Other than the tweak of the hip and the slip of the tongue, I'd say All-Star Weekend was an overwhelming success.
Rick DiPietro went about it the right way. He was accessible to every fan and reporter who needed him. His work with Islanders TV and Versus brought him even closer to the public. He performed extremely well in the Skills on Saturday and the game tonight. A bunch of writers walked up to me and said Rick had their vote for MVP because his puck-stopping and flair for, um, offense, was the spark for the East as they took a 5-1 lead after the first period.
What wasn't captured by the Islanders TV cameras was the neat private aspect of Charles Wang and the franchise making this the unforgettable weekend Rick deserved. First class all the way.
My congratulations to the league office, the Thrashers organization and the city of Atlanta for putting on one heckuva show. The entire weekend exceeded my expectations.