RALEIGH, N.C. -- Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin tossed his stick in an attempt to disrupt a breakaway, a rarely seen antic that resulted in Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene having the first penalty shot in the history of the NHL All-Star Game at RBC Center on Sunday.
"Well, I wanted to make history, so ..." chided Ovechkin (above).
Duchene, a member of Team Lidstrom, was taking strides toward Team Staal goalie Henrik Lundqvist when he noticed something out of the corner of his eye.
"I saw it coming," Duchene told FanHouse after Team Lidstrom's 11-10 victory. "I couldn't hold the stick like I wanted to because he threw it. I was laughing as it was coming by. I thought it was pretty funny."
Duchene made a solid attempt in the penalty shot, but was stopped by the New York Rangers goalie.
"I think I might have had him early in the move, but he's so quick," Duchene said. "He was able to get that pad out and make the save."
Mike Green, a teammate of Ovechkin's with the Caps, had seen similar antics -- typically in practice -- from Ovechkin.
"It didn't surprise me at all," Green said. "That's Alex. I wouldn't even think to do that."
Capitals officials were probably more concerned about something else he threw on the ice Sunday -- his entire body. He went down in an attempt to block a would-be slap shot by powerful Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, who instead opted to pass the puck during the first period.
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