It wasn’t his typical game of 30-plus minutes on ice, but Ryan Suter
still managed to register a goal
and an assist
in his second NHL All-Star game with 19 minutes and 46 seconds of ice time
. His team, Team Toews, defeated Team Foligno 17-12 in Columbus.
“It was fun, it was exciting to be part of. A lot of goals were scored, probably too many, but it was a lot of fun for sure,” Suter said after the game.
As a shutdown defenseman, goals don’t come all that often for Suter. Last season he scored a hat trick, and tonight his goal looked like a goal-scorer’s snipe again, squeezing one past the post.
“I don’t know, I closed my eyes,” Suter started to joke. “No, I just got a pass from [Vladimir] Tarasenko and the slot kind of opened — not a lot of guys blocking shots — so the slot opened up and I just shot it in.”
But it was the celly that stood out. Suter isn’t known for his big celebrations after goals, yet there he was, throwing his arms up like a kid who got to eat a cookie before dinner.
“I was joking around with Webs, if I score or if you score,” Suter said of his defensive partner tonight and former Nashville teammate, Shea Weber. “In practice we used to joke around when we’d score; so it was just a little inside joke between us I guess.”
Nevertheless, it was a “very productive weekend for the NHL,” Suter said.
But the best part wasn’t his goal, assist or his plus-2 rating — it was getting to spend the time with family, particularly his son, Brooks.
“It was all fun. It was neat seeing Brooks down on the bench the other day, watching everything, he was excited about that.”