2019 NHL All-Star rosters announced

The NHL has announced the four rosters for the 2019 All-Star Game today, scheduled to be held on January 26th in San Jose. Earlier today, Alex Ovechkin, who was elected captain of Metropolitan Division squad, told the league that he wouldn’t be attending and will accept the punishment of missing one game either before or after the break. Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, and Auston Matthews will represent the Pacific, Central and Atlantic respectively, as the other captains. A replacement captain for Ovechkin has yet to be named.

The full rosters are as follows:

Pacific Division

John Gibson (ANA)
Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK)

D Erik Karlsson (SJS)
Brent Burns (SJS)
Drew Doughty (LAK)

Connor McDavid (EDM)*
Johnny Gaudreau (CGY)
Joe Pavelski (SJS)
F Elias Pettersson (VAN)
F Clayton Keller (ARI)

Central Division

Pekka Rinne (NSH)
Devan Dubnyk (MIN)

D Roman Josi (NSH)
D Miro Heiskanen (DAL)

Nathan MacKinnon (COL)*
Mikko Rantanen (COL)
Blake Wheeler (WPG)
Patrick Kane (CHI)

Mark Scheifele (WPG)
F Ryan O’Reilly (STL)

Atlantic Division

Jimmy Howard (DET)
G Carey Price (MTL)

Keith Yandle (FLA)
D Thomas Chabot (OTT)

F Auston Matthews (TOR)*
F Nikita Kucherov (TBL)
F Steven Stamkos (TBL)
John Tavares (TOR)

F David Pastrnak (BOS)
F Jack Eichel (BUF)

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By Zach Leach

King Henrik Shuts Out Canadians As Rangers Win Game One

Written by Justin Tasch at NY Daily News.com

You can throw out all the numbers about Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers struggling here at the Bell Centre over the years, you can forget the career-worst stats Lundqvist posted during the regular season.

Because if you doubt Lundqvist he will always remind you he is one of the best to ever do this, a player as competitive and driven as anybody you’ve ever seen, and a man who will rise to the occasion in King-like fashion.

“I had butterflies for two days,” Lundqvist said after his 31-save shutout in the Rangers’ 2-0, Game 1 win over the Canadiens. “I’ve been thinking about this for almost every hour for the past week about the start and to get going and feeling anxious and nervous and excited at the same time. It’s just nice to get going.”

Lundqvist set the tone with 16 first-period saves while Montreal threw everything it had at him, yet the Rangers came away with a 1-0 lead off of a backhanded snipe over Carey Price’s left shoulder by Tanner Glass — you read that right. “Expect the unexpected,” Glass said.

The last time Lundqvist earned a postseason shutout was the Game 6 clincher against these Canadiens three years ago to send the Blueshirts to the Cup Final. He now has 10 career playoff shutouts.

“I’m aware of it,” Lundqvist said regarding talk about his struggles here. “But at the same time as a goalie you always try to look at the good things in every situation.”

 The Rangers worked their butts off throughout this one, especially over the final 40 minutes after Lundqvist seemed to demoralize the raucous crowd with his stellar first. The best road team in the NHL maintained intensity throughout, matched Montreal’s physicality, mostly made smart decisions with the puck and played as sound in front of Lundqvist as they have all year.

“(Lundqvist) was competing like he always does,” said Ryan McDonagh, tremendous in a game-high 24:32. “I didn’t see anything different in his game than he’s shown all throughout the regular season. It’s a good sign for us that we were able to play well in front of him, too.”

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