1996 National Hockey League All-Star Game
|Date||January 20, 1996|
|MVP||Ray Bourque (Boston)|
The 1996 National Hockey League All-Star Game took place at the FleetCenter in Boston on January 20, 1996. The 46th game was originally scheduled to take place in 1995, but the lockout of the 1994–95 NHL season led to its postponement.
Super Skills Competition
The Western Conference would win their third-straight Skills Competition on a second round tie-breaking penalty shot goal. In the individual events Sergei Fedorov tied the record for Fastest Skater (13.510s '93 Gartner), only a few races later to have Mike Gartner break his previous 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 winners
- 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
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.
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, the winning goaltender, 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. The losing goaltender was the Chicago Blackhawks' Ed Belfour, starting his fourth All-Star Game. The third Eastern Conference goaltender, Jim Carey of the Washington Capitals, would later in the 1995–96 NHL season win the Vezina Trophy as hockey's best goaltender. All three Eastern Conference goalies, and Western Conference goalies Kirk McLean and Chris Osgood were making their All-Star debuts in Boston. This also marked the first All-Star appearances for representatives of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Ottawa Senators.
|Western Conference||Eastern Conference|
|Shots on goal||12–7–13–32||18–15–8–41|
|Win/Loss||L - Felix Potvin||W - Dominik Hasek|
Murphy replaced Gary Suter, who was injured, in the lineup.