Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
No script writer could have written a happier ending for 16,433 Memorial Auditorium fans than the one that unfolded last night in the 31st National Hockey League All-Star Game.
Gilbert Perreault, one-half of the Buffalo Sabres' All-Star representation, scored the winning goal at 3:55 of sudden-death overtime to give the Prince of Wales Conference a 3-2 victory over the Campbell Conference.
Richard Martin, the other half of the Sabres' star crew, created the first overtime in All-Star Game history by rebounding his own shot with only 1 minute 39 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Campbell's, who eventually lost for the fourth straight time, grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period. From there to the finish, the game resembled a contest with the Washington Capitals trying to hang onto a lead against the Pi!hiladelphia Flyers.
The Wales team outshot its opposition by 16-2 in the second period, but it was not until 28 seconds remained that it was finally able to break through. Darryl Sittler of Toronto was the man who did it, scoring from 30 feet down the middle after outdrawing Philadelphia's Bobby Clarke on a faceoff in Campbell ice.
The third-period shot edge was 15-3 and it seemed on a half-dozen occasions that the Wales outfit would earn a tie. However, goaltender Wayne Stephenson of Philadelphia, playing his first game in two weeks, made some saves and Montreal's Guy Lafleur and Martin shot wide in close down the stretch.
Then Martin controlled a rebound of a shot by Marcel Dionne of Los Angeles and drilled it at Stephenson. The puck came right back to Martin and this time he made no mistake.
The ending came suddenly, as Perreault took a relatively simple shot from the right-wing corner. It struck Stephenson's left pad and caromed into the net.
The fans stayed around to chant "Perr-o, Perr-o" while the Volkswagen awarded to the game's most valuable player was driven onto the ice. This time they were disappointed, as the winner was goalie Billy Smith of the New York Islanders.
Smith played the first 28 1/2 minutes and stopped all 16 shots fired his way. The younger brother of Washington defense-man Gord Smith was under tremendous pressure through the first half of the second period, when the Wales team had a 9-0 edge in shots.
Campbell coach Fred Shero handed his team a mimeographed sheet at practice today, listing the things he wanted them to do. The final item read: "Take out the man after a pass or shot. There is no rule against it."
Bill Barber of Philadelphia sent the Campbells into an early lead that they held for 5 minutes 55 seconds. He stole the puck from Boston defenseman Brad Park and beat Montreal goalie Ken Dryden from the left-wing circle at 1:25.
Dennis Potvin of the Islanders drilled a 40-footer over Dryden's right shoulder for a 2-0 margin at 12:12, but that was it for the Campbells, who managed only five shots the rest of the way.
Washington's representative, Bob Sirois, played only six shiftss at left and right wing. Set up by Park early in the third period, Sirois hesitated to shoot until he was past the net. He was not seen on the ice again.