Team Chara downs Team Alfredsson at the All-Star Game…Scott Hartnell raises money for charity during ASG…Buffalo Sabres hoping to host ASG…The Capitals at the crossroads…Blackhawks need to tighten up their defense…Red Wings lack of fighting doesn’t hurt success.
OTTAWA SUN: Team Chara defeated Team Alfredsson by a score of 12-9 at Sunday’s 57th NHL All-Star game in Ottawa. NY Rangers winger Marian Gaborik was the game-star, potting a hat trick for Team Chara. Alfredsson scored twice in a losing cause.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Scott Hartnell had a good time participating in the All-Star Game, as well as raised $4,000.00 for charity, paying $1,000.00 for every time he fell to the ice during the game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hartnell was also “mic’ed up” during the game, and it was obvious he was enjoying himself, calling he and the Sedin Twins “the Sedin triplets” after the three combined for a scoring play, and good-naturedly chirped Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf, yelling “Suck it, Phaneuf!” after that scoring play.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Buffalo Sabres hope to host the All-Star game, especially after seeing how much money the event draws for the host city.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The game itself is a yawn-fest, but there’s no denying it’s a cash cow for the host city and team. Given how much hockey is loved in Buffalo, that city would be a good fit for a future ASG.
WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals are at a crossroads to the season, in need of significant improvement over the remainder of the season if they hope to secure a playoff berth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If anyone had seriously suggested at the start of this season the Capitals would be in this situation they’d be dismissed as a loon.The possibility of the Capitals missing the playoffs, however, is very real, and they’ll need their best players to step up to avoid that fate.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks acknowledge they’ll need to improve their defensive play over the remainder of the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Having added depth at center by their acquisition Friday of Brendan Morrison, expect the Blackhawks to go shopping for a second-pairing defenseman before the trade deadline.
DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings remain successful despite being a team which rarely engaged in hockey fights, and doesn’t carry an “enforcer” on their roster.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shhhh, don’t tell Don Cherry and Mike Milbury!