Starts Scoring Spree In First Period As Game Is Tied 4-4 After One

The NHL All Star Game has completed it's first period, and as expected, it was a scoring fest.

The good news for Caps fans is that Alex Ovechkin wasn't left out of the fun. He started the scoring spree early in the first period when his slap shot deflected off of Duncan Keith, which then went past goal tender Mark Andre-Fleury. Caps fans had to be especially thrilled to see this goal come against the young Penguin goal tender.

From there Team Staal scored three more goals, making the score 4-0 at around the half way mark of the period. But then Team Lindstrom answered with four unanswered goals, tying the game up at four goals a piece going into intermission.

So far, Ovechkin is having a good weekend. After winning the Breakaway Challenge last night, he has already made an early contribution. With all the scoring going on, he'll need to keep it up in the next two periods if he wants to win the game's MVP.


NHL All-Star Skills Competition 2011: Zdano Chara Sets All-Time Hardest Shot Record

With his team trying to beat the 2:09 time recorded by Team Lidstrom, Mike Green took the ice as a member of Team Staal's Group 2 in the Skills Challenge Relay. Green was the second shooter in the first leg of the competition, having a moderately difficult angle in which to shoot the puck over a metal guarding the bottom portion of the net. Unfortunately, Green's team failed to advance, through no fault of his own. Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins took entirely too long to make his three shots prior to Green getting his opportunity. Perhaps Letang was just intimidated with Green standing right next to him.

Team Lidstrom went on to win the event. Damn Penguins.

In an event in which Al Iafrate was once the all-time leader with a 105.2 MPH shot in 1993, Alex Ovechkin took to the ice with hopes of unseating his Team Staal teammate Zdano Chara as champion. Staal elected to send Ovechkin out to face Steven Stamkos, but he could not top the speed of 104.8 MPH set by Shane Weber of the Nashville Predators. On his first attempt, Ovechkin failed to break the 100 mark, and then did a belly flop. On his second attempt, Ovechkin broke his stick, then he broke the time meter, as it failed to register his next two tries while using Kris Letang's stick. Eventually the meter registered Ovechkin's shot, but it didn't matter, because no one really had a chance to beat Chara anyway. The big Boston Bruins player set a new all-time record with 105.9.


NHL All-Star Skills Competition 2011: Alex Ovechkin Wins Breakaway Challenge For Third Straight Time

All-Star weekend is underway, and the Washington Capitals have featured heavily early in the 2011 All-Star Skills Competition. Early in the event, Mike Green competed valiantly in the Fastest Skater challenge, but Michael Grabner of the New York Islanders captured the title.

The pressure was on Alex Ovechkin as he attempted to repeat as champion in the Breakaway Challenge, an event that he's one every year its been held. The defending champion went wide to the right, cut inside at the red line, flipped the puck up into the air, but failed to beat Marc-Andre Fleury. On his second attempt, Ovechkin juggled the puck on his stick, a move that he'd attempted three years ago to win the challenge in 2008. This time, Ovechkin made contact with the puck on the shaft of his stick, but it was an easy save for Fleury. With his third attempt, while Fleury was doing jumping jacks to try to distract his opponent, Ovechkin kicked the puck backwards between his legs, but his shot went straight at the goaltender.

As could have been expected, Ovechkin saved his best for last. controlled the puck down the ice using the butt of his stick, and as Fleury went down to the ice either to attempt a save or to take a nap, Ovechkin flipped his stick and beat the goaltender, becoming one of the few skaters to score a goal during the competition.

In what may have been considered an upset, Ovechkin was named champion by fan vote for the third consecutive time, with PK Subban finishin in second. In an interview after the event, when asked to describe what he was attempting, Ovechkin would say "I'm so excited right now, I forgot what I did."

He may have forgot, but we won't. Congratulations to the three-time champion. Not quite an Ovechtrick, but it will do for now.


NHL All-Star Skills Competition 2011: Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green Will Each Compete In 2 Challenges

Ahead of the 2011 NHL All-Star Skills Competition tonight, the team captains have named the players who will compete in each challenge. Representing Team Staal, local players Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green will each compete in two challenges, as well as the Elimination Shootout that will feature all players on both teams.

Ovechkin will have the opportunity to defend his title as reigning champion of the Breakaway Challenge, a competition he has won every single time its been held (2008 and 2009). Ovechkin will also get the chance to compete alongside fellow Team Staal representative and defending champions Zdano Chara in the Hardest Shot competition.

Green will get his first shot at glory in the opening event, the Fastest Skater competition, and will also participate with Group Two in the Skills Challenge Relay, an event that involves one-timers, passing, puck control, stick-handling and accuracy shooting.


2011 NHL All-Star Game: Phil Kessel Chosen Last, Will Face Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green

It can't feel good to be Phil Kessel tonight. Sure, he's an All-Star. And no one will ever be able to take that away from him. But he was also the final player chosen in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game fantasy draft tonight. 36th out of 36.

Many of us who are not professional athletes know the feeling. Only for us, being chosen last for dodgeball at recess wasn't quite as big a deal because the drafting wasn't broadcast on basic cable.

But for Kessel, this must have been a rare sensation. He has been one of the best players on his hockey team his entire life. He got a gold medal for the World Juniors in 2005, and a silver medal last year with the U.S. Olympic Team. The Toronto Maple Leafs forward was once considered one of the top prospects in North America, right up there with Sidney Crosby.

Now Kessel gets the honor of being picked last by Nicklas Lidstrom, and the opportunity to face Alex Ovechkin and on Team Staal. It would only be fitting if Kessel played like an MVP on Sunday, but he'll have to go against defenseman Mike Green to do it.


2011 NHL All Star-Game: Alex Ovechkin Picked 3rd, Will Join Mike Green On Team Staal

The 2011 NHL All-Star Game fantasy draft began without surprise. After winning the coin toss, Captain Eric Staal selected his Carolina Hurricanes teammate Cam Ward with the first overall pick. Ward will start in net for Team Staal on Sunday. Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings then selected Steven Stamkos with his first choice. Stamkos is off to a wonderful start with 38 goals and 29 assists so far this season.

But Alex Ovechkin didn't have to wait long to see his name come off the board. As his fellow Capital Mike Green stepped up to announce the selection, it shocked no one to hear Green call his teammate's name.

With Ovechkin and Green on the same side, Capitals fans will have a definite rooting interest. Because as fun as it could have been to see Green trying to defend against the two-time MVP, we really just want to see them both win.

The draft also saw twins Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin go to different teams, and Marc-Andre Fleury, the only Pittsburgh Penguins player participating in the event, remain unselected as three other goaltenders have already gone ahead of him.


2011 NHL All-Star Game Mock Draft: When Will Alex Ovechkin Be Selected?

The NHL All-Star Game draft will be held tonight at 8:00 PM on Versus, and Mike Green will be one of the alternate captains assisting team captain Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes in choosing players to occupy his squad. And so the question must be asked: Will Green lobby Staal to select his Washington Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin? Surely Green doesn't want to have to defend the two-time MVP if Ovechkin were to be selected instead by Nicklas Lidstrom.

According to one mock draft held on the NHL Network earlier today, Staal and Green might not waste any time in selecting Ovechkin. Kevin Weekes, an NHL Network analyst who played with Staal for one season, thinks that his former teammate might draft Ovechkin with his first pick tonight.

"He's one of the most dynamic players in the National Hockey League," [Weekes] said. "Speed, size, laser-like shot, loves to play the game, tons of passion. He brings it each and every night."

We would be surprised to see Ovechkin go first. After all, he's having his worst statistical season in years, and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning seems to be the consensus No. 1, but we're all curious to see where the Capitals' captain winds up.


2011 NHL All-Star Game: Mike Green Among Alternate Captains For All Star Weekend

Capitals defenseman Mike Green has been named an alternate captain for this year's NHL All Star game, according to this press release from the NHL (just Green's info):

NEW YORK (January 22, 2011) Mike Green of the Washington Capitals, Patrick Kane of the Stanley Cup® Champion Chicago Blackhawks, Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning have been named Alternate Captains for the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today.  Green and Kesler join the team of Captain Eric Staal from the host Carolina Hurricanes while Kane and St. Louis become part of the team of Captain Nicklas Lidstrom from the Detroit Red Wings. 


Green, a two-time member of the NHL’s end-of-season NHL First All-Star Team and a two-time Norris Trophy runner-up, has led NHL defensemen in goals for three years in a row.  He has also been tops among NHL defensemen in points for the past two seasons and is one of only two active defensemen with a 70-point season in his career – the other being Lidstrom, the opposing Captain.  Green this season ranks fourth in ice time per game among NHL defensemen. 

It is certainly an honor for Green to be selected as an alternate captain, as he will be apart of the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft to help decide the roster that Team Staal will put out on the ice for the All Star Game. The draft will take place on Friday January 28th at 8pm, and  we'll all get to find out how good of a GM Mike Green really is.


2011 NHL All-Star Game: Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green Selected To Represent Washington Capitals

The rosters for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game have just been released, and only two members of the Washington Capitals are on the list. Ironically, they may be two of the Capitals that have struggled the most, though they are surely deserving. 

Right winger Alex Ovechkin and defensemen Mike Green were both selected to represent the Capitals in the game. Ovechkin made it despite suffering through the biggest slump of his career, while Green made it despite suffering through nagging injuries for a good portion of the first half. Ovechkin makes the team for the fourth time, while Green will make his All-Star debut. There were many other Capitals, including defensemen John Carlson and forward Alexander Semin, who may have been deserving, but the NHL decided to only pick Ovechkin and Green.

You can find the full NHL All-Star rosters here

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