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All-Star Game Just Fine Without Ovechkin

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“That’s why they are they.” — Bruce Boudreau, after Alexander and Sidney Crosby each scored three goals in Game 2 of the 2009 second-round series between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

As the hockey world descended on Ottawa for all-star weekend, the fight was largely over which distraction would prove most effective at overshadowing this corporate monument built around a game in which not a single thing matters, other than not getting hurt. Tim Thomas and the White House? Concussions? The Ottawa party scene, which would be great fun if only it weren’t washing its hair that night?

The answer, of course, is that there’s another candidate that isn’t even here. This time last...

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