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|Date||January 20 1996|
|MVP||Ray Bourque (Boston)|
Super Skills Competition Edit
The Western Conference would win their third-straight Skills Competition on a second round tie-breaking penalty shot goal. In the individual events Mike Gartner broke his previous Fastest Skater record by finishing the event at 13.386 seconds, which still stands today as the record. Mark Messier would win the Accuracy Shooting event by becoming the second player to hit four targets on four shots.
Individual Event winnersEdit
- Puck Control Relay - Pierre Turgeon (Montreal Canadiens)
- Fastest Skater - Mike Gartner (Toronto Maple Leafs) - 13.386 seconds
- Accuracy Shooting - Mark Messier (New York Rangers) - 4 hits, 4 shots
- Hardest Shot - Dave Manson (Winnipeg Jets) - 98.0 mph+
- Goaltenders Competition - Dominik Hasek (Buffalo Sabres) - 4 GA, 16 shots
The Game Edit
Boston Bruins' defensemen Ray Bourque scored with just 37.3 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Eastern Conference to a 5–4 victory in front of the home crowd in Boston. For his heroics, the 17-year veteran was named All-Star M.V.P.
The East built a 2–0 lead after the first period as New Jersey Devils' goaltender Martin Brodeur was able to stop all 12 shots. Philadelphia Flyers' Eric Lindros and New York Rangers' Pat Verbeek opened the scoring in the first period. In the second period, Pittsburgh Penguins' Jaromir Jagr would score to increase the East lead to 3–0. However, the Western Conference responded by scoring three of the next four goals in the second period to pull within one, going into the third. Winnipeg Jets' Teemu Selanne would tie the game at 4–4 with 3:29 remaining, before Bourque scored the winning goal.
Additional information Edit
This was also the first game where the FoxTrax was used in the All-Star Game. Jim Kelley revealed on Prime Time Sports that Dominik Hasek was chosen as the game MVP but he overruled the vote because Bourque scored the game winner and the game was in Boston, where Bourque played most of his career.