DENVER – John Scott was the toast of the NHL’s All-Star weekend in Nashville, the former Blackhawks forward telling media there that, “it’s definitely been one of the best weekends of my life.”
His former Blackhawks teammates enjoyed watching Scott become the weekend’s feel-good story, too.
“I loved it. It was fun to watch,” Andrew Shaw said. “It’s nice to see him have as much fun as he did. You could tell he was enjoying every moment out there. He took it all in and he played well, too.”
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Scott scored two goals and was named the All-Star Game’s MVP. It was the great end for Scott, who through all the ups and downs of the last month or so – especially the trade that seemed designed to keep him out of the game in which he was voted – handled everything with class.
Patrick Kane, who jokingly fought with Scott during Sunday’s games, enjoyed every minute of it.
“How can you not be happy for the guy? It’s just a dream weekend for him, I’m sure. You probably couldn’t have written that story before if you tried,” Kane said. “It’s pretty amazing how he scores his first shift, lays a big hit on me, scores again, wins MVP and his team wins, too. It was a pretty amazing weekend for him. It was fun to be a part of it and fun to watch, upclose and personal.”
As for that, um, “fight” between Kane and Scott? Had it been real, Shaw was going with Kane.
“We’ve all seen David vs. Goliath,” Shaw said. “I think he would have popped him with one good one and sent him down.”
The weekend overall was a success. The all-star games had degenerated into dull score-fests. Thanks to a new format – two semifinal games and a championship game, all played in 3-on-3 – this year’s contests entertained.
“I thought it worked very well,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I thought it was a great day; happy for John Scott. It was a good game. I think everybody was happy with the 3-on-3 format and I thought it was way more competitive than we’ve seen.”