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All-Decade teams discussed by NBC's Sharp on NHL @TheRink podcast

Wild all-star center Staal, Hall of Fame defenseman Pronger also join Rosen, Roarke for latest episode

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ST. LOUIS -- Patrick Sharp agrees with most of the selections for the NHL All-Decade First and Second Teams, but the three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks is skeptical of a few of the choices revealed Friday. 

The First Team features forwards Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and Alex Ovechkin, defensemen Drew Doughty and Duncan Keith, and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. The Second Team consists of forwards Patrice Bergeron, Steven Stamkos and Evgeni Malkin, defensemen Erik Karlsson and Zdeno Chara, and goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

Sharp, an "NHL on NBC" analyst who had a vote for the All-Decade teams, was a guest on the new episode of NHL @TheRink, recorded Friday at the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend here, to discuss the selections with co-hosts Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke. 

"I like that starting lineup for sure; the goaltenders are ones that I'm confused on, to be honest with you," Sharp said on the podcast. "Fleury, can't argue with his decade and his career to this point. I think Henrik Lundqvist's name should be in the conversation. Corey Crawford, two Stanley Cups (with the Blackhawks). Jonathan Quick, what he did in [Los Angeles]. Those guys at the goaltender position stand out, but the other five? Yeah, no-brainers for me."

Sharp also told of being one the only people in the building to actually see the puck go in the net on Kane's championship-clinching overtime goal in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, which was voted Goal of the Decade.

"One hundred percent I saw it go in, and YouTube will back me up on that," said Sharp, who was then a Blackhawks forward. 

Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal also joined the podcast. Staal will make his sixth NHL All-Star Game appearance Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS) and offered perspective on what it means to him at age 35.

Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Pronger rounded out the guests on the All-Star edition of NHL @TheRink. Pronger, who played for the St. Louis Blues and lives in the area, discussed the hockey craze that has taken over the region in the past year with the Blues winning the Stanley Cup in 2019 and hosting the All-Star Game.

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