A barnburner: Kovy wins it for East

Alex Kovalev lets fly during the first period of tonight’s 57th NHL All-Star Game.
John Kenney, Gazette

What were you expecting, a defensive struggle?

23 goals

102 shots

Dekes, playground moves, no hitting, no D … and no chance we’ll see any hockey likes this during the rest of the regular season or – heaven forfend! – the playoffs.

MVP Alex Kovalev two goals, an assist, seven shots on goal and won a Honda truck and a tribute from the East’s starting goaltender:

"Kovy’s made for a game like this," said Carey Price.

Hometown hope Vincent Lecavalier had four shots on goal … but missed to start the shootout.

Mike Komisarek got his name on the scoresheet by taking the game’s only penalty.

Here’s some audio from the winners’ room:

Alexander Ovechkin  Carey Price  Zdeno Chara (on the competitiveness of Tim Thomas)  Vinny Lecavalier

And some more from Hickey and Stubbs: Kovy   Price 2   Komisarek   Canadiens legends pregame

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