Marian Gaborik scored three goals, including two against New York Rangers teammate Henrik Lundqvist, to lead his team to a 12-9 victory in the National Hockey League’s All-Star game.
Gaborik, the Rangers’ leading scorer, also added an assist for Team Chara and was named Most Valuable Player for yesterday’s game at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.
Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Daniel Alfredsson of the hometown Senators were captains and drafted their teams from a pool of NHL All-Stars four days ago. Lundqvist, the Rangers’ goaltender, was an assistant captain for Alfredsson’s squad and exchanged good-natured taunts with Gaborik via Twitter throughout All-Star weekend.
“It’s been a buildup, so he definitely won this one, no question,” Lundqvist told reporters. “I have to give it to him. It was a great performance, even though his players set him up for some wide-open nets there. He’s always in the right place at the right time. It was still a lot of fun out there, even though I wanted to shut the door against him.”
Alfredsson had two goals and an assist to lead his squad, while Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks added a goal and two assists for Team Alfredsson.
Gaborik scored two goals in the first period against Lundqvist, helping Team Chara open a 3-0 lead.
“I was just fortunate to get lucky against him,” said Gaborik, whose 25 goals at the All-Star break were tied for sixth-most in the NHL. “He’s one of the best, if not the best, goalies in the league. I tried to get into his mind the whole weekend. It was a pretty good challenge against him.”
The score was tied 6-6 heading to the third period, when Chara, Toronto’s Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul, Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, Chicago’s Marian Hossa and Anaheim’s Corey Perry scored for Team Chara. Lupul finished with two goals for Team Chara, while Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas had 18 saves against Team Alfredsson in the final period to collect his record-extending fourth consecutive All-Star game victory.
“In these types of games really the only chance you have to have your name on the record as the winning goalie is if you play in the third period,” Thomas said. “You can get a shutout in the first period and still not end up with the win, probably won’t end up with the win. That’s why I wanted to play the third period.”
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