2016 NHL All-Star Game Notebook: Pros and Cons of the 3-on-3 Format

January 31st, 2016 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For the most part, it all worked. 

Sunday's NHL All-Star Game, the one originally besieged by negative, melodramatic headlines essentially ranging from the "Outrage of John Scott" to "3-on-3 Just Ain't Hockey," turned into a good time for all. The No. 1 rule in entertainment is: Don't be boring. And despite the boring final score, 1-0 in favor of the Pacific Division in a four-division format, it was anything but. That score only made the day more unique than anyone could have envisioned.

No matter that the league tried to make it a more lively, competitive product; All-Star Games of yesteryear too often lapsed into drama-free snooze-fests. But this one wasn't.

OK, not to make what happened at Bridgestone Arena out to be the entertainment equivalent of the Beatles at Shea Stadium. This was still a hockey game with no hitting and no nastiness, which for us Cro-Magnon types will always be a big part of the sport's appeal. 

But all the radical changes gave this event something other modern All-Star Games have lacked: originality. Criticize the NHL all you want for be ...

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