After a guy who is no stranger to scoring goals in the All-Star Game, Alex Ovechkin
, got the action started 50 seconds in, Colorado's Paul Stastny
became the game's first player to register his first career All-Star tally. Patrick Sharp
fed Stastny for an easy one-timer on a 2-on-1 to give Team Staal a 2-0 lead at 2:48 of the first period.
had three All-Star assists in his career after appearing in the 2000 and 2002 games, but he added his first goal at 3:20. Claude Giroux
made it three straight players scoring their first All-Star goal for Team Staal at 5:41, and it was the third consecutive tally Sharp had the primary assist on as he became the early favorite for MVP honors.
Los Angeles star Anze Kopitar
started Team Lidstrom's comeback with a pretty goal at 10:50. Kopitar stopped Carolina goaltender Cam Ward
's shutout bid by snapping a backhanded shot under the crossbar.
got some help from some old friends to earn his first All-Star marker. Chicago teammates Duncan Keith
and Patrick Kane
helped set up Byfuglien, an ex-Blackhawk, for a one-timer at 13:17 of the first to get Team Lidstrom within two goals at 4-2.
, who has 82 goals since the start of the 2008-09 season, made it a 4-3 contest in his first All-Star appearance at 16:07 of the opening period.
collected his first career All-Star goal late in the first period with the help of his captain. He completed Team Lidstrom's comeback from an early 4-0 deficit to level the score at 16:07. Nicklas Lidstrom
sprung Duchene on a breakaway and he snapped a shot into the top-left corner past Ward.