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CLASSIC CLIP: ALL-STAR FINISH

Tuesday, 08.10.2010 / 8:35 AM / News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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CLASSIC CLIP: ALL-STAR FINISH
Gilbert Perreault at the 1978 NHL All-Star Game
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January 24, 1978 provided a few firsts for the National Hockey League.

Primarily, it marked the first time that the All-Star Game was played in Buffalo, NY.

It was also, up to that point, the only day in NHL history that the event was decided by overtime.

Memorial Auditorium was buzzing with a sold-out crowd as fans packed into the building to get a glimpse at the best the League had to offer. More importantly, the Western New Yorkers wanted to see how a pair of representatives from Buffalo would fare.

Gilbert Perreault and Rick Martin were playing on behalf of the Wales Conference – and the crowd responded with a standing ovation for the center as his name was announced prior to the game.

Things, however, quickly took a turn.

Campbell Conference All-Stars Bill Barber (PHI) and Denis Potvin (NYI) each registered a goal in the opening frame, to take a 2-0 lead. It wasn't the start the crowd was looking for.

In the second period, the Wales All-Stars responded by coming out firing - peppering their opponent with 16 shots while holding their opponent to just two shots on goal. Yet it wasn’t until Darryl Sittler (TOR) capitalized on the power play with just 30 seconds left in the second frame that Wales finally got on the board.

After that, the hometown players took over.

With Wales still down by one goal, it looked like the Campbell Conference would come out on top. But with 1:39 remaining in the game, Buffalo’s Rick Martin – who had played in every All-Star game up to that point since entering the League in 1971 – jammed in a rebound to tie it up at 2-2.

History was made as regulation ended, and the game went to overtime.

The fans were on their feet as the extra frame got underway. Fortunately they did not have to wait long for results.

Gilbert Perreault thrilled the crowd and surprised his teammates 3:55 into the period, after he attempted to make a pass and ended up scoring the overtime goal, sealing the win for the Wales Conference.

He then received his second standing ovation of the night.


SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82