Alfie tried to soak it all in

Updated: January 30, 2012, 12:46 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

OTTAWA, Ontario -- And just in the nick of time, we are reminded what makes this game so special at times.

We interrupt your hockey news cycle dominated by concussions, a notable neck injury, the seemingly unending saga in Phoenix, a White House snub and the threat of a lockout to bring you the Great Daniel Alfredsson Love-In, aka, the 2012 NHL All-Star weekend.

A goal post short of yanking MVP honors from Marian Gaborik, Alfredsson still stole the spotlight Sunday, his two-goal performance ...

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