It was an action packed, star-studded weekend down at Raleigh’s RBC Center as the Carolina Hurricanes hosted the 2011 NHL All-Star game and SuperSkills Competition. And a few members of the Boston Bruins got a piece of victory to bring home with them.
The NHL All-Star draft went down on Friday night where Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara were appointed to opposite teams. Martin St. Louis, alternate captain for Team Lidstrom, chose former UVM teammate Tim Thomas as the second goalie off the board., while opposing team captain Eric Staal snagged powerhouse Zdeno Chara as his fourth round pick. Former Bruin Phil Kessel was the final player picked.
The first puck dropped at 4 p.m. on Sunday, and Team Staal lead the scoreboard most of the game with a 4-0 lead early in the game and a 6-4 lead by the 6:10 mark of the second period.
However, hockey fans know best that it’s not over ‘till it’s over, and Team Lidstrom further proved this point by coming out on top with a whopping 11-10 final.
Thomas set a new record as the first goalie to pull off three consecutive All-Star wins. His team won the game in Montreal last year as well as in Atlanta in 2008. But the former Vezina winner wasn’t so lucky in the SuperSkills competition, as Carolina goalie Cam Ward beat Thomas — who also tripped on a couple of occasions during the competition — in the first ever Fastest Skater contest between goaltenders.
Chara made history (again) in his portion of the SuperSkills Competition, beating the Preds defenseman Shea Webber in the final round of the Hardest Shot Competition with a record breaking 105.9 MPH shot for his fourth consecutive title in the event.
Tyler Seguin, although not part of the All-Star Game lineup, was invited down to Raleigh to also take part in the Hardest Shot Competition alongside Chara. Seguin’s 97.1 MPH shot topped his opponent, Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, who was clocked at 93.8 MPH.