Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars had two goals and two assists, and Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12 on Sunday night in the highest-scoring NHL All-Star game.
John Tavares of the New York Islanders matched a record with four goals in the wild, no-defense exhibition that even featured a fake fight.
The 29 goals were the most in the event’s 60-year history, eclipsing the 26-goal burst in North America’s 14-12 victory over the World in 2001.
Ryan Johansen of the hometown Columbus Blue Jackets had two goals and two assists for the losing team, but still won the MVP award in voting by fans on Twitter.
Philadelphia Flyers forward Jake Voracek — formerly of the Blue Jackets — scored three goals and tied a game record with six points for Team Toews. That mark was set by Mario Lemieux.
“We had so many good players on each team,” said Voracek. “There’s going to be a lot of goals.”
Tavares’ four goals gave him a share of the All-Star record that was established by Wayne Gretzky in 1983, and equaled by Lemieux (1990), Vincent Damphousse (1991), Mike Gartner (1993) and Dany Heatley (2003).
Captain Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks had a goal and four assists, as did Boston’s Patrice Bergeron. Filip Forsberg of Nashville and Rick Nash of the New York Rangers — another former Columbus star — both scored twice, and Florida’s Aaron Ekblad and St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko each had four assists.
For Team Foligno, led by Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno, Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist apiece, Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux had a goal and two assists, and Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin added three assists.
The fake fight provided some energy to a capacity crowd of 18,901 on the game’s first visit to Ohio’s capital city. Late in the second period, during a scrum in front of the net, Ovechkin and Foligno pretended to mix it up with Calgary’s Mark Giordano and Chicago’s Brent Seabrook.
All of the players were laughing after they grabbed and hugged each other.
It was fitting that Toews scored the goal that shattered the record. He held off defenseman Brent Burns of San Jose to find the net with a rising shot with 5:39 left.
With the game tied at 4 after a period, Team Toews broke it open with six goals in 9 1/2 minutes — and a record seven in the frame.
The teams scored twice within 8 seconds in the opening minute and three goals in a 58-second span, as the arena announcer stacked up goal announcements and was three behind at one point.