As Taylor Hall’s right thumb has kept him out of games, Brian Boyle has replaced him as the lone New Jersey Devils representative at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game. This was a good decision. Boyle has been fighting leukemia; his ongoing battle is an inspiration to others and something to cheer for. Additionally, Boyle has been well liked throughout his career and he was beloved in Tampa Bay. Check out the standing ovation he received during the NHL All-Star Skills Competition last night:
Boyle appeared in one skill competition: the Accuracy Shooting competition. Boyle hit all five targets in 11.626 seconds.
That’s an impressive time - and almost a half-second slower than the winner, Vancouver’s Brock Boeser. Still, congratulations to Boyle for his performance, which was far superior than Boston’s thuggish winger, Brad Marchand.
Today is the NHL All-Star Game itself. Rather, the All-Star Games. Each of the four divisions has an All-Star team and will compete in a 3-on-3 tournament. Games will have 10-minute halves. Ties after 20 minutes will go to a shootout. The winner will get to share a $1 million cash prize.
The Times & Matchups: 3:30 PM ET for Central vs. Pacific; 4:30 PM ET for Metropolitan vs. Atlantic. Winners will play after the second game, which will be around 5:30 PM ET. Everything should be done by about 7 PM ET.
The Broadcast: TV - NBC, CBC, TVA Sports, Sportsnet
The Devil: Brian Boyle, of course.
The Song for Today: It’s a fun afternoon of hockey. So here’s a fun song for the day that was used when the away conference scored a goal in a previous All-Star Game: “Black Gloves” by Goose. You may have heard it in other places, commercials, games, and so forth.
The Rules: The rules remain the rules even for this league event. Please keep your comments clean, legal (read: no streams, no links to streams, no asking for streams, no streams, no streams), and about the game and/or Brian Boyle. Let’s respect each other, there’s no need for drama or unwelcome nature of any sort. Thank you for reading. Go Boyle!