I can't remember exactly what was talked about last year, but I do remember Bettman "winning" that one. I can't remember if it was the scheduling or something that MacLean was going on about, but I remember being unimpressed with his lack of professionalism, and impressed with Bettman on that particular occasion.
Bettman is a smart cookie. I watched him in person field 50 questions from the audience during the lockout and hit every single one of them out of the park. It was also 7:30 in the morning and he flew into town at 2:00 a.m.
He has an amazing command of logic and persuasion. Think about it. He's survived years in a cage match with egocentric owners and team GMs.
It was an exciting end to the game. Much better than most of the nay-sayers on the board were yapping off about.
Well, I was a nay sayer about it too.
I can only remember once in my life before tonight that the Allstar game delivered and that was the 1996 Boston Game when Ray Bourque scored in OT in front of the home crowd.
12 years in between of bad games, it's not absurd to naysay this game.
Or maybe Owen Nolan in San Jose doing the Babe Ruth on Hasek the next year. Beyond that.