Ovechkin Snubs ASG Because He Doesn’t Want To Be A Distraction: Too Late

This is becoming the week of no shows.  Just yesterday, we had Tim Thomas staying away from the White House because of his non-political political beliefs.  Now, we have Alex Ovechkin bowing out of the All Star Game because he is currently suspended from the regular season for three games.

Ovechkin isn’t suspended for the All Star Game, of course.  He’s suspended for the regular season.  Ovechkin could go, but is choosing not to, because he doesn’t want to be a distraction at the ASG.

It wasn’t long ago that hockey fans were complaining that Ovechkin hadn’t earned a slot in the ASG, considering his numbers.  He has twenty goals and nineteen assists for 39 points, which aren’t bad numbers.  But they aren’t standard Alex Ovechkin numbers, unless you consider he is on pace for more goals than he had last season.

Ovechkin was quoted by the Washington Times (via Puck Daddy) as saying:

“My heart is not there. I suspended, so why I have to go there?” Ovechkin said. “I love the game; it’s great event. I’d love to be there, but I’m suspended. I don’t want to be a target. I feel I’m not deserving to be there right now. If I suspended, I have to be suspended. That’s why I give up my roster [spot].”

There is almost always something lost in translation with Ovechkin, so I don’t know if he actually means wondering why he has to go to the game, and more of why he should go to the game.

Is his point being made?  Does he actually have a point to make? The speculation and tin foil hats came out when Crosby didn’t go to the ASG because he was believed to be protesting the NHL’s stance on player safety and head shots.  The NHL eventually changed their policy on head shots, but if Crosby wanted to publicly protest head shots, he could have said so.  He could have eaten the potential fine for speaking out against the NHL, even if it wouldn’t have been a savvy PR move.

I don’t think there is much of a protest here.  Ovechkin was suspended for a reckless hit on Zbynek Michalek, and he seems to accept the suspension, unlike Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. From his blog, Ted’s Take:

I do not agree in any way with the suspension of Alex Ovechkin for 3 games. I support Alex Ovechkin. He is our bedrock player – our Captain; and he and his family know that we are always here to support him.

Well, isn’t that nice?  You support him?  You are paying him enough, you should support him, but what that has to do with his suspension is beyond me.

The problem is that the All Star Game is looking less and less star-studded right now.  There are more players bowing out and injured every day, and losing a player like Ovechkin certainly damages the luster of the game.  But the All Star Game is nothing more than a commercial for the league. A poorly produced one at that.  They need the stars to show up to make it a commercial worth watching.

But you can not tell me that the All Star Game is that important, when the league thinks this is a good idea for ASG entertainment.

Central Hockey League All Star Game

I’m going a little out of order here, but I wanted to post the pictures from the CHL All Star Game from Laredo, TX. It was certainly an interesting game, or at least, the hoopla around the game was interesting (yes, I said hoopla). At the very least, I had a great time. Let’s go to the photos:

click on any photo to make it bigger.

Hey everyone, it’s my good friend, Lord Stanley’s Cup:

Chl Allstar017

This is kind of a surreal picture, maybe because the background is a little more in focus than I am, or the Cup for that matter.

And for all you Avs fans:

Chl Allstar018 Chl Allstar020
The way that 2000-01 Avalanche ring looks a little weird, like it was compressed a little in transit? It doesn’t look like the same ring as the one I saw in Cleveland a few years back.
Still, it’s a thing of beauty.
Chl Allstar022 Chl Allstar023

And I got my picture with another keeper of the Cup.

Chl Allstar025

This is the second Keeper of the Cup I’ve had my picture taken with, and oddly enough, I was wearing the same jersey.

I am here to tell you, you have not heard the Canadian National Anthem until you have heard a mariachi band do it (OK, yes, you have, but you still have to hear it to believe it). Hopefully, the video I took on my iPhone worked out, and I can share it with you later.

Chl Allstar034

When you set off fireworks inside a closed arena, you should have a sufficient ventilation system to get rid of the sulfurous smoke that is left behind. I am here to tell you, they do not have such a system at the Laredo Event Center.

Chl Allstar035

Hey, you know who doesn’t know how to do the Y.M.C.A.? These women.
Chl Allstar039

OK, on to the game:

Chl Allstar041 Chl Allstar046

Chl Allstar053 Chl Allstar061

Chl Allstar065 Chl Allstar066

Chl Allstar067 Chl Allstar068

Chl Allstar071 Chl Allstar075

Surreal image of the night:

Chl Allstar043

Yep, still hazy:
Chl Allstar042

OK, back to the game:

Chl Allstar076 Chl Allstar079

One penalty was handed out, to this guy:
Chl Allstar092


The goals picked up in the third period, and it was looking like an All Star Game:

Chl Allstar102 Chl Allstar094

Chl Allstar109 Chl Allstar100

Chl Allstar112 Chl Allstar104

The South Texas All Stars (made up of players from the Laredo Bucks, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, and Corpus Christi Rayz) beat the CHL All Stars (all the rest of the teams) 9-4. Final SOG was 62-37.

Chl Allstar121

Team MVPs get win really small HDTVs.
Chl Allstar125
This guy deserved the CHL team MVP.
Chl Allstar126 Chl Allstar128

All that was left was the player salutes:

Chl Allstar138 Chl Allstar132
The Killer Bees salute their fans:

Chl Allstar140

That does it for the All Star Game. I still owe you pictures from the Colorado Eagles vs. RGV Killer Bees game. Oh, they are coming.

Technorati Tags: ,

All-Star Game Liveblog: Latenight Edition

Welcome to the All-Star Game Liveblog. Comments are open, so leave what you want. If you know the score, it’s time to pretend like nothing has happened.

Running a little behind, so here we go…

Well, the grand experiment, which has worked so far in other tests, is not working correctly. So, on with the regular liveblog model. What I have done so far…

11:12 Henrik Sedin still looks sad.

11:10 This is a slightly better intro than last night. But still… How do you think the Hives like this sort of thing?

11:09 Someone take away the zoom control from Versus. Please.

11:05 I’m sure the commercials are better during the regular broadcast. Not that the same three commercials are that good. Beef Jerky only can sell so much.

11:01 Thanks for the insight Eddie O. Goalies don’t like the ASG? How about Rick DiPietro. Think he likes his hip injury from last night? This isn’t about the goalies, ever. Ever.

11:00 You should not need to refresh your browser for this. The board should update on it’s own. ASG is on!!!

On with the show.

11:16 Can the NHL please buy a new effect that wasn’t used in 1974? The flame jets on wheels were much more impressive in the disco era.

11:18 And you know, thanks for the Hives and all, but can we get a more hockey band for this sort of thing? You know, like the ZAMBONIS!?!??!?!?!?!

11:19 Hey, the Canadian National Anthem rhymes in French as well as English. Who knew? OK, the Canadians, but I didn’t. That’s planning.

11:21 I want to see Grammy nominated Amy Winehouse do the national anthem. Talk about a mess. Sure, the Atlanta Boys Choir is heartfelt and nice, but it isn’t like we haven’t heard it every game everywhere ever.

11:23 Chuck Norris sounds and looks like William H. Macy. I have never seen a “total gym” on an Aaron Sorkin sitcom.

11:25 DiPietro gives up a goal while talking about his hip :12 seconds in, and the tone is set. He makes up with a poke check shortly after.

11:27 Hey does this uniform make me look fat? Yes, it does.

11:28 Osgood gives one up to Eric Stall. Does it make me evil that I am happy to see Osgood score on him? It’s just an All-Star game, but I love to see him get scored on.

11:29 DiPietro with baseball bat putting the puck up ice. It’s icing, but it still looks cool.

11:30 DiPietro shows us some stickhanding that would get him fired in any regular game. Sweet. The way he holds his stick is crazy. I had read about it before in The Hockey News, but to see it in action is pretty cool.

11:35 The action, while not physical, is quick. The effect of not having the checking is that you can see what is happening on TV better. The ice looks wide open, mostly because there aren’t five players clogging up one area. It may not be amazing hockey, but it sure is fun.

11:38 Garth Brooks is there. Remember last year when Chuck Norris was promoting his fighting show on Versus? It was pathetic, and took away form the event. While Brooks is pimping a good cause, let’s get back to the game.

11:39 Markov scores on Osgood again. Pinball between the pads five hole. I smile on the inside.

11:41 Apparently, offsides is still a rule at the All-Star game. Offside by a mile.

11:44 I said it last night, and I will say it again, picture in picture does not work in hockey. DiPietro goes down, and there is no call. he got dumped hard, and with his hip (see last night), they should be taking it easy on him.

11:47 AO gets a goal on Osgood. Hard angle on that one. I want to shake his hand just for scoring on Osgood.

11:50 DiPietro doesn’t care for the trapezoid area, where he can’t play the puck. A puck moving goalie doesn’t like the trapezoid? Surprising.

11:51 Osgood=Sieve. 4-1 east.

11:52 MegMegMeg makes the observation that it is easy to root for the East, since they are talking to DiPietro. I agree, but it’s easy for me with the crop of Red Wings out there. It may be the All-Star game, butt I can still hate the Red Wings.

11:54 Ovechkin scores again on Osgood. 3rd career ASG goal. And did the crowd just heckle Osgood? I would.

11:56 Not surprisingly, the goalies still care about goals being scored against. And then DiPietro gives the play-by-play.

11:58 It’s the end of the first. Will Ovechkin have a hat trick? Will DiPietro get a new gig calling games at Versus? Is Osgood going to cry? We will know soon.

Midnight: I ain’t tired yet. You?

12:02 Brian Engblom is bad enough when he talks about hockey that matters. This is worse.

12:03 Accuscore? What the hell is that? Are they just making words up now? If Versus really has better stats and graphics then NHL.com, then you have to wonder what they are thinking.

12:05 Some guy is talking about a “reverse mortgage.” Isn’t that where they foreclose on you, and they take your house away? What the hell are they selling here? Latenight TV ads are stupid. Stoopid. Stouped. Just plain dum.

12:13 We are back. Willy O’Ree is in the house.

12:15 For all the complaining that people do about the All-Star game, they sure do love the ceremonies that go on. Retiring players jerseys, honoring the players of the past. And O’Ree deserves every accolade that the league and fans pass his way. I’m just saying that we take so much time honoring the past, it’s nice to take a moment and honor the players who are playing right now. Sometimes you have to take a step back and just have a little fun, and give some love to the players of today.

12:17 Don’t forget, the AHL All-Star game is being played tomorrow. Click here for broadcast information. I get to see it on FSN Pittsburgh. If I wanted to drive six hours, I could go see it, but not this time. I’ve been to an AHL ASG, and it’s totally worth going to. But tomorrow is my day off, and I want to relax a little.

12:22 Ovechkin almost scored on his own net, not realizing that Vokoun is not DiPietro. Note to the Panthers: Do not pass to Vokoun.

12:28 Not nearly as much action in this period so far. A few shots, not as much interest. You have to wonder if the players are figuring out that this is going to be a long game.

12:29 AO looking for open ice, then heading up ice. I think that was the deepest in the zone I have seen Ovechkin in any game. Ever.

12:30 Nash with deke breaks the scoring drought. Slick move. 5-2 East.

12:32 Henrik Sedin doesn’t know it’s an All-Star game and tries to poke a trapped puck away from Vokoun. Next up, Phaneuf boarding Malkin, and Pronger with a two-hander on St. Louis.

12:37 What a dissapointment Kovalchuk has been in this game. He can’t even receive a pass.

12:38 Ovechkin makes a pass, which reminds us that he has no one to pass to on the Capitals. And at $124 million over 13 years, he probably won’t for a while.

12:39 Niedermayer scores. Scott Miedermayer: All-Star.

12:43 Again., I’m sick of this picture in picture thing. I have seen people on television before. I have seen people on TV talking. I can even hear them talking. I do not need them blocking the game.

12:46 Kovalchuk gets robbed by Nabokov. Great save, and a great reaction.

12:48 Kovalchuk should just break his stick. Can’t score on a breakaway, thanks to the Nabokov pad stack.

12:49 The 2nd period has come to an end, and the Western Conference is making a comeback. What do you think Mike Babcock said in the dressing room? And so far, AO or DiPietro is the MVP in my book. I have seen nothing so far about the ASG online, so this is as raw a guess as though it were running live, and not a rebroadcast.

12:52 Versus is doing a better job with the highlights for the ASG than they do during the regualr season. Sure, they have only one game to pay attention to, but they backed up the videotape enough to show how the play started.

12:55 Back after the concerts. I really don’t care about the music, unless it’s the Zambonis. Notice a trend here?

12:58 This can not be good for the ice. A marching band? A keytar (a keyboard carried and played like a guitar)? Something has to give here, people. Oh, the humanity.

1:00 AM I’m not tired yet. OK, I am a little tired, but I did two shows today. I deserve to be tired.

1:04 Anyone going to get a hat trick tonight? I don’t know yet, and you may. It’s like you are in the future. Do they have flying cars yet?

1:08 Bettman in the “hot seat.” He’s wearing the same headset I wear. I remember the last ASG on ESPN, before the lockout, and Bettman was next to Goodenow, and the ESPN guys were hard on them about the upcoming lost season. This is a love fest.

1:11 Thomas is in net, and he gives up a goal to Getzlaf. Legace and Bettman are going back and forth about the gear the goalies wear. Legace doesn’t pull the punches that the Versus crew does. Good for him.

1:13 Hat trick for Rick Nash. I would have figured AO for three goals first. And you know what, I have no idea what the prize is for ASG MVP. Do they get a car? You are in the future, not me. Hmmm…..

1:15 Legace says he’s the opposite of Rick DiPietro. Thomas, on the other hand, makes the amazing save.

1:17 Finally, a home town boy player scores. Hossa with the goal, and Legace with the humor. his little legs don’t reach that far.

1:20 Gary Bettman says that home and away schedule is not good for attendance, since divisional games are better attended. But I do not buy, and would like to see the paperwork on this one, that the fan research does not care about seeing every team play in every building once a season. It seems that every time Bettman is asked a question, he has fan sentiment on his side, which is not what I hear at all. I do not believe it one bit.

1:25 Things have slowed down a little. I suddenly realize that the lighting is much better than it was last night.

1:27 Gaborik scores on Thomas. Have the Red Wings done anything in this game? How many players do they have at the ASG, including the head coach? Did they do anything yesterday? Are they even trying? I wonder if coach Babcock told them to back off a little bit, and not get hurt. That’s my conspiracy story, and I’m sticking to it.

1:32 Stall with two now. Game tied at 7. Legace: “I should have had that one.” Is this the same guy that was accused of being a cancer in teh dressing room in Detroit? Somehow, I don’t see him being a problem. Sure, he’s expressive, but nothing “cancerous.”

1:34 I was wondering what it was like for Legace to be on the same team as Osgood, but he says they are good friends, so nothing there.

1:35 Add Iginla to the invisible player list. Where has he been all night?

1:37 Malkin with a hell of a pass behind the back to Alferdsson.

1:38 Are we going to overtime?

1:39 first broken stick of the night.

1:39 Savard!!!! Top shelf where momma hides the MVP trophy. Won’t happen, shouldn’t happen. It’s just fun to say.

1:41 The East wins the game. Tim Thomas is the winning goalie.

1:42 Why am I looking at a marketing guy? This is the sales crap that the fans hate.

1:43 Bettman gets booed as usual. I think he told the guy next to him that it happens every time.

1:44 Eric Staal gets the MVP? More east coast bias in teh NHL. I bet Rick Nash will have a few errant words under his breath. If he wants to be an MVP, he should teach his brother Jordan to step it up a little.

1:48 Hey, someone is taking Staal’s car. Stop, thief! Unless it’s Rick Nash.

1:50 Final thoughts: That’s it from the ASG. Would it have been any better if Sidney Crosby would have been there? I would have to say no. It would have been Crosby and the Other Guys, much like the Penguins are already treated. The game was fun, and had it’s moments, much like any NHL game. The ASG should be about having fun with the game. If you don’t care for these things, that’s fine, just don’t take it away from those of us who like it.

It’s back to work for the NHL, back to playing games, earning points in the standings, and fighting, checking, and getting injured. Speaking of which, is Rick DiPietro OK? Will he be back in the net for the first Islanders game after the break?

Thanks for staying up late.

Staying Up Late?

if you are staying up for the rebroadcast of the All Star Game, stop on by for some live-ish blogging of the rebroadcast. It’s fun for those of you who haven’t seen it yet. I’m working through the live version, so I’m getting while the getting is good. See you then. Or Monday, whatever you like.

Live Blogging the Skills Competition, Rebroadcast Edition

It may be dumb, but there is only so much opportunity I get these days to liveblog a hockey game, and I was running a spotlight during the skills competition, so this is my chance. Sure, most hockey fans have already seen it, and I’m sure many of them have had the amount of beer needed to kill a horse, so I don’t expect much from the audience on this one. But I think this is going to be fun.

11:31 Eddie O and Doc are doing the call. Ray Bourque looks awesome in the old-school footage of accuracy competition.

11:32 Do we really need celebrity judges? No. This isn’t a horse race. This isn’t the Belmont Stakes. This isn’t Dancing with the Stars. OK, maybe it is.

11:34 Is Ovechkin the worst interview ever? Yeah, but he is trying, and he is much more personable than Crosby.

11:36 Introductions time. Aside from the fact that they are starting late, this is the worst part of the Skills Competition. If they do it again for the game Sunday night, they are going to lose viewers. Or at least me. Sure, you have to do it, but it takes forever, and people only care about the players from their team.

11:38 Hey, it’s snowing in Pittsburgh, right outside my window. What’s the weather like in Atlanta?

11:39 Herrik Sedin looks lonely. I wonder why.

11:40 Eastern Conf introductions. I can go get some chips now. OK, I’ll stay. But still, I’m bored.

11:41 I should say, right now, that while I’m bored with this (Moby’s James Bond theme in the background?), I like these sort of events by default. Sure, it isn’t a hard hitting game. It isn’t the NHL you see every day, but I think that’s kind of the point. If you could watch your favorite hockey players just goof off everyday. you would tire of it. But every so often, fans can put everything else aside, and watch some fun. You can hate the Red Wings, for example, outside of a game situation.

11:45 And with that, commercial. How bored must the fans at the game (and I’m calling it a game for simplicity sake)? Back in a minute.

11:48 How long until Chris Pronger shaves his head? Versus, not all of us have HD. Make your graphics fit the screen.

11:50 Obstacle Course: What the hell is this? It’s absolutely silly looking. Is it going to be worth it? I would rather see them take on the American Gladiators obstacle course.

11:51 Could anyone see wat the hell was going on? Did they test this thing before putting int on the air? This thing looks horrible. If people think hockey looks bad on TV, they ain’t seen nothing yet. Oh, wait, they didn’t see anything anyways.

11:56 Rick DiPietro makes 3 shots out of four. Remember kids, learn to stick handle as a goalie. You never know when it may come in handy.

11:58 Commercial break. I’m getting chips.

Midnight: I’m up. Who else?

12:02 Didn’t they say that the hardest shot was coming up next? I’m so confused.

12:03 So, this is just lame. I liked the once around the rink race. Sure, someone could get hurt, but you can’t etell me this is more fun. And the timer looks to be broken. Doc and Eddie have no idea what’s going on now.

12:06 Yep, teh timer is broken. And the thing seems fixed. Kovalchuk wasn’t the fastest? Where’s the video judge?

12:10 I don’t understand the scoring system. It makes no sense to me. But hey, it’s late.

12:11 Shootout. And this is where the shootout belongs. Not in games. There. I said it. I like the spectacle, hate the thing decideing games.

12:12 Skater-cam sucks. Sucks. I get the feeling that Versus is trying to make hockey look worse and worse. How can we screw things up more for our audience. And Doc tells us Phaneuf is shooting on DiPietro. Nope, that was Vokoun. Nice try, guys. And the mic that DiPietro does not work. Again, nice try, Versus.

12:17 Osgood sucks, Malkin rules. I get to be childish, it’s the skills competition. Tim Thomas is up, and I am actually very excited for him. He is one of my favorite stories in the NHL.

12:18 Thomas gets break, and the puck goes just wide.

12:19 Thomas is two saves on two shots. Good enough for me.

12:20 I can’t see anything with this skater-cam. Plus, the lighting sucks. Seriously, when I saw Legace’s jersey, I was trying to figure out which LA King was playing in net.

12:21 Thomas misses on Phaneuf. It makes me dislike the Flames more. Don’t score on Thomas. Don’t do it.

12:23 Legace with the huge save, and gets two for tripping. The West wins, and I still have no idea how. This is like new math.

12:25 Las Vegas (most likely their tourist board) sponsored the Shootout competition. Was that a bid to get a team in Vegas? Keep them in mind ad money? Hmmm…..

12:28 Youngstars game. Last time, Malkin was cherry picking, and was the only one in the game not to score a point. Even the goalies got assists. It was sweet justice for those who play the game, and play it like a team sport.

12:29 But first, introductions…..

12:32 Wait a minute, wait a minute. Are there no youngstar goalies? None? Seriously? I like wathing Thomas play, but still, I think some young goalies should get a shot at it. Maybe all the goalies are just plain old these days. Hey, let’s put Hasek in. Dude could be these guys dad…or grandpa.

12:35 Clarkson lights up Osgood. Makes me happy. Thomas had a save. This game is going just fine.

12:37 Note to Versus: Picture in Picture does not work during a hockey game. Osgood gives up another one. And another. Happy days are here again.

12:39 Staal with a great shot on Osgood. Osgood is a goal funnel. And he should have gotten a penalty for playing the puck in the zone. And he gives up another one. 5-1 East.

12:41 6-2 East so far. One period down, one to go. The Versus crew asks how it would be with a second overtime with 3 on 3, and I say, it would be short, but it would rock.

12:42 Legace is hilarious, but he is no Marty Turco. Legace wants the hooking call, but you could call him for interference. Legace likes the idea of 3 on 3 better than a shootout. Me too.

12:45 Remember, this isn’t a real game. There is no checking, no real penalties, but it sure is fun. Vokoun is a sieve out there.

12:46 Legace get the MVP of the Youngstars game, and maybe the broadcast. They did the same thing with Marty Turco, and it was great, but this was excellent. Talk about excited.

12:47 Double drop pass, and Legace with the save.

12:49 Legace says go with the team aspect, and have a second 3 on 3 overtime. I’m down with that. Commercial break, so I’ll be right back.

12:53 I do not need to see Chris Simpson eating. Not now, not ever. But apparently, brisket is a local favorite. Whatever. More hockey please.

12:55 More commercials. Smart lids? I may get one. Wait, what am I saying?

12:59 Even more commercials. Oh, yeah, and they better fix the lights for tomorrow.

1:02 We are back, and still going strong. Goalies are out for the moment, and accurate shot is up. Jason Arnott goes 4 on 5 shots, and even hits one twice for good measure.

1:04 Kaberle goes 4 for4. Impressive, young Skywalker.

1:05 Lidstrom sucks. At this. But still, I’ll take what I can get.

1:06 Niedermayer…. Allstar. Should have been skating more on the offseason.

1:10 One on one final? What is this? Did they tell us this? No, they didn’t. Kaberle doesn’t quite go 4 for 4 in this round, but he is pretty impressive.

1:12 But he still wins it. That was pretty impressive. Foam targets may not be goalies, but it’s still pretty cool. Hey, you do it.

1:16 Al Iafrate Worst hair ever? Not just hockey hair, but any hair. Worst. Ever.

1:18 Zdeno Chara, 6’9″, 250 lbs. Yeah, I could take him.

1:21 Arnott breaks 100, Ovechkin doesn’t. But DiPietro says it’s OK, thanks to the amount of goals he has so far. And who knew DiPietro started out as a forward? The things you learn.

1:23 Lecavalier hits 101.3, and that’s pretty damn impressive.

1:24 Phaneuf. Soft shot. Ha!!!!

1:27 Chara is 101.4 on the first shot, 103.1. Damn. I blame the longest stick in the NHL. Plus, he put his entire body into it, and that’s a lot of body.

1:28 Final event is next, and I don’t think I will understand how they score it either. Breakaway challenge? Is this where we get the celebrity judges?

1:34 That’s the celebrity panel? Whatever. At least they should know some hockey.

1:36 Datsyuk doesn’t get much for the first, and more for the second. Mellanby is not easy to impress.

1:38 St. Louis screws the pooch. Lacrosse move is a bust, backhand is worse.

1:39 Getzlaf off the skate impresses the judges, backwards between the legs does even better. It’s fun, but I want to see the lacrosse shot.

1:41 Kovalchuk bores me on the first shot, but the from-the-knees shot is more fun.

1:42 Gaborik goes between the legs on the first shot, and tries the wraparound. DiPietro says he “f%#ked” his hip up again. Did he make a little dig against HAsek? “He’s got some speed, I may have to take his knees out.”

1:45 Did DiPietro really jack up his hip? Is that the scoop of the year (not for me, but Versus).

1:46 Ovechkin has the move of the game. Scooping it up on the stick was impressive, but I would have loved to see him just carry it on his stick, and tip it in.

1:48 He can’t bat it in, but how cool was his moves? Bat it up in the air, 360 spin, and the baseball swing. Really impressive.

1:50 Oveckin with the win, but barely any goals. The replay in slow motion shows the dangling tongue, the signature of AO. I have a hard time disliking the guy.

1:56 AM Final thoughts: Waht, other than it’s late? I have to get to bed, I have two shows tomorrow. But it was still worth staying up to watch the skills competition. I had a great time, and even though I had some complaints, I thought it was a lot of fun. For the record, I think the obstacle course sucked hard. I thought the camera work was awful (thanks, Versus), and the event rarely made sense. There were too many stupid scoring options, and if the most important thing is bragging rights, don’t pile up rules that we aren’t going to care about. The best part of the evening was the shootout skills, and while it was fun, I believe this is where those skills belong, in a skill competition, not in a game. Manny Legace was awesome, and Rick DiPietro was fun, but when I think of him now, I will always remember him “Fucking” up his hip on air. Good job, Rick. Make it so we have to watch the games on a delay. Language!!!

I think I will do this tomorrow night, for the rebroadcast, since I will again be working for the live event. Are you going to miss it too? Pop on ny. It will be a party.