New York Rangers: Staal, Lundqvist Selected for Ground-Breaking All-Star Game

January 14th, 2011 by Ronald Monestime Leave a reply »
Earlier this week, New York Rangers defenseman and alternate captain Marc Staal and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist were selected to play in the 58th NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 30.

The selections are the first for Staal, the Rangers’ first-round pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, and the second for Lundqvist, who is the only goalie in league history to record 30 wins in each of his first five seasons.

Rookie center Derek Stepan will be joining Staal and Lundqvist at the RBC Center, home of the Carolina Hurricanes, as a proud member of the 12-rookie contingent chosen to participate in the weekend’s skills competition.

Surprisingly, left winger Brandon Dubinsky, the Rangers’ leading scorer this season, was not selected, one among several All-Star snubs that have become hot topics for debates domestically and internationally.

This year’s selection process featured the fans voting for six starters (three forwards, two defensemen, one goaltender) as per usual.

The players voted in by the fans were Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, defenseman Kris Letang, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, a ...

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