In this year of the 100th anniversary of the Montreal Canadiens, the city's Bell Centre hosted the 57th All Star Game with Cirque Eloize as part of the opening celebrations.
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French Canadian Vincent Lecavlier received a warm welcome from the Quebec natives.
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Alex Kovalev and Evgeni Malkin showed some impressive puck control in the game.
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Rick Nash chipped in a goal and two assists for the West while hometown netminder Carey Price allowed just two goals in the first period.
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Martin St. Louis lit the lamp twice, his first goal coming against Niklas Backstrom, who made 17 saves on 21 shots.
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Tied 11-11, the game went to overtime, and despite a power play for the West after a hooking call on Canadiens defenseman Mike Komisarek (the first All-Star game penalty since 2000), neither team scored, forcing a shootout. East netminder Tim Thomas stopped Shane Doan on the first attempt.
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Alex Kovalev, the Canadiens' biggest current star, scored two breakaway goals in the game and then scored on Roberto Luongo in the shootout.
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Alex Ovechkin, the game's premier scorer, threw about seven fakes into his dash at Vancouver's Roberto Luongo before beating the Western Conference goalie with a backhand that made the shootout score 2-0 and guaranteed an Eastern victory.
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Fellow Russian and thought to be current rival Evgeni Malkin congratulated Alex Ovechkin on his game-winning shootout goal to give the Eastern Conference a 12-11 victory over the West.
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"You can't ask for a better package than this," said Kovalev, the East captain who had three points and skated off with MVP honors. "Get voted in the All-Star game by the fans, starting lineup, being the captain, get MVP. This is something to remember the rest of your life."
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