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Tyler Johnson (lower body) will be eligible to play on Tuesday if he's ready.

He participated in All-Star weekend events even though he missed the skills competition and game due to a lower-body injury.
Jan 26 - 11:18 AM

Aaron Ekblad collected four assists at the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday.

"You kind of cringe at it for a second," smiled Ekblad referring to the 17-12 score. "Your plus-minus is taking quite a hit. It's just a fun experience." The 18-year-old blueliner got a chance to play in his first All-Star Game due to an injury to Colorado's Erik Johnson, but he'll probably be involved in plenty more of these events.
Jan 26 - 10:52 AM

Detroit would like to add a right-handed defenseman prior to the trade deadline.

Coach Mike Babcock confirmed that it's the biggest need of the club, but it "has to be someone of quality." That means they would have a deal something good in return, so players like Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Anthony Mantha or Dylan Larkin could be requested by opposing teams.
Jan 26 - 10:40 AM

Josh Leivo has been summoned by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Leivo spent the All-Star break in the minors and now that it's over, he's back with the big club. He has a goal in nine games with the Maple Leafs this season.
Jan 26 - 10:38 AM

Petter Granberg has been called up by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

There will be a lot of players called up on Monday as teams intentionally thinned their rosters over the All-Star break and will call up reinforcements now that practices are set to resume. That being said, Granberg is a bit of a different case as he hasn't played in the NHL yet this season. The 22-year-old defenseman has seven points and 18 penalty minutes in 28 AHL games this season.
Jan 26 - 10:36 AM

Zemgus Girgensons wasn't able to get a point during the All-Star Game, but he enjoyed his time there.

"It's unbelievable skill out there," Girgensons said. "It was just fun seeing all the guys do cool stuff and seeing all those goals. If I was a goalie in this game, I would be ... not happy." Team Toews defeated Team Foligno by a score of 17-12 in the contest. Girgensons was the leading vote-getter for the event, as his Latvian fans stuffed the ballot box. He played on a line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Radim Vrbata during the match.
Jan 26 - 10:28 AM

Patrice Bergeron had a goal and four assists to help Team Toews record a 17-12 win over Team Foligno a the NHL All-Star Game.

He spent most of the match on a line with John Tavares and Patrick Elias, but his lone goal came off a primary assist from former Boston linemate Tyler Seguin. "We said, 'We still got it. The chemistry is still there,'" said Bergeron with a laugh. "I saw him, he looked at me and waited until I got in the zone. It was pretty nice of him to do that. I knew he was going to try to give it back, so I was just trying to get open." Bergeron's four helpers all came on goals by Tavares, who he also played with for Team Canada during the Sochi Olympics.
Jan 26 - 10:20 AM

After Alex Ovechkin lobbied to be one of the last picks in the All-Star draft so that he could win a car, it was finally revealed after the game why he wanted one so much.

Alex Ovechkin had been trying to win one of the news Honda Honda Accords given out during the All-Star event so that he could donate it to the Washington Ice Dogs, which is a special needs hockey program. Ovechkin befriended one of the members of the team, 10-year-old Ann Schaub. He was skating at an event with the team when Ann invited him to come over to her house for sushi. Her family had been big fans of his as years earlier Ovechkin had met Ann's older brother, Louie, and gave him a stick. Ovechkin didn't end up winning a car, but Honda was curious as to what Ovechkin's motivations were for lobbying for the vehicle. When Honda learned of Ovechkin's goal, they gave him a car so that he could donate it to the Ice Dogs.
Jan 26 - 10:14 AM

Dustin Byfuglien enjoyed his All-Star experience over the weekend.

"Just being a part of all this, the group of guys in here, and enjoying everything," said Byfuglien when asked what his highlight was. "It's fun. It's the whole thing. It's the experience... the locker room, being outside, family. It's good to be a part of everything." He competed in the hardest shot event at the skills competition, where he fired a blast of 97.3 miles per hour, and he scored during the NHL Shootout competition. During the game, he had one assist and a minus-5 rating.
Jan 26 - 9:59 AM

Jakub Voracek tied the NHL record for most points in an All-Star Game with six.

Voracek had three goals and three assists in the event, matching Mario Lemieux's showing in 1988. Columbus was the host city for the All-Star Game, so this was a homecoming of sorts for Voracek. He was drafted by the Blue Jackets in 2007, but traded by them in 2011 as part of the Jeff Carter deal. Voracek broke out with his new team, Philadelphia, and has a league-leading 56 points this season.
Jan 26 - 9:57 AM

John Tavares wasn't upset over being snubbed for the All-Star MVP.

Tavares had four goals, but the award and car that came with it instead went to hometown favorite Ryan Johansen, as per a fan vote. "I had my parents, two sisters and girlfriend here, and they all said they wanted a new car," Tavares said. "So it's almost good that I didn't win." He's the sixth player in history to get four goals in a NHL All-Star Game.
Source: NY Post
Jan 26 - 9:50 AM

Rick Nash shrugged off the booing he received during the All-Star Game in Columbus.

"That's how it's been for the last three years," Nash said, "so I expected it." Nash used to be the face of the Blue Jackets' franchise, but the fact that he demanded a trade guaranteed that he would be leaving on poor terms. He ended up on Team Toews against the hometown favorites Team Foligno. Nash scored twice to help Toews earn a 17-12 victory.
Source: NY Post
Jan 26 - 9:45 AM

Patrik Elias got two assists in what might be his last All-Star appearance.

Elias, 38, was playing in his fourth All-Star Game. Over the course of his career he's scored a goal and seven points during the competition. He has six goals and 20 points in 37 contests, which aren't exactly All-Star numbers, but the NHL picks at least one player from each team and the Devils didn't provide the league with a great pool to choose from.
Jan 26 - 9:38 AM

Jacob Hamel, who tossed an Edmonton Oilers jersey onto the ice on Dec. 23, was surprised to learn that he could get fined for doing so.

Hamel was handed a $172 fine and six-month ban from Rexall Place. "I was just going to leave the game because I didn't think anything would happen -- I didn't even know anything was wrong with doing that -- and then some security guards grabbed me and pulled me into a room," said Hamel. He doesn't agree with the fine, noting the custom of throwing a hat onto the ice when a hat trick is scored. "I was just going to leave the game because I didn't think anything would happen -- I didn't even know anything was wrong with doing that -- and then some security guards grabbed me and pulled me into a room," said Hamel. A Northlands spokesperson said that their policy is to consistently enforce the rule regardless of what is thrown onto the ice. Fans that threw jerseys in Toronto were similarly fined.
Jan 26 - 9:31 AM

As the team captain and representative of the host city in the All-Star Game, Nick Foligno got far more league-wide attention over the weekend than he's likely accustomed to.

Foligno has been a solid player for years, but he's stepped up this season with 18 goals and 42 points in 44 contests. For some hockey fans outside of Columbus, this was essentially their introduction to him despite the fact that he's played in 510 career games. "I was nervous, for sure," Foligno said of playing such a central role in this year's All-Star weekend. "My first time being an All-Star, first time really being around these guys, you just want to — being honest here — fly under the radar and feel it out as you go. I just decided that I was going to embrace this. I really enjoyed every minute. I can't tell you how humbled I am and so excited to be around everybody. I had a blast with it all." He also had a goal and an assist in the All-Star Game.
Jan 26 - 9:21 AM

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