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All Star Game Thread: Let's go Team Getzla.... I mean.... Toews

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Team Jonathan Toews (with Ryan Getzlaf) takes on Team Nick Foligno in the 2015 NHL All Star Game.

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The best part of the All Star Game is also the worst part of the All Star Game:  It doesn't matter at all.  While that can induce a lot of complaining and debating about how to make it more competitive or compelling, it also is nice just to sit back and watch some hockey.  We don't have to worry about Corsis or Fenwicks or ugly power plays or even who wins and loses, just a nice relaxing day in front of the TV enjoying some super skilled hockey players doing some really skilled hockeying.

That doesn't change the fact that the best part of the weekend was yesterday.  I may be biased, but the most impressive thing during that whole skills competition was Ryan Getzlaf killing it on the Skill Relay, passing four of five (or six, if you want to count the extra pass he took) pucks right into those mini nets.  Shea Weber's 108.5 MPH shot was cool, but we all knew that was going to happen.  After John Tavares struggled mightily on that passing drill it made what Getzlaf did even more impressive.  Sidney Crosby and Joe Thornton weren't there for competition, but I'll claim that puts Getzy up as the best passer in the league for now.

That's not to say yesterday didn't drag on a little.  The trick shot competition seemed like it took about three hours, unless Ryan Johansen was up (Flying V FTW).  And then there was the hilarity of the "Discover Card Two Point  Puck," shouldn't it have been square or something?  But it's on to the game today and after Team Foligno blew Team Toews out of the water yesterday by a score of 25-19, it's time for some payback.... or whatever.

In case you need a reminder of what the teams are (why would anyone remember such a thing):


Team Toews Team Foligno

visiting team home team
Coach Peter Laviolette Darryl Sutter Coach
Captain Jonathan Toews Nick Foligno Captain
Asst Ryan Getzlaf Patrick Kane Asst
Asst Rick Nash Drew Doughty Asst
1 Phil Kessel Ryan Johansen 1
2 Shea Weber Duncan Keith 2
3 Jakub Voracek Anze Kopitar 3
4 Corey Crawford Steven Stamkos 4
5 John Tavares Tyler Seguin 5
6 Roberto Luongo Carey Price 6
7 Brent Seabrook Claude Giroux 7
8 Vladimir Tarasenko Dustin Byfuglien 8
9 Patrice Bergeron Marc-Andre Fleury 9
10 Jaroslav Halak Brian Elliott 10
11 Aaron Ekblad Brent Burns 11
TRADE Tyler Seguin → ← Phil Kessel TRADE
12 Patrik Elias Kevin Shattenkirk 12
13 Ryan Suter Bobby Ryan 13
14 Mark Giordano Radim Vrbata 14
15 Justin Faulk Oliver Ekman-Larsson 15
16 Tyler Johnson Zemgus Girgensons 16
17 Filip Forsberg Alex Ovechkin 17
18 xxxxxxx Ryan-Nugent Hopkins 18
R Johnny Gaudreau Jonathan Drouin R
R Mike Hoffman Jiri Sekac R