We’ve already established that I’m one of those that enjoys the All-Star Game. I think it’s a ton of fun, and an opportunity for players to get back to playing for fun like they did when they were kids. There’s no worry of standings, and while the competitive spirit is still there, it’s more light-hearted. I love it.
Of course, I might have liked it more if the Western Conference had won it.
That’s not to say that it wasn’t a game well-played by the West. That Fake Russian Evgeni Nabokov stopped all shots he faced in the second period, and Rick Nash managed to pull off a hat trick, the 15th in ASG history (he also broke the record for fastest goal scored in an All-Star Game, at 12 seconds – the record was 19 seconds, by Ted Linday of Detroit, in 1950).
Obviously, when you get the best of the best out on the ice, it’s going to be a good game. My favorite part was mic’ed up goalies. Aw, goalies. Pretty Ricky DiPietro was funny, and Manny Legace won a piece of my heart in the third period. I was hoping for Ribeiro to get a goal, or an assist, or anything, just to get on the scoresheet, but there’s always years to come.
Also, when you throw a marching band out on the ice for the second intermission entertainment, I’m pretty much sold.