NHL All-Star Game 2011: 15 Best Performances of the Weekend
Now that the 2011 NHL All-Star game is in the books, it is easy to look back and see who had the best performances of the weekend.
The weekend started with the new ”Fantasy Draft” that selected the All-Star teams. It was a new feature than went over well.
The skills competition was the following day and it didn’t disappoint.
Of all the activities during the festivities, the actual game was the most fun to watch. There was no defense played but it was fun to see these athletes enjoying themselves.
The following slideshow is of the top 15 performances of the entire All-Star weekend.
15. Loui Eriksson
Before the All-Star game, I don’t think a lot of casual hockey fans knew who Loui Eriksson was.
Eriksson tried to force the fans to never forget him.
Loui had four points (two goals, two assists) and was a big threat offensively.
The Dallas Stars young forward also had fun in the skills competition, trying to score the puck like a lacrosse ball.
14. Phil Kessel's Bad Weekend
I know it sounds bad but I enjoyed Phil Kessel’s misfortune.
Whether it was being selected last in the fantasy draft or scoring no points in the All-Star game, even if Kessel is invited back he probably won’t go.
Poor Phil Kessel.
Don’t worry though he got a car for his sadness!
13. P.K. Subban
P.K. Subban talks too much for a kid and isn’t making any friends.
Except in Carolina.
When Subban grabbed Hurricane’s rookie Jeff Skinner’s jersey and put it on, the crowd roared.
Subban took his shootout shot while wearing the home colors and made a name for himself at All-Star weekend.
12. Fastest Goalies?
I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw Tim Thomas skating over to the starting position.
As someone who played goalie, speed up and down the ice was not a big concern and it showed.
The best part for me was when Thomas took a spill but shook it off and kept going. The NHL needs to do this every year and make all the goalies skate.
11. Lightning Success
When Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos all contributed to a goal at the All-Star game, it was a testament to the Tamp Bay organization.
It reminded you of the old 2004 championship team and the future of the Lightning organization.
For Tampa Bay fans, that was a proud moment.
10. Patrick Sharp Gets MVP
Patrick Sharp won the NHL All-Star MVP Award in his first appearance as an All-Star.
He contributed one goal and two assists in the contest and was a big part of the success of the offense on Staal’s team.
While I don’t feel like he should have won, it was good to see someone who wasn’t a big name take the prize.
9. Breakaway Competition
The NHL is full of amazing goal scoring talent and it was on display during the skills competition.
One of the best events ever year is the breakaway contest and it didn’t fail.
The video is the complete recap if you didn’t see it.
Nothing is more enjoyable then watching people have fun.
8. The First Penalty Shot
There have been plenty of breakaways in the NHL All-Star games but never a penalty shot.
Until Alex Ovechkin got beat on defense.
Ovechkin threw his stick which caused a penalty shot for the Nicklas Lidstrom's team. It was a fun move that made everyone laugh.
Except Team Staal.
7. Shea Weber
Shea Weber doesn’t get enough credit in hockey because he plays in Nashville but he came to play at All-Star weekend.
Weber is one of the best defenders in the NHL and he showed his talent to the masses in Carolina.
Weber had four assists and was a +6 while being one of the only players actually playing defense.
6. Fantasy Draft
The Fantasy Draft was a huge success for the NHL.
The players seemed to play the fun up and really wanted the fans to get into the selections.
Several times during the event, I was laughing out loud and other times I really found myself caring about what happened next.
That makes it a success when fans care.
5. Jeff Skinner
When I was 18, I was in high school and trying to listen to music and hang with my friends.
I wasn’t taking a whole region by storm like Hurricanes rookie Jeff Skinner did.
The crowd in Carolina really had Skinner’s back and he played well throughout the weekend.
4. Staal Brother Conflict
This was the funniest moment of the fantasy draft and I loved every second of it.
When events like this happen, the true colors of the players come out and you see the players with the fun attitudes.
It was obvious that the Staal brothers are really close and that they like to have fun with each other.
3. Zdeno Chara Wins The Hardest Shot Contest
Seeing Aroldis Chapman, the Cincinnati Reds pitcher, throw 105 mph is very impressive.
Zdeno Chara set the world record for fastest slap shot at 105.9 mph and damn near tore the net off its moorings.
The previous record was 105.4 from two seasons ago by, you got it, Zdeno Chara.
2. Eric Stall
The All-Star game was in his hometown and Eric Staal didn’t disappoint.
Staal is loved by the fans In Carolina and he handled the weekend great.
He was one of the highlights of the fantasy draft with his sense of humor and he handled the captaincy well during the skills competition.
When he scored, the RBC Centre exploded and was as loud as it was all wekkend.
1. The Carolina Hurricanes Organization and Raleigh, North Carolina
Through and through, it was one of the classiest All-Star games in a long time.
The RBC Center was rocking the whole weekend and the energetic fans made the place seem alive at all hours of the day.
The crowd seemed to give the players energy when during other All-Star games, they seemed to be stale.
From what everyone has said, it was unanimous that The Hurricanes and Raleigh really put on a great show!