All told, Sunday's NHL All-Star Game was a very good one for the Capitals contingent. Neither Alex Ovechkin nor Mike Green got hurt, and each man recorded two points, with Ovechkin scoring the game's first goal for Team Staal in their eventual 11-10 loss to Team Lidstrom.
However, Ovechkin also put his name into the All-Star record books in a much more bizarre fashion Sunday night. See, the NHL has held a regular All-Star game since the 1947-48 season (though the game has been canceled seven times due to work stoppages, Olympic breaks, exhibitions against the Soviet Union, and other scheduling snafus). And though the game has had many different formats -- including NHL All-Stars vs. defending Stanley Cup Champions, Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference, Prince of Wales Conference vs. Campbell Conference, and North America vs. the Rest of the World -- the match-up has always had one constant: never, not once, had there been a penalty shot in the NHL All-Star Game.
Until today. Come back with me to the third period of Sunday's game. With the score tied 7-7, Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche and Team Lidstrom breaks into the Team Staal zone. Let the CBC commentators pick up the story.