By Amanda DiPaolo
Team Lidstrom edged Team Staal by a score of 11-10 at the 58th NHL All-Star Game on Sunday in Raleigh, North Carolina. Nashville’s captain, Shea Weber, was on the ice for 8 of Team Lidstrom’s goals, was a plus 6, recorded four assists and saw nearly 20 minutes of ice time.
Shea Weber shakes hands with MVP Patrick Sharp(Getty Images)
Weber’s statistics for Sunday were among the most impressive of the All-Stars, but Weber wasn’t keeping track. “I just wanted to have fun. I wanted to have a good time playing with Nick and enjoy watching him.”
Weber was in the starting line-up and was paired with future Hall of Famer Nick Lidstrom. The experience of playing with Lidstrom was not lost on Weber.
“It was awesome,” the Predators captain said about having the opportunity to share the blue line with Lidstrom. “He’s one of, if not the best, defenseman to ever play the game. To get a chance to play with him is something I will never forget.”
Weber, having now played in two All-Star games, the other being in 2009, says one doesn’t stand out above the other. “They were both fun. It’s always a good weekend to have a little break and get away from the regular season and go out and have some fun. You see the guys use their skill and speed to put on a good show for the fans.”
Team Staal built up an early 4-0 lead by the midway point of the first period on goals by Alex Ovechkin, Paul Statsny, Patrick Elias, and Claude Giroux.
Team Lidstrom came roaring back to score four unanswered goals, tying the game before the end of the first period. Anze Kopitar, Dustin Byfuglien, Loui Erikkson, and Matt Duchene scored to even things up.
Weber got assists on the Kopitar and Duchene goals.
Team Staal got on the board early in the second when Patrick Sharpe scored his first career All-Star goal. Kris Letang added to Team Staal’s lead. Kopitar scored his second goal of the game. Steven Stamkos and Danny Briere also added tallies which gave Team Lidstrom a 7-6 lead, their first of the night with under five minutes left to play in the middle frame.
Weber picked up an assist on the Briere goal.
Eric Staal tied the game early in the third period.
Ovechkin threw his stick to try and stop Duchene from taking a clean shot on goal so a penalty shot was called. Henrik Lundqvist, playing the third period for Team Staal, stopped the young Colorado forward.
At 8:46 into the third period, Letang gives Team Staal the lead once again by scoring his second goal of the night.
Danny Briere answered quickly to tie the game again with his second of the game. Weber picked up his fourth assist.
Jonathan Toews, Martin St. Louis and Loui Eriksson added goals for Team Lidstrom. With just 33 seconds left Eric Staal scored to bring his team within one goal of tying the game but were unable to come up with the equalizer.
Regular season action is set to resume on Tuesday night. The Predators host Calgary at 7pm at Bridgestone Arena.
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