2012 NHL All-Star Game: Rangers' Marian Gaborik Wins MVP As Team Chara Defeats Team Alfredsson, 12-9

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist, defenseman Dan Girardi and forward Marian Gaborik represented the Rangers at the NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa on Sunday, Jan. 29. John Tavares will represented the Islanders. Gaborik was named the MVP.

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2012 NHL All-Star Game Skill's Competition (Video): Carl Hagelin Earns Fastest Skater Honor

The 59th edition of the NHL All-Star Game will be played Sunday in Ottawa, ON, as as Team (Zedeno) Chara will face Team (Daniel) Alfredsson (4 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network). On Saturday night, New York Rangers rookie left-winder Carl Hagelin, who's participating in his first All-Star Game, won the fastest skater honor during the annual Skills Competition.

Hagelin narrowly defeated Ottawa's Colin Greening in the finals with a time of 13.218 seconds. Hagelin's final's time was just a bit slower than his best of 12.962, which came during the qualifying round.

If you missed Hagelin's finals run against Greening well, here's the video.

Carl Hagelin Fastest Skater Competition 2012 NHL All-Star Skills Competition (via BlueLineStation)

Despite winning the title, Hagelin said New York Rangers teammate Marian Gaborike is faster than him.

"There are guys out there faster than me. It depends, too, on how the race is laid out. I would pick Gabby [Marian Gaborik] before me."

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2012 NHL All-Star Game: TV Schedule, Announcers And More

The 59th edition of the NHL All-Star game will be played Sunday, as Team (Daniel) Alfredsson will take on Team (Zdeno) Chara in Ottawa, ON starting at 4 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network. The New York Rangers will be represented by goalie Henrik Lundqvist, defenseman Dan Girardi, and forward Marion Gaborik, while the New York Islanders fans will be able to cheer for John Tavares. The New Jersey Devils do not have a player representing their franchise.

Here's the TV schedule, announcers, game time and national anthem singers:

Location: Ottawa, ON
Game time: 4 p.m. ET
TV schedule: NBC Sports Network
Announcers: Mike Emerick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (color), Pierre McGuire and Jeremy Roenick (on-ice reporters)
National anthem singer: Javier Colon and Lyndon Slewidge.
Intermission performer: Drake with Outasight
2013 NHL All-Star Game location: Columbus, OH at Nationwide Arena.
Last year's results: Team Lindstrom 11, Team Staal 10 -- Jan. 30 in Raleigh, NC.

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2012 NHL All-Star Game: Three Rangers, One Islander Playing

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist, defenseman Dan Girardi, and forward Marion Gaborik will represent the New York Rangers in the 59th NHL All Star Game, to be played Sunday at 4 p.m. ET. The game will be held in Ottawa, and can be seen on NBC Sports.

The New York Islanders will be represented by center John Tavares, who has 20 goals and 29 assists this season. He will play for Team Alfredsson. There are no members of the New Jersey Devils participating for either team.

Lundqvist was anointed the assistant captain to Daniel Alfredsson, and their squad will counter Team Chara. Alfredsson and Chara hand picked their rosters during Thursday night's Fantasy Player Draft, and the Rangers goalie will be joined by his dependable blue-liner Girardi. Gaborik, meanwhile, will play for Team Chara after being selected in the 16th round. This is the second year that the NHL has implemented a player draft format for the All Star game.

The three Rangers All-Stars have played a major role in New York's turnaround season; Lundqvist is a Vezina Trophy candidate, Girardi the leader of the league's second stingiest defense, and Gaborik the team's leading scorer with 39 points.

The Rangers lead Boston by two points in the Eastern Conference standings, and trail only Detroit for the overall league lead.


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Carl Hagelin Wins Fastest Skater Event At 2012 NHL Skills Competition

New York Rangers rookie left winger Carl Hagelin narrowly defeated Ottawa's Colin Greening in the finals of the Fastest Skater event of the 2012 NHL Skill Competition on Saturday.

Hagelin, a member of Team Alfredsson, was the fastest skater in the qualifying round with a time of 12.963 seconds, just .03 seconds better than Greening. The two squared off in the finals of the event, and again Hagelin bested Greening with a time of 13.218 seconds to Greening's 13.303.

The 23-year-old Hagelin was one of 12 rookies invited to the All Star festivities, and he'll skate for Team Alfredsoon when the puck drops Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. Originally a 2007 sixth-round pick by New York, Hagelin has 16 points in his inaugural NHL campaign, and the Rangers lead the Eastern Conference with 66 points.

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2012 NHL All-Star Draft: Seven Total Rangers, Islanders And Devils Players Available

For the second consecutive year, the NHL will turn to a Fantasy Player Draft to determine the split of the All-Star Game rosters, and the selections will be handled by team captains Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Daniel Alfreddson of the host city Ottawa Senators.

The two players will alternate selections Thursday night, choosing between the 38 designated All Stars. Chara and Alfreddson were selected via fan and NHL league office voting.

Rangers Ccoach John Tortorella will coach Team Alfreddson, and three of his players will be available for picking: goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, defenseman Dan Girardi and forward Marian Gaborik. The Rangers lead the Eastern Conference with 66 points, and trail the Red Wings by just one point in the President's Cup race. Impressive young left wing Carl Hagelin was one of 12 NHL rookies selected to be split up into two groups to round out the All Star rosters.

Islanders center John Tavares will be making his first NHL All-Star appearance, and he enters the action with a team-best 49 points.

The Devils will not be sending any veteran players to the All Star game, but two of their star youngsters, center Adam Henrique and defenseman Adam Larsson, were tabbed as rookie participants.

The game will be played at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon, and can be seen on NBC Sports.

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Henrique, Larsson Picked As Youngstars; Devils Have No All-Stars

The New Jersey Devils will have two players going to All-Star weekend in Ottawa, but none will play in the showcase game.

The NHL announced that both Adam Henrique and Adam Larsson were two of 12 rookies chosen to participate in this year's all-star activities.

Henrique ranks second among rookies with 34 points (13g, 21a). His 13 goals are tied for first among first-year players, and he's second in assists. He trails fellow rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins by one point.

Larsson ranks second among all rookies in time on ice, averaging 21:41 per game. In 41 games this season, he's collected 14 points (2g, 12a).

The Devils won't have a representative in this year's All-Star game. They join the Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets as teams without a representative for the game. Out of those four teams, New Jersey is the only one among the top eight teams in their conference.

New Jersey is also the only team from the Atlantic Division without a representative for the game.

All-Star weekend starts Thursday, January 6 with the player fantasy draft. The annual skills competition will take place on Saturday, January 28. The game will be on Sunday, January 29.

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2012 NHL All-Star Game: John Tavares Selected From New York Islanders

New York Islanders center John Tavares was voted to the NHL All-Star team, it was announced on Thursday.

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