Eric Staal

Eric Staal got the offense started for the Eastern Conference and was right there at the finish, too. Staal won the most valuable player award in the NHL All-Star game Sunday night, finishing with two goals and an assist in the East's 8-7 win. Staal, the Carolina center, helped set up Marc Savard's winning goal with 20.9 seconds left. Staal ended a streak of MVP honors going to players on the losing team four straight years.