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NHL snub fuels Sharp's MVP performance

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08:37 AM ET 01.31 | Patrick Sharp, already in the midst of a career year, added some hardware -- if not a measure of vindication -- with an MVP award at the All-Star Game. Sharp, the Hawks' leading goal scorer, was one of the most notable omissions on the All-Star ballot when it came out in November. The NHL added him to the All-Star Game this month, but being named MVP is vindication. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bothered by it," Sharp said of the ballot. "It was motivation to play well. ... I'm proud to be a Blackhawk in the All-Star Game, and things worked out." It was even better to do it in front of his parents, Ian and Ruth Ann Sharp, after inclement weather affected their travel plans. The Sharps' flight from Newark, N.J., was canceled, but they were fortunate enough to meet people from Raleigh, jump in a minivan and drive from midnight to 8 a.m. to make the game.

Chicago Sun-Times

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January 31, 2011  10:23 AM ET

Thank God they finally posted this. I've been worried about Ian and Ruth Ann's travel itinerary for days.

January 31, 2011  10:26 AM ET

that tie is certainly sharp

January 31, 2011  10:29 AM ET

Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't the MVP voted on by the fans? Seriously, this is all so out of control. He wasn't the best player on the ice. I don't care how many points he had.

January 31, 2011  10:41 AM ET

Not even a bad thought from the Red Wing bunch who took the snubs in stride. Patrick Dull.

January 31, 2011  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Thank God they finally posted this. I've been worried about Ian and Ruth Ann's travel itinerary for days.

Agreed- Surely they had booster cables,candles ,shovels,flares,water and dried fruit on board in case of trouble?

January 31, 2011  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Not even a bad thought from the Red Wing bunch who took the snubs in stride.

Cause they know what is more important.

January 31, 2011  11:34 AM ET

If anyone watched more then 5 minutes of this you should be ashamed of yourself.

January 31, 2011  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If anyone watched more then 5 minutes of this you should be ashamed of yourself.

I didn't watch the game at all. Did that give me any brownie points? I have to admit I did watch the draft though and part of the skills comp. I though Lidstrom and Staal made the best of it during the "draft" and it turned out to be pretty enjoyable.

January 31, 2011  12:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If anyone watched more then 5 minutes of this you should be ashamed of yourself.

Not ashamed. No one is the authority in my life, but me.

But I guess I have to sit at the "uncool kid" table again. Oh, well. I think I can live with myself. :)

January 31, 2011  12:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If anyone watched more then 5 minutes of this you should be ashamed of yourself.

And that includes highlights on ESPN, TSN or even your local newscast. Same goes with the Pro Bowl.

January 31, 2011  12:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

And that includes highlights on ESPN, TSN or even your local newscast. Same goes with the Pro Bowl.

Agreed. Just a waste of time. The Lindstrom's vs the Staals. It doesn't get much more stupid than this. No matter how they pick the teams, it's still an exhibition that no one cares about.

January 31, 2011  12:59 PM ET
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Agreed. Just a waste of time. The Lindstrom's vs the Staals. It doesn't get much more stupid than this. No matter how they pick the teams, it's still an exhibition that no one cares about.

Especially when guys being picked for the teams shouldn't even be considered all-stars.

January 31, 2011  01:03 PM ET
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Especially when guys being picked for the teams shouldn't even be considered all-stars.

Can't disagree with that.

January 31, 2011  01:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Can't disagree with that.

Well now that we have that silly game behind us, we can start to focus again on what really matters: the final two months of the season and the push for playoffs spots and positions.

January 31, 2011  01:35 PM ET

Didn't watch a second of the game - or the Pro Bowl. Didn't even watch highlights. But I DID watch a good chunk of the Skills Competition, and enjoyed some of that.

Hard not to like watching guys grip it and rip it for the Hardest Slap Shot competition. Chara is a monster but I liked how quick Backes could get his off - it gave a more realistic idea of how hard his in-game shot must be, as opposed to Chara skating half the length of the ice and winding up for half an hour.

Accuracy shooting is always cool. Liked the do-over they gave Toews, light hearted, not taking themselves too seriously, smart move. Very un-NHL to do that, mustn't have been Gary's decision.

REALLY enjoyed the passing part of the relay - having those small nets, and then making the guys saucer the passes was awesome to me. Might be my favourite part.

Fastest skater I'm over - and have been since Domi won a few for the Leafs - but the backwards skating competition was pretty cool. Not sure how happy Bylsma or Shero were seeing Letang almost eat it but nobody got hurt, cool event. Dave Andreychuk would be skipping that one if he were still around for sure. They should drop the goalie skating one though. Make them do the passing drill if you want something more for the goalies to do.

Breakaways was stupid. Again. Dumb. The shot rarely hits the net, even WITH the goalies trying to get out of the way like Fleury was - great job by him, by the way, understanding his role in all this and playing it up. I know its a showcase for sick skills, but its a failure as an event. If you want it, bring in the specialists and give them time to come up with ideas, like the Dunk Competition in the NBA. Let Kovalev, Schremp, Sam Gagne, etc. attend the AS weekend and they can put on that kind of show. Surprising a guy or naming a d-man like Subban (who did fine, I know, but c'mon, it should be all forwards) wastes the possibilities of this event.

Finally - change the draft if you're doing it again. Forget team captains, copy the CHL and bring in Alumni coaches. Scotty Bowman vs. Al Arbour. Jacques Demers vs. Barry Melrose. Wayne Gretzky vs. Mark Messier? Picks become less motivated by friendships, and maybe the coaches actually get competitive during the game.

January 31, 2011  01:55 PM ET

Louie Erikkson should have won it. 2 goals and 2 dimes. granted one was a empty netter he still played better than Sharp. None the less was on the winning team.

January 31, 2011  02:12 PM ET
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Louie Erikkson should have won it. 2 goals and 2 dimes. granted one was a empty netter he still played better than Sharp. None the less was on the winning team.

Can't stand the Stars, but I can no longer argue that Erikkson is the league's most underrated player. This weekend just proved it further, from his position in the draft to what I hear was as good an in-game performance as anybody's.

January 31, 2011  02:30 PM ET
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Right about that. Out west the Flames are 2pts. out of the playoffs but have to leapfrog 4 teams to get in and Columbus and St. Lou are right behind them. The playoff picture probably won't be decided til the final game. Things are starting to heat up.

In the East, I don't see the Canadiens holding on to a playoff spot if they keep losing players to injuries. Price alone won't get them there.

Not that I worry the Leafs will catch them...

January 31, 2011  03:53 PM ET
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In the East, I don't see the Canadiens holding on to a playoff spot if they keep losing players to injuries. Price alone won't get them there.

Price alone? Maybe they should acquire Shane O'Brien?

But that wouldn't be fair to the rest of the east.

 
January 31, 2011  03:57 PM ET
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Well now that we have that silly game behind us, we can start to focus again on what really matters: the final two months of the season and the push for playoffs spots and positions.

ahhh - the voice of reason

we have tons of great hockey coming up, plus the trade deadline

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