1994-1995 All-Star Game

[1994-1995 FHL All-Star game as reported by Jean-Henri Duteau on March 7th, 1995]

Tonight, from downtown Vancouver, it's the 2nd annual FHL All-Star Game!!!

With stars from all over the league, this game may prove to quite the show for you, so sit back and enjoy the results of this year's All-Star Game.

This game was quite the close one. It went into overtime and the winning goal was disputed, but the instant replay proved to be inconclusive.

The East opened up the scoring with first-team all-star Jaromir Jagr tucking a beautiful one past starting goalie Stephane Fiset. Jagr had been sprung loose by the picture perfect passing of Adam Oates who had gotten after Keith Tkachuk dug it out of a scrum.

The West quickly tied it up with Theoren Fleury shooting it through Wregget's five-hole on a pass from Teemu Selanne.

After the first period, the game was tied 1-1 and it looked to be quite the exciting game.

In the second, the West came out with an obvious goal to intimidate the Eastern squad. There had been quite some bantering in the weeks leading up to the event and obviously, the Western players felt they needed to express their superiority. It backfired on them as the skillful East team scored three times on separate power plays.

With Mike Peluso in the box for charging, Ray Ferraro converted the power play marker as the East passed around the Western box. Ferraro's goal was assisted by Phil Housley and Kevin Hatcher.

A costly two-man disadvantage, with Ulf Samuelsson and Tie Domi in the box, resulted in a deflected goal by Keith Tkachuk with the initial slapshot coming from a one-timer by Chelios, who had the puck placed beautifully by Steve Yzerman.

With two minutes left in the period, and with the East playing excellent defense, Hatcher having stopped two breakaways with great defensive plays, West defenceman Ulf Samuelsson again placed his team in the hole by hitting Eastern forward Cam Neely from behind. Tempers flared for a moment and were relieved by a drawn bout between Keith Tkachuk and Cam Russell.

Neely exacted his revenge by scoring on the resultant power play on a shot from the slot with Bourque noticing Neely's openness.

So, after two period, the East led 4-1. It looked to be quite a rout by the third period was still to come.

The opening of the third period saw the West playing back-to-basics hockey and being rewarded for it as they scored two goals within the five minutes. Jeremy Roenick scored on a breakaway goal after Mironov noticed him streaking.

Mats Sundin took advantage of a rare Eastern defensive lapse, where he stole the puck off of Ray Ferraro's stick and put it by Dominik Hasek.

With two minutes to go, and the score 5-4 after goals by Bourque (from Oates and Murphy) on the East and Robitaille (from Sundin) and Zubov (from Gilmour and Robitaille) on the West, the Western coach Andrew Weaver made a daring call and pulled his goalie. With only two scary moments, the West kept the puck mostly in the Eastern zone and were rewarded with a screened goal from Sergei Zubov (who had been hurt earlier in the game) from Doug Gilmour and Luc Robitaille.

And so the regulation time ended with the score tied at 5 goals apiece. The Eastern team had played a much better game defensively but had lost most of the scraps along the boards. These were clearly two different teams.

Within 45 seconds of the opening faceoff in overtime, the East was applying pressure in the Western zone. With Tkachuk standing in the crease, Eastern star Joe Murphy blasted the puck past Belfour after a beautiful set up from Poulin and Housley. The West protested the goal, saying that Tkachuk had gone in the crease without any provocation but, after the instant replay was consulted, the goal stood and the Eastern team had tied the All-Star series by winning the 2nd All-Star game 6-5.

In real life, it wasn't this close. The goals flip-flopped all week, whereas Assists and DStat was in the East favour all week and likewise for the PIM for the West. The GStat wasn't that close until SUNDAY's games when Belfour got a SO. So, even if you had ended the game Saturday, that disputed goal.....

Here are the real-life stats:

All-Star Week Statistics

------------	G	A	PIM	DSTAT
Brett Hull	1	1	 0	 1
Jeremy Roenick	2	1	 2	 0
Wendel Clark	1	1	 0	-4
Teemu Selanne	1	3	 0	 2
Jason Arnott	0	1	 2	-1
Luc Robitaille	3	2	 2	 1
Mats Sundin	1	4	 2	 1
Doug Gilmour	1	2	 6	 2
Tie Domi	0	0	14	 0
Mike Peluso	0	0	28	 0
Trevor Linden	1	1	 0	 3
Theoren Fleury	3	1	18	-2

Ulf Samuelsson	0	0	40	 3
Steve Duchesne	0	1	 0	 1
Sergei Zubov	2	1	 2	 2
Roman Hamrlik	0	1	 4	 1
Dmitri Mironov	0	2	 2	 1
Cameron Russell	0	0	25	-3
Stephane Fiset	0-0/0	 4	24	 0
Ed Belfour	4-0/1	 7	94	20

TOTAL	G==16	A==14	PIM==147	DSTAT==8	GSTAT==20

------------	G	A	PIM	DSTAT
Jaromir Jagr	2	1	 2	 1
Joe Sakic	1	1	 0	-2
Keith Tkachuk	2	3	20	 3
Adam Oates	1	7	 0	 0
Ray Ferraro	2	0	 0	-4
German Titov	0	0	 4	 0
Kelly Buchberger1	1	 6	 1
Steve Yzerman	0	2	 0	-2
Patrick Poulin	1	2	 0	 0
Joe Murphy	2	3	14	 2
Cam Neely	3	1	 9	 0
Mark Recchi	0	0	 2	 0

Chris Chelios	0	4	 2	 4
Ray Bourque	2	5	 0	 2
Phil Housley	0	7	 2	 3
Kjell Samuelsson0	0	 0	 1
Steve Smith	0	2	 2	 3
Kevin Hatcher	0	3	11	 6
Ken Wregget	2-0/0	16	132	 8
Dominik Hasek	2-1/0	 8	116	14

TOTAL	G==17	A==39	PIM==64		DSTAT==14	GSTAT==22