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Goal of the Night: Alex Ovechkin (January 29)

Alex Ovechkin, Eric Staal

Team Staal’s Alex Ovechkin, of the Washington Capitals (8) sits on the wall as Team Staal’s Eric Staal, of the Carolina Hurricanes (12) looks on during the NHL All Star Skills Hockey competition on Saturday, Jan., 29, 2011, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

While the SuperSkills Elimination might have been the exception since goalies actually fared pretty well, the overall skills competition wasn’t a great night for netminders. (Just ask Tim Thomas.)

In other words, there were a lot of great goals (and adorable miniature nets!). Evgeny Dadonov took a few tries to get it right, but provided an impressive goal in the first shootout event. Martin St. Louis scored twice with his back turned to the net, providing some spellbinding moves. Corey Perry didn’t score a goal but dazzled with a lacrosse-style bit of hand eye coordination.

Ultimately, though, we decided to go with Alex Ovechkin, whose unusual goal earned him a fan-voted victory in the breakaway challenge. Sure, Marc-Andre Fleury didn’t provide much resistance, but it’s still a fun clip to watch.
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