We're about 10 minutes away from the festivities in Dallas at American Airlines Center. The 55th NHL All Star Game promises to be exciting and will feature some of the game's brightest young stars including Cold FX recipient and league-leading scorer Sidney Crosby, who was presented the award about an hour ago by Mark Messier himself. Crosby leads the NHL with 72 points and will attempt to become the youngest scoring champion ever at the tender age of 19.
Along with Sid the Kid will be rating Calder winner Alexander Ovechkin, who also is having an outstanding second season with 29 goals and 65 points for the Capitals. It should be interesting to see AO also teamed up with Daniel Briere, who he had separate incidents with back in December. How will they coexist?
Nine-time All Star Martin Brodeur will get the chance to shine in net in either the second or third period as Buffalo's Ryan Miller was tabbed the starter. Brodeur is one of the elder statesmen and is having maybe his best season for the Devils. Teammate Brian Rafalski will also be on the backline. Always underrated, the veteran American is one of the big reasons New Jersey continues its run atop the Atlantic.
Eight-time All Star Brendan Shanahan will be representing the Rangers and will captain the Eastern squad. Just turned 38, will he have any magic left in those hands which have connected for 622 career goals including 24 this season, tying teammate Martin Straka for the club lead.
Meanwhile, 33 year-old Minnesota native Jason Blake will get his first chance as an All Star representing the Islanders. He paces them in goals (24), points (43) and power play goals (12). It should be very exciting for the hard working player and hopefully rewarding.
Meanwhile out West, super sophomore Dion Phaneuf will be a tower of strength on the blueline. Already an elite defenseman, watch for him to one-time one of those lethal blasts and challenge the Eastern netminders.
It should be a fun time in Big D.
Congrats to the Devils' Zach Parise on taking home MVP honors of the Young Stars Game last night, posting six points (2-4-6) in the East's 9-8 win as they held on over the West. Anze Kopitar also had two goals and three assists for the West while Phil Kessel netted a hat trick.
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