Open practice in Toronto with hundreds of kids pounding the glass as Ovechkin takes the ice at ACC.
As if there needed to be any more buzz or an atmosphere created around a game for Hockey Night in Canada, the Maple Leafs opened the morning skate up to fans today and the entire lower bowl of the arena was full for Toronto's practice with many sticking around to catch a glimpse of the Caps.
"You don't see 10,000 people at a pregame skate very often," Boyd Gordon said. Playing in Toronto for Hockey Night in Canada "is something a lot of us have watched growing up and any time you play in Canada it's pretty special. This is a special place to play and it's something everyone looks forward to."
Below is Caps pre-game warm-up vs. Islanders in Long Island, multiply it by hundreds of kinds, and you'll get the picture of today's morning skate in Toronto. :-)
Ovi! Ovi! Ovi!
In other news Mike Green (Team Staal), Patrick Kane(Team Lidstrom), Ryan Kessler (Team Staal) and Martin St. Louis(Team Lidstrom) were selected alternate Captains for All-Star game.
Kane on being All-Star alternate captain:
"I probably won't be telling guys like Crosby and Ovechkin what to do on the ice."
Green on All-Star's 'A'; Ovi, Canadian Caps on Hockey Night in Canada; Bruce Boudreau