Watching Sidney Crosby(notes), Pascal Dupuis(notes), Max Talbot(notes), David Steckel and Mike Knuble(notes) firing pucks at the goal posts at Heinz Field made us lament the fact that the NHL hadn't thought about hybrid sports stunts before. We've had Winter Classics at Fenway Park and Wrigley Field; what, no "stick" ball?
The NHL held its press event on Tuesday for the 2010 Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and the host Pittsburgh Penguins. It culminated with this odd skills competition in which pucks were placed on ramps about 50 yards away from the goal posts the Pittsburgh Steelers would be otherwise aiming for during the season.
Here's one of Crosby's attempts, via The Hockey Writers:
There were three rounds of competition, with many more misses and hits. Seriously, if this was the Home Run Derby, we would have had 20 doubles, a few whiffs ... and this right-off-the-bat home run from Knuble of the Capitals. Coming up, the full competition.
More from Capitals Insider, which offers an alternative view of the competition.
Here's Round 2, beginning with Sidney:
Finally, here's Round 3, in which the affair degenerates into the world's worst golden-tee event.
Maybe it was OK for the NHL Network to cut away from this after all.