West beats East 6-5 despite Heatley's 4 goals and assist
He tied the NHL All-Star game record, but it still wasn't enough to win.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Dany Heatley did everything except win.
Heatley tied the NHL All-Star game record with four goals and assisted on the other East score, but it wasn't enough as the West skated off with a 6-5 victory in a shootout Sunday.
In just a year and a half, the Atlanta Thrashers player has gone from YoungStar to All-Star to the game's MVP.
He became the youngest player to score three goals in an All-Star game, doing it at 22 years, 12 days -- one day fewer than Wayne Gretzky. In fact, when Gretzky had his hat trick in the 1983 game, he also had four goals.
"It was an unbelievable feeling," Heatley said. "I thought I would come in here and have fun. It was awesome and I hope all my friends were watching at home."
First NHL shootout
If they were they saw the first NHL shootout, which the West won 3-1 to clinch its first All-Star victory since 1992 when the conference was known as the Campbell. The past five All-Star games used a North America against the World format.
The Great Gretzky didn't mind it a bit to be shoved aside in one part of the record book.
He even visited Heatley in between the second and third periods. By that time, the Atlanta forward had already erased one of Gretzky's multitude of marks and had his sights set on another.
Gretzky prodded him to score five, six, even seven goals -- the number his Atlanta teammate Ilya Kovalchuk reached in the first YoungStars game last year. But it just didn't happen.
"I was pretty relaxed," Heatley said. "After I got the first one I was pretty happy. After that, they kept going in. I kept cruising around and shooting the puck."
Heatley's linemates -- Jaromir Jagr and Olli Jokinen -- tried to get him that record fifth goal. It just didn't come.
Heatley set up Jokinen's third-period goal that lifted the East into a 5-5 tie. The score stayed that way through a five-minute overtime period, and the West prevailed by winning the single skater against goalie competition.
Only score for East in shootout
Heatley was the only player from his team to get a puck past Dallas goalie Marty Turco in the shootout. Those goals didn't count in the final score nor did they give Heatley a fifth in the game, which would've set the record.
Turco turned aside Alexei Kovalev, Miroslav Satan and Jokinen in the shootout. Paul Kariya, Markus Naslund and Bill Guerin scored against Patrick Lalime to win it for the West.
"I've never seen any games like this. At the end, Marty [Brodeur] was saying it was almost like an Olympics," Tampa Bay goalie Nikolai Khabibulin said. "The last five minutes and overtime were unbelievable, with guys taking chances, goalies making great saves and then the shootout. I think fans definitely got their money's worth."
Marian Gaborik, 20, had a goal and two assists to lead the West. Peter Forsberg, Ed Jovanovski and 39-year-old Al MacInnis scored the other goals. MacInnis was in his 12th All-Star game after not being a part of the last two.
Heatley became the first All-Star to score four goals since Mike Gartner did it in 1993. Previous four-goal games were by Gretzky (1983), Mario Lemieux (1990) and Vincent Damphousse (1991).