This past weekend, Johnny Gaudreau and Mike Smith were the two Calgary Flames players at the All-Star festivities. Let’s check out some highlights.
We’ve got a whole lot of highlights from this weekend. Johnny Gaudreau got the initial invite when he was third place in All-Star voting. But the Calgary Flames netminder, Mike Smith, got a late invite when Jonathan Quick opted out.
Pretty sure that Mike Smith’s kids were more excited than he was.
First, we have Friday, the day before the All-Star skills competition day. And the NHL brought in PUPPIES. This is the best decision the NHL has ever made in their history.
Next, we actually have the All-Star skills competition. Before anything happened for the actual skills comp, Mike Smith’s kids were having some fun on the ice. They also took after their dad!
Then, when we got to player introductions, Brian Boyle got a standing ovation and one of the loudest cheers, after everything he went through this season. Is anybody chopping onions in here?
We already know that Johnny Gaudreau won the Puck Relay Challenge. He went first overall and nobody was able to beat his time.
But it wasn’t that easy for everyone.
We also had Brad Marchand being self-aware.
Those were basically the highlights of the Skill Competition. For the actual game, the Pacific Division beat the Central Division to go to the final game for who would win and take home $1 million.
In the first game, Mike Smith tried something.. fun.
With the NHL taking away the four-line challenge at the skills competition and Smith not being able to get a five-hole goal from across the ice again, he needed to showcase his skills in other ways. After that, everyone started cheering for him when he had the puck. That was fun/cool.
When it came to the Atlantic/Metropolitan game, Nikita Kucherov got a hat-trick. Er, sorry. He got a helmet trick.
That’s all the fun from that game. Going to the final game, spoiler alert, but the Pacific Division won. Aka Gaudreau and Smith get their share of $1 million! Pretty exciting for the Calgary Flames guys. Gaudreau at one point had a string around his skates, but that doesn’t stop him.
Near the end of the game, Metropolitan took out the goalie for the extra attacker and the guys on Pacific were trying to get Mike Smith the puck for a goal. Well, they tried, and Smith even shot it. But it went slightly wide.
Hey, at least he tried!
That’s all the fun we have for you today at the All-Star weekend. Always one of my favourite weekends in the hockey season. Except the Calgary Flames had to somewhat ruin it when they placed Jaromir Jagr on waivers. But it’s cool, my heart is just broken into a million pieces.