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FINAL SCORE: YOUNG STARS EAST 9, YOUNG STARS WEST 8
DALLAS - Anze Kopitar
had two goals and three assists, but Phil Kessel tallied a hat trick to lead the Youngstars East to a 9-8 victory over Youngstars West.
Kopitar started the scoring taking a feed from Shea Weber and beating goaltender Kari Lehtonen for an early 1-0 lead. Kopitar's goal was scored just 27 seconds into the game and led off a frantic first five minutes in which four goals were scored.
The East's Zach Parise and Ryan Whitney scored two minutes apart before Jussi Jokinen evened the score, off an assist from Kopitar, at two at 4:30 of the first. Andrej Meszaros scored for the East to take a 3-2 lead into first intermission.
Phil Kessel would score the first of his three goals just 26 seconds into the second period with Kopitar quickly cutting into that lead with his second goal of the game. The rest of the second period was all Young Stars East as Paul Ranger and Meszaros lit the lamp for a commanding 6-3 lead entering the third and final period of play.
Kessel and Parise extended the lead to 8-3 early in the third before Matthew Carle scored for the West to bring them back to within four goals. Kessel then completed his hat trick, scoring at the four-minute mark, giving the East what appeared to be an insurmountable 9-4 lead.
The West came back, however,with four goals in a three-minute span in the middle of the third period, with the Ducks Ryan Getzlaf scoring two of them off assists from Kopitar and Carle and Alexander Radulov scoring to cut the deficit to 9-8 with 12 minutes to play.
The East would withstand the furious comeback of the West and hold on for an exciting 9-8 win. Lehtonen recorded 16 saves to earn the win, while Colorado's Peter Budaj took the loss, recording 15 saves.