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Lundqvist turns away first ASG penalty shot

by Dave Lozo

RALEIGH -- There hadn't been a penalty shot in 57 previous All-Star Games, but that changed during the second period of the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Sunday.

About 6 minutes into the third period, Team Lidstrom's Matt Duchene was on a breakaway against Team Staal goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Duchene's backhand attempt was stopped, but Team Staal's Alex Ovechkin tried to break up the scoring chance by throwing his stick at Duchene as he skated toward the net.

Duchene was instantly awarded a penalty shot with the game tied at 7.

"He still got his shot there so I didn't think they were going to call a penalty on it," said Lundqvist, who came up with the historic save. "It was fun. A couple things happened out there where you don't know what to think."

Ovechkin wasn't apologetic for his blatant disregard for the rules.

"Why not? It's fun," Ovechkin said. "I think fans love it. It's a good moment. He didn't score, right? I'm in history again."

Duchene, who scored a beauty of a goal in a 1-on-1 situation against Cam Ward in the first period, made a valiant attempt to solve Lundqvist, but the Rangers goaltender made a sprawling pad save on the backhand try.

"I just thought I'd try something different, I had no idea what to do and he's such a good goalie and so far back," Duchene said. "I like to deke on penalty shots and it's pretty tough to do that on him but I thought I made a pretty good move, maybe if I got it up and away quicker I would have had it."

As is the case in most situations were strange records are set, Lundqvist had no idea he will go down as the first goalie to stop a penalty shot in an All-Star Game.

"Really? So I'm part of history. Perfect," Lundqvist said.

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