MVP Sharp Star of Stars

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MVP Sharp Star of Stars


Byline: Joedy McCreary AP Sports Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. Patrick Sharp skated off with a new car. The rest of his Blackhawks teammates were on the winning all-star team.

Now comes the tough part: Figuring out which of them has earned bragging rights.

Sharp had a goal and 2 assists for Team Staal to win the MVP award and the car Sunday night at the All-Star Game, even as the three Blackhawks on Nicklas Lidstrom's team claimed an 11-10 victory.

"They won the game. I got the trophy," Sharp said. "So I guess everybody's happy."

What will be remembered most about this All-Star Game was the change in the way the rosters were built. Captains Eric Staal of Carolina and Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit chose sides for the teams that bore their names during an 18-round draft.

Sharp wound up splitting up with his Blackhawks teammates, who all were taken by Lidstrom while Eric Staal of Carolina snatched up Sharp in the eighth round.

Team Staal emerged as the obvious local favorite with a roster dominated by the captain's Hurricanes teammates and family members.

But it was a native of Thunder Bay, Ontario the hometown of Sharp and the Staals who wound up winning the night's big prize.

"It's a game where there's lots of offense. There's some pretty plays, lots of nice goals on both sides, and I'm honored to win the trophy," Sharp said.

Staal selected him with the 15th overall pick during an apparent run on members of the Hawks' reigning Stanley Cup championship team.

With Patrick Kane as one of his alternate captains, Lidstrom took Atlanta defenseman Dustin Byfuglien a key member of last year's Blackhawks

with the 14th pick and selected Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Toews at No. …

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