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The All-Star Game by the Numbers

by John Kreiser / Vancouver Canucks
The 56th NHL All-Star Game takes place Sunday at Philips Arena in Atlanta (6 p.m. ET, Versus, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio). The game has evolved quite a bit from the early days, when defense and goaltending dominated. For most of the past two decades, it’s been a goal scorer’s delight; happily for the goalies, they only play a period each these days. But it hasn’t always been that way. Here’s a look at some All-Star history … by the numbers.

0 — Points scored by Sidney Crosby in the 2007 All-Star Game, the first of his career. Crosby shouldn’t feel bad: Wayne Gretzky, who made his first All-Star appearance at age 19 (like Crosby did last year) in 1980, also went scoreless in his debut.

1 — Goals allowed by Gilles Villemure in three All-Star appearances (1971, ’72 and ’73). His 0.68 goals-against average is the lowest of any goaltender in All-Star history with two or more appearances.

2 — New York Rangers goalies on the East team in the 1971 and 1973 All-Star Games. Villemure and Ed Giacomin both were named to the East squad, marking the only time any team put two goaltenders on an All-Star team in the same season.

3 — Goals scored by the Montreal Canadiens in their 3-0 victory over the NHL All-Stars in the 1967 game, which was the first official All-Star Game played in midseason rather than before the start of the new season. It was also the only shutout in All-Star history.

4 — Goals scored by Gretzky in the third period of the 1983 game at the Nassau Coliseum. Gretzky is one of five players to score four goals in a game; The Great One is the only player to get them all in one period.

5 — Goalies named as All-Star Game MVPs. The last one was Mike Richter of the New York Rangers, who won the award in the 1994 game at Madison Square Garden.

6 — Points by Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux in the 1988 game at St. Louis, the most ever scored in an All-Star contest. Lemieux had three goals and three assists. Montreal’s Mats Naslund set up all three goals and finished with five assists, also an All-Star record.

7 — Goals by the Wales Conference in the first period of the 1990 game at Pittsburgh, the most scored in a single period of an All-Star game. Seven teams, including the West in the second period last year, have had six.

8 — Sets of brothers who’ve been All-Star teammates. The most recent was the Bures (Pavel and Valeri) in 2000. Two of those brother combinations — Phil and Tony Esposito and Max and Doug Bentley — have also opposed each other in All-Star play.

9 — Consecutive All-Star Games played in goal by Glenn Hall, who took part in every game played from 1960 through 1969. His 540 minutes played (in 13 appearances) is also an All-Star record.

10 — Shots on goal by the Sharks’ Owen Nolan in the 1997 game at San Jose, tying the All-Star Game mark set by Detroit’s Earl Riebel in 1955. Nolan outscored Riebel, 3-2, and got two of his goals in just eight seconds (a record for fastest two goals) in the second period. However, Riebel’s Red Wings were 3-1 winners over the NHL All-Stars, while Nolan and the Western Conference stars lost 11-7 to the Eastern Conference.

11 — Years since there have been fewer than 10 goals scored in an All-Star Game. The East beat the West 5-4 in 1996 when Ray Bourque scored the game-winning goal with 38 seconds remaining in regulation time, delighting a hometown crowd in Boston.

13 — Goals by Gretzky and Lemieux in All-Star play. They share the career record, though Gretzky needed 18 games to get his 13 goals while Lemieux did it while playing just 10.

16 — Goals scored by the Wales Conference in a 16-6 victory over the Campbell Conference at the Montreal Forum in 1993, the most ever scored by a team in All-Star play. The 22 combined goals is also an All-Star record.

17 — Points by Bourque, the most by a defenseman in All-Star play. The Hall of Famer had four goals and 13 assists in his 19 All-Star appearances.

18 — Steve Yzerman’s age (actually 18 years, 8 months and 22 days) when he took part in his first All-Star Game. Yzerman is the youngest player to take part in an All-Star Game who was not part of a defending Stanley Cup champion.

19 — Seconds into the 1950 game that Detroit’s Ted Lindsay scored, the fastest goal from the start of an All-Star Game. That’s one second faster than Jacques Laperriere’s game-opening goal for the East in 1970.

26 — Goals scored in the 2001 All-Star Game, the most ever. Bill Guerin had three goals and two assists to earn MVP honors in North America’s 14-12 victory over the World team at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

30 — Years since a New York Islanders goaltender was named to the All-Star Team. Rick DiPietro is the first Islander netminder to make the game since Billy Smith in 1978. DiPietro will have a tough time matching Smith’s performance — Smith played 29 scoreless minutes and was named MVP even though the Campbell Conference wound up losing 3-2 to the Wales Conference in overtime.

31 — Goals allowed by Patrick Roy in his 11 All-Star appearances (250 minutes), the most by any goaltender. Roy started 10 times in those 11 games and won his only two decisions.

51 — Age of Gordie Howe (51 years, 10 months, 5 days) when he skated in the 1980 All-Star Game in Detroit. Howe, who played his final season with the Hartford Whalers, is by far the oldest player to take part in an All-Star Game; Doug Harvey, then with St. Louis, is next at 44 years, 1 month and 2 days old.

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