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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

World Takes North America to School

TORONTO -- Ken Dryden had the right to smile. He felt he had just seen the best NHL All-Star weekend ever.

"It was great. The people of Toronto deserved it," said the Maple Leafs president and Hall of Fame goalie who was instrumental in bring the game to Toronto. "In the 50th year, we wanted to set the standard for All-Star weekends, and I think we did that."

The World All-Stars' 9-4 win over the North American team capped an exhausting, exhilarating week-long celebration of everything that is good about the game.

From the league-wide retirement of Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 to the sight of Eddie Shack wheeling Vladimir Konstantinov onto the ice, there was something to entice, excite and touch every hockey fan.

Pavel Bure scored three goals - no surprise there - and goaltender Olaf Kolzig played a rare shutout period as the World team turned the game into an uncommon rout.

Bure's brother, Valeri, again played willing setup man by assisting on Pavel's first two goals. The Russian Rocket's third goal came as the World stars erupted for four goals in the third period, all against Mike Richter of the New York Rangers.

The hat trick was the 11th in All-Star history, but the fourth in four years in a game that has increasingly emphasized offense, with an average of 16 goals scored over the last 10 years.

That's what made Kolzig's shutout third period so unusual, and his dominant play helped the World stretch a 5-4 lead at the start of the period into a blowout.

Pavol Demitra of St. Louis scored his second goal and Miroslav Satan of Buffalo and Radek Bonk of Ottawa also scored in the third period against Richter, the only goaltender to not allow a goal in Saturday night's skills competition.

In a game where defense is an afterthought and hitting is totally forgotten as players try as hard to prevent injuries as they do to score, hometown goaltender Curtis Joseph of the Maple Leafs made 20 saves in a busy first period, yet still trailed 3-2.

With icings waved off and the play constantly flowing from end-to-end with no checking or faceoffs to interfere, it took only 11 minutes to play the first nine minutes of clock time, an unheard of pace for a regular-season game.

The first and only penalty of the game wasn't called until 5:51 of the third period, when Colorado's Sandis Ozolinsh of the World team was called for hooking.

St. Louis goaltender Roman Turek, initially left off the World team despite owning better statistics than Tommy Salo of Edmonton or Kolzig of Washington, started for the injured Dominik Hasek of Buffalo and was brilliant despite yielding two goals.

Turek didn't permit a goal until Joe Sakic of Colorado scored at 13:56 on a give-and-go with Ray Whitney and the World team leading 2-0.

Before that, Turek stopped breakaways by Whitney and Owen Nolan, giving his World teammates time to open a 2-0 lead on goals by Demitra at 3:12 and NHL scoring leader Jaromir Jagr of Pittsburgh at 10:50 inside the Air Canada Center.