Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ovechkin To Defend Title At ASG

At the All Star game in Montreal, it should be no surprise that Capital Alex Ovechkin was going to be in the Breakaway Challenge. An event in the Super Skills portion that has more to do with style than substance. Hockey's answer to the slam dunk contest in the NBA.

The NHL announced today the rosters for the Super Skills Competition of the All Star game at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

But Ovi will have some competition. Patrick Kane from Chicago is also in the line up. As well as Ryan Getzlaf from Anahiem, Alex Kovalev from Montreal and Sid "the Kid" Crosby from Pittsburgh.

Ovechkin won the first ever Breakaway Challenge with a move that could have been inspired by Tiger Woods. He flipped the puck into the air, batted at it a couple of times, spun around and took a swing at the puck. Although he didn't connect or even registered a shot on net, the judges were impressed enough to grant him the first crown.

Now that crown is in serious jeopardy with the following players ready to take it from the crafty Washington forward. And now that players seem to have more of a idea of what to expect, it should be that much more entertaining.

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