Following his victory in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition Breakaway Challenge for the third consecutive time, Alex Ovechkin entered the All-Star Game today with the intent of making headlines. Ovechkin has never been the type of guy to hang in the background. He wanted to make an impact - either positive or negative.
In the end, he did both.
In the first minute of the game, Ovechkin kicked off the scoring with what would be the first of 18 goals in the exhibition. It wasn't pretty, but Ovechkin's shot deflected off of Chicago Blackhawks and Team Lidstrom defenseman Duncan Keith and into the net.
That wasn't all Ovechkin would do today. He also had an assist on a goal for Kris Letang, and then he became a part of history.
As Ovechkin slid his stick across the ice to try to interfere with a Matt Duchene breakaway, the referee whistled for a penalty shot. The first penalty shot in NHL All-Star Game history actually.
That's Ovie for ya.