MONTREAL — Montreal winger Alexei Kovalev was the game MVP and Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was the shootout defensive star of the 2009 NHL All-Star Game tonight at Bell Centre, but Boston’s other two representatives had their hand in the 12-11 victory as well.
Center Marc Savard dished out three assists during his 15:14 of ice time. He fired just one shot on net and was a minus-1, but he did all he could to make sure his high-powered pair of wingers — Washington megastar Alexander Ovechkin and Ottawa sniper Dany Heatly — had plenty of chances to flaunt their stuff.
“It was Claude. Claude put it together. Maybe he’s rewarding me a bit here. So that was nice of him,” said Savard.
As for the shootout, which the East won, 2-0, Savard could’ve been a candidate for the competition after he was the runner-up in Saturday night’s elimination shootout. But he said he wasn’t volunteering.
“I didn’t want in that shootout, that’s for sure. It was good that the guys that got in there scored.”
And All-Star game is not the place for a defensive stalwart like Zdeno Chara to strut their stuff. But the Bruins captain still held his own over 23:16 of ice time and was just a minus-2 in a game full of 5-on-5 scores.