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Thoughts On The All Star Game

I find this point in the season to be a very slow time.  There was only one game over the weekend and it didn't count for anything in the standings.  It is questionable how seriously the players involved in the game were playing.

This year comes with a new format.  The NHL is pushing 3 on 3 as its new fad.  I don't know that it changed much.  In 3 on 3 there is a lot more space on the ice so there will be naturally less checking.  Thus the lack of checking is not as obvious.  By the time the final game came around, the players' competitive instincts and perhaps the $1 million on the line kicked in and there was some checking, but it was far less than any real game.

One thing we learned is that the NHL's talent pool is deep.  Even the weaker players can look good in a game.  This is especially true if they are more motivated than the remainder of the All Stars.  Of course I am talking about John Scott.  There was fear going into the game that he would stick out as the one player who couldn't keep up.  Tha wasn't the case.  He turned out to be the MVP.  If we are totally honest, there was no single obvious MVP but he was one of a few strong candidates.  He was the storybook choice given the drama behind his selection to the game.

Nashville was a good host to this game.  The country music stars that come with the city was a good addition to the entertainment value of the game.  The game itself was not good hockey.  I am glad it's over and I am ready for the stretch run. 

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