Ryan Johansen had two goals, two assists and a game-high seven shots.
The NHL’s All-Star Weekend was all Columbus dreamed it would be, a glowing, festive celebration of the sport and the city. The capper, last night’s All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena, came exactly as advertised, too.
Ryan Johansen, right, is congratulated by Blue Jackets teammate Nick Foligno, left, and Alex Ovechkin (8) after getting his second goal of the first period.
Blue Jackets forwards Nick Foligno and Ryan Johansen had never been on a stage this big, much less for three straight days. As the unofficial player hosts of the NHL’s All-Star Weekend, Foligno and Johansen handled these new responsibilities with poise and character.
Josh Gordon might have finally run out of chances with the Cleveland Browns. The 2013 All-Pro receiver faces a one-year suspension from the NFL for the second time in less than a year, according to multiple reports that surfaced yesterday afternoon.
Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell draws a crowd as he runs into Shannon Scott, but he still managed to score 26 points.
Ohio State has gotten big results before from a small lineup. Two years ago, in a seesaw game at Northwestern in which the Buckeyes struggled to defend three-point shooters at every position, coach Thad Matta replaced 6-foot-11 Amir Williams with 6-7 Sam Thompson midway through the second half.
When coach Thad Matta was asked if his Ohio State men’s basketball team is evolving into something he didn’t initially envision, he bared his soul: “I don’t know,” he said.
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The city of Columbus embraced the NHL with the warmth of a Nick Foligno/Sergei Bobrovsky hug, and today the NHL is responding... From NHL Teams:
With the All-Star Game in the books, we've got to send our wonderful hosts @BlueJacketsNHL and @NHL a big thank you for a splendid weekend! — Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) January 26, 2015
Great job @NHL and @BlueJacketsNHL putting 2015 All Star Weekend together. A lot of work behind the scenes to pull it off. @NHLBlackhawks — Brandon Faber (@FaberBrandon) January 26, 2015
Thank you Columbus, @BlueJacketsNHL & @NationwideArena for a fantastic #NHLAllStar Weekend! First class all the way. pic.twitter.com/lMODcVNTr6 — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 26, 2015
And a big shoutout to the @BlueJacketsNHL and the city of Columbus for putting together an awesome weekend. Great work guys. — Ottawa Senators (@Senators) January 26, 2015
Nicely done Columbus! pic.twitter.com/W1tWcGkK3k — Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) January 25, 2015
From NHL Scribes:
MVP award goes to the person who sounded the horn to end this game. Bad game by players, but great weekend from city of Columbus — Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) January 26, 2015
I know the game is bad but the event itself this week was solid. Columbus rocked. Love this place. — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) January 26, 2015
Thanks for an enjoyable few days, Columbus. — Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) January 26, 2015
A big thank you to the city of Columbus, the #CBJ and the #NHL for the hospitality at #NHLAllStarWeekend. It was greatly appreciated — Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) January 26, 2015
And here's a glowing review from "The Hockey News."
And From NHL Players:
Thx everyone @nhl and @Nhlpa what an amazing experience in Columbus and great city!Honored to be apart of everything pic.twitter.com/5c0m2huSuc — Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) January 26, 2015
Thats a wrap. Thanks for the great time Columbus!! #NHLAllStarGame pic.twitter.com/lu3X4ikGuo — Tyler Seguin (@tseguinofficial) January 26, 2015
Canadiens goalie Carey Price: "I had a lot of fun here. I think Columbus did a great job of supporting this event. They were awesome hosts."
Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: "It was great. They put on such a great event here in Columbus, and the support that they had throughout the whole thing was amazing. Definitely something I won't forget for a long time."
Dion Waiters of the Thunder tries to get past former teammate Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers.
Cavaliers 108, Thunder 98: The sold-out arena buzzed with 20,000 fans decked out in matching gold T-shirts. There was a national TV audience, two high-profile teams and All-Stars all over the floor. It felt like the playoffs in January. LeBron James played as if it was June.
There will be no supplemental-discipline cases after the latest NHL All-Star Game. Team Toews defeated Team Foligno 17-12 in front of a sellout crowd of 18,901 at Nationwide Arena yesterday and, when scouring one’s mind to find the most exciting moment, it might have been the fake scrum at the end of the second period.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Freshman Kelsey Mitchell etched her name into the lore of Mackey Arena yesterday in the same manner that she has in other arenas all season: She just kept playing basketball. The point guard shook off a sluggish first half to score a Mackey-record 37 points while willing Ohio State to a 79-71 overtime victory over Purdue.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, left, is hugged by associate head coach Jeff Capel after the game.
No. 5 Duke 77, St. John’s 68: Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career win, making him the first NCAA Division I men’s coach to reach the milestone, and Duke surged past host St. John’s yesterday in a nonconference game.
The encouragement of coach Todd Richards helped Nick Foligno realize he can be a star player in the NHL.
Above the main entrance of Nationwide Arena hangs the supersize images of four NHL All-Stars: Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, Chicago’s Patrick Kane, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and the Blue Jackets’ Nick Foligno. That Foligno would ever be clustered with players of that ilk — much less part of an NHL marketing scheme — was unthinkable even three months ago.
Note: Players will be drafted by team captains at 8 tonight in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. TV: NBC Sports Network
Hockey greats Gordie Howe, left, and Wayne Gretzky enjoying a moment during All-Star Weekend in 1999 in Tampa, Fla.
The NHL All-Star Game in Nationwide Arena on Sunday won’t look anything like a regular league game. There will be no hits, very few penalties, only a sprinkling of blocked shots — most of them by accident — and absolutely, positively no fights.