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Perry scores game-winner, Pacific wins All-Star Game

Ducks' forward has only goal in championship game

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

NASHVILLE -- Given the 3-on-3 format and the amount of talent on the ice at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday, nobody could have predicted that one goal would be scored in the championship game of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game.

Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry was the only player to score in the Pacific Division's 1-0 win against the Atlantic Division.

Perry scored at 3:38 of the second period when he took a pass from Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin just outside the offensive zone, skated to the right circle and beat Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop with a low wrist shot to the far side.

"It was just a great play by [Sedin] to find me going down the wing," Perry said. "I think [Bishop] thought I was going five-hole. He guessed wrong."

Video: ATL@PAC: Perry beats Bishop's blocker on the rush

Perry thought he scored again with 2:53 remaining, but replays determined that Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall interfered with Bishop to keep it a 1-0 game.

"You knew that was going to happen at some point," Perry said of the challenge. "But that's the name of the game. Rules are rules."

Even if the goal had counted, a two-goal game in this format would have been difficult to envision. Perry attributed the low-scoring affair to the style of play in the Pacific Division.

"That's what happens in the West," said Perry, who has 20 goals in 47 games this season. "It's a low-scoring division. We tighten it down and play hockey."

Perry wasn't the only Ducks player to contribute to the victory; goalie John Gibson relieved Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (10 saves) midway through the game and made seven saves. Gibson wasn't surprised that Perry was the player to break the scoreless tie.

"I'm used to him doing that, scoring big goals," Gibson said. "It was nice. I think the last game, everybody actually played a tighter game and put a little more effort in and really wanted to make sure to get the win."

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo was magnificent in the first half of the game and finished with 12 saves, several of which were highlight-reel stops. Bishop stopped three of four shots.

"You look at all four goalies, they made some huge saves," Perry said. "Our two goalies, I don't know how they kept a couple of those pucks out of the net. But that's what they do, that's what they're best at."

Despite the lack of goals in the championship game, Perry was pleased with this year's format and hopes it continues in future All-Star Games.

"I thought the guys enjoyed it," Perry said. "I think they really embraced it and had fun with it. The whole weekend was a great experience."

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