- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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This is the second time the Nets have hosted the event. The last time they did so, in January of 2011, Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov had a press conference to announce that the Nets were no longer pursuing Carmelo Anthony.
(For the record, Prokhorov is not at Barclays Center this time).
Prior to the game, a renowned Russian violinist, Alexander Markov, played the National Anthem. Problem was, none of the crowd knew when to stand because the public address announcing was also being done in Russian -- and there was no English follow-up, as there is for most NHL games played in Canada.
Russian music will be played throughout the game, and prizes will be given away.