It's said that everyone loves a shootout in hockey except for the goaltenders.
That theme continued on Monday night as PlanetUSA defeated Team Canada 5-4 in a shootout at the American Hockey League all-star game in Manchester, N.H.
"I hate them," said goaltender Mathieu Garon of the Manchester Monarchs, who was beaten on all three shots he faced. "It's good for the fans, but for us goalies, it's not fun."
Zach Parise, Tomas Plekanec and Andy Hilbert all scored on Garon, while Jason Spezza, Kyle Wellwood and Chuck Kobasew were stopped by Ryan Miller in the shootout.
Plekanec of the Hamilton Bulldogs was named the game's MVP.
"I like (shootouts), I think it's a great rule," said Plekanec. "But I'm not good at that.
"I'm 1-for-8 in the regular season."
Miller, of the Rochester Americans, doesn't consider the shootout as part of a team game.
"They're a challenge, but I don't know if at this level you want to award points to teams based on entertainment," said Miller. "They're not a team thing."
PlanetUSA, made up of Americans and Europeans, snapped Canada's five-game win streak.
The game was tied 4-4 after regulation time.
Canada's first attempt was stymied as Spezza missed on the first shot, while Parise scored. Wellwood then missed on Canada's second try after which Plekanec scored. Then Kobasew was stopped and Hilbert scored.
"If you win they're great, if you lose they're awful," Spezza said of shootouts. "But it's all about the fans and the fans love it."
The Canadians had a 4-3 lead after two periods, but Mikko Koivu of the Houston Aeros beat Garon at 9:42 of the third to tie the game and set up a frantic finish.
with files from Canadian Press