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Posted at 10:15 PM ET, 01/30/2011

2011 NHL All-Star Game: Alex Ovechkin makes a little history

By Katie Carrera

Alex Ovechkin made history at the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday in Raleigh, just not in the way he or anyone else would have anticipated. Although he got the scoring started in what lived up to all-star expectations in an 11-10 victory for Team Lidstrom, Ovechkin was most noticeable early in the third period when he threw a stick at Colorado's Matt Duchene.

The attempt to "make some play," as Ovechkin said, resulted in the first-ever penalty shot in an all-star game. Luckily for Ovechkin, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist bailed him out and stopped Duchene's attempt.

"Well, I want to be in history, so now I'm in history," Ovechkin joked afterward. As for his take on the style of play in the all-star game: "I like it - lots of offense with no defense."

The true fun of the all-star event, though, as several players reiterated throughout the weekend, was having the opportunity to play with some of the best players from around the rest of the league. To commemorate the weekend, Ovechkin and Capitals teammate Mike Green walked around the dressing room after the contest seeking autographs from all of their teammates.

"I'm trying to get it signed by everybody but you [reporters] are everywhere, but hopefully I will," said Green, who said he will have the jersey framed. "It's my first one, it's pretty special. I don't want [the jersey] just laying in a box all the time. So I'm excited."

--Chicago's Patrick Sharp was named MVP of the game with a goal and two assists -- a nice way to end a weekend for a player who wasn't initially listed on the all-star ballot. Not to mention he put on a nice show for his parents, who were so determined to get to Raleigh for the event that when their travel plans were derailed by the snowstorm the stranded them in Newark, they rented a van and made the eight-hour trek to North Carolina.

--Only Nicklas Lidstrom can play through a 11-10 all-star scoring extravaganza and finish with a plus-7 rating. Nashville's Shea Weber wasn't far off though at plus-6.

--This was the first all-star game I've ever attended and the atmosphere in Raleigh was definitely unique. With such strong representation for the Hurricanes -- Eric Staal, Cam Ward, Jeff Skinner and Jamie McBain, who participated with the rookies in the skills competition -- they were loud and let their loyalties known even outside RBC Center throughout the whole weekend.

Also, the references to Jeff Skinner as North Carolina's Justin Bieber aren't an exaggeration. Though it's hard to say if Skinner's announcement as part of the all-star roster on Sunday afternoon garnered louder applause from the home crowd than the one former Hurricane Rod Brind'Amour received when he skated out on to the ice for the opening segment.

By Katie Carrera  | January 30, 2011; 10:15 PM ET
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Comments

Yeah Alex! I interviewed him after the game for the Caps official Fan website: http://www.ChatCapitals.com/

Posted by: Sports4eva | January 30, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

that's awesome sports4eva!

glad he had fun, looks like all the boys had fun. Ovie did have a goal and an assist and green was looking nice on the scoresheet too, so i thought it was fun to watch them all.

oh and one more thing. Ovie is definately MY captain and I'm damn proud to say it

Posted by: capsfan387 | January 31, 2011 12:14 AM | Report abuse

is it bad that i'm okay with team staal losing, even if our men were on that team? =P

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | January 31, 2011 2:20 AM | Report abuse

Would you guys rather have Steckel or Konopka as 4th line Center?

Steckel is 28 yr old, 6'5", 217lb, has 3 x 1,1 mil/yr left on his contract.
Konopka is 30 yr old, 6'0", 209lb, is UFA after this season making 0,6 mil this yr.

Their stats are pretty similar:
Gp G A P +/- pim Hits Bks Shots GvA TkA FOW FOL Tot FO% Toi/g shtoi/g sft/g
Steckel 45 4 5 9 -3 19 73 33 45 6 15 368 202 570 64.6 11:36 1:54 18,3
Konopka 49 1 5 6 -9 158 75 34 32 10 16 433 307 740 58.5 10:52 1:56 18,6

To sum things up Steckel gives you a little more production and a few more FO-wins for half a million more/yr.

Konopka gives you a cheaper player who has 16 majors this yr. I have seen too little of Konopka to know what other aspects he brings to the table compared to Stecks. Any opinions?

Maybe a 4th line next yr with Bradley-Konopka-Hendricks wouldn't be that bad?

Posted by: Walle | January 31, 2011 4:47 AM | Report abuse

My bad, that is 2 x 1,1 mil/yr left for Stecks after this yr and 0,5 mil less for Konopka.

Posted by: Walle | January 31, 2011 4:56 AM | Report abuse

@LeftCoastCapsFan

I was minorly annoyed after Team Staal lost. But got over it pretty fast.

Of course, All Star game = No defense whatsoever (and this game had even less defense than normal)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 31, 2011 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Please tell me the CAPS will be pumped after the NHLPA voted the Caps as the most overrated team in the NHL.

Posted by: cfrazier91 | January 31, 2011 10:44 AM | Report abuse

2 Walle:
Konopka is a grinder, Steckel is not, but he wins a lot of draws and actually there is MH26 in the roster to compare to Konopka(and MH26 is better).

Posted by: Michael01a | January 31, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

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