John Tavares of the Islanders matched a record with four goals and Team Toews beat Stamkos' Team Foligno 17-12 on Sunday night in the highest-scoring NHL All-Star Game.
"It was a fun game," said a smiling Stamkos, who had two goals and an assist. "Tough one for the goalies, obviously, with the amount of skill out there. … Obviously a lot of goals. The fans were probably happy about that."
How much offense was there? Tavares wasn't even the MVP, though that might have been due to a little home cooking. Ryan Johansen of the host Blue Jackets had two goals and two assists for the losing side and was selected as the MVP in voting by fans on Twitter.
Tavares, playing for the winning team captained by the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews, was gracious about the balloting.
"I didn't come to the game trying to get the car," said Tavares, referring to the prize given to the MVP. "You get four goals and obviously you think you have an opportunity. But Ryan had a good game. He had a couple of nice goals, made some nice plays."
Johansen, a budding star for the Blue Jackets who started the season with a contract holdout, was touched by the fans he encountered during the weekend.
"It's meant a lot, being a part of it, seeing the fans and how much they've been enjoying all the festivities," he said.
The goal total was the most in the event's 60 years, eclipsing the 26 in North America's 14-12 victory over the World team in 2001.
Tavares' four goals gave him a share of the All-Star record that was established by Wayne Gretzky in 1983 and equaled by Mario Lemieux (1990), Vincent Damphousse (1991), Mike Gartner (1993) and Dany Heatley (2003).
The Flyers' Jakub Voracek had six points on three goals and three assists to tie another mark set by Penguins legend Lemieux.
Stamkos and the Blackhawks' Patrick Kane shared the scoring lead for the team captained by the Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno. Kane also had two goals and an assist.
Foligno was asked what he learned from being a captain of the team he helped pick.
"How to handle 20 egos," he cracked. "That's probably the hardest thing. But it's fun in the role of showing off our team and our city."
Toews scored the goal that broke the goals record with 5:39 left in the game and said he was just happy to silence the cannon that fires every time the home team — Foligno's, in this case — scores at Nationwide Arena.
"It's loud enough that it gets on your nerves pretty quickly and especially when they score 12 or so goals," he said.
With the score tied at 4 after the first period, Team Toews broke it open with six goals in 91/2 minutes in the second period and a record seven in all in the frame, all against the Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury.
"I wish I would have made a few more stops," Fleury said.
Then, referring to the heckling he got from Columbus fans, Fleury added, "So they would have been more quiet."
First Period—1, Team Foligno, Vrbata 1 (Nugent-Hopkins), 3:09. 2, Team Toews, Getzlaf 1 (Tarasenko, Faulk), 6:33. 3, Team Toews, Voracek 1 (Toews, Ekblad), 9:51. 4, Team Foligno, Johansen 1 (N.Foligno, Shattenkirk), 11:05. 5, Team Toews, Bergeron 1 (Seguin, Elias), 12:17. 6, Team Foligno, Shattenkirk 1 (Nugent-Hopkins, Vrbata), 14:48. 7, Team Foligno, Johansen 2 (Ovechkin, Byfuglien), 16:24. 8, Team Toews, Tavares 1 (Bergeron, Ekblad), 19:03. Penalties—None.
Second Period—9, Team Toews, Suter 1 (Tarasenko, Seguin), :24. 10, Team Foligno, Giroux 1 (P.Kane), :32. 11, Team Toews, Seguin 1 (Getzlaf, Tarasenko), 1:22. 12, Team Foligno, Stamkos 1 (Keith), 2:27. 13, Team Toews, Ric.Nash 1 (Toews, Voracek), 4:08. 14, Team Toews, F.Forsberg 1 (J.Gaudreau, Elias), 5:56. 15, Team Toews, Tavares 2 (Bergeron, Faulk), 8:16. 16, Team Toews, Voracek 2 (Toews, Ekblad), 9:22. 17, Team Foligno, N.Foligno 1 (Johansen, Ovechkin), 11:59. 18, Team Foligno, Stamkos 2 (B.Ryan), 16:35. 19, Team Toews, Tavares 3 (Bergeron), 19:00. Penalties—None.
Third Period—20, Team Toews, Ric.Nash 2 (Giordano, Voracek), 1:29. 21, Team Foligno, P.Kane 1 (Giroux, Doughty), 2:15. 22, Team Toews, Tavares 4 (Bergeron, Seabrook), 6:13. 23, Team Toews, Voracek 3 (Toews, Ekblad), 7:30. 24, Team Foligno, B.Ryan 1 (Stamkos, Ekman-Larsson), 8:23. 25, Team Toews, Seguin 2 (Tarasenko, S.Weber), 9:26. 26, Team Foligno, P.Kane 2 (B.Burns, Giroux), 13:09. 27, Team Toews, Toews 1 (Suter), 14:21. 28, Team Toews, F.Forsberg 2 (J.Gaudreau, Voracek), 16:40. 29, Team Foligno, B.Burns 1 (Ovechkin, Johansen), 18:20. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Team Toews 16-16-15—47. Team Foligno 17-18-10—45. Power-play opportunities—Team Toews 0 of 0; Team Foligno 0 of 0. Goalies—Team Toews, Luongo (17 shots-13 saves), Crawford 1-0-0 (0:00 second, 18-14), Halak (0:00 third, 10-6). Team Foligno, Price (16-12), M.Fleury 0-1-0 (0:00 second, 16-9), B.Elliott (0:00 third, 15-9).