The 2012 NHL All-Star Game hasn't been quite as wide-open as goal-heavy All-Star contests in the league's past, with Team Chara and Team Alfredsson tied at 3-3 after the first period, but it's been fun. And the New York Rangers in the game have been the dominant figures so far.
Marian Gaborik has two goals to lead Team Chara and all players, and pulled out Artem Anisimov's stick-as-shotgun goal celebration to taunt his victim, Rangers teammate Henrik Lundqvist, who gave up three early goals. (Team Alfredsson co-head coach John Tortorella, also the Rangers' head man, joked that he would fine Gaborik for the celebration on the NBC Sports broadcast.)
But a Ranger has recorded a point for Team Alfredsson, too, with Dan Girardi helping get the red-clad squad on the board with a shot that was deflected by Jason Spezza for the team's first of three goals in the first period.
Steven Stamkos also gave the crowd a highlight to remember, taking a rare All-Star Game penalty shot and using the spinning move he deployed in the All-Star Skills Competition, only to get stoned by Jimmy Howard.
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