All-Star Game Notes
Here are some interesting factoids and stats from tonight's All-Star Game in Montreal:
*Alex Kovalev is the fifth member of the Canadiens to win all-star MVP honors, joining Jean Beliveau (1964), Henri Richard (1967), Peter Mahovlich (1976) and March Recchi (1997).
"Like I said at the beginning of the weekend," Kovalev said. "I'm not going to hide this. I wanted this badly, so I was going for it."
*Jarome Iginla finally has an all-star goal. He scored the Western Conference's eight goal, his first tally in four previous ASG appearances.
*Tim Thomas became the fifth goalie in all-star game history to win the game in back to back years, joining Frank Brimsek (1947 and '48), Jacques Plante (1958 and 1959), Johnny Bower (1961 and 1962) and Martin Brodeur (1997-1998).
Thomas, by the way, probably will be first goalie the Caps face coming out of the break.
*This was the fifth time in ASG history the contest went past regulation and second decided in a shootout. In 2003, the West went 3 for 4 in the tiebreaker to win, 6-5.
*The penalty assessed to Mike Komisarek in overtime was the first penalty handed out in an ASG since 2000.
*The 23 goals were the second highest in ASG history. Twenty-six were scored in 2001, a 14-12 win for North America over the World.
That's it from me tonight. I've got an early flight to Boston and then a bit of a drive to Worcester, Mass., where I'm going to cover Bruce Boudreau's induction into the AHL Hall of Fame tomorrow afternoon.
January 25, 2009; 11:43 PM ET
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