Though the results of the AHL All-Star game can be difficult to take seriously at times, Monday’s version of the midseason classic offered plenty of dramatics.
Buried in a 6-2 rut after the first period after the Eastern All-Stars lit up Houston Aeros goaltender Matt Hackett, the West stunned the 6,113 fans in attendance in Atlantic City with a 8-7 shootout victory.
Peoria’s stars Ben Bishop and T.J. Hensick put the finishing touches on the comeback. Bishop stopped 10 of 11 shots in his third period of work, then did not allow a single goal in the shootout to earn game MVP honors. Meanwhile, Hensick scored the West’s sixth goal in the third period and added another in the shootout.
Other stars who shined for the West included Chris Terry of Charlotte, Kevin Connauton of Chicago and Oklahoma City goaltender Yann Danis. Terry led the West with three points (two goals and an assist). Connauton scored the game’s equalizer in the final five minutes, while Danis pitch the first All-Star shutout period since the 2005 game when three names you might recognize, Ryan Miller, Antero Niittymaki and Jason LaBarbera, all posted zeros in their 20 minutes of work.
Chris Mueller’s night? Sadly one to forget as Milwaukee’s lone All-Star failed to record a point and finished as a disappointing -3, the lowest of any player. Mueller was one of only seven Western stars who did not get on the scoresheet.
So Roundtable? What did you think of the All-Star Game? Do no hitting, no penalty, too many passes games bore you, or is fun watching the skills of the All-Stars on display? Can we make anything of Mueller’s tough night?