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2012 nhl all-star game

Three Rangers Named NHL All-Stars

Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers passes the puck during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on December 17, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rangers defeated the Coyotes 3-2.

We already knew John Tortorella would be coaching in the NHL All-Star Game, thanks to the Rangers' excellent first-half record. And now we know which of his players will be joining him: Henrik Lundqvist, Marian Gaborik, and Dan Girardi were among those named NHL All-Stars today. Something to look forward to: Tortorella potentially having to coach against one or more of his players, because of the game's fantasy-draft format. However, unless something changes, we'll be deprived of one other All-Star Weekend moment we were kind of psyched for: The speedy Carl Hagelin wasn't among the rookies selected to take part in the annual skills competition, so there goes seeing how well he'd do in the fastest-skater event. []

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