Due to a roller derby commitment, I’m watching this game on a sixteen hour delay, so have some observation notes on last night’s game versus Detroit:
The Blue Jackets were well represented at both the AHL and NHL All Star Games by captain Rick Nash and prospect defenseman John Moore. On Friday night in Raleigh, Nash was drafted onto host-captain Eric Staal’s team, where he joined division rivals David Backes (St. Louis) and Patrick Sharp (Chicago). In Saturday’s Honda NHL SuperSkills competition, he competed in three events:
Â - Accuracy Shooting: defeated Phil Kessel in 17.9 seconds.
Â - Hardest Shot: registered the lowest speed, 91.4 MPH.
Â - Elimination Shootout: bounced on second shot.
In Sunday’s Discover NHL All Star game, Team Staal would drop an exciting 11-10 decision with a flurry of third period goals that would result in the game winner being scored in an empty net. Despite having several great breakaway opportunities stopped, Nash completed the game with a goal and an assist and four shots on net.
Moore traveled to Hershey, PA to represent the Springfield Falcons in the 2011 AHL All Star Classic. In Sunday’s Reece’s All Star Skills Competition, he competed in two events:
Â – Sher-Wood Puck Control Relay: loss
Â – Reece’s Pass and Score: 1 of 3
His Eastern Conference team defeated the Western 19-7 in the skills, and would go on to defeat them again 11-8 in the game on Monday night. Moore had no points, but was +1 and played a solid defensive game.