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Savard Nets All-Star Winner

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The Eastern Conference All-Stars defeated the Western Conference All-Stars, 8-7, when Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard beat Detroit goaltender Manny Legace with the game-winning goal at 19:39 of the third period.

Bruins forward Marc Savard scored the winner, Rick Nash scored three goals, Eric Staal scored a brand new truck.

There was plenty to see in this NHL All-Star game, even without Sid the Kid.

Savard, known for more for his passing than shooting, found an open net with 20.9 seconds left to lift the Eastern Conference to an 8-7 win over the West on Sunday night.

Suddenly, Atlanta was home again for the Boston Bruins forward. While the Thrashers faithful chanted and cheered for current favorite Ilya Kovalchuk, they showed a little love for Savard, who turned a 2 1/2-year stop in Atlanta into a lucrative free-agent deal with Boston before last season.

"It wasn't a tough shot, but it sure felt good when it went in," Savard said. "I got booed on Saturday and a little today, but I liked playing here for the Thrashers. It got my career on track. It felt great to come back and play in the All-Star game.
"Getting the winning goal just made it more special."

Leading up, there was much talk about who wouldn't be at the All-Star game. Sidney Crosby, the defending NHL MVP and scoring champion pulled out due to a sprained ankle, and starting goalies Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo both withdrew for personal reasons.

That left it wide open for others to grab the attention. Of the 42 players, 15 made their All-Star debuts.

This program aired on January 28, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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