Truly 'Amazing' Show; Lundqvist helps American Conference come from behind to Win First Ever AFHL All-Star Game

AFHL preening over All-Star successes, story lines

A capacity crowd of 17,980 at the Detroit Gladiators Ice Arena witnessed a truly amazing AFHL All-Star Game.

Deer Park Chiefs Henrik Lundqvist's perfect goaltending helped the American Conference come-from-behind to defeat the the Canadian Conference 7-4 in the AFHL's first ever All-Star Game.

"It was a lot of fun to play," said Lundqvist, who collected a new car and an All-Star Game MVP trophy for his efforts. "I loved it."

 

 

A lot of people thought it would be Ryan Miller driving away in the spiffy new sports-utility vehicle, as it appeared that he would lead the Canadian Conference to victory... that was until the final moments when Lundqvist stole the spotlight.

"It blew my mind," said Miller after the game. "I looked up at the scoreboard and there was ONE MINUTE LEFT and we had the lead. It looked like the Canadian Conference was gonna win. Next thing you know, Lundqvist gets his second shutout of the week, and it's over just like that. Absolutely incredible. But I gotta give it up to Lundqvist, he really was the better goalie."

 
 
Ryan Miller's stats were impressive: 3 wins, 66 saves, 1.66 GAA, and a .929 SV%...

But it was in fact Lundqvist's stats that would lead his team to victory: 2 wins, 41 saves, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV%, and 2 shutouts.

"He's one of those guys you've got to watch to see how good of a goaltender he really is," Evgeni Malkin said. "He's not on the best of teams, but he still keeps it to a low score. He's truly one of the best goaltenders in the league."

Lundqvist was named the First Star of the All-Star Game. Miller was named the Second Star. Nicklas Backstrom of the Lexington Leg Hounds was named the Third Star of the game registering 1 goal and 4 assists, two of which came on the powerplay to ignite the comeback for the American Conference.

"I was lucky, I got to play with two very unselfish guys," Backstrom said of his linemates Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson. "We moved the puck, we had a lot of chances."

It was business as usual in the All-Star Game, as 13 different players scored goals, and all but four players were able to put points on the board.

 
 
Crosby, Malkin, Kovalchuk, Eriksson, Ryan, Backstrom, Iginla, and Perry scored goals for the American Conference. Heatley, Ovechkin, D. Sedin, Kane, and Kaberle scored goals for the Canadian Conference.
"There were 23 goals; you think I would have had one," Zach Parise said, jokingly. "I guess it wasn't meant to be. I had a few chances, it just didn't work out."

It was an atypical performance for Martin Brodeur, the goaltender that many call the greatest goaltender in the world. Brodeur gave up six goals on 44 shots and only made one really sparkling save when he stopped Manhattan favorite Bobby Ryan in tight about halfway through the final period.

"That was part of the problem," Crosby said of Brodeur giving up six  goals. "With him, you don't think you have to get back. That kind of carried them throughout the game and they didn't have to do a lot more than that."

Henrik Lundqvist, who has waged several dramatic battles with Brodeur through the years, was declared the best goalie on the ice stopping all 41 shots fired his way. At the beginning of the game, Lundqvist stopped Hamilton's Joe Thornton on a partial breakaway and then Winnipeg's Patrick Kane in the slot.

"Overall it was a nice game," Lundqvist said. "I think we all had a lot of fun."


The AFHL All-Star players shake hands after the American Conference pulled out a 7-4 win over the Canadian Conference.



2010 AFHL All-Star Game Box Score

Score Summary

Team G A P +/- PPP SHP GWG W GAA SV SV% SHO Score
American Conference 14 13 27 12 11 0 3 3 1.50 79 .929 2 7
Canadian Conference 9 19 28 9 9 0 1 5 1.80 106 .921 0 4

Score summary last updated Mon. 2:19am ET

AMERICAN CONFERENCE WINS!!

INCREDIBLE ALL-STAR GAME... ARTICLE COMING SOON!

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Player Stats



American Conference Player Stats

Pos Forwards/Defensemen G A P +/- PPP SHP GWG
C Sidney Crosby
(Buff - C) 
1 3 4 -2 2 0 0
C Evgeni Malkin
(Bos - C) 
3 1 4 1 2 0 1
C Niklas Backstrom
(Lex - C) 
1 4 5 1 2 0 0
LW Ilya Kovalchuk
(FDK - LW) 
1 1 2 0 1 0 0
LW Loui Eriksson
(Buff - LW) 
3 0 3 1 2 0 1
LW Bobby Ryan
(Man - LW) 
1 1 2 3 0 0 0
RW Maxim Afinogenov
(Sea - RW) 
0 1 1 0 1 0 0
RW Jarome Iginla
(Holl - RW) 
3 0 3 2 1 0 1
RW Corey Perry
(DPC - RW) 
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Nicklas Lidstrom
(Buff - D) 
0 0 0 1 0 0 0
D Chris Pronger
(Holl - D) 
0 1 0 1 0 0 0
D Sergei Gonchar
(Man - D) 
0 0 0 1 0 0 0
D
Scott Niedermayer
(Man - D) 
0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Util Paul Stastny
(Buff - C) 
0 0 0 2 0 0 0

Pos
Goaltenders
W GAA SV SV% SHO
G
Martin Brodeur
(Holl - G) 
1 3.00 38 .863 0
G
Henrik Lundqvist
(DPC - G) 
2 0.00 41 1.000 2

For Goaltending Calculations:
Total # of minutes played - 240
Total # of shots faced - 85
  Brodeur - 44 shots faced, 38 saves, 120 mins
Lundqvist - 41 shots faced, 41 saves, 120 mins

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Canadian Conference Player Stats

Pos Forwards/Defensemen G A P +/- PPP SHP GWG
C Joe Thornton
(Ham - C) 
0 1 1 -1 0 0 0
C Henrik Sedin
(Van - C) 
0 2 2 2 0 0 0
C Pavel Datsyuk
(SJR- C) 
0 2 2 0 1 0 0
LW Alexander Ovechkin
(Osh - LW) 
2 1 3 1 1 0 1
LW Zach Parise
(Lon - LW) 
0 3 3 3 1 0 0
LW Daniel Sedin
(Van - LW) 
1 2 3 2 0 0 0
RW Patrick Kane
(Win - RW) 
1 0 0 0 0 0 0
RW Alexander Semin
(Ham - RW) 
0 1 1 0 0 0 0
RW Dustin Brown
(SJR - RW) 
0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
D Dan Boyle
(Van - D) 
0 2 2 2 1 0 0
D Andrei Markov
(Cas - D) 
0 2 2 0 0 0 0
D Tomas Kaberle
(Van - D) 
1 2 0 0 3 0 0
D
Zdeno Chara
(Osh - D) 
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Util Dany Heatley
(Tem - RW) 
4 1 5 1 2 0 0

Pos
Goaltenders
W GAA SV SV% SHO
G
Ryan Miller
(Van - G) 
3 1.66 66 .929 0
G
Evgeni Nabokov
(Osh - G) 
2 2.00 40 .909 0

For Goaltending Calculations:
Total # of minutes played - 300
Total # of shots faced - 115
Miller - 71 shots faced, 66 saves, 180 mins
Nabokov - 44 shots faced, 40 saves, 120 mins

Note: Stats associated with players in the 2010 AFHL All-Star Game are currently accumulating from the First Round in the 2010 Men's Hockey Olympics