Monday, January 26, 2009

Reviewing the All-Star Game

The All Star Game had it's usual inflated goal total of 11-12, with the Canadians Alex Kovalev being named the game MVP. The game went to a shootout, and in overtime a penalty was called for a blatant hooking, which marked the first penalty called in an all star game in years.

Buffalo's lone representative Thomas Vanek failed to score any goals in the game and that shouldn't come as a surprise. While Vanek is one of the top goal scorers in the league, he gets most of his points by sitting in front of the crease and tipping in shots and putting away rebounds. While these are useful skills during normal hockey games, they don't translate well to the no defense no effort style played in the all-star game. Still Vanek was glad to be there.

The Sabres get back to playing on Tuesday night.

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