by Patrick Hoffman on 01/30/11 at 10:05 PM ET
Have to admit folks, this was a darn good NHL All-Star game.
The teams were even, there were great goals, great saves, pretty plays and a great atmosphere at the RBC Arena. Kudos to the Carolina Hurricanes organization for doing a terrific job as the host city and to its fans for continuing to show that Carolina is indeed a solid hockey market.
Here are some other observations I had:
- Is it me or did it look like Washington Capitals’ forward Alex Ovechkin struggled in the game? Yes he had a goal but he missed some opportunities and even caused a penalty shot. What’s going on with the “Great Eight”?
- How about the goaltending in this game? Yes, it was high scoring but all the goaltenders involved had some highlight saves. New York Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist even stopped a penalty shot.
- I was impressed with the play of Carolina Hurricanes’ rookie Jeff Skinner. The kid knows how to create plays, dangle the puck and has a ton of hockey sense. The future is bright in Carolina with a player like Skinner in the fold.
- I was also impressed with the play of Montreal Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price. He took the game seriously, made a lot of great saves and kept Team Staal in it.
- Again, the atmosphere was great. It was great to see fans get to their feet when Team Staal scored and they made it feel like a real game.
- It was nice to see hat a four goal lead is not safe in the “new” NHL as Team Lidstrom wiped out a 4-0 Team Staal lead in the first period.
Overall, it was a great weekend for the National Hockey League and hopefully, the league will continue to do everything it can to get more people into the great game of hockey.
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