All-Star notes: Blackhawks' strong showing

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Current and former Blackhawks are littered all over Sunday’s boxscore of Team Lidstrom’s 11-10 All-Star Game victory over Team Staal. A wrap-up:

  • Patrick Kane: 1 assist, 4 shots on net

  • Jonathan Toews: 1 goal, 2 assists

  • Duncan Keith: 1 assist, minus-3

  • Patrick Sharp: 1 goal, 2 assists, 5 shots on net, Game MVP

  • Dustin Byfuglien: 1 goal, minus-3

  • Martin Havlat: 3 assists

    Toews relaxes

    Captain Serious was all smiles during All-Star weekend. He admitted it was nice not to have to answer questions about wins and losses and just have some fun with the game. He was especially loose with the media, deadpanning his answer when asked how he thought he played in the game.

    “I was good on draws, smart in the D-zone, backchecked well, had a couple hits, but no blocked shots,” Toews said. “It was fun.”

    Keith and Byfuglien

    Keith and former Blackhawk Byfuglien were paired on the blueline for Team Lidstrom while Nicklas Lidstrom skated with Shea Weber. Keith and Byfuglien were a combined minus-6 while Lidstrom and Weber were plus-13.

    “I don’t know what is more impressive, their plus-13 or me and Buff’s minuses,” Keith joked. “Those two guys are pretty good players.”

    Byfuglien was then informed of the extreme differences in the plus/minus.

    “Weird, how some things don’t change,” he laughed.

    The two, along with Kane, hooked up on a scoring play where all three earned points on a Byfuglien tally.

    “That was some shades of the old days there,” Keith said. “It was nice to see him put that one in.”

    Second half

    The Blackhawks will begin the second half of the season on Tuesday in Columbus. Head coach Joel Quenneville said the switch back to serious hockey has to happen “real quick.” He and assistant Mike Haviland will fly back to Chicago Monday morning to conduct an afternoon practice -- sans the four Blackhawks All-Stars, who will fly right to Columbus. Their teammates will meet them there Monday night.