Tavares scores four as Team Toews win All-Star Game
(Reuters) - John Tavares tied an NHL All-Star Game record with four goals and Team Toews set a scoring mark of their own in a 17-12triumph over Team Foligno on Sunday.
Captains Jonathan Toews and Nick Foligno selected their sides on Friday and neither team disappointed in the highest scoring NHL All-Star Game ever.
The 29-goal total at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, topped the previous mark of 26 set in 2001.
Tavares, the 24-year-old New York Islanders standout, stole the headlines but it was hometown favorite Ryan Johansen of the Columbus Blue Jackets who took MVP honors through a fan vote on Twitter.
"It's pretty cool," Tavares told reporters of his milestone performance. "It's something you don't really think about going into a game like this.
"It's pretty special, and certainly one (game) I won't forget."
Johansen finished with two goals in a losing effort for Team Foligno.
Jakub Voracek added three goals for the winning team as he played for former coach Peter Laviolette.
The game maintained a brisk pace throughout and after the contest was tied at 6-6 in the second period, Team Toews pulled away with four straight goals and never allowed their opponents to close within three thereafter. Continued...