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

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

Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored twice while Luke Schenn of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Patrik Berglund of the St. Louis Blues 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 with lots of breakaways and clever passing, but close to zero competitive intensity.

Still, the sell-out crowd of 21,273 liked it as Rookie coach Luc Robitialle's side defeated the Sophomores coached by former Canadiens star Pete Mahovlich.

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 shone in goal for the Rookies and that 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. Andrew Cogliano of the Edmonton Oilers, who won the fastest skater event in the Skills competition, also failed to score for the Rookies.

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