Giroux, Timonen are all-stars; Hartnell snubbed

Defenseman Kimmo Timonen was one of two Flyers to make the All-Star team. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Center Claude Giroux and defenseman Kimmo Timonen were the only Flyers named to the NHL all-star team on Thursday. Left winger Scott Hartnell, who is having a career season, was snubbed.

Coach Peter Laviolette had said it would be "criminal" if Hartnell wasn't selected.

Hartnell, 29, could be added if another all-star is injured. That was the case last year with Danny Briere.

Hartnell is having a better season that some of the bigger "name" all-stars, including Washington's Alex Ovechkin, who has 17 goals, 16 assists and is minus-8. Hartnell, who has never been named to an all-star team in his 11-year career, has 18 goals, 19 assists and is plus-19.

Matt Read and Sean Couturier were named to participate in the rookie all-star events.

The All-Star Game is in Ottawa on Jan. 29. The captains and alternates will pick the teams in a Jan. 26 draft.

And, no, Giroux is not allowed to pick his linemate, Hartnell, if he becomes one of the captains.

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