Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen spent the past few days showing off Columbus, Ohio, to his fellow NHL All-Stars.
On Sunday, Johansen did some showing off of his own by winning an online fan vote to be named the game's MVP.
"It's been really cool. It hasn't hit me yet for sure," he said. "This is something I'll remember for a very long time."
The fourth-year forward, and first-time All-Star won despite being on the short end of Team Foligno's 17-12 loss to Team Toews. Johansen led the team captained by Blue Jackets teammate Nick Foligno with four points (two goals and two assists) and won a new car.
He beat out two Team Toews players — New York Islanders forward John Tavares and Boston's Patrice Bergeron. The three were announced as the MVP finalists early in the third period, when the vote on Twitter began in the first time fans have determined the winner.
Though the vote amounted to a popularity contest, Johansen's fellow All-Stars called the honor deserving.
"Ryan played great," said Bergeron, who had a goal and four assists. "There were a lot of guys who had great nights."
That included Philadelphia's Jake Voracek, who had a game-leading six points (three goals, three assists) to tie the All-Star record set by Mario Lemieux in 1988.
"Joey deserved it, the way he handled the weekend overall," Voracek said, referring to Johansen. "Him and Nick Foligno, I'm sure, have been under a lot of the spotlight. They did a great job. It was well deserved."
On Sunday, Johansen's first goal tied the score at 2 at 11:05 of the first period, when he skated out of the left corner and snapped a shot in off the far post. Johansen scored his second goal 5 minutes later, when he one-timed in a pass from Alex Ovechkin. Johansen then capped his night by setting up goals by Foligno and Brent Burns.
Versteeg out longer
The Chicago Blackhawks placed forward Kris Versteeg on the long-term injury list because of a left hand injury.
The left winger was hit in the hand by a shot during the Winter Classic at Washington on Jan. 1. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said then that Versteeg would be out about a month.
Versteeg has nine goals and 18 assists in 34 games this season.
The Blackhawks said Sunday they have recalled forward Dennis Rasmussen from Rockford of the American Hockey League.