West All-Stars Steal a Win from the East 8-7 in a Shootout; Midwest Division Stars Shine

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?

4 thoughts on “West All-Stars Steal a Win from the East 8-7 in a Shootout; Midwest Division Stars Shine”

  1. Glad he had a good day at the Skills Competition but I’d rather see him on our scoresheet than the Western Conference’s. Hopefully he got some rest at some point like his teammates and he can continue scoring and lead our team out of the winter doldrums.

  2. ONThere, I would only encourage it. Great read for those that missed it. Fits in well with my All-Star stories.

  3. Ads are really struggling right now like the rest of us job seekers. Ima gonna be at the game tonight but ima flat broke. ya’ll seem like a nice group of folks – can ona ya spot me a beer?

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