RALEIGH, N.C. -- Making his second career trip to the NHL All-Star Game, Danny Briere wasn’t going to leave the RBC Center without throwing his name into the hat for game MVP honors.
Briere was the game’s MVP in 2007 in Dallas, when he won a car that was passed along to his sister.
On Sunday, Briere scored two goals for Team Lidstrom, including a game-tying goal with 10 minutes left, as they overcame a 4-0 deficit to top Team Staal, 11-10, in the 58th All-Star spectacular.
In the end, former Flyer Patrick Sharp was chosen as the game’s MVP by members of the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association with help from a fan vote.
Claude Giroux also scored for Team Staal in the loss, and Flyers coach Peter Laviolette topped Chicago’s Joel Quenneville for the second Sunday in a row as the game’s winning co-coach.
The two teams traded goals in the third period before Briere knotted the score, and Jonathan Toews and Marty St. Louis added goals to put Lidstrom’s team in front of a close but creatively played game.
What the team’s lacked in the physicality department was made up for with a display of puck-handling skills, as the NHL closed the book on an innovative and phenomenally hosted weekend in one of the game’s untraditional markets.
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