CANADIAN AHL ALL-STARS PREVAIL
Providence's Lehtonen Scores Twice for PlanetUSA Squad
Portland, ME - After an 18-12 win in Monday night's Skills Competition, the Canadian AHL All-Stars completed a sweep of the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic on Tuesday with a come-from-behind 10-9 shootout win over PlanetUSA in the 2010 AHL All-Star Game at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The Providence Bruins had two representatives in the event, both on the PlanetUSA side. In their All-Star debuts, forward Mikko Lehtonen scored two goals on three shots while defenseman Andy Wozniewski added an assist.
PlanetUSA held a 5-2 lead after one period, thanks in part to Lehtonen's goal 9:48 into the frame, assisted by Dan Fritsche of the Syracuse Crunch. Lehtonen added his second goal 4:38 into the second period to give PlanetUSA a 6-4 lead. The helper was credited to Texas Stars defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy. Wozniewski later tallied his assist on T.J. Hensick's lone goal of the game 2:51 into the third, which gave PlanetUSA an 8-5 advantage. After PlanetUSA took a 9-5 lead 7:33 into the third, the Canadian AHL All-Stars rallied back with four goals in the final 12:12 of regulation, including Hershey Bears standout Alexandre Giroux's goal to tie the contest with just 18 seconds remaining and an extra attacker on the ice.
Logan Couture of the Worcester Sharks and P.K. Subban of the Hamilton Bulldogs each scored in the shootout for the Canadian team, while only Hershey's Keith Aucoin could find the back of the net for PlanetUSA. Lehtonen also took a turn in the shootout but failed to score on Hamilton's Cedrick Desjardins, who blocked four of five shots in the shootout for the win.
Portland Pirates hometown rookie Tyler Ennis, one of 10 former National Hockey League first-round draft picks in the game, was named the contest's Most Valuable Player after notching a goal and two assists for the Canadians. The game featured the largest third-period comeback in AHL All-Star Game history.
Providence returns to action this weekend with two games, beginning Friday at 7:05 p.m. against the Lowell Devils for Dunkin' Donuts Mug Night. Mugs are free to the first 3,000 fans in attendance. After an off-day on Saturday, the P-Bruins host the Springfield Falcons on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. for Kids T-Shirt Night with shirts free to the first 1,000 kids 12 and under. To purchase 2009-10 season tickets, Flex Tix or individual game tickets, please call the Providence Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com.