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Day Two Recap - 1/27/2012

Saturday, 01.28.2012 / 9:43 AM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp
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Day Two Recap - 1\/27\/2012


OTTAWA, Ontario -- The lone event scheduled for Friday of the 2012 NHL All-Star weekend was the player and coaches media availability. Sharks head coach Todd McLellan and All-Star Logan Couture met with members of the print and television media to discuss -- among many, many other things -- how the teams are shaping up following Thursday night's All-Star Fantasy Draft.

Couture was a good sport, answering numerous questions about the previous night's draft and being selected with the last pick.

"I woke up today, still had a good laugh about it," he said. "It was a fun experience for me to go through. I definitely enjoyed it. I gained 7,000 more Twitter followers because of it. My phone has been non-stop flashing."

As the coaches arrived, the NHL released the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition lineups for Team Alfredsson and Team Chara. Couture was selected by Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to participate in the Allstate Insurance NHL Breakaway Challenge (part trick shot, part slam dunk contest) and the G Series NHL Skills Challenge Relay (stick handling portion).

Last year as one of the rookies, Couture participated in the accuracy shooting competition and the elimination shootout.

The breakaway challenge has become one of the skills competition's signature events and all eyes will once again be on Couture. With skills like hardest shot, fastest skater, accuracy shooting, players can rely on muscle memory and the thousands of hours they put into their training.

But for the breakaway challenge, players must find that balance between showcasing their puckhandling skills and entertaining the crowd by showcasing their personalities. Couture was candid when asked about his role in Saturday night's exhibition.

"I think a little nervous, I’m sure," he said. "Once it starts to get going and I realize I have to do that skilled breakaway thing, I think I’ll be really nervous."

COUTURE, FORMER SHARK CAMPBELL ATTEND 67's GAME

After Friday's required events, Couture had the opportunity to attend the Ottawa 67's game with another former 67's player and catch up with some friends.

"Brian Campbell (currently with the Florida Panthers) and I are going to drop the puck at the Ottawa 67’s game tonight," Couture said. "It’s going to be fun to get back to the Civic Center. I haven’t been there in three years. Hopefully get to see 'Killer' (legendary coach Brian Kilrea) and some of the guys I played with there."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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