John Tavares Shines In NHL All Star Game
The NHL All Star game is basically a chance for the NHL to sell itself to the fans by showcasing top level talent for two nights in a row. Fans are treated to highlight reel moves that they don't get to see in every hockey game as well as having the chance to become better acquainted with their on ice heroes. Several players are mic'ed up and provide commentary throughout the two nights, even while they are in game action, as seen with Montreal comedian/goaltender, Carey Price.
Price has become an excellent goaltender for the Canadiens and wasn't shy about showing off his personality, stopping a puck by facing the glass while using the reflection to help him gage his positioning as well as giving Islanders rep John Tavares a "Tim Tebow" as he came in for one of his shootout moves.
Speaking of shootout moves, Tavares was excellent in his display of quick dekes and craftsmanship with the puck. His first chance in the breakaway challenge was a little under par. He tried to get a little too fancy with the puck and ended up losing it in his skates a few times. But his second attempt made up for it, picking the puck up with the backhand of his blade to then bat it to himself and then a second time past Price, regardless of the Tebow move. However, his third set of dangles might have been the best out of his bag of tricks.
When asked by All-Star Captain Daniel Alfredsson about why he picked JT he said “I played against him, but I haven’t seen him up close, so I talked to Zenon Konopka,” the NHL’s longest-tenured captain said. “He said you have to get him on your team. He is going to help you win. He has unbelievable hands. I saw that up close today.”
It was great to see the New York Islanders represented throughout all of the events in this year's NHL All Star weekend, especially since Michael Grabner only participated in the events during the skills competition last year, winning the fastest skater.
But this year Isles fans had a reason to enjoy both the skills competition and the game this year; Tavares didn't disappoint.