31st National Hockey League All-Star Game

The 31st National Hockey League All-Star Game was held at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, home of the Buffalo Sabres, on January 24, 1978. Wales Conference All-Star team defeated the Campbell Conference for the fourth consecutive year. Gilbert Perreault scored with 1:05 left in sudden death overtime for the winning goal. The most valuable player award went to goaltender Billy Smith who stopped 16 shots in the first 30 minutes of the game.

31st NHL All-Star Game
123OT Total
Campbell 2000 2
Wales 0111 3
DateJanuary 24, 1978
ArenaBuffalo Memorial Auditorium
MVPBilly Smith (NY Islanders)
 1977 1980 

Team Lineups

Campbell Conference All-Stars

Coach: Fred Shero, Philadelphia Flyers

# Nat. Player Pos. Team
31Billy SmithNew York Islanders
35Wayne StephensonPhiladelphia Flyers
2Bob DaileyPhiladelphia Flyers
3Tom BladonPhiladelphia Flyers
4Carol VadnaisNew York Rangers
5Denis PotvinNew York Islanders
6Barry BeckColorado Rockies
20Jimmy WatsonPhiladelphia Flyers
7Bill BarberLWPhiladelphia Flyers
8Wilf PaiementRWColorado Rockies
9Clark GilliesLWNew York Islanders
10Bill ClementCAtlanta Flames
11Dennis VervergaertRWVancouver Canucks
12Ivan BoldirevCChicago Black Hawks
16Bobby ClarkeCPhiladelphia Flyers
17Garry UngerCSt. Louis Blues
19Bryan TrottierCNew York Islanders
21Roland ErikssonCMinnesota North Stars
22Mike BossyRWNew York Islanders
77Phil EspositoCNew York Rangers

Wales Conference All-Stars

Coach: Scotty Bowman, Montreal Canadiens

# Nat. Player Pos. Team
29Ken DrydenMontreal Canadiens
1Rogatien VachonLos Angeles Kings
18Serge SavardMontreal Canadiens
19Larry RobinsonMontreal Canadiens
21Borje SalmingToronto Maple Leafs
22Brad ParkBoston Bruins
28Reed LarsonDetroit Red Wings
6Jean PronovostRWPittsburgh Penguins
7Rick MartinLWBuffalo Sabres
8Steve ShuttLWMontreal Canadiens
9Lanny McDonaldRWToronto Maple Leafs
10Guy LafleurRWMontreal Canadiens
11Gilbert PerreaultCBuffalo Sabres
12Bob SiroisRWWashington Capitals
14Yvan CournoyerRWMontreal Canadiens
16Marcel DionneCLos Angeles Kings
20Dennis MarukLWCleveland Barons
23Bob GaineyLWMontreal Canadiens
24Terry O'ReillyRWBoston Bruins
27Darryl SittlerCToronto Maple Leafs

    G = Goaltenders; D = Defencemen; C = Center; LW/RW = Left Wing/Right Wing

    Game summary

    #ScoreTeamGoalscorer (Assist(s))To,e
    First period
    20-2CampbellPotvin (Clarke)12:12
    Penalties : Salming (Wal.) 7:42 ; Gillies (Cam.) 18:30
    Second period
    31-2WalesSittler (Robinson - Park)19:32
    Penalties : Dailey (Cam.) 2:25 ; Smith (Cam.) 3:36 ;
    McDonald (Wal.) 3:36 ; Vadnais (Cam.) 18:12
    Third period
    42-2WalesMartin (Dionne - O'Reilly)18:21
    Penalties : none
    Sudden Death overtime
    53-2WalesPerreault (Shutt - Salming)3:55
    Penalties : none

    Goaltenders :

    • Wales  : Dryden (29:26 minutes), Vachon (34:29 minutes).
    • Campbell : Smith (29:26 minutes), Stephenson (34:29 minutes).

    Shots on goal :

    • Wales (40) 07 - 16 - 15 - 02
    • Campbell (12) 07 - 02 - 03 - 00

    Referee : Bruce Hood

    Linesmen : John D'Amico, Leon Stickle

    See also


    • Podnieks, Andrew (2000). The NHL All-Star Game: 50 years of tradition. Toronto: HarperCollins. pp. 167–171. ISBN 0-00-200058-X.
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