COLUMBUS, OHIO – It was enough to give a goalie nightmares: A record 29 goals, 25 players with at least two points and eight with at least four.
John Tavares of the New York Islanders matched a record with four goals, and Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12 on Sunday night in the highest-scoring NHL All-Star Game.
"We had so many good players on each team," said Philadelphia Flyers forward Jake Voracek, who tied another record with six points. "There's going to be a lot of goals."
Tavares wasn't even the MVP, although that might have been due to a little home cooking. Ryan Johansen of the host Columbus 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 was as gracious about the balloting as he was good on the ice.
"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."
Johansen, a budding star for the Blue Jackets, was touched by the smiles of the fans he encountered all week.
"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. "We did a two-hour [autograph] signing. Everybody just seemed to be having a great time."
The players, at least those on offense, had a lot of fun once the game started. The wild, no-defense exhibition even featured a fake fight.
It was the most goals in the event's 60-year history, eclipsing the 26-goal burst in North America's 14-12 victory over the World in 2001.
Tavares' four goals gave him a share of the All-Star record established by Wayne Gretzky in 1983, and equaled by Mario Lemieux (1990), Vincent Damphousse (1991), Mike Gartner (1993) and Dany Heatley (2003). Voracek's six points tied another mark set by Lemieux.
Captain Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks had a goal and four assists, as did Boston's Patrice Bergeron. Wild defenseman Ryan Suter had a goal and an assist in 19 minutes, 46 seconds of ice time for Team Toews, finishing at plus-2.
For Team Foligno, Chicago's Patrick Kane and Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist apiece.
Captain Nick Foligno, also of Columbus, 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."
The fake fight provided some energy to a capacity crowd of 18,90. Late in the second period, Alex Ovechkin and Foligno pretended to mix it up with Calgary's Mark Giordano and Chicago's Brent Seabrook in front of the net.
All of the players were laughing after they grabbed and hugged each other.
With the score tied at 4-4 after one period, Team Toews broke it open with six goals in 9½ minutes and a record seven in the second 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.