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MVP Wheeler's three goals lead Rookies over Sophmores in NHL Youngstars game @NHL

MONTREAL - Blake Wheeler of the Boston Bruins scored three goals and earned MVP honours as the Rookies beat the Sophomores 9-5 in the NHL Youngstars game on Saturday night.

Patrik Berglund of the St. Louis Blues and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning each scored twice while Luke Schenn of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles kings also scored for the Rookies.

Defenceman Marc Staal of the New York Rangers had two goals while Dave Bolland of the Chicago Blackhawks, Mason Raymond of the Vancouver Canucks and Devin Setoguchi of the San Jose Sharks scored for the Sophomores.

The teams played three six-minute periods with three skaters and a goalie each on the ice at a time in a game that featured lots of breakaways and clever passing, but almost no intensity.

Still, the sell-out crowd of 21,273 seemed to enjoy the spectacle that also featured Luc Robitaille coaching the Rookies and former Canadiens star Pete Mahovlich behind the bench for the Sophomores.

A highlight was Staal's first goal 1:43 into the second period when he threw the only hit of the game on James Neal of the Dallas Stars, then took the puck and went in and scored.

Another was Schenn's goal, as the defenceman for the rival Leafs was booed all the way in on a breakaway and then scored on Montreal's Carey Price at 4:08 of the second frame.

Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators stood tall in goal for the Rookies, which likely decided the game for the first-year players.

Last year's Youngstars game MVP, Brandon Dubinsky of the Rangers, failed to score for the Sophomores, while Andrew Cogliano of the Edmonton Oilers, who won the fastest skater event in the Skills competition, failed to score for the Rookies.

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