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2009 National Hockey League All-Star Game

The 2009 National Hockey League All-Star Game was held at the Bell Centre in Montreal, 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.[2]

2009 NHL All-Star Game
2009 NHL All-Star.svg
123OTSO Total
West 26300/2 11
East 44302/3 12
DateJanuary 25, 2009[1]
ArenaBell Centre
CityMontreal
MVPAlexei Kovalev (Montreal)
Attendance21,273
← 2008 2011 →

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.

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Skills CompetitionEdit

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. 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 $1,000, to be matched by their team and the league, as well as the National Hockey League 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 seven rounds (including two rounds in which none of the three remaining players — Doan, Savard nor Milan Hejduk — scored).

YoungStars GameEdit

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 the previous All-Star Game, YoungStars goaltenders were named prior to the game, 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.

RosterEdit

Rookies Sophomores
Coaches Luc Robitaille Pete Mahovlich
Roster

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

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

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 event must participate in some capacity. Those who choose not to participate must miss a game, either before the Game or after. Players named to the YoungStars game will not be subject to this policy, as their consent is required for participation. Thus, because Detroit Red Wings players Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom declined to attend the festivities due to injury,[5] they were each forced to miss one regular season 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]

RostersEdit

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

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

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

Reserves:

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

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

Referees:   Marc Joannette and   Brad Meier
Linesmen:   Greg Devorski and   Pierre Racicot[9]

NotesEdit

UniformsEdit

Replacing the prototypical Reebok Edge design of the previous two games, the 2009 All-Star Game featured a unique design inspired by the Canadiens, featuring the host team's colors of bleu, blanc et rouge. The Eastern Conference team's jerseys were primarily red, while the Western Conference wore white. The uniform featured an asymmetrical design, with a contrasting color stripe coming down one side of the body of the uniform and wrapping around at the waistline. One sleeve on each jersey featured three stars with the years 1969, 1975, and 1993 on them, representing the three previous times the Canadiens had hosted the All-Star Game since the league dropped the Stanley Cup Champions vs. NHL All-Stars format.

SummaryEdit

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) (3G,1A)
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
  Vincent Lecavalier
Shane Doan  
  Alexei Kovalev
Rick Nash  
  Alexander Ovechkin

W - Tim Thomas L - Roberto Luongo

FeaturesEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Habs unveil 2009 NHL All-Star Game logo" (Press release). Montreal Canadiens. 2008-04-05. Archived from the original on 2009-02-17. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
  2. ^ Adami, Hugh (2008-06-21). "Ottawa All-Star Game is in works, NHL chief says". The Gazette. Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. 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. Archived from the original on 2009-01-11. Retrieved 2009-01-24.
  5. ^ Kreiser, John (2009-01-21). "Datsyuk, Lidstrom to miss All-Star Game". NHL.com. Archived from the original on 2009-01-23. 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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