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The All-Star Game was odd, but there were some bright moments

Those of you who like goals might have found the record-breaking 17-12 tally tolerable, and those of you who dislike the fan voting may have found Ryan Johansen's naming as the game's MVP on a night that Team Toews defeated Johansen's Team Foligno--via a 4-goal performance from John Tavares, a 3 goal-plus-3-assist performance from Jakub Voracek and 5-point nights for Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron (1 goal + 4 assists)--to be the ultimate, "This shit is a bunch of fluffernutter" exclamation point...

But Tavares spoke glowingly of the experience of being named an All-Star having grown up watching the games and being honored by and grateful for the opportunity of playing among the league's best, and there was this:

So the All-Star Game was an event in itself, and now it's over, with all of us expecting this come a year from now:

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Chet's avatar

those calling for an end to the ASG are…correct.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 01/25/15 at 08:28 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

“This shit is a bunch of fluffernutter”

As a hockey fan, I will still watch every All Star Game from here until the end of time, but that phrase pretty much sums up this year’s event.  I had to rewind the MVP awarding just to make sure they hadn’t really, really mispronounced Tavares’ name.

However, I really enjoyed the Columbus fans doggin’ on Fleury.  Well done, Jacket fans.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/25/15 at 09:58 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

The team-selecting process has become a last-minute affair, the ballot-stuffing is ridiculous and more and more regularly, it’s becoming a painfully transparent “reward” for teams that were able to keep their franchises afloat and/or a sponsor-feting activity.

And I say that having watched every ASG since 1992.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 01/25/15 at 10:04 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

This game is for the kiddies and the corporate type who advertise with the league. I don’t get wound up about who plays, who starts, who the MVP is…..doesn’t matter to me. I didn’t watch today’s game.( hey you kids, get off my lawn!)

Seriously the last time I really paid any attention to this game was the last time it was in Detroit, and Mr. Hockey was making his last appearance.

Gordie’s introduction that day was as genuine a moment as
  you will ever witness.

No, I honestly had zero interest in the entire weekend, except to note that no wings were there, and I think that was a good thing!!

 

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/25/15 at 11:21 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I don’t mind it; I watched the game and the skills competition in the background through the weekend While working on projects.  Some of the goals are fun and entertaining so that was cool.

I just don’t get everyone who wants to rag on the weekend.  It’s got its strange times, but so does every broadcast Pierre McGuire is in Anyways

Posted by TreKronor on 01/26/15 at 12:10 AM ET

Chris from NOHS's avatar

Yeah, TV sucks, but the kids in the local cities love it.  I’m from Columbus and man, this is huge for growing the game here, you should have seen all the kids at the skills competition having the time of their lives. That’s who this is for, not old men like us.

If you expect playoff hockey, or even regular season off nights, you’re going to leave disappointed.  But if you expect a fun filled hockey themed weekend, the all-star game weekend is a huge success.

Posted by Chris from NOHS from Columbus, OH/Grand Rapids, MI on 01/26/15 at 09:38 AM ET

Paul's avatar

I am all for a celebration of hockey, perhaps not calling it a game would help, since it really isn’t a game.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/26/15 at 09:41 AM ET

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I have two boys, aged eight and twelve.  They both play hockey and are big fans of the game. The eight year old wanted to watch the skills competition but neither of them wanted to watch the ASG, both said it was boring and stupid.
When you’re losing the eight year old demographic…

Posted by dwgs on 01/26/15 at 10:21 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

The skills competition is fine. Maybe just make that the premiere event of the weekend, while nixing “the game”.

Really, 17-12 is ridiculous. The players are at 2/3-speed, and the goalies barely move. And who can blame them? Not worth risking an injury.

How on earth that game yesterday would sell the sport to a casual fan is beyond me.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 01/26/15 at 10:29 AM ET

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I planned on watching the skills competition, as I usually do, and a period or so of the game itself. I turned off the skills comp. after about 15 minutes and the game less than 3 minutes in. I’m glad that, by all accounts, C-Bus put on a nice show for the kids and hopefully exposed hockey to some new fans. Lame doesn’t even begin to describe what the event looked like to me however. For years I’ve thought that the only all-star game that is at all worthwhile is MLB’s. This thing was just brutal.

Posted by godblender on 01/26/15 at 11:34 AM ET

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