North wins again; Dublin stars shine

North 11, South 6

PARIS – The Northern Conference continued its dominance of the EURO League all-star game by beating the Southern Conference by 5 goals. The North has won all four all-star games so far.

Ryan Kesler's natural hat trick in the final period earned him MVP honors for the game and a French-made 2014 Peugeot RCZ R Series vehicle.

Ryan Kesler’s natural hat trick in the final period earned him MVP honors for the game and a French-made 2014 Peugeot RCZ R Series vehicle.

2014-Peugeot-RCZ-R-Series Jaroslav Halak of Moscow got the winners off to a great start by shutting out the Southern stars in the first period, but it was a 6-goal outburst in the third period against Madrid goalie Robin Lehner that was the difference. Three of those six Northern goals were scored by Dublin center Ryan Kesler, who played most of the contest with Dublin teammate Phil Kessel and Jamie Benn of Edinburgh on his line. Kesler was named the game’s MVP. He and Kessel led all players with 4 points in the game. Their normal linemate in Dublin, Evander Kane, didn’t do too bad himself, scoring two goals.

At one point in the game, the Southern Conference had a lead. A little more than half-way through the game, the fans in Paris got their loudest when Rouge Eiffel Evgeny Malkin sniped a wrist shot over Henrik Lundqvist’s right shoulder and the South stars led 4-3.

A scary moment for fans of the Frankfurt Inferno occurred late in the first period. While there was no real checking in the game, there was a high-speed collision involving Frankfurt’s Claude Giroux and Moscow’s Duncan Keith. Giroux lay on the ice for a few minutes and didn’t play the rest of the game, although league officials said he was not injured and was just benched as a precaution.

And in an all-star game first, Berlin’s Loui Eriksson did not join the team on the bench in the third period and was seen leaving the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy arena before the end of the game with Silvia Prochadzkova, Miss Slovakia.

Goals by period

North – 2-3-6 – 11

South – 0-4-2 – 6

1st period

North – Benn 1 (Kessel, Kesler)

North – E Kane 1 (Eberle, Hall)

Goalies: Halak, North 0 GA; Ward, South 2 GA

2nd Period

South – Schultz 1 (O’Reilly, Kovalchuk)

South – Ennis 1 (Helm, P Kane)

North – Ovechkin 1 (Henrique, Faulk)

South – Vrbata 1 (White, Seabrook)

South – Malkin 1 (Seabrook, White)

North – Weiss 1 (Lucic, Roland)

North – Brown 1 (Henrique, Ovechkin)

Goalies: Lundqvist, North 4 GA; Schneider, South 3 GA

3rd Period

North – Henrique 1 (Ovechkin, Weber)

North – E Kane 2(Parenteau, Schenn)

South – White 1 (Pacioretty, Ennis)

North – Kesler 1 (Kessel, Keith)

North – Kesler 2 (Faulk, Kessel)

South – Kovalchuk 1 (O’Reilly, Stafford)

North – Parenteau 1 (Keith, Dallman)

North – Kesler 3 (Lucic, Kessel)

Goalies: Quick, North 2 GA; Lehner, South 6 GA

3 Stars

1 – Ryan Kesler, Dublkin, North (3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points) Game MVP

2 – Phil Kessel, Dublin, North (0 goals, 4 assists, 4 points)

3 – Ian White, Athens, South (1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points)

Attendance: 19,159

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