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Guy Behind the Guy: Yes, You're an All-Star

Saturday, 01.10.2009 / 4:18 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Mike Sundheim
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Guy Behind the Guy: Yes, You\'re an All-Star
When the All-Star teams are announced, the NHL provides us with jerseys for each of our players selected, so that we can grab headshots to promote their selections to the game. With the announcement coming around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, we needed to get a head shot of our All-Star that morning in South Florida. Armed with the knowledge that an Eric Staal All-Star jersey was being sent to the BankAtlantic Center so we could shoot Eric there, I approached him outside out hotel while we waited for the bus. The conversation went something like this:
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Mike: Hey when we get over there today, I’ll need to grab you for just a minute. The league is sending an All-Star jersey down here so we can get a headshot of you before the announcement today.

Eric: Oh, ok, just like last year.

Mike: Yeah I think you did the same thing with Kyle last year somewhere on the road. Florida will have a photographer there so we can grab a headshot and send it around.

Eric: No, problem.

From there, Eric drifted over to some fans standing next to the bus, and signed autographs for about five minutes. Then he came back to me.

Eric: So, are you telling me I made the All-Star team?
 
Mike: Oh, ummm… Yeah. Congratulations, Eric, you’re an All-Star.

Thus, Eric Staal found out he was going to his third consecutive All-Star Game. Of course, in traditional Staal fashion, his next series of questions were all about whether any of his teammates were going to Montreal with him. But the reigning All-Star MVP will be the lone Hurricane represented in Montreal in late January.

As for the jersey head shot, it actually never happened that morning in Florida. The jersey got stuck somewhere in Kentucky on its way down from Toronto, and arrived in Florida yesterday. The gold folks with the Panthers shipped it here to Boston, and we finally got the headshot done this morning prior to our game against Boston.

After tonight’s game against the Bruins, the Hurricanes will stay over in snowy Beantown before heading to Ottawa Sunday morning. We actually ran into the Senators on Friday morning in our hotel lobby, after Ottawa got stuck in Boston following their loss to the Bruins Thursday night.

Enjoy this afternoon’s game, which is televised on FS Carolinas.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72