They came. They shot pucks hard. They skated fast. Patrick Kane got booed and laughed at by his buddy John Scott. Shea Weber warned the league goalies that extra padding is fit for Predator attacks and P.K. Subban performed the greatest Jaromir Jagr tribute of all time.
Now that all the fun is over, it's time for the actual game, which will be an exhausting sixty minutes of 3 on 3 action. The oxygen tanks, gatorade and red bulls will be sinking on an hourly basis as the Eastern Conference All Stars(Subban, Claude Giroux, Jagr and Braden Holtby) take on the Western Conference foes(Scott, Kane, Weber, and Pekka Rinne). Sure, there are other stars out there but I haven't had enough coffee to list them all.
The format goes like this. The East won the skills competition 29-12 so they get to play the fist semi final 3 on 3 game today, which will be the Atlanta Division against the Metropolitan Division. The second game will go down between the Pacific Division All Stars and the Central Division team. The two winners will then face off all the while the General Managers and Head Coaches stand and worry about players pulling muscles, hurting their legs or generally finding a way to not break.
While I'd like Vladimir Tarasenko to run wild and dominate, I want the kid coming back whole and charged up for a 30 game goal scoring binge.
Anyway, here's how you can watch via home or while running, waiting on an oil change or sky diving out of an airplane.
HOW TO WATCH:
Time: 5 p,m. Eastern Time
Location: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Where: NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, basically NBC Sports
Online: NBC Sports Stream
Have some fun and be glad you aren't a goaltender facing the onslaught from the league's most elite talent.
Seriously, can someone give Kane a nice stiff arm into the boards?