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Highlights From The 1st Period Of The ASG

Three and a half minutes of goals and talk…

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ASG Pre-Game Notes

Rock band The Hives will open the game with a performance of their hit single, “Tick Tick Boom.”  The Atlanta Boy Choir will perform the U.S. national anthem and singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards will perform the Canadian national anthem. R&B singer/songwriter and five-time Grammy nominee Ne-Yo will perform his hit single “Because of You” with Halftime Live, a 75-piece marching band, during the second intermission.

In addition to tonight’s performers, the celebrities in attendance include actors David Boreanaz (“Bones”), Taylor Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights”), Matthew Modine (“Weeds”) and Thorsten Kate (“All My Children”); actress Alyssa Milano (“Charmed”), rock band Mastodon, country superstar Garth Brooks and Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine.

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin also will be in attendance as the special guest of NHL legend Willie O’Ree. The first intermission will feature a special tribute to Willie O’Ree and the 50th anniversary of his NHL debut.

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Behind The Scenes At The ASG

Go behind the scenes before the ASG starts….

Watch the streaming video which is scheduled to start at 3:30pm ET.

update:  Stream is over.

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Trade & Rumor Talk

Spector covers all the current trade and rumor talk today.

On a side note, most teams have a meeting scheduled in late January where they will discuss many different trade scenarios.  Are they buyers, what players could help and who may be considered movable.

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Mac On The Road Back

from Jo-Ann Barnas of the Detroit Free Press,

Smoking marijuana, McCarty said, had become “my escape.”

“It was sort of like I didn’t have to deal with anything,” he said. “And I was functional. You wouldn’t be able to tell if I was high or if I wasn’t. I was depressed, big-time. I just wanted to sleep. I just wanted to be by myself—or not around people that care about me.”

After speaking with his ex-wife, McCarty left the hydroplane races that July day and did what he needed to do. He entered rehab for three months. (McCarty said he wants to keep the name and location of the program private.)

“I finally faced things that I needed to face,” McCarty said. “I firmly believe that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. But for me, I needed to pretty much lose almost everything to realize what was important. I’m one of those people.


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Trying To Grow Hockey In The South

from Steve Hummer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Until they can sign Dale Jr. to drive a Zamboni, popularizing Canada’s game down here remains slow, hard work, y’all.

“I said from Day One that this project is going to take 10 years, just to expose the product to as many people as we possibly can,” said Thrashers general manager/coach Don Waddell, whose team is in Year Eight of the 10-year plan. The Thrashers are out in the Atlanta metro area aggressively, hosting some sort of developmental or introductory program weekly.

The love for the game is here just like in any of its traditional Northern outposts, but it’s the quantity of that devotion that is open to question.

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A Showcase, Not A Game

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

It’s a charade of what hockey is all about. No hits. No blocked shots. No penalties. No emotion.

Once, when the All-Star format called for the reigning Stanley Cup champions to face the best of the rest, the competition was there. Pride in winning was there. Competition was there. Now, it’s mostly a party for players and an opportunity for the NHL to show its major sponsors how much they appreciate the millions they pour into the game each year….

The NHL has made it abundantly clear it likes what it has now: sellouts year after year in arenas charging sky-high prices. It likes the skills competition and loves the outpouring of goals that have become the rule rather than the exception.


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Nolan Calls His Goal

from the Calgary Herald,

“Top corner, bar and in,” grinned Jarome Iginla, Nolan’s present-day teammate with the Calgary Flames and an NHL rookie at the time. “Yeah, I remember it. It was great. It was nice to see. He was calling his shot. I think Hasek had made some pretty good saves on him before that and he was saying, ‘I’ve got you this time.’ And he did. It was pretty cool. A good way to finish off a hat trick.”

“It was great,” said Nolan. “First of all, it’s an honour just to play in an all-star game. And to be able to score a goal during it and then get a hat trick in front of the home crowd? It’s too hard to explain. It was a great atmosphere when that third goal went in, I honestly thought the roof was coming in. It felt like an earthquake.”


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1st Half Awards

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

(If I Only Had A) Heart Trophy: Patrick Marleau, Sharks. A year ago, the high-flying center taken second overall in 1997 was on his way to 32 goals, 78 points and a plus-9 rating. Heading toward this year’s All-Star break, Marleau was on pace for 15 goals, 40 points and a team-worst minus-31. But he can take heart because he’s in bad company with Dishonorable Mention: Thomas Vanek, Sabres; Jaromir Jagr, Rangers; Andrew Brunette, Avalanche….

Vezina Trophy: Roberto Luongo, Canucks. Just when you thought this masked man couldn’t get any better, he did. Entering the All-Star break, Luongo was among the league leaders in wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts and was on pace for a career-best 2.04 GAA.


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Stop The Blocked Shots

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Obstruction and trapping slowly are creeping back into the game, with referees being less vigilant and coaching strategies and player mind-sets retreating to the dark days.

Yet there is a new and perhaps even bigger threat to the NHL’s entertainment value.

That’s the approach of backing up and erecting what isn’t quite like the human wall in front of a soccer free kick, but is at least reminiscent of it in intent. The goal is to block or tip shots, preventing the puck from getting through to the goaltender.

The NHL needs to take a look at legislating the strategy out of the game, whether with imaginative uses of additional lines and what could amount to defensive offsides standards, or something else.

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