Kovalev Named All-Star Game MVP

Alex Kovalev capped a memorable weekend in front of his hometown fans with an MVP performance Sunday. The Canadiens winger thrilled the crowd of 21,273 with two goals and an assist and scored the game-winner in the shootout during the Eastern Conferences 12-11 victory over the Western Conference in the NHL All-Star Game.

You cant ask for a better package than this, said Kovalev, who received a car for being named the games most valuable player. Get voted into the All-Star Game by the fans, starting lineup, being the captain and get MVP. This is something youre going to remember the rest of your life.
Kovalev was the brightest star in a game with the second-highest score in All-Star Game history. He didn't hide his desire to impress the Montreal faithful.

I wanted this badly, Kovalev said. I was going for it. Kovalev is the fifth Canadiens player to capture MVP honors since the awards inception in 1962, joining Jean Beliveau in 1964, Henri Richard in 1967, Pete Mahovlich in 1976 and Mark Recchi in 1997.