High-Scoring Game the Capper to Fun-Filled NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus

January 25th, 2015 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ninety-two shots, 29 goals and a whole bunch of mock cheers for goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

If this were a Stanley Cup playoff game instead of the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, a lot more Columbus Blue Jackets fans would have gone home happy.

Happier, anyway. 

The staunchly pro-Team Foligno crowd was still treated to hilarity (a fake post-whistle scrum, especially), spectacular goals and acrobatic saves as Team Toews left Nationwide Arena with a 17-12 victory against the hometown favorites. Two Columbus players also put on impressive displays for the home crowd. Nick Foligno had a goal and an assist and game MVP Ryan Johansen had two goals and two assists.

And it was Fleury, once again, in the crosshairs of Blue Jackets fans, although it was far more playful this time.

Last season, Fleury helped the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminate the Blue Jackets in six first-round games; on Sunday, Fleury allowed seven goals on 16 shots during the second period as Team Foligno fell way behind and never recovered. Just about every time Fleury touched the puck, the fans let him have it.

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