All-Star Incentive?: How to Fix the NHL All-Star Game

Dino MoriAnalyst IJanuary 28, 2008

It became apparent that the NHL should adopt Major League Baseball's All-Star game format, if the final four minutes of yesterday's star-studded classic was any indication. 

For the first 56 minutes the game featured the usual no look passes, glaring giveaways and defensive lapses. Oh sure, we also saw the highlight reel goals and jaw dropping saves.

But, most fans to the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia would say that the game lacked little in the way of intensity.  That was until the game's most valuable player and eastern conference representative Eric Staal tied the match at 7-7 with several minutes to play.

Then, we saw the competitive juices of the most players come out.   Hey, we even witnessed the game's first bodycheck on the Thrasher's own Ilya Kovalchuk.  You hardly ever see that in an All-Star game.

Like MLB, who awards home field advantage in the World Series to the winning league of its All-Star game, the NHL should do the same.  It's something that may enhance the flavor of next year's gathering in Montreal. 

Wouldn't you agree?