North America defeated the World, 14-12, during the 51st NHL All-Star Game Sunday afternoon in Denver, Colorado. Boston Bruins Bill Guerin was named MVP after tallying a hat trick and adding two assists in the highest-scoring All-Star Game in history. New York Rangers Theo Fleury tallied three points (two goals, one assist) and Brian Leetch recorded an assist in North America’s win.
Fleury made his seventh All-Star Game appearance and notched two goals and an assist to help lead the North American squad to the 14-12 victory. The Ranger winger skated on the right side alongside center Joe Sakic and left-winger Paul Kariya. Theo opened the scoring at 0:49 of the first period and added another tally at 12:03 of the third. The first period goal marked the sixth time a goal has been scored within the first minute of play during an All-Star Game. Fleury’s third period goal tied an All-Star Game record for most combined goals (22), which held until former Ranger Alexei Kovalev broke the mark at 13:57. Fleury, third in the League with 67 points (29 goals, 38 assists), has registered 12 career All-Star points (six goals, six assists).
Leetch made his eighth All-Star appearance (was selected to the 1992-93 All-Star Game but did not dress due to injury) and tallied an assist on Tony Amonte’s goal at 8:36 of the second period to put North America up 7-5. Leetch, who leads all defensemen in scoring with 57 points (14 goals, 43 assists), has notched two career All-Star Game assists.