So Long Ottawa, Hello Second Half of Season!

The 2012 All Star weekend has come to a close.  Team Chara was on the winning end of the point total defeating Team Alfredsson 12-9 in what was a very eventful weekend.  The fans were treated to some outstanding hockey displayed by both teams.  The crowd of 20,000 plus were very gracious to the players as long as you were not wearing a Leafs jersey.  It did not take long for the highlight goals to start flooding in.

Marian Gaborik would start the scoring for Team Chara at the 4:34 mark of the 1st period.  Gaborik received a dandy give and go pass from Pavel Datsyuk.  It would not take long for Team Chara to extend it’s lead to 2.  5:38 into the first period, Evgeni Malkin scored on a top shelf goal.  Malkin is simply amazing.  If you did not see tonight’s goal, it was similar to the one he scored against the Carolina Hurricanes a couple of weeks back.  Less than 5 minutes later, Marian Gaborik would push the tally to 3-0 on a wrist shot.

Team Alfredsson would respond before the 1st period was over.  Jason Spezza would score on a wrister, followed by Henrik Sedin, and then John Tavares.  Team Alfredsson and Team Chara would head into the 2nd period gridlocked at 3 a piece.

The 2nd period started out much like the 1st period did for Team Alfredsson.  Marian Gaborik would net his hat-trick goal less than 2 minutes int the second.  A much booed Joffrey Lupul would score for Team Chara after receiving a pass from his boo mate Phil Kessel.  Team Alfredsson would rattle off 3 consecutive goals following Lupul’s goal.  Getting in on the scoring action for Team Alfredsson would be Jason Pominville, and hometown favorite Daniel Alfredsson.  (2 goals for Alfredsson)  Superman Patrick Kane would pull the score to 6 a piece at the 18:24 mark.

The 3rd period would be a scoring marathon.  9 goals would be recorded in an eleven minute span.  Phil Kessel would start the scoring spree within 5 minutes into the 3rd.  The teams would trade goals back and forth until Zdeno Chara crashed the net like a forward and wristed in the game winner.  Also getting in on the scoring action would be Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, and Joffrey Lupul for Team Chara.  Scoring for Team Alfredsson would be Milan Michalek, Claude Giroux, and Daniel Sedin.   I will end this article before I get into the intermission performances.

The final score: Team Chara 12 Team Alfredsson 9.

Personally, I am looking forward to Tuesday when the NHL and the Hurricanes return to regular season action.  It will also be interesting to see who makes the first moves as the trade deadline gets closer.   I know the few days off were beneficial for our boys as they gear up to make the push for the playoffs.  Let’s Go Canes!

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