OTTAWA | Dennis Wideman came out of his first NHL All-Star Game feeling pretty good, even though he didn’t get the goal he wanted.
“I think I had one shot on net there,” Wideman said. “I was trying to get one in, but it didn’t happen.”
Wideman finished with a secondary assist in 20:27 of ice time.
“That’s how much I played? Minute-munching,” Wideman joked. “I need to change quicker.”
He was one of only a handful of All-Stars to break the 20-minute mark. But Wideman is used to heavy minutes this season, playing in a key role especially since Dale Hunter became Washington Capitals coach.
Wideman’s also used to putting up points. He assisted on Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry’s goal, the 19th of the game.
“I think I picked off a pass and got it up to Jarome [Iginla] and then he made a nice pass over to Perry and ended up scoring,” Wideman said.
That goal helped seal Team Chara’s 12-9 victory over Team Alfredsson in an exhibition game that carries no real meaning.
“Big win,” Wideman said with a laugh. “It was cool. I don’t think it was that bad of a game. It’s obviously nice to come out on top.”