Goodbye, Columbus, and thanks for the well-organized All-Star game festivities. Most events were held within the lively Arena District or the nearby convention center, and players seemed pleased with the enthusiastic atmosphere and attentive crowds.
“It was really awesome,” said
"It is really great to be here with these guys. You've been looking up them for as long you can remember basically. It was fun, just really relaxed and not the highest-tempo game I've played in my career, but it was fun to watch all the good players."
Being relaxed was the order of the day on Sunday, as the teams set an
Apparently, though, not everyone was relaxed. Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews, captain of the team named for him, might have taken things a bit too seriously --which may be fitting for a player nicknamed "Captain Serious" long ago.
“He was probably the hardest worker if you watched him out there,” Chicago teammate
Kane and pretty much everyone else was in take-it-easy mode.
"You try to have fun with it," Kane said. "That's all we're really doing out there is having fun and trying to show our skill at the same time. It was a fun day."
"It was a really good weekend. It was good to see all the different players, guys you hadn't seen for a long time, in a different setting," he said. "It's fun watching guys who are used to beating the hell out of each other just take a step back and relax."
Except, maybe, when the Blue Jackets' famed cannon blasted to celebrate Team Foligno goals. The cannon is a reproduction of a Civil War-era cannon, and it's loud. Very loud.
Asked his opinion on it, Doughty was emphatic. "No, I don't like that. I don't think anyone does," he said. "It's not good when we come here. It scares me, still."
He wasn't alone. "It's loud enough that it gets on your nerves pretty quickly and especially when they score 12 or so goals like that," Toews said. "It gets you a little bit."