Team Staal entered the final event leading 25-15, but knew it would face the hardest push from Team Lidstrom in the Discover Elimination Shootout, the final event.
The goalies dominated early, as Marc-Andre Fleury
and Carey Price
stopped the first seven shots before Team Lidstrom's Dustin Byfuglien
finally solved Price on the eighth shot. Fleury stopped the first sIx shots he faced before P.K. Subban
went under the glove to break the spell. Fleury Finished with seven saves and Price had six after Danny Briere
scored on his attempt.
The second set of goalies wasn't as lucky. Team Staal's Corey Perry
scored on the first attempt against Jonas Hiller
, his Anaheim teammate. Rick Nash
also scored against Hiller. Meanwhile, Team Staal goalie Henrik Lundqvist
stopped the first seven shots he faced, including the League's leading scorer, Steven Stamkos
. Marty St. Louis, another Lightning player, snapped the shutout bid.
The third set of goalies got off to a great start when Tim Thomas
denied Team Staal's Alex Ovechkin
. Hometown goalie Cam Ward
allowed Pat Kane to score on the first shot he faced, but responded after that by stopping five of the final seven attempts. Thomas and Ward each allowed three goals.
That means only a dozen players advanced to the second round.
Again, Fleury was on fire. He stopped Subban before Perry fooled him to score -- Fleury tried an ill-advised poke check. Price, meanwhile, opened Round 2 with two saves before St. Louis befuddled him with a forehand-backhand move. Hiller stopped all three shots he faced in the second round, as did Lundqvist.
So it was just Perry and St. Louis in the final round, but Ward stopped St. Louis on his first attempt to make Perry the winner and give Team Staal a 33-22 victory before a pleased crowd at RBC Center.