Team Chara wins!
That’s right! The NHL All-Star game was this past Sunday in Ottawa, Ontario. The two team captains were the Bruins’ Zdeno Chara and the Senators’ Daniel Alfredsson. It was basically East against West.. and you know the East always wins that battle. This game was no different. This final score was 12-9 in favor of Team Chara.
Here’s a video of the highlights:
Here’s a recap video that’s longer, but lower quality:
The three Bruins players to participate all played key roles in the game. Tyler Seguin was in on a bunch of good plays.. and I could’ve sworn I saw him score a goal.. but looking at the game stats, it’s not on there.. just an assist.. either way, he played well.. of course. Next, we have Chara. He played defense like nobody else can (as usual) and even scored a nice goal.. it wasn’t a long-distance slapshot as most of his shots are; rather, he drove to the net like he was playing center and looked like a forward for a minute. Finally, we have the man, the myth, the legend: Tim Thomas. He played really well and I believe he let fewer goals by him than any other goalie participating (two or three). He made 18 saves and extended his record by winning his fourth All-Star Game. The next best goalie only made 13 saves and was scored on about five times.
Something else to celebrate as a Bruins’ fan was Chara’s results in the Hardest Shot Competition. He went into it as the four-time reigning champion. Each of the past four years he has won it while setting a new record for the fastest shot. This year, he did it again. He won for his fifth year in a row and set a new record at 108.8mph! This is where the title of this post comes from. That’s just a rediculously hard shot and I feel bad for anyone on the other side of it.
Here’s a video of Chara’s record-setting hardest shot:
Lastly, I just wanted to give props to all the players that participated in the Breakaway Challenge. This is where the teams take turns going 1-on-1 against the goalies (like a breakaway). The cool thing is, they can pretty much do whatever they want and can even use props. Some of my favorites were Patrick Kane’s Superman move and Corey Perry’s pretend like he wants to fight, then pull out a mini stick and score move.
Here’s a video of the Breakaway Challenge:
The 2012 NHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition was very fun to watch. It was good to see that these guys can put aside some pretty serious and emotional rivalries for the sake of fun and entertainment. I think all other pro sports should learn from how the NHL does their All-Star events.. no other sport does it better in my opinion.
I’ll leave you with a few more photos from the All-Star Game…
Thanks for reading,