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Ovechkin to Defend All-Star Breakaway Title

While the Breakaway Challenge debuted at the NHL SuperSkills competition at last year's All Star weekend, this year's contest however will be determined by fans watching both in the Bell Centre and across North America who will vote for their favorite breakaway by text message.

Alex Ovechkin won last year's breakaway title with his spin-o-rama move, but this time his fate will be in the hands of the fans. He'll face Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf, Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Montreal's Alex Kovalev and Chicago's Patrick Kane.

Read's full release article here, where Ovechkin adds:

"I want to defend this title," Ovechkin said. "It's kind of a pretty cool title and I'm happy right now that I have it."

The Rules: Each shooter will get one minute to complete a routine that ends with a shot at the net. Upon taking possession of the puck, a shooter can go anywhere he wants in the offensive zone and make as many attempts as he desires within that minute to complete a routine.

By Katie Carrera  |  January 13, 2009; 9:54 AM ET
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what are the odds that Pittsburgh and Montreal fans will rig this voting process, too?

Posted by: RedBirdie | January 13, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

1) Exactly Birdie. If the fans are going to vote even if Kovalev falls on his ass he'll still be voted as best. He doesn't even deserve to be on the AllStar team, let alone be starting!

Posted by: fauxrumors | January 13, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

this is great and all and congrats to Ovie, but lets switch the focus on the return of the sexy lumberjack!!

Posted by: _stevo | January 13, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse


My thoughts exactly. What are the chances Crosby wins despite an inferior routine? We need to get the word out to Caps fans to vote for Ovi when he proves, as usual, that he is the best.

Posted by: sirbobalew | January 13, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, letting the fans vote... worked out so incredibly well for the starting lineups.

Posted by: FedorovCrunch | January 13, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Who wants to bet that Crosby pulls out his patented "Skate full speed and then fall over/dive on his own while complaining about a penalty" move?

Posted by: MeatSweats | January 13, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

He should bring a prop with him and play the bongo drums during his breakaway, as a tribute to Semin.

Posted by: MeatSweats | January 13, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Or bring Boris Valabik as a prop. Low blows from behind are always a crowd pleaser.

Posted by: FedorovCrunch | January 13, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

crosby's move will be to skate in, punch the goalie in the nuts, and weakly backhand it into the net, which will result in a standing ovation from gary bettman

Posted by: _stevo | January 13, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

If he rockets a slap shot at the goalie's head, he can have my vote.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 13, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

So glad to see the League is learning from past mistakes.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | January 13, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Caps fan but I can appreciate talents from any players, yes, including Crosby and Kovalev.
Kovalev and Datsyuk are the two best stick handlers in the game hands down. Kovalev has a teaching video that he released last year.
Kovalev certainly doesn't deserve to be at the ASG but he's there and I will enjoy his nifty stick handling.
What is wrong with you guys? The maturity level on this blog is so low....

Posted by: atybat | January 13, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I can't imagine any hockey fan believing that the starting line-up for the All Star game is representative of the best players in the NHL. If it were, you wouldn't see such a lop-sided representation of one or two hockey teams in the starting line-up. The only explanation I could think of for Ovie being the only Caps player even on the East Coast team is that Caps fans had better things to do than vote several hundreds of times to get our best players in.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | January 13, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

we already know the move hes going to try - hopefully he can actually connect with the puck this time!

Posted by: capsfansince74 | January 13, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Coming soon to the NHL...

the score of the game will be irrelevant, fans will vote who actually wins.

Posted by: stormblue | January 13, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

*shrug* The thing is that Ovi could fall on his keister and still make a spectacular breakaway move that wins the contest. Let's face it - that's how he rolls. And a lot of us would probably vote for him.

I'm sure Ovi'll do something cool. I'm equally sure that everyone else will too. May as well relax and enjoy.

Guys, we are the black sheep of the NHL. That's how it is. We are not going to get any media love or attention until we win the Stanley Cup and then the media's going to act all surprised. But then ... who cares about media love and attention? Seriously. Let them underestimate and ignore us all the way to June. There are signs that we are becoming impossible to ignore, but they're sure trying. Let 'em - it can only energize and motivate our guys.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 13, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Fan voting? Canadiens and Penguins involved?? Contest over. Ovie loses.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | January 13, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The skills comp is meant to be fun and showcase some sick talent. (My new favorite adjective) I look forward to Ovie showing off his skills and Kovalev showing his as well. He is an unbelievable talent when it comes to stick handling.
Looking forward to a 6 goal outburst tonight.

Posted by: tomdchancar | January 13, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

This is the cheeziest thing I ever heard. A Routine??? It's like figure skating. Not to mention the poor goalies who have to stand there in front of these ballerinas. Are they allowed to wear costumes? Might as well have a fighting and hardest check competition to follow just so I don't forget I'm watching hockey.

Posted by: cappies | January 13, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

In Russia, title have you.

Posted by: Section117 | January 13, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Here's an interesting link from the Columbus beat team: man games lost to injury. I find the summary to be quite accurate also.

Posted by: saintex | January 13, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

What AleksanderOMunchkin said: great to see the NHL won't repeat its past mistakes and won't let text messaging determine the outcome of anything.

I will bet a lot of money on the following:

a) Ovi will put together a heck of a routine

b) Crosby will win. Kovalev will be the second.

c) The results will be in before the actual contest.

Posted by: RedRocker1 | January 13, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Maybe someone will do a tribute routine ala Blades of Glory ...

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 13, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Remember they had that goalie scoring competition. That was cheezy too.
They are also adding a best shot blocker competition. Pucks will be fired out of cannons from the blue line at 90mph. The defenseman will have to block as many pucks possible in 1 minute.

Posted by: cappies | January 13, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I don't think there are goalies in the breakaway competition.

You do wonder sometimes how peopel can be so utterly oblivious to reality, that they would continue to use...and even boast voting. It's all just (totally misbegotten) envy of the NBA's slam dunk competition, anyway.

Posted by: Baildog | January 13, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Someone in Pittsburg told me Crosby does all of his scoring from his knees.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 13, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

HAHA, goalies in the breakaway competition. That would be a, but a few years back they had a competition where the goalies tried to score on goal from the other side of the ice. I think they had to lift the puck over an obstacle at center ice too.

Posted by: cappies | January 13, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

What a joke and what a circus. Buttman is turning the NHL into a side show full of NBA'ish garbage and junk.

Let the game stand on its own. Not this gimmick krappolla. This fan isn't watching. I think I'll watch the paint dry in my living room instead.

Posted by: rblatch45 | January 13, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Ovie could swallow the puck, strip off all his clothes and then shoot the puck out of his arse and into the net and would STILL lose the voting.

Man, the NHL is really capitalizing on these text messaging fees I guess...

Posted by: sargeantmofo | January 13, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

A one-minute "routine"? Are you kidding me? These are NHL hockey players, not figure skaters.

Maybe Crosby will be comfortable in a too-too doing a "routine", but I don't think anyone else will.

The NHL should get its head out of its ass.

Posted by: dml1077 | January 13, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse


How can you say we are black sheep by the media.. The media has been all over us national and local. Do you not remember THN having us on the cover? Or alot of picks as us being the dark horse? The number of articles written about Ovie or whoever. We have arrived and if other fans dont want to admit it then its thier problem..

Im actually scared this team will read its own press and fail!! But I doubt it!

Posted by: darrylrbaker | January 13, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

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