NHL All-Star Game Live Blog: Tim Thomas Earns Fourth Straight All-Star Win With 12-9 Team Chara Victory


NHL All-Star Game Live Blog: Tim Thomas Earns Fourth Straight All-Star Win With 12-9 Team Chara Victory

Final, Team Chara 12-9: That will do it in Ottawa. In all, 21 goals were scored and Tim Thomas wins again for a record fourth straight game.

"Stuff just happens to me," Thomas says in the aftermath.

Marian Gaborik wins the game's MVP award after a 4-point night including a hat trick.

Tyler Seguin notches one assist on the night while captain Zdeno Chara finishes with the one goal clocked at considerably less than 108 mph. The Bruins will be getting their share of Ottawa in the near future, however. The B's welcome the Senators to the TD Garden on Tuesday in their return to regular-season action.

Third period: 19:00, Team Chara 12-9: What did Daniel Alfredsson ever do to Tim Thomas? The Bruins goalie has robbed the Senators captain multiple times in his quest for an elusive third goal.

Third period: 17:00, Team Chara 12-9: Tyler Seguin snags an assist while finding Lupul for a one-timer.

We're getting down to the end of it now and Thomas is in line for a record fourth straight All-Star win if he can keep this lead.

Third period, 14:20, Team Chara 11-9: The Sedin twins capitalize on a two-on-one to beat Thomas, much to the chagrin of Bruins fans.

Henrik feeds Daniel and Thomas holds back from laying a body check on the Canuck entering his area.

Third period, 13:30, Team Chara 11-8: Marian Hossa tips the puck up to himself and then scores in between a defender's legs to become the 14th scorer in the game.

Seconds later, Chara makes it 15 beating Elliott stick side high.

The rout's on a little while later with Cory Perry giving Team Chara a three-goal lead with six minutes to go.

Third period, 11:09, 8-8: Giroux spends his next shift chasing around his teammate Scott Hartnell, no doubt trying to contribute to the HartnellDown campaign.

Thomas gets the last laugh on Giroux, however, by tripping up the star forward with a poke check at the top of the crease.

Third period, 9:40, 8-8: Tim Thomas allows a goal but can't suppress a grin afterwards.

Instead of covering up for a faceoff, Thomas tries to play the puck after a save but Scott Hartnell intercepts. A quick pass to Claude Giroux knots it up at eight goals apiece heading down the stretch.

Third period, 7:45, Team Chara 8-7: Tim Thomas has shut down the Sedins on a couple occassions this period and gets some help on the offensive end.

Malkin makes a great play to feed Iginla for a tap-in goal.

Third period, 5:19, 7-7: Keith Yandel trash-talks Phil Kessel the length of the ice but Phil shuts him up by banging one past Brian Elliott. Tavares feeds Michalek on the doorstep down at the other end to tie things up.

Tyler Seguin is mic'ed up by the television crew for this final period, but is having some audio issues for now.

Third period, 2:30, 6-6: Thomas denies a Sedin shot from the dot, swats a loose puck out of the air and then poke-checks it away in an impressive 60-second sequence.

Third period, 0:00, 6-6: The final period has begun with Team Chara applying the early pressure. They must really want to get Thomas that fourth win.

Second intermission notes: Drake is out on stage in between the second and third periods and some of the players have snuck out of their locker rooms to watch the show.

Count Tyler Seguin as a fan. The Bruins foward was spotted rapping along with the words, or at least looked like he was trying to. He certainly had the head-bobbing motion down pretty good.

End second period, 6-6: Patrick Kane goes five-hole to tie it up.

That means Tim Thomas will have a chance to break his own record and win a fourth straight All-Star game if Team Chara can pull this one out.

Second period, 16:12, Team Alfredsson 6-5: The captain has taken matters into his own hands. Two goals in 1:31 for Alfredsson and his team has its first lead of the night.

Second period, 14:33, 5-5: Captain Daniel Alfredsson finally brings the crowd to its feet with an unassisted goal late in the second period.

Second period, 13:00, Team Chara 5-4: Chara faked everyone out while bluffing a slapshot before trying to weave in close to the goal.

Gotta let that fly, big man! Give the people what they want!

Second period, 10:14, Team Chara 5-4: Scott Hartnell gets tangled up in front of the net and a fake scrum breaks out.

Hartnell ended up on the ice, so that's another $1,000 donated to his charity. Hartnell has apparently been donating money for every time he falls down this season and has pledged a cool grand for every spill he takes during the today's game.

Second period, 7:17, Team Chara 5-4: Pominville beats Carey Price and the comeback is on again.

Second period, 3:53, Team Chara 5-3: Tyler Seguin doesn't get an assit, but Phil Kessel slots one in to extend Team Chara's lead. Seguin narrowly misses an assist when Kessel gets stuffed on another attempt the same shift.

Second period, 1:28, Team Chara 4-3: Marian Gaborik scores his third goal but nobody cares to throw any hats onto the ice.

The record for goals in the All-Star game is four (held by Wayne Gretzky and a couple other players) and Gaborik will surely be making a run at that for the rest of the evening.

Second period, 0:00, 3-3: The second period is underway with the two sides continuing to dig in for this defensive struggle.

First intermission notes: Marian Gaborik is the early MVP frontrunner after his two goals staked Team Chara to a lead they've since relinquished. That's got to be all the more sweet since he scored both on his own goalie, Henrik Lundqvist.

Shots in the first half favor Team Alfie 14-12. I can't find the stats for hits anywhere… guess I'll keep looking.

Carey Price will be in net for Team Chara while Jonathan Quick is expected for the red team.

 End first period, 3-3: An eventful first period is in the books in Ottawa and both goalies have to be feeling pretty good about how they played today.

Tyler Seguin rang the outside of the post but didn't make much noise in the period aside from doling out some contact in the defensive end. Zdeno Chara was turned away on the doorstep by Lundqvist but otherwise was quiet.

First period, 16:33, 3-3: Penalty shot!

Stamkos draws a tripping call on Phaneuf going in unopposed but is stoned by Howard on a whirling backhanded attempt on the penalty attempt.

First period, 15:04, 3-3: Tavares ties it up, which makes three unanswered in just over three minutes for Team Alfredsson to battle back.

Pavel Datsyuk wows the crowd by catching a puck out of midair and placing it on the ice with his stick.

Henrik Lundqvist, who is mic'ed up, speaks up to ask if Datsyuk had stayed on the ice and is relieved to hear he's heading to the bench.

First period, 12:55, 3-2 Team Chara: Henrik Sedin scores to bring Team Alfredsson to within one. Also, Girardi's goal from before has been awarded to Jason Spezza.

First period, 11:02, 3-1 Team Chara: Finally! Team Alfie is on the board after a Dan Girardi snipe from the slot.

First period, 11:08, 3-0 Team Chara: It's the attack of the Marian's!

Marian Gaborik combines with Marian Hossa for another goal to inflate what appears to be a commanding lead for Team Chara.

First period, 10:00, 2-0 Team Chara: Jimmy Howard has kept a clean sheet halfway through the first period, despite a couple of shots clanging off the post. Can a goalie win MVP in the All-Star game?

First period, 6:15, 2-0 Team Chara: Team Alfredsson finally records a shot on goal nearly seven minutes into the game.

First period, 5:40, 2-0 Team Chara: Evgeni Malkin roofs a bad-angle goal to double the lead. The rout is on!

First period, 4:40, 1-0 Team Chara: Marian Gaborik with a give-and-go for the goal off a turnover and Team Chara grabs an early lead.

Gaborik celebrates with an Ansimov sniper celebration on his own goalie, Lundqvist.

First period, 2:10, 0-0: A whistle! Team Alfredsson gets called for an offsides. Probably won't happen much today.

First period, 0:00, 0-0: We're underway in Ottawa with Team Chara getting the first shot on goal mere seconds in.

4:25 p.m.: Of course, I meant the American national anthem. They pulled out all the stops for "O, Canada" and I believe all of the Canadian Mounties were in attendance to play the music.

Now, let's play some hockey.

4:20 p.m.: Team Alfredsson brought the house down with the Senators getting introduced last.

Javier Colon is singing the national anthem.

4:15 p.m.: Team introductions are underway with plenty of boos to go around for the Maple Leafs. Pretty loud ovations for Tim Thomas and former Senator Zdeno Chara as they skated out to center ice.

Team Chara will be wearing dark blue sweaters and pants during the game, with Team Alfredsson sporting white with red trim.

4 p.m.: The starters for Team Alfredsson will be Ottawa heavy, which comes as no surprise. Michalek, Spezza, Alfredsson and Karlsson are ready to go. Oh, also there's Kris Letang and Henrik Lundqvist in goal to start. Jonathan Quick will be in goal for the second period and Brian Elliott has the final period in net for Team Alfie.

Jimmy Howard will start in net for Team Chara with Carey Price replacing him after the first period. He'll have Gaborik, Datsyuk and Hossa playing forward with Chara and Campbell on D when the puck drops.

3 p.m.: Yup, this is happening.

Seguin will be the center for Lupul and Kessel, so that should be a fun little storyline to keep an eye on throughout the game.

Not a whole bunch of surprises for the lines elsewhere. The Sedins will be joined by Scott Hartnell and the three Ottawa Senators Michalek, Alfredsson and Spezza are sticking together on the first line for Team Alfredsson.

Tim Thomas will have a chance to win his fourth straight All-Star game playing the third and final period for Team Chara.

1:45 p.m.: Thank you, Julien?

According to CSNNE.com, Tyler Seguin half-jokingly lobbied coach Julien to put him on the same line as Phil Kessel and eventually got serious about the request, so Julien has agreed to do it.

Seguin is now expected to center a line with Maple Leafs rivals Kessel and Lupul, which is intriguing for a couple of reasons. Obviously, Seguin and Kessel will always be connected because of the trade that sent Kessel to Toronto and allowed to Bruins to draft Seguin with the No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft. However, it's also a little surprising because Seguin hasn't played much center this season, despite that being his natural position.

One of the unfortunate side effects for Seguin, though, will be the vitriol the Ottawa crowd is sure to have in store for anything Toronto. So Seguin will be hearing his fair share of boos out there, but most of them we're sure are actually meant for his linemates.

12 p.m. EST: Team Chara will be out for revenge on Sunday afternoon during the 2012 NHL All-Star Game after a thorough beatdown by Team Alfredsson during the Skills Challenge on Saturday night. Just kidding.

Both teams will be out looking for the same thing this afternoon: just to have some fun and not embarrass themselves too badly while skating alongside some of the league's best and brightest.

Bruins fans will have no trouble finding a rooting interest with Team Chara, considering all three Bruins All-Stars — Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas and Tyler Seguin — find themselves occupying the same bench, which so happens to also have coach Claude Julien at the helm.

Team Alfredsson, on the other hand, will be the de facto home team at ScotiaBank Place in Ottawa considering the numerous Senators playing for captain Daniel Alfredsson. In case there was any doubt, the Maple Leafs on Team Chara will be sure to draw the crowd's ire as well, which could make the game interesting as rooting interests take hold.

The puck drops at 4 p.m., so be sure to check back throughout the day for more updates.

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