Ranking the Best NHL All-Star Game Performances from the Last Decade

Tom Urtz Jr.@@TomUrtzJrContributor IJanuary 23, 2015

Ranking the Best NHL All-Star Game Performances from the Last Decade

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    Over the last decade, there have been some amazing All-Star Games played, and each had some memorable performances. There was Alex Kovalev starring in Montreal, Daniel Alfredsson playing in his final All-Star Game in Ottawa and much more.

    There are players who went above and beyond during the last 10 years, and here are the 12 best individual performances from 2004 to the present.

12. Henrik Sedin (2012)

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    Stats: 1 Goal, 2 Assists

    The 2012 All-Star Game is going to be featured here a few times, because there were a number of solid performances. During this game, the Sedin twins were paired on Team Alfredsson, and it was Henrik who stole the show.

    The Vancouver Canucks captain tallied a goal and two assists, and both Daniel Sedin and Daniel Alfredsson accompanied him on the stat sheet twice.

11. Marian Hossa (2012)

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    Stats: 1 Goal, 2 Assists

    Marian Hossa tallied the same amount of points as Henrik Sedin at the 2012 All-Star Game, except he was a member of Team Chara. The Slovak Sniper was able to set up MVP Marian Gaborik twice. Hossa was also able to assist fellow countryman Zdeno Chara, so it ended up being an evening that featured several Slovak stars.

    Hossa is a five-time All-Star, and you will hear about his best game a couple of slides later.

10. Daniel Alfredsson (2012)

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    Stats: 2 Goals, 1 Assist

    If Team Alfredsson had won the 2012 All-Star Game, Daniel would have taken home MVP honors. In his home rink, Alfredsson scored two goals and an assist, including an unassisted goal.

    The Ottawa Senators' long-time captain was able to make the most of his final All-Star Game, and it certainly was a night to remember.

9. Eric Staal (2008)

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    Stats: 2 Goals, 1 Assist, MVP

    Eric Staal was named MVP of the 2008 All-Star Game held in Atlanta, and the captain of the Carolina Hurricanes had quite a performance.

    Staal recorded a goal and an assist through the first two periods of the game, and he scored the game-tying goal in the third period, which changed the pace of the game. A goal by Marc Savard sealed the deal late in the third, and Staal had a hand in setting the final play up. 

    It is easy for players to get caught up in the fanfare of All-Star Games, but Staal was on point the entire night.

8. Martin St. Louis (2009)

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    Stats: 2 Goals, 1 Assist

    Martin St. Louis is a prolific scorer who has been a frequent participant at the All-Star Game. Back in 2009, St. Louis played for the Eastern Conference All-Stars, and he recorded two goals and an assist.

    St. Louis was involved in two goals that took place 50 seconds apart, and his hot play allowed the East to get out to a big lead early on in the game.

    In addition to that, St. Louis impressed during the Skills Competition, so it was a great weekend for him overall.

7. Rick Nash (2008)

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    Stats: 3 Goals

    In the video above, James Duthie of TSN pointed out that "Slick" Rick Nash has a knack for coming up big at the All-Star Game, so look for him to turn heads on Sunday. Back in 2008, Nash was a menace for the Western Conference, and he found the back of the net three times.

    Nash came close to scoring a fourth goal that would have made Joe Thornton proud, but it was never meant to be. You would think a hat trick would be higher on this list, but Nash had an even better performance at the 2007 All-Star Game.

6. Marian Hossa (2007)

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    Stats: 4 Assists

    The 2007 All-Star Game was a landslide because of a very dynamic Western Conference offense, but the Eastern Conference didn't take the onslaught lying down. After trailing heavily for most of the game, Hossa was involved with three third-period goals that almost helped the East get back into the game.

    Throughout the evening, Hossa's underrated mitts were on display, and he would have had a shot at taking home the MVP award if his team ended up winning the game.

5. Rick Nash (2007)

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    Stats: 2 Goals, 2 Assists

    As we found out in Slide No. 6, Rick Nash is money at the All-Star Game. In 2007, the power forward made magic with Hall of Fame pivot Joe Sakic, as the duo were involved in four goals together.

    Sakic was able to hold onto the puck for the majority of the night, and he found ways to distribute it to a skilled sniper like Nash whenever he wanted to.

    Nash has a knack for coming up big during All-Star weekend, but 2007 was by far his greatest performance to date.

4. Joe Sakic (2007)

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    Stats: 4 Assists

    As fantastic as Rick Nash was at the 2007 All-Star Game, Joe Sakic was even better. The legendary center went out with a bang in his final All-Star Game, as he recorded four assists. The puck was like an egg on his stick all night long, cradled with the utmost care.

    Burnaby Joe's efforts were a big reason behind the Western Conference's dominance in that game, and the captain delivered one of the best All-Star Game performances of his storied career.

3. Joe Sakic (2004)

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    Stats: 3 Goals, MVP

    The final All-Star Game before the lockout took place was held in St. Paul, and it was a lopsided game in which the Western Conference lost 6-4. A couple of different players for the East—including Mark Messier, Daniel Alfredsson, Mats Sundin and Gary Roberts—dominated the night, but Sakic ultimately came out on top.

    Sakic gets the nod here because he scored three of the West's four goals and was the MVP for being the best individual player on the ice. Markus Naslund did record three assists that night, but none of them were especially memorable.

2. Marian Gaborik (2012)

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    Stats: 3 Goals, 1 Assist, MVP

    Marian Gaborik had an amazing evening at the 2012 All-Star Game as a representative of the New York Rangers. It was a season in which Gaborik was able to stay healthy and put his full arsenal of skills on display.

    The speedy winger found the net three times, and he added a helper for good measure. Gaborik ran away with the MVP honors, and it was an electric night for a magnetic player.

1. Daniel Briere (2007)

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    Stats: 1 Goal, 4 Assists, MVP

    Daniel Briere tops the list because of his amazing and unexpected offensive explosion at the 2007 All-Star Game.

    Over the last decade, there have been skilled scorers such as Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos and Rick Nash who have appeared in an All-Star Game, but none of them were able to score five points in a single showing.

    Briere was the main man at the 2007 game, and his goal and four assists enabled him to take home MVP honors.

    Stats via Wikipedia's NHL All-Star Game section.

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