“If they want me, I want to be picked,” Weight said. “Until then, I’m just working hard to try to impress those coaches and try to contribute first and foremost to the Oilers.
“I think we made a good case tonight, but this is definitely not a hockey game that’s going to appear in the Olympics.”
Dominik Hasek, the World’s starting goalie, has been on the losing side each time he’s played. He missed last year’s game because of injury and was a bit of a surprise to be present this year as he planned to retire after last season.
The action got so fast-paced without stoppages that when Gagne scored his second goal, ABC-TV was in a commercial.
Sweden also got a good look at who might represent it next year as Colorado’s Peter Forsberg had a goal and two assists; Mats Sundin had two goals and two assists; Fredrik Modin, another first-timer, had four assists; and Markus Naslund added a goal and assist.
“I’ve seen it now for six years, it’s the same thing every time,” Sundin said. “There’s no defense, and guys are going all offense. I feel sorry for the goalies.”
Forsberg, who scored on Roy — his Colorado teammate — was one of five players from the host Avalanche to start the game.
“I’ve never scored against him, so it felt pretty good,” Forsberg said. “He was shocked that I shot it.”
A Couple for the Home Crowd
Joe Sakic, the North American center, and Milan Hejduk, who replaced injured forward Jaromir Jagr, each had a goal to please the Avalanche fans.
Only 40-year-old Ray Bourque, making his 19th All-Star appearance — second only to Gordie Howe’s 23 — kept Colorado from getting all of its offensive players on the scoreboard.
Bourque was almost outscored by Roy, North America’s starting goalie. Roy was originally credited with an assist on Theo Fleury’s goal just 49 seconds after the opening faceoff but it was changed to Scott Stevens.
Sean Burke, the winner of Saturday night’s goalie skills competition yielded four goals in 11 shots.
Cechmanek came out of his net to record the only real hit in a check-free style, upending Paul Kariya late in the second period.