The NHL All-Star Game is over, and the lasting Corey Perry-versus-Jonas Hiller moment still took place Saturday, when the Ducks’ leading scorer beat the Ducks’ leading goaltender (
) in an exhibition shootout.
Perry wasn’t responsible for any of the game-high 17 shots Jonas Hiller faced in the second period Sunday, but Hiller had a few dandies among his game-high 15 saves. If any goalie were to be named MVP of an NHL All-Star Game – Mike Richter was the last, in 1994 – Hiller did well to state his case. After giving up goals to Patrick Sharp and Kris Letang on his first five shots, Hiller stopped 12 straight as Team Nicklas Lidstrom took a 7-6 lead.
Down 4-0 at one point, Team Lidstrom walked away with an 11-10 win.
Perry had a pair of primary assists for Team Eric Staal. Staal, the team captain, did most of the work on his third-period goal after taking a short pass from Perry. Later in the period, Perry had a nice set-up on Rick Nash’s goal, reaching around a defender to sneak through a pass on the breakaway:
In case you missed the game, it was a fairly typical NHL All-Star Game despite the build-up from Friday’s creatively staged draft.
Sharp was named the game’s MVP – a curious choice considering that his team lost, and his three points (one goal, two assists) were matched or eclipsed by five players, including four on the winning team. An educated guess: Sharp was credited with three assists in the first period. One assist was taken back during the second period, but some of the voting contingent literally might not have gotten the memo before their votes were cast.
(Video courtesy of NHL.com; photo courtesy of Getty Images)